Master of Architecture

CCA's Master of Architecture Program is a professional degree program that emphasizes innovation and experimentation in architectural design.

Through a focus on advanced digital technologies and material systems, design research and urban agency, CCA strives to develop the next generation of designers who will shape our future built environments.

World-Class Faculty

CCA offers classes and design studios led by world-class faculty with active design and research practices. Widely published and exhibited, our faculty supports an open-minded attitude to design and strives to instill in our students a desire to evolve, adapt, and respond to the ever-changing architectural landscape.

We believe architects are makers of culture and makers of the future -- leading and responding to social, economic, and ecological change.

San Francisco Bay Area: Location Matters

San Francisco is CCA’s urban design laboratory. We tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of the Bay Area and foster collaborative relationships with a number of local practices and organizations that are actively shaping the future.

Innovation is at the heart of the Bay Area and CCA’s Master of Architecture Program thrives in this landscape. Our national and international network is amplified by our public programs lecture series that features architects and theorists from both around the world and the Bay Area, who come to CCA to present their work and directly engage studios and seminars.

Master of Architecture [MArch]

Designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in another field, our NAAB-accredited program provides a three-year professional master's degree in architecture. (The program is also available to students who have begun their architectural studies at the undergraduate level.)

Advanced standing may be granted to those who have some previous education in the field. Placement is based on a review of portfolio and undergraduate transcripts.

Master of Advanced Architectural Design [MAAD]

In addition to the NAAB-accredited MArch Program, CCA also offers a post-professional Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD) program with three specializations: Digital Design Technologies; Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology; and Design Theory and Critical Practices.