Plan drawing by Heather Bizon
Plan drawing by Heather Bizon.

The Master of Architecture II program is for students already holding a professional degree in architecture (B.Arch., or an equivalent first professional degree) who seek a second, master’s-level degree in this discipline and who are interested in developing a stronger theoretical basis for their understanding of the field. Since candidates for this program are expected to have received a professional degree prior to admittance, it should be understood that the degree awarded from this program will not fulfill the educational prerequisite for obtaining an architect’s license in the United States.

This program leads to a degree of Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) and typically requires two years of full-time residency. Because the program combines two years of studio-based activities with a variety of opportunities (both course-related and individually conceived) to extend their understanding of architectural design and its meaning within a broader cultural and social context, students in the M.Arch. II program are given considerable freedom and support to develop an increasingly reflexive, critical, and speculative relationship to their work.

With a number of courses available in the area of history and theory, and with access to a wide variety of Yale courses outside the School of Architecture, post-professional students are able to expand their understanding of the broader cultural context of architecture. Post-professional students are also given opportunities to organize symposia, exhibitions, publications, and seminars. Thus, to an exceptional degree, they are able to shape the curriculum to their own specific interests in collaboration with other students and faculty in the School.

Students in the M.Arch. II program take the required post-professional design studio (1061a) in the first term and in the subsequent three terms choose, through a lottery system, from a variety of advanced design studios, many of which are led by the profession’s leading practitioners and theoreticians. These studios are the same ones offered to M.Arch. I students. With faculty approval, students in their final term may undertake an independent design thesis (1199b) in lieu of an advanced studio. Such a studio may combine written and studio material.

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.

Course of study

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

M.Arch. II: Total Requirement: 72 credits

First Year (Fall)

1061a, Post-Professional Design Studio 9
1062a, Computation Analysis Fabrication 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
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18

First Year (Spring)

Advanced Design Studio 9
3012b, Architectural Theory 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
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18

Second Year (Fall)

Advanced Design Studio 9
3071a, Issues in Architecture and Urbanism 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
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18

Second Year (Spring)

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

*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.)

Summer preparation courses for incoming M.Arch II students

In the week before the beginning of the fall term, the School offers three preparation courses that are required for incoming M.Arch. II students.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 72 satisfactorily completed course credits, a student must satisfactorily complete the portfolio requirement (as described under Academic Regulations in the chapter Life at the School of Architecture) 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. II program can be found in the School’s “Academic Rules and Regulations” section of the School of Architecture Handbook.

Design and Visualization 15

1018a
Fall 2018
Formal Analysis
Peter Eisenman, Anthony Gagliardi
1061a
Fall 2018
Post-Professional Design Studio
Joel Sanders, Sunil Bald
1062a
Fall 2018
Computation Analysis Fabrication
Amir Karimpour
1101a
Fall 2018
Advanced Design Studio
Julie Snow, Surry Schlabs
1102a
Fall 2018
Advanced Design Studio
Simon Hartmann, Michael Samuelian, Andrei Harwell
1103a
Fall 2018
Advanced Design Studio
Adam Yarinsky, Lexi Tsien-Shiang
1104a
Fall 2018
Advanced Design Studio
Peter Eisenman, Anthony Gagliardi
1105a
Fall 2018
Advanced Design Studio
Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu, Andrew Benner
1106a
Fall 2018
Advanced Design Studio
Omar Gandhi, Marta Caldeira
1107a
Fall 2018
Advanced Design Studio
Lisa Gray, Alan Organschi
1211a
Fall 2018
Drawing and Architectural Form
Victor Agran
1224a
Fall 2018
The Chair
Timothy Newton, Nathan Burnell
1233a
Fall 2018
Composition
Peter de Bretteville
1240a
Fall 2018
Custom Crafted Components
Kevin Rotheroe
1241a
Fall 2018
Rendered: Art, Architecture, and Contemporary Image Culture
Brennan Buck

Technology and Practice 4

2031a
Fall 2018
Architectural Practice and Management
Phillip Bernstein, John Apicella
2211a
Fall 2018
Technology and Design of Tall Buildings
Kyoung Sun Moon
2234a
Fall 2018
Material Case Studies
Emily Abruzzo
2237a
Fall 2018
Computational Composite Form: Computational Design & Carbon Fiber Robotic Fabrication
Ezio Blasetti

History and Theory 9

3011a
Fall 2018
Modern Architecture and Society
Kurt Forster, Gary He
3071a
Fall 2018
Issues in Architecture and Urbanism: Practice
Aniket Shahane
3223a
Fall 2018
Parallel Moderns: Crosscurrents in European and American Architecture, 1880-1940
Robert A.M. Stern
3228a
Fall 2018
The Autobiographical House
Kurt Forster
3265a
Fall 2018
Architecture and Urbanism of Modern Japan: Destruction, Continuation, and Creation
Yoko Kawai
3284a
Fall 2018
Architectural Writing
Cynthia Zarin
3286a
Fall 2018
Architecture after the Rain: Theory and Design in the Post-Atomic Age
Anthony Vidler
3289a
Fall 2018
Bauhaus @ 100
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Trattie Davies
3290a
Fall 2018
Body Politics: Designing Equitable Public Space
Joel Sanders

Urbanism and Landscape 4

4021a
Fall 2018
Introduction to Planning and Development
Alexander Garvin
4221b
Fall 2018
Introduction to Commercial Real Estate
Kevin Gray
4222a
Fall 2018
History of Landscape Architecture: Antiquity to 1700 in Western Europe
Bryan Fuermann
4226b
Fall 2018
Ecological Urban Design
Alexander Felson