The contemporary construction process is necessarily complex, involving approaches both ancient and emerging. It is a multifaceted endeavor that blends design and technology, human comfort and sustainability, durability and delight. In construction, the most successful projects rely heavily on a cross-disciplinary, team-oriented approach.
In recognition of this process and the related need for individuals with a wide-ranging set of professional skills, Lawrence Technological University offers a dual-degree program leading to both a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. Graduates with these degrees may expect to be both qualified design professionals as well as skilled organizers of construction processes. Students completing this program will have satisfied the educational requirements for licensure in architecture.
As the content of the BS Construction Management program overlaps considerably with the M. Arch program, the dual degree may be earned with only 42 credits in addition to the total architecture curriculum.
The architecture program at LTU seeks to develop graduates committed to an articulate and thoughtful approach to socially relevant design. It supports creative inquiry and critical thinking as the basis for design insight, and clear communication as a design objective. The coursework is designed to provide a foundation for the development of architectural design skills and insights, technical training, social responsibility, environmental awareness, problem-solving abilities, and professional competence.
The program is primarily directed toward the practice of architecture, but it constitutes an excellent, broad-minded education and preparation for work in a range of essential fields in and beyond design, including teaching, research, product development and representation and development, and public service. In the Master of Architecture Direct Entry (M.Arch DE) program, which combines the required undergraduate and graduate coursework, students earn the NAAB-accredited, professional degree required for architectural licensure in the State of Michigan and most other US states and jurisdictions.
For more information about the Architecture Program, coursework, and faculty, please refer to the program website at this link.
Construction projects are increasingly complex, and it takes professional management skills to bring them to successful completion. Construction managers play a crucial oversight role in the building process, coordinating the construction of a range of projects, including residential, commercial, industrial, and public structures such as schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges. They are responsible for scheduling all stages of the planning, design, and construction: the selection, hiring, and supervision of specialty trade contractors; developing communication protocols and identifying the elements of project design and construction likely to give rise to disputes and claims; and monitoring project costs and the time required to complete the project, while maintaining the quality of the construction.
The employment of construction managers is projected to increase faster than the average for all occupations over the next decade. Construction managers will be needed as the level of construction increases in response to the growth in population, business activity, and the increasing complexity of construction projects, which will require specialized management-level personnel within the construction industry.
For more information about the Construction Management program, coursework, and faculty, please refer to the program website at this link.