MArch
Master of Architecture

Alumna Juliana Terian (B.Arch, '80) with Professor Kip Dickson and his architecture students
Alumna Juliana Terian (B.Arch, '80) with Professor Kip Dickson and his architecture students

Overview

The MArch I program accepts students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-design disciplines. Applicants are admitted conditionally, subject to completion of up to 100 prerequisite units, before beginning the final 52 units of the program. For students with no previous study in architecture, two years of intensive prerequisite course work precedes the final three quarters of the Master of Architecture program. Students holding a nonprofessional bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, with a major in architecture, may be able to complete the required prerequisite course work in one year, before beginning the final four quarters, or 52 units, of the Master's program. The final four quarters of the MArch I program require 52 quarter units of academic work. Students must complete courses in college algebra, trigonometry, and physics prior to beginning this program since these courses are prerequisites to the study of design studios, structures and environmental controls.

The studio sequence consists of three segments: a two-year basic core, topic studios, and a two-quarter Master's project. Lecture classes in Architecture Theory and History, Human Behavior, Programming, Sustainability, Professional Practice, Building Technology, Structures, Codes and Digital Media are closely coordinated with the studio sequence, and students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of these areas in their design projects. Students are also required to take classes in the other graduate programs in the College: Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

The first year graduate class usually enrolls between twelve and sixteen students. The program, as a whole, has a graduate population of about sixty students. This number keeps the student/faculty ratio small, but is large enough to provide for diversity of backgrounds, experience, and accomplishments.

Students in the MArch I program may select one of three concentrations: Sustainability, Healthcare or Historic Preservation (see below). In addition to offering specialized courses, faculty conduct research in which graduate students may participate. The programs are enhanced by related course offerings in The Departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, as well as by university owned facilities including the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House, the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, the ENV Archives Special Collections and the Visual Resources Library.

Graduate Flow Chart for 2016-17

Sustainability Concentration

The Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona offers an accredited three year Masters of Architecture Degree within which students may choose a Concentration in Sustainable Architecture. The Concentration builds on the regular M.Arch I curriculum, with specialized sustainable architecture classes in the advanced studio and elective course offerings. The subject matter is designed to give students the skills and tools they need as architects to create sustainable designs with a reduced environmental impact. Our program works to teach students that they have the power to positively affect our environment.

The Sustainable Architecture Concentration within the M.Arch I Program examines the principles of sustainability and their application to design in lectures, seminars and design studios. By teaching students how to regulate climate using appropriate design and materials, they learn to design environmentally sensitive architecture.

Design studios examine principles of sustainable and carbon neutral design: energy, indoor environmental quality, water and materials. Emphasis is placed on controlling the impact of the external environment with appropriate building design and selection of materials. Students build and test their ideas using digital and/or physical models as appropriate. Students apply these concepts in their projects, which are usually developed as part of design competitions with an emphasis on sustainability; our students have won multiple awards in national and international competitions in the past four years.

Lecture courses in environmental controls emphasize the design of the thermal, luminous and acoustic environments by examining the relationships between building and environmental variables. Students in these courses have won multiple awards in national and international lighting design competitions.

Faculty conduct research in a variety of topics that include passive cooling and heating systems, vegetated roofs and daylighting of buildings, much of which is directly applied to teaching, involving students as research assistants or as direct participants in advanced seminars and studios on campus or abroad in our international programs. Students can also take courses in the Lyle Center for Regenerative studies in related areas such as PV system design.

Healthcare Concentration

The first of its kind in the West Coast, the Healthcare Architecture Initiative was initiated by alumnus Sanford Smith, senior vice president of real estate, facilities and construction at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Its goal is to educate and train students to produce efficient and sustainable designs that meet the demands of the healthcare industry. An advisory board comprised of the region’s top healthcare professionals assess curriculum, critique student projects and provide financial stewardship for instructional materials, special lectures, field trips and student attendance at industry conferences. Nearly 100 architecture students have graduated with a concentration in healthcare architecture since the program’s inception in 2011.

Historic Preservation Concentration

The Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona offers an accredited three year Masters of Architecture Degree within which students may choose a Concentration in Historic Preservation. The Concentration builds on the regular M.Arch I curriculum, with specialized historic preservation classes in the advanced studio and elective course offerings. In general, the subject matter is designed to address the needs and realities of the practice of preservation in the United States, with a particular focus on Western issues. The Historic Preservation Program is a member of the National Council For Preservation Education.

The emphasis of the Historic Preservation Concentration within the M.Arch I program is on architectural design; historic preservation is conceived as a dynamic discipline integrating architectural design, sustainability, urban planning, architectural history, structural design, real estate development and cultural resource management. From this perspective, preservation is envisioned as part of the natural continuum of design and planning activities leading to a more balanced and sustainable urban form.

Cal Poly Pomona is in Los Angeles County, a region undergoing rapid change caused by immigration and globalization, increased population and a persistent housing shortage. The City of Los Angeles is largely built-up and available land is scarce, placing extreme redevelopment pressures on older communities containing historical structures, many of them from the postwar era. The preservation of this group of structures, including many that are hallmarks of the modern movement, is generating controversy as well as tremendous excitement in the field, currently and in the coming decades.

The program offers courses in Cultural Resource Management, Special Topics in California Architecture and an Archives Practicum focusing on the ENV Archives-Special Collections, which houses the collected papers and drawings of well-known architects including Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Donald Wexler and landscape architect Francis Dean (principal of EDAW).

Admissions

For admission to the Master of Architecture program an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree and have attained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. An applicant who does not meet these criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis if evidence of compensating qualifications can be furnished. 

Upon admission to the Department of Architecture, the student will meet with the coordinator of the graduate program to prepare a reasonable sequence of course work. The curriculum thus specified may be altered only by written request submitted in accordance with university regulations.

For specific information, application instructions, and requirements please refer to the Masters Admissions page:
http://www.cpp.edu/~admissions//graduate/masters/index.shtml

Deadlines

The Department accepts applications for Fall quarter only.

Applications are available beginning October 1 of each year. The deadline for submitting the application and accompanying fees is January 15, for admission the following Fall term. All supporting materials (transcripts, TOEFL scores, GRE scores, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation) must be received by February 15. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early in the application period to ensure that all documents are received prior to review. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

For additional information on Admission Requirements and Deadlines, please refer to:
http://www.cpp.edu/~admissions/graduate/masters/before/requirements-dead...

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Materials submitted to the University

The Office of Admissions and Outreach requires the following material sent directly to them:

  • The CSU application for graduate admissions is handled on-line here. When you apply on-line, be sure to print it out before you submit the application as you will need to send a copy of the application to the Department of Architecture. For any other questions regarding application procedures, please contact the Office of Admissions and Outreach (909 869-3210).
  • Official copies of your transcripts from ALL schools attended should be sent directly from the schools to the Office of Admissions and Outreach.

The mailing address is:

Office of Admissions and Outreach
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

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Materials submitted to the Department

In addition to the standard university requirements, the Department of Architecture requires the following materials to be mailed directly to the Department Office:

  • A copy of your application
  • Official transcripts (directly from all of your undergraduate university coursework)
  • TOEFL scores for those whose native language is not English. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based)/213 (computer based)/80 (Internet) is required for admissions
  • A statement of purpose of intentions, explaining your interests, motivations, and goals in pursuing a professional degree in Architecture. The statement of purpose should be on a separate sheet and NOT included in the application
  • Three letters of recommendations from those in a position to assess the applicant’s potential for either the profession of architecture or of a master’s level academic program. (The recommendation should be written in letter format on letterhead, there is no form to complete.)
  • A portfolio, (NO LARGER THAN 9’ X 12” BOUND) illustrating creative or analytic ability in written, graphic, or mathematical form, of any work you have done with regard to visual work (should not be original material). A self-addressed postage-paid envelope must be included if you want your portfolio returned. Portfolios will be kept in the Department of Architecture’s office for 6 months, if uncollected after this date, all portfolios will be discarded/destroyed

Please mail the required material to:

Department of Architecture
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768 

Do not fax or email documents. 

Personal interviews are not required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required. Admission material must be received no later than January 15th for admission consideration.

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International Applicants

Known for its outstanding academic programs, Cal Poly Pomona offers excellent education for international students who wish to pursue a degree in the United States.

The Graduate Program accepts non-resident and foreign students. Current and future International Students in Cal Poly academic programs must contact the International Center for information regarding visas, guidelines for maintaining academic progress, and procedures for internships and post graduation work.

For additional information on Incoming International Students and requirements, please refer to:
http://www.cpp.edu/~international/students/incoming-students/index.shtml

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Contact

For information regarding admissions to the MArch degree program, please contact the Graduate Coordinator:

Kip Dickson
kadickson@cpp.edu
(909) 869-2682

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Curriculum

The M.Arch, or Masters of Architecture, requires 152 quarter units for the degree, of which 28 quarter units are at the 500 and 600, or graduate, level. While the majority of their required courses are the same curricular content required in the undergraduate curriculum, studio and theses courses are offered separately for the graduate students. Students are admitted with an undergraduate degree in another field and have already completed their General Education requirements.  Students with a four-year degree in architecture may also be admitted with advanced standing, which is determined on a case-by-case basis.  Of the 152 required quarter units, 24 are in professional electives. The M.Arch. students are offered two concentrations; Sustainability and Historic Preservation. Please refer below to the curriculum sheet, which shows the distribution of required courses and units, and the flow chart, which shows the place for each course in the curriculum and the number of units required each quarter. 

Prior to graduation, all students are required to fulfill 500 hours of work. A minimum of 250 hours must be with a registered architect and the remaining 250 hours may be with a faculty approved alternative. This work must be verified by the department internship coordinator. The full policy can be found under Students, in the Policies section, of this website.

Graduate Program Master of Architecture First Professional Degree (M. Arch I)

Prerequisite Courses

Course Name Course Number (Units)
Structures ARC 321/321A (3/1)
Structures ARC 322/322A (3/1)
Structures ARC 323/323A (3/1)
Environmental Controls ARC 331/331A (3/1)
Environmental Controls ARC 332/332A (3/1)
Building Construction ARC 341/341A (3/1)
Building Construction ARC 342/342A (3/1)
Ancient and Medieval Architecture ARC 361/361A (3/1)
Renaissance and Baroque Architecture ARC 362/362A (3/1)
Modern Architecture Since 1750 ARC 363/363A (3/1)
Seismic Design  ARC 424/424A (4)  
American Architecture  ARC 464/464A (3/1)    
Behavioral Factors in Architecture ARC 481 (4)
Introduction to Architectural Design ARC 501/501L (3/3)
Introduction to Architectural Design ARC 502/502L (3/3)
Intermediate Architectural Design ARC 503/503L (3/3)
Architectural Design ARC 504/504L (3/3)
Architectural Design ARC 505/505L (3/3)
Architectural Design ARC 506/506L (3/3)
Building Codes ARC 529 (2)
Introduction to Digital Media ARC 550, 551 (2)
Total Prerequisite Units                                                                                                                 100

 

Masters Courses

Course Name Course Number (Units)
Advanced Architectural Design ARC 601/601L  (3/3)
Advanced Architectural Design ARC 602/602L  (3/3)
Project/Thesis Research ARC 691 (4)
Project/Thesis Programming ARC 694 (4)
Master’s Project or ARC 695 (8)
Master’s Thesis ARC 696 (8)        
Professional Electives 24
Total Masters Level Units                                                                                                                 52

 

Elective Courses

Course Name Course Number (Units)
Adv. Structures ARC 425 (4)
Solar/Daylighting ARC 431 (4)
Energy Conservation ARC 433 (4)
Advanced Digital Design Media ARC 452 (4)
DECAF ARC 453 (4)
Interactive Media for Architecture ARC 454 (4)
Animation / Simulation Design Methods ARC 456 (4)
Preservation Architecture ARC 460  (4)
California Architecture ARC 467 (4)
Behavioral Factors ARC 481 (4)
Tools for Sustainability ARC 499 (4)
Advanced Lighting ARC 499 (4)
Urban Studies ARC 499 (4)
Healthcare ARC 499 (4)
Community Practicum ARC 499  (4)
Theory As Drawing ARC 499  (4)
Topics in Preservation ARC 499  (4)
Special Topics ARC 499 (4)
Neutra Docents ARC 499  (4)
Robotics ARC 499  (4)
Space Architecture ARC 499  (4)
Topics in Design History ARC 567 (4)
Directed Study ARC 591 (2-4)
Directed Study ARC 592 (2-8)

 Students may also take 300-500 level electives in other Colleges and Departments with approval from the Graduate Coordinator.  Classes outside of the Department should be part of a well-articulated plan or area of interest intended to support the Masters Thesis topic.

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First Professional Degree (M. Arch I) Flow Chart


FIRST YEAR:

Fall Quarter   (16 units)
Arc 501/501L Intro to Architectural Design 1 (3/3)
Arc 361/361A Ancient and Medieval Architecture (3/1)
Arc 481 Behavioral Factors in Architecture (4)
Arc 550 (591) Introduction to Digital Media (2)
Winter Quarter   (16 units)
Arc 502/502L Intro to Architectural Design 2 (3/3)
Arc 331/331A Environmental Controls 1 (3/1)
Arc 362/362A Renaissance and Baroque Arch (3/1)
Arc 551 Digital Design Media (2)
Spring Quarter   (18 units)
Arc 503/503L Intermediate Architectural Design (3/3)
Arc 332/332A Environmental Controls 2 (3/1)
Arc 341 Building Construction 1 (4)
Arc 363/363A Modern Architecture since 1750 (3/1)
First Year Units   (50)

 SECOND YEAR:

Summer Quarter    
  Complete 500 hour work experience requirement  
Fall Quarter   (18 units)
Arc 504/504L Architectural Design (w/Arc301) (3/3)
Arc 321/321A Structures 1 (3/1)
Arc 342 Building Construction 2 (4)
Arc 471 Architectural Practice (3/1)
Winter Quarter   (18 units)
Arc 505/505L Architectural Design 2 (3/3)
Arc 322/322A Structures 2 (4)
Arc xxx Professional Elective (4)
Arc xxx Professional Elective (4)
Spring Quarter   (18 units)
Arc 506/506L Architectural Design 3 (3/3)
Arc 323/323A Structures 3 (4)
Arc 570 (591) Building Codes (2)
Arc xxx Professional Elective (4)
ARC 591 Independent Study/Professional Elective (2)
Second Year Units   (52)

 THIRD YEAR:

Summer Quarter    
  Travel or study abroad.
Complete 500 hour work experience requirement
 
Fall Quarter   (18 units)
Arc 601/601L Advanced Arch Design (Topics) (3/3)
Arc 691 Project/Thesis Research (4)
Arc 464/464A American Architecture (3/1)
Arc xxx Professional Elective (4)
Winter Quarter   (18 units)
Arc 602/602L Advanced Arch Design (3/3)
Arc 424/424A Seismic Design (3/1)
Arc 694 Project/Thesis Programming (4)
Arc xxx Professional Elective (4)
Spring Quarter   (14 units)
Arc 695 Master’s Degree Thesis/Project (8)
Arc xxx Professional Elective (4)
ARC 591 Independent Study/Professional Elective (2)
Third Year Units   (50)
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Sustainability Concentration Curriculum

Students enrolled in the M.Arch.I program are required to complete 152 units; students in the Sustainable Architecture Concentration are required to complete 48-50 units of specified classes within that total. The typical M.Arch.I sequence includes a design studio and academic courses every quarter. Students in the M.Arch.I Program are required to prepare a Masters Thesis during their final year. Students enrolled in the Sustainable Architecture Concentration must select a sustainable architecture theme. There is considerable flexibility in the selection of projects, themes or areas of research. In the past, students have proposed a wide range of topics including low-energy housing, museums, schools, and mixed-use buildings. Students must also complete a 500 hour internship with a minimum of 250 hours in the area of sustainability.

Sustainable Architecture Course Offerings

ARC 601/L or 602/L Sustainable Design Topic Studio
ARC 431 Sustainable Technologies
ARC 432 Solar Design Applications in Architecture
ARC 433 Advanced Lighting Technologies
ARC 499 Tools for Sustainability
ARC 499 Design for Zero Energy Buildings
ARC 439 Whole Building System Design
ARC 591-592 Directed Studies
ARC 691-696 Thesis Sequence with Sustainability Concentration

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Historic Preservation Concentration Curriculum

Students enrolled in the M.Arch.I program are required to complete 152 units; students in the Historic Preservation Concentration are required to complete 48-50 units of specified classes within that total. The typical M.Arch.I sequence includes a design studio and academic courses every quarter. Students in the M.Arch.I program are required to prepare a Masters Thesis during their final year. Students enrolled in the Historic Preservation Concentration must select a historic preservation project or theme. There is considerable flexibility in the selection of projects, themes or areas of research. Previous theses have included adaptive re-use of buildings projects as well as new buildings designed within a historic context, e.g., within a campus or neighborhood. Students must complete a 500 hour internship with a minimum of 250 hours in the area of preservation.

Historic Preservation Course Offerings

ARC 601/L or 602/L Historic Preservation Studio

ARC 460 Historic Preservation 

ARC 467 California Architecture
ANT 397 Cultural Resource Management
URP 483 Urban Development Process
ARC 591 Directed Study in Historic Preservation
ARC 469 Special Topics in Southern California Architecture
ARC 499 Archives Practicum
ARC 691-696 Thesis Sequence with HP Concentration

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