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Master of Architecture + Master of Urban Planning

MArch + MUP

The MArch + MUP embraces the notion that architecture and urban planning are fundamentally intertwined as evidenced by the impact of architecture on the urban fabric and the influence of urban planning on architecture. 

The MArch/ MUP dual-degree program provides integrated learning in both disciplines through joint planning and architecture studios, and through coursework in urban design, planning, and traditional architectural methods and skills.

The expanding field of urban design has increased the demand for the dual master of architecture/master of urban planning degree. The dual degree offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue graduate education for professional certification in both fields. Students seeking dual degrees take joint studios in which graduate students from both architecture and planning engage in projects using regional cities and towns as learning laboratory sites. Students develop proposals for change in collaboration with the constituencies of the learning lab sites. In the process, students learn about planning, architecture, and intervention in an integrated fashion.

Enrolled students should consult the curriculum they were given upon entering the program, copies of which are kept in their student files in the departmental office.

What will you be studying?

MArch + MUP (program A)

Program A is intended for those students who already have a four-year, pre-professional degree in architecture. All dual MArch MUP students must complete the requirements for a specialization in the MUP program. This is a model for course sequencing - students should carefully plan their particular sequences with both departmental advisors. Students may register for a maximum of one independent study course in each semester, with a maximum career total of two. 

Semester 1: Fall    
ARC 605 Foundation Studio (GRG) 7
ARC xxx Technical Methods (GRG) 3
ARC 565 Intellectual Domain (GRG) 3
URP 501 Planning History/Urban Structure 3
Total Semester Credits   16
Semester 2: Spring  
ARC 606 Research Studio (GRG) 7
ARC 592 Intellectual Domain (GRG) 3
ARC 598 Technical Methods (GRG) 3
URP 510 Planning Concepts + Controversies 3
Total Semester Credits   16
Semester 3: Fall    
ARC 575 Environmental Controls 2 3
ARC 555 Structures 3 3
URP 691 Colloquium I /Alternative 1
URP xxx Elective 3
URP 573 Land Use and Physical Planning 3
URP 512 Research Methods for Planners 3
Total Semester Credits   16
Semester 4: Spring  
ARC 582 Professional Practice 3
URP 538 Economic Concepts 3
URP xxx Competency* 3
URP 581 Studio 6
Total Semester Credits   15
Semester 5: Fall    
ARC 607 Open Studio** 7
ARC 567 Directed Research / Elective 3
ARC xxx Research Methods / Elective 3
URP xxx Elective 3
Total Semester Credits   16
Semester 6: Spring  
ARC 699 Thesis / Special Project 4
URP xxx Elective 3
URP 699 Thesis / Final Project 3
URP xxx Elective 3
Total Semester Credits   13
     
Total Required Credits   92 (52 ARC; 40 PD)

* Dual MArch/MUP students will have to meet one additional competency in addition to the design competency achieved through the MArch coursework.

** Must relate to planning and permission of advisor is required.

MArch + MUP (Program B)

Semester 1: Fall    
ARC 501 Design Studio 1 7
ARC 511 Architectural Communications 1 3
ARC 531 Architectural History 1 3
ARC 541 Introduction to Building Technology 3
Total Semester Credits   16
Semester 2: Spring    
ARC 502 Design Studio 2 7
ARC 512 Architectural Communications 2 3
ARC 534 Architectural History 2 3
ARC 552 Structures 1 3
Total Semester Credits   16
Semester 3: Fall    
ARC 503 Design Studio 3 7
ARC 553 Structures 2 3
ARC 611 Architectural Communications 3 3
ARC 575 Environmental Controls 2 3
Total Semester Credits   17
Semester 4: Spring    
ARC 504 Design Studio 4 7
ARC 542 Construction Technology 4
ARC 573 Environmental Controls 1 3
ARC 582 Professional Practice 3
Total Semester Credits   17
Semester 5: Fall    
ARC 605 Foundation Studio (GRG) 4
ARC xxx Technical Methods (GRG) 3
ARC 562 Architectural Theory 2
ARC xxx Intellectual Domain (GRG) 3
URP 501 Evolution of Urban Structure 3
URP 580 Foundation Studio (linked) 3
Total Semester Credits   17
Semester 6: Spring    
ARC 606 Research Studio (GRG) 7
ARC xxx Intellectual Domain (GRG) 3
URP 566 Technical Methods (GRG) 3
URP 510 Planning Concepts + Controversies 3
Total Semester Credits   16
Semester 7: Fall    
ARC 555 Structures 3 3
ARC xxx Elective 3
URP 512 Research Methods for Planners 3
URP 573 Land Use and Physical Planning 3
URP xxx Elective 3
URP 691 Colloquium 1 1
Total Semester Credits   16
Semester 8: Spring    
URP xxx Elective 3
URP 508 Race, Class and Gender 3
URP 538 Economic Concepts 3
URP 698 Thesis Prep 3
Total Semester Credits   12
Semester 9: Fall    
ARC 699 Thesis 4
URP 699 Thesis 3
ARC xxx Elective 3
URP xxx Elective 3
Total Semester Credits   13
     
Total Required Credits   140 (40 Plan; 100 ARC)

Graduate Research Groups

10/26/17

The built and natural environment are a complex web of interconnected parts, constantly exchanging energy and resources. This group critically engages environmental systems and examine the role that architecture and urbanism play in harnessing and stewarding them.

10/26/17

Develop environments, products and systems for a wider range of people, especially those in underserved populations. One of the most important design movements of our era, inclusive design is based on the values of non-discrimination, social justice, equal opportunity, and personal empowerment.

10/26/17

Projecting forward from Buffalo’s legacy in material innovation, this group explores constructive sensibilities and investigate how our culture is deeply embedded in material artifacts. Pursue design, production, and potential materials through full-scale fabrication, assembly, and installation.

10/26/17

There is no digital architecture anymore—just architecture. Consider architecture in the expanded field of technologies and mediated environments. Complex assemblages of code, people, space, material, infrastructure, practices, and processes—each are technologies unto themselves as is their gathering in architecture.

10/3/17

Urban design works at the confluence of the scale of buildings and the scale of cities. Straddle the fields of architecture and planning to critically examine parameters of contemporary urban form, including political, economic, environmental, social, and cultural forces.

Interested in a MArch + MUP Dual Degree?

Contact:
Shannon Phillips
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education
130 Hayes Hall
716-829-5224
gradrecruitment@ap.buffalo.edu

We look forward to having you visit our School!

Learn more about our graduate research groups

Graduate students engage in research as a fundamental part of their curriculum through participation in our four Graduate Research Groups.