In the United States, most 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 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 term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The Rochester Institute of Technology Golisano Institute for Sustainability offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
Master of Architecture (non-accredited undergraduate degree + 105 graduate credits)
Master of Architecture (non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture + 78 graduate credits)
In pursuit of academic excellence, discovery of new knowledge, advancement of the future of the profession, and overall support of the program mission - the Architecture Program Advisory Council (APAC) serves in an oversight capacity to guide, advise, review, inform and renew the make-up and construct of the Master of Architecture professional degree program.
Current Council Members
Jonathan Bahe, AIA
Former Design Futures Council member and AIAS National President. Currently, Jonathan is an emerging professional at NBBJ Architects in Seattle.
James B. Durfee, AIA
Principal, Bergmann Associates - Architects and Engineers, Rochester, NY. Jim is the recipient of the 2013 AIA Rochester Medal of Distinction for lifelong service to and advancement of the profession.
Jessyca Henderson, AIA
Managing Director, Policy and Community Relations, AIA National Headquarters. Jessyca oversees Code Advocacy, State Relations and Community Resilience. She works closely with the AIA Strategic Initiatives in Sustainability.
Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, Honorary AIA
Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health, 2013. Richard is a professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA. He is also the host of a PBS Series: Designing Healthy Communities.
These incredible donors have made this program what it is today, and continue to support us and our students.
SWBR Architects & Engineers
The Pike Company
Welliver McGuire, Inc
Chantreuil Jensen Stark Architects
Wesley L. Hicks, Jr
Peter Drago Fund
Hunt Engineers Architects and Land Surveyors
Rochester Area Community Foundation
Charles G. Woodcock
American Institute of Architects - Rochester
Frank S. Grosso
Wallace J. Wagner Family
Supply List for the Master of Architecture Program
Getting started in our program will require some initial supplies, and various additional materials throughout your time in the program. This initial “getting started” list is not inclusive but serves as a minimum guide as you begin your studies at RIT in the Master of Architecture Program. Costs vary greatly depending on the actual material ordered and vendor.
Supplies can be ordered ahead of time online, through a variety of outlets, such as Amazon and Staples, and W.B. Mason, sometimes with a discount. Note the projected delivery time when placing your order to ensure that your supplies will arrive by the first day of classes . There are art stores near campus as well; supply availability is not guaranteed due to the influx of new students at the beginning of the semester; call ahead.
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