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M.S. in Architecture - Research Practices Sample Program

The M.S. in Architecture - Research Practices Concentration requires a total of 30-36 credits, typically completed in one academic year. Due to the intensely integrated nature of the MS-RP the majority of the curriculum is composed of required courses and internship experiences. The range of 30-36 credits is used in the rare circumstance that a stipend-based internship is not available.

30-36 Credits total.
24 credits required, 6 credits elective

1. Required courses in Architecture
ARCH 5621 Professional Practice. This course introduces innovative future practice, practice-based research and case study documentation methods.
ARCH 5651 Building Stories. This course builds on case study documentation, research analysis and contemporary practice issues covered in Professional Practice.

2. ARCH 5630 - Practicum: Advanced Issues in Architecture Practice
This is a repeatable class expected to be taken both Fall and Spring semester. Course provides forum to discuss critical aspects of architectural practice not normally covered in professional M.Arch or B.Arch curricula and covers a sequence of advanced topics which are at the core of the architectural profession.

3. ARCH 5609 - Development and Implementation of Research
Research methods and practices covered in this course include traditional scholarly documentation, basic statistical and survey methods as well as AEC-specific topics such as post occupancy evaluation, performance-based metrics, Lean construction metrics and case-study documentation.

4. ARCH 5686 - 5688 - Final Project: Research into Practice (Plan C parts 1-3)
The final project is the culminating experience of the degree program that synthesizes other learning opportunities including coursework and internships. Two complementary ways of working will be explored, research into practice and practice into research. The first is documented through research analysis, the second through a rigorous case study documentation. Final project presentations are given to the Consortium for Research Practices.

5. Required Research Practices experience
Unique to the MS-RP is a structured relationship between the School of Architecture and AEC industry firms in the Consortium for Research Practices. Students work with faculty for research internships and with firm leaders in practice internships. Together the research and practice internship experiences allow students to demonstrate leadership in innovative, relevant and future-oriented work.

Sample Program Plans


Sample Schedule for Concurrent M. Arch + MS-RP


During M.Arch Program  
Pro Practice  
Building Stories  
Arch or Outside Elective  
Arch or Outside Elective  
Fall  
Practicum  
Research Methods  
Plan C, Part 1  
Directed Study or Research Experience 195 AXP hrs, Experience Setting O
RP Practice Experience 225 AXP hrs, Experience Setting A
Spring  
Practicum  
Plan C, Part 2  
Directed Study or Research Experience 195 AXP hrs, Experience Setting O
RP Practice Experience 225 AXP hrs, Experience Setting A
Total  
  0-390 AXP hrs Experience Setting O, 450 AXP hrs Experience Setting A
Directed study credits alternative only in special circumstances  
 

 

 

Sample Schedule for MS-RP only


Fall  
Reserach Methods  
Pro Practice  
Arch or Outside Elective  
Arch or Outside Elective or Directed Study  
Practice Experience 225 AXP hrs, Work-setting A
Spring  
Practicum  
Building Stories  
Plan C part 1  
Directed Study or Research Experience 195 AXP hrs, Work-setting O
RP Practice Experience 225 AXP hrs, Work-setting A
Fall  
Arch or outside elective  
Arch or outside elective  
Plan C part 2  
Directed Study or Research Experience 195 AXP hrs, Work-setting O
RP Practice Experience 225 AXP hrs, Work-setting A
Total  
  0-390 AXP hrs Work-setting O, 675 AXP hrs Work-setting A
Directed study credits alternative only in special circumstances  
 


 

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