Architecture (ARCH)

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Abstract

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a graduate program leading to the NAAB accredited Master of Architecture degree. The mission of the Architecture Program (ARCH) at the University of Maryland is to engage in teaching and learning imbued with critical thinking; to foster critical inquiry through research, scholarship, and creative academic and professional activity; and to encourage participation in community service that enhances the quality of built and natural environments. The Program offers a rich and demanding mix of architectural and urban design studios, architectural history and theory, and architectural science and technology. Electives in architecture and related fields are available in the curriculum.

The Master of Architecture degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). 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 pre-professional 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.

The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

M.Arch (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)

M.Arch (non-pre-professional degree + 109 credits)

Next accreditation visit for both programs: 2017

The School is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Admissions Information

Admission to the graduate program is competitive. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, candidates must submit a portfolio. The portfolio should show evidence of creative ability in the form of a portfolio containing reproductions of creative work, which may include drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, sketches, and/or architectural designs. Details concerning format and content may be obtained from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation website at http://www.arch.umd.edu.

Applications from four categories will be considered for admission: 1) candidates with a four-year Bachelor of Science in architecture degree; 2) candidates with four-year baccalaureate (B.A.) in architecture, environmental design (B.A. or B.S.), or relevant discipline; and 3) candidates with four-year baccalaureate (B.A. or B.S.) in a major other than architecture who have successfully completed specified undergraduate prerequisites outlined by the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation*; and 4) candidates with an accredited professional degree in architecture. Students are expected to enroll on a full-time basis. For complete information on curricula requirements for these categories, visit the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation website at http://www.arch.umd.edu.

*Additional requirements include: one (1) semester of college level calculus or successful high school advanced placement (AP) calculus; and one (1) semester of college level physics with lab, or successful high school advanced placement (AP) in physics. One (1) course in freehand figurative drawing is recommended but not required.


Application Deadlines
Type of Applicant Fall Spring

Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Deadline: December 15

International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas, as well as those seeking admissions under A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.

Deadline: December 15

Application Requirements

  1. Complete Application Form (On-line version - www.gradschool.umd.edu) (due December 15)
  2. Online Application Supplemental Form (due by January 1)
  3. Transcripts:
  4. Standardized test scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Three confidential letters submitted by professors or others who can assess the quality of the applicant's potential to succeed in the graduate program.
  6. Statement of Goals, Experiences, and Research Interests: 1000-2000 word statement of goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study in architecture at the University of Maryland.
  7. Portfolio: Bound and not exceeding 9" x 12", containing reproductions of creative work including drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, sketches, and architectural designs. Creative writing and original papers and research may also be submitted within the portfolio, but the emphasis should be on visual creativity (due by January 15)
  8. Resume

Degree Requirements

Master of Architecture and Community Planning (dual degree) (ARCP)
The dual degree combines course work from the Architecture and Urban Studies and Planning programs to enable a student to complete both the Master of Architecture and Master of Community Planning degrees with fewer credits than it would take to complete the two separately. Students of the dual-degree program acquire specialized knowledge tailored to understanding the urban environment from several perspectives. Students learn how social, economic,and political forces have led to the development of human habitats. The emphasis on urban design in the dual-degree program yields an education that is particularly applicable for persons interested in the revitalization of metropolitan areas and their center cities.

Master of Architecture and Real Estate Development (dual degree) (ARDV)
The dual degree combines course work from the Architecture and Real Estate Development programs to enable a student to complete both the Master of Architecture and Master of Real Estate Development degrees with fewer credits than it would take to complete the two separately. For more information on the Master of Real Estate Development degree program go to the catalog entry for RDEV. Also be advised that that there may be a differential tuition established for this program which will be applied to any courses taken after approval of such differential if and when approved by the University.

Master of Architecture and Historic Preservation (dual degree) (ARHP)
The dual degree combines course work from the Architecture and Historic Preservation programs to enable a student to complete both the Master of Architecture and Master of Historic Preservation degrees with fewer credits than it would take to complete the two separately.

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Students entering the program with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from an accredited college or university normally require two years of graduate study to complete the requirements for the professional Master of Architecture degree. The established curriculum requires four semesters of academic work encompassing a total of 60 credits. Additional credits may be required depending upon the admissions committee's evaluation of the individual's academic and architectural experience. Information on required courses and curriculum may be obtained from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation website at http://www.arch.umd.edu.

Students who enter the professional program with a B.A. or B.S. in a discipline other than architecture will normally require seven semesters of design studio and other prerequisite courses encompassing a total of 109 credits. Students may be granted advanced standing if they have completed the appropriate prerequisites. Information on required courses and curriculum may be obtained from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation website at http://www.arch.umd.edu.

A program leading to a Master's Certificate in Historic Preservation is available to M. Arch and M.S. in Arch candidates. The course of study includes 24 credits and an approved thesis, which may satisfy requirements of both the Architecture and Preservation curricula.

A program leading to a Masters Certificate in Urban Design is available to M. Arch and M.S. in Arch candidates. The course of study includes 24 credits and an approved thesis.

Master of Science in Architecture (M.S. Arch)
A special option leading to the Master of Science in Architecture degree is available for those students who already possess an accredited NAAB professional degree in architecture (B.Arch. or M. Arch.) or its foreign equivalent. This option is designed to accommodate the needs of students who wish to do advanced work beyond that required for the professional degree. Applicants must specify in detail the nature of the proposed course of study for review and approval by the admissions committee prior to their admission. The School currently provides resources for advanced work in architectural design and urban design.

Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design (Ph.D.)
The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a Doctoral Program, the Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. Participating programs include Urban Studies and Planning, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. The program prepares students to teach at the university level in departments of Urban Planning, Architecture, Historic Preservation, or Landscape Architecture, as well as qualifies graduates to conduct research and participate in high-level decision-making in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Facilities and Special Resources

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is ideally located between Washington, DC, and Baltimore and surrounded by a number of historic communities and a varied physical environment. The resulting opportunity for environmental design study is unsurpassed. The School's resources include design workstations for each student, a model shop, a digital fabrication lab, and computer labs. The School's library contains some 57,000 monographs and 6,000 current periodicals, making it one of the major architectural libraries in the nation. The National Trust Library for Historic Preservation, housed in McKeldin Library, contains 11,000 volumes and 450 periodical titles. The slide collection includes approximately 430,000 slides on architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and technical subjects. The interdisciplinary National Center for Smart Growth Education and Research is based in the School offering perspectives and opportunities to engage important issues facing urban and regional planning.

The Architecture Program benefits from the strong support of the professional community, including practitioners who bring expertise into the architectural design studios as instructors, consultants, and critics. Many alumni are leaders in regional firms, while others practice as far afield as New York, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Vancouver, London, and Shanghai.

The University of Maryland's LEAFHouse took first place in the nation and third place in the world at the 2007 Solar Decathlon, gaining the Architecture Program it's reputation as a leader in sustainabiity. In 2011, the University of Maryland competes in the Solar Decathlon for the fourth time with it's Solar House, WaterShed.

The award-winning Comprehensive Design Studio and Advanced Technology sequence (an integral component of the M. Arch curriculum) offers an innovative teaching-learning environment where students work with an array of consultants from practice, exploring relationships between conceptual and technical aspects of architectural form and its assembly.

Embracing the importance of context as an integral component of the design process and advocating urban design as an essential component of architectural education, the Program has gained national and international recognition for its work in urban design, through awards and competition performance. Interdisciplinary competitions like the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Urban Design Competition give architecture students opportunities to team up with fellow graduate students in planning, historic preservation, and real estate development to address urban issues in a work environment that prepares them for the collaborative experience of professional practice. The Advanced Urban Design Studio explores relationships between individual buildings, urban spaces, and the contexts in which they reside. Studios engage projects ranging from conceptual urban interventions to projects that help communities to envision future growth.

Study abroad opportunities augment the course of study offered in College Park. Summer and Winter study abroad programs are offered to a variety of locations including Rome, Paris, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Turkey, St. Petersburg, Egypt, Peru, and Sri Lanka. Summer and winter study opportunities are also available in conjunction with the Historic Preservation, Urban Studies & Planning, and Real Estate Development programs. A Spring Semester study abroad program is based at Kiplin Hall in Great Britain.

Financial Assistance

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a limited and varying number of teaching and research assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and internships. Applicants should apply for financial assistance when submitting the application for admission.

Contact Information

Find additional information on program offerings, degree requirements, admissions, and financial aid on the School's Web site (www.arch.umd.edu).

Schedule a visit and tour online at: http://www.arch.umd.edu/students/advising/

Sign up to receive an invitation to our Graduate Open House online at: http://www.arch.umd.edu/students/admissions/information_request.cfm

For further information on admissions and degree requirements, please contact Brian Kelly, AIA, Associate Professor and Architecture Program Director, grarchadvise@umd.edu, 301-405-8000.

Brian Kelly, AIA, Associate Professor & Architecture Program Director
University of Maryland - School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
- College Park
MD  20742
Telephone: 301-405-8000
grarchadvise@umd.edu

http://www.arch.umd.edu

Courses: RDEV HISP URSP ARCH

Related Programs and Campus Units

Urban Studies and Planning
Historic Preservation
Urban and Regional Planning and Design
Real Estate Development
Landscape Architecture

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