Master of Science in Architecture

Degree Overview

The post-professional architecture master of science (MS) degree allows students to complete advanced research and design work that builds on an existing professional degree in architecture, structural engineering, architectural engineering, construction management, or a related field.

Eligible applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited four-year U.S. college or university OR hold an equivalent credential from a qualifying international institution. This degree does not provide a path to licensure.

Students choose between two academic paths:

  • Path 1: Architecture Develop a knowledge base and skills for conducting research that makes a contribution to the current body of knowledge in the field.
  • Path 2: Mass Timber Design Develop a knowledge base and skills in mass timber design in an interdisciplinary one-year program.

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Path 1: Architecture

Professional Coursework  |  ElectivesTechnical Teaching Courses  |   Sample Curriculum Outline

Degree Requirements (45 Minimum Credits)


Professional Coursework

MS students may select any number of courses and are strongly recommended to take both research methods courses.

ARCH 601 Research

4–8 Credits

ARCH 617 Built Environment Design and Theory

4 Credits

ARCH 620 Research Methods in Sustainable Design

4 Credits

ARCH 633 History of Sustainable Design

4 Credits

ARCH 678 Advanced Research Methods in Sustainable Design

4 Credits

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Electives

Below is a list of advanced seminar courses that may assist students in their thesis. Graduates have additional readings, end-of-term paper requirements, comprehensive analysis, research presentations, and/or additional time with the instructor.

ARCH 535 Priciples of Urban Design
ARCH 537 Theory of Urban Design II
ARCH 595 Daylighting
ARCH 596 The Window
ARCH 598 Energy Scheming
ARCH 510 Experimental Course: Housing Design
ARCH 510 Experimental Course: High-Performance Buildings
ARCH 510 Experimental Course: Postoccupancy Evaluation
ARCH 605 Reading and Conference
ARCH 606 Special Problems
ARCH 608 Colloquium
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Adaptive Reuse Seminar (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Preservation and Transportation (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Preservation Economics (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Preservation Technology: Masonry (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Preservation Technology Woods and Metals (Portland only)
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: Historic American Buildings Survey—Historic American Engineering Record Documentation
AAAP 510 Experimental Course: American Architecture from a Preservation Perspective I, II, III


Technical Teaching Courses

ARCH 602 Supervised College Teaching
ARCH 661 Teaching Technical Subjects in Architecture
ARCH 690 Teaching Technology in Architectural Design
 

Specializations and Graduate Certificates (optional)

Students may also choose to add one of the following optional specializations or graduate certificates to their degree:

Further details on completing these specializations and certificates are available with the departmental academic advisor.

Sample Curriculum Outline
Path 1: Architecture

This sequence serves as a sample guide for how a student might progress over a four-term period. The exact sequence of courses taken will depend on the program of study by each student, course availability, and potential teaching commitments. Many students take five to six terms for completion.

Year One

FALL TERM

10 Credits

ARCH 601 Research

4 Credits

ARCH 620 Research Methods in Sustainable Design

4 Credits

ARCH 661 Teaching Technical Subjects in Architecture
 

2 Credits

WINTER TERM

11 Credits

ARCH 601 Research

4 Credits

Elective

3 Credits

Elective
 

4 Credits

SPRING TERM

15 Credits

ARCH 601 Research

4 Credits

ARCH 678 Advanced Research in Sustainable Design

4 Credits

Elective

4 Credits

Elective

3 Credits


Year Two

FALL TERM

9 Credits

ARCH 503 Thesis

9 Credits

Master of Science in Architecture
Degree Requirements

 

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Path 2: Mass Timber Design

Degree Overview

This degree path allows students to focus on mass timber design in an interdisciplinary one-year program, taking advantage of Oregon’s position as the epicenter of mass timber manufacture and application in the United States and at the TallWood Design Institute (TDI), a partnership of the University of Oregon’s College of Design with Oregon State University’s Colleges of Forestry and Engineering.
 

Degree Requirements (46-50 Credits)

Curriculum Outline
Path 2: Mass Timber Design

The following is the required one-year course sequence for Path 2: Mass Timber Design.

FALL TERM

16 Credits

OSU WSE 520 The Global Context of the Forest Sector

3 Credits

OSU WSE 525 Wood Science I

4 Credits

OSU WSE 558 Design of Wood Structures

3 Credits

UO ARCH 584 Timber Tectonics in the Digital Age
 

6 Credits

WINTER BREAK

2 Credits

UO ARCH 510 Field trip to Europe – Holzbau, Innsbruck, tour of mass timber buildings and manufacturing sites (10–14 days)
 

2 Credits (optional)

WINTER TERM

16 Credits

UO ARCH 619 Terminal Project: Integrated Timber Design Studio

8 Credits

UO ARCH 510 Advanced Mass Timber Design (Mass-ter Builder)

4 Credits

UO ARCH 606 TallWood Design Institute Seminar (Special Topics)*

3 Credits

UO ARCH 601 Independent study/research project (A/E teams of two)
 

1 Credit

SPRING TERM

16 Credits

UO ARCH 619 Terminal Project: Integrated Timber Design Studio

8 Credits

UO ARCH 606 TallWood Design Institute Seminar (Special Topics)*

4 Credits

UO ARCH 601 Independent study/research project (teams of two)

2–4 Credits

*Special Topics:

  • Composite Floor Systems
  • Proprietary Connections
  • Mass Timber Structural Lateral Systems
  • Structural Modeling with wood components and connections.
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Digital Fabrication – CNC
  • Adhesives
  • Fire Resistance
  • Durability
  • LCA
  • Net-Zero Design/Carbon Negative Design
  • Acoustics
  • Constructability and Economics
  • Construction Methods/Design-Build
  • Modular and Off-Site Construction
  • Case Studies of Contemporary Mass Timber Buildings

 

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