Master of Architecture Curriculum

The Master in Architecture curriculum integrates history, theory, diverse design methodologies, and cutting-edge technology.

Overview

Work across four key areas

At the heart of our curriculum is the design studio. You’ll learn to synthesize a wide range of ideas, contemporary issues, and digital technologies required for the conceptualization of architecture. From speculative to comprehensive building strategies, you’ll work toward a final independent thesis project.

Design Media

Advanced digital design and fabrication

You’ll develop core skills for the representation and visualization of architectural projects in Design Media studio courses. Electives within this sequence give you the freedom to experiment with parametric design methodologies, robotics, information modeling, image construction, and more.

History + Theory

Critical inquiry and rhetorical strategies

We ground your studio practice in the analysis and synthesis of historical architecture. By studying the discipline’s role within broad contexts—culture, philosophy, politics, and technology—you’ll develop a nuanced and strategic approach to contemporary issues. Electives within this sequence explore the natural environment, utopian ideals, and global modernism.

Building Technology

Integration of materials and systems

To help you bring together diverse building systems, you'll take a sequence of courses that focus on technology and practical issues:

  • Materials and methods (primary construction types)
  • Structural systems
  • Building energy (climate design strategies, solar geometry, daylighting)
  • Integrated Technology Systems

Electives within this sequence explore sustainability, prefabrication, and experimental construction.

Urbanism

The form, structure, and politics of the contemporary city

You’ll examine the relationships among our built environments, ecologies, and cities. Courses address issues of gentrification, collective living, and urban utopias. Electives within this sequence explore pop-up urbanism, resource-driven urbanism, and extreme sites such as demilitarized zones and post-industrial areas.

Join a studio culture focused on innovation

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