Graduate Studies

Porooshat Akhgari thesis presentation
Nick Hansford presents his project
 John Edward Porter presents his thesis, 2016
 Nada Shuaib presents thesis
kamrun tithi presenting thesis
Jason Ulinski and Michel Franck
Mark Thomas presenting thesis

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) is a graduate degree that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). In addition to a period of professional internship, the M. Arch. degree qualifies individuals for the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) and licensure in architecture. There are two pathways available: The M. Arch. II program for students from pre-professional undergraduate architecture programs; the M. Arch. III program for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than architecture. Both programs sit within the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami.


Our graduate students have for many years produced outstanding work, gone on to work with some of the world’s leading architectural firms and established multiple award-winning enterprises of their own. Examples include Safdie Architects, Shepley Bullfinch, and Urbanus, to name but a few. Our students have also come from across the globe and gone on to work in cities across the world. Examples include Bangladesh, Iran and India. 


The graduate design thesis is unique. It is the major design and research exercise for graduate students at Miami. You are free to develop a project-based fully on your areas of interest. To support this we have a committee of faculty serving each individual student. There is a nationally open graduate symposium at which students present their work in a conference format. We have an established Visiting Maxfield Scholars initiative through which each year we invite a renowned specialist to visit twice per year to work with students individually. There is a written thesis each student completes and many of our students go on to publish their work and present at conferences.

Traveling Studio

Our Award-winning Alumni Traveling Studio received the prestigious National Council of Architectural Registration Boards NCARB Jury Prize in 2005. Forming part of the NCARB Award program, the Prize Jury recognized that its leader, Craig Hinrichs, had developed a unique pedagogical approach that should be emulated across the US. The Alumni Traveling Studio pairs a studio in our program with a project being carried out in an alumni office. The alumni form part of the teaching team and provide students hands-on experience of the realities of project design, development, and construction.


The Department has specialists in social justice and community design. We have award-winning faculty in questions of net-zero energy design, have a full range of widely published historians and theorists and several graphic, video, and fine artists who have exhibited across the United States. In addition, we have expertise in digital design and fabrication, as well as urban design and planning and more. The range of our faculty expertise is essential to support our unique design thesis approach through which students get the opportunity to develop their own specific areas of expertise.


Gerardo Brown-Manrique, Interim Director of Architecture Graduate Studies
(513) 529-7026

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