The Master of Architecture graduate program at Woodbury embodies a fresh approach to architecture and global urban conditions. Our innovative and accredited program trains students to engage in the architectural discourse of the city, making clear-eyed connections between their work, new technologies in both representation and realization, and built and natural environments.Apply
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 professional graduate program at Woodbury School of Architecture embodies a fresh approach to architecture, Southern California, and global urban conditions. Within an intimate and immersive program, our innovative coursework encourages students to engage in the architectural discourse of the city, making connections between their work, new technologies in both representation and realization, and built and natural environments. Our MArch students consistently win design awards from public agencies and private groups, including American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pasadena Foothills, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), Association for Women in Architecture + Design (AWA+D) and many others.
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, California. Bestor Architecture was founded in 1995 by architect Barbara Bestor. The office engages Southern California as both the site and subject of architectural and cultural production to create contemporary environments.
“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.
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.
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