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What would be the best minors to take as an architecture student?

Asked Spring Valley, Ohio

I don't know which classes would put me ahead of other architects, and I have a few interests in minors. If I were to minor in engineering, which type of engineering would be best? #minors #architecture #undergrad #engineering

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Souxsie’s Answer

Updated Boston, Massachusetts

Hi Madeline, to distinguish yourself from others graduating with BFA in architecture, I recommend minoring in structural engineering or construction technology. Having 3D modeling skills will also be helpful, so you may want to look into learning Sketchup as a tool. Lynda.com also offers classes you can take online.

Souxsie recommends the following next steps:

  • https://www.sketchup.com/
  • lynda.com
  • https://www.newcivilengineercareers.com/article/structural-engineers-roles-and-responsibilities/

Peter’s Answer

Updated Kent, Washington

Great Architects are ones who can visualize unique and aesthetically pleasing or dramatic buildings. A minor in the visual arts would help you greatly in this regard.

Good Luck, Pete Sturtevant, PE

Rich’s Answer


My daughter graduated in 2017 from VT architecture.   Lots of things you can minor in - depends on which areas of architecture you want to go into.  You can minor in  building construction, civil, mechanical, or even things like biology, psychology, environmental science, art history, industrial design, music , theater (e.g. if you are a concert hall architect,  ... )you just need to discern where you think you want to be .

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