Lucas Boyd Section
Section drawing by Lucas Boyd (M.Arch ‘17)

The Master of Architecture I curriculum provides a disciplined approach to the fundamentals of architecture in a setting that ensures the flexibility and latitude necessary for students to develop their individual talents and skills.

The School believes that the educational experience of its program is enriched by students who have diverse educational backgrounds and, therefore, embraces students who in their undergraduate education have majored in a wide spectrum of disciplines, from architecture to any of the arts, sciences, or humanities. This program, leading to a degree of Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), is for students holding undergraduate liberal arts degrees, such as a B.A. or B.S., who seek their first professional architectural degree. It typically requires three years of full-time residency to complete the degree requirements.

Entering students, with a sound liberal arts background assumed, are required to follow a curriculum in which their creative powers are stimulated through a sequence of problem-solving exercises involving basic and architectural design, building technology, freehand and computer-assisted drawing, and an introduction to design methodologies, as well as courses in architectural theory and the planning, design, and development of the urban landscape. Architectural design problems in the first year start in the fall term at limited scale and by the spring term progress to an investigation of dwelling. During the spring term of first year and until mid-June, a community building project is undertaken, which provides an opportunity for the design of an affordable house as well as the experience of carrying the design through the building process when the class builds a final design. The fall term of second year undertakes the design of a public building, and the spring term of second year is devoted to urbanism. During the fall and spring terms of third year students, through a lottery system, are at liberty to choose from a variety of advanced design studios, many of which are led by the profession’s leading practitioners and theoreticians. With faculty approval, students in their final term may undertake an independent design thesis (1199b) in lieu of an advanced studio. Students may, if they wish, continue their work for an additional term by taking an advanced studio and/or elective courses. A number of support courses are required during the three-year curriculum. Required courses in design and visualization, technology and practice, history and theory, urban studies, and visual studies support the studios.

Within the limits of certain required credit distributions, students are encouraged to explore elective course options. Courses—falling into the broad categories of design and visualization, technology and practice, history and theory, and urbanism and landscape—support and augment the pivotal studio offerings. Courses offered by other schools and departments within the University may be taken for credit. Emphasis throughout the program is on architectural design and decision making.

Course of study

In course titles, a designates fall term, b designates spring term, and c designates summer. The School reserves the right to change the prescribed course of study as necessary.

M.Arch I total requirement: 114 credits

Pre-First Year (Mid-Summer)

1001c, Visualization I* 0
Total 0

First Year (Fall)

1011a, Architectural Design 6
1015a, Visualization II 3
1018a, Formal Analysis 3
2011a, Structures I 3
3011a, Modern Architecture 3
Total 18

First Year (Spring)

1012b, Architectural Design 6
1016b, Visualization III 3
2012b, Structures II 3
2015b, Building Technology 3
4011a, Intro to Urban Design 3
Total 18

First Year (Early Summer)

1013c, Building Project† 3
1017c, Visualization IV† 3
Total 6

Second Year (Fall)

1021a, Architectural Design 6
2021a, Environmental Design 3
3021a, Architectural Theory I: 1750-1968 3
4021a, Intro Planning and Development 3
Elective‡ 3
Total 18

Second Year (Spring)

1022b, Architectural Design 6
2022b, Systems Integration 3
3022b, Architectural Theory II: 1968-Present 3
Elective‡ 3
Elective‡ 3
Total 18

Third Year (Fall)

Advanced Design Studio 9
2031a, Arch. Practice & Management 3
Elective‡ 3
Total 15**

Third Year (Spring)

Advanced Design Studio 9
Elective‡ 3
Elective‡ 3
Total 15**

If an entering student can demonstrate competence and passing grades, from an accredited school, in the material covered in any of the program’s required support courses (except for 2031a), that student may request a waiver of those courses. A waiver of any required course, however, does not reduce the number of course credits required to fulfill the program’s degree requirements. Support course waivers are granted by the Curriculum and Rules Committees based upon the recommendations of the course’s study area coordinators. Requests for a waiver must be submitted to one of the course’s study area coordinators within one week of the start of the first term of the student’s enrollment. A transcript, course syllabus, and a notebook or examples of work accomplished must be presented to the study area coordinators.

*This course is required for those students so designated by the Admissions Committee. Typically, this course will be required for students who do not have significant pre-architectural training. This five-week course begins mid-July and concludes mid-August.

†This course concludes in late June.

‡Two electives must be in History and Theory study area, and one elective must be in Urbanism and Landscape study area. These required electives may be taken in any term(s). Courses taken outside of the School may fulfill these requirements provided they are listed in the appropriate study areas or they have been approved by the area coordinators. Students not on academic warning or probation may substitute independent elective course work. (See the School’s Academic Rules and Regulations for procedures and restrictions.)

**Students may take up to 18 credits without permission of the Rules Committee.

Program Requirements

Summer Preparation Courses for Incoming M.Arch. I Students

In the six weeks before the beginning of the fall term, the School offers four summer preparation courses that are required for incoming M.Arch. I students.

  1. Visualization I: Observation and Representation (1001c). This five-week course is offered at no charge for those newly admitted students who do not have significant pre-architectural training. This course is required only for those students who have been informed in their acceptance letter that they must take this course. Students required to take the summer session must satisfactorily pass this course before being admitted to the School’s first-year M.Arch I program in the fall. Classes are held each day, Monday through Friday. The average day is broken into morning and afternoon sessions. Students are expected to complete assignments outside of class.
  2. Summer Shops Techniques Course. This one-week course introduces incoming students to the School’s fabrication equipment and shops. The course stresses good and safe shop techniques. Students are not allowed to use the School’s shops unless they have satisfactorily completed this course.
  3. Summer Digital Media Orientation Course. This two-part course, which occurs during the same week as the Summer Shops Techniques Course, covers accessing the School’s servers, the use of the School’s equipment, and the School’s digital media policies and procedures. This course is required only for those M.Arch. I students who did not take Visualization I: Observation and Representation (1001c); see paragraph 1 above.
  4. Arts Library Research Methods Session. This ninety-minute session covers various strategies to answer research questions pertaining to course curricula and topics by using tools such as the Yale University online catalog, architecture databases, image resources, print resources, and archival resources.

School Portfolio

In addition to the 108 satisfactorily completed course credits, a student must satisfactorily complete the portfolio requirement in order to receive an M.Arch. degree. The portfolio requirement is administered and periodically reviewed by the Design Committee.

Academic Rules and Regulations

Procedures and restrictions for the M.Arch. I program can be found in the School’s Academic Rules and Regulations section of the School of Architecture Handbook.

Design and Visualization 17

Spring 2018
First-Year Core Studio
Alan Organschi, Andrew Benner, Adam Hopfner, Amy Lelyveld, Joeb Moore, Peter de Bretteville, Marta Caldeira
Spring 2018
Visualization III: Fabrication and Assembly
Brennan Buck, Michael Szivos
Spring 2018
Second-Year Core Studio
Aniket Shahane, Bimal Mendis, Keller Easterling, Alan Plattus, Rosalyne Shieh, Alexander Felson
Spring 2018
Advanced Design Studio: Shed No Tears for a Colonial City
Pier Vittorio Aureli, Emily Abruzzo
Spring 2018
Advanced Design Studio: Africa U.
Alan Ricks, Nicholas McDermott
Spring 2018
Advanced Design Studio: Launch at Newtown Creek
Julie Eizenberg, Amina Blacksher
Spring 2018
Advanced Design Studio: Heneghan Peng
Róisín Heneghan, Shih-Fu Peng, Eugene Han
Spring 2018
Advanced Design Studio: City of Mercy—House of Grace
Hildigunnur Sverrisdóttir, Kyle Dugdale
Spring 2018
Advanced Design Studio: Reworking the Green Prison Complex
Tatiana Bilbao, Andrei Harwell
Spring 2018
Advanced Design Studio: Moule
Elizabeth Moule, George Knight
Spring 2018
Advanced Design Studio: Easy Office
Florencia Pita, Jackilin Hah Bloom, Miroslava Brooks
Spring 2018
Advanced Design Studio: Building the (Inland) Empire
Steven Harris, Gavin Hogben
Spring 2018
Books and Architecture
Luke Bulman
Spring 2018
Ornament Theory and Design
Kent Bloomer
Spring 2018
Diagrammatic Analysis: Modern vs. Universal
Peter Eisenman, Elisa Iturbe
Spring 2018
Drawing Projects
Turner Brooks
Spring 2018
Architecture and Illusion
Brennan Buck

Technology and Practice 8

Spring 2018
Structures II
Kyoung Sun Moon
Spring 2018
Building Technology
Alan Organschi, Adam Hopfner
Spring 2018
Systems Integration and Development in Design
Martin Finio, Erleen Hatfield, Craig Razza, Anibal Bellomio, Alastair Elliott, Kari Nystrom, Robert Haughney, Jennifer Lan, Laura Pirie, Larry Jones, Victoria Ponce de Leon, John D. Jacobson, Celia Toche, Adam Trojanowski, Kristin Hawkins, Edward Stanley, Philip Steiner
Spring 2018
Craft, Materials, and Digital Artistry
Kevin Rotheroe
Spring 2018
Exploring New Value in Design Practice
Phillip Bernstein, John Apicella
Spring 2018
Strange Forms in Strange Relationships
Nathan Hume
Spring 2018
Material Case Studies
Emily Abruzzo
Spring 2018
Design Data Biology
Anna Dyson

History and Theory 11

Spring 2018
Architectural Theory II: 1968–Present
Anthony Vidler, Marta Caldeira, David Turturo
Spring 2018
Case Studies in Architectural Criticism
Carter Wiseman
Spring 2018
Contemporary Architectural Discourse Colloquium
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen
Spring 2018
Launch: Architecture and Entrepreneurialism
Keller Easterling
Spring 2018
XS: “micro” in Japanese Architecture and Urbanism
Sunil Bald
Spring 2018
Kyle Dugdale
Spring 2018
Exhibitionism: Politics of Display
Joel Sanders
Spring 2018
Effect/Affect: Theories and Practices of Architectural Experience 1750–2020
Anthony Vidler
Spring 2018
After the Modern Movement
Robert A.M. Stern
Spring 2018
1968 @ 50: Art, Architecture, and Cultures of Protest
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Craig Buckley, Kevin Repp
Spring 2018
Independent Course Work
Brennan Buck, Joel Sanders

Urbanism and Landscape 8

Spring 2018
Introduction to Urban Design
Alan Plattus, Andrei Harwell
Spring 2018
Introduction to Commercial Real Estate
Kevin Gray
Spring 2018
History of British Landscape Architecture: 1600 to 1900
Bryan Fuermann
Spring 2018
Ecological Urban Design
Alexander Felson
Spring 2018
Ghost Towns
Elihu Rubin
Spring 2018
Residential Design, Development, and Management
Alexander Garvin, Ryan Salvatore
Spring 2018
Landscapes of Fulfillment: Architecture and Urbanism of Contemporary Logistics
Jesse LeCavalier
Spring 2018
The Future of American Infrastructure
Mark Foster Gage