The School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation offers the Master of Architecture professional degree program for entering graduate students who hold a pre-professional B.A. or B.S. in Architecture degree. Our goals include preparing students to enter the profession of architecture, to prepare for licensure, to provide for a sufficient depth of understanding of the components of architectural practice and to understand the diverse nature and variety of roles for architects in relation to other fields. The program encourages the mastery and skillful integration of environmental, social, historical, artistic, technical and philosophical concerns into carefully scaled designs that enhance their context.
Students develop design, visual and digital communication skills; knowledge of building techniques; and an understanding of human problems in a variety of local, regional and international contexts. In a world of continuous technological change, these timeless values and skills exist as relevant tools for contemporary life and practice, and as a means toward advancing the cause of a humane and civilized environment for all.
Applying to the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Program
Applicants must hold a B.A. or B.S. (*) in Architecture degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a school of architecture that offers this degree as part of the accredited professional degree program sequence(**). Applicants from other undergraduate programs may be considered for admission, but would be expected if admitted to complete coursework inclusive of coverage of all Student Performance Criteria outlined in the NAAB Conditions of Accreditation. To apply, submit the following:
The portfolio may include exemplary work from Architecture as well as other creative and research work, and in total should convince the review committee that you are capable of producing independently conceived studio work at a high level of achievement. The portfolio should be in a compact format, no larger than 8.5” x 11”, either in a notebook, portfolio binder or a bound document. Portfolios should contain at least four to six representative Architecture studio projects that should demonstrate:
Placement decisions will be communicated to accepted students as part of the Graduate Admissions Review process, along with a projected outline of studies toward graduation.
(*) Placement in the Master of Architecture program’s Architectural Design Studio sequence is subject to review of academic transcripts from the applicants’ B.A. or B.S. degree, and portfolio submittal. Accepted students may expect to complete a minimum of 4 Architectural Design Studios at Roger Williams University, depending on the number of undergraduate Architectural Design Studios completed previously.
(**) Placement in the Master of Architecture program coursework is subject to review of academic transcripts from the applicant’s B.A. or B.S. degree. Accepted students must complete all student performance criteria for the accredited degree as outlined in the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Conditions of Accreditation. This may include completion of additional coursework that is listed as undergraduate coursework at Roger Williams University. For specifics, please refer to the B.S. in Architecture/Master of Architecture 4+2 program requirements listed previously.
Course Offerings towards the Master of Architecture Degree
|ARCH||413||Advanced Architectural Design Studio|
|ARCH||416||Advanced Topical Design Studio: Urban|
|ARCH||516||Graduate Topical Design Studio: Urban|
|ARCH||434||Design of Structures I|
|ARCH||435||Design of Structures II|
|ARCH||488||Computer Applications for Professional Practice|
|ARCH||513||Comprehensive Project Design Studio|
|ARCH||515||Graduate Architectural Design Studio (two required)|
|ARCH||522||Environmental Design Research|
|ARCH||641||Graduate Thesis Research Seminar|
|ARCH||613||Graduate Thesis Studio|
Electives: One Advanced History/Theory Elective, and four Architecture Electives, with three minimum at the graduate level
History/Theory Advanced Level Course Options:
|ARCH||475||Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life’s Work|
|ARCH||478||Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy|
|ARCH||530||Special Topics in Architecture|
|ARCH||573||Modernism in the Non-Western World: A Comparative Perspective|
|ARCH||575||Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism|
|ARCH||576||Theoretical Origins of Modernism|
|ARCH||577||The American Skyscraper|
|AAH||430||Special Topics in Art and Architectural History (selected topics)|
|ARCH||530||Special Topics in Art and Architectural History (selected topics)|
|HP||351||History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation|
|HP||391||Architecture and Historic Preservation Abroad|
Graduate Architecture Electives: Four Required (a minimum of three at the graduate level):
Students are encouraged to look at these electives as a means to explore various concentrations available within the MS in Architecture program. Graduate electives are grouped in the areas of Sustainable Design, Urban Design, Digital Media and Historic Preservation. In addition some Integrative Core MS in Architecture courses are available as Architecture Electives. Students from other pre-professional programs may apply one undergraduate Architecture Elective to this requirement; otherwise all four should be taken at the Graduate level.
Sustainable Design: Arch 521 Sustainable Design Seminar, Arch 593 Sustainable Paradigms, Arch 594 Urban Ecology, Arch 533 Detailing the High-performance Envelope, Arch 535 Introduction to Proactive Simulation, Arch 536 Special Topics in Sustainable Design.
Urban Design: Arch 572 Urban Design Theory, Arch 594 Urban Ecology, Arch 524 Evolution of Urban Form, Arch 529 History of Landscape Architecture, 561 Landscape Architecture, HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop, Arch 537 Special Topics in Urban Design.
Digital Media: Arch 587 Advanced Computer Applications in Design, Arch 586 Processing, Arch 588 Digital Manufacturing, Arch 589: 4-D (Four Dimensional), Arch 535 Intro to Proactive Simulation, Arch 538 Special Topics in Digital Media.
Historic Preservation: HP 501 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation, HP 502 Preservation Planning, HP 503 Principles of Architectural Conservation, HP 525 Preservation Economics, HP 530 Special Topics in Historic Preservation, HP 681L: Historic Rehabilitation Workshop, HP 582L Architectural Conservation, HP 526: Preservation Law and Regulation, HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop.
Core MS in Architecture courses: ARCH 606 Field Research Seminar, ARCH 616: Collaborative Workshop.
Graduate Architecture Electives: Arch 574 Regionalism in Architecture, Arch 581 Construction Contract Documents, Arch 530 Special Topics in Architecture.
The elective categories above reflect the concentrations available within the Master of Science degree option. Students in the Master of Architecture program may apply six credits from that degree toward a Master of Science degree.
Students may expect to complete a minimum of four Architectural Design Studios and related courses at Roger Williams University, and up to six Architectural Design studios and additional professional coursework, dependingon the nature and extent of undergraduate pre-professional coursework completed previously. Those needing additional work in Design, History/Theory, Environment and Behavior, Technical Systems or Professional Practices courses are advised to complete Summer Studies in Architecture at Roger Williams University, or to pursue a program timeframe extending from 2 to 3 years of study.
Graduate Course Grading, GPA and Graduation Requirements
The minimum passing grade in SAAHP graduate level courses is a B- (2.67). The minimum GPA for Master of Science in Architecture graduates is a 3.0 in 500 and 600 level courses.
Graduate Course Grading, GPA and Graduation Requirements
The minimum passing grade in SAAHP graduate level courses is a B- (2.67). The minimum GPA for Master of Architecture graduates is a 3.0 in 500 and 600 level courses. Students continuing from the RWU undergraduate program graduate with Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees, awarded simultaneously. Students entering Roger Williams University after completing undergraduate studies at other institutions graduate with the Master of Architecture degree.
Registration in Graduate Courses
Students pursuing the Master of Architecture program who are enrolled in graduate courses may also be enrolled in undergraduate courses during the same semester, due to the nature of the continuity between undergraduate and graduate levels of study in many US professional degree programs in architecture. Students are encouraged to complete all undergraduate course requirements as soon as practicable, but not at the expense of interrupting Architecture program curriculum sequences.
Professional Degree Program Accreditation
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
Roger Williams University offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 38 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit: 2018