The Master of Architecture program’s curriculum has been shaped by the global emphasis on sustainability, factors that impact urbanism, and the hands-on application of the principles of design and technology on materials and construction.
With a global push for a more sustainable world, including buildings that use energy and environmental factors more efficiently to lessen an overall carbon footprint, the focus of many courses reflect the conditions of sustainable design and practice.
Because a degraded urban environment has grave implications for social, economic, cultural, and environmental health, the program pays particular attention to urban settings and urban principles. The complexity of the urban environment requires an interdisciplinary approach to architecture education – one that references economics, public policy, sociology, and regional culture. The program will focus on the practices and principles of preservation and adaptive reuse. The city of Rochester, New York, will serve as an active learning environment for students.
Integrated learning/Integrated practice
Like all strong design programs, the program’s core education will take place in the studio. However, our studio curriculum integrates construction technologies, material science, and mechanics into design. From the outset, students will approach design problems within teams, learning to value and leverage collective intelligence. The integrated learning model prepares students for the increasingly integrated practice of architecture, where integrated project delivery is fast becoming the dominant model, and architects are orchestrating teams of professionals from a variety of fields, including engineering, management, science, and computer science.
To be considered for admission to the M.Arch. program, applicant’s should:
- Have a baccalaureate degree (other than a B.Arch.) from an accredited institution, and an undergraduate cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or higher.
- At least one semester of previous coursework in calculus and physics.
- Submit transcripts from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate coursework.
- Present a portfolio of creative work, which may include sketches, constructions, graphics, and/or photographs. (While student portfolios will likely not include examples of architectural drawing/design, evidence of creative talent will be important in determining admission).
- Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
- Submit three letters of recommendation from former instructors and/or professional employers.
GRE and English language requirements
Applicants should submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination with a minimum score of 500 (V) and 500 (Q). International applicants must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), and 100 (Internet-based). Applicants who exceed the general admission requirements may be considered for conditional acceptance before GRE scores are available.
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