|550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United StatesMain Phone: 617-989-4450
Web site: http://www.wit.edu/arch/
|Mr. Glenn Wiggins, Head
Department Mission Statement
Architectural education at Wentworth embraces the complex nature of architecture as a conceptual, technical, and social practice that is ultimately centered on the art of making. The program encourages deep explorations in the material culture of architecture and challenges students to deploy this knowledge in ways that enrich the built environment and enhance people’s lives.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS-Arch) pre-professional degree in architecture.
Master of Architecture (M.Arch) professional degree in architecture; fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). (See ‘Accreditation’)
The architecture program at Wentworth is structured as a four-year (ten semester) pre-professional degree (BS-Arch.) followed by a one-year (two semester) professional degree (M.Arch) The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is comprised of eight semesters of on-campus curriculum plus two semesters of co-op work experience. The one-year graduate-level program provides the basis for awarding the Master of Architecture degree. The Department also offers a two-year program leading to a Master of Architecture degree (M.Arch) for students holding a 4-year NAAB-based pre-professional degree from another institution.
Upon successful completion of the BS-Arch curriculum, Wentworth students may apply to the MArch program at Wentworth, or may elect to continue their architectural studies elsewhere or to gain professional experience. Admission to the MArch program is based on a portfolio submission, GPA, a statement of intent and references (see Application Process). Students will complete their MArch program in the same academic concentration as their BS-Arch.
Students applying to the M. Arch program who have successfully completed a four-year NAAB-based program elsewhere will be eligible to complete the MArch at Wentworth in four semesters, contingent upon the department’s evaluation of their prior coursework.
Undergraduate Studies – Architecture (BSA)
Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Architecure degree (BS-Arch)
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS-Arch) program’s rigorous course of study centers on the design studio, where students work closely with faculty in explorations of design and design methods. Associated courses in history, theory, technology, and professional practice are closely related to design studio problems. Student learning is enhanced by two semesters of cooperative work experience as well as study abroad options.
All entering freshmen are admitted to the four-year BS-Arch program. At the end of the sophomore year students focus their educational interests by choosing one of the three concentrations outlined below. The concentrations are not divergent areas of study, but rather run parallel to each other and allow students to pursue a particular focus within their study of architecture.
Foundation curriculum: The first two years of the BS-Arch program provide a broad introduction to the field of architecture and serve as the common core for all concentrations. Lecture courses convey an overview of the field – history, theory, technology, and practice – while studio courses focus on graphic skills, design fundamentals, and conceptual understanding of materials, structure, building tectonics and environmental responsiveness. The department‘s emphasis on both the art and the science of architecture is stressed throughout this introductory curriculum.
Upper level curriculum: The third and fourth years of the BS-Arch program build on the skills and knowledge of the first two years while introducing students to more complex and varied studio topics – including building tectonics, site and environmental design, comprehensive design and community design – as well as structures, environmental systems and professional practice. Studio content is closely coordinated with co-requisite courses, encouraging students to make connections between subjects and to develop a well-synthesized approach to design. Concentration-specific coursework allows students to develop an area of focus within a broad-based architectural education. (see ‘Program Concentrations’)
Upon successful completion of the BS-Arch curriculum, Wentworth students may apply to the M. Arch program at Wentworth, or they may elect to continue their architectural studies at another institution or gain professional experience. Admission to the M. Arch program is based on application, including a portfolio submission. (see ‘Application Process’)
BS-Arch Program Concentrations
The undergraduate program in architecture offers three areas of concentration, which allow students to pursue a particular focus within their study of architecture. The core architectural education is equivalent across concentrations, and all achieve the same learning outcomes. Students express their preference of concentrations at the end of their second year. (see “Concentration Selection Process”)
Form and Culture/FC
This concentration explores the influence of the art and theory on architecture and design. Seen through the lens of history and cultural expression, traditional and emerging design methods are analyzed and engaged.
This concentration emphasizes the tangible, material nature of architecture, encompassing the art and science of making buildings. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of the materials and their corresponding assemblies in order to better inform design.
This concentration facilitates an understanding of the social and cultural fabric of the city and its inhabitants. It provides students with the skills and insight to make positive contributions to cities and communities.
BS-ARCH Concentration Selection Process
Second-year students are required to submit a portfolio as part of the process of concentration selection. Students confer in advance with their academic advisor and studio faculty about which concentration best suits their interests and career goals. Placement in concentrations will be based upon a combination of a student‘s departmental GPA (ARCH courses only) and a portfolio evaluation by department faculty. Submission deadlines and portfolio requirements are announced by the department each year
Cooperative Work Experience
The Architecture Department has a substantial and well-established cooperative education component embedded in the curriculum. BS-Arch students spend two semesters working in an architectural or allied design professional office. The department collaborates with the Institute‘s Career Center to reinforce the learning content of these placements, and work experience may be applied to the Intern Development Program (IDP) – a required step towards professional licensure.
Study Abroad Programs
The Department of Architecture offers several one-semester study abroad options for students in the BS-Arch program. Curriculum during this semester is fully aligned with required program coursework in Boston, allowing normal progress towards graduation. Participation is by application; the program accepts a limited number of students and is selective.
The department currently sponsors study abroad programs in Berlin and the south of France, led by resident architects who are Wentworth faculty members. During their residence abroad students work closely with local design and planning professionals as well as with local students and community groups. The program includes intensive travel-based coursework, which gives students additional cultural perspective.
The Architecture Department also has an agreement with The Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela, which provides the opportunity for interchange of students via co-op or focused travel / study programs.
SPECIAL GRADE REQUIREMENT
1. The Architecture Department has a special grade requirement that applies to all design studio courses from the sophomore year onward. Students in the BS-Arch degree program must comply with the following design studio grade requirement:
Final grade must be C or better if the final grade in the previous design studio is less than a C.
Students who receive a final grade below C for two consecutive semesters are not permitted to continue in the program until they successfully repeat the 2nd studio for which they received a sub-standard grade.
2. Students in the BS-Arch program must maintain a minimum departmental GPA of 2.5 (non-elective ARCH courses only) and an overall GPA of 2.0 to be in good academic standing.
Form and Culture Concentration – Junior Year
Form and Culture Concentration – Senior Year
Tectonic Studies – Junior Year
Tectonic Studies – Senior Year
Built Environment Concentration – Junior Year
Built Environment Concentration – Senior Year
R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours
Graduate Studies – Architecture (MARC): Leading to a Master of Architecture degre (M. Arch)
The Master of Architecture program at Wentworth provides graduates with the insight, skills, and perspective to pursue distinguished and rewarding careers in architecture and the allied design fields while also supplying the academic credential required for registration as an architect. Graduate study in architecture is an exhilarating and challenging enterprise, an opportunity for students to develop a focused position within a broad and rapidly evolving field. The graduate curriculum promotes research and design investigations on the linkages between theoretical frameworks, design intentions, and the tangible, material nature of architecture. A rigorous process of critical thinking is instilled through studios, seminars, and thesis preparation coursework. The program is structured as a one-year sequence of study for internal candidates and a two-year sequence of study for external candidates with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Architecture from an NAAB accredited program.
M.Arch Degree Program Application Process
Fourth-year BS-Arch students at Wentworth who wish to continue in the architecture program, and outside applicants from other 4-year NAAB-based pre-professional degree programs are required to submit an application for the MArch degree program (see ‘Note’ below). For further details on the program and admissions requirements please refer to the departmental web site (http://www.wit.edu/arch/programs/academic/march/index.html)
Note: Students who achieve a minimum departmental GPA of 3.2 (non-elective ARCH courses from 1st through 3rdyears only) in the BS-Arch program at Wentworth will qualify to be automatically accepted into the M.Arch degree program for the following year. Students meeting this standard must submit only an application form and an official transcript.
SPECIAL GRADING REQUIREMENT
Students in the M. Arch program must maintain a grade of B or higher in all required architecture courses to be in good academic standing
Curriculum for One Year M. Arch
Curriculum for Two Year M. Arch*
R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours
Architecture Electives are listed below by concentration (and other) categories to assist students in shaping their course of study. Students are not required to choose electives within their area of concentration, and are encouraged to pursue breadth as well as depth in their architectural studies.
The following list indicates the Department’s elective offerings during the last three years:
Form and Culture