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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. 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)

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

First Year (Spring)

Required Credits
Advanced Design Studio 9
3022b, Architectural Theory II: 1968-Present 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3

Second Year (Fall)

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

Second Year (Spring)

Required Credits
Advanced Design 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.)

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 14

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 5

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