Housed in the Department of Art and Art History, the minor introduces students to the major works and problems of architectural history and the techniques of visual and spatial representation. In consultation with faculty students may organize a course of study beyond the minor that will prepare them to apply to graduate programs in architecture and related fields.


Fast Facts
  • Trinity’s strengths in architectural history, studio art, urban studies, and engineering make it an ideal place to study architecture.
  • San Antonio is one of the only cities in the U.S. with major buildings from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries--it’s an ideal place to study architecture!
  • Tailor a course of study that emphasizes design or history, and that may include engineering, physics, urban studies, environmental studies, or set design.
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What You'll Study

Building History, Building the Future


World-class expertise

Faculty expertise in architectural history spans millennia and the globe. Studio faculty provide training in the techniques of visual expression that are essential to success in any design field.

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Kathryn O'Rourke, Ph.D.
Program Director
Professor, Art and Art History
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Douglas Brine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Art and Art History
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Adam Schreiber, M.F.A.
Associate Professor, Art and Art History
Elizabeth Ward
Elizabeth Ward, M.F.A.
Professor, Art and Art History

Student Opportunities

Learn in a Modern Masterpiece

Trinity’s campus was designed by O’Neil Ford, one of the most important Texas architects of the 20th century, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Students study buildings from the eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries and experience extraordinarily vibrant  landscapes.


The Architecture Travel Fellowship supports self-directed study of architecture anywhere in the world.

Study Abroad

Students are highly encouraged to study abroad.

When You Graduate

Graduate School and Beyond

Graduates leave Trinity as highly attractive applicants to design programs because of their excellent liberal arts education and knowledge of the history and theory of architecture. Students work closely with faculty to develop their applications. 


With an education firmly grounded in the liberal arts, minors leave prepared to pursue graduate work if they so choose.

Career areas:

  • Architectural history
  • Architecture
  • Historic preservation
  • Landscape architecture
  • Urban planning

Take the next step

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