The School of Architecture at the Academy of Art University is dedicated to advancing the art of architecture. Students are encouraged to explore the visual, functional and compositional possibilities associated with design within our physical, natural and social environments. With an emphasis on design and guided by knowledgeable faculty, the School of Architecture seeks to endow students with valuable professional skills. Design Studios will address the development of sustainable buildings and communities. The academic programs at the architecture school nurture creativity, support artistic vision and integrate critical thinking with technical information, thus preparing students to become active and engaged leaders in the architectural profession.
The school of Architecture offers two graduate tracks: A 63-unit M.Arch program (Track I) and an 87-unit M.Arch program (Track II). Both the 63-unit and 87-unit architecture degree program tracks are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which governs all architectural schools seeking accreditation. For more information contact an Admissions representative.
Architecture Class Descriptions and Course Schedules
Architectural Design Studios focusing on:
Case Studies and Ordering Principles
The Logic of Meaning and the Art of Making
Programming and Site Influences
Structural and Environmental Systems
Comprehensive Project incorporating all of the above
Ours is a unique program which integrates the rich diversity of art and design disciplines within the Academy of Art University. The School of Architecture constantly reviews the program to ensure that we maintain top architecture school standards and keep current with industry developments and trends. Research and innovation in sustainable building design is stressed in all studio projects.
Architecture Support Courses and Technical Classes:
Environmental Controls and Sustainability
Materials and Methods of Construction
Digitally Generated Morphology
Design Process and Graphic Representation
Architecture Thesis Projects:
The thesis project includes a research paper, drawings, models, narrative and a complete set of documentation in compliance with local regulations. Students are required to develop a constructable design proposal within the urban context of San Francisco or the student's country of origin.
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