The professional graduate program in architecture embodies a fresh approach to architecture, Southern California and global urban conditions. Within an intimate and immersive program, our innovative Master of Architecture coursework encourages students to engage in the architectural discourse of the city to make connections between their work, new technologies in both representation and realization, and built and natural environments. We believe that there is no craft without knowledge, no technology without theory, and no how without why.Apply Request Information Take a Tour
Woodbury School of Architecture’s Master of Architecture degree takes advantage of the many research opportunities in Southern California to produce inventive designers who can address the architectural, environmental, and urban challenges of our contemporary world. Based in the urban landscapes of Los Angeles and San Diego, our diverse student body is engaged in transformative learning in a highly collaborative and experimental environment. Graduate students play a key role in setting the course of this exploration. Our faculty and students approach subjects such as Southern California’s explosive population growth, environmental impacts, unchecked sprawl, and aging infrastructure as opportunities to learn, design, build, and effect positive change in cities around the world. Woodbury students learn to view place through a progressive lens that examines how beautiful and thoughtfully built environments may also engender social engagement.
Woodbury School of Architecture supports our students in building a strong foundation for professional practice while investigating the nature of practice itself. Throughout our architectural degree programs, students gain knowledge and skills that they will use in their professional lives. Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork, research projects or teaching assistantships that give them firsthand experience of practice. These experiences prepare students to make informed choices regarding their diverse career options. Visit our School of Architecture Career Services page for more information about the services offered by our Career and Outreach staff.
Our faculty are architects, designers, academics and policy makers practicing in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. This internationally recognized and award-winning group works closely with students, teaching the skills required to push the limits of practice and explore disciplinary possibilities in both theoretical and professional arenas.
Dedicated and professional staff members actively participate in the student experience. Through individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students.
The profession of architecture is constantly changing. Instead of a pure specialization into the design of buildings, architects have to be able to expand into larger and smaller scales. Urban planning, landscape design, furniture, and interiors have become part of the everyday life of most design firms. Woodbury’s School of Architecture offers the unique opportunity to expand knowledge about Interior Architecture through a MIA Emphasis. Four courses can be taken from the Interior Architecture program as electives in the MArch program to expand an understanding of human experience and interaction with space. The electives cover topics like lighting, color, materials, and furniture. Find out more about the courses through our MIA Emphasis page.
Woodbury University alumnus Henry Cheung graduated from the Master of Architecture program (MArch) in 2013. After his graduation he joined Bestor Architecture in Los Angeles and has worked on such high-profile projects as the Beats by Dre headquarters in Culver City.
“Beats by Dre HQ in Culver City is one of those projects that I will never forget. I learned and developed tremendously as a designer, creating spaces that were both conceptually profound, graphically punchy, while maintaining a balance between play and function. I was able to apply that acquired knowledge to one of the proudest project that I’ve had the chance to work on – a conceptual juice store in Pasadena due to open in July 2016. The project is a great balance between high-design and detail, and is on the pulse of what architectural design should be – a gesamtkunstwerk if you will.”
MArch alumna Jennifer Pope (’14) recently joined the Infrastructure Team in the office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti. As a policy analyst, she advises on public projects such as the Citywide Sidewalk Reconstruction Program and the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project. She is delighted to apply her architectural training towards implementing the Mayor’s goals to create a more livable and sustainable city –one city project at a time.
“I am very excited for the scope of work which includes a front row seat on projects such as citywide sidewalk repair and the 6th Street Bridge as well as learning from the innovative and forward-thinking team in the Mayor’s Office.”
The Burbank/Los Angeles facility takes full advantage of the university’s academic offerings, student support services, comprehensive library, and residential campus life. At the same time, it offers specialized facilities, including a wood/metal shop, a materials resource library, a digital fabrication lab, computing facilities, a render farm, and 24-hour access to studios, including a 15,000-square foot architecture building.
A professional Master of Architecture degree requires a minimum of 168 units, of which at least ninety-six for the two-year program and ninety for the three-year are satisfied through the undergraduate degree. Students in the two-year MArch program study for five semesters; students in the three-year MArch study for seven semesters. Each semester has at its core a six-unit studio. The summer semester before the final year is devoted to Fieldwork; this studio requires both research and design. Students take professional architect courses and elective courses in addition to the studio in fall and spring semesters. The final spring semester centers on a graduate thesis studio, culminating in a public thesis review. Click here to find out more about transfer articulations.
GROUNDWORK (ALL INCOMING STUDENTS)
Groundwork is a free two-week introductory course for incoming Woodbury School of Architecture graduate students. In the summer just before the Fall semester, students immerse themselves in three intensive mini-workshops: Visualization, Fabrication, and Studio Culture. The daily workshops explore the practice and promise of alternative modes of design thinking, and will be supplemented by exposure to local design and research resources.
Using Los Angeles as a living laboratory, students
connect making to thinking in an investigation of the relationship
between architecture, landscape architecture,
and urban planning. Major ideas in urban design theory
are introduced experientially. No prerequisite.
Students elect a fieldwork station from among regional
concentrations and study away exposures as a platform
for thesis research. Their research bridges the analytical
work of the core sequence with the synthetic work
of the final year. Students initiate a design project and
extended investigation proposal. Prerequisite: Grad
A research seminar treated as a design ideas salon
introduces contemporary architectural questions and
establishes the practical and theoretical context of the
thesis project. Students incorporate the issues presented
into a research platform and methodology, and prepare
a thesis proposal. Prerequisite: Fieldwork Studio
and Criticism 3 or equivalent.
The MArch program at Woodbury School of Architecture is NAAB accredited.
Woodbury University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.
For more information about accreditation, visit the About page.