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November 7, 2015

Graduate Architecture open house and call for applications

College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona
University of Arizona Material Labs by CAPLA. Courtesy of Arizona Board of Regents.

SoA Graduate open house
Our 2016 Admissions Open House events will include touring the CAPLA facilities, such as our world–class Materials Laboratory and House Energy Doctor Lab; presentations about the Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture programs; lunch with faculty, current students, and recent graduates; attending design studio reviews; and a discussion session about the application process. RSVP Amy Moraga now for this year’s open house.

The Master of Architecture at the University of Arizona combines a place-based design approach, honed in the extreme climate and exquisite landscape of the Sonoran desert, with cutting-edge material and environmental research and hands-on learning. The School values architecture as the intertwining of sensible, technical, historical, intellectual and aesthetic activities. Architecture, to this end, is a research-based creative practice. While inflected by place, material circumstances, and expressive of the ethos of our time and place, Master of Architecture students develop a portable, global sensibility, empowering them to develop critical modes of practice in our region and around the globe. The 1–3-year Master of Architecture curriculum is formed around a carefully orchestrated series of design studios and synthesized support topics that allow for the mastery of fundamentals and advanced processes, along with the experimentation required for critical practice. The curriculum culminates in a master’s project that includes future-oriented research and a design project. The Master of Architecture is NAAB accredited.

While at the UA, architecture students have opportunities to participate in international study programs (summer and fall) as well as interdisciplinary studios with Master of Landscape Architecture and Planning students.

The Master of Science in Architecture programs engage post-professional graduate students in an intensive three-semester curriculum for focused design research inquiry on relevant built environment topics. The degree currently offers three concentration options, including: 1) Design and Energy Conservation, 2) Heritage Conservation, and 3) Independent Research with strengths in Emerging Materials and Technologies, and Health and Well-Being. Each program expands the depth and breadth of expertise to create unique opportunities for leadership, scholarship, entrepreneurship, and innovation across private, public, and academic arenas.

Students in either graduate architecture program may pursue double degrees in Landscape Architecture (MLA) or Planning (MSP), or a Master of Architecture + Master of Science in Architecture, following the Design and Energy Conservation track, by Independent Research or Heritage Conservation. Students may also pursue a Certificate in Heritage Conservation.

Faculty within the MArch and MSArch Programs
Nader Chalfoun (MSArch DEC Program Chair) / Christopher Domin / Mary Hardin / Darci Hazelbaker / Brooks Jeffery (MSArch HC Program Chair) / Brad Lang / Chris Lasch / Bill Mackey / Wilson Peterson / Shawn Protz / Clare Robinson / Teresa Rosano / Lisa Schrenk / Shane Smith (MSArch IND Program Chair) / Beth Weinstein (MArch Program Chair)

Recent guest speakers
David Benjamin, Steve Christer, Kenneth Frampton, Andrew Freear, Grace La, James Timberlake, Peter Stutchbury, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Current research and outreach projects and areas of research / creative practice activity
Critical Practice; Regional Architecture; Design-Build; Design + Energy Conservation; Advanced Material Technologies; Advanced Computation; History + Theory of Architecture; Housing, Campus Architecture, Theater + Performance Space Design and other building typologies; Experimental + Lightweight Structures; Future Cities / Desert Cities; Design for Resiliency in Relation to Climate Change; Urban Issues of Borderlands; Art + Urban Activism; Place + Well-Being.

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline may pursue a Master of Architecture Degree. Students with 4-year studio-based undergraduate architecture degrees may apply for admission to the MArch II program. Admission is based upon rigorous examination of applications, including a portfolio of design or creative work, statement of intention, academic records, and interviews with candidates. Applications are processed by the School of Architecture’s Graduate Admissions Committee, and managed through the UA web-based graduate admissions system. To learn more about the application process, contact the Graduate Programs Advisor.

 

 

Graduate Architecture open house and call for applications at the University of Arizona

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