Accreditation & Support


Statement on NAAB-Accredited Degrees

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)

Initial Candidacy granted: 2011

Initial Accreditation granted: 2017

Continuing Accreditation granted: 2021

Next Accreditation Visit: 2029

NAAB Conditions and Procedures

Career Development Information

The following websites will allow access to career development and placement services that help develop, evaluate, and implement career, education, and employment plans. You may find the NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects and Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture helpful to learn more about the benefits of attending an accredited program.

Statements on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Learning/Teaching Culture

Architecture Reports and NAAB Correspondence

Architecture Program Advisory Council (APAC)

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.
  • Bergmann Associates
  • Christa Construction
  • SWBR Architects & Engineers
  • The Pike Company
  • Welliver McGuire, Inc
  • HBT Architects
  • IBC Engineering
  • Chantreuil Jensen Stark Architects
  • Wesley L. Hicks, Jr
  • Peter Drago Fund
  • FXFowle Architects
  • Hunt Engineers Architects and Land Surveyors
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Charles G. Woodcock
  • American Institute of Architects - Rochester
  • Frank S. Grosso
  • Edge Architecture
  • Budgeon-Bakeer
  • EBS Architecture
  • LaBella Associates
  • 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.

  • Ching, Francis D.K. Architectural Graphics, Wiley, New York
  • Richards, James. Freehand Drawing & Discovery, John Wiley & Sons,Inc., Hoboken, NJ
  • Ramsey, Charles George and Harold Reeve Sleeper, Architectural Graphics Standards, Wiley, New York (A copy exists in the architectural resource room in studio for your use)
  • Other reference materials to be made available throughout the semester.
Drafting, Drawing, and Modeling Supplies

Supplies You'll Need Right Away

  • Ruled notecards (for hand lettering)
  • Sketchbook; unlined, spiral bound to open flat
  • Sketching pencil set
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Drafting table 24"x36" minimum: purchased or constructed tabletop unit with vinyl top surface* Parallel bar; Mayline is a reputable brand*
  • Vyco desktop covering (clear, grey, or green)
  • Mechanical drafting pencils; .3 mm, .5 mm, and .7 mm
  • Extra leads; 4H, H, HB
  • Technical drawing markers; .2 mm, .35 mm, .5 mm, .7 mm
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Erasingshield
  • Architect's scale; triangular full length
  • Engineering scale; triangular full length
  • Triangle: 45/45/90
  • Triangle: 30/60/90, 12" minimum
  • Triangle, adjustable
  • Drafting tape (preferred) or draft dots
  • White tracing paper; 12" x 50 yard roll + 11" x 17" or 14" x 17" pad

Supplies You May Need Soon (Consult with your Instructor)

  • Vellum Templates;architectural,interior
  • Prismacolor type Markers; warm gray. 30%.50%, and 70%
  • Prismacolor type Markers;in the following hues at minimum:Light Sand. Blush. Pale Cherry.
    • Cerulean. Willow Green. Moss Green. Grass Green. Note a full set is not recommended as many bolder colors are not utilized in architectural rendering.
  • Additional drawing/rendering instruments. TBD in class
  • Metal straightedge. 18" min.
    Xacto knife and bulk box of blades. size # 11 Cutting mat. 12" minimum
    Glue: white (i.e. Elmer's)

*Drafting table and parallel bar need to be available in studio for In-class work sessions. If you plan to work outside of studio you will need an easily portable table.

Digital Equipment

All items provided by Department. Should students desire a personal copy, they can be purchased with a student discount.

Please refer to

  • AutoCAD Student Version Is available for free from the Autodesk website with a email address
  • SketchUp. Web version is free, 30 day trials are also available. Visit
  • Adobe CS6 or newer (available from RIT Computer Connections in the SAU at a substantially discounted price)
  • Revit Student Version provided at no charge by RIT
  • Media storage recommend—a pocket drive over flash drives, or a portable hard drive.