Post-Professional Degree

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 must take Computation Analysis Fabrication (1062c) in the summer prior to beginning the program. Students take one advanced design studio, selected by lottery, in each of the first three terms; these are led by leading designers, urbanists, and theoreticians drawn from the architecture profession worldwide. Additionally, post-professional students are required to take one post-professional research seminar each term, culminating in a focused post-professional studio and symposium in the final term.

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 (Summer)
*Not required for students matriculating in 2019

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
3071a, Issues in Architecture and Urbanism 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3

Second Year (Spring)

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. Computation Analysis Fabrication (1062c). This four-week course introduces students to cutting-edge techniques for 3-D modeling complex geometries and then translating these forms into built work through the use of CNC mills, laser cutters, waterjet cutting, and 3-D printing, among other fabrication technologies.
  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.
  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 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