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Master of Architecture - Program Description

The School of Architecture strives to achieve and maintain education, research, and creative excellence, to serve and transform our society and communities, to nurture the environment, to build our professional bearings, and catalyze our aspirations, skills, and knowledge for toward the greater public good and its well-being.

We are proud of our broad-based program with emphases on:

  • Transformative urban design and community development
  • Architecture of the Mississippi Delta and Heartland region
  • Critical engagement, multiregional dialog and global practice
  • The development of technical skills and performance-driven design
  • Social and environmentally responsive architecture

The Master of Architecture program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is designed as a combined undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Graduate professional program for architecture professionals seeking an accredited Master of Architecture degree that leads to National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certification. The Master of Architecture program is Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education.

The Master of Architecture Program allows you to:

  • Develop critical thinking skills through in-depth analysis of architectural problems.
  • Broaden our comprehension of architecture within greater environmental concerns.
  • Strengthen communication skills and develop new ones using technologies.
  • Increase collaborative skills and professional networking capacities.
  • Enhance understandings of interdisciplinary areas related to architectural practice.

CURRICULUM

The SIUC School of Architecture – MASTER’S OF ARCHITECTURE DEGREE PROGRAM offers multiple tracks (on-campus and online/hybrid delivery options) toward degree completion, depending on entry qualifications and degree needs (outlined below). 

Candidates who have already earned a four-year pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree, or its equivalent, may be able to complete the program in a little as 15 months of study (see below). For these students, the graduate program consists of 42 total credit hours, completed over the course of four continuous, intensive study semesters. Students from other majors are required to complete additional coursework (see the 27- and 39-month curriculum guides), or variation, depending on an evaluation of their previous coursework. The accelerated timeframe and rigorously focused aspects of the program are designed in effective and integrated sequences to fully prepare the graduate for critical practice and a professional career in architecture, while resulting in savings of thousands of dollars in tuition, rent, and other living expenses. Depending on a student’s individual path, many are able to complete professional work experience, while obtaining their Masters degree in conjunction, thus adding additional interactive depth and real-world dialog to the education experience.  

As an overview, the beginning summer semester provides a graduate-level introductory experience to critical problem-solving, regional architecture, complex global challenges, and community design issues. This material is then followed with rigorous and integrated coursework supporting a comprehensive architectural design project in a complex urban setting. It is paired with one of the three-credit lecture courses to allow students to explore design solutions much more deeply. Building upon these essential foundations, the student identifies and develops an individual design thesis project over three semesters, informed by research and focused on a critical architectural subject of interest. Many students gear their thesis work on particular professional career advancement areas and in essence begin to become expert design leaders in their fields. This overall curriculum is augmented by complimentary courses and seminars covering interdisciplinary electives, research methods and programming, systems and technology, global architectural perspectives, and professional practice to provide additional content depth and supportive subjects. We take great pride in our program as all courses are taught by expert, skilled, and experienced instructors with advanced education and specializing in their subjects, with upper and masters courses being taught by practiced and licensed professional architects. 

Every student graduating from SIUC with a Master of Architecture degree must meet National Architectural Accrediting Board Student Performance Criteria (SPCs) as outlined in the curriculum guides (and below) and reiterated in the supporting graduate course syllabi (also see below for NAAB reporting).

Master of Architecture [Pre-professional Degree + 42 credits]
Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies or its equivalent are placed in the 15-month track consisting of courses taken in four consecutive semesters starting in the summer term, a 4+2 program. This allows a student to complete the Master of Architecture degree in as little as 15 months.

Master of Architecture [Accredited Interior Design Degree + 70 credits]
Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design or its equivalent are placed in the 27-month program. These students must take a portion of the undergraduate curriculum in addition and prerequisite to the full graduate curriculum.

Master of Architecture [Non-Pre-professional Degree + 109 credits]
Students from other four-year degree areas are placed in the 39-month program. These students complete a significant portion of the undergraduate curriculum in addition and prerequisite to the graduate curriculum.

Master of Architecture [Pre-professional Degree + IPAL option 43 credits]
The online IPAL Master of Architecture program is designed for architecture professionals seeking an accredited professional degree and Licensure that qualifies for National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certification. Architect Record Examinations (A.R.E.) are planned to be taken and completed in conjunction with the program.

Non-Declared Graduate [to fulfill EESA-NCARB requirements]
The online capacities have also served well in helping candidates to fulfill NCARB Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA) requirements for professional practice courses through non-degree seeking coursework. To apply, visit the SIUC GRADUATE SCHOOL.

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

As defined by our accrediting body (NAAB), “ […] Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education.”

 National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Statement and Information:

STUDIO CULTURE POLICY

The School of Architecture at SIU has established a Studio Culture Policy in an effort to preserve studios as productive work environments in which students cultivate the professional conduct expected in the practice of architecture. All students must adhere to these policies.

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information about the program or to request information, contact:

Rolando Gonzalez-Torres, PhD - Head of Graduate Architecture Programs
https://architecture.siu.edu/faculty-staff/arc-id-faculty/gonzalez.php
SIU School of Architecture
410 Quigley Hall
Mailcode 4337
875 S. Normal Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901-4303
Phone: 618-453-1982
Fax: 618-453-1129
rgonzalez@siu.edu

Craig K. Anz, PhD - Interim Director, School of Architecture
https://architecture.siu.edu/faculty-staff/arc-id-faculty/anz.php
SIU School of Architecture
413 Quigley Hall
Mailcode 4337
875 S. Normal Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901-4303
Phone: 618-453-3734
Fax: 618-453-1129
canz@siu.edu

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