M.S. in Architecture

Curriculum

The full program is designed as a 36-credit curriculum and can be completed in one full year. Placement in the program with advanced standing is dependent on the previous education and experience of the student. The Program Director reviews each applicant’s academic and work history to determine specific placement in the program.

The core curriculum consists of 12 credits:
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Design Studio (6)
Research Methods (3)
Principals and Methodologies of Sustainable Design (3).

Directed research consists of 12 credits:
Four 3-credit courses: a combination of electives in concentration areas, imbedded research experience or directed research in a focus area with an advisor.

Thesis Project:
Consists of 9 credits (two semesters).

Total Credit hours : 36 

Year

Major Core

Electives

One

Summer Semester – Pre-Year 1

  • Bridge Design Studio – basic design skills, conceptual thinking and communication (3)
    (students with an architecture degree or similar experience can apply for advanced standing for this course)

One

Fall Semester – Year 1

  • Interdisciplinary Sustainable Design Studio (6)
  • Research Methods (3)
  • Principals and Methodologies of Sustainable Design (3)

One

Spring Semester – Year 1

  • Graduate Project (6)
  • Focus Elective (3)
  • Focus Elective or Internship Experience (3)

One

Summer Semester – Year 1

  • Graduate Project (3)
  • Focus Elective (3)
  • Focus Elective or Internship Experience (3)

 

Total Credit hours :36

 

Façade Design and Technology Concentration

The core curriculum for the Façade Design and Technology Track is 12 credits consisting of Principles and Methodologies of Sustainable Design (3), Research Methods (3) and Graduate Project (6). The remaining 24 credits are accumulated by taking two 12 credit modules in the program. The modules are constructed around three themes, Building Science/Energy, Computation and Praxis (Design/Build). It is possible to take a 12-credit module in one of the other CABE graduate programs such as MS Sustainable Design.

Year 1:

Fall (9)
Principals and Methodologies of Sustainable Design (3)
Module 1 course (3)
Module 2 course (3)

Spring (9)
Module 1 course (3)
Module 1 course (6)

Year 2:

Fall (9)
Research Methods (3)
Module 2 course (6)

Spring (9)
Module 2 course (3)
Graduate Thesis Project (6)

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 36

 

HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING CURRICULUM

The High Performance Building curriculum is structured around the required core classes of Sustainable Design Interdisciplinary Studio (4), Principles and Methodologies of Sustainable Design (3), Architectural Research Methods (3) and Graduate Project (9). The remaining 12 credits allow the student to pursue courses, independent study or professional research work related to their chosen topic of study under the umbrella of High Performance Building. These credits may be taken in one of the other College graduate programs or structured as directed independent research with a faculty advisor. This allows the student to customize their research and align it to what they are doing professionally.

Summer

Introduction to Design Studio (3)

Fall

Interdisciplinary Sustainable Design Studio (4)
Architectural Research Methods (3)
Principals and Methodologies of Sustainable Design (3)

Spring

Graduate Project (6)
Focus Elective (3)
Focus Elective or Internship (3)

Summer

Graduate Project (3)
Focus Elective (3)
Focus Elective or
Internship (3)

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 34

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