Architecture and Design
The Master of Architecture degree is the first and only accredited architecture degree at a public institution in New England.
Prerequisites for admission to the three-year program are college physics and calculus. Recommended is an introduction to architectural history. Applicants who hold a four-year pre-professional degree in architecture from an institution with an NAAB program (or equivalent) may be admitted with advanced standing and may be able to graduate in two years. The minimum requirement for graduation is 87 credits or 57 credits with advanced standing.
History and Theory Sequence
Areas of Knowledge
Each student in the Master of Architecture program is also required to assemble a coherent, faculty-approved study plan in an Area of Knowledge. The study plan comprises three electives for a total of at least 9 credits, the Research Forum, and the Master’s Project Architecture in which this knowledge is developed and integrated. The following interdependent groupings contribute to each Area, which is defined by a viewpoint of interiority and/or architecture.
Agency: Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Archeology, Assistive Technology, Economics, Gender Studies, Legal Studies, Resource Economics.
Inhabitation: Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Assistive Technology, Economics, Gender Studies, History, Mechanical Engineering, Performance Arts, Physics of Sound, Planning, Psychology, Sociology.
Legacy: Archeology, Art/Architectural History, History, Legal Studies, Public History, Politics, Religion.
Material: Visual Arts, Construction, Building Materials and Wood Technology, Materials Science, Structural Engineering, Resource Economics.
Sustainability: Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Building Materials and Wood Technology, Environmental History, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Landscape Architecture, Legal Studies, Resource Economics.
Terrain: Landscape Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Urban and Regional Planning.
Students have access to rich and diverse course selections to design their Area of Knowledge through a network of courses and resources across the University and the Five College consortium, also consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges.