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Architecture

Graduate Degree

Master of Architecture (M Arch)

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission.  However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of New Mexico, School of Architecture + Planning offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:

Master of Architecture, with the following Tracks:

  • Track 3 [non-professional degree + 99 credits]

  • Track 2.5 [professional degree in Architecture + 69 credits]

  • Track 2 [professional degree in Architecture + 54 credits]

2011 Architecture Program Report

NAAB Visiting Team Final Report 2012

2011 NAAB Annual Statistical Report

2012 NAAB Annual Statistical Report

2013 NAAB Annual Statistical Report

2014 NAAB Annual Statistical Report

2015 NAAB Annual Statistical Report

 

NAAB Conditions and Procedures

 

Career Development Information

 

ARE Pass Rates

As developed by NCARB, the ARE assesses a candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.  It has been adopted for use by all U.S. registration boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the registration examination for all candidates seeking architectural licensing.

NCARB tracks the pass rates for the ARE in two ways - one by division and the other by NAAB-accredited schools of architecture.

Licensing for Architects in the State of New Mexico and in Most Other States

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Master of Architecture, Track 2: 

This program is for students with a pre-professional undergraduate architecture degree, (typically a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Architecture) and sufficient coursework to fulfill the Path 2 prerequisites.

  • 6 architectural design studios, five or six credits each
  • 3 architectural history or architectural theory courses
  • 1 or 2 courses addressing passive design or environmental systems
  • 1 or 2 structures courses, addressing statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems
  • 1 course addressing construction materials and assembly / construction methods

Track 2 takes four semesters to complete. UNM Bachelors of Arts in Architecture (BAA) students with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 overall and also in studio courses are automatically admitted to Track 2.
Master of Architecture Degree Curriculum, 2 Year Track

Master of Architecture, Track 2.5:

This program is for students with a pre-professional undergraduate architecture degree, and sufficient coursework to fulfill the Track 2.5 prerequisites.

  • 4 architectural design studios, five or six credits each
  • 2 architectural history or architectural theory courses
  • 1 course addressing passive design or environmental systems
  • 1 structures course, addressing statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems
  • 1 course addressing construction materials and assembly / construction methods

Track 2.5 takes two and a half years to complete, or two academic years plus a summer.
Master of Architecture Degree Curriculum, 2.5 Year Track

Master of Architecture, Track 3: 

This program is intended for anyone that already holds an undergraduate degree in any discipline, and also for students that have an undergraduate degree in architecture or environmental design, but not enough coursework to apply for Track 2.5 or Track 2 programs. Track 3 program students come from a variety of backgrounds including art history, biology, economics, engineering, political science, etc. 

Track 3 takes three academic years to complete, plus a summer program prior to the first year. 
Master of Architecture Degree Curriculum, 3 Year Track 

Questions should be directed to Miquela Ortiz Upston, the Graduate Advisor, miquela@unm.edu, Phone: 505-277-1303. 

Click here to download the official Degree Program brochure.


 

Master of Science in Architecture (MS Arch)

In addition to the above professional degrees, we offer a non-professional, research-based graduate degree (this degree is not accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board—NAAB):

• The 1½ Year Program of study (3 terms) facilitates advanced research. This post-baccalaureate degree is for students who wish to obtain an advanced research degree (the undergraduate degree need not be in architecture). Students are required to apply for a specific concentration of research supported by a group of faculty, and are further expected to take advantage of the special opportunities offered by this program and our unique physical / social setting to pursue individualized educational goals. The maximum time allowed for completion is 3 years. Current MS Arch Tracks: 

Computational Ecologies is an investigation of how complex datasets and advanced computational methods can inform the analysis and design of architectural and urban systems.  TheComputational Ecologies track is committed to the development of tools and methods that better understand and optimize how spaces, buildings and cities perform environmentally, infrastructurally and socially. Our research investigates how both produced and residual datasets can act as engines for parametric design software and how they can be digitally and physically represented. These datasets can range from social media to traffic patterns, atmospheric analysis to neurological activity, all intertwined in an ecological relationship. Our goal is to elevate architectural and urban performance and experience through the analysis of behaviors and patterns, leveraging computational processes to produce new understandings of the relationships of the built environment to the human condition. Track Chair: Alex Webb

Public Health and the Built Environment track asks, how can designers and planners address health disparities and positively impact population health in communities? One’s zip code is a better predictor of health outcomes than almost any other factor, and the planned and built environment is a powerful determinant of community health. This track allows advanced students to develop a line of research about how the composition of the built environment shapes public health. Specific lines of inquiry are described in the list of faculty. Graduates will have learned about contemporary issues in urban/rural/community design, along with best practices in policy and design, including health impact assessments, context-sensitive design, smart growth principles and community engagement strategies. Track Chair: Michaele Pride

Graduate Degree Requirements and curriculum

Questions should be directed to Miquela Ortiz Upston, the Graduate Advisor, miquela@unm.edu, Phone: 505-277-1303. 

Click here to download the official Degree Program brochure.