M. Architecture

The Master of Architecture (professional program) prepares students for roles in the profession of architecture by building on the content of the pre-professional degree through intensive and focused advanced studies in the field of architecture practice and design.

The School of Architecture is dedicated to preparing students to play a leadership role in rebuilding America’s cities and improving the quality of the built environment. By offering a diverse curriculum led by an accomplished faculty in a computer and studio intensive environment, the School of Architecture will educate significant practitioners and leaders in architecture, planning and construction.

Students majoring in architecture will be challenged to develop their abilities in problem solving, creative thinking and informed decision making as a focus of their education. They will accomplish this in a well protected and student centered environment that fosters personal development and professional excellence. The location of the School near the City of Houston offers an opportunity for students to enrich their learning experience through access to the greater architectural and construction community of the region and to many employment opportunities in the fields.

The Master of Architecture is the accredited, professional degree offered in architecture for students entering the School of Architecture starting Fall 2002.

There are three program options available for students wishing to complete the professional degree in architecture.

Program I – For students matriculating from Program A – the Professional Track of the Prairie View Architecture Program: This option will offer the coursework necessary to complete the accredited professional degree in architecture.

Program II – For students matriculating from a four-year, pre-professional program (for example the Program B option above or similar B.S. in Architecture or related degrees ): This option will require between 36 and 72 semester credit hours of study depending on the extent and level of the preparation of the applicant.

Program III – For students entering with a bachelors degree in some field other than architecture: This option will require a minimum of 109 semester credit hours of study involving a combination of undergraduate and graduate study.

Suggested Degree Program Squences

PROGRAM I: For students matriculating from Program A – the Professional Track of the Prairie View A&M University Architecture Program.  This option will offer the coursework necessary to complete the accredited professional degree in architecture.

FIRST YEAR
Summer  (Hours)
ARCH 5506  Internship (6)
Total   (6)

Fall Semester  (Hours)
ARCH 5556 Architecture Design IX (6)
ARCH 5483 Structural Systems III (3)
ARCH 5513 Research Seminar  (3)
Elective  (3)
Total   (15)

Spring Semester (Hours)
ARCH 5579 Comprehensive Project Studio (9)
ARCH 5593 Professional Practice (3)
Elective (3)
Total (15)

PROGRAM II: For students matriculating from a four-year, pre-professional program (for example the Program B option in the Prairie View A&M University Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree).  This option will require between 36 and 63 semester credit hours of study depending on the extent and level of the preparation of the applicant.

FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester  (Hours)
ARCH 4456 Architecture Design VII   (6)
ARCH 3453 Environmental Systems I (3)
ARCH 4443 CAD Documents and Codes (3)
Graduate Elective (3)
Total  (15)

Spring Semester   (Hours)
ARCH 4476 Architecture Design VIII (6)
ARCH 3463 Environmental Systems II (3)
ARCH 5483 Structural Systems III  (3)
Total (12)

Summer (Hours)
ARCH 5506  Internship (6)
Total (6)

SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester   (Hours)
ARCH 5556 Architecture Design IX (6)
ARCH 5513 Research Seminar (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Total (15)

Spring Semester  (Hours)
ARCH 5579 Comprehensive Project Studio (9)
ARCH 5593 Professional Practice (3)
Elective (3)
Total (15)

PROGRAM III: For students entering the program with a bachelors degree in some field other than architecture.  This option will require a minimum of 112 semester credit hours of study involving a combination of undergraduate and graduate study.

FIRST YEAR
Summer (Hours)
ARCH 2006 Intensive Architecture Design I (6)
ARCH 2016 Intensive Architecture Design II (6)
Total (12)

Fall Semester (Hours)
ARCH 3256 Architecture Design V (6)
ARCH 2233 History and Theory of  Architecture I (3)
ARCH 3293 Structural Systems I (4)
ARCH 2273 Materials and   Methods I (3)
ARCH 1273 Intro. to Multimedia  Computing (3)
Total  (19)

Spring Semester (Hours)
ARCH 3266 Architecture Design VI (6)
ARCH 2243 History and Theory of Architecture II (3)
ARCH 4433Structural Systems II (3)
ARCH 3283 Materials and Methods II (3)
ARCH 2223 Computer Aided Design (3)
Total  (18)

SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester  (Hours)
ARCH 4456 Architecture Design VII  (6)
ARCH 3453 Environmental Systems I (3)
ARCH 4443 CAD Documents and Codes (3)
Graduate Elective (3)
Total (15)

Spring Semester (Hours)
ARCH 4476 Architecture Design VII (6)
ARCH 3463 Environmental Systems II (3)
ARCH 5483 Structural Systems III (3)
Total  (12)

Summer (Hours)
ARCH 5506Internship (6)
Total (6)

THIRD YEAR
Fall Semester (Hours)
ARCH 5556 Architecture Design IX (6)
ARCH 5513 Research Seminar (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Total (15)

Spring Semester (Hours)
ARCH 5579 Comprehensive Project Studio  (9)
Elective (3)
Professional Practice  (3)
Total (15)

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