School of Architecture

Master of Science in Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture (MS Arch) is a 3-semester postgraduate program committed to advanced research on the built environment. Offered at both our Los Angeles and San Diego campuses, the program is built around the expertise of our full-time faculty. Students in the MS Architecture program work directly with a faculty member whose areas of interest align with their own.

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Design Research

Material Systems

This research area considers the full spectrum of material investigations, from material behavior, to material exigencies, to the socio-political culture around the use and misuse of materials. Research outcomes in this area may be historical, visual, textual, or a combination of each. Students in this area may align themselves with the Institute of Material Ecologies.

Representation

Architects do not make buildings, but we do make representations of buildings. This research focus looks as the discursive potential of architectural representation. Be it historical or contemporary, digital or analog, what is the value in and potential of representation as architecture? Research outcomes in this area may be historical, visual, textual, or a combination of each.

Expanded Field

Architecture is not an object. This research area considers the expanding field around and within architectural production. It encompasses architectural criticism, publishing, curating, exhibiting, and writing. The research recognizes that architectural production is multi-faceted and diverse and that careers in architecture often extend beyond traditional modes of professional practice and academic scholarship.

Mediated Environments

A radically evolving world demands new design practices. Through prototyping and the application of research, the mediated environments cluster explores systemic issues and design. Research is informed by ecology, the history of ideas, techniques of construction, new media, and contemporary urbanism. Mediated environments is grounded in communities and research through architecture, design, business and other initiatives.

The MSArch faculty is composed of a small but diverse group of academics and practitioners whose interests range from hands-on material studies to broad geopolitical research and data collection. Graduate students benefit from diverse backgrounds and individual methodologies.

Faculty

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. To find out more about a faculty member and their research, click on their name to see their full faculty profile.

Heather Flood

Heather Flood is a designer of information, graphics, and architecture. Her work integrates the disciplines and techniques of cultural research, graphic art, and architectural design to create experientially dense environments.

 

Yasushi Ishida

Yasushi Ishida

Yasushi Ishida’s research focus while at Woodbury has been on investigation of novel use of flexible sheet materials as formwork for concrete, as well as the structural implications of materials.

Joshua Stein

Joshua G. Stein is the founder of Radical Craft and director of the Institute for Material Ecologies, a platform for exploring behaviors and connectivity of materials and their systematic connections to environmental and political systems.

Linda Taalman

For 12 years, Taalman has explored architecture as a collaborative practice, engaging in a wide range of projects including museum and exhibition spaces, public art, master planning and domestic architecture.

Ewan Branda

Dr. Branda’s research interests include architecture’s place in the information society, software as a mode of architectural thinking, late-postwar corporate architecture, and technocracy as creativity.

 

Christoph Korner

Christoph Korner’s reserach has been a part of GRAFT, an award winning design firm with projects ranging from Master Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Exhibition Design, to Product Design.

Woodbury University faculty memberJason Rebillot

Jason Rebillot

Rebillot’s work operates at the intersection of political economy, political ecology, and urban transformation.

Marcel Sanchez-Prieto

Marcel Sanchez-Prieto is co-founder of CRO Studio, a collaborative practice established at the border region of Tijuana and San Diego that focuses on urban renewal through architecture and research.

Annie Chu

Leveraging her design reputation, Annie champions interior architecture as a distinct and emerging discipline, advancing design excellence through teaching, public speaking, design juries, and her leadership in the civic and professional realms.

Heather Scott Peterson

Heather Scott Peterson is an artist, designer, and writer. Her studio practice centers around sculpture, furniture, drawing, and artifacts.

Jeanine Centuori

Jeanine Centuori is Director of the Agency for Civic Engagement at Woodbury University. This multi-disciplinary outreach unit operates with low cost/high impact projects of social relevancy in the Cities of Los Angeles, Burbank, and the region.

Paulette Singley

Paulette Singley is an internationally known architectural historian whose work expands the disciplinary limits of architecture across diverse subject matter such as food, film, and fashion.

Mark Ericson

Mark Ericson’s research and teaching focuses on the relationship between historical practices of representation and contemporary developments in the discipline.

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter is an architect, educator, and design consultant specializing in the building envelope and the experimental architectural use of glass.

Gerard Smulevich

As a close collaborator of master photographer Julius Shulman, Gerard has developed a critical position on urban photography rooted in an interest for urban form.

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Applying

If you are interested in applying to the Master of Science program, you may begin the process by clicking here to go to the Office of Admissions webpage.

Applicants are expected to already possess an undergraduate and/or graduate-level degree in architecture or a cognate design field (landscape architecture, environmental design, interior architecture, product design, etc.). However, that degree need not be a professional degree- we are interested to work with a wide range of intellectual backgrounds.

The following application items are required of all program applicants:

3 letters of recommendation from former faculty or employers
Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
GRE scores, if required
TOEFL scores, if required

In addition, all MSArch applicants are required to submit a clear and compelling research proposal. In it, you are expected to address the following:

What specific area/s of interest do you have as relate to the built environment?
What exactly would you like to explore through the MSArch program?
Which regular faculty member are you interested to work with?
Which of the two program options are you planning to pursue (design research or scholarly research)?

Applications that do not clearly and concisely address the above through the research proposal will not be reviewed.

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Context

Since their launch in 2009, our expanding graduate architecture programs have quickly established themselves as distinct offerings among the many top design schools in Southern California. To date, the MArch and MSArch programs have produced more than 160 alumni from over a dozen countries, many of whom went on to find employment in noted offices such as Brooks + Scarpa, Morphosis, Perkins + Will, Gensler and AECOM.