Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - My School of Architecture Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - My School of Architecture

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Troy, NY

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Architecture; Master of Architecture


Master of Architecture II – Geofutures
Master of Science in Architectural Sciences (Concentration: Built Ecologies)
PhD in Architectural Sciences (Concentration: Built Ecologies)


Studio-based learning is the center of architectural education at Rensselaer. It is where a broad range of insight concerning the synthesis of history/theory, design, technology and best building practices specific to the education of the architect, is acquired and rigorously tested from one semester to the next. Studios are also where the primary guiding principles concerning collaborative teamwork, and ethical conduct essential to the profession, are honed and practiced.

At Rensselaer, project-based design studios form the core of a majority of our undergraduate and graduate programs, providing a place of synthesis, where knowledge and skill sets from a constellation of required and elective 2-4 credit courses provide context for the creative enterprise of the studio. Research, analysis, interpretation and criticism represent the developmental phases that bring together as a holistic project, a larger commitment to the integration of cultural, design, and professional considerations.


For almost two centuries, Rensselaer has maintained its reputation for providing an undergraduate education of undisputed intellectual rigor based on educational innovation in the laboratory, classroom, and studio.

Driven by talented, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty, Rensselaer has dramatically expanded the research enterprise by leveraging our existing strengths and focusing on five signature research areas: biotechnology and the life sciences; energy and the environment; computational science and engineering; nanotechnology and advanced materials; and media, arts, science, and technology.