Architecture, MArch

School of Architecture and Planning

Program Description:

The University of New Mexico offers three programs of study that lead to the nationally-accredited first professional degree, Master of Architecture: 

Master of Architecture, Track 2: 
This program is for students with a pre-professional undergraduate architecture degree, (typically a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Architecture) and sufficient coursework to fulfill the Path 2 prerequisites.

  • 6 architectural design studios, five or six credits each
  • 3 architectural history or architectural theory courses
  • 1 or 2 courses addressing passive design or environmental systems
  • 1 or 2 structures courses, addressing statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems
  • 1 course addressing construction materials and assembly / construction methods

Track 2 takes four semesters to complete. UNM Bachelors of Arts in Architecture (BAA) students with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 overall and also in studio courses are automatically admitted to Track 2.
Master of Architecture Degree Curriculum, 2 Year Track

Master of Architecture, Track 2.5:
This program is for students with a pre-professional undergraduate architecture degree, and sufficient coursework to fulfill the Track 2.5 prerequisites.

  • 4 architectural design studios, five or six credits each
  • 2 architectural history or architectural theory courses
  • 1 course addressing passive design or environmental systems
  • 1 structures course, addressing statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems
  • 1 course addressing construction materials and assembly / construction methods

Track 2.5 takes two and a half years to complete, or two academic years plus a summer.
Master of Architecture Degree Curriculum, 2.5 Year Track

Master of Architecture, Track 3: 
This program is intended for anyone that already holds an undergraduate degree in any discipline, and also for students that have an undergraduate degree in architecture or environmental design, but not enough coursework to apply for Track 2.5 or Track 2 programs. Track 3 program students come from a variety of backgrounds including art history, biology, economics, engineering, political science, etc. 

Track 3 takes three academic years to complete, plus a summer program prior to the first year. 
Master of Architecture Degree Curriculum, 3 Year Track 


Admission Requirements:

 

Application

Deadline to apply for the Fall Semester is February 1st. Should this date occur on a weekend, the Monday following becomes the receive-by deadline.

Application materials must be sent to two places. The following must be sent to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Apply to UNM online.

  2. The non-refundable $50.00 Application Fee which can be paid online with a Visa or Master credit cards.

The following must be sent to the School of Architecture and Planning:

  1. Letter of Intent (one page).

  2. Portfolio of creative work (bound 8.5 X 11 inch format).

  3. Three Letters of Recommendation (Recommendation Form).

  4. Resume.

  5. One Official Transcript (unopened) from each academic institution (except UNM) previously attended.

Please identify which Master of Architecture Program of Study you are applying to: the 2 year or 3.5 year. Note: GRE scores are not required. The above items should be hand delivered or mailed to:
University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning
Attn: Graduate Advisor
MSC 04-2530
2401 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001

Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the front desk at 505-277-1303 or the graduate advisor at 505-277-1303 or email Elizabeth Rowe:  erowe@unm.edu.


Career Opportunities:

People need places to live, work, play, learn, worship, meet, govern, shop, and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places, whether they are private or public; indoors or outdoors; or rooms, buildings, or complexes. Architects discuss with clients the objectives, requirements, and budget of a project. In some cases, architects provide various predesign services, such as feasibility and environmental impact studies, site selection, cost analyses and land- use studies, and design requirements. For example, architects may determine a building’s space requirements by researching its number and types of potential users. After discussing and agreeing on the initial proposal, architects develop final construction plans that show the building's appearance and details for its construction. Accompanying these plans are drawings of the structural system; air-conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems; electrical systems; communications systems; plumbing; and, possibly, site and landscape plans.

In developing designs, architects must follow building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and other ordinances, such as those requiring easy access by people who are disabled. Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) technology have replaced traditional drafting paper and pencil as the most common methods for creating designs and construction drawings. Architects also may help clients get construction bids, select contractors, and negotiate construction contracts. As construction proceeds, architects may visit building sites to ensure that contractors follow the design, keep to the schedule, use the specified materials, and meet work-quality standards. The job is not complete until all construction is finished, required tests are conducted, and construction costs are paid.  



Contact Information:

Elizabeth Rowe: Senior Academic Advisor
(505) 277-1303
sedmora@unm.edu