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Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Architecture combines theory with practice and emphasizes the integration of technical, social, and environmental ideals in architecture.

The Master of Architecture program offers you the academic credentials for professional licensing and admission to the field of architecture. It prepares students for lifelong learning through critical practice and aims to develop architects who are committed to creative inquiry, critical thinking, innovative design, evocative communication, and professional leadership.

Program Overview

m-architecture2.jpgThe Master of Architecture is a four-semester degree program that combines a core of professional studies with interdisciplinary electives in a practice profile you select. Program course work encompasses advanced design studios taught by a vibrant faculty and a Critical Practice studio, led by a nationally recognized practitioner. Core and elective courses cover theory, research, practice, and management, led by faculty experienced in each area.

Practice Profiles

Students elect to focus on one or more of the following subject areas in studio and elective courses as they construct their own personal practice profile.

  • Culture
  • Ecology
  • Energy
  • Globalism
  • Health
  • Management
  • Technology
  • Urbanism
Admission Options

Pre-Professional Entry Students with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture may complete as few as 36 credits for the Master of Architecture.

Transfer Entry (3+)

Students with more than 30 college credits, an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree in a non-architecture discipline may complete 89 to 138 credits for the Master of Architecture.

Online Option

Highly motivated students located outside of southeast Michigan may apply to Lawrence Tech’s online Master of Architecture program and complete 33 credits of upper-division course work in an online format

 

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Why Lawrence Tech for a Master of Architecture?

  • You will be a part of one of the oldest and largest architecture programs in the country, with a network of thousands of alumni in professional practice all over the world.
  • The program is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • Lawrence Tech is located in a suburb of Detroit, the city of “making” and ground zero for reenvisioning the urban landscape
  • The architecture school is ranked in the top five U.S. programs in construction methods and materials by Design Intelligence.
  • Lawrence Tech has an outstanding record of graduates passing the architectural registration exam (ARE).
  • All students have access to state-of-the- art facilities, including a digital makeLab, woodshop, metal fabrication lab, materials library, and dedicated daylit studio space.

CURRICULUM

The Master of Architecture curriculum consists of 36 semester credit hours of coursework.

Core Courses

Students are required to complete the following four courses for 15 credit hours.

ARC 5013 – Research Methods

ARC 5423 – Ecological Issues

ARC 5643 – Design Theory

ARC 5913 – Professional Practice

ARC 6833 – Practice Portfolio

 

Design and Thesis Courses (12 credits)

Students are required to complete the three graduate level design or thesis courses.  Students who are interested in preparing a thesis will be required to qualify; please refer to the notes at the end of this section.**

ACR 5804 – Critical Practice Studio*

ARC 5814 – Advanced Design Studio 1 or ARC 6514 – Thesis 1**

ARC 5824 – Advanced Design Studio 2 or ARC 6524 – Thesis 2**

 

Elective Courses

Students are required to take a minimum of 6 credits of ARC courses and 3 credits of non-ARC courses.  Elective offerings include the following courses. Additional graduate-level elective courses may be found in the online registration system and in the course catalog.

ARC 5952 – Construction Management

ARC 5962 – Law for Architects

ARC 6912 – Practice Management

ARC 5942 – Project Management

HRM 6023 – Human Resource Management

MGT 6013 – Leadership and Leadership Development

MIS 6013 –  Information Systems and the Enterprise

EME 6403 – Quality Control

EME 6713 – Technology Management

LLT  6013  –  Literature of the Built Environment

SSC 6013  –  Social Responsibility and Community Action

 

** Critical Practice Studio is the only course in the program not available online. This summer semester course is offered, on campus, typically over four multi-day weekend meetings, so that students living at a distance from the main campus may make arrangements to participate. One weekend meeting may include a field trip. Please contact the Department of Architecture for schedules before each summer session. 

Also, please refer to the Critical Practice Studio LTU website, for student work, pedagogy, and faculty.  The “News” tab includes current schedule information.

 

** The thesis is a more demanding alternative to the Advanced Design Studios and is intended as an opportunity for students who are capable of independent work, individual research, independent idea development, and the formulation of sharply focused, articulate conclusions. It is a self-initiated and self-directed endeavor of greater breadth and depth than work produced in the student’s earlier academic coursework. Students whose primary interest is in design and in a design studio experience are better served by the graduate level design courses, the Advanced Design Studios. Students interested in preparing a thesis should consult the Thesis Guidelines and contact the Department of Architecture for more information.

 

Admissions Options

Pre-Professional Entry Students with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture may complete as few as 36 credits for the Master of Architecture.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the M.Arch degree program requires submittal of the following items:

  1. A completed Graduate Application, which can be submitted online at www.ltu.edu/apply.
  2. Official transcripts of all completed college work.
  3. Evidence of a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  4. A resume describing your educational and work experience as well as extracurricular activities and interests.
  5. Three letters of recommendation including two from faculty members employed by a university-level school of architecture or interior design (but not a member of the LTU Graduate Admissions Committee). One work reference, preferably from an immediate supervisor at your current or a recent place of employment, is acceptable.
  6. A comprehensive portfolio of work demonstrating a range of visualization and design abilities and experience. Work should include creative, academic projects and may include professional work when accompanied by a clear statement of the applicant’s contribution. Please click to download the Portfolio Requirements PDF image. You may also view a sample portfolio upon request.
  7. A one-thousand-word essay on one of the following topics:
  8. What would you do if you could not do architecture or urban design?
  9. Cite a book (other than a religious text) that has influenced your understanding of architecture and other design disciplines and explain how it has influenced you.
  10. Estimate, without reference materials, the number of piano tuners currently working in Denver, Colorado and explain in a step-by-step fashion how you developed your estimate.
  11. Tell us about a real place, that you have never visited. Explain why you would like to go there and visit this place and what you would expect to learn there.
  12. Explain how a designed object (other than a religious icon) with which you are familiar, has influenced your life.
  13. Describe a situation that has required you to collaborate as a team member with others of different backgrounds. interests or opinions.
  14. All application materials should be sent to admissions@ltu.edu.

Domestic Applicants: There is no formal deadline for applications; however, we recommend applying as early as possible to maximize academic scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

International Applicants: All documents are required to be received at least 90 days prior to the first day of the semester for which you would like to begin.

Portfolio Submittal Guidelines

Master of Architecture Portfolio Guidelines: Click here for requirements PDF image

Example portfolios will be posted by February 15th

Get Started

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.

 

Online Only

You can also receive the same rigorous education we provide in our campus program fully online. Receive your Master of Architecture flexibly -- while working full-time -- from the same prestigious, industry expert faculty who teach on our ground campus.

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