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Learn architecture with online courses and programs

Learn about the design and engineering behind the structures in which we live. Study architecture with online courses delivered through edX.

What is architecture?

Architecture is the art or science of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Applying their knowledge of engineering, technology, materials, and aesthetics, architects can help create everything from the tallest skyscrapers to the tiniest houses. Architects have been responsible for aiding in the development of some of the most famous and historic landmarks throughout the globe and across time periods, ranging from the pyramids of Giza to the Statue of Liberty. 

With each individual structure that they help create, an architect must design with purpose. Architectural elements that can be considered in each project include, but are not limited to:

  • Function: Does the design meet the needs of the users and function efficiently?

  • Structure: Is the project structurally sound and appropriate for their intended use? 

  • Aesthetics: What sense of style is captured by the design?

  • Harmony: Does the structure fit in with the surrounding environment and the architecture?

  • Economy: Is the design cost effective and efficient?

  • Sustainability: What materials and methods are being used to reduce energy consumption and minimize environmental impact?

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Architecture course curriculum

When studying architecture, learners may encounter coursework on a wide variety of topics, such as: 

  • Architectural design

  • History of architecture

  • Architectural theory and criticism

  • Building materials and methods

  • Construction practices

  • Structural engineering

  • Site planning and urban design

  • Sustainability and green building

  • Professional practice and management

With edX, learners have the opportunity to take a deep dive into specialized topics related to architecture. You can study sustainable building design, exploring the scientific principles and technologies that are helping create indoor spaces that reduce energy use. Or you can practice how to visualize structures with 3D models. 

edX offers a variety of educational pathways for learners interested in advancing their knowledge in a variety of subjects. These include boot camps, as well as longer online programs such as bachelor's degree programs and master’s degree programs. Find the right course of study for you. 

Careers in architecture 

Studying architecture can lead to a range of fulfilling careers that combine technical know-how with creativity to develop structures that endure the test of time. An in-depth understanding of architecture can lead to careers such as: 

  • Architect: Design buildings and spaces, including developing plans, drawing up blueprints, and determining building materials and construction methods.

  • Interior architect/designer: Create visually pleasing, functional, and safe spaces working in conjunction with the construction team.

  • Landscape architect: Design outdoor spaces, like public parks, campuses, and private yards, sometimes specializing in rehabilitating natural habitats. 

  • Drafter: Assist architects and designers, using their knowledge of the foundations of digital design and drafting software programs.

  • Urban and regional planner: Work with cities or state entities to develop land use plans that consider both environmental and human needs. 

  • Construction manager: Manage the construction of large-scale projects for public infrastructure or commercial real estate. 

Each of these jobs have different requirements to practice, and different employers may also look for candidates with specific educational levels. Before deciding on an educational pathway, be sure to research the position that you hope to pursue in order to determine what coursework will best help you achieve your professional goals. 

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