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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.

Graduate Research Groups

The Ecological Practices Graduate Research Group critically engages environmental systems, and examines the role that architecture and urbanism play in harnessing and stewarding them. 
Inclusive Design is design for all. A global movement that seeks to improve the usability of environments, products and systems for the widest range of people, it is based on the principles of social justice. 
The Material Culture Graduate Research Group builds on Buffalo and the Niagara Region’s legacy of material innovation, from infrastructural experiments in moving goods to slip-forming construction of concrete silos. 
The Situated Technologies Graduate Research Group is engaged in design experimentation that repositions architecture in an expanded field.
The Urban Design Graduate Research Group is concerned with the larger scales of the city and contemporary urbanism and the political, economic, environmental, social and cultural forces that shape urban form. We engage community and context to choreograph the often-competing interests of urban actors and constituencies.  

Interested in a MArch + MUP Dual Degree?

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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.