Graduate Programs

Master of Architecture II

We explore architecture as a field of open experimentation while remaining grounded in a shared commitment to the social good. The Master of Architecture I professional degree and Master of Architecture II post-professional programs embrace the role of the architect in contemporary society as a politically engaged, positive agent of change. Using New York City as a laboratory, our curriculum propels students into the urban landscape to connect with stakeholders and to draw inspiration from the city’s teeming diversity. With rigorous education in handcraft, digital fabrication, history, contemporary architectural theory, technology, and sustainable building practices, students graduate as multivalent and agile thinkers, ready to confront difficult and unpredictable design challenges with innovative ideas. Come join us if you want to use design to make the world a better place.

The M Arch II program is directed at students who already hold a first professional degree in architecture and who wish to deepen their design abilities and expand their knowledge of contemporary theory, technology, and environmental systems. The three studios in the sequence — which can be completed in one calendar year or spread out a longer period — provide in-depth studies of architectural problems that seek to integrate the forms, ideas, and technologies that anticipate construction. Projects may also explore the far boundaries of the discipline of architecture, participating in the research behind its continuing reinvention.

Students will have the opportunity to take a number of elective courses in areas of their own special interest. These may be selected from among those offered in the programs of the Spitzer School as well as from other institutions in the CUNY system, including the Graduate Center. Students are strongly encouraged to seek these points of conjuncture between architecture and related disciplines that are most meaningful to their individual development as practitioners.

Total Program Credits: 48

Fall: 18 credits
Spring: 18 credits
Summer: 12 credits
Note: For students who desire a longer course of study, it is possible to distribute the credits over up to four semesters with or without summer coursework.

STEM Designation

Both the M Arch I and M Arch II 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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