The Master of Architecture is a professional degree with an emphasis on critical practice and sustainable design honed by the poetics of place. The program fosters the development of an architect who is both a scholar and a maker: the integration of passive and active building technologies, theory/history, digital fabrication, design communications, materials and fabrication, and practice methods. This rigorous and comprehensive curriculum provides graduates with the necessary skills to enter a diverse range of leadership positions in the field of architecture, design, and construction. At the core of the program is a carefully orchestrated series of studios and synthesized support topics that allow for the mastery of fundamentals and advanced processes with the experimentation required for critical practice. The 1-3 year course of study accommodates students with a non-design baccalaureate degree, an NAAB-accredited undergraduate studio-based architecture degree, or a Bachelor of Architecture degree. It culminates in a master’s project, which includes future oriented research and the production of a comprehensive design project.This post-professional degree program is structured for graduates of accredited architecture schools who desire advanced, specialized training. Students with four-year accredited degrees in Architecture or closely related design discipline may be admitted to the joint B.Arch/M.Arch program.
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The School of Architecture is devoted to professional education with a sensibility honed in the edge conditions of an extreme climate on a major international border. Located in the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the United States, the School combines a culturally rich past with cutting-edge environmental research in its place-based design approach to the arid environment.
The making of architecture is a sensible technical and aesthetic activity that serves the needs of human shelter.
The construction of shelter is an imaginative cultural research that enables dwelling as a fundamental human aspiration and means to a graceful life.
This pursuit must be inflected by place, the geography of Arizona, and the culture of the Southwest.
The design for place must be influenced by a portable global sensibility, yet observant of local traditions, tempered by material circumstances, and expressive of the ethos of time and place.