The M. ARCH I program accepts students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-design disciplines. Applicants are admitted conditionally, subject to completion of up to 100 prerequisite units, before beginning the final 52 units of the program. For students with no previous study in architecture, two years of intensive prerequisite course work precedes the final three quarters of the Master of Architecture program. Students holding a nonprofessional bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, with a major in architecture, may be able to complete the required prerequisite course work in one year, before beginning the final four quarters, or 52 units, of the Master's program. The final four quarters of the M. ARCH I program require 52 quarter units of academic work. Students must complete courses in college algebra, trigonometry, and physics prior to beginning this program since these courses are prerequisites to the study of design studios, structures and environmental controls.
The studio sequence consists of three segments: a two-year basic core, topic studios, and a two-quarter Master's project. Lecture classes in Architecture Theory and History, Human Behavior, Programming, Sustainability, Professional Practice, Building Technology, Structures, Codes and Digital Media are closely coordinated with the studio sequence, and students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of these areas in their design projects. Students are also required to take classes in the other graduate programs in the College: Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.
The first year graduate class usually enrolls between twelve and sixteen students. The program, as a whole, has a graduate population of about sixty students. This number keeps the student/faculty ratio small, but is large enough to provide for diversity of backgrounds, experience, and accomplishments.
Students in the M.Arch. I program may select one of three concentrations: Sustainability, Healthcare or Historic Preservation. In addition to offering specialized courses, faculty conduct research in which graduate students may participate. The programs are enhanced by related course offerings in The Departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, as well as by university owned facilities including the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House, the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, the ENV Archives Special Collections and the Visual Resources Library.
For admission to the Master of Architecture program an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree and have attained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. An applicant who does not meet these criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis if evidence of compensating qualifications can be furnished. Students may enter the Master of Architecture program in the fall quarter only. The Graduate Program accepts non-resident and foreign students. If you are applying as a foreign student, please contact the Foreign Student Advisor in Admissions and Outreach at (909) 869-5299.
Upon admission to the Department of Architecture, the student will meet with the coordinator of the graduate program to prepare a reasonable sequence of course work. The curriculum thus specified may be altered only by written request submitted in accordance with university regulations.
The Office of Admissions and Outreach requires the following material sent directly to them:
In addition to the standard university requirements, the Department of Architecture requires the following materials to be mailed directly to the Department Office:
Personal interviews are not required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required. Admission material must be received no later than January 15th for admission consideration.
(For Fall 2015 Applications)
The M.Arch, or Masters of Architecture, requires 152 quarter units for the degree, of which 28 quarter units are at the 500 and 600, or graduate, level. While the majority of their required courses are the same curricular content required in the undergraduate curriculum, studio and theses courses are offered separately for the graduate students. Students are admitted with an undergraduate degree in another field and have already completed their General Education requirements. Students with a four-year degree in architecture may also be admitted with advanced standing, which is determined on a case-by-case basis. Of the 152 required quarter units, 24 are in professional electives. The M.Arch. students are offered two concentrations; Sustainability and Historic Preservation. Please refer below to the curriculum sheet, which shows the distribution of required courses and units, and the flow chart, which shows the place for each course in the curriculum and the number of units required each quarter.
Prior to graduation, all students are required to fulfill 500 hours of work. A minimum of 250 hours must be with a registered architect and the remaining 250 hours may be with a faculty approved alternative. This work must be verified by the department internship coordinator. The full policy can be found under Students, in the Policies section, of this website.
PROGRAM FOR THE MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE I First Professional Degree
As of fall 2007, all undergraduate and graduate students entering College of Environmental Design majors are required to purchase a computer that meets departmental specifications. Architecture Department specifications can be found under Students, in the Policies section, on this website. Financial aid assistance for this computer purchase is available to students qualifying for Federal Student Aid (requested via the FAFSA application). Please contact the University's Office of Financial Aid (909 869 3700) for additional information.
The Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona offers an accredited three year Masters of Architecture Degree within which students may choose a Concentration in Sustainable Architecture. The Concentration builds on the regular M.Arch I curriculum, with specialized sustainable architecture classes in the advanced studio and elective course offerings. The subject matter is designed to give students the skills and tools they need as architects to create sustainable designs with a reduced environmental impact. Our program works to teach students that they have the power to positively affect our environment.
The Sustainable Architecture Concentration within the M.Arch I Program examines the principles of sustainability and their application to design in lectures, seminars and design studios. By teaching students how to regulate climate using appropriate design and materials, they learn to design environmentally sensitive architecture.
Design studios examine principles of sustainable and carbon neutral design: energy, indoor environmental quality, water and materials. Emphasis is placed on controlling the impact of the external environment with appropriate building design and selection of materials. Students build and test their ideas using digital and/or physical models as appropriate. Students apply these concepts in their projects, which are usually developed as part of design competitions with an emphasis on sustainability; our students have won multiple awards in national and international competitions in the past four years.
Lecture courses in environmental controls emphasize the design of the thermal, luminous and acoustic environments by examining the relationships between building and environmental variables. Students in these courses have won multiple awards in national and international lighting design competitions.
Faculty conduct research in a variety of topics that include passive cooling and heating systems, vegetated roofs and daylighting of buildings, much of which is directly applied to teaching, involving students as research assistants or as direct participants in advanced seminars and studios on campus or abroad in our international programs. Students can also take courses in the Lyle Center for Regenerative studies in related areas such as PV system design.
Students enrolled in the M.Arch.I program are required to complete 152 units; students in the Sustainable Architecture Concentration are required to complete 48-50 units of specified classes within that total. The typical M.Arch.I sequence includes a design studio and academic courses every quarter. Students in the M.Arch.I Program are required to prepare a Masters Thesis during their final year. Students enrolled in the Sustainable Architecture Concentration must select a sustainable architecture theme. There is considerable flexibility in the selection of projects, themes or areas of research. In the past, students have proposed a wide range of topics including low-energy housing, museums, schools, and mixed-use buildings. Students must also complete a 500 hour internship with a minimum of 250 hours in the area of sustainability.
Sustainable Architecture Course Offerings
ARC 601/L or 602/L Sustainable Design Topic Studio
Hofu Wu Arch.D., FAIA
Pablo La Roche Ph.D.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONCENTRATION
The Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona offers an accredited three year Masters of Architecture Degree within which students may choose a Concentration in Historic Preservation. The Concentration builds on the regular M.Arch I curriculum, with specialized historic preservation classes in the advanced studio and elective course offerings. In general, the subject matter is designed to address the needs and realities of the practice of preservation in the United States, with a particular focus on Western issues. The Historic Preservation Program is a member of the National Council For Preservation Education.
The emphasis of the Historic Preservation Concentration within the M.Arch I program is on architectural design; historic preservation is conceived as a dynamic discipline integrating architectural design, sustainability, urban planning, architectural history, structural design, real estate development and cultural resource management. From this perspective, preservation is envisioned as part of the natural continuum of design and planning activities leading to a more balanced and sustainable urban form.
Cal Poly Pomona is in Los Angeles County, a region undergoing rapid change caused by immigration and globalization, increased population and a persistent housing shortage. The City of Los Angeles is largely built-up and available land is scarce, placing extreme redevelopment pressures on older communities containing historical structures, many of them from the postwar era. The preservation of this group of structures, including many that are hallmarks of the modern movement, is generating controversy as well as tremendous excitement in the field, currently and in the coming decades.
The program offers courses in Cultural Resource Management, Special Topics in California Architecture and an Archives Practicum focusing on the ENV Archives-Special Collections, which houses the collected papers and drawings of well-known architects including Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Donald Wexler and landscape architect Francis Dean (principal of EDAW).
Students enrolled in the M.Arch.I program are required to complete 152 units; students in the Historic Preservation Concentration are required to complete 48-50 units of specified classes within that total. The typical M.Arch.I sequence includes a design studio and academic courses every quarter. Students in the M.Arch.I program are required to prepare a Masters Thesis during their final year. Students enrolled in the Historic Preservation Concentration must select a historic preservation project or theme. There is considerable flexibility in the selection of projects, themes or areas of research. Previous theses have included adaptive re-use of buildings projects as well as new buildings designed within a historic context, e.g., within a campus or neighborhood. Students must complete a 500 hour internship with a minimum of 250 hours in the area of preservation.
Historic Preservation Course Offerings
ARC 601/L or 602/L Historic Preservation Studio
Lauren Weiss Bricker Ph.D.
Luis G. Hoyos AIA
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