Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

School of Architecture

Master of Architecture II - Environmental Parametrics


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 Eighth Street

Troy, NY 12180

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Arch. II

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Situated at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) in New York City alongside the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Built Ecologies, the M.Arch II is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, and abilities of high-performing professional practitioners and creatively inclined researchers. The program will develop knowledge and expertise through the modality of environmental parametrics that informs the performance design process, including the development and integration of state-of- the-art and next-generation building systems, structures, and environments. Coursework is delivered through a combination of internationally renowned researchers, scholars, and architecture and engineering industry professionals in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment. The aim is to influence the way the building design process is conceived and executed by providing a foundation in the physics of buildings, the fundamentals of performance analysis and evaluation, and strategies for performance design that will have an immediate impact on the profession, the research community, and the larger built ecology. The M.Arch II in Environmental Parametrics requires 30 credit hours and is expected to be completed in two semesters of study. CASE is a multi-institutional and professional office research collaboration co-hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Through this partnership, the boundaries of environmental performance in urban building systems on a global scale are being tested using actual building projects as test beds. Colocated on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY and at SOM’s offices in lower Manhattan, CASE unites advanced architectural and engineering practices with scientific research through a unique and intensive collaboration between multiple institutions, manufacturers, and professional offices within the building industry. Competitive, merit-based scholarships are available to qualified M.Arch.II applicants. The GRE is not required as part of the application for admission.


Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1945 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 46700 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 46700 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

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