Graduate - Architecture
Architecture is increasingly understood as a vital tool in addressing the biggest challenges facing our world today. The Graduate Program in Architecture comprises studios and workshops that address these contemporary problems. Whether your concern is energy, environment, housing, emerging technologies, emerging models of practice or design strategy and thinking, while at the University of Kentucky College of Design (UK/CoD) you will be playing a part in proposing, designing and developing the most creative and advanced innovations.
Our faculty members have diverse backgrounds, accomplishments and interests. This breadth and depth ensures that you'll be exposed to multiple modes and pathways of rigorous design, invention and problem solving. In addition world-class designers and architects such as Julien de Smedt of JDS Architects, Gary Bates of Space Group Architects, and Matthijs Bouw of One Architecture share their most challenging questions as well as their insight and experience with you as visiting professors.
As a UK/CoD graduate student you will work closely with faculty to create knowledge and techniques that will have a meaningful impact in Kentucky and the world. You will also be working along side peers who are inquisitive, engaged and critical. They are searching for new models of practice, with hopes of radically evolving their profession in the years to come.
Our aim over the course of your graduate career is to prepare you to lead the profession of architecture into the future. Upon completion of your graduate degree it is our hope that you will feel empowered to act as an entrepreneur, to redefine the business of architecture with confidence in your refined and unique position.
We understand that you have choices in where to do your graduate work. The world is rapidly changing, and the profession is constantly moving. At the UK/CoD, you'll be IN the conversation, working it out for yourself along side faculty and peers who are passionately searching for what is next. We also understand the cost of a graduate education relative to compensation in the profession, at UK we're working to ensure that your degree affords maximum opportunity and choice, with minimum educational debt.
Why do I hear from both the School of Architecture and the Graduate School?
You must meet all requirements and be admitted into the University of Kentucky Graduate School before the School of Architecture can process your application.
Do I have to apply for Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships?
No, all graduate students are considered for these opportunities.
If I don't get a GTA my first year, can I get one my second year?
Yes, it is possible.
Does the College of Design award the professional degree in architecture?
Yes, the professional degree in architecture is the Masters Program in Architecture. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree is required in order to pursue the two-year professional Master of Architecture degree.
How many credits are required for the Architecture degrees?
57 credit hours for the graduate degree.
If I complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture at the College of Design, will I be guaranteed admission to the graduate program in architecture?
There is no guarantee of admission into the graduate program. All applicants are required to submit applications to both the UK Graduate School Admissions Office and School of Architecture Student Services Office.
How long does it take to complete my degree?
The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture takes four years to complete. The Masters in Architecture professional degree takes two years.
Do you offer spring admittance?
This is possible in the graduate program; please contact the Student Services office for more information.
The School of Architecture in the College of Design administers the program curriculum, and the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees grants degrees. The curriculum consists of 57 credits in two years.
3 credits - ARC 511-515 History and Theory Seminar
3 credits - ARC 533 Structural Design and Analysis II
3 credits - ARC 631 Building Systems Integration
3 credits - ARC 641 Professional Practice
6 credits - ARC 658 Design Studio VIII
6 credits - ARC 659 Design Studio IX
6 credits - Elective in Chosen Concentration
30 total credits
3 credits - ARC 642 Professional Internship
3 total credits
6 credits - ARC 750 Design Studio X
9 credits - ARC Master's Project in Chosen Concentration
9 credits - Electives in Chosen Concentration
24 total credits
You can download the College of Design Bulletin here. This will provide more detailed information about our curriculum.