Department of Architecture & Interior Designhttp://miamioh.edu/cca/academics/departments/arch-id/
Founded in 1809, Miami University is nationally recognized for its high quality of undergraduate teaching and its select programs of graduate study. With 20,000 students on three campuses, Miami has the character of a college but the advantages of a university. A strong honors program, the Center for American and World Cultures, the renowned Scripps Gerontology Center, and a full branch campus in Luxembourg are only a few of Miami's resources. The Architecture major is listed in the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of eight "strongest programs" at Miami.
The emphasis of the undergraduate program is to provide students with a broad understanding of architecture as a humanistic, technical, artistic, and professional endeavor. The program is decidedly interdisciplinary and exploratory. The Master of Architecture program has a principal goal of balanced professional preparation that integrates technical and material concerns with aesthetic and theoretical issues. Studios, lectures, seminars, and research require students to develop an overarching philosophical framework for design. A variety of studio experiences (some off-campus), and a rich array of scientific, computer mediated, and independent study options help students explore personal interests within the general curricular structure.
Graduate Program The mission of the Master of Architecture is to conduct architectural inquiry in the pursuit of new forms of knowledge and, through rigorous professional preparation, construct critical practices that empower students to interpret, engage and give form to the ideas and forces that impact their world. A centerpiece of the graduate program(s) is the thesis, which requires both a written document that is vetted in the form of a peer-reviewed conference paper, and a design thesis that explores ideas generated in the written paper. The Master of Architecture thus takes the intellectual lead in the department, while also benefiting from the array of undergraduate programming, including off-campus study, interdisciplinary partnerships, and research opportunities. Undergraduate Program The undergraduate program provides students with a broad understanding of architecture as a humanistic, technical, artistic, and professional endeavor. The first two years comprise a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach that introduces students to design, graphics, computer studies, history and theory, tectonics, urbanism, and landscape issues. The last two years encourage a more focused exploration of areas such as urban, landscape, interior, tectonic, or digital practices, as well as the development of deeper interests within the broader spectrum of architecture as a practice. Students are encouraged to study off campus for at least a semester or summer as a way of enhancing their educational experience and deepening their understanding of national and global community. Individually assigned faculty members counsel and advise students in the process of making all academic, curricular, programmatic, advanced degree, and career decisions. Supplemented by a concurrent professional major in Interior Design, by interdepartmental minors in urban design, and art and architectural history, by research opportunities, and by summer internships in architectural firms throughout the country and around the world, the four-year program in design provides a strong foundation for subsequent professional degrees at the graduate level in architecture, related design professions, or in areas of social, economic, business, and political process.