The Master of Architecture at Temple University is a two-year, NAAB accredited professional architecture program for holders of a recognized four-year pre-professional undergraduate architecture degree or equivalent. Admission is competitive and portfolio based. The program assembles the ingredients—students, faculty, issues, ideas and tools—to engage with the urgent urban, environmental, spatial, cultural, political and technological issues of our times. It asks students to consider reflexively how architects impact on the world and ways in which we can do this better. It recognizes the complexity and interconnectivity of the contemporary universe, requiring architects with cunning and agility to respond to its challenges.
Study is research driven, in three interconnected clusters—Infrastructure, Site, Territory and Environment, Advanced Emerging Technologies, and Design Democracies. The first researches the implications for architecture of infrastructural development large and small e.g. highways, energy systems, housing, industrial infrastructure, educational infrastructure, communication networks etc., and questions of environmental sustainability, broadly understood. The second recognizes the importance of rapidly advancing digital, fabrication, and material technologies for architecture, as well as the global mandate for ecological design solutions. The third asks questions about how architecture engages the political and how the political engages architecture through the idea of democracy.
The program includes a sequence of four architecture design studios or three design studios and a thesis, three research seminars, courses in structures, environmental control systems and professional practice and four elective courses. Study abroad at Temple Rome is encouraged as an option during one of the spring semesters in the 2-year program.
The MArch degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Students in the M Arch degree program are eligible to participate in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' (NCARB) Intern Development Program (IDP), and are eligible to take the architectural licensing examination offered in each state, through which they may become registered architects.
In Fall 2011, the Architecture programs will be housed in a new facility. At just under 50,000 square feet the building will double the space for the architecture department at a time of curricular growth. The building will have space to accommodate the Architecture Department’s programs – undergraduate programs in Facility Management and Architectural Preservation, a pre-professional undergraduate degree in Architecture and a graduate level professional degree program in Architecture. In addition to a gallery/review space, seminar space, and a 40 seat digital lab, the building will house expanded woodshop and new digital fabrication equipment and lab areas, 6 studios for architecture students, a learning lab for Architectural Preservation and one for Facility Management. The learning labs will be areas for teaching, research and engagement with the professional communities. The new building will be made with many sustainable design features including energy monitoring for students to have active and live understanding of energy use as they study the making of buildings and environments, use of sustainable technologies, and the first green roof at Temple.
NAAB, Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges
International Student Requirements:
Minimum TOEFL score is 79 (IBT)
IELTS™ Academic 6.5