Master of Architecture Track II (Portland)

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


Degree Overview

Our master of architecture (MArch) program allows you to complete a professional degree, leading to licensure, in a stimulating academic environment characterized by cooperation, rigor, and a commitment to human quality in the built environment.

If you have a relevant undergraduate degree, you may be eligible for the two-year MArch track II degree. The program is studio-based, with a full complement of professional courses with opportunities to focus on an area of special interest. You can take advantage of numerous on- and off-campus opportunities to expand your academic experience. We offer an array of study abroad programs, internships in architectural offices, and various opportunities to work directly with communities.

The Portland program is an advanced center for track II graduate-level architecture studies. Including nearly 100 architecture students pursuing the track II degree and a number of bachelor of architecture students in their final year of study, the Portland program resides in the beautifully renovated White Stag Block in the city center with a design library and fabrication facilities. The program has strong connections with the city’s professional community, and engages with Portland as a vital urban laboratory. As an architecture student in Portland you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a specialization in Urban Architecture and Urban Design or a specialization or concurrent graduate degree in Historic Preservation.

To choose the master of architecture track II program in Portland, you should have completed coursework in building construction, introductory course in structures, and the basic technical requirements as shown in our program outline guides, prior to fall term admission. Track II applicants who are accepted into the Portland-based program will have a transcript evaluation to determine individual requirements. Students who have not completed prerequisites may be advised to start their program at the Eugene campus, based on their respective backgrounds and the availability of the required course offerings.


Degree Requirements


Required Courses

Professional Coursework (Non-Studio) Requirements (minimum 47 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 540 Human Context of Design

4 Credits

Design Technology

24 Credits Total

ARCH 561 Structural Behavior

4 Credits

ARCH 562 Wood and Steel Building Systems

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

4 Credits

Subject area electives include ARCH 607: Option II Seminar

 

Courses not offered in Portland
(must be completed during undergraduate)

 

ARCH 530 Architectural Contexts: Place and Culture
(substitute ARCH 535 Principles of Urban Design)

4 Credits

ARCH 550 Spatial Composition

4 Credits

ARCH 570 Building Construction

4 Credits

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Architectural Design (Studio) Requirements (minimum 64 credits)

ARCH 683 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design (Three Terms)

18 Credits (3 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 Graduate Advanced Study Cluster Requirements worksheet.
  2. Completing required coursework for one of the following specializations:
    Historic Preservation (Portland campus only)—See the Historic Preservation Specialization Requirements worksheeet.
    Urban Architecture and Urban Design (Portland campus only)—See the Urban Architecture and Urban Design Specialization Requirements worksheet.

Students pursuing concurrent master's degrees are not required to complete a professional focus.

See Master of Architecture—Declaring A Professional Focus for additional information. Further details on completing the professional focus requirement are available with the departmental academic advisor.

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Sample Curriculum Outline

Most required courses are only offered in certain terms as shown. Your core course requirements are determined by transcript evaluation.

Year One

FALL TERM

13 Credits

ARCH 683 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

ARCH 607 Option II Seminar

3 Credits

Required Core Course

4 Credits

WINTER TERM

14 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits

Required Core Course

4 Credits

Required Core Course

4 Credits

SPRING TERM

14 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits

Required Core Course

4 Credits

Subject Area Elective

4 Credits


Year Two

FALL TERM

16 Credits

ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits

Required Core Course

4 Credits

Subject Area Elective

4 Credits

WINTER TERM

16 Credits

ARCH 585 Architectural Design I

8 Credits

Subject Area Elective

4 Credits

Subject Area Elective

4 Credits

SPRING TERM

16 Credits

ARCH 586 Advanced Architectural Design II

8 Credits

ARCH 517 Context of the Architectural Profession

4 Credits

Subject Area Elective

4 Credits

Note: Subject area electives can be taken any term and in any order.

Master of Architecture Track II (PDX)
Degree Requirements

 

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