The programs of the College of Architecture and Design are fully accredited by the following organizations:
- The Interior Design degree is professionally accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
- The degrees in our Landscape Architecture program are accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).
- The programs housed in the School of Architecture are fully accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB).
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB)
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
B.Arch. (168 undergraduate credits)
M.Arch. (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
M.Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 102 credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2014
In order to assist students, parents, and others as they seek to develop an understanding of the body of knowledge and skills that constitute a professional education in architecture, the following documents have been made available to the public through College website:
Career Development Information
To develop an understanding of the body of knowledge and skills that constitute a professional education in architecture, the following organizations and documents are shared to provide insights:
- Certification Guidelines, published by NCARB (previously published as The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects)
- Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture, published by AIAS
- The Emerging Professional’s Companion, published by AIA and NCARB
Public Access Materials
In order to promote transparency in the process of accreditation in architecture education, the following documents are available for public review upon request. Contact the School of Architecture at 865-974-5265 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Architect Registration Examination Pass Rates
Annually, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards publishes pass rates for each section of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) by institution. This information is considered to be useful to parents and prospective students as part of their planning for higher or post-secondary education. The most current information about graduates of programs from the School of Architecture have been made available at the NCARB website.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
As a requirement of the SACS accreditation, please view our Graduate Handbook here.