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Master of Architecture | Bachelor of Science in Architecture

The architecture program is developed around two degrees - a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and an accredited, direct-entry Masters of Architecture degree - which are designed to provide a broad foundation for the development of design skills and insights, social responsibility, environmental awareness, problem-solving abilities, and professional aptitude. The program is accredited by NAAB and is the requisite degree for those wishing to become a licensed architect. Although primarily directed toward the practice of architecture, the program constitutes an excellent, broad-minded education and preparation for work in a range of essential fields in and beyond design, including teaching, research, product representation and development, and public service.

Read More The undergraduate portion of the program specifically prepares students to pursue the Master of Architecture (the accredited, professional degree in architecture) or the Master of Urban Design (MoUD) programs at Lawrence Tech. Additionally, students in the architecture program may elect to participate in the Integrated Path to Licensure Initiative, through which LTU students are able to complete the professional experience and examinations required for licensure while they study. The College also offers five dual degree options, such as the Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design and the Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Read Less

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Curriculum + Admissions

M.Arch Track I

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (133 cr.) +

Accredited Master of Architecture (36 cr.)

Admissions

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) program at Lawrence Tech is the undergraduate component (lower division - 1000 -- 4000 level coursework) of the Master of Architecture Direct Entry (M.Arch DE) program. Students enrolled as undergraduates for the BS Arch degree are considered to be M.Arch DE students. This format recognizes that most students intend to become licensed architects and will need to earn the accredited, professional M.Arch degree.

Students enrolled in the BS Arch program who maintain a 3.0 grade point average may be admitted to the graduate program (upper division -5000 -- 6000 level coursework). If a student cannot or chooses not to enter the graduate program, that student may elect to receive the Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) after completing the 133 credit hours of coursework and related university requirements. Depending on placement, the Master of Architecture coursework consists of a minimum 36 credit hours in addition to the BS Arch requirement for a total of 169 credit hours.

Applicants to the BS Arch and M.Arch DE programs have specific requirements for admission, depending on the program they choose. For incoming undergraduates interested in the M.Arch DE program, portfolios are only required for transfer students. If you have questions regarding admissions, our programs or the college, please contact Alice McHard at amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834 or click on the links below.

Curriculum

*Mathematics 1 & 2 Sequence Options Based on Placement Scores. Please see the Flowchart for full details.

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 1103

College Composition

3
DES 1022

Introduction to Design

2
ARC 1213

Intro. to Visual Communication

3
DES 1213

Design Principles

3

*Mathematics 1

4
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
SSC 2413

Foundations of the Amer. Experience

3
COM 2103

Tech and Prof. Communication

3
ARC 1223

Visual Communication

3
DES 1223

Design Methodologies

3

*Mathematics 2

4
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1213

World Masterpieces 1

3
ARC 2813

Information Modeling & Simulation

3
ARC 2116

Integrated Design 1

6
PHY 2213

College Physics 1

3
PHY 2221

College Physics 1 Lab

1
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1223

World Masterpieces 2

3
ARC 3823

Prototyping & Fabrication

3
ARC 2126

Integrated Design 2

6
PHY 2223

College Physics 2

3
PHY 2231

College Physics 2 Lab

1
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 3000

Writing Proficiency Exam

0
ARC 3613

History of the Designed Environ 1

3
ARC 2313

Construction Systems 1

3
ARC 3116

Integrated Design 3

6
ARC 2513

Basic Structures

3
Total Credit Hours 18

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
SSC 2423

Development of the Amer. Experience

3
ARC 3623

History of the Designed Environ 2

3
ARC 2323

Construction Systems 2

3
ARC 3126

Integrated Design 4

6
ARC 3513

Intermediate Structures

3
Total Credit Hours 18
   
SUMMER Co-op 0

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3 or 4XX3

Junior/Senior elective

3
CoAD 1xx2, 2xx2, 3xx2 or 4xx2

CoAD 2 Credit Elective

2
DES 4112

Design Leadership

2
ARC 4116

Integrated Design 5

6
ARC 4543

Advanced Structures

3
ARC 3423

HVAC and Water Systems

3
Total Credit Hours 19

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
CoAD 1xx3, 2xx3, 3xx3 or 4xx3

CoAD 3 Credit Elective

3
CoAD 1xx3, 2xx3, 3xx3 or 4xx3

CoAD 3 Credit Elective

3
ARC 4183

20th Century Architecture

3
ARC 4126

Comprehensive Design

6
ARC 4443

Acoustics, Elec & Illum

3
Total Credit Hours 16
Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5013

Research Methods

3
ARC 5423

Ecological Issues

3
ARC 5643

Design Theory

3
ARC 5913

Professional Practice

3
ARC 6833

Practice Portfolio

3
ARC 5804

Critical Practice Studio

4
ARC 5814 or ARC 6514

Adv. Des. Stud. 1 or Thesis 1 

4
ARC 5824 or ARC 6524

Adv. Des. Stud. 2 or Thesis 2

4
ARI/ARC/ART

CoAD Graduate Electives

6
5XX3 or 6XX3

Open Graduate Elective

3
Total Credit Hours 36

M.Arch Track II (minimum 36 cr.)

Admissions

The M.Arch Track II program is intended for students who have completed the undergraduate curriculum at Lawrence Tech; those who have earned at least a pre-professional degree, typically the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, at another institution; or who have earned the professional Bachelor of Architecture degree at another institution. Applicants who hold the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Lawrence Tech can complete the program in as little as 36 credit hours. We welcome qualified students from other institutions who wish to complete their graduate studies and earn their accredited M.Arch degree at LTU.

Students may complete all but four of the upper division credits of the M.Arch Track II program online. (There is one, 4-credit summer course, the Critical Practice Studio, which requires students to work on campus for one week). The on-campus and online coursework and the degree are the same; only the delivery method varies.

Applicants to the M.Arch Track II program are required to present the following documents for admission:

  • 1. A completed Graduate Application, which can be submitted online at this link

  • 2. Official transcripts of all completed college work.

  • 3. Evidence of a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

  • 4. A résumé describing your educational and work experience as well as extracurricular activities and interests.

  • 5. Three letters of recommendation including two from faculty members from previous degree or educational experience. 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. The portfolio requirements are linked below.

  • 7. A one-thousand word essay. Essay requirements and topics are included under Admissions Information, below.

  • 8. Submission of a copy of the NAAB SPC matrix from the institution from which an applicant earned their undergraduate degree will be looked upon favorably, and aid in the assessment and placement process.


Deadline: Summer Admission: March 15 / Fall Admission: July 15Spring Admission: November 15


For more information about these requirements or the program in general, please click the links below or contact Alice McHard, amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834 or Shannon Streiter, sstreiter@ltu.edu, 248-621-4570

Curriculum

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5013

Research Methods

3
ARC 5423

Ecological Issues

3
ARC 5643

Design Theory

3
ARC 5913

Professional Practice

3
ARC 6833

Practice Portfolio

3
ARC 5804

Critical Practice Studio

4
ARC 5814 or ARC 6514

Adv. Des. Stud. 1 or Thesis 1 

4
ARC 5824 or ARC 6524

Adv. Des. Stud. 2 or Thesis 2

4
ARI/ARC/ART

CoAD Graduate Electives

6
5XX3 or 6XX3

Open Graduate Elective

3
Total Credit Hours 36

M.Arch Track III (90 cr.)

Admissions

The M.Arch Track III (3+) is intended for students who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture. This option specifically welcomes students who come to LTU with accomplishments and interests in other fields of inquiry with the expectation that such students will bring their interests and skills into the practice of architecture. Students are able to complete all courses for the M. Arch Track III (3+) track either on-campus or online.

Applicants to the M.Arch Track III (3+) program are required to present the following documents for admission:

  • 1. A completed Graduate Application, which can be submitted online at this link

  • 2. Official transcripts of all completed college work.

  • 3. Evidence of a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0

  • 4. Three letters of recommendation including two from faculty members from previous degree or educational experience. One work reference, preferably from an immediate supervisor at your current or a recent place of employment, is acceptable.

    5. A one-thousand word essay. Essay requirements and topics are included under Admissions Information, below.


Deadline: Summer Admission: March 15 / Fall Admission: July 15Spring Admission: November 15


For more information about these requirements or the program in general, please click the links below or contact Alice McHard, amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834 or Shannon Streiter, sstreiter@ltu.edu, 248-621-4570.

Curriculum

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5014

Arch Foundational Studio 1

4
ARC 5024

Arch Foundational Studio 2

4
ARC 5034

Arch Foundational Studio 3

4
ARC 5126

Comprehensive Design Studio

6
ARC 5804

Critical Practice Studio

4
ARC 5814 or ARC 6514

Adv. Des. Stud. 1 or Thesis 1 

4
ARC 5824 or ARC 6524

Adv. Des. Stud. 2 or Thesis 2

4

*Course requires content of College Physics and Pre-Calculus

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5513

*Basic Structures

3
ARC 5523

*Intermediate Structures

3
ARC 5543

*Advanced Structures

3
ARC5313

Construction Systems 1

3
ARC5323

Construction Systems 2

3
ARC 5543

*Acoustics, Elec & Illum

3
ARC 5413

*HVAC and Water Systems

3
Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5613

History of the Designed Environ 1

3
ARC 5623

History of the Designed Environ 2

3
ARC 5643

Design Theory

3
ARC 5423

Ecological Issues

3
Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5813

Vis Comm 3

3
ARC 5823

Vis Comm 4

3
ARC 5013

Research Methods

3
ARC 5913

Professional Practice

3
ARC 6833

Practice Portfolio

3
Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 5xx3 Architecture Elective 3
ARI 5xx2 Architecture Elective 2
ARI 5xx2 Architecture Elective 2
ARI 5xx2 Architecture Elective 2
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