Washington Colleges Partner to Build Architecture Program Pathway for Students


Leslie ShattuckExecutive Director/Executive Communications Officer(425) 739-8236

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Pullman and Kirkland, Wash. – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), the only public institute of technology in Washington state, and Washington State University (WSU) have signed an articulation agreement that will allow LWTech students in architectural technology to transfer directly to WSU’s undergraduate architectural studies program without having to apply as formal transfer students.

The agreement will allow LWTech students to earn an associate degree at the Kirkland campus and transfer into WSU at the Pullman campus as juniors. Once they graduate from WSU with the undergraduate architecture degree, the students would then be eligible to apply to WSU’s Master of Architecture program, which provides a professional pathway toward licensure as an architect.

LWTech prepares students with a combination of technical skills and design experience to give them a solid foundation in architectural technology as they advance in their education. In coming up with the agreement, WSU and LWTech faculty and administrators evaluated and identified commonalities in their programs to facilitate direct transfers. This is the first such agreement between WSU and an architecture studies program in Western Washington.

“Transfer opportunities that lead to advanced degrees and meaningful careers are at the heart of our mission,” said Elliot Stern, vice president of instruction, Lake Washington Institute of Technology. “LWTech has a long track record of successfully preparing students for the workforce, and this articulation agreement will make it that much easier for students to have a clearly identified pathway to a viable career in architecture.

 “Both LWTech and WSU’s architectural and design programs have a long history of providing graduates who have hands-on, practical skills and are well prepared when they enter the workforce,” said Phil Gruen, director of the WSU School of Design and Construction. “We’re excited that our programs are working together to improve the educational experience for our students.”

About Washington State University:

Washington State University conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to more than 27,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Founded in 1890 in Pullman, it is Washington’s original land-grant university, with a mission of improving quality of life.


About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 35 associate degrees, and 86 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.