RWU architecture master’s degree receives third consecutive re-accreditation

PROVIDENCE – Meeting five criteria with distinction, the Roger Williams University master’s degree in architecture received and eight-year re-accreditation, according to the school Friday.

“This recognition is a credit to the leadership and faculty of the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation,” RWU Interim President Andy Workman said in a statement.

Launched in 2002 and first accredited in 2006 by the National Architectural Accreditation Board, followed by a subsequent renewal in 2012, this marks the third consecutive renewal for the master’s program. While initial accreditations were for six years each, with the 2018 renewal the NAAB terms extended program renewals to eight years each.

Accreditation of the RWU architecture master’s degree will run through 2026.

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In March, a five-member NAAB team visited the RWU campus to experience the program first-hand. The re-accreditation was simultaneously announced with a 29-page report on the degree program.

The five criteria RWU’s program met with distinction, according to the report, are as follows:

  • Architecture program as an innovator and leader
  • Career Investment Program
  • Practice Integration (Firm in Residence)
  • ARCH 488 Computer Applications for Professional Practice
  • ARCH 513 Comprehensive Studio

The Firm in Residence and Career Investment programs were lauded as opportunities for students to experience the rigors and demands of the workplace while studying the industry.

Combining federal and university dollars, the Career Investment program supports paid internships for all architectural students. The program earned School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation Dean Stephen White and SAAHP Associate Dean Gregory Laramie an American Institute of Architects/Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Practice + Leadership Award in 2018.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email,