Architecture is more than creating shelter, it's a matter of making places that meet people's needs. Designing buildings shapes how we live.


Calvin's architecture program is designed to prepare you for graduate work in architecture. Through courses in the humanities, math, art and communications, you'll explore design choices and how they facilitate social justice and the responsible use of the environment. 


Careers in Architecture

  • Architect
  • Landscape Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Participate in the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter; get involved in the Visual Arts Guild.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Architecture minor

The department of Art and Art History offers a minor in architecture that prepares students for graduate work in the field and ultimately licensing. This minor is combined with a wide variety of possible majors including art, business, engineering, environmental studies, geography, urban studies and others. Students interested in graduate school should plan to complete one full year of physics course work (Physics 221-222) and one semester of calculus (Mathematics 171). ARTS 250 is also recommended. Consult Prof. Y. Ahn to determine the requirements of individual graduate schools.

  • ARCT-103 Architectural Communication and Concept Design I
  • ARCT-203 Architectural Communication and Concept Design II
  • ARCT-201 Architectural History I
  • ARCT-202 Architectural History II
  • ARCT-397 Architectural Theory and Criticism
  • ENGR-181 Engineering Graphical Communication Lab
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Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

A.M.D.G. Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; have already taken Engineering 103 or its equivalent at Calvin; preference to ethnic minority or international students, women and/or non-Christian Reformed members
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Joseph and Deanne Daverman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need is considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Catherine Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
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You Kyong Ahn

You Kyong Ahn
Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture
Pre-architecture program advisor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105A
(616) 526-6038

Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 209
(616) 526-7544

Henry Luttikhuizen

Henry Luttikhuizen
Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105B
(616) 526-6327

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You Kyong Ahn You Kyong Ahn
Program Director
Pre-architecture program advisor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105A
(616) 526-6038


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