SCI-Arc’s graduate programs encourage an open-ended spirit of inquiry, actively responding to shifts in society, technology, and culture. Shaped as a design research platform, the programs advance contemporary experimentation, propel advanced formal explorations, expand the boundaries of conventional architectural practice, and offer students an alternative educational model that promotes close collaboration between students, faculty, and consultants at the top of the field. The goal is to work together to advance the next generation of the architectural discipline.
The programs are led by a global faculty of practitioners and scholars who are actively engaged in contemporary architectural discourse and production. The curriculum evolves continuously and dynamically, in a manner that is only possible at an institution entirely devoted to architecture.
The programs promote cross-pollination from other fields of study in a critical manner, and a practice that derives from an emphasis on process and a synthesis of thinking, inquiry, and execution. They promote experimentation and creative freedom, and are at once global and local, comprehensive and current.
SCI-Arc is proud to note that of the 154 NAAB accredited architectural programs in the United States, SCI-Arc ranked in multiple categories in America’s Top Architectural Schools 2017 as compiled by DesignIntelligence, more categories than other any other school in the nation:
#4 in Graduate Programs Most Admired by Deans and Chairs
#3 Top Regional Graduate Program in the West
#3 in Computer Applications
#4 in Design Skills
The three-year M.Arch 1 program provides students with a solid intellectual basis and understanding of the history, theory, technologies, and professional practice of architecture.
The two year M.Arch 2 program introduces students to advanced critical perspectives on contemporary architectural issues and examines the complex and shifting relationships between architecture and cultural, political, economic, and social change.