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Application Deadlines
The application for the 2020-2021 school year is due on January 2, 2020.
Apply to the Post-Professional M.Arch II Program

The post-professional degree program is for students already holding a professional degree in architecture (B.Arch., or an equivalent first professional degree) who seek a second, advanced degree and who are interested in pursuing cross-disciplinary design research that will expand their understanding of how the designed environment—interiors, buildings, cities and landscapes—is shaped by the intersection of broad cultural, political, economic, technical and environmental forces.


The post-professional design research program is founded on the premise that architects can contribute to addressing urgent global challenges by adopting a new way of working: design research. This involves forming cross-disciplinary collaborations to explore the spatial consequences of cultural, political and environmental issues. The post-professional M.Arch. II program equips a future generation of Yale graduates with a methodology that will prepare them to form constructive alliances with experts in allied disciplines, the outcome of which will yield viable design proposals that can be implemented on regional, local, and global scales.

Individual and Group Research

Our two-year core curriculum equips students with an advanced degree that builds upon their previous architectural training to pursue both group and independent design research. It consists of a sequence of three consecutive seminars that culminates in a Design Research Studio offered in the final semester of the program. Working in teams, students generate a body of research about a broad theme that impacts contemporary global practice. At the same time, students work individually with faculty advisors to develop and execute a design research project that corresponds with their own individual interests. This individual and group research is shared through a student-organized symposium and assembled in a publication that brings this body of work to the attention of a wide audience that includes members of the design community and allied disciplines. The core curriculum allows students to explore independently while working within a supportive environment that fosters interaction, dialogue, and a sense of common purpose.

Academic Freedom: Advanced Studios and Electives

With only four required courses, our program offers students considerable freedom to shape their own curriculum to develop an increasingly reflexive, critical, and speculative relationship to their work. During the first three terms, students choose through a lottery system from variety of Advanced Studios, taught by leading practitioners and theoreticians from around the world. These studios are the same ones offered to M.Arch. I students. Students also take elective course options offered by the School that fall into the broad categories of design and visualization, technology and practice, history and theory, and urbanism and landscape. In addition, they are encouraged to take classed offered by other Yale schools and departments within the University. At the beginning of each term, students meet with the program director and faculty advisors, to help them choose elective courses that support their general interests as well as relevant classes that support their Design Research proposals. Students are encouraged to also take courses offered by other Yale schools and departments.


The relatively small size of the Post Pro student body (approximately 40 students in the two year program) coupled with the modest size of the School of Architecture allows our students to form a collective identity while immersing themselves in the wider YSOA community. Enrolling in the four-semester sequence of required courses builds solidarity among M.Arch. II students. At the same time, Advanced Studios and elective seminars allow Post Pro students to engage with other YSOA students as well as students from other Yale departments.

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 (Summer)

1062c, Computation Analysis Fabrication 0

First Year (Fall)

Advanced Design Studio 9
3072a, Design Research I 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3

First Year (Spring)

Advanced Design Studio 9
3073b, Design Research II 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3

Second Year (Fall)

Advanced Design Studio 9
3074b, Design Research III: Methods Workshop 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3

Second Year (Spring)

1121b, Design Research IV: Studio 9
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3

*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.)

Required Core Courses

3072a Design Research 1: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives
3 credits.
This seminar introduces students to Design Research, a practice dedicated to conducting cross-disciplinary research that explores the spatial consequences of urgent cultural, political, economic and environmental issues. The class is divided into four topics, each taught by one of four faculty members, dedicated to investigating a different global challenge through analytical perspectives being employed by leading interdisciplinary scholars and designers.

3073b, Design Research 2: Challenging the Built Environment
3 credits.
Each year this seminar takes up the design implications of a different contemporary global challenge. Students explore this broad issue through collective and individual research that allows them as a group to organize a public YSOA symposium that will be held in Spring 2021 and to draft individual proposals that they will develop in the Methods Workshop the following term.

3074a, Design Research 3: Methods Workshop:
3 credits.
In this workshop students develop and refine the initial research proposal that they submitted at the end of Seminar 2. Though weekly required reading and assignments, students become acquainted with key research methods that will allow them to craft a fully developed Research Script, a illustrated document that assembles materials that will form the basis of their design work in the Design Research 4 Studio the following term.

30745b Design Research 4: Studio
9 credits
Students meet on a weekly basis with faculty Advisors to develop the Design Research Script that they developed in the Methods Workshop. The class is coordinated by the Post Pro Director who works with Faculty Advisors to establish shared milestone assignments, including midterm, ¾ and final reviews.

Summer preparation courses for incoming M.Arch II students

In the summer prior to the beginning of the fall term, the School offers one four-week course that is required for incoming M.Arch. II students: 1062c, Computation Analysis Fabrication.

In the week before the beginning of the fall term, the School offers three preparation workshops 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

Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: New Tools
Francis Kéré, Martin Finio
Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: Cross-Border Commons—A Geography of Interdependence
Teddy Cruz, Fonna Forman, Marta Caldeira
Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: Vienna—Another Day in the City
David Gissen, Surry Schlabs
Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: Conjunto
Billie Tsien, Tod Williams, Andrew Benner
Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: Archipelago
Elia Zenghelis, Violette de la Selle
Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: Postprivacy, Designing New Centralities at the Border
Fernanda Canales, David Turturo
Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: Next Generation Tourism—Touching the Ground Lightly
Patrick Bellew, John Spence, Henry Squire, Timothy Newton
Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: Gothenburg Studio
Alan Plattus, Andrei Harwell
Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: The Architecture of Thought
Mark Foster Gage, Graham Harman
Fall 2019
Drawing and Architectural Form
Victor Agran
Fall 2019
Architectural Product Design
John D. Jacobson
Fall 2019
Formal Analysis I
Peter Eisenman
Fall 2019
Composition and Form
Peter de Bretteville
Fall 2019
Theory Through Objects: Political Form
Mark Foster Gage
Fall 2019
Trattie Davies, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen

Technology and Practice 6

Fall 2019
Advanced Building Envelopes
Anna Dyson, Mohamed Aly Etman
Fall 2019
Architectural Practice and Management
Phillip Bernstein, John Apicella
Fall 2019
Technology and Design of Tall Buildings
Kyoung Sun Moon
Fall 2019
The Mechanical Eye
Dana Karwas
Fall 2019
Material Case Studies
Emily Abruzzo
Fall 2019
Computational Composite Form
Ezio Blasetti

History and Theory 9

Fall 2019
Modern Architecture and Society
Anthony Vidler
Fall 2019
Issues in Architecture and Urbanism: Practice
Aniket Shahane
Fall 2019
Design Research I: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
Joel Sanders
Fall 2019
Parallel Moderns: Crosscurrents in European and American Architecture, 1880–1940
Robert A.M. Stern
Fall 2019
Politics of Space
Mary McLeod, Summer Sutton
Fall 2019
Renaissance and Modern I
Peter Eisenman, Kurt Forster
Fall 2019
Spatial Concepts of Japan: Their Origins and Development in Architecture and Urbanism
Yoko Kawai
Fall 2019
Medium Design
Keller Easterling
Fall 2019
Architectural Writing
Cynthia Zarin

Urbanism and Landscape 6

Fall 2019
Introduction to Urban Design
Alan Plattus, Andrei Harwell
Fall 2019
The City and Carbon Modernity
Elisa Iturbe
Fall 2019
Urban Research and Representation
Elihu Rubin
Fall 2019
History of Landscape Architecture: Antiquity to 1700 in Western Europe
Bryan Fuermann
Fall 2019
Out of Date: Expired Patents and Unrealized Histories
Anthony Acciavatti
Fall 2019
Introduction to Planning and Development
Alexander Garvin