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National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

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Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture and Design, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:

Master of Architecture (through 3 possible tracks):

Track I Direct Entry 168 credit-hour direct-entry for student entering the University as freshman or as lower-division transfer students from community colleges, articulation partners, and so forth.

Track II: 36 credit-hour graduate-level-track for students with pre-professional degrees from other institutions.

Track III (3+): 90-credit-hour program for students with baccalaureate degrees in subjects other than architecture.

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2022

The NAAB Procedures for Accreditation

Annual Reports


2014 APR

2012 2012 Part 2

2011 2011 Part 2

2010 2010 Part 2

2009 2009 Part 2

NAAB responses to the Annual Report

2014 NAAB Decision Letter

2014 Visiting Team Report





Council for Interior Design (CIDA)

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. CIDA reviewed the Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree program at Lawrence Technological University in the fall of 2014 and awarded the program a full, six-year accreditation. For more than 35 years, CIDA has been committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards. Through a process of program self-evaluation and peer review, accreditation promotes the achievement of high academic standards, while making education more responsive to student and societal needs. The Council engages nearly 200 volunteers, all drawn from interior design practice and education, to carry out its work. More than 150 interior design programs are currently accredited by the Council, serving an estimated 20,000 students. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is recognized as a reliable authority The Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognizes CIDA accreditation of professional, bachelor's and master's degree, interior design programs in the United States and internationally. The next CIDA accreditation review at Lawrence Tech is scheduled for 2020.

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2018 Interim Report

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

All degree programs in the Department of Art and Design in the College of Architecture and Design are accredited by the National Association of Art and design (NASAD). This includes the Bachelor of Fine Art degrees in Game Art, Graphic Design, and Interaction Design; the Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Design and Transportation Design; and the Bachelor of Interior Architecture; and both graduate programs, the Master of Interior Design and the Master of Environmental Graphic Design.

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