Master of Architecture

ARC 606 [Urban Design Exhibition] : Articulating the Edge Visual Resources Center Photo Photographer: Alexander J Becker May 9, 2017.

The Master of Architecture degree is designed with tracks for individuals who hold a pre-professional baccalaureate degree in architecture from an NAAB-accredited school of architecture; a professional architecture degree from an international university; or a non-architecture baccalaureate degree.

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The University at Buffalo offers a fully accredited Master of Architecture degree. This four-semester track is configured to provide all the coursework, including design studios and ancillary courses, required for the fully accredited MArch degree. Students participate in up to five Graduate Research Groups: Ecological PracticesInclusive DesignMaterial CultureSituated Technologies, and Urban Design

We accept and review applications year round. Submit your application today for preferred scholarship consideration.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2021. Submit your application by December 31,2020 for preferred scholarship consideration. Spring 2021 admissions is currently closed.

The Master of Architecture (MArch) program enables international students to apply for STEM Extension, which allows graduates to work for an additional 24 months beyond the completion of their optional practical training (OPT).

MArch graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the Student Performance Criteria as outlined by the NAAB:

Critical Thinking and Representation including, communication skills; design thinking skills; visual communication skills; technical documentation; investigative skills; fundamental design skills; use of precedents; ordering systems skills; historical traditions and global culture; cultural diversity; and applied research

Integrated Building Practices, Technical Skills and Knowledge including pre-design; accessibility; sustainability; site design; life safety; comprehensive design; financial considerations; environmental systems; structural systems; building envelope systems; building service systems; building materials and assemblies.

Leadership and Practice, including collaboration; human behavior; client role in architecture; project management; practice management; leadership; legal responsibilities; ethics and professional judgment; and community and social responsibility.

Explore our Graduate Research Groups

  • 5/27/20
    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.
  • 5/27/20
    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.
  • 5/27/20
    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.
  • 5/27/20
    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.
  • 5/27/20
    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.

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Kevin P. Donovan
Director of Graduate Recruitment
129 Hayes Hall