Grad Info Sessions

Monday, Nov 7, 2022

Master of Architecture Info Session


Monday, Nov 7, 2022

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
141 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031


Tour: 5:00 p.m.
Panel: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Sciame Auditorium/107 + Zoom option available)
Portfolio Feedback: 7:30-8:00 p.m.

Learn about the Spitzer School's Master of Architecture program, an accredited professional degree program that is open to students from all undergraduate backgrounds. This evening event will include studio visits, a welcome by Dean Marta Gutman, a program overview by Acting Director Frank Melendez, a panel discussion with faculty and recent graduates, Q&A, and an opportunity for feedback on your portfolio materials.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Professor Pedro Cruz Cruz '22
  • Professor Sam Richman '21
  • Anthony Nieto '23
  • Albany Ramirez Espinoza '23
  • Hannah Borgeson, Director of Graduate Affairs

The M Arch I program invests in the project as the vehicle of thought, learning, and change. First is a foundation year of skill-building, followed by two vertically integrated, comprehensive, year-long studies, each working closely with two or three faculty members. Other consultants collaborate and tutor at different times throughout the year.

Many students come into the program driven by questions they are seeking to address. Our project-focused format provides a place -- a scaffold -- to engage these questions within the context of an architectural studio and the discipline of a project. The time we give to these projects promotes a dialogue among professors and classmates, where the ambition is for all of us to learn to ask better questions.

The project covers the conventional areas of architecture and emerging architectural research topics including -- design, history, theory, critical thinking, structures, technology, material assembly, building science -- and also allows for the professors’ interests and the students’ interest to commingle.  Projects are substantial and cross-disciplinary because of the time we allocate to them -- a rehearsal for the practice of architecture that so many of our students engage in upon graduation. New York City serves as our open library, our lab, our inspiration, our call to change, our call to keep up with change. The city invites us to participate, perhaps to lead, but mostly to contribute in the discussion of what our world is and how better we might live in it.

Spitzer School grad programs share a teaching, research, and design environment known as the unit system. Within year-long, team-taught, vertically integrated design studios, upper-level students and professors work together to define questions and propose design solutions. Just like in the professions, students synthesize diverse skills and subject areas into their projects. Check out this year’s design studio topics as well as student projects and work from previous years.



All undergraduate backgrounds welcome in the M Arch I program; its prerequisites are one semester of both college-level precalculus and physics. Our next deadline is in January 2023 to begin studies in Fall 2023. Please see instructions on our Graduate Application Instructions page.



The Master of Architecture I program is accredited. See the NAAB section of this site for more information and links regarding accreditation.


STEM Designation

Both the M Arch I and MS Arch programs are listed within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list and are therefore eligible for the STEM OPT extension for F-1 students. See the STEM OPT Hub for more information.

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