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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. They develop the strategic thinking and communication skills required to tackle a diverse range of issues and sustainability and urbanism to historic preservation. Architecture is an integrative discipline that expresses human values through the design of the built environment. 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 as the scales of the region, the site, spaces and detail.

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.

Degree Requirements

Foundation

ARCH 101 Foundations of Architecture
ARCH 121 History of Art and Architecture I
ARCH 122 History of Art and Architecture II
VARTS 101 Foundations 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.

ARCH 113 Architectural Design Core Studio I
ARCH 114 Architectural Design Core Studio II
ARCH 213 Architectural Design Core Studio III
ARCH 214 Architectural Design Core Studio IV
ARCH 313 Architectural Design Core Studio V
ARCH 413 Advanced Architectural Design Studio
ARCH 416 Advanced Topical Design Studio: Urban
ARCH 513 Comprehensive Project Design Studio
ARCH 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio
ARCH 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio
ARCH 613 Graduate 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. 

ARCH 325 History of Modern Architecture
ARCH 322 Theory of Architecture

and ONE Intermediate History/Theory Elective:

ARCH 324 Evolution of Urban Form
ARCH 327 History of American Architecture
ARCH 328 Renaissance Architecture in Perspective
ARCH 329 History of Landscape Architecture
AAH 321 Arts and Architecture in the Classical World
AAH 322 Arts and Architecture in the Medieval World
AAH 323 Arts and Architecture in the Islamic World
AAH 330 Topics in Art and Architectural History
HP 341 Pre-Industrial America
HP 342 Industrial America
HP 351 History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation

and ONE Advanced History/Theory Elective:

ARCH 475 Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life's Work
ARCH 478 Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy
AAH 530 Special Topics (selected topics)
AAH 560 The Newport Seminar
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
HP 351 History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation
HP 391 Architecture and Historic Preservation Abroad
HP 530 Special 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.

ARCH 321 Site and Environment
ARCH 522 Environmental 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.

ARCH 335 Structure, Form, and Order
ARCH 434 Design of Structures I
ARCH 435 Design of Structures II
ARCH 231 Construction Materials and Assemblies I
ARCH 331 Construction Materials and Assemblies II
ARCH 332 Acoustics and Lighting
ARCH 333 Building Systems: Equipment 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. 

ARCH 287 Computer Applications in Design
ARCH 488 Computer Applications for Professional Practice
ARCH 542 Professional Practice
ARCH 641 Graduate 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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Elective Offerings

Undergraduate Electives

ARCH 430 Special Topics in Architecture
ARCH 461 Introduction to Landscape Architecture
ARCH 472 Modern Urban Design Theory
ARCH 475 Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life's Work
ARCH 477 Architecture in Context
ARCH 478 Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy
ARCH 484 Construction Estimating and Scheduling
ARCH 487 Digital Modeling
ARCH 492 Writing About Architecture

HP 300 level or above courses

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

ARCH 521 Sustainable Design Seminar
ARCH 533 Detailing the High-performance Envelope
ARCH 535 Introduction to Proactive Simulation
ARCH 536 Special Topics in Sustainable Design
ARCH 593 Sustainable Paradigms
ARCH 594 Urban Ecology

Urban Design

ARCH 524 Evolution of Urban Form
ARCH 529 History of Landscape Architecture
ARCH 537 Special Topics in Urban Design
ARCH 561 Landscape Architecture: Theory and Practice
ARCH 572 Urban Design Theory
HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop

Digital Media

ARCH 535 Introduction to Proactive Simulation
ARCH 538 Special Topics in Digital Media
ARCH 586 Processing
ARCH 587 Advanced Computer Applications in Design
ARCH 588 Digital Manufacturing
ARCH 589 4D (Four Dimensional)

Historic Preservation

HP 501 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation
HP 525 Preservation Economics
HP 526 Preservation Law and Regulation
HP 582L Architectural Conservation Lab
HP 681L Historic Rehabilitation Workshop
HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop

Additional Architecture Electives

ARCH 530 Special Topics in Architecture
ARCH 573 Modernism in the Non-Western World
ARCH 574 Regionalism in Architecture
ARCH 575 Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism
ARCH 576 Theoretical Origins of Modernism
ARCH 577 The American Skyscraper
ARCH 606 Field Research Seminar
ARCH 616 Collaborative Workshop
AAH 560 The Newport Seminar

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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.

Degree Requirements

Design
 
ARCH 511 Graduate Core Studio I - summer
ARCH 512 Graduate Core Studio II
ARCH 413 Advanced Architectural Design Studio
ARCH 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio I
ARCH 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio II
ARCH 513 Comprehensive Project Design Studio
ARCH 613 Graduate Thesis Design Studio

History/Theory

ARCH 501 Elements and Principles of Architecture
ARCH 325 History of Modern Architecture - summer
ARCH 322 Theory of Architecture
AAH 300 Intermediate Art & Architectural History Elective
AAH 400-500 Advanced Art & Architectural History Elective

Environment and Human Behavior

ARCH 321 Site and Environment
ARCH 522 Environmental Design Research

Technical Systems

ARCH 231 Construction Materials & Assemblies I
ARCH 331 Construction Materials & Assemblies II
ARCH 335 Structure, Form, and Order
ARCH 434 Design of Structures I
ARCH 435 Design of Structures II
ARCH 333 Building Systems: Equipment for Buildings
ARCH 332 Acoustics and Lighting

Practice and Professional Development

ARCH 287 Introduction to Computer Applications
ARCH 488 Computer Applications for Professional Practice
ARCH 542 Professional Practice
ARCH 641 Graduate 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.

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Elective Offerings

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

Sustainable Design

ARCH 521 Sustainable Design Seminar
ARCH 533 Detailing the High-performance Envelope
ARCH 535 Introduction to Proactive Simulation
ARCH 536 Special Topics in Sustainable Design
ARCH 593 Sustainable Paradigms
ARCH 594 Urban Ecology

Urban Design

ARCH 524 Evolution of Urban Form
ARCH 529 History of Landscape Architecture
ARCH 537 Special Topics in Urban Design
ARCH 561 Landscape Architecture: Theory and Practice
ARCH 572 Urban Design Theory
HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop

Digital Media

ARCH 535 Introduction to Proactive Simulation
ARCH 538 Special Topics in Digital Media
ARCH 586 Processing
ARCH 587 Advanced Computer Applications in Design
ARCH 588 Digital Manufacturing
ARCH 589 4D (Four Dimensional)

Historic Preservation

HP 501 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation
HP 525 Preservation Economics
HP 526 Preservation Law and Regulation
HP 582L Architectural Conservation Lab
HP 681L Historic Rehabilitation Workshop
HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop

Additional Architecture Electives

ARCH 530 Special Topics in Architecture
ARCH 573 Modernism in the Non-Western World
ARCH 574 Regionalism in Architecture
ARCH 575 Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism
ARCH 576 Theoretical Origins of Modernism
ARCH 577 The American Skyscraper
ARCH 606 Field Research Seminar
ARCH 616 Collaborative Workshop
AAH 560 The Newport Seminar

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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