Architecture, Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Programs and Objectives

Master of Architecture Program (Program Director - Associate Professor Bradley Horn)

We explore architecture as a field of open experimentation while remaining grounded in a shared commitment to the social good. The Master of Architecture I professional degree and Master of Architecture II post-professional degree programs embrace the role of the architect in contemporary society as a politically engaged, positive agent of change. Using New York City as a laboratory, our curriculum propels students into the urban landscape to connect with stakeholders and to draw inspiration from the city's teeming diversity. With rigorous education in handcraft, digital fabrication, history, contemporary architectural theory, technology, and sustainable building practices, students graduate as multivalent and agile thinkers, ready to confront difficult and unpredictable design challenges with innovative ideas. Come join us if you want to use design to make the world a better place.

 

Master of Architecture I

The Master of Architecture I program is open to students who have completed a baccalaureate in another field. It is an intensive three-year course of study progressing from fundamental to advanced education in architectural theory and practice. The curricular sequence is composed of a four-semester core followed by two final semesters that include advanced options studios and an array of elective offerings. Required core courses provide a rigorous foundation in design, digital representation, building technology, and architectural history and theory, while our advanced studios and elective offerings challenge students to integrate this knowledge through research and speculation. Throughout the program students are trained to synthesize the theoretical underpinnings of architecture with the practical skills necessary to competently and responsibly construct buildings.

Master of Science in Architecture

The MS in Arch. program is directed at students who already hold a first professional degree in architecture who wish to deepen their design abilities and expand their knowledge of contemporary theory, technology, and environmental systems. The three studios in the sequence provide in-depth studies of architectural problems that seek to integrate the forms, ideas, and technologies that anticipate construction. Projects may also explore the far boundaries of the discipline of architecture, participating in the research behind its continuing reinvention.

Students will have the opportunity to take a number of elective courses in areas of their own special interest. These may be selected from among those offered in the three programs of the School as well as from other institutions in the CUNY system, including the Graduate Center. Students are strongly encouraged to seek these points of conjuncture between architecture and related disciplines that are most meaningful to their individual development as practitioners.

Requirements for the M.Arch. Degree

Master of Architecture I First Professional Degree

Course NumberTitleCredits

Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARCH 61001Digital Techniques

3

ARCH 61100Architectural Studio 1.1

6

ARCH 61201Survey of World Architecture 1

3

ARCH 62301Materials/Construction S

3

ARCH 73500Site Design

3

Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARCH 62001Visual Studies

3

ARCH 62100Architectural Studio 1.2

6

ARCH 62201Survey of World Architecture 2

3

ARCH 61301Materials/Construction L

3

ARCH 62401Structures I Introduction to Structures

3

Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARCH 73100Architecture Studio 1.3

9

ARCH 73201Survey of World Architecture III

3

ARCH 71301Building Modeling

3

ARCH 73401Structures 2 – Design of Structural Elements

3

Semester 4

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARCH 74100Architecture Studio 1.4

9

ARCH 74401Structures III Behavior of Structural Systems

3

ARCH 74501Environmental Systems

3

ARCH 85201Survey of World Architecture IV

3

Semester 5

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARCH 85101Advanced Studio

6

ARCH 85200Design Seminar

3

ARCH 85600Professional Practice

3

ARCH 85300Advanced Computing

3

Elective

3

Semester 6

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARCH 85101Advanced Studio

6

ARCH 85200Design Seminar

3

Electives

9

Total Credit Hours: 108

Master of Science in Architecture Post-Professional Degree

Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARCH 91102Advanced Studio

6

ARCH 91202Design Seminar I

3

Electives

9

Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARCH 92202Design Seminar II

3

ARCH 92102Advanced Studio

6

Electives

9

Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARCH 93103Advanced Studio

6

Elective Courses

6

Total Credit Hours: 48