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Master of Architecture

The two-year Master of Architecture degree is intended for individuals who hold a pre-professional baccalaureate degree in architecture from an NAAB-accredited school of architecture or a professional architecture degree from an international university.

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 one of four Graduate Research Groups: Ecological PracticesInclusive DesignMaterial Culture, and Situated Technologies

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

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.  

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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.