Master of Architecture
The Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects offers two National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) degrees: a full, 3.5-year MArch and a two-year, accelerated MArch for students with an undergraduate, preprofessional bachelor’s degree in architecture or architectural technology.
Master of Architecture (3.5 years)
The 102-credit MArch program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) begins with a foundation of required skills and grounding in the histories of and theories specific to architecture, engineering, and design.
We teach the analysis of event, function, emerging technologies, and invention through hands-on construction in ways that are consistent with the location of the architecture program in a world-class art and design school.
Each semester's sequence of courses is integrated around a timely and cogent intellectual focus, while individual architecture studios approach design concepts from a particular vantage point that reinforces the development of a comprehensive understanding. Classwork includes:
- Studios for conceptual orientation
- Seminars framed in reading and discussion
- Case study labs that develop technical skills and real-world proficiency
Collaborative studios in the second year offer a chance to develop the interdisciplinary approach demanded by so many of today's design problems. Third-year studios culminate in work with artists in the wider SAIC community and teams of artists and designers placing work in the public realm.
Master of Architecture students are encouraged to apply for project-based design studios such as Industry Partnerships and the collaborative GFRY studio, sponsored by Motorola. Recent industry projects include collaborations with Samsung, Industreal, Danese Milano, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Rossana Orlandi (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), Brand.It, Haworth, and Dupont Corian. The GFRY studio has produced wide-reaching demonstration projects such as 2000 Watt Living, 18% Grey, Com(m)a, RE:, and Watershed with international partners in Europe, Asia, and South America. Click for here more information on these projects.
Master of Architecture, Option II (2 years)
Students with an undergraduate, preprofessional degree in architectural studies, architectural technology, or interior design may submit a letter with their application requesting admission to SAIC’s MArch, Option II degree program. This 60-credit program includes many of the same course sequences as the MArch program, but excludes some of the foundational courses students completed as undergraduates