What is ARCH@usm?
The Architectural Engineering Technology program at Southern Miss is a four-year pre-professional program grounded in the study of architecture and the built environment. The mission of ARCH@USM is to prepare students for successful careers in the design and construction industry and also to prepare students for advanced study in professional Master of Architecture programs. ARCH@USM focuses on creative, business, technical, and communication skills necessary for a successful career in architecture.
ARCH@USM provides an innovative education that prepares graduates to be responsible and viable professionals. With this degree, your imagination is your limitation.
The Architectural Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
What Will I Learn?
ARCH@USM provides graduates with an excellent platform for future graduate studies or a career in architecture and related fields. Students are provided with a well-rounded course of study including the following topics: Architectural Design, Environmental Systems, History of Architecture, Building Science and Technology, and Visualization. Alumni of our program typically track one of two paths upon graduation, directly to graduate school or employment in architecture or related industries. ARCH@USM allows the student to make a more informed decision about their future academic or career path.
ARCH@USM students are required to complete one internship before graduation, which is highly desired by future employers. ARCH@USM shares two-thirds of its courses with the Construction Management program which propels students towards the future of our industry, known as Design-Build. Design-Build is a collaborative approach to designing and constructing a building with a cooperative team of professionals, including architects, engineers, contractors, and constructors. Students have completed paid internships with the following companies and many more: Woodward Design-Build, Varnado Construction Management, Hensel Phelps, Mike Rozier Construction, Yates Construction, Spring Engineering, and Landry, Lewis, and Germany Architects.
Opportunities for travel across the country and abroad include regional and international destinations:
- Laurel, Biloxi, and Jackson, MS
- New Orleans
- San Antonio
- Washington DC
- New Orleans
- Leffi Cewe-Malloy: Experience in teaching the Architectural Engineering and Systems area (LEED AP)
- Erich Connell: Experience in Design, design theory and Study Abroad (IDEO)
- John Kochtitsky: Experience in Architectural Practice and design (AIA)
- Jessica Lee: Experience in Urban Design, Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellow (SL)
- Project Architect
- Design-Build Associate
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) Manager
- Field Engineer
- City Planner
- Design Engineer
- Shane Germany, AIA
Graduation Year: 2007 Architect Landry, Lewis, Germany Architects, PA
- Michael Vineyard
Graduation Year: 2017 Master of Architecture Student University of Tennessee
- Theresa Rossamondo
Graduation Year: 2018 Field Engineer Hensel Phelps
- Islay Burgess, AIA
Graduation Year: 2001 Senior Associate, BIM + Digital Design Manager Gensler
- Richard Bekesh, AIA
Graduation Year: 1988 President / CEO Spring Engineering, Inc.