Master of Architecture


Program Description


Domestic applicants

Completion of a Bond University Bachelor of Architectural studies at a credit average (GPA 2.0/4.0) AND/OR high-quality portfolio of design work. Completion of an undergraduate degree program approved by the Australia New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) with a credit average (GPA 2.0/4.0 or 5.0/7.0) AND/OR high-quality portfolio of design work. Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.0/4.0 are required to include a portfolio for further consideration for entry.

International applicants

A combination of qualifications deemed to be equivalent to an undergraduate degree program approved by the Australia New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) with a credit average (GPA 2.0/4.0 or 5.0/7.0) PLUS high-quality portfolio of design work. English language IELTS 7.0 (no sub-score less than 6.5) or equivalent Bond University approved language test. Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.


The Master of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture is designed to develop the emerging architectural professional to be fearless in their design ability, as well as possess the confidence to change the world and the habitats of the future through their creative design skills, imaginative vision, strategic thinking and technical proficiency. Delivered through a comprehensive design studio environment, current issues are debated through historical and philosophical architectural thought as well as contemporary states of urban habitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. Professional architectural concerns in law, contracts and ethics are also examined which prepare you for the commercial world of architectural practice.

Research initiatives and studio workshops led by eminent visiting professors and internationally recognised professionals will offer you an opportunity to develop their architectural skills on a global scale. In addition to the permanent Faculty of award-winning practising architects and published scholars, the Abedian School of Architecture has developed partnerships with leading educators and professionals around the world who actively contribute to the architectural program. Some of the School’s associations include the Architectural Association School of Architects (UK), The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College (UK), the Pratt Institute (USA) and Virginia Tech (USA). Architecture students expand their skills within the landmark Abedian School of Architecture building.

The building was designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of internationally renowned firm Cook Robotham Architecture Bureau (London). The unique design of the School provides an exceptional student learning experience. The concept of the building aims to foster collaboration at all levels from undergraduates to postgraduates where architectural students and academics can learn, create and exhibit in an open plan studio environment. The striking design of the building also acts as a teaching tool where theory comes to life and will inspire innovation and creativity in students. The floating mezzanine, spiral staircases, and internal ‘street’ are just some of the design features that will excite and stimulate a contemporary education space in which students, industry and the community can learn, gather, and exhibit. You will benefit from exclusive access to seven new design studios, computing and fabrication laboratories, a digital robotics laboratory, traditional workshops, reading and resource rooms, an atelier as well as impressive exhibition and event space.

The School is one of a select number of architectural schools worldwide that incorporate architectural design through digital robotics, providing opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture. The Abedian School of Architecture features one of the lowest student to staff ratio of any architectural program offered in Australia, ensuring unrivalled access to state of the art equipment, as well as personalised attention and mentoring.


Delivered within a comprehensive design studio environment, each studio contains a combination of practical and professional applications, theoretical studies, technical proficiency and conceptual rigour. Each studio forms a discrete stage in the master’s sequence, culminating in a master’s thesis studio in the final semester of study, bringing integrated skills and knowledge together. You will undertake a Faculty elective in the final semester to complement your thesis study. You must complete the following subjects:

  • Architecture Design Studio 7
  • Architecture Design Studio 8
  • Architecture Design Studio 9
  • Architecture Masters Thesis Studio
  • Contemporary Architectural Theory
  • Special Topics in Design Communication
  • Special Topics in Design Technology
  • Supervised Independent Study
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Research Analysis and Representation

Plus one of the approved Faculty electives from the Faculty of Society & Design list of postgraduate subjects. National and International Architecture Study Tour options are available as an elective.


This program academically prepares you to gain eligibility towards the professional status of an architect in Australia or overseas. Professional status is governed at the State level in Australia. Professional registration overseas is governed by the relevant professional authority. The program enables you to enter the architecture profession in a variety of careers including architectural firms, government, construction, development, infrastructure and planning industries both in Australia and around the world. The strategic thinking, visual creativity, public engagement, design and technology skills, strategic management and entrepreneurial outlook developed in this degree also provides you with a wide range of career opportunities in the creative industries.

Many architectural graduates establish careers in design studios, virtual design, web and graphic design, fashion, advertising, industrial design, arts management and the visual arts. The Master of Architecture also prepares you for a pathway into higher education. The research dissertation offers a level of academic work in a student portfolio that is typically acceptable in applications for doctoral studies.


The Australian Institute of Architects and the Board of Architects of Queensland currently recognise and accredit the Master of Architecture program. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is recognised as the normal pathway to the Master of Architecture.

Last updated Jul 2019

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