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Master of Architecture Sample Program

Award Winning Curriculum

The new M.Arch curriculum was the 2008 recipient of the AIA Education Honor Award and was praised for its’ out-of-the-box thinking and framing of cutting edge issues facing architecture. The new curriculum was designed to rapidly respond to the opportunities and demands of a dynamic and constantly changing world and profession. The M.Arch curriculum is guided by three primary values: Building on Tradition, Embracing Challenges, and Expecting Change.

The curriculum is structured to facilitate two very different modes of working: “slow burn” and “agile/nimble”. Fall semester is “slow”, taught in semester-long coordinated courses while spring semester is “agile”, containing combinations of 7-week modules. Placed between the modules are four-day “catalyst” workshops that encourage high-risk work with visiting design professionals and faculty. Shifting between different modes of work, students develop agility and alternate between working with known peers and mixed groups from different year levels and other disciplines. Shifting between different modes of work, students are prompted to develop a mental agility and critical thinking skills that prepare them to engage with the expanded and unfamiliar ways that architecture design is responding to the problems of the 21st century.

 

THREE YEAR PROGRAM

Our three-year professional program is oriented toward students who do not have an undergraduate degree in architecture or environmental design.

 

Three Year Curriculum M.Arch Program Plan

90 credits total

 

 

YEAR ONE
Fall Semester
15 credits
ARCH 5411: Principles of Design Theory
3 credits
ARCH 5515 Technology - Materials
3 credits
 
ARCH 8251: Graduate Architectural Design I
9 credits
Spring Semester
17 credits
ARCH 5516 Luminous & Thermal
6 credits
Project Module
4 credits
Elective course
3 credits
Elective course
3 credits
ARCH 5110: Architecture as Catalyst
1 credit
YEAR TWO
Fall Semester
15 credits
ARCH 5517 Technology - Structural
3 credits
 
ARCH 5621: Professional Practice in Architecture
3 credits
ARCH 8253: Graduate Architectural Design II
9 credits
Spring Semester
15 credits
ARCH 8254
4 credits
Project Module
4 credits
Elective course
3 credits
Elective course
3 credits
ARCH 5110: Architecture as Catalyst
1 credit
YEAR THREE
Fall Semester
15 credits
ARCH 8255: Graduate Architectural Design III
6 credits
Elective course
3 credits

Elective course

Elective course

3 credits

3 credits

Spring Semester
13 credits
ARCH 8299: Master’s Final Project
10 credits
Elective course
3 credits
Total
90 credits

 

 

Note: Project modules and elective course offerings vary each semester.  Please see current class schedule for details.

 

3-Year PROGRAM: M.Arch

The 3-Year Program is oriented toward students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture. We value the breadth of a liberal education, and strongly encourage students with a broad range of academic backgrounds to apply to the 3 Year Program.

 

Two Year Program: M.Arch

Applicants must have a pre-professional B.S. major in architecture, or its equivalent, and have completed at least one course in structures, materials & methods, and environmental technologies, and at least four semesters of architecture design studios.  The portfolio must exhibit a proficiency of design equal to students having completed the first year of our 3-year program.

 

CONCURRENT DEGREE PROGRAMS: M.Arch + M.S. Degrees

Students who enter the M.Arch program may also apply to one of the M.S. in Architecture programs (Sustainable Design, Heritage Conservation and Preservation, or Metropolitan Design).  The concurrent degree program enables M.Arch students to overlap up to 24 credits from the 90-credit M.Arch program.  Students in the concurrent degree program can complete both degrees in a minimum of 3 1/2 years (seven semesters). 

Concurrent Degree Admission Requirements

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