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Master of Architecture (MArch)

Faculty working with Students: 25
Students: 35
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 28.57%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The School of Design and Construction (SDC) offers a NAAB accredited Master of Architecture degree (M.Arch). Once completed, this degree allows graduates to participate in an architectural internship through the Intern Development Program (IDP) and eventually qualify for the Architect Registration Examination. The M.Arch program provides students with opportunities to investigate critical issues facing the built environment in both studio and seminar based courses. Depending on educational background, students wishing to earn the professional M.Arch degree will be admitted to a one, two, or three year track. Applicants are evaluated individually in the admissions process.

1-year (2 semesters plus summer): for students with a four-year, pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture, or a professional B.Arch degree, who have submitted application materials demonstrating a high level of design proficiency.

2-year (4 semesters plus summer): typically for students with an undergraduate degree in architecture, or for those with a degree in an allied design discipline who have submitted application materials demonstrating the need for additional design experience.

3-year (6 semesters plus summer): typically for students with a non-architecture undergraduate degree, or for those with a degree in an allied design discipline who have submitted application materials demonstrating the need for additional design experience beyond a two-year timeframe.

Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements available in our program handbook located at: http://sdc.wsu.edu/architecture/program-info/m-arch/.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  To educate students with the skills and theoretical foundations that will prepare them for leadership and other productive positions in the profession of architecture. The following  educational experiences within the curriculum seek to achieve this goal.
    •  To provide opportunities to interact with professionals as a required component in educational experience.
    •  To provide students with a diversity of experiences in cultural and social conditions that inform the built environment.
    •  To engage students in critical discourses in divergent professions and disciplines that have direct influences on the built environment.
    •  To provide students with educational experiences that help to develop leadership skills.
    •  To encourage students to become engaged in national discourses through membership in professional student organizations.
    •  To instill in students the responsibility for teaching and instilling in others the value of architecture on the lives of people.
    •  To ensure that the quality of student work achieves nationally-recognized standards.
  2.  To prepare students to challenge conventions through innovative thinking and technology based upon a curriculum requiring specific milestones.
    •  Administer a rigorous graduate admission process that admits only those students who are likely to succeed academically and make other positive contributions to  the program.
    •  Administer a selective series of benchmarks that students must meet in order to graduate from the program.
    •  Require students to develop materials that illustrate the fundamentals of publication requirements.
    •  Require students to demonstrate a clear and definitive methodology for presenting their research proposals and findings, specifically including the ability to develop  a clear thesis statement.
  3.  To build upon the western regional reputation of the program as a leader in architectural education through outreach and assessment from the profession.
    • Develop communication forums with practicing architects that facilitate feedback regarding capabilities of graduates.
    • Develop a comprehensive exit interview process for graduate students.
    • Maintain communication with other programs regarding policies and issues affecting architectural education.
    • Develop a forum where professionals and educators can discuss issues of shared concern.

Student Opportunities:

Internship; study abroad.

Career Opportunities:

Employment in the architecture profession as a licensed architect and/or employment options in fields related to architecture

Career Placements:

ALSC Archiects; Callison; NBBJ; NAC; Madsen Mitchell; Clark Kjos Architects; Integrus; MulvannyG2; LRS Architects; OMS; Jon Graves Architects and Planners; Copeland Architects; John Lape; BWA Spokane; Nystrom, Olson, Collins; HKP Architects; KDF Architecture; Erickson McGovern; University of Washington Capital Planning; City of Spokane.

Faculty Members:

Abell, John H, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Integrative architectural design, interdisciplinary urban design and critical theory particularly as these intersect with aesthetic experience, material craft and advanced design theories

Al-Hassawi, Omar, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Omar’s Ph.D. research focuses on passive cooling systems that can be applied to building design by architects prior to considering the implementation of active mechanical systems.

Anderson, Anne, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Austin, Steve

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Cherf, Rick, M.S.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Planning, scheduling, project management, construction methods, construction productivity, project controls, specifications, contracts, leadership and organizational management.

Cohen, Matthew, M.Arch.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Subtle and complex proportional systems embedded in the 15th century buildings in Florence designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the originator of Renaissance architecture.

Day, Julia

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Ghandi, Mona, M.Arch.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Griechen, Darrin, M.Arch.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Gruen, Jason, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Gunderson, David E, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

International construction management and construction culture, affordable housing, construction contract selection, construction education and training.

Hirzel, Paul Frederick, M.Arch.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Landscape significance in architecture, inclusion/recognition of the “outside condition” in the building design solution.

Kaytes, Jolie B, M.L.A.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Kessler, Gregory A, M.Arch.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

The role of myth and architecture, the tradition of paradise and idealized environments in Islamic architecture, phenomenal human experiences between architecture and the landscape

Kirk, William Max, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Cognitive processes in leadership in construction.

Krikac, Robert J, M.S.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

The integration of history, theory and research with the practice of interior design, sketching as thinking, interdisciplinary design and issues related to the design of commercial offices.

Miyasaka, Taiji, M.Arch.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sustainable design and construction,
solar and renewable technologies
applied to buildings and communities,
building thermal control and building
systems design, energy and fossil fuel use and the transition to more renewable methods of producing energy.

Okere, George

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Peschel, Jason B, M.B.A.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Rahmani, Ayad B, M.Arch.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

The intersection between critical theory and architecture with recent inquiry into the areas of global urban development and parametric productions.

Rising, Hope, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Hope intends to facilitate, through design and research, the retrofits of urban fabrics into interconnected systems of ecosystem-service-providers that double as spatial anchors to facilitate environmental adaptation.

Ryan, Kathleen Anne, M.A.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sketching and creativity of interior design students, wayfinding and interpretive exhibit issues in museum and zoo settings.

Sanchez, Michael

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Theodorson, Judith Ann, M.Arch.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

High performance buildings and interiors focused on daylighting design, field research around human aspects of environmental conditions, and issues of design and health, conceptualization and communication of light through design processes, studio pedagogy.

Wang, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Jaime Rice
PO Box 642220
Carpenter Hall 514
Pullman, WA 99164-2220
509-335-5318
509-335-6132
Julie Miller
PO Box 642220
Carpenter Hall 518
Pullman, WA 99164-2220
(509) 335-4118