Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Architecture
Architecture has a long and distinguished tradition at Georgia Tech dating back to 1908. Today, besides its nationally-ranked professional program in architecture leading to the Master of Architecture degree, the School of Architecture offers an innovative undergraduate major in the discipline as well as both post-professional and research-oriented degree options at the graduate level. The Faculty prides itself on the quality of the design education it provides and is internationally active in areas of both practice and research.
Georgia Tech was established by an act of the Georgia legislature in 1885, and first admitted students in 1888. The School's creation signaled the beginning of the transformation of the agrarian South to an industrial economy. Today, Georgia Tech is one of 34 public institutions comprising the University System of Georgia and one of four major research universities in the state. Georgia Tech has established a tradition of excellence in technological research and education, is well known for its high academic standards, and stands among the top ranks of U.S. research universities. U.S. News & World Report consistently lists Georgia Tech among the 50 best universities in the nation with many of our individual programs ranking within the top 10. Located on a lush campus in midtown Atlanta, Georgia Tech is an urban university known for its focus on cutting-edge technologies and integration of academic and practical training. The Institute enrolls approximately 21,500 students in six colleges: Architecture; Computing; Engineering; Science; Management; and the Ivan Allen (Liberal Arts) College. The College of Architecture offers programs to approximately 1100 students.
Georgia Tech's School of Architecture aims to forge an integrated and collaborative model of digital practice that will serve as an exemplar for other disciplines and redefine the culture of design. Our great cause in the years ahead must be the reform of architectural education to meet the challenges of a changing profession. The division of knowledge and expertise between the fields of architecture and engineering that served so well in the industrial age is now giving way to a new model of integrated knowledge in the digital age. The digital-age practice of architecture will rise on creative contact between design and research across fields and disciplinary boundaries. Digital age practice will require flexibility and an enterprising spirit that comes from engaging the world through community building and international exchange, from weighing the human benefits and environmental costs in all we do.
The Undergraduate Program in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech offers two undergraduate degrees in architecture and industrial design. Students are introduced to both through the Common Freshman Year's fundamental design studios and lectures. The four-year, pre-professional Architecture Program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and prepares students for entry to the two-year Master of Architecture degree or work or study in related fields. The Undergraduate Program provides (1) a general university education in the liberal arts, fine arts, technology, science and mathematics (2) a broad foundation in architectural studies with the design studio as a major focus of the curriculum and additional courses in architectural history, building structures and construction, visual communications, and electives in architectural theory, city planning, environment, computation, fine arts, etc. (3) substantial opportunities for students to explore other disciplines; and (4) opportunity to participate in a variety of study abroad programs in either the junior or senior year. Graduate Studies in Architecture at Georgia Tech are comprised of four distinct degree-granting programs: the Master of Architecture [M.Arch.], the Master of Science [M.S.], the Master of Science in Urban Design [M.S.U.D.], and the Doctor of Philosopy [Ph.D.]. --The M.Arch. Program is the professional program in architecture leading to the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture Degree. This program accommodates both a 2-year long curriculum for those students with a 4-year, pre-professional degree in architecture and a 3-1/2 year long curriculum for those students without a pre-professional degree in architecture. --MS with a major in architecture: This is a research oriented post professional degree providing advanced specialized knowledge that enriches the practice of architecture. Students work in one of three concentrations: Digital Design and Fabrication, High Performance Building, and Health and Design. Each concentration has its own curriculum and requires students to produce a thesis or equivalent capstone project. The degree can be completed in twelve months. --Master of Science in Urban Design: A post professional degree for architects, landscape architects, city planners and civil engineers who want to practice as urban designers in private firms or public agencies. The rich interdisciplinary curriculum with required courses in architecture, urban design and planning also provides opportunities to take courses in environmental engineering, real estate development and heritage preservation and to address urban design issues in a variety of contexts internationally. The degree requires a minimum of twelve months of study. --Doctor of Philosophy: PhD studies with a major in architecture develop knowledge and technologies that enhance design imagination and the design process; articulate design choices and predict the consequences of design decisions; help to learn from precedents; support better building performance; and situate the practice of architecture within a critical understanding of culture, history, and the profession. Our program includes concentrations in Design Computation, Evidence-Based Design, Building Technology, History and Culture, Organizational and Cognitive Performance and Urban Deisgn. In each of these concentrations we intersect the perspectives of architectural design, science, technology, and the humanities even as we expect individual research projects to rigorously pursue specific disciplinary agendas. With forty-nine students currently enrolled and thirty graduates (2008-2012), we are one of the largest PhD programs in architecture in the country.
1. Art & Design
2. Building Technologies
3. Digital Design & Visualization
4. Digital Fabrication & Technology
6. Industry Collaborations
7. Materials and Construction