Architecture

The NAAB-accredited M.Arch program at RWU provides a rigorous professional training in design, history, planning, and technology while helping students develop critical strategic thinking and communication skills to tackle a range of issues from sustainability and urbanism to historic preservation. Students learn from Practicing Firms in Residence, earn valuable experience in guaranteed paid internships and assistantships, and even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Master of Architecture Program

architecture grad brochureThe Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program prepares students to enter and advance both the discipline and the profession of architecture. Students achieve a depth of understanding of the components of architectural practice and of 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 developed designs that enhance their context through the region, the site, spaces, and detail. Our students and faculty embrace the opportunity to express human values through the design of the built environment. 

We offer three distinct pathways to the Master of Architecture program. Students in each path develop individualized degree plans to maximize their skills, interests and time to completion, including summer study options.

Applying to the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Program

Path 1

Path One provides a continuous sequence from undergraduate to graduate study leading to the Master of Architecture professional degree, for students who have completed Roger Williams University's B.S. in Architecture program. Path One students normally complete this 181-credit sequence in 5-1/2 to 6 years from the beginning of their undergraduate studies.

Path 2

Path Two provides advanced entry to the Master of Architecture professional degree for students from other universities who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in Architecture. Individualized placement occurs following an evaluation of the student's undergraduate transcript and portfolio for completion of NAAB Student Performance Criteria. Path Two students normally complete a 56-credit, full time sequence over four semesters of study. For degree requirements and elective offerings, refer to Path 3.

Path 3

Path Three provides entry to the Master of Architecture professional degree for students who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in fields other than architecture. Students normally finish this 91-credit full-time program in three years and one summer. Some additional prerequisites in math, physics, and drawing may also be required.

Professional Degree Program Accreditation

Roger Williams University offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 38 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit: 2018

Path 1 - Degree Requirements

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Degree Requirements

Foundation

ARCH101Foundations of Architecture 
ARCH121History of Art and Architecture I 
ARCH122History of Art and Architecture II 
VARTS101Foundations of Drawing 

Design
The design studio sequence consists of core studios, advanced undergraduate studios, comprehensive design studio, graduate studios, and a final graduate thesis design studio. The Core consists of five sequential semesters addressing fundamental architectural design issues, and graphic skills. This is followed by one semester of advanced architectural design studio and one advanced topical studio in urban issues. At the graduate level, students undertake comprehensive design studio, and two additional graduate topical studios, before exploring a thesis topic of their own choosing for the final semester of the professional degree program.

ARCH113Architectural Design Core Studio I 
ARCH114Architectural Design Core Studio II 
ARCH213Architectural Design Core Studio III 
ARCH214Architectural Design Core Studio IV 
ARCH313Architectural Design Core Studio V 
ARCH413Advanced Architectural Design Studio 
ARCH416Advanced Topical Design Studio: Urban 
ARCH513Comprehensive Project Design Studio 
ARCH515Graduate Architectural Design Studio (two studios) 
ARCH613Graduate Thesis Design Studio 

History/Theory
The History/Theory sequence is a three-part structure of required introductory and intermediate courses, and advanced elective options. Students complete a two-course introductory survey of Art and Architectural History, followed by a History of Modern Architecture and Theory of Architecture requirements, one intermediate course in the History of Architecture chosen from a broad menu of options, and one advanced elective option. 

AAH121-122History ofArt and Architecture I-II 
ARCH325History of Modern Architecture 
ARCH322Theory of Architecture 

and ONE Intermediate History/Theory Elective:

 

 

ARCH324Evolution of Urban Form 
ARCH327History of American Architecture 
ARCH328Renaissance Architecture in Perspective 
ARCH329History of Landscape Architecture 
AAH313Arts and Architecture of Africa 
AAH321Arts and Architecture in the Classical World 
AAH322Arts and Architecture in the Medieval World 
AAH323Arts and Architecture in the Islamic World 
AAH330Topics in Art and Architectural History 
HP341Pre-Industrial America 
HP342Industrial America 
HP351History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation 

 

 

and ONE Advanced History/Theory Elective:

ARCH478Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy 
ARCH530Special Topics in Architecture 
AAH530Special Topics (selected topics) 
AAH560The Newport Seminar 
ARCH573Modernism in the Non-Western World: A Comparative Perspective 
ARCH575Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism 
ARCH576Theoretical Origins of Modernism 
ARCH577The American Skyscraper 
HP351History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation 
HP391Architecture and Historic Preservation Abroad 
HP530Special Topics in Historic Preservation 

Environment and Human Behavior
Environment and Human Behavior coursework develops student's skills and understanding relative to environment, social aspects and research methodology.

ARCH321Site and Environment 
ARCH522Environmental Design Research 

Technical Systems
The Technical Systems sequence gives students an essential understanding of the practical and theoretical interrelationship between the structural, environmental and enclosure systems of a building, and introduces them to various building materials, assemblies and services. Students complete seven required courses, including a three course structures sequence and two courses each in Construction Materials and Assemblies and in Environmental Systems.

ARCH335Structure, Form, and Order 
ARCH434Design of Structures I 
ARCH435Design of Structures II 
ARCH231-331Construction Materials and Assemblies I and II 
ARCH332Acoustics and Lighting 
ARCH333Building Systems: Electrical for Buildings 

Practice and Professional Development
Practice and Professional Development coursework develops students' communication skills and understanding of the role of architects within society and in relation to the various participants in the building process. This sequence culminates with the Graduate Thesis Seminar, where students are asked to formulate an independent architectural investigation that engages a set of issues that further their understanding of Architecture as a cultural medium and as a profession. 

VARTS101Foundations of Drawing 
ARCH101Foundations of Architecture 
ARCH287Computer Applications in Design 
ARCH488Computer Applications for Professional Practice 
ARCH542Professional Practice 
ARCH641Graduate Thesis Research Seminar 

Architecture Electives Requirement
In addition to the elective options outlined above in History/Theory, the completion of four Architecture Electives is required for graduation, with a minimum of three at the Graduate Level (500 level or above). 

Mathematics Requirement
Math 136 Precalculus or MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab are required for all Architecture majors, and are a prerequisite for required courses in the structures sequence. Successful completion of one of these courses also fulfills the University's Core requirement in mathematics. Students are encouraged to complete the highest level of mathematics that they place into, in recognition of the fact some Roger Williams University minors and graduate study options at other universities may require calculus. Students seeking to complete a Minor in Structural Engineering must complete MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab.

Science Requirement
Architecture majors are required to complete PHYS 109-Physics I-Algebra Based and Lab or PHYS 201-Physics I-Calculus Based and Lab or ENGR 210, and either CORE 101 Science or BIO 104-Biology II or NATSC 103-Earth Systems Science and Lab. Both BIO 104 and NATSC 103 count toward the Core Concentration and Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Course Catalog

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Path 2 & 3 - Degree Requirements

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Degree Requirements

Design

ARCH511Graduate Core Studio I - summer 
ARCH512Graduate Core Studio II 
ARCH413Advanced Architectural Design Studio 
ARCH515Graduate Architectural Design Studio I 
ARCH515Graduate Architectural Design Studio II 
ARCH513Comprehensive Project Design Studio 
ARCH613Graduate Thesis Design Studio 

History/Theory

ARCH501Elements and Principles of Architecture 
ARCH325History of Modern Architecture - summer 
ARCH322Theory of Architecture 
AAH300Intermediate Art & Architectural History Elective 
AAH400-500Advanced Art & Architectural History Elective 

Environment and Human Behavior

ARCH321Site and Environment 
ARCH522Environmental Design Research 

Technical Systems

ARCH231Construction Materials & Assemblies I 
ARCH331Construction Materials & Assemblies II 
ARCH335Structure, Form, and Order 
ARCH434Design of Structures I 
ARCH435Design of Structures II 
ARCH333Building Systems: Equipment for Buildings 
ARCH332Acoustics and Lighting 

Practice and Professional Development

ARCH287Introduction to Computer Applications 
ARCH488Computer Applications for Professional Practice 
ARCH542Professional Practice 
ARCH641Graduate Thesis Research Seminar 

Architecture Electives Requirement
In addition to the elective options outlined above in History/Theory, the completion of four Graduate Level (500 level or above) Architecture Electives is required for graduation.

Course Catalog

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Tuition and Fees Information (BS+MArch Sequence)

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BS in Architecture + Master of Architecture Program Estimate of Tuition, Fees, Specialized Materials

For 2017/18, Architecture students pursuing the BS in Architecture + Master of Architecture sequence can expect the following annual and total costs. Undergraduate and graduate tuition and fees are charged at the same rate.

Annual Costs

$35,112 per year Architecture tuition

Tuition is charged at the level a student enters for 4 years of undergraduate study, 2 years of graduate study. Students entering the graduate program enter at the tuition level for that year. From 2011-2017 Roger Williams University froze tuition for all undergraduate and graduate students.

$260 per year Technology Fee
$1000 per year estimate for books, supplies, specialized materials
$1399 (PC) -$2799 (Mac) Laptop--one time cost. All software is provided for free through the RWU rCloud.
$984 Architecture Toolkit --one time cost

Total Costs

$148,271 total estimate for four years of undergraduate study  
$75,327 total estimate for 2 years of graduate study
$223,598 total estimate for students pursuing the 4+2 BS in Architecture + Master of Architecture program sequence

Financial aid and scholarships are available for students pursuing the B.S. Architecture or Master of Architecture degrees.

Elective Offerings

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Elective Offerings

History/Theory Advanced Level Course Options

ARCH475Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life's Work 
ARCH478Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy 
ARCH530Special Topics in Architecture 
ARCH573Modernism in the Non-Western World: A Comparative Perspective 
ARCH575Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism 
ARCH576Theoretical Origins of Modernism 
ARCH577The American Skyscraper 
AAH430Special Topics in Art and Architectural History (selected topics) 
AAH530Special Topics in Art and Architectural History (selected topics) 
HP351History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation 
HP391Architecture and Historic Preservation Abroad 

Graduate Electives
Students are encouraged to look at these electives as a means to various concentrations within the M.S. in Architecture Program.

Sustainable Design

ARCH521Sustainable Design Seminar 
ARCH533Detailing the High-performance Envelope 
ARCH535Introduction to Proactive Simulation 
ARCH536Special Topics in Sustainable Design 
ARCH593Sustainable Paradigms 
ARCH594Urban Ecology 

Urban Design

ARCH524Evolution of Urban Form 
ARCH529History of Landscape Architecture 
ARCH537Special Topics in Urban Design 
ARCH561Landscape Architecture: Theory and Practice 
ARCH572Urban Design Theory 
HP682LPreservation Planning Workshop 

Digital Media

ARCH535Introduction to Proactive Simulation 
ARCH538Special Topics in Digital Media 
ARCH586Processing 
ARCH587Advanced Computer Applications in Design 
ARCH588Digital Manufacturing 
ARCH5894D (Four Dimensional) 

Historic Preservation

HP501Fundamentals of Historic Preservation 
HP525Preservation Economics 
HP526Preservation Law and Regulation 
HP582LArchitectural Conservation Lab 
HP681LHistoric Rehabilitation Workshop 
HP682LPreservation Planning Workshop 

Additional Architecture Electives

ARCH530Special Topics in Architecture 
ARCH573Modernism in the Non-Western World 
ARCH574Regionalism in Architecture 
ARCH575Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism 
ARCH576Theoretical Origins of Modernism 
ARCH577The American Skyscraper 
ARCH606Field Research Seminar 
ARCH616Collaborative Workshop 
AAH560The Newport Seminar 

Upcoming Events

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Open Houses

Meet us on campus in Bristol, RI, and hear about admission and financial aid, meet the Architecture faculty, tour the School of Architecture, Art, & Historic Preservation, and more.

Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm
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Virtual Information Sessions

Short on time or just want to learn more about us from the comfort of your home, school, or office? Join us for a Virtual Information Session.

There are no virtual sessions scheduled at this time.

Application Requirements

Application forms and complete information are available online.

While application materials do not need to be submitted in one package, a complete application to the Master of Architecture program includes the following required materials:

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  2. Personal statement (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in the Master of Architecture program, relevant past experiences and career goals
  3. Two letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school
  4. Portfolio containing examples of your work (submitted as hardcopy or electronically through SlideRoom)
  5. If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results
  6. The GRE is not required for admission
  7. Completed online application form accompanied by the $50 application fee

Please note: All accepted Master of Architecture students who completed their undergraduate degree with a 3.0 GPA will receive a $6,000 merit scholarship, renewable annually while maintaining a 3.0 GPA in graduate coursework. In addition, each full-time graduate student will be awarded a $3,000 assistantship through the Career Investment Program.

Master of Architecture students are also eligible for several endowed scholarships, including the Raj Saksena Memorial Scholarship, the Kaestle Boos Associates Scholarship, and several scholarships endowed through the American Institute of Architects Rhode Island.Preferred Application Deadline: April 1 for Fall.

International applicants should also read through their additional requirements.

All documents to be mailed should be sent directly to:

Office of Graduate Admission
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

For more information, or if you have questions about the application process please contact us at any time.

 

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Whitney Belton, RWU Class of 2018 Architecture

Whitney Belton's RWU connection started as a high school junior in RWU's Architecture Summer Academy. Today, she is a master's of architecture program graduate who is launching her career.

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