RIT has received approval from the New York State Department of Education to offer a Master of Architecture program.
A collaboration between RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, the master’s curriculum focuses on the areas of sustainability, urbanism and integrated practice such as energy efficiency.
The program is founded upon the principle that architecture programs can no longer afford to teach anything other than sustainable architecture. In addition to courses in industrial ecology, sustainable science and sustainable buildings, traditional courses in design, theory and even history will be taught through the lens of sustainability. Students will also have opportunities to collaborate with research labs and academic programs in pollution prevention, sustainable engineering, urban and community studies and public policy.
“This degree is a natural extension of the university’s international reputation in design, engineering and sustainability,” says Bill Destler, RIT president. The program will launch in the fall.