715 Bissell Road, 154 College of Design, Department of Architecture, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011

About Us

Architecture courses have been offered at Iowa State University since the institution first enrolled students in 1869.

The department has existed under four different names: Structural Design (1914), Architectural Engineering and Rural Structures (1918), Architecture and Architectural Engineering (1940s), and finally, Architecture (1967), all in the College of Engineering.

The Department of Architecture became part of the College of Design when it opened in 1978.

Architecture by the Numbers – Spring 2015

Undergraduate enrollment: 301 (professional program)

  • Iowa residents: 131
  • Non-residents (U.S.): 102
  • International: 68

Students in the Bachelor of Architecture degree program are from 19 states (including Iowa) and 14 foreign countries: Bahamas, China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, Oman, Puerto Rico, Qatar, South Korea, Sudan, and Vietnam.

Graduate enrollment: 63

  • Iowa residents: 17
  • Non-residents (U.S.): 21
  • International: 25

Students in the architecture graduate program are from 13 states and seven countries in addition to the U.S.: China, Iran, India, Kuwait, Qatar, Romania, and Vietnam.

The Department of Architecture offers more than 30 scholarships and awards totaling more than $80,000 annually to students enrolled in the professional program.

Come visit us!

For questions about the Bachelor of Architecture degree program, contact:

Academic Adviser

Michelle Rasmussen

Office: 297 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Phone: (515) 294-0732


For questions about the Master of Architecture or Master of Science in Architecture, contact:

Graduate Programs Coordinator
Meredith Foley
295 Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3091
(515) 294-0816