|P.O. Box 642220
Pullman, WA 99164-2220
United StatesMain Phone: 509-335-5539
Web site: www.arch.wsu.edu
|Gregory A. Kessler, Professor and Director
Master of Architecture Program
The School of Architecture and Construction Management offers an accredited (NAAB) Master of Architecture degree. Once completed, this degree allows students to participate in an architect internship program and qualify for the State Architecture Licensing exam. (Note that most states require an accredited degree by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in order to take the licensing exam.)
The accredited graduate program at WSU offers three different tracks for completing the Master of Architecture degree. Track 1 is a 1 ½ year program (3 semesters plus summer) and is specifically for students that have a four year undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from WSU or a professional accredited degree (B Arch) from a university in the U.S. Track 2 is a 2 ½ year (5 semesters plus summer) program that is available for students who have a four year undergraduate pre-professional degree in architecture from a U.S. university or its equivalent. Track 2 is also available for students who need additional coursework and or additional studio work. Track 3 is a 3 ½ year (7 semesters plus summer) program for students who have an undergraduate degree in a non architectural field. Determination for admission into Track 1 or Track 2 is based upon accomplishments and skills in previous course work and design as demonstrated through the student portfolio.
The Master of Architecture is offered at both the Pullman and Spokane campuses. Typically Track 1 and 3 are located at the Pullman campus. Track 2 students study at the Spokane campus. Specific first year coursework for Track 2 students will be based upon previous academic experience.
Master of Architecture students will engage in course work in studio, site design, technology, history and theory. The culmination of graduate study is a two semester graduate studio project. It is expected that the project be based on a defined hypothesis and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and solution to a particular issue in architecture.
National Architectural Accrediting Board Statement
In the United States , most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Arch D in Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Master’s degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
Selection of Master of Architecture students is highly selective and is made during the spring semester with initial coursework beginning the following fall semester (All applicants must submit application materials to be received by January 10th). Notification of acceptance will be on or before April 15th. Contact School of Architecture and Construction Management ( 509.335.5539 )or access website for detailed requirements regarding transcripts, portfolio, application forms, etc.
Master of Architecture Curriculum (final 3 semesters plus summer)
Note: Curriculum does not show Track 2 or Track 3 required undergraduate coursework as it is individually determined by an Admissions Committee based on applicant’s previous degrees and relevant coursework.
Fall: Semester one – 15 credits (Exact sequence of non studio courses may vary)
Spring: Semester two – 15 credits
Summer – 4 credits
Fall – Semester three – 12 credits
Graduate Course Descriptions
510 Design Studio 6 Prereq Arch 403. Faculty directed studio for first semester students in the 1.5 year program.
511 Design VIII/Graduate Design Project 6 (0-12) Prereq Arch 403. Studio course focuses on preliminary design of graduate project.
513 Graduate Design Project 6 (0-12) Prereq Arch 511,515. Final graduate design studio focusing on individualized topics.
525 History & Theory 3 History and theory of 20th Century Architecture focusing on cultural philosophical principles related to design.
527 Site and Landscape Design 3 Exploration of issues of site context analysis, topography, planning and landscape design.
531 Advanced Tectonics 3 Prereq Arch 330, 403. Tectonic theory of concrete and metal construction with focus on skin design and technology as formative elements in architecture.
542 Issues in Architecture 3 Prereq graduate standing; Arch 409, 525. Examination of issues in architecture related to society, culture, environment, politics and philosophy.
563 Structures III 3 Prereq Arch 351, 352. Wind and seismic loads on architectural structures; high-rise structure systems; reinforced con-crete and masonry structures.
570 6 Fall semester graduate design studio 2.5 year program.
571 6 Spring semester graduate design studio 2.5 year program.
573 Ethics & Practice 3 Prereq Arch 472. Ethical and professional practice issues related to the business and practice of architecture; investigations into marketing Client and business orientation.
577 Theories and Methods of Urban Construction 3 Prereq graduate standing. Morphology, theoretical concepts, planning and spatial structure of cities and analysis of the transformation of the city core in Europe and America.
580 Architecture Internship 4 Prereq graduate student in M. Arch degree program. Placement in an approved industrial, professional, or governmental position for specialized or general experience.