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Schools of Architecture in New York State

The Schools of Architecture New York State is a publication of AIA New York State 50 State Street, Fifth Floor Albany, NY 12207 518.449.3334

AIA New York State is an organization of The American Institute of Architects 1735 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006 1.800.AIA.3837

Fourteenth Edition 2020 - 2021 Georgi Ann Bailey, CAE, Hon. AIANYS Executive Vice President, AIANYS


Table of Contents INTRODUCTION...........................................................................................4 ACCREDITED PROGRAMS AND THE PATH TO LICENSURE....................................5 SCHOOLS WITH NAAB-ACCREDITED PROGRAMS* Alfred State SUNY College of Technology................................................ 18 Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.......6-7 The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture .........................8-9 New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Architecture & Design ....................................................... 10-11 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) School of Architecture ............... 12-13 Rochester Institute of Technology Golisano Institute for Sustainability.................................................. 14-15 Syracuse University School of Architecture ............................................. 19 University at Buffalo, State University of New York School of Architecture & Planning ......................................................... 19 NAAB CANDIDATE FOR ACCREDITATION PROGRAMS New York City College of Technology Department of Architectural Technology................................................. 19 NON NAAB-ACCREDITED PROGRAMS State University of New York at Delhi ..................................................... 16 State University of New York at Morrisville............................................... 18

* This is a partial list of schools. A full list of the NAAB accredited and candidate schools and programs in New York State can be found on page 20.



Founded in 1931, AIA New York State, has a statewide membership of over 9,000 members in 13 chapters and speaks for the interests of all registered architects in New York State. Its parent organization, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), is a nationwide, member-based organization. AIA New York State is the voice of the architectural community and a resource for its members in service to society. THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS 1735 NEW YORK AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20006 1.800.AIA.3837 202.626.7300

AIA NEW YORK STATE 50 STATE STREET, FIFTH FLOOR ALBANY, NY 12207 518.449.3334 www.aianys.orgAC

AIA New York State (AIANYS) publishes The Schools of Architecture in New York State bi-annually, and is a guide to some of the most respected schools of architecture located within New York state. This publication will help you become more familiar with some of the options available to you as you consider architecture or related fields as a future profession. While this publication does not provide an exhaustive list of all architecture related programs within the state, the information included in this publication will get you started, providing an overview of some the architecture industry related degree programs and what they have to offer. Additional information is available on the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) website at

If your high school doesn’t offer any architecture-related courses, one way to gain valuable experience is to attend a summer program provided by a college or university. These programs introduce high school students to the field and study of architecture. It is also highly recommended that you consider getting involved in a pre-professional organization while in high school. The largest organization is The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). AIAS is a student-run organization that provides programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architecture and education. AIAS promotes excellence in architectural education, training, and


practice; fosters an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; enriches communities in a spirit of collaboration; and organizes students and combines their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture. Membership is open to high school and college students, interns and professionals from any country. For more information, check out the website Deciding to pursue a degree in architecture is a big decision, one that requires careful thought and consideration. With 13 chapters across New York State, we encourage you to contact your an AIA chapter near you. Simply go to the AIANYS website at to find the one in your area. Many of the chapter members are more than happy to participate in career days or meet with students to discuss what they do and answer questions. Many chapters offer financial assistance in the form of scholarships to students interested in studying architecture. Contact your local chapter to find out if they offer financial aid opportunities. We hope this publication will assist you in narrowing down your choices for schools of architecture. In order to help you make the final decision, it is important to visit the campus of every school you are interested in and to meet with someone from the architecture program. The members of AIA New York State wish you well as you choose to continue your education and determine your future profession.

Accredited Programs and the Path to Licensure NATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL ACCREDITING BOARD (NAAB) 1101 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 410 Washington, DC 20036 202.783.2007

WHAT IS ARCHITECTURAL ACCREDITATION? The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the primary means by which professional degree programs in architecture assure quality to students and the public. Accredited status is a signal to students and the public that a program meets basic standards for its faculty, curriculum, student services and libraries. The accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that comprise an appropriate education for an architect. Since most state registration boards in the United States require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is essential in preparing for the professional practice of architecture. NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States. Since most US state registration boards require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture. While graduation from a NAAB-accredited program does not assure registration, the accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect.

NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OFFICE OF THE PROFESSIONS 89 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12234 518.474.3817 ext. 110

New York's system of professional regulation, recognized as a model for public protection, has grown to over 900,000 professionals and over 30,000 professional practice business entities in more than 50 professions. The New York State Education Department, under Regents' direction, administers professional regulation through its Office of the Professions, assisted by the State Boards for the Professions. An architect, licensed and registered in New York, provides services related to the design and construction of buildings and the spaces around them, where the safeguarding of life, health, property, and public welfare is concerned. These design and construction services typically include consultation, evaluation, planning, preliminary studies, design, construction documents and management, and administration of construction contracts. To learn more about the paths you can take to become an architect in New York State, visit the Office of the Professions website at www.op.

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURAL REGISTRATION BOARDS (NCARB) 1801 K Street, NW, Suite 700K Washington, DC 20006 202.783.6500

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. NCARB is a diverse, high-performing team consisting of the Board, volunteers, and staff working in concert with our Member Boards to fulfill our mission. NCARB is universally recognized as the global leader of architectural regulation through its exemplary standards, credentialing requirements and reciprocal licensure processes, and consummate customer service. To that end, their strategic goals are: FACILITATE LICENSURE | NCARB programs are catalysts for the early pursuit, achievement, and ongoing maintenance of professional licensure. FOSTER COLLABORATION | NCARB’s collaboration with collateral and related organizations leads to a sustained, action-oriented dialogue to identify and address significant issues that impact the profession and the health, safety, and welfare of the public. CENTRALIZE CREDENTIAL DATA | Active and ongoing participation by Member Boards in NCARB’s information systems provides the preferred platform for interns and architects to efficiently manage their credentials.

The curriculum of a NAAB-accredited program ensures that graduates will be technically competent, critical thinkers who are capable of defining multiple career paths within a changing societal context.


architecture and the future of cities, the environment, and technology. Columbia GSAPP cultivates an expanded culture of making that is simultaneously digital, material, and representational. The newly remodeled Making Studio enables a new culture of making that is imperative to individual expression and creativity as well as to critical thinking, assembling, and recycling. Alongside a 24-hour project space for large-scale mock-ups and experimentation, facilities include 3D printing, robotics and multi-modal making, rapid prototyping, and digital cutting and tooling.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 1172 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027 212.854.3510

Amale Andraos, Dean Student Faculty Ratio: 6:1 Tuition & Fees: $33,574.50/Semester US Students $33,684.50/Semester International Students Number of Students: 783 Including Masters, PhD, and Non-degree students Application Deadlines: 1/3 (MArch), 1/15 Type of Campus: Urban

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Avery Hall. Photo by Ofer Wolberger.

Located in one of the most vibrant global cities, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Columbia GSAPP) is an urban condenser of ideas that fosters the diversity of perspectives, encounters, and backgrounds to re-imagine architecture and the built environment for the future. The school’s distinguished faculty includes some the world’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, and scholars leading the field of architecture, urban design and planning, historic preservation, and real estate development. Since its founding in 1881, Columbia GSAPP has led the constant change and re-invention of the disciplines and practices it holds, and critically considers architecture and the built environment in relation to broader historical and contemporary issues. The faculty and students collectively question what architecture should be, and recast the boundaries of the discipline so that graduates are prepared to address the urgent issues of our time. Columbia GSAPP’s engagement in New York and in various cities across the world offers students an unparalleled network of resources and exchange. In New York, the school’s rigorous programs, exhibitions, and publications make Columbia GSAPP an integral part of the city’s vibrant intellectual and artistic life. On campus, faculty-led academic research centers and experimental labs connect with other schools and institutes at Columbia to create a new context for understanding


Columbia GSAPP has a long tradition of offering students extensive travel opportunities, studio trips, international summer workshops, and a global network through which new pedagogical models can be developed. This reflects an environment for testing ideas and engaging the expanded field of global contemporary practice, while addressing a range of contemporary issues affected by the built environment—such as climate change, sustainability, the evolving role of technology, and social equity.

Brigette Borders, Peiyu Ding, Jichao Sun, Xingjian Shi, Yanchen Yu, Connie Jan, Caroline Jeon, and Lu Liu. Building Science and Technology course “Fast Pace/Slow Space” led by Mark Bearak and Brigette Borders, Spring 2018. Photo by James Ewing.

PROGRAMS Columbia GSAPP offers seven master degree programs, eight joint-degree options, and three Ph.D. programs. Curriculum details and course listings can be found online: programs MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE M.Arch is a three-year accredited professional program regularly ranked as one of the top architecture programs in the country. The program exposes students to architecture as a complex cultural endeavor through an engaged curriculum that spans a globalized History and Theory sequence to cutting-edge Visual Studies

Architecture Studio during GSAPP’s End of Year Show, Spring 2018. Photo by James Ewing.

and Digital Technology, while focusing on central questions of housing, climate change, visualization, and scales of environment. Located above one of the world’s greatest architecture research libraries, the architecture studios are designed to reflect a pedagogical model of collaboration and exchange with individual work space supplemented by communal areas for group critiques and discussions among students and faculty. M.S. IN ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN M.S.AAD is a three-semester program that provides outstanding young professionals who already hold a B.Arch or M.Arch the opportunity to conceptualize design as a critical practice that shapes the world’s technological, relational, and environmental evolutions. A Core Studio during the first semester offers design studios and two required courses that establish the critical and historical coordinates for the program. In the remaining semesters, M.S.AAD students join third-year M.Arch students for the Advanced Studios and elective courses.

an independent thesis with elective lectures and seminars at GSAPP or elsewhere in the university.

sequence of three studios that culminate in a year-long independent research thesis.

M.S. IN ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN M.S.AUD is a threesemester program in the multidisciplinary study of cities, regions, infrastructures, and ecosystems. Summer Studio frames the five boroughs of New York City as a learning lab, examining biophysical infrastructures, conflicting public and private interests, and ongoing sociospatial change. Fall Studio considers the city-region, examining large-scale interdependencies and interactions. Spring Studio addresses global urbanization, extending previous work on physical and social infrastructures, programmatic interventions, and community partnerships.

M.S. IN REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT M.S.RED is a three-semester program that combines the fundamental skills of professional real estate with a holistic approach to the urban environment. The first semester develops core competencies and the majority of classes are required, the second grants more space to focus on the development of specific industry interests, and the third consists mostly of deep-dive electives offered across GSAPP and the university.

Yanisa Chumpolphaisal, Hilary Sample Advanced VI Studio, Spring 2018. Youngdae Song, Changjae Lee. Emmett Zeifman AAD Studio, Summer 2018.

PH.D. PROGRAMS Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) administers doctoral level programs at GSAPP in architecture, historic preservation, and urban planning.

Hector Andres Garcia Cabeza, Luiza Furia. Eric Bunge Core III Final Review, Fall 2018.

Lincoln Antonio, Marcela Rueda. Karla Rothstein AAD Studio Final Review, Summer 2018.

M.S. IN CRITICAL, CURATORIAL AND CONCEPTUAL PRACTICES M.S.CCCP is a two-year program offering advanced training in the fields of architectural criticism, publishing, curating, exhibiting, writing, and research through intensive academic study and independent research. Students augment two required core colloquia and

M.S. IN URBAN PLANNING MS.UP is a two-year accredited professional program actively engaged in the practice of urban planning. The program offers four concentrations: Built Environment, Community and Economic Development, International Planning and Development, and Urban Analytics. The core of the first year studio is a team-based project and thesis is carried out throughout the second year. M.S. IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION M.S.HP is a multidisciplinary, two-year program geared towards the great challenge of protecting the world’s architectural, cultural, and historical heritage in the face of profound change. The program is structured around a

NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS GSAPP offers two non-degree programs. Shape of Two Cities: New York-Paris is a one-year intensive liberal arts program that includes a studio component with a curriculum focused on design issues and the urban history and theory of these two cities. Introduction to Architecture is a 5-week-long immersive design studio, comprising studio and lecture formats, that presents a comprehensive experience in architectural design.

Ziqing Nie, Kutay Biberoglu. Steven Holl and Dimitra Tsachrelia Advanced VI Studio, Spring 2018.


logical conditions, and their corresponding requirements for sustainability and ethical responsibility.

The Foundation Building, Photo Credit: Leo Sorel

THE IRWIN S. CHANIN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE OF THE COOPER UNION Cooper Square 7 East 7 Street New York, NY 10003 212.353.4220

Nader Tehrani, Dean Student Faculty Ratio: 5:1 Tuition & Fees: $44.550/Year * Every undergraduate student receives a 50%-tuition scholarship of $22,275 Number of Students: 150 Application Deadlines: 1/ 1 Type of Campus: Urban

The mission of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture is to provide for its students the finest professional education available within an intellectual environment that fosters and expands their creative capacities and sensibilities and establishes the foundation for a productive and creative professional life. The school is committed to the belief that one of society’s prime responsibilities is toward learning and education in the deepest sense: that the exercise of individual creativity within a willing community is a profoundly social act. Fundamental to the mission of the school is the maintenance of a creative environment in which freedom of thought and exploration can flourish and where students can explore and utilize their individual talents, interests and modes of working to their highest potential.

PROGRAMS THE BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE curriculum of the School of Architecture is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive educational experience, gaining knowledge and skills in preparation for the successful and ethical practice of architecture. Design studios and courses build cumulatively over the five years in order to establish a broad and deep foundation of knowledge in architecture and urban design in relation to developments in the sciences, arts, and technology. The curriculum stresses the importance of architecture as a humanistic discipline concerned with the design and construction of habitats in diverse social and eco-


The traditional and essential skills of drawing, model-making and design development are complemented by a full investigation of the analytical and critical uses of digital technologies. The study of world architecture and urbanism is deepened by the understanding of individual cultures, environmental, and technological issues at every scale. The theory of the discipline, past and present, is investigated through the close analysis of critical texts and related to the theory and practice of other arts, such as public art, film and video. The position of the School of Architecture, together with the Schools of Art and Engineering and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers a unique opportunity for interaction and interdisciplinary research and experience.

2020 Virtual End of Year Show – Thesis

In recent years the school has developed the studio curriculum in ways that have reinforced its strong traditions of design and craft while investigating problems that reflect the changing conditions of contemporary practice, the urgent issues resulting from rapid urbanization and the need for environmental and cultural conservation. In these studio experiments students and faculty together explore the potential contributions of architecture to our changing world, redoubling their efforts to imagine a positive future for an architecture that is, after all, a discipline of design. This task does not involve a wholesale rejection of the past – our traditions and historical experience – for what has changed are not the principles, but rather the determinants and the materials of design. We are in the process of re-learning the poetics of a space of life: of air and water, of geology and geography, of culture and society, of poetics that lie deeply within these elemental forces. On this re-framing – programmatically, technologically, and above all formally – rests not simply the future of architecture,

but of our life in the world. Gradually, out of this process, architecture, once more, may become a force through which life is transcribed into art in order to enhance life. The five year professional program is framed within the context of a rigorous liberal arts education that includes a wide range of required and elective courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences, together with elective opportunities in the Schools of Art and Engineering, emphasizing the nature of architecture as a cultural, social, and technological practice intimately tied to the increasingly urgent questions raised by the man-made and natural environment. THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE The Master of Science in Architecture post-professional degree program was launched in 2009 to extend the vision and intellectual rigor of the undergraduate program and allow a further development of the school’s preeminent position in the education of architects. It is open to applicants with a first professional degree in architecture (Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture I) from a program accredited by the NAAB or equivalent accrediting agency in another country. While the Master of Science in Architecture program is studio based, concentrations in one or a combination of three areas are offered: theory, history and criticism of architecture, urban studies and technologies.

2019 End of Year Show – Design IV

The school’s faculty includes many figures eminent in architectural design, theory, and scholarly research that bring distinction to the school. The full time and proportional time faculty provide continuity while the many adjunct and visiting faculty allow for additional views

Spring 2019 Final Review – Architectonics

and concepts that enrich the program and allow it to respond to the rapidly changing contemporary conditions of practice. The Shop is integral to both the program and pedagogy of the School of Architecture. Shared with the School of Art, it is equipped for projects in wood, metal, plastics, plaster and clay, and includes a bronze casting foundry. Digital facilities throughout The Cooper Union support a design curriculum that recognizes the use of digital technologies as instruments of practice, research and design. Students are urged to explore the full formal, philosophical and cultural implications of computational design and fabrication in architecture. The Cooper Union Library offers a wealth of books and periodicals, visual and historic materials, access to a wide variety of electronic resources as well as DVDs, videotapes, 16mm films, digital images, slides, maps and blueprints. The Cooper Union Library is a member of a consortium of academic libraries which includes room use and borrowing privileges at New York University’s Bobst Library and the libraries of the New School University.

ative work; in this way a unique environment of cross fertilization between classes and individual students is fostered and maintained.

Spring 2019 Final Review – Thesis

Admission to the program is based solely on merit. The application deadline is January 1 for freshmen and transfer students. Applicants must complete a STUDIO TEST as part of the application process. More detailed information can be found on The Cooper Union website, All inquiries should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Records, 30 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003, email:

The spirit of the design studio informs and permeates the entire school, and students value its intensity. In the studios and shops, students work together as a community of individuals, openly sharing and exchanging information, ideas and cre-


NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Old Westbury, NY 11568 516.686.7678 and 1855 Broadway (at 61st St.) New York, NY 10023 212.261.1500

Maria Perbellini, AAIA, OAI, Dean Student Faculty Ratio: 10:1 Tuition & Fees: $38,060/Year Number of Students: 750 Application Deadlines: None Type of Campus: Urban and Suburban

Des 8- Final Thesis, 2019. Student: Mingyang Yu

The mission of NYIT School of Architecture and Design is to deliver 21st-century design education that is technologyinfused and culturally meaningful. Located at campuses in New York City and Long Island, the School of Architecture and Design offers degrees in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design, Architectural Technology, and Interior Design. Our alumni comprise the largest network of licensed architects in New York State. All of our degrees have STEM designation, which provides international graduates with eligibility to apply for an extended OPT visa. DYNAMIC STUDIO CULTURE Fostering a dynamic studio culture reflects our approach to enabling a productive, positive, and inspiring learning environment. Diversity is the cornerstone of the student experience at New York Tech, where self-expression and differences in ideas and opinions can thrive. Our studio-based education fosters healthy and productive competition, collaboration, critical thinking, and global citizenship. NEXT-GENERATION INNOVATION In an era of climate change and global urbanization, our graduates acquire advanced skills and expertise to address the many challenges facing architects, interior designers, and urban designers. Reaching beyond the studio, workshop, or classroom, we offer opportunities for experiential learning through design-build


initiatives. Our students are equipped with skills to work collaboratively across disciplines, contributing to reshaping spatial, material, and cultural practices in the 21st century. A GLOBAL-NEW YORK CONTEXT New York City is a unique metropolitan host for our school and a springboard to experience a global perspective of architecture and design. We’ve also participated in international initiatives, traveling studios, study abroad programs, and outreach workshop programs in China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, The Netherlands, Finland, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and India.

Workshop Abroad - community design. Mexico, 2019

PROGRAMS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY (B.S.AT) This four-year, 132-credit degree program prepares students with advanced skills and expertise in architectural design, building

technology, digital modeling and fabrication, and project integration and management. Students may opt to concentrate their elective credits to pursue a major concentration in Construction Management. The B.S.AT degree creates a path to in-state professional licensure following an additional five years of professional work experience. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the two-year track of the professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree program.

Visualizing, Representing, Generating. Exhibition at Ed All, 2018

Design 6 - Integrative Design, 2019. Students: Phillip He, Wang Leng

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE (B. ARCH.) Our professional five-year, 160-credit program offers a rigorous studio-based program of study, devoted to developing each student’s talents, interests, and expertise. The studio sequence offers a hands-on educational experience with a variety of design challenges that reinforce concepts and skills. An optional summer abroad program provides students the opportunity to gain unique insights into architectural, urban, and professional culture in settings rich in historical and contemporary value. Graduates of the B.Arch. program can progress toward examinations for professional licensure, following an additional three years of professional work experience. BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN INTERIOR DESIGN (B.F.A.ID) This fouryear, 130-credit interior design program emphasizes the exploration of creative design solutions for interior spaces in

an intimate, ambitious, and nurturing environment. Our program’s mission is to create globally engaged, environmentally sensitive, professionally accredited interior designers with intellectual and artistic sensibility and technical proficiency. New York Tech is the only New York City area school that offers accredited degree programs in both interior design and architecture within the same academic unit. Students may opt to concentrate their elective credits to pursue the 4+1-year, 130 + 30-credit B.F.A.ID degree with an M.B.A. concentration. MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (M. ARCH.) The professional Master of Architecture program prepares students for their future careers by offering a sequence of intensive design studios alongside courses focusing on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in advanced technologies for design, fabrication and construction, history, theory, and liberal arts. Our program balances an emphasis on design experimentation and innovation with their consequences consolidated in professional practice in two tracks: •

A 2-year, 60-credit track for applicants holding a pre-professional 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, Architectural Technology, or the equivalent.

A 3.5–year, 99-credit track for applicants with an undergraduate degree in other disciplines, without a pre-professional degree in architecture.

Housing Density. Exhibition at The Skyscraper Museum, 2019

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE, URBAN AND REGIONAL DESIGN (M.S.AURD) This post-professional, 1.5- year, 36-credit program confronts the challenges faced by urban designers within the global context of 21st century urbanism. Through the development of speculative design approaches to sustainability and climatic forces in our rapidly urbanizing world, graduates are equipped with specialist design skills, tools, and expertise. The

Visualization & Design Fundamentals. Final reviews, 2019

Des 7- Thesis Studio. Final reviews, 2019

M.S.AURD is open to applicants holding professional degrees in Architecture or Landscape Architecture. MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE, COMPUTATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES (MS.ACT) Our new one-year, 30-credit post-professional program focuses on advancing innovation through computational paradigms, interactivity, robotics, and fabrication systems applied to architecture. The program culminates in a multidisciplinary project-based studio, challenging students to incorporate experiences from their exploration of algorithms, big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. In addition to promoting digital fabrication and physical computation (robotics) skills, the program focuses on research and investigation of materials and construction systems that define architectural building components. MASTER OF SCIENCE, ARCHITECTURE, HEALTH AND DESIGN (M.S.AHD) Accelerated technological change and scientific innovations are creating opportunities for designers to experiment with new, augmented and intelligent materials, spaces, and interfaces and to design environments that have more positive effects on our bodies and minds and improve our quality of our life. Our one-year, 30-credit post-professional degree program develops competencies in designing healthy environments through experimentation with material science, health care technologies, analysis and simulation software, data sensing, smart systems and interfaces, 3-D modeling, and fabrication methods.


Ecology [CASE] in Industry City, Brooklyn, NY.


Dean: Evan Douglis Student Faculty Ratio: 9:1 Tuition & Fees: $53,879/year, Undergraduate $55,440/year, Graduate Number of Students: 333

Architecture at Rensselaer offers programs in a spectrum of fields including Architecture, Building Science and Architectural Sciences, and graduate degrees in Architectural Acoustics, Built Ecologies and Lighting. The B.Arch undergraduate professional program has distinct charac¬ter enhanced by the presence of world renown faculty, advanced interdisiplinary research, and semester-long cultural immersion programs in Italy, India, China and Latin America. Additionally, students throughout both professional programs (B.Arch and M.Arch) have the opportunity to acquire access to next-generation building technology at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecol¬ogy (CASE) based at Industry City in Brooklyn, NY.

Application Deadlines: 11/1, 12/15, 1/5, Undergraduate 3/1, Transfer Students 3/15, Graduate Students Type of Campus: Urban

PROGRAMS BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE Our NAAB-accredited undergraduate professional program is designed to leverage a synergistic relationship between creativity and critical thinking in relation to a wealth of new and innovative technologies required to reimagine the built environment. The Rensselaer program synthesizes the art and science of building in pursuit of next-generation buildings in response to a constantly changing world. Rensselaer’s curriculum is built on ecological principles, interdisciplinary collaboration, and civic engagement. Core courses in Environmental and Ecological Systems form the foundation to allow students to take advanced courses in sustainability or participate in research focused on developing next-generation sustainable building systems at the Center for Architecture Science and


The polytechnic setting comprised of the Schools of Science, Engineering Humantiesi Arts and Social Sciences and business (Lally) represents an ideal disciplinary resource for a leading design and technology-driven program. The possibility to gain greater in-depth expertise in areas such as Lighting, Architectural Acoustics or Built Ecologies is also afforded through minor and co-terminal degree options.

B.S. IN BUILDING SCIENCE Our 4-year program focuses on building technology that informs the design of next-generation buildings. As the complexity of building systems, design and analysis tools increase in a sustainability-minded world, a foundational understanding of firstprinciples is vital to diverse sectors of the design and construction industry. Using a holistic approach, our students develop an understanding of buildings as interconnected systems that can be built, modified, and adapted to meet requirements for functionality, energy optimization and human comfort. Our program offers an exceptional preparation for direct entry into one of the building industry’s many sectors ranging from real estate development, construction management, specialty consulting in environmental systems, sustainability, and façade design to building performance consulting. We prepare students for leadership in response to existing and emerging global challenges in the design and construction of the built environment. RENSSELAER ARCHITECTURE CAREER DISCOVERY PROGRAM This program provides high school students a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the rigors and rewards of a college-level design studio. Students are immersed in a two-week architectural studio environment comprised of discussion sessions, lectures,

program in order to prepare for university and/or advanced research careers. MASTER OF SCIENCE ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCES CONCENTRATION IN ARCHITECTURAL ACOUSTICS This 30-credit, one-year program focuses on the design and optimization of interior spaces through an analysis of their physical sound fields as determined by architectural parameters which include shape, volume, and surface properties. Architectural Acoustics incorporates a number of other disciplines, including physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, music, psychology, cognitive science and electro-acoustics. Applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. in Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music and Acoustics, or comparable fields. field trips and shared design reviews. Lectures discuss the broader context of architectural practice, contemporary projects, and more technical aspects of digital design and model making. MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE Our NAAB-accredited program offers a comprehensive curriculum based on an approach to architectural practice in the 21st century that is increasingly driven by heightened cultural, social and environmental issues. Focus is on digital design, fabrication technology, environmental simulation software, new materials, and the opportunity to engage in a wide range of cross-disciplinary collaborations. Situated in the oldest technological institute in the nation, the program draws upon a vast resource of science and engineering expertise in support of our school’s commitment to architecture as a project of interdisciplinary and social engagement. M.S. ARCHITECTURE (GEOFUTURES) This post-professional program addresses global warming and endeavors to convert crisis into opportunity by harnessing both the pressures of a planet at risk and the promise of emerging environmental technologies to generate a broad spectrum of possible urban and architectural futures. The program places emphasis on knowledge and expertise in performance design, theoretical speculation, and design experimentation.

ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCES, PH.D. The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Architectural Sciences undertakes research drawn from the design disciplines. The degree supports advanced study and research that combines architecture as well as science, engineering, and the humanities. The Architectural Sciences doctorate provides areas in Architectural Acoustics, Built Ecologies, and Lighting.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LIGHTING This 30-credit, one-year program allows students to work closely with faculty at Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) to study the various disciplines involved in lighting design and research. The program provides a comprehensive, "hands-on" study of lighting. Course content and curriculum in the MS in Lighting is continually updated to include the latest advances in lighting research, technology, and design. Students completing the degree can take positions in the lighting industry or in lighting design practice, or consider further study in the Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences

CONCENTRATION IN BUILT ECOLOGIES This 30-credit, one-year program focuses on research and scholarship related to the theory and practice of architecture and the built environment. The purpose of the degree is to advance knowledge in the area of integrated technologies in support of a more ecologically sensitive built environment that increase its performance and enhances quality of life. Applicants to this program must have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Those with other advanced degrees and/or experience in the field may be considered. CONCENTRATION IN LIGHTING This 30-credit, one-year program focuses on the field of lighting through scientific inquiry, research, and discovery. Students wishing to concentrate their doctoral studies in lighting will complete at least 30 credit hours of formal course work before concentrating their studies in a particular area of scientific inquiry under the guidance of a faculty advisor at Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center (LRC). Areas of research concentration include light and health, transportation lighting, solid-state lighting, human factors in lighting, energy efficiency and energy policy. Students may enter the program with an existing Bachelor's or Master's degree or may first enroll in the MS in Lighting and continue on to the Ph.D. degree. Visit the School on the web at:


practice of architecture, adding to, and enhancing the value of design. Program Goals include:

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 111 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14624 Phone: 585.475.4990 architecture-march

Dennis A. Andrejko, FAIA, Head Student Faculty Ratio: 10:1 Tuition & Fees: $50,136 /Year Number of Students: 50 Application Deadlines: 1/15; Rolling Type of Campus: Suburban/Urban

• Instilling critical thinking concepts in course material to produce broadthinking architects that are wellgrounded in the principles and practices of sustainability.

PROGRAM Architecture continues to be in a time of great transition. Globalization, policy making, advanced materials development, and the challenges facing urban environments place great demands on architects to be well versed in concepts outside their immediate field, and able to work effectively with professionals from a variety of disciplines. The Master of Architecture program is designed for students with a broad range of interests and backgrounds who are interested in studying architecture at the graduate level, and whose undergraduate degrees were obtained in fields both inside of and outside of architecture. The program’s curriculum has been shaped by the global emphasis of sustainability, factors that impact urbanism, the integration of design thought with the built environment and community investigation, and the hands-on application of the principles of design and technology of materials, construction and production. This Department of Architecture is housed within the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) and has a collaborative partnership with RIT’s College of Art and Design (CAD). The GIS Sustainability Institute Hall is a unique and state of the art high performance living, learning laboratory provides a unique setting for testing and evaluating sustainability concepts. PROGRAM INFORMATION Our innovative Master of Architecture program is geared toward preparation for 21st century practice in an increasingly inter-disciplinary and inter-professional world. This program is founded upon the principle that “sustainability” is an integral and requisite part of the


• Providing a comprehensive set of tools to shape students into adept contributors that can effectively create building and planning projects for problem solving at the intersection of architecture and sustainability. The program emphasizes application and collaboration, and students learn and practice the skills and methods of architecture through the lens of sustainability, graduating with the ability to contribute meaningfully to a fully sustainable built environment. Students are also exposed to the results of cutting-edge research in such areas as material aging, clean technologies, alternative energy solutions, pollution prevention, and green product assessment, among other topics currently underway in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability and resiliency necessities are changing the way we look at architecture, and the way architecture looks to us, and buildings account for large percentages of the world’s energy expenditures and greenhouse gas emissions. In RIT’s accredited Master of Architecture program, we’re moving sustainability forward to create better architecture. Here, you’ll learn how to design with context and substance in areas such as positive energy, building performance, climate-responsive designs, passive resiliency, and more. The global emphasis on sustainability, and RIT’s commitment to progress in this field forms a fundamental pillar of the Master of Architecture program. Emerging architecture professionals entering the field from RIT’s program will have the opportunity to bring with them a unique perspective on sustainability with an elevated attention to detail, an increased understanding of high

performance buildings and related systems, and a heightened sensitivity around the needs for vibrant, healthy and resilient buildings and communities. URBANISM The challenges facing our cities are profound, in which architecture plays a key role. Synergistic urban environments have implications for social, economic, cultural, and environmental health, and RIT’s Master of Architecture program pays particular attention to urban settings and urban principles. The program focuses on the practices and principles of preservation and adaptive reuse, with the city of Rochester serving as an active learning environment.

INTEGRATION Integration of learning and practice are key elements to our Master of Architecture program. The program’s design curriculum is well integrated with technical coursework and discussion that extends beyond design concepts. Topics such as construction technologies, material science, and building systems have huge implications in design; as does public policy, sociology, urban economic development and other non-design concepts. An educational goal of the program is to acquire collective intelligence in a team environment to the benefit of the communities in which structures are built. TECHNOLOGY Mastering current and evolving tools and understanding technology’s implications on design work are important

components of an architect’s education. An architecture degree program residing within one of the country’s most respected technology universities provides a distinct advantage. The ability to study specialized areas of technology, and the opportunity to collaborate with engineers, computer scientists, imaging scientists and experts in advanced materials provides an educational environment for architects unlike most any other.

CURRICULUM Experiential learning provides students the opportunity to put classroom theory into practice and to look holistically at real-world challenges in sustainable architecture today, and community is at the heart of our curriculum. Experiential learning – grounded in design – provides students the opportunity to put classroom theory into practice and look holistically at real-world challenges in sustainable architecture today, with community at the heart of our curriculum. RIT’s relationship with Rochester, NY, and the region allows for first-hand learning opportunities for design inquiry within the context of a larger, multi-faceted community of people and industry. Students with backgrounds unrelated to architecture are required to complete 105 semester credit hours to successfully complete the program, while students with some undergraduate work in architecture can receive advanced standing for courses already successfully met. Designed as a full-time program, courses are offered on campus, primarily during the day. The core of the coursework is studio-based design, while technical courses and electives are predominantly classroom based, but immersed throughout the studio experience. Electives can be drawn from GIS as well as courses offered by the colleges of Liberal Arts, Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, Art and

Design, and Business. In addition to three required sustainability courses, students will take one elective with a direct sustainability focus. All students will prepare a thesis during their final year of study. CO-OP Gain applicable skills employers are looking for while you’re still in school. RIT’s expertise in developing and managing cooperative education programs will greatly facilitate a student’s ability to obtain these critical training hours. A number of local architecture and engineering firms hire our students; however the co-op requirement may occur in any location including work abroad. RIT’s Master of Architecture program is proud of its 100% job placement rate among our graduates. With our required co-cop experience you will be well prepared after graduation to take on the next steps for leadership and employment in sustainable architecture, design resiliency, community development, smart growth, and green building materials.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE All students are required to engage in a study abroad experience. RIT offers a number of international opportunities to its undergraduate and graduate students through affiliation with other universities and organizations. Students may study in Western Europe, India, China, South Korea, Central and South America. Further opportunities include faculty-led programs throughout Europe, including such locations as Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, and Denmark. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION For more detailed program information and application requirements for admission please visit the program website at:


design and presentation, digital representation, structural engineering, environmental systems, building materials, lab-based construction methods, and liberal arts.

SUNY DELHI 454 Delhi Drive Delhi, NY 13753 607.746.4550

Dr. Linnea Goodwin Burwood, Dean Student Faculty Ratio: 15:1 Tuition & Fees: $8,360/Year, Instate Number of Students: 85 Application Deadlines: Rolling Type of Campus: Rural

THE DIFFERENCE AT DELHI A broad, practical curriculum makes SUNY Delhi graduates more marketable for a variety of jobs than typical architecture programs. Delhi’s innovative program takes a blended approach to teaching architecture, combining art, design, technology, and hands-on construction techniques. Dedicated architecture studios allow students to use large format scanners and plotters, a laser cutter, model shop with hand and power tools, and computers equipped with the latest design and drafting software. Students also have access to other campus assets such as photo equipment, large building construction labs, and material testing equipment, allowing both digital and physical practice of the craft.

Graduates from SUNY Delhi can apply for the professional licensing exam for New York State upon completion of a structured professional internship. Students earning the BT degree are well prepared to earn employment with traditional firms, allied professions such as engineering, planning, landscape architecture, designbuild firms, as well as related industries and government. Students also go on to continue their education with NAABaccredited professional degree programs and related fields like urban planning or historic preservation.

Core studio and lab courses maintain small class sizes (12-18 students per section) and are taught by full-time faculty with extensive professional experience in the architecture industry.

THE COLLEGE SUNY Delhi is nestled in the picturesque Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York, just three hours north of New York City. Enrolling 3,500 students from New York State and beyond, SUNY Delhi offers an intimate, diverse, and supportive environment to live and study.

PROGRAMS ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN & BUILDING, BACHELOR OF TECHNOLOGY Students in this rigorous pre-professional BT degree will not only focus on structural design, but study will also extend to en-compass the materials, systems, fabrication, and technical documentation of buildings. This allows students to experience a unique, synergistic blend of


ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY, ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE Students in the two-year AAS degree will establish a strong knowledge base in the fundamentals of architectural graphics and design, architectural history, construction materials and methods, environmental systems, computer-aided documentation, and liberal arts. Coursework encompasses a solid foundation for continuing study in the BT degree, or direct entry into a technician position in the architecture and related design and building industries. Technicians are typically responsible for assisting with drafting and design, field measurement and documentation, cost estimating, and construction observation. STUDY ABROAD An exclusive study-abroad program is available for students to enhance their learning by examining historical structures in Florence and Rome, Italy.

Additional Programs

Alfred State SUNY College of Technology Architecture and Design 10 Upper College Drive Alfred, NY 14802 Professor and Dean: John C. Williams, Ph.D. 607.587.4696 Contact: William C. Dean, RA, AIA 607.587.4696

Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1 Tuition & Fees: $8,693.50/year (in-state) $18,603.50/year (out-of-state) Number Of Students: 187 Application Deadline: Rolling

State University of New York (SUNY) College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville Architectural Studies and Design Program (Division of Computing, Design and Engineering, School of Agriculture, Business and Technology) Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 80 Eaton Street, P.O. Box 901, Morrisville, New York 13408 Program Coordinator: Brian J. Kelly, Jr., AIA, NCARB 800.258.0111 315.684.6000 315.684.6046;

Contact: Brian J. Kelly, Jr., AIA, NCARB 315-684-6281 Student to Faculty Ratio: 5:1 Tuition & Fees: $6,870/year (NYS resident – tuition only) Program specific fees: $0 (College fees vary greatly based on student selections, including housing and meal plans) Number of Students: 11 (current program enrollment); 5 year average 16.6 ≈ 17 Program Capacity: 50 (traditionally 30 students 1st year, 20 students 2nd year) Application Deadline: Rolling


The New York City College of Technology/CUNY Department of Architectural Technology 186 Jay Street, Voorhees 8th Floor V-818, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Department Chair: Sanjive Vaidya, RA Dean of the School of Technology and Design: Gerarda Shields, PE, PhD

Syracuse University School of Architecture 201 Slocum Hall Syracuse, NY 13244 Dean: Michael A. Speaks, Ph.D. 315.443.2256 (undergraduate) (graduate)


Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Tuition & Fees: $72,282/year

Contact: Ms. Tiffany Cardona Email: 929-382-5025 Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1 Tuition & Fees: Full-Time Matriculated $3,465 Per Semester Number Of Students: 700

University at Buffalo Department of Architecture Hayes Hall University at Buffalo, South Campus Buffalo, NY 14214 Professor and Dean: Robert G. Shibley, FAIA, FAICP 716.829.5900

Contact: Clinical Assistant Professor Greg Delaney 716.829.5884 Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1

Number of Students: 755 Application Deadline: January 1 (Undergraduate) January 3 (Graduate)

Tuition & Fees: NY Resident undergraduate: $5,262.75/ semester; NY Resident grad: $8,774.00/ semester; Non-resident undergraduate: $14,097.75; Non-resident grad: $14,084.00 Number Of Students: 817 Application Deadline: December 1 for scholarship consideration

Application Deadline: BTech: Freshman/Transfer Fall: February 1 Freshman/Transfer Spring: September 15 B.Arch: February 1


National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Accredited Programs The NAAB is the agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation. There are 171 NAAB-accredited programs offered by 136 institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and abroad. In all 55 U.S. jurisdictions the NAAB-accredited degree meets the education requirement for registration. You can review NAAB accredited programs, and programs in candidacy, by using their search feature at or go to https://www. to learn more.

Programs in Candidacy

For an architecture program to obtain NAAB accreditation it must first go through the candidacy process. Candidacy is a multi-year effort that starts with an eligibility review by the NAAB and continues with up to three visits to the school. Prospective students who are interested in a program in candidacy should not be discouraged by its candidacy status, but need to understand the program’s plan for achieving Initial Accreditation. Graduates from a program in candidacy can meet the NCARB education requirements if they graduate within two years of the program achieving Initial Accreditation. If you graduate outside this two-year window your degree will not be considered accredited by the NAAB, and you may need to complete additional requirements to obtain your architecture license. Architecture Programs in New York State School Name

Department Name

Columbia University

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Cornell University

Department of Architecture

New York City College of Technology (NAAB Candidate)

Department of Architectural Technology

New York Institute of Technology

School of Architecture & Design

Parsons The New School of Design

School of Constructed Environments

Pratt Institute

School of Architecture

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

School of Architecture

Rochester Institute of Technology

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred State

Department of Architecture and Design

Syracuse University

School of Architecture

The City College of New York

Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture

The Cooper Union

Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

University at Buffalo, SUNY

School of Architecture & Planning


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