Program Academic Focus
The School of Architecture + Art explores in many dimensions the meaning of making and the making of meaning. The School reinforces the student’s ability to think creatively and independently, reflecting the University’s ideals to develop citizens with integrity, conviction, and self-respect who are educated and motivated to be leaders in service to the community. The School of Architecture + Art offers a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture (NAAB-accredited).
The School of Architecture + Art graduate program encourages creativity, critical thinking, independent learning, and the exploration of ideas through hands-on making. Our innovative approach to education integrates ongoing, experiential learning with traditional classroom learning. Students develop an understanding of community scale and have the skill set to engage in the development, design and construction of projects that enhance that way of life through their actions as professional architects.
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Degree Program Pathways
The graduate program challenges students to carve out their own path of study. We are committed to preparing our graduates to be critical thinkers, global citizens, and design-build leaders. Students progress through the program from 1-3 years depending on their educational backgrounds. Most typically, the M.Arch. I enables students with an undergraduate degree in Architecture to earn the M.Arch. in one year and the M.Arch. III enables students with a program of study not in architecture to earn the M.Arch. in three years. Students accepted to the M.Arch. III pathway with an undergraduate degree not in architecture but in a related field may receive transfer credit and shorten the three-year course of study accordingly.
In most states and territories an accredited first professional degree, like the Master of Architecture, is a requirement for professional licensure.
The School of Architecture + Art honors its position within a teaching institution in its emphasis on service amidst ever-developing strengths in research. We nurture the study and practice of architecture as a great and noble pursuit, inherently interdisciplinary and requiring a balance of art and science, pragmatics and poetics, ecology and economy, social responsibility and personal artistic expression. Our curriculum promotes the notion of the "citizen-architect" in the spirit of Alden Partridge's ideal of the "citizen soldier."
The Master's degree in Architecture prepares students for the profession of architecture. The School emphasizes practical experience (through a practicum) as well as autonomy and rigor (through an architectural thesis and graduate seminars).
Graduates of the Architecture Program will:
Be respected and recognized for technical competence in the creation of solutions that balance sustainability, resiliency, societal and economic issues.
Become successful architects with a range of capabilities including residential design, small and large institutional project design, civic projects and urban planning projects.
Help their communities by advocating and implementing good design principles at a broad range of scales
Communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences.
Actively engage in continuing education throughout life.
Be recognized for their leadership skills and their abilities to work with all people.
Additional Program Information
Private architectural firms
Commercial, industrial, and retail design
Real estate and development
Sales and manufacturing
Public and private institutions
The M.Arch I is a combined bachelor and master five-year professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), www.naab.org, 1101 Connecticut Ave NW #410, Washington, DC 20036, phone, 202-783-2007. The M.Arch. III, the pathway to the M.Arch. for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture, is pending NAAB approval.