While contemporary architectural practice is required to meet increasingly stringent requirements for environmental and social responsiveness, it is also being transformed by technologies of visualization, simulation, new materials, and fabrication. We educate future professionals with the critical insight, technological skills, and creative imaginations to make tangible contributions to the larger culture and built environment. To do so, requires a transformation of architectural practice to one increasingly characterized by research, creativity, and innovation—one able to draw from and synthesize disparate bodies of knowledge. The program builds a community of diverse intellectual and cultural traditions to collectively engage in creative and experimental design practices.
The 3 ½-year M.Arch I program leads to a professional degree in architecture that is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. The program is designed for students who may not have studied architecture at the bachelor’s level, but who wish to become licensed Architects. Students come from a broad range of backgrounds and disciplines, including the sciences and humanities. The School seeks thoughtful, accomplished individuals with a demonstrated ability to discover and apply creative solutions. Study begins in May with a 12-week design studio. Applicants with significant design studio experience may be considered for advanced placement in the studio sequence. Credit may also be awarded for prior architecture course work. M.Arch I students participate in a semester-long program at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) in New York City.
Competitive, merit-based scholarships are available to qualified M.Arch I applicants.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies. The M.Arch. I program is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB).