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Architecture M.Arch.

Semester Requirements

Dennis A. Andrejko, Chairman
(585) 475-4990, info@sustainability.rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/gis/architecture/

Program overview

At a time of significant transition in the profession, the architecture program allows for full incorporation of the skills and knowledge critical to the 21st century architect. The program’s purpose is to 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.

Sustainability

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.

Technology

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.

Urbanism

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, will serve as an active learning environment for students.

Integrated learning/Integrated practice

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.

Curriculum

Students are required to complete 105 semester credit hours. Designed as a full-time program, courses are offered on campus, primarily during the day. The majority of the course work is studio-based, with the exception of technical courses and some elective and sustainability courses. In addition to three required sustainability courses, students will take one sustainability elective. All students will prepare a thesis in their last year. Students will 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.

Architecture, M.Arch. degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARCH-611 Architectural Representation I 3
ARCH-621 Architectural History I 3
ARCH-631 Architectural Design I 6
ARCH-761 Understanding Sustainability 3
ARCH-612 Architectural Representation II 3
ARCH-622 Architectural History II 3
ARCH-632 Architectural Design II 6
ARCH-741 Integrated Building Systems I 3
Second Year
ARCH-731 Architectural Studio I: Site 6
ARCH-742 Integrated Building Systems II 3
ARCH-751 Architectural Theory 3
ARCH-732 Architectural Studio II: Tectonic 6
ARCH-743 Integrated Building Systems III 3
ARCH-753 Research Seminar/Thesis Prep 3
ARCH-762 Industrial Ecology Fundamentals 3
  Graduate Elective 3
Third Year
ARCH-733 Architectural Studio III: Adaptive 6
ARCH-744 Integrated Building Systems IV 3
ARCH-752 Urban and Regional Planning 3
ARCH-763 Sustainable Building Metrics 3
ARCH-734 Architectural Studio IV: Urban 6
ARCH-745 Integrated Building Systems V 3
ARCH-771 Professional Practice 3
  Graduate Elective 3
Fourth Year
ARCH-790 Thesis Studio 6
  Sustainability Elective 3
  Graduate Electives 6
ARCH-699 Cooperative Education Co-op
  Global Experience 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 105

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.Arch. program in architecture, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (other than a B.Arch.) from an accredited institution,
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or higher,
  • Successfully complete at least one semester each of college-level math (e.g. algebra, pre-calc, calculus) and science courses (e.g. physics, earth science, chemistry).
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit a one page personal statement explaining your interest in studying architecture at the graduate level.
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (one from a current or former teacher or academic adviser; one from a current or former supervisor; and one from someone familiar with your creative abilities).
  • Submit a PDF digital portfolio (see portfolio guidelines) of creative work, which may include sketches, constructions, graphics, and/or photographs (While student portfolios will likely not include examples of architectural drawing/design, evidence of creative talent will be important in determining admission).
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based) and 100 (Internet-based) are required. 

Applicants who exceed the general admission requirements may be considered for conditional acceptance before GRE scores are available.

Portfolio requirements

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:

  • Image quality: A medium quality image setting on a digital camera is sufficient. No images should be pixelated.
  • File size: The total size must be 8.5"x11” format and cannot exceed 6.0mb. Alternatively students may use the PDF portfolio feature (found under FILE, in more recent versions of Adobe Acrobat) to create a portfolio.
  • Orientation: Landscape orientation is preferred.
  • Cropping: Crop out unnecessary objects from the images so that there are no distractions from work presented.
  • Image enhancement: If the image files of your work are not accurate after photographing, image-editing software is allowed to correct the appearance of the files submitted. Please use caution. It is important to maintain the integrity of the original artwork.
  • File name: Only one PDF portfolio file is allowed. It should be labeled using the following format: UARC_XX_LASTNAME.PDF, (XX is equal to the code for the academic year to which you are applying, ex: 2013 would be 13, 2014 would be 14, etc.) Enter last name in all capital letters in place of LASTNAME. Do not enter given names or middle names in this field.
  • Submission: All PDF portfolio files must be submitted via email to gradapp@rit.edu. Students should Include their name in the subject line of the email. Files delivered on CD/ROM or USB drives will not be reviewed or accepted.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

At a time of significant transition for the architectural profession, the architecture program allows for full incorporation of the skills and knowledge critical to the 21st century architect. The program’s purpose is to 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 program’s curriculum has been shaped by the global emphasis of sustainability, factors that impact urbanism, and the hands-on application of the principles of design and technology on materials and construction.

Sustainability

With a global push for a more sustainable world, including buildings that use energy and environmental factors more efficiently to lessen an overall carbon footprint, the focus of many courses reflect the conditions of sustainable design and practice.

Technology

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.

Urbanism

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 will focus on the practices and principles of preservation and adaptive reuse. The city of Rochester, New York, will serve as an active learning environment for students.

Integrated learning/Integrated practice

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.

Curriculum

Students are required to complete 148 quarter credit hours to successfully complete the program. Designed as a full-time program, courses will be offered on campus, primarily during the day.

The majority of the coursework is studio-based, with the exception of some elective and sustainability courses. In addition to three required sustainability courses, students will take one sustainability elective. All students will prepare a thesis in their last year. Students will take three graduate electives, drawn from courses offered by the colleges of Liberal Arts, Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, Imaging Arts and Sciences, and Business.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Architecture, M.Arch. degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
5010-611, 612, 613 Architectural Graphics I, II, III  
5010-621, 622, 623 Architectural Design I, II, III  
5010-631, 632 Integrated Building Systems I, II  
5010-651, 652 Architectural History I, II  
5001-703 Fundamentals of Sustainable Science  
Second Year
5010-721, 722, 723 Design Studio: Site, Tectonic and Adaptive  
5010-733, 734, 735 Integrated Building Systems III, IV, IV  
5010-741 Urban and Regional Planning  
5010-751, 752 Architectural Theory I, II  
5001-704 Industrial Ecology  
5001-711 Performance Metrics and Certification of Sustainable Buildings  
Third Year
5010-724 Design Studio: Urban  
5010-726, 727 Thesis Studio I, II  
5010-736 Integrated Building Systems VI  
5010-743 Research Seminar: Social  
5010-737 Innovative Building Systems  
5010-725 Thesis Preparation  
5010-742 Research Seminar: Urban  
5010-761 Professional Practice  
Total Quarter Credit Hours 148
 

Architecture, M.Arch. degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ARCH-611 Architectural Representation I 3
ARCH-621 Architectural History I 3
ARCH-631 Architectural Design I 6
ARCH-761 Understanding Sustainability 3
ARCH-612 Architectural Representation II 3
ARCH-622 Architectural History II 3
ARCH-632 Architectural Design II 6
ARCH-741 Integrated Building Systems I 3
Second Year
ARCH-731 Architectural Studio I: Site 6
ARCH-742 Integrated Building Systems II 3
ARCH-751 Architectural Theory 3
ARCH-732 Architectural Studio II: Tectonic 6
ARCH-743 Integrated Building Systems III 3
ARCH-752 Urban and Regional Planning 3
ARCH-762 Industrial Ecology Fundamentals 3
  Graduate Elective 3
Third Year
ARCH-733 Architectural Studio III: Adaptive 6
ARCH-744 Integrated Building Systems IV 3
ARCH-753 Research Seminar 3
ARCH-763 Sustainable Building Metrics 3
ARCH-734 Architectural Studio IV: Urban 6
ARCH-745 Integrated Building Systems V 3
ARCH-771 Professional Practice and Thesis Preparation 3
  Graduate Elective 3
Fourth Year
ARCH-790 Thesis Studio 6
ARCH-772 Innovative Architecture 3
  Sustainability Elective 3
  Graduate Elective 3
ARCH-699 Cooperative Education Co-op
  Global Experience 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 105

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.Arch. program, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (other than a B.Arch.) from an accredited institution,
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or higher,
  • Successful completion of at least one semester each of previous college-level course work
    in calculus (not pre-cal) and physics,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit a one page personal statement explaining why you are interested in studying architecture at the graduate level.
  • Submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation  (one from a current or former teacher or academic adviser; one from a current or former supervisor; and one from someone familiar with your creative abilities).
  • Submit a portfolio of your best creative work, which may include sketches, constructions, graphics, and/or photographs (While student portfolios will likely not include examples of architectural drawing/design, evidence of
    creative talent will be important in determining admission).
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based) and 100 (Internet-based) are required. 

Applicants who exceed the general admission requirements may be considered for conditional acceptance before GRE scores are available.

Portfolio requirements


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:

Image quality: A medium quality image setting on a digital camera is sufficient. No images should be pixelated.

File size: The total size must be 8.5x11” and cannot exceed 6.0mb. Alternatively you may use the PDF portfolio feature (found under FILE, in more recent versions of Acrobat) to create your portfolio. Again, total file size may not exceed  6.0mb.

Orientation: Landscape orientation is preferred.

Cropping: Crop out unnecessary objects from the images so that there are no distractions from work presented..

Image enhancement: If the image files of your work are not accurate after photographing, image-editing software is allowed to correct the appearance of the files you are submitting. Please use caution. It is important to maintain the integrity of the original artwork. Images should be clear and free of
reflections or “hot spots.”

File name: You may submit only one PDF file as your portfolio. It should follow this format: UARC_XX_LASTNAME.PDF, where XX is equal to the two year code for the academic year to which you are applying, 2011, for example would be 11, 2012 would be 12, etc. Enter your last name in all capital letters in place of LASTNAME. Do not enter given names or middle names in this field.

Submission. All PDF portfolio files must be submitted via email to gradapp@rit.edu. Include your name in the subject line of the email. Files delivered on CD/ROM or USB drives will not be reviewed or accepted.