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Overview

The physical and cultural context of Boston serves as a laboratory for the program’s design studios and is design-focused, but with a different approach than many schools. We find opportunities for innovation within the real estate and construction industries and current policy debates – rather than outside of them. This is how we intend to move architects to the center of the discussion about the future of our cities.

Students take courses in urban housing, practice integrated design and do original research on market-driven building types. The final degree project in the design studio offers an opportunity to leverage this research with real innovations in hybrid types, strategic alterations to existing ones, and to take on the challenge of finding prototypical solutions for systemic problems.

In addition to studio courses, graduate students take seminars in architectural theory and design strategy; and electives are available in real estate development, sustainable building techniques, urban landscape, and other topics. There is also a unique course that looks at case studies of architecture firms in practice, problem solving, and innovation. Students will leave our program with a unique balance of technical, theoretical, and strategic tools to make a real difference in the profession.

1-Year Program

This program gives eligible candidates the opportunity to get a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree in one year.

Open to candidates with either a BS in Architecture from Northeastern University or a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from an accredited North American program with at least one year of IDP-approved professional experience. 

The final degree project in the design studio offers an opportunity to leverage research conducted in the first semester with real innovation in new hybrid types, strategic alterations of existing ones, and to take on the challenge of finding prototypical solutions for systematic problems.

Course Description

Combining aspects of the conventional “option studio” taught by visiting critics and the thesis studio, the graduate research studio provides an opportunity for students to work together to do directed research on a topic that is highly relevant to the discipline and emerging trends in real estate development, planning policy, and/or culture. Each summer, the full-time Northeastern faculty considers new research topics for the following year. The criteria for selection includes the relevance of the topic and the potential for the resulting research to yield a wide range of architectural issues that can be mined when students do their independent projects during the Spring semester. Students are assigned their topic by a lottery that is held on the first day of class. Each instructor will make a presentation outlining the research topic, its relevance, and some of the issues that will be explored during the semester.

The most important deliverable of the semester is a published “guide book” that includes both comprehensive research on the topic and a potential framework for innovative design speculation. The book is due a few weeks before the end of the semester to allow time for each student to elaborate on one of the speculative themes as a potential subject and scope for their spring studio project. 

Course Sequence (32 Credits)

FALL

SPRING

2-Year Program

Open to candidates with an undergraduate degree in architecture that includes at least three design studio courses, two architectural history courses, and courses in structures and construction systems.

This program offers students who have earned a BS in Architecture from an institution other than Northeastern to engage in the urban-focused curriculum that is offered at the School of Architecture.

YEAR ONE

In the Urban Housing Studio, students learn to develop new patterns of housing for specific Boston sites and to develop those sites with their own individual interventions. The Comprehensive Design Studio challenges the students to consider architectural connections at all scales, from the nut and bolt to the scale of the door or window to the scale of the whole building and the city. Additionally, students take classes in technology as well as architecture seminars.

YEAR TWO

In the second year, students engage in a research project based on topics chosen by the graduate faculty. Team research is conducted and complied into a published book. This book and the related work serve as the foundation of individual projects. The final degree project offers an opportunity to leverage research conducted in the first semester with real innovation in new hybrid types, strategic alterations of existing ones, and to take on the challenge of finding prototypical solutions for systemic problems.

COURSE SEQUENCE (60-68 credits)

FALL, YEAR ONE

FALL, YEAR ONE /BERLIN-OPTION (18 Credits)

SPRING, YEAR ONE

FALL, YEAR TWO

SPRING, YEAR TWO

3-Year Program

Open to candidates who do not have a BS in Architecture or equivalent. Applicants from all disciplines are welcome. Those who have some architecture coursework maybe eligible for advanced placement.

The professional 3 year M.Arch program prepares students who come from a variety of disciplines with degrees in other fields for a career in architecture. Advanced placement is also available for students with an architecture background but do not have the necessary design skills or coursework to be eligible for our 2-year program.

The program requires three years to complete. Students may spend a semester at the School’s Berlin program (optional) and have the option to enroll in summer coops. After completing an accelerated introductory curriculum, graduate students in the 3 year M.Arch program will merge into the existing curriculum for the M.Arch program.

(94-104 credits)

YEAR ONE

In the first year, students take intensive studios, technology classes, and architectural history classes to immerse them in the studio culture of the school and to give them a strong foundation to begin the upper level studios. The Grad skills studios are specifically designed for the students in this program. Students complete a series of projects that will enable them to develop the skills and the critical thinking needed in the graduate curriculum.

YEAR TWO

In the Studio, students learn to develop new patterns of housing for specific Boston sites and to develop those sites with their own individual interventions. Students also have the option to take studios offered in the school’s Berlin program during the fall. The Comprehensive Design Studio challenges the students to consider architectural connections at all scales, from the nut and bolt to the scale of the door or window to the scale of the whole building and the city. Additionally, students take classes in technology as well as architecture seminars.

YEAR THREE

In the final year, students engage in a research project based on topics chosen by the graduate faculty. Team research is conducted and complied into a published book. This books and the related work serves as the foundation of individual projects. The final degree project offers an opportunity to leverage research conducted in the first semester with real innovation in new hybrid types, strategic alterations of existing ones, and to take on the challenge of finding prototypical solutions for systemic problems.

Advanced Placement

Students with some background in architecture may be eligible for advanced placement into the program. Advanced placement will be determined by an applicant’s transcript and portfolio. Only select courses in the first year of the program will be waived. All waivers are at the discretion of the school and applicants maybe required to provide documentation if they seek additional waivers.

The minimum course work for all students in the first year of the program is

  • 2 Studio Courses (Minimum 10 credits total)
  • 2 Graduate Electives (Minimum 8 credits total)
  • 78-100 credits total based on waivers

COURSE SEQUENCE 

YEAR ONE FALL (18 Credits)

YEAR ONE, SPRING (18 Credits)

YEAR TWO, FALL BOSTON OPTION (14-18 Credits)

YEAR TWO, FALL BERLIN-OPTION (18 Credits)

YEAR TWO, SPRING (18 Credits)

YEAR THREE, FALL (14-18 Credits)

YEAR THREE, SPRING (14 Credits)