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. 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.

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Application Deadlines
The application for the 2021-2022 school year is due on January 2, 2021.
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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) Not offered in 2020-2021

1000c, Architectural Foundations* 0
Total 0

First Year (Fall)

1011a, Architectural Design 9
Visualization elective 3
2011a, Structures I 3
3011a, Modern Architecture 3
Total 18

First Year (Spring)

1012b, Architectural Design 9
2012b, Structures II 3
2016b, Building Project I 3
3012b, Architectural Theory 3
Total 18

First Year (Early Summer)

2017c, Building Project II† 3
1019c, Visualization and Computation† 3
Total 6

Second Year (Fall)

1021a, Architectural Design 9
2021a, Environmental Design 3
4011a, Intro. to Urban Design 3
Elective‡ 3
Total 18

Second Year (Spring)

1022b, Architectural Design 9
2022b, Systems Integration 3
Elective‡ 3
Elective‡ 3
Total 18

Third Year (Fall)

Advanced Design Studio 9
2031a, Arch. Practice & Management 3
Elective‡ 3
Elective‡ 3
Total 18**

Third Year (Spring)

Advanced Design Studio 9
Elective‡ 3
Elective‡ 3
Elective‡ 3
Total 18**

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. For those students entering school in 2020, this course is taught during the fall semester and replaces a required visualization elective.

†This course concludes in late June.

‡One elective must be a qualified Visualization elective (in addition to the required Visualization elective taken during the first year of study), two electives must be in History and Theory study area and must require at least a fifteen-page research paper, 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.)

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. In fall 2020, these courses will be offered online and/or during the fall semester.

  1. Architectural Fundamentals (1000c). 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 Architectural Fundamentals (1000c); 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 114 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.

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

Design and Visualization 16

1012b
Spring 2021
Architectural Design 2
Trattie Davies, Sunil Bald, Peter de Bretteville, Joeb Moore, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Miriam Peterson
1022b
Spring 2021
Architectural Design 4
Aniket Shahane, Anthony Acciavatti, Peggy Deamer, Alicia Imperiale, Elisa Iturbe
1111b
Spring 2021
Advanced Design Studio: Coastal New England: History, Threat, and Adaptation
Alan Plattus, Andrei Harwell
1112b
Spring 2021
Advanced Design Studio
Sandra Barclay, Jean Pierre Crousse, Can Vu Bui
1113b
Spring 2021
Advanced Design Studio: Lost Commons
Tatiana Bilbao, Karolina Czeczek
1114b
Spring 2021
Advanced Design Studio: Life During Wartime, Land and Housing in NYC
Pier Vittorio Aureli, Emily Abruzzo
1115b
Spring 2021
Advanced Design Studio: Manufacturing Wonderland
Marlon Blackwell, Andrew Benner
1116b
Spring 2021
Advanced Design Studio: De-Colonizing Indigenous Housing
Chris Cornelius, Aaron Tobey
1117b
Spring 2021
Advanced Design Studio: Art, Culture, and the Neighborhood
Melissa DelVecchio, Ana María Durán Calisto
1118b
Spring 2021
Advanced Design Studio: Intersectional Theater
Sara Caples, Everardo Jefferson, George Knight
1225b
Spring 2021
Formal Analysis II
Peter Eisenman
1227b
Spring 2021
Drawing Projects
Turner Brooks
1228b
Spring 2021
Ruins and Ruination
Mark Foster Gage
1243b
Spring 2021
Graphic Inquiry
Luke Bulman
1245b
Spring 2021
Color in Architecture
Sara Caples
1246b
Spring 2021
AI Aesthetics
Brennan Buck

Technology and Practice 10

2012b
Spring 2021
Structures II
Erleen Hatfield
2016b
Spring 2021
Building Project I: Research, Analysis, Design
Adam Hopfner, Martha Foss, Alexander Kruhly, Beka Sturges
2022b
Spring 2021
Systems Integration and Development in Design
Martin Finio
2207b
Spring 2021
Architectural Writing and Journalism
AJ Artemel
2209b
Spring 2021
Skin Deep: Envelope as Potential Energy
Martin Finio
2226b
Spring 2021
Design Computation
Michael Szivos
2229b
Spring 2021
Regenerative Building: Horse Island
Alan Organschi
2230b
Spring 2021
Exploring New Value in Design Practice
Phillip Bernstein, Brittany Olivari
2238b
Spring 2021
The Mechanical Artifact: Ultra Space
Dana Karwas, Ariel Ekblaw
2241b
Spring 2021
Building Disasters
John D. Jacobson

History and Theory 11

3012b
Spring 2021
Architectural Theory
Marta Caldeira
3103b
Spring 2021
Introduction to Islamic Architecture
Kishwar Rizvi
3256b
Spring 2021
Renaissance and Modern II
Kurt Forster, Peter Eisenman
3272b
Spring 2021
Exhibitionism: Politics of Display
Joel Sanders
3283b
Spring 2021
After the Modern Movement: An Atlas of Postmodernism
Robert A.M. Stern
3297b
Spring 2021
From Shigeru Ban to IKEA: Designing Refugee Camps
Esther da Costa Meyer
3298b
Spring 2021
Topics in the History of Architecture Education
Joan Ockman
3301b
Spring 2021
New York as Incubator of Twentieth-Century Urbanism: Four Urban Thinkers and the City They Envisioned 
Joan Ockman
3312b
Spring 2021
Textile Architectures: A Transhistorical and Global Perspective into Architectural Historiography
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen
3313b
Spring 2021
A Critical History of Domestication: The House
Pier Vittorio Aureli, Elisa Iturbe
3314b
Spring 2021
Lightness and Modernity: Architecture, Design, Energy
Craig Buckley

Urbanism and Landscape 7

4216a
Spring 2021
Globalization Space: International Infrastructure and Extrastatecraft
Keller Easterling
4220b
Spring 2021
Port Cities
Alan Plattus
4221b
Spring 2021
Introduction to Commercial Real Estate
Kevin Gray
4223b
Spring 2021
History of British Landscape Architecture: 1600 to 1900
Bryan Fuermann
4245b
Spring 2021
The City Before and After the Tubewell
Anthony Acciavatti
4249b
Spring 2021
Urban Landscape and Geographies of Justice
Elihu Rubin
4250b
Spring 2021
A Critical History of Domestication: Environments of Subsistence
Elisa Iturbe, Pier Vittorio Aureli