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Master of Architecture (MArch)

Faculty working with Students: 24
Students: 30
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 40%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program at Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The M.Arch degree, combined with professional experience approved by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and completion of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) ensures one is prepared to practice architecture.

Throughout the program students engage in design and scholarship that offers new insights into the role of architecture in our culture, civilization, and environment. Within this context our students challenge existing conventions and offer innovative approaches germane to the critical issues facing the profession of architecture and the world today.

A range of activities and experiences such as lectures, exhibits, study tours, internships, studios, and project reviews provide opportunities for educational and professional engagement on the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Depending on educational background and our evaluation of application materials, students wishing to earn the professional M.Arch degree will be admitted as follows:

1-year (accelerated) (2 semesters plus summer): for WSU students with a four-year, pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture who have submitted application materials demonstrating a high level of design proficiency, and who have met all other admission conditions for the accelerated program by published deadlines.

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.

Our employment placement rate is nearly 100% with graduates working at a variety of firms throughout the country. Average starting salary is $45-$55k depending upon size of firm, skills and experience, and geographic location.

Admission Requirements:

(NON WSU 2-year and 3-year tracks)

Admission is made during the spring semester with initial coursework beginning the following fall semester. All applicants must submit required materials by January 10, to both the Graduate School and the M.Arch program. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions via e-mail by March 15.

The following documents are required for submission to the Graduate School:
1. Online application and application fee
2. Official transcripts (unofficial acceptable for evaluation)
3. Contact information for three academic /professional references
4. English language proficiency scores and financial verification (if applicable)
5. GRE scores are NOT required for this program

The following materials are required for submission to the architecture program:
1. Personal statement (250-500 words) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study in architecture at Washington State University. Discuss your personal values and beliefs regarding architecture and how you expect to build upon your ideas through your graduate studies.

2. Resume that includes principal extra-curricular activities in which you actively participated and offices held, if any; honors, awards, financial aid, publications, and professional organizations and licensure; employment during or since postsecondary schooling, with most recent listed first; list of travel and other notable experiences not included in employment record.

3. Portfolio of design work using high-quality images and a brief narrative of each project representing the applicant’s highest ability and skill in areas of design, drawing and representation, model making, freehand drawing, diagramming, and overall creativity. Painting, sculpture, watercolor, creative writing, photography or other fine arts may be included. If professional work is submitted, identify your specific involvement in the project. Maximum 10 pages double sided (20 pages total).

4. Scanned copy of transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) and English language test scores (TOEFL or IELTS if applicable).

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

Student Learning Outcomes:

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:

Internships; study abraod; study tours; lectures; workshops; academic and professional competitions; exhibitions; symposia; research; teaching assistantships; digital fabrication; integrated and interdisciplinary courses and experiences.

Career Opportunities:

Our employment placement rate is nearly 100% with graduates working at a variety of firms throughout the country, in public and private sectors, and in related fields such as landscape architecture and urban planning; restoration and preservation; industrial, furniture, lighting, or material design; graphic design and photography; production design; education and innovation.

Recent data suggests architects earn a median salary of $76,100 per year in the United States. Salaries typically start from $46,080 and go up to $125,520, depending upon geographic location, experience, and size/focus of firm.

Career Placements:

ALSC – Project Architect
BCRA Design – Architecture Associate
BLRB – Intern Architect
CallisonRTKL – Principal
DLR Group – Architectural Designer I
Forte Architects – Architectural Associate
GGLO – Associate
Integrus Architecture – Associate Principal
Jackson Main Architecture – Intern Architect / Designer
Hoffman Construction – Business Development
Katerra, Inc. – Project Manager
KMB Architects – BIM Manager
KSI Architecture & Planning – Architecture Associate
MG2 – Associate IV
Miller Hull Partnership – Principal
NAC Architecture – Associate
New York Design Architects – Intern
Olson Kundig – Principal
SRG Partnership – Senior Associate
Strosser Architecture & Conservation – Project Manager
Walla Walla Foundry – Project Manager
WAG – Architect

Faculty Members:

Abell, John H, Ph.D.

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

Austin, Steve, JD

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Cherf, Rick, M.S.

Serves as: co-chair or member of 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 of 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: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Ghandi, Mona, M.Arch.

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

Griechen, Darrin, M.Arch.

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

Gruen, Jason, Ph.D.

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

Gunderson, David E, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of 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 of 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: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Kessler, Gregory A, M.Arch.

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

Research Interests

Cognitive processes in leadership in construction.

Krikac, Robert J, M.S.

Serves as: co-chair or member of 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 of 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, PhD

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Peschel, Jason B, M.B.A.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Rahmani, Ayad B, M.Arch.

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

Research Interests

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

Sanchez, Michael

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Theodorson, Judith Ann, M.Arch.

Serves as: co-chair or member of 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.

Vielle, Carrie, M.A.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Vielle’s research interests include museology, curatorial issues, and exhibition design – her current focus explores issues of visitor engagement and protecting viewer experience in memorial museums.

Wang, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of 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