Master of Architecture I
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.