Master of Architecture Track I

Degree Requirements | Non-Studio Requirements | Studio Requirements |Sample Curriculum


Degree Overview

Our master of architecture degree allow students to complete a professional degree, leading to licensure, in a stimulating academic environment that is characterized by cooperation, rigor and a commitment to human quality in the built environment. Students with a non-relevant undergraduate degree are eligible for the three-year master of architecture track I degree. The program is studio based, with a full complement of professional courses with opportunities to focus in an area of special interest. Students can take advantage of numerous on and off campus opportunities for expanding their academic experience. We offer a full array of foreign-study programs, internships in architectural offices, and various opportunities to work directly with communities.

Most of our graduate and undergraduate students are in Eugene. The Eugene program offers a wide diversity of faculty and courses, concurrent degree programs, and the option to take courses in other departments of the university. Eugene-based programs offer various focuses, including sustainability, building technology, history/theory and human-centered design.

About 100 architecture students, including some track I students in their final year, are in Portland. The Portland program is housed in a beautifully renovated warehouse block in the city center, has strong connections with the Portland professional community, and strong engagement with current architectural and urban issues of the city.


Degree Requirements (144 Credits)


Required Courses

Professional Coursework (Non-Studio) Requirements (minimum 80 credits)

Introductory Media and Process

5 Credits Total

ARCH 611 Graduate Design Process

3 Credits

ARCH 610 Introduction to Architectural Computing

2 Credits

Intermediate Media

3 Credits Total

ARCH 523 Media for Design Development

3 Credits

Design Arts

12 Credits Total

ARCH 530 Architectural Contexts: Place and Culture

4 Credits

ARCH 540 Human Context of Design

4 Credits

ARCH 550 Spatial Composition

4 Credits

Design Technology

24 Credits Total

ARCH 561 Structural Behavior

4 Credits

ARCH 562 Wood and Steel Building Systems

4 Credits

ARCH 570 Building Construction

4 Credits

ARCH 571 Building Enclosure

4 Credits

ARCH 591 Environmental Control Systems I

4 Credits

ARCH 592 Environmental Control Systems II

4 Credits

Professional Practice

4 Credits Total

ARCH 517 Context of the Architectural Profession

4 Credits

Architectural History

3 Courses Minimum

Three 500-level courses covering areas: ancient (ARH), renaissance (ARH), modern (ARCH 610: 20th Century Architecture History)

Subject Area Electives

20 Credits Minimum

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Architectural Design (Studio) Requirements (minimum 64 credits)

ARCH 680 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 681 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 682 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design (Five Terms)

30 Credits (5 Terms x 6 Credits)

ARCH 585 Architectural Design I

8 Credits

ARCH 586 Advanced Architectural Design II

8 Credits


Professional Focus 15+ credits (can be integrated into other degree requirements)

Master of Architecture students are required to declare a professional focus. This requirement can be fulfilled through one of three options:

  1. Completing credits in an approved cluster of courses. See the MArch Study Cluster Worksheet.
     
  2. Completing required coursework for one of the following specializations:
    Architectural Technology (Eugene campus only)
    Housing (Eugene campus only)
    Interior Architecture (Eugene campus only)
    Historic Preservation (Portland campus only)
    Urban Architecture and Urban Design (Portland campus only)
     
  3. Completing required coursework for a graduate certificate
    Ecological Design Certificate
    Technical Teaching Certificate

Students pursuing concurrent master's degrees are not required to complete a professional focus. See the Professional Focus Overview.

Further details on completing the professional focus requirement are available with the departmental academic advisor.

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Sample Curriculum Outline

This degree is typically completed in 10 terms. Most students graduate in spring of their third year. Portland can only accommodate spring degree completion. Students who have taken a design studio during the summer may be able to finish their degree in the winter term of their third year.

Year One

SUMMER TERM

13 Credits

ARCH 680 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 610 20th Century Architecture History

4 Credits

ARCH 611 Graduate Design Process

3 Credits
 

FALL TERM

16 Credits

ARCH 681 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 550 Spatial Composition

4 Credits

ARCH 570 Building Construction

4 Credits

ARCH 610 Introduction to Architectural Computing*

2 Credits
 

WINTER TERM

14 Credits

ARCH 682 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 540 Human Context of Design

4 Credits

ARCH 591 Environmental Control Systems I

4 Credits
 

SPRING TERM

14 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits

ARCH 530 Architectural Contexts: Place and Culture

4 Credits

ARCH 592 Environmental Control Systems II

4 Credits

SUMMER TERM

Optional studio in Eugene, Portland, or abroad.


Year Two

FALL TERM

16 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits

ARCH 523 Media for Design Development

3 Credits

ARCH 561 Structural Behavior

4 Credits
Subject Area Elective
3 Credits
 

WINTER TERM

14 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits

ARCH 562 Wood and Steel Building Systems

4 Credits
Architectural History
4 Credits
 

SPRING TERM

14 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits
Advanced Technology
4 Credits
Architectural History
4 Credits

SUMMER TERM

Optional studio in Eugene, Portland, or abroad.


Year Three

FALL TERM

14 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits

ARCH 571 Building Enclosure

4 Credits
Subject Area Elective
4 Credits
 

WINTER TERM

15 Credits

ARCH 585 Architectural Design I

8 Credits

ARCH 517 Context of the Architectural Profession

4 Credits
Seminar
3 Credits
 

SPRING TERM

15 Credits

ARCH 586 Advanced Architectural Design II

8 Credits
Seminar
3 Credits
Subject Area Elective
4 Credits

*—ARCH 610: Introduction to Architectural Computing may be waived for students with appropriate background in design computing.

Note: General education and subject area electives can be taken any term and in any order.

Master of Architecture Track I (3-year)
Degree Requirements

 

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