College of Design
Cdes Current Students

Architecture B.D.A.: New Students

Information for New Architecture B.D.A. Students


Design Workshop Registration

Registration for Arch 3250: Design Workshops occurs following enrollment in Arch 2281: Design Fundamentals II.  Students are permitted to take up to 4 credits of Arch 3250: Design Workshops in one semester. However, graduating seniors in the BDA may request to take up to 6 credits of Arch 3250: Design Workshops if they are needed to graduate that academic year. Permission will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Students should meet with their CDes adviser to request permission to do this.

Note: Students who register for more than 4 credits of Arch 3250: Design Workshops without having received special permission may be dropped from their Arch 3250: Design Workshop enrollment.






Academic Advising

Students with last name A-K are advised by: Abby Burkhart.



Students with last name L-Z are advised by Chris Schlichting.



Note: Advisers do not make their own appointments. To schedule an advising appointment, please call 612-626-3690 or stop by 107 Rapson Hall.


You are required to have an advising appointment with your CDes academic adviser prior to registering for spring semester. You may fulfill this requirement by meeting with your adviser at any point during fall term.







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Study Abroad

We highly encourage students to consider spending a semester abroad in their junior or senior year or participating in a shorter excursion during any summer, winter or spring break. Exposure to other cultures is a critical component of every architect student's education.


Students interested in a study away experience should work closely with their academic adviser and the U of M Learning Abroad Center to learn about their options and outline their course of study. Careful program and course planning will help you stay on track for timely graduation.






Student Groups

Consider joining a CDes or U of M student organization. Popular options for architecture students include:






Architecture is a demanding major. It requires a serious time commitment for success. Although we recognize that many students need to work to finance their undergraduate education, the architecture faculty strongly recommend that you work no more than 10 hours per week. Maintaining a high GPA is critical for acceptance to a graduate or professional program (note: a professional degree is required for licensure as an architect).



Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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