University of Maryland - My School of Architecture University of Maryland - My School of Architecture

University of Maryland


College Park, MD

Degrees Offered

Master of Architecture


The Architecture curriculum is structured to expose students to the comprehensive theoretical, historical, technological, professional and social issues that play a role in the design of the built environment. The initial years of the curriculum are designed to provide a solid foundation for an architectural education. First-year studios introduce students to the elements and principles of architectural design, with studio projects that build skills, encourage critical thought and discourse, and serve as a vehicle for the integration of knowledge gained in courses outside of studio.

The Comprehensive Design Studio provides an innovative approach to the study of architectural design. Students explore the relationship between the conceptual and technical aspects of architectural form and its assembly. Students are simultaneously enrolled in an Advanced Technology course that focuses upon building systems integration. In the studio, the projects are elemental enough to allow students to progress through advanced stages of design development, yet complex enough to require a systematic exploration of building systems. Unique to the Comprehensive Design Studio are the large scale models and drawings that students use to further explore the reality of their design intentions. Through the crafting of a series of large-scale models and the integration of digital media, students gain a vivid impression of the interaction between building elements and their assembly. Throughout this process, students are guided by faculty members whose experience in both design and building have gained national recognition.


The mission of the University of Maryland, College Park is to provide excellent teaching,
research, and service. The University educates students and advances knowledge in areas of
importance to the State, the nation, and the world. The University is committed to being a preeminent national center for research and for graduate education, and the institution of choice for Maryland’s undergraduates of exceptional ability and promise. The University of Maryland is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, and the original 1862 land-grant institution in the State. It is one of 62
members of the Association of American Universities, comprising the leading research
universities in the United States and Canada. The University creates and applies knowledge, nourishing a climate of intellectual growth and providing outstanding instruction and in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.
As a land-grant institution, the University shares its research, educational, cultural,
and technological strengths with the Maryland citizenry and other constituencies.
Its collaborations with State, federal, private and non-profit partners promote economic development and improve quality of life. The University offers faculty and students a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship is a variety of ways. As a public flagship campus, the university is committed to providing high quality
educational opportunities that are affordable by all students regardless of family income.