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. 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. mphasis throughout the program is on architectural design, critical thinking, and decision-making.

Paul Rudolph Hall
Application Deadlines
The application for the 2023-2024 school year is due on January 2, 2023.

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)

1000c, Architectural Foundations* 0
Total 0

First Year (Fall)

1011a, Architectural Design 9
Visualization elective†† 3
2011a, Structures I 3
3011a, Architecture and Modernity: Sites and Spaces 3
Total 18

First Year (Spring)

1012b, Architectural Design 9
2012b, Structures II 3
2016b, Building Project I 3
3012b, Architecture and Modernity: Theories and Projects 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.

†This course concludes in late June.

††Students are offered a selection of course options in the fall term of their first year that satisfy the first-term visualization requirement. Selection is made through a student-run lottery.

‡One elective must be a qualified Visualization elective (in addition to the required Visualization elective taken during the first year of study), one elective must be in the History and Theory study area and must require one or more research papers totaling at least 5,000 words, one elective must be in the Urbanism and Landscape study area, and one elective must be in the Technology and Practice study area. These required electives must be taken within the School of Architecture and may be taken in any term. Students may not substitute independent elective course work to fulfill these requirements.

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 22

Fall 2022
Architectural Design I
Brennan Buck, Can Vu Bui, Violette de la Selle, Cara Liberatore, Nicholas McDermott, Nancy Nichols, Michael Szivos
Fall 2022
Architectural Design 3
Emily Abruzzo, Peter de Bretteville, Rychiee Espinosa, Mark Foster Gage, Rachely Rotem, Jae Shin
Fall 2022
Land Matters—Culture, Climate, and Community in Midtown Santa Fe
Alan Plattus, Liz Gálvez
Fall 2022
The Architectural Diptych
Peter Eisenman, Frank O. Gehry, Daisy Ames
Fall 2022
Oil, Land, People—The Challenges for Architecture
Claire Weisz, Marc de la Bruyère, Andrei Harwell
Fall 2022
Lessons from Hawai‘i: Space, Time, and Paradise
Brigitte Shim, Talitha Liu, Dean Sakamoto
Fall 2022
Reinventing Referinghausen
Tiantian Xu, Tei Carpenter
Fall 2022
The Fragile Earth Research Institute
Patrick Bellew, Andy Bow, Tess McNamara
Fall 2022
Turtles All The Way Down
Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Andrew Benner
Fall 2022
Francis Kéré, Martin Finio
Fall 2022
Going Home, Again
Rachaporn Choochuey, Surry Schlabs
Fall 2022
The Cosmological Landscape—Chankillo
Sunil Bald
Fall 2022
Designing a Green New Deal: The Spatial Politics of Our Response to Climate Change
Billy Fleming
Fall 2022
Drawing and Architectural Form
Victor Agran
Fall 2022
Formal Analysis I
Peter Eisenman
Fall 2022
Cartographies of Climate Change
Joyce Hsiang
Fall 2022
Virtual Futures
Beom Jun Kim, Olalekan Jeyifous
Fall 2022
The Plan
Brennan Buck
Fall 2022
Small Objects
Timothy Newton, Joel Greenwood
Fall 2022
Michelle Fornabai
Fall 2022
Gavin Hogben
Fall 2022
Architects Lost & Found: Rethinking Architectural Canon
Mark Foster Gage

Technology and Practice 9

Fall 2022
Structures I
Kyoung Sun Moon
Fall 2022
Advanced Building Design
Anna Dyson, Mohamed Aly Etman
Fall 2022
Environmental Design
Mae-ling Lokko, Mohamed Aly Etman
Fall 2022
Architectural Practice and Management
Susana La Porta Drago, Dov Feinmesser
Fall 2022
Technology and Design of Tall Buildings
Kyoung Sun Moon
Fall 2022
The Mechanical Eye
Dana Karwas
Fall 2022
Slavery, Its Legacies, and the Built Environment
Phillip Bernstein, Luis deBaca
Fall 2022
Alternative Development Workshop
Peggy Deamer, Nicholas McDermott
Fall 2022
Introduction to Architectural Robotics
Hakim Hasan

History and Theory 10

Fall 2022
Architecture and Modernity: Theories and Projects
Marta Caldeira
Fall 2022
Architecture and Urbanism of Modern Japan: Destruction, Continuation, and Creation
Yoko Kawai
Fall 2022
Francesco Casetti
Fall 2022
Body Politics: Designing Equitable Public Space
Joel Sanders
Fall 2022
History, Historiography, Avant-Garde: Reading Manfredo Tafuri’s The Sphere and the Labyrinth
Joan Ockman
Fall 2022
Tall Tales
Ife Vanable
Fall 2022
Urban Century: Theorizing Global Urbanism
Vyjayanthi Rao
Fall 2022
Challenging the Classical
Kyle Dugdale
Fall 2022
The Media of Architecture and the Architecture of Media
Craig Buckley
Fall 2022
Mutualism: Spatial Activism and Planetary Political Solidarity
Keller Easterling

Urbanism and Landscape 8

Fall 2022
Introduction to Urban Design
Alan Plattus, Zachariah Michielli
Fall 2022
Urban Research and Representation
Elihu Rubin
Fall 2022
History of Landscape Architecture: Antiquity to 1700 in Western Europe
Bryan Fuermann
Fall 2022
Difference and the City
Justin Garrett Moore
Fall 2022
The Architecture of the Food System
Caitlin Taylor
Fall 2022
Housing Connecticut: Developing Healthy/Sustainable Neighborhoods
Alan Plattus, Andrei Harwell, Kate Cooney, Anika Singh-Lemar
Fall 2022
Reckoning with Environmental Uncertainty
Anthony Acciavatti
Fall 2022
Introduction to Planning and Development
Joseph B. Rose, Eric Kober