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The practice of architecture in the 21st century is increasingly driven by heightened cultural, social and environmental issues. In response, our top-tier NAAB accredited program offers a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum comprised of digital design, emerging fabrication technologies, environmental simulation software, new materials, and the opportunity to engage in a range of cross-disciplinary collaborations. Situated within the oldest technological institute in the U.S., the program draws upon a vast resource of science and engineering expertise in support of the school’s commitment to architecture as a project of interdisciplinary and social engagement. We envision the future of architecture transformed by a new generation of design research, creativity, innovation and new methodologies in the service of a socially vibrant and sustainable built environment.
Master of Architecture
The Master of Architecture graduate program is a three and one half year program leading to a NAAB accredited professional degree in architecture. The program is open to applicants with a baccalaureate or equivalent degree in any discipline or field of study. Students come from the full range of liberal arts, design, science, and engineering disciplines and are able to show evidence of analytical and creative skills. The first year of the curriculum constitutes the core foundation of design, technology, history and critical theory courses. The second two years of the curriculum build on the foundation with integrated advanced design studios and seminars.
M.Arch Advanced Standing
The M.Arch graduate program allows students holding a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree to be considered for advanced standing. Upon review of transcript and portfolio, successful candidates may have up to two design studios waived. The academic advisor and faculty members will review additional course waiver requests. The program begins with advanced design studios and seminars in the fall semester. Coursework opportunities include concentrations inbuilt ecologies, lighting and acoustics. A candidate admitted with advanced standing normally completes degree requirements within two years of full-time enrollment.
Master of Architecture I - Professional Program
The curriculum for this professional degree program parallels the B.Arch. program, albeit in an accelerated manner. It features a distinct pedagogical core through an advanced history and theory course sequence. On average, this degree is completed in three and a half years (one summer plus three academic years).
The M.Arch.I degree provides a balanced education in architectural design, history, theory, and technology. As a professional program, it centers on the design studio where projects address myriad design issues through multiple strategies ranging from the design of carefully crafted objects to architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.
The National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredits the Rensselaer School of Architecture’s Master of Architecture three and a half-year program.
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Last updated January 30, 2018