6: Graduate School of Architecture

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Ownership of Student Works | Applications | Master of Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture | Special Programs | Master of Planning | Master of Architectural History
Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Architecture | Interdisciplinary Programs | Programs Abroad

Master of Architecture

Admission   Students from three types of academic backgrounds are admitted to the graduate degree programs in Architecture: those without a preprofessional degree in Architecture (Path A); those with a four-year B.S. degree in Architecture (Path B); and those with a professional, five-year degree in Architecture (Path C). The department offers degree programs in Architecture with an emphasis on the land, the city, building and history/theory through design exploration.

Most states require that an individual intending to become an architect hold an accredited degree. There are two types of degrees accredited by the National Architectural Accredition Board: (1) The Bachelor of Architecture, which requires a minimum of five years of study; and (2) The Master of Architecture, which requires a minimum of three years of study following an unrelated bachelor's degree, or two years following a related preprofessional bachelor's degree. These professional degrees are structured to educate those who aspire to registration/licensure as architects.

The four-year, preprofessional degree, where offered, is not accredited by NAAB. The preprofessional degree is useful for those wishing a foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for employment options in architecturally related areas.

Path A Curriculum
The Path A program allows students without pre-professional undergraduate degrees, (e.g., B.S. in Architecture) to obtain a first professional degree in a minimum of three years plus an initial summer session. Applicants must hold an approved baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. After the first year, each student's studio work is evaluated to determine progress and ability to continue in the program. Prior to enrollment, it is desirable for students to have completed an equivalent to MATH 121 (Calculus) as well as a course in college Physics.

The Path A curriculum is initiated by a summer session establishing a common ground for both architecture and landscape architecture students. The Lawn is the subject of extensive analytic investigations, stressing the development of graphic skills for description, interpretation, intervention and conjunction. The summer session establishes a clear syntax of structure, a profound respect for diagrammatic clarity, and the precision of the graphic discipline.

The three-year curriculum is a sequence of recurrent architectural concerns manifested from the Lawn analyses, and it constitutes a prescribed core of foundation studies. History is reviewed and grounded here and now as useful knowledge by a conjunctive engagement with the studio. The foundation assumptions of our discipline are both presented and re-evaluated in light of critical and constructive readings of the contemporary landscape. From the start of the curriculum, building is to be appreciated as a verb and proceeds from an understanding of systems through design development, into the opportunity to work collaboratively on construction documents. Each semester an Elective opportunity requires the student to determine an intentional path through this curriculum that forces an appreciation and participation in projects engaging the larger school. A total of 111 credits is required for graduation.

Summer Session
ARCH 501 Architectural Design 3
ARCH 544 Computer Graphics and Design Application 2
ARCH 502 Architectural Design 3
ARCH 505 Architectural Graphics 2
Total 10
First Year
First Semester
ARCH 601 Architectural Design 6
AR H 501 History of Architecture: Ancient, Medieval, and Early Renaissance 3
ARCH 553 Architectural Theory3
L AR 514 Intro. to Theories of Modern Landscape Architecture or 
LAR 512 History of European and Asian Landscape Architecture3
ARCH 523 Materials and Assembly 3
Total 18
Second Semester
ARCH 602 Architectural Design 6
AR H 502 History of Architecture: Renaissance to Modern3
ARCH 554 Architectural Analysis: Key Buildings of Modernism 3
ARCH 524 Introduction to Structural Design3
ARCH Elective 3
Total 18
Second Year
First Semester
ARCH 701 Architectural Design 6
AR H 571 History of Urban Form 3
ARCH 721 Structural Design for Dynamic Loads 4
ARCH Elective 3
Total 16
Second Semester
ARCH 702 Architectural Design 6
AR H 503 History of Modern Arch. 3
ARCH 589 Environmental Choices 2
ARCH 525 Environmental Control Systems and Building Services4
ARCH Elective 3
Total 18
Third Year
First Semester
ARCH 80l Architectural Design -- Option Studio 6
L AR 517 Site Planning 3
ARCH 823 Projects in Technology 4
ARCH Elective 3
Total 16
Second Semester
ARCH 802 Architectural Design -- Option Studio/Thesis 6
ARCH 848 Professional Practice 3
ARCH Building elective 3
ARCH Elective 3
Total 15
Total Credits111


Path B Curriculum
The course of study follows the prescribed core of foundation studies -- History, Land, and Building -- each semester, stressing both professional accountability and Elective integrity. The rigorous design studios will investigate architecture between the city and the window, and stress an expectation of excellence through clearly productive strategies for construction. This demanding, fast-paced program requires students to coordinate core and elective course requirements as integral to these studio projects. Expectation of a capacity for independent work is available through several school-wide programs: Preservation, American Urbanism, Programs Abroad and Thesis. A total of 66 credits is required for graduation.

First Year
First Semester
ARCH 701 Architectural Design 6
ARCH 553 Architectural Theory3
L AR 514 Intro. to Theories of Modern Landscape Architecture 3
ARCH 721 Structural Design for Dynamic Loads 4
ARCH Elective 3
Total 19
Second Semester
ARCH 702 Architectural Design 6
ARCH 554 Architectural Analysis: Key Bluildings of Modernism3
ARCH 589 Environmental Choices 2
ARCH Building elective 3
ARCH Elective 3
Total 17
Second Year
First Semester
ARCH 801 Architectural Design -- Option Studio6
AR H History elective 3
ARCH 823 Projects in Technology 4
ARCH Elective 3
Total 16
Second Semester
ARCH 802 Architectural Design -- Option Studio/Thesis 6
ARCH 848 Professional Practice 3
ARCH Building elective 3
ARCH Elective 3
Total 15
Total Credits67

After the first year, studio work in ARCH 701 and ARCH 702 is evaluated, and honor students may be allowed to undertake a thesis or a special studio with consent of the chair.


Path C Curriculum
The Path C curriculum is for those with a professional undergraduate degree in architecture (B.Arch.). The program provides an opportunity to undertake more advanced studies in architecture. These should be self-initiated studies directed by faculty members, and should draw on the resources of the School of Architecture and the University. Because of the individualized nature of this program, the applicant is encouraged to visit the School of Architecture for an interview. A total of 30 credits are required for graduation. The course of study may be extended beyond one year with permission of the chair.

First Year
First Semester
ARCH 803 Architectural Design 6
ARCH Elective 3
ARCH Elective 3
ARCH Elective 3
Total 15
Second Semester
ARCH 804 Architectural Design 6
ARCH Technical elective 3
ARCH Elective 3
ARCH Elective 3
Total 15
Total Credits30


Option Programs
In addition to the three professional degree programs, the School of Architecture offers special programs or options. These programs may be undertaken by students enrolled in one of the three programs with consent of the chair and a program director. In some cases more time may be needed to satisfy normal program requirements. Students must meet all requirements for admission to and completion of the Master of Architecture program.

The following special programs are available. Interested students should consult with the chair and the program directors.

Historic Preservation Program   The option program in Historic Preservation is open to those students enrolled in Path A, Path B, and Path C. Admission to the Historic Preservation Program is subject to the approval of the Department of Architecture chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Director of the Program. Students must also meet all requirements for admission to and completion of the Master of Architecture Program. It is expected that the program requirements can be met within the normal curricula of each Path with the exception of Path C, which takes an extra semester.

American Urbanism Program   The Advanced Studies in American Urbanism Program is open to qualified degree candidates in the graduate program, and to persons in mid-career who wish to extend their field of knowledge in this area. Because of the special nature of this program, interested candidates are strongly advised to arrange an interview with the program director.

Programs Abroad   Architecture students may, with approval, spend a portion of their second or third year in Venice or attend the summer program in Vicenza.


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