SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE – GRADUATE

www.arc.miami.edu

The School of Architecture at the University of Miami offers both a professional and a post-professional Master of Architecture degree.

The School is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

The School of Architecture’s location in Coral Gables within the Miami metropolitan area provides an outstanding laboratory for research and advanced study; the challenges of conservation and development are intense in one of the nation’s fastest growing urban areas. These challenges result in an increasing demand for skilled professionals.

Students have the opportunity to work with the faculty in the exploration of theoretical issues as well as in the resolution of practical problems.

The School of Architecture values and sustains a creative, open and supportive environment, emphasizing personalized instruction in small classes and studio courses.

The school’s resources, including an accredited undergraduate program in architecture and a state-of-the-art computer laboratory, are enhanced by the interdisciplinary opportunities offered by the other schools and colleges of the University of Miami. A distinguished faculty is joined each semester by internationally renowned visiting scholars and designers.

All students admitted full time to the Master of Architecture program may be eligible for partial tuition scholarships and/or graduate assistantships, based on academic record.

Scholarships may vary in amounts and are intended to assist the recipient pursue studies as required by the program. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Graduate assistantships require service in the form of teaching, research assistance, or other appropriate educational activities as designated by the director of the graduate program.

The school is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board, who asks each school to include the following paragraph on professional degrees in all literature:

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 Doctor of 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 pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applications are for the fall semester only. Applications completed by February 1st will be given the highest priority. Admission to the graduate program is subject to the rules, regulations and procedures of the Graduate School as stipulated in the University Graduate Bulletin. It is the responsibility of each student to understand these requirements and to ensure that they are met.

The minimum requirements for application to the Master of Architecture Degree program are:

  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • 1000 cumulative Graduate Record Examination score on verbal and quantitative sections / 550 TOEFL score for international applicants and/or those whose native language is not English.
  • For Master of Architecture:  Suburb and Town Design; Master of Architecture:  Research - a Professional Degree in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture).
RESOURCES

The school’s resources, including a state-of-the-art computer laboratory, are enhanced by the interdisciplinary opportunities offered by the other schools and colleges of the University of Miami. A distinguished faculty is joined each semester by internationally renowned visiting scholars and designers.

Other programs that offer academic opportunities for graduate architecture students include:  the Historic Preservation Certificate, the Suburb and Town Design, the BSAE/MARCH and the BARCH/MBA.
DEGREE PROGRAMS

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE: PROFESSIONAL DEGREE

The Master of Architecture is designed for college graduates seeking a first professional degree in architecture. It consists of the following two tracks:

3 year Track: A 3 year program for students holding undergraduate degrees in non-design fields. Completion of 105 credit hours required.

Advanced Standing 2 Year Track: A program for students holding a previous non-professional degree in architecture or a closely related field. Completion of 51-60 credit hours required.

Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, compromise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE: POST PROFESSIONAL DEGREE

The Master of Architecture post-professional program provides an environment for serious inquiry into the nature of architecture.

Post-professional study is available to students holding an accredited degree in architecture who wish to develop a specialization in architectural theory and practice.

Three areas of study offer students the opportunity to investigate specific aspects of architecture and to elaborate their understanding for future teaching, research, publications and professional practice.

Master of Urban Design

This concentration consists of three semesters of directed study to explore in-depth the existing state of suburbs and cities, study precedents and propose design solutions.

The faculty is dedicated to seeking alternatives to modern patterns of urban growth.

The Miami metropolitan area provides a laboratory for the identification of urban problems and for the exploration of design solutions.

Each semester is comprised of a design studio and a seminar in parallel, studying both the real and ideal solutions for three aspects of town planning: new town design, housing and the redesign of existing situations.

The School of Architecture faculty teaches the curriculum with field condition input from visiting faculty and other experts such as developers, marketing experts and bankers.

Master in Real Estate Development and Urbanism

A one-year interdisciplinary program that will blend the fundamentals of real estate development with the School of Architecture’s strengths in the New Urbanism, community design and civic engagement.

Master of Architecture: Research

This program allows students to specialize in a specific area of study within the context of the discipline.

Each student must complete 36 credits, normally over three semesters. A specific program of study, reflecting the proposed professional objectives, is established for each student.
In addition, a six-credit thesis is required.

An advisory committee of the faculty of the school supervises the progress of the students.
The program is based on studio work combined with cross-disciplinary and specialized studies.

The program culminates in a comprehensive project tailored to meet the needs of the individual student.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Master of Architecture: Professional Degree

3 Year Track - For students with prior non-architecture degrees

Fall Semester I Credits
ARC 501 Design I 6
ARC 511 Media I: Drawing 3
ARC 530 Building Technology: Materials and Methods 3
ARC 567 History of Architecture I 3
Total Credits 15

Spring Semester II Credits
ARC 502 Design II 6
ARC 513 Media II: Computing 3
ARC 531 Building Technology: Structural Systems 3
ARC 568 History of Architecture II 3
Total Credits 15

Summer Semester III Credits
ARC 503 Design III 6
ARC 532 Building Structures I 3
ARC 562 Environmental Systems I 3
Total Credits 12

Fall Semester IV Credits
ARC 504 Design IV (Comprehensive) 6
ARC 533 Building Structures II 3
ARC 563 Environmental Systems II 3
ARC 500 Theory of Architecture 3
Total Credits 15


Spring Semester V Credits
ARC 608 Design V (Rome or Miami) 6
Electives 6
History of Architecture Elective 3
Total Credits 15

Fall Semester VI Credits
ARC 609 Design VI 6
ARC 699 Thesis Preparation 3
ARC 652 Professional Practice 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 15

Spring Semester VII Credits
ARC 610 Design Degree Project 6
Professional Elective 3
Electives 6
Total Credits 15
NOTE: 3 credits must be taken at the student’s preference during Intersession, Spring Break, or Summer II

Curriculum notes: this program assumes that the student has completed college level mathematics and physics.

Master of Architecture: Professional Degree

Advanced Standing 2 Year Track - For students with non-professional degrees in architecture

Fall Semester I Credits
ARC 504 Design IV (Comprehensive) 6
Professional Requirements

Spring Semester II Credits
ARC 608 Design V (Rome or Miami) 6
Professional Requirements

Summer III Credits
Electives

Fall Semester IV Credits
ARC 609 Design VI (VC or other) 6
ARC 599 Thesis Preparation 3
Theory Elective 3
Professional Requirements

Spring Semester V Credits
ARC 610 Thesis Studio 6
Professional Requirements

Architecture and professional courses completed in a pre-professional bachelor’s degree program will be evaluated to identify courses that may be waived in the Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program.

A maximum of 54 credits, including three design studios, may be waived; generally architecture and professional courses with a grade of B- or higher will be accepted.
Requirements for the degree will be contingent on the evaluation of the student’s prior work.

Master of Urban Design Post-professional Degree

SUMMER (ROME – MIAMI, 2ND SUMMER SESSION)
Semester 1 Credits
ARC 601 Urban Design I: Urban Form and Types / Form-Based Codes 6
ARC 615 Visualization Techniques 1
Total Credits 7
FALL
Semester 2 Credits
ARC 602 Urban Design II: General Urban to Urban Core 6
ARC 590 History-Theory I: History of Cities 3
ARC 621 History-Theory II: Housing / Transportation and Infrastructure 3
RED 601 Introduction to Real Estate and Planning Law 3
Total Credits 15
SPRING
Semester 2 Credits
ARC 603 Urban Design III: Regional / Informal Urbanism 6
ARC 541 Elective or Travel Elective 3
ARC 622 History-Theory III: Urban Design Theory 3
ARC 623 Public Participation Methods / Charrette with MRED+U Program 2
Total Credits 14

Total Credits for Degree 36
NOTES: The 6-credit Urban Design I Studio takes place at the University of Miami Rome Center. Travel electives can be taken during Intersession or Spring Break.

Master in Real Estate Development and Urbanism

Fall Semester Credits
RED 601 Intro to Real Estate Development and Urbanism 3
RED 610 Financing Urban Real Estate Development 3
BSL 694 Real Estate Law 2
RED 630 Market Analysis for Urban Real Estate 3
ARC 590 History of Cities or approved elective 3

Winter Session I Credits
RED 640 National Charrette Institute 1

Spring Semester Credits
FIN 645 Complex Urban Real Estate Transactions 3
RED 660 Urban Infill, Preservation and Redevelopment 3
RED 670 Construction and Project Management 3
RED 680 Entrepreneurship: Building a Real Estate Dev. Co. 3
Elective 3

Summer Session I Credits
RED 690 Integrated Real Estate Dev. Case Studies Practicum 3
RED 699 Capstone Real Estate Development and Urbanism Charrette 3

Total Credits for Degree 36

Master of Architecture: Research

Post Professional Degree

An individual curriculum is developed for each student in consultations with the research program faculty and the director of graduate studies.

Courses in thesis preparation, ARC 529, and Thesis, ARC 710, (6 credits) are required. 
Master of Architecture degree conferred.

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal awarded by the American Institute of Architects to the highest ranking graduating student for scholarship and excellence in architecture.

American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate awarded to the second highest ranking graduating student for scholarship and excellence in architecture.
Other honors, distinctions, and awards are presented annually for excellent student performance.