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The School of Architecture offers an Architecture Doctorate (ArchD) as a first professional degree. This program fulfills the academic requirements for licensure in the profession of architecture and is the only such degree program in the state of Hawaii. [Note, the School of Architecture currently has both a five-year accredited Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture program. These two programs will continue for all existing majors until they have completed their respective programs. The new degree program (ArchD), the first of its type in the United States, will be the only offered program beginning in the Fall 2000 Semester. In the meantime, until this new degree is accredited, graduates of the ArchD program will also receive an accredited BArch. degree at the same time.]

The Architecture Doctorate (ArchD) is a 212-credit program, which can be completed in six to seven years. The curriculum integrates off-campus professional practice training and overseas cross-cultural experience within the academic program. The ArchD program consists of two segments. The first three-year segment is Pre-Professional Studies, and the second four-year segment is Professional Studies. The Pre-Professional segment addresses the University liberal arts core requirements along with the study of architectural design principles and applications. The Professional segment continues the study of architectural design principles and applications including a number of elective courses.

The interests of the faculty of the School of Architecture are primarily practice-oriented. Research is a secondary activity. Faculty interests cover a broad range of topics, including: architectural technology, e.g., building materials, acoustics, and lighting design; environmental control systems, especially for hot humid climates; seismic design; computer applications, housing, community, and urban development in Southeast Asia; tropical vernacular architecture; and teaching architecture. In addition, faculty in the School of Architecture and the Department of Art teach and conduct research in American, European, Asian, and Pacific architectural history.


The discipline relies on materials in a wide range of subjects and collections, including American studies (historic preservation), art (architectural history), engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical, acoustical, etc.), Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific studies, urban and regional planning, and the Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asia Collections.


Language: No limitations, but the emphasis is on English language materials. For pictorial works, English is preferred. Works in western European languages are not generally selected except those of interest to architectural historians. Works in Hawaiian, Pacific and Asian languages are acquired by area collections selectors.

Chronological: The emphasis is on current and future developments. Up-to-date materials are especially important for such areas as office management, contracts, liabilities, building codes, and product specifications. For historical treatments, emphasis is on the 19th century to the present in the United States, and from the 15th century to the present for Europe. Acquired selectively are 20th century to the present for Scandinavian and Asian architectural history, and architectural history for any tropical area.

Geographic: In general, equal emphasis is placed on the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Scandinavia. Materials related to contemporary design and building methods and colonial adaptations of vernacular designs in hot-humid climates are collected for Hawaii, selectively for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, and very selectively for other areas. Building and legal codes are selected only if related to codes in effect in the United States. Materials from and about Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Eastern Europe are acquired very selectively.

Date of Publication: Emphasis is on currently available imprints; selected retrospective materials are also acquired (e.g. design for hot-humid climates is acquired if still technically sound).

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: Books, periodicals, annuals, university department publications, and technical reports are acquired. Conference proceedings related to tropical or Asian/Pacific/Hawaiian regional architecture are acquired; proceedings related to the teaching of architecture are acquired selectively; others are acquired very selectively as they quickly become dated. Videotapes and slide kits for undergraduate courses and are collected by and housed in the Wong AV Center. All formats may be collected, including electronic, print, and microform. Microforms are acquired as needed, depending on availability of other formats and preservation concerns.

Textbooks: Computer graphics texts are emphasized. Texts on presentation drawings are very selectively acquired with emphasis on "quick drawing" techniques for communication of design ideas. Textbooks for upper-level work are rarely collected.

Electronic Format: Electronic resources include indexes, databases, reference tools, e-books, and so forth. Networked electronic access is preferred for full text journal literature and for indexing and abstracting. Electronic resources may be available in a number of formats, including online, CD-ROM, or other digital storage formats.

Treatment: All treatments except the popular are acquired, with an emphasis on pictorial and applications. Government documents are acquired by the Government Documents Collection, and by the Hawaiian, Pacific and Asia Collections.

Compiled by: Theodore Kwok
Date: July 2008

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