At a time of significant transition in the profession, RIT's architecture program allows for full incorporation of the skills and knowledge critical to the 21st century architect. The program will produce broad-thinking architects well grounded in the principles and practices of sustainability who can apply their knowledge and talents to the architectural problems posed by the modern city.
The program is designed for students with a broad range of interests and backgrounds who are interested in studying architecture at the graduate level, but whose undergraduate degrees were obtained in fields outside of architecture. The curriculum has been shaped by the global emphasis of sustainability, factors that impact urbanism, and the application of the principles of design and craft; along with a focus around building technology, materials, construction, and systems.
With a global need for a more sustainable world, including buildings and their impact on energy consumption and carbon footprints, the focus of many courses reflect the conditions of sustainable design and practice.
Design exploration is enhanced through the understanding of the implication of technology on both design process and product. The program enables students to focus and collaborate in many specialized areas of technology, including engineering, computer science, imaging science, materials and construction, and products and remanufacturing.
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 focuses on the practices and principles of preservation and adaptive reuse. The city of Rochester, New York, serves as an active learning environment for students.
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.
Students are required to complete 105 credit hours. Designed as a full-time program, courses are offered on campus, primarily during the day. Much of the course work is studio-based and includes technical courses, sustainability courses, and some elective. In addition to three required sustainability courses, students will take one sustainability elective. All students prepare a thesis, during their final year of study. Students take four graduate electives, drawn from courses offered by the colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Engineering, Imaging Arts and Sciences, and Liberal Arts.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|ARCH-611||Architectural Representation I||3|
|ARCH-621||Architectural History I||3|
|ARCH-631||Architectural Design I||6|
|ARCH-612||Architectural Representation II||3|
|ARCH-622||Architectural History II||3|
|ARCH-632||Architectural Design II||6|
|ARCH-641||Fundamentals of Building Systems||3|
|ARCH-731||Architectural Studio I: Site||6|
|ARCH-741||Integrated Building Systems I||3|
|ARCH-732||Architectural Studio II: Tectonic||6|
|ARCH-742||Integrated Building Systems II||3|
|ARCH-752||Urban and Regional Planning||3|
|ARCH-762||Industrial Ecology Fundamentals||3|
|ARCH-733||Architectural Studio III: Adaptive||6|
|ARCH-743||Integrated Building Systems III||3|
|ARCH-753||Research Seminar/Thesis Prep||3|
|ARCH-763||Sustainable Building Metrics||3|
|ARCH-734||Architectural Studio IV: Urban||6|
|ARCH-744||Integrated Building Systems IV||3|
|Fourth Year (fall only)|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||105|
To be considered for admission to the M.Arch. program in architecture, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
Applicants who exceed the general admission requirements may be considered for conditional acceptance before GRE scores are available.
All applications must be accompanied by a PDF digital portfolio. Print or bound portfolios or digital portfolios in formats other than PDF will not be accepted or reviewed. Please note, all PDF portfolios should be less than 6.0mb. Files larger than this will not be accepted or reviewed. In the event the review committee requires additional information or higher resolution images, the applicant will be notified.
Guidelines for portfolio preparation: