2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Master of Architecture degree

Graduate Studies - Architecture
Leading to a Master of Architecture degree (M. Arch)

While there are many places to study architecture, Boston’s rich tapestry of contemporary and historic buildings make it one of the best cities in the country in which to be a graduate student of architecture. Students at Wentworth will experience a practice-based education in design, fabrication, and building, use the advanced digital tools found in leading edge architectural firms, and conceive of imaginative solutions that address real-world challenges and opportunities.

At Wentworth, our graduate curriculum promotes design investigation and research based on the tangible nature of architecture. Our students apply critical thinking skills in design research and have the freedom to explore their interests and express their creativity.

M. Arch Degree Program Application Process

The department offers three Master of Architecture degree programs:

  • The one-year, Master of Architecture professional degree for internal candidates who have a four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Wentworth.                   
  • The two-year, Master of Architecture professional degree for external candidates who have a four-year, pre-professional degree from another NAAB-based degree program.
  • The three-year, Master of Architecture professional degree for external candidates who have a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in an unrelated discipline.

All applicants are required to submit an application for the M. Arch degree program (see ‘Note’ below). For further details on the program and admissions requirements, please refer to the departmental website: (http://www.wit.edu/arch/programs/academic/march/index.html).

Note:  Students who achieve a minimum departmental GPA of 3.20 (non-elective ARCH courses from first through third years only) in the BS-Arch program at Wentworth automatically qualify for acceptance into the M. Arch degree program for the following year. Students meeting this standard still must submit an application and an official transcript.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 36 (one-year) or 72 (two-year), or 108 (three-year)

This is a program that begins in the fall of the student’s first year and is planned to end in the spring semester of the first, second or third year.

Students in the M. Arch program must maintain a grade of B or higher in all required architecture courses to be in good academic standing.

Master of Architecture (One-Year) (MARC)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH9000, Studio 09: Special Topics
  • ARCH9200, Thesis Preparation I
  • ARCH9300, Thesis Preparation II
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH9500, Studio 10: Thesis
  • ARCH9600, Professional Perspectives
  • ARCH9700, Advanced Topics
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Master of Architecture (Two-Year) (MARC)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH8000, Adv. Graduate Studio 01
  • ARCH8250, Adv. Tech. & Materials
  • ARCH8300, App. Res. & Des. 01
  • ARCH8400 Structures 01 OR
  • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH8500, Adv. Graduate Studio 02
  • ARCH8650, Fabrication Methods
  • ARCH8700 App. Res. & Des. 02
  • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
  • ARCH8800 Structures 02 OR
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Second Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH9000, Studio 09: Special Topics
  • ARCH9200, Thesis Preparation I
  • ARCH9300, Thesis Preparation II
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Second Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH9500, Studio 10: Thesis
  • ARCH9600, Professional Perspectives
  • ARCH9700, Advanced Topics
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Master of Architecture (Three-Year) (MARC)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH7000, Grad Found. Studio 01
  • ARCH7250, Grad History Lect.
  • ARCH7300, Technology 01
  • ARCH7350, 2D/3D Media Processes OR
  • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH7500, Grad Found Studio 02
  • ARCH7550, History/Theory Seminar
  • ARCH7600, Technology 02
  • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Second Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH8000, Adv. Graduate Studio 01
  • ARCH8250, Adv. Tech. & Materials
  • ARCH8300, App. Res. & Des. 01
  • ARCH8400, Structures 01 OR
  • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Second Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH8500, Adv. Graduate Studio 02
  • ARCH8650, Fabrication Methods
  • ARCH8700, App. Res & Des. 02
  • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
  • ARCH8800, Structures 02 OR
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Third Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH9000, Studio 09: Special Topics
  • ARCH9200, Thesis Preparation I
  • ARCH9300, Thesis Preparation II
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Third Year, spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ARCH9500, Studio 10: Thesis
  • ARCH9600, Professional Perspectives
  • ARCH9700, Advanced Topics
  • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Architecture Electives

Architecture electives are listed by concentration and other categories to assist students in shaping their course of study. Students are not required to choose electives within their area of concentration, and are encouraged to pursue breadth as well as depth in their architectural studies. The following list is indicative of the Department’s elective course offerings in recent years:

Urbanism/Adaptive Interventions

  • ARCH3800, Design Methods
  • ARCH3800, Adaptive Reuse as Urban Design
  • ARCH3800, Alvar Aalto Seminar & Workshop
  • ARCH3800, Analysis of Contemporary Buildings and Architectural Movements
  • ARCH3800, American Architecture 1600-1900
  • ARCH3800, Approaches to Public Space
  • ARCH3800, Architecture Through Furniture
  • ARCH3800, BIM in Sustainable Design
  • ARCH3800, Boston, the City and the Sea
  • ARCH3800, Community Development as Urban Design
  • ARCH3800, Constructing Symbolic and Sacred Space
  • ARCH3800, Cultural Construction of Asian Cities
  • ARCH3800, Designing for Social Innovation
  • ARCH3800, Design Towards an Eco-Democracy
  • ARCH3800, Digital Studies
  • ARCH3800, Heroic Modernism
  • ARCH3800, Latin American Architecture & Landscape
  • ARCH3800, Louis I. Kahn, Architecture and Technology, Seminar and Workshop
  • ARCH3800, Mapping the City
  • ARCH3800, Marcel Breuer: American Houses
  • ARCH3800, Master Planning
  • ARCH3800, Poetics
  • ARCH3800, Reading and Representing the Urban Form
  • ARCH3800, Responsive Architecture, Reflexive City
  • ARCH3800, Sacred Space for the Major World Religions
  • ARCH3800, Storytelling for Architects
  • ARCH3800, The Pritzker Prize
  • ARCH3800, The Space Between
  • ARCH3800, Transportation Invention & Urban/Community Design
  • ARCH3800, Urban Infrastructure
  • ARCH3800, Vernacular Architecture
  • ARCH3800, Visual Perception & the City: The Lessons of Boston
     

Emerging Technologies

  • ARCH3800, Caveats of Digital Design
  • ARCH3800, Decorative Materials/Surfaces in Architecture
  • ARCH3800, Computer-Based Structural Analysis & Design
  • ARCH3800, Dev. BIM-Based Solutions in Architecture
  • ARCH3800, Digital Tectonics
  • ARCH3800, Geomatter
  • ARCH3800, Learning LEED
  • ARCH3800, Net Zero Energy Housing
  • ARCH3800, The Computational Façade
  • ARCH3800, Temporary Structures and Mobile Architecture
  • ARCH3800, Bridge Architecture and Design
  • ARCH3800, Computer–Assisted Building Systems Analysis & Design

Representation

  • ARCH3800, Ideogramming In-Design
  • ARCH3800, 3D Visualization & 3D Printing
  • ARCH3800, Advanced Hand Drawing for Architecture – Projective Geometry
  • ARCH3800, Architectural Proportions
  • ARCH3800, Color
  • ARCH3800, Color Relationships
  • ARCH3800, Hand Drawing for Architects and Designers
  • ARCH3800, Introduction to Autodesk Revit Architecture
  • ARCH3800, Pattern Making/Texture Mapping
  • ARCH3800, Space Through Hand Drawing
  • ARCH3800, Spatial Color
  • ARCH3800, Watercolor Rendering

Professional Practice

  • ARCH3800, Design Entrepreneurship
  • ARCH3800, Fundamentals of Design Finance