Syracuse University

School of Architecture

Master of Architecture I


Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Architecture I

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Syracuse Architecture M.Arch 1 is a fully accredited professional degree program emphasizing the potential of design projects and research to engage and infl uence persistent and emerging realities of the contemporary world. The program aims to produce architects who provide leadership and vision in the construction of the physical environment and collaboratively draw upon and organize diverse professions and multiple technologies to expand the fi eld of architectural design. Students approach the study of architecture as a transdisciplinary enterprise refl ecting the architect’s complex and changing role in society. Research is an integral part of the course of study, from fi rst-year courses in design, theory, history, media, and technology, to the fi nal semester’s thesis project. The program places equal importance on the acquisition of professional skills, knowledge, and expertise and on versatility and innovation in the application of design. It is open to applicants with undergraduate degrees in fi elds other than architecture, and to applicants with non-professional degrees in architecture or environmental studies. The M.Arch 1 curriculum requires 110 credits of coursework taken during seven semesters, including a 6-credit design studio each semester. Students may receive credit for demonstrated competence in the content areas represented by required courses in the M.Arch 1 curriculum that duplicate courses taken while fulfi lling their undergraduate degree requirements at accredited institutions. In addition, applicants with a prior degree in architecture (usually a bachelor of science degree) may apply for advanced standing in design. Students who are accepted with advanced standing will receive credit for the fi rst two design studios (ARC 604 and 605). The fi rst four semesters constitute the “core” of the curriculum, and consist of studios in design and media, seminars in theory and history, and courses in structures and technology. The curriculum also includes Design and Technology Workshops, led by a distinguished visitor and co-taught by faculty from all areas of the curriculum. Those workshops and the fi nal technology course, Advanced Building Systems (ARC 623), provide students with an integrated approach to technology and construction that is as vital as the design, media, theory, and history components of the curriculum. The fi nal three semesters offer distinct experiences. In the fi fth semester (and possibly the sixth, if space is available), students have the option of studying at one of Syracuse Architecture’s centers in London, Florence or New York City. The focus of the sixth semester, whether taken in Syracuse or away, is the visiting critic studio. Each semester, as many as four studios are taught by a diverse group of prominent practitioners and educators. The M.Arch 1 program culminates in a thesis project, defi ned and developed by the student, working with a faculty advisor.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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