Master of Architecture

As part of a digital fabrication studio, MArch students planned, fabricated, and installed Spectroplexus, a 100-foot-long public sculpture at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Learn more

The NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture program focuses on the role of architects in society and culture. The School has a strong history of practice-oriented education that has expanded to include depth in issues of sustainability and housing.

We offer the following programs:

MArch 3 (six semesters, STEM-eligible)
MArch 2 (four semesters, STEM-eligible)
MS in Advanced Architectural Design (36 credits)
MS in Architectural Studies (30 credits)

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Fundamental to the graduate curriculum is the architectural design studio sequence. Each semester students select from a range of vertical studio options organized around projects and topics offered by different design instructors. These studios emphasize the development of strong conceptual abilities, thoughtful integration of technical information, and convincing representations of architectural ideas in two- and three-dimensional form, and through a variety of media. The ultimate goal is for each student to develop clear design principles, strong technical resources, and an independent, critical position on the making of architecture in the world. The independent character of a student’s abilities is demonstrated and tested in the final semester through the Degree Project.

Informing and enriching the studio experience for students in the MArch program are courses in architectural history and theory, building technology and structural principles, urban design, professional practice, landscape design, and representational and digital media studies. Great emphasis is placed on a student's ability to integrate and synthesize the information in these courses into appropriate architectural form in the design studio. While these topics have consistently been a part of the graduate curriculum, their specific content, sequence, and method of instruction is under constant review and development.

The Master of Architecture degree can be combined with study in other divisions at Washington University. To learn more, visit our Dual+Joint Degrees page.

View Student Work in Graduate Approach

Explore a full range of student projects across our graduate programs—including all levels of the architecture curriculum—in the latest edition of Approach.

Questions about our graduate architecture programs? Contact us, and we'll be happy to help!

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