About us

An intrinsic philosophy of U-SoA’s faculty is to build a better world. This is expressed in a design program that is ideal and pragmatic, academic and practical, theoretical and actual. U-SoA trains visionary practitioners who pursue architecture as a combination of civic art and building science.

The Mission of the School of Architecture is:

  • To prepare students for professional leadership and lifelong learning in architecture, urbanism, and related fields.
  • To advance knowledge and technology through research, and creative practice.
  • To deploy knowledge and technology through professional engagement, real-world applications, and community service.
  • To promote the goals of environmental responsibility, social equity, and economic sustainability.

The Strategic Orientation of the School of Architecture is:

To become a hemispheric leader in problem-based learning and project-based research while contributing solutions to the challenges facing urban environments locally and globally.

Community Outreach

Community outreach is a cornerstone of U-SoA's curriculum.

In 2015, Dean el-Khoury initiated U-Serve, a day of service, dedicated to the community.

In its first year, 200+ participated in a Little Havana project, enabling the City of Miami to establish a comprehensive inventory of their building stock.

In year two, U-Serve partnered with the Friends of the Underline to "green" 10 miles of space under the Metrorail.

In April 2015, the school received a substantial grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help bring “third places” to Miami neighborhoods.

Accreditation

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Miami School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • B.Arch. (171 undergraduate credits)
  • M.Arch I (3-year Track – 105 graduate credits)
  • M.Arch II (2-year Track – 60 graduate credits)

The next accreditation visit for all programs: 2025-2026.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

MSc

University of Miami: School of Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture, is a 1-year, 36 credits (3 semester), program that offers students an opportunity to investigate design strategies / challenges in ... [+]

Allan T. Shulman

Graduate Program Director in Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture, is a 1-year, 36 credits (3 semester), program that offers students an opportunity to investigate design strategies / challenges in relation to current issues that include: resilient design, tropical and subtropical architecture, health care design, housing design, conservation of the built environment and the effect of embedded technologies on design. The Architectural Design track focuses on a project-based approach with advanced graduate studios, core seminars, three electives, and a Master’s Thesis or Capstone Project in Design. Students select a focus topic from the School’s defined research areas.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2020
English
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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University of Miami: School of Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture, is a 1-year, 36 credits (3 semester), program that offers students an opportunity to investigate design strategies / challenges in ... [+]

Allan T. Shulman

Graduate Program Director in Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture, is a 1-year, 36 credits (3 semester), program that offers students an opportunity to investigate design strategies / challenges in relation to current issues that include: resilient design, tropical and subtropical architecture, health care design, housing design, conservation of the built environment and the effect of embedded technologies on design.

The Architectural Studies track focuses on a text-based study, with one advanced graduate studio, five electives, and a written Master’s Thesis. Students propose a topic in advance or select a concentration in one of the School’s defined research areas (see below) with the approval of the faculty and Graduate Director.The program is flexible enough to allow students to explore areas of research across a range of topics. After foundational core coursework and electives, each student develops an individually-focused thesis or capstone project on a topic of their interest, with a faculty advisor. Students may also elect to select an Area of Professional Concentration. The areas of professional concentration are designed to provide skills and knowledge base for professional applications as well as future advanced doctoral study.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2020
English
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Read more in English

Master

University of Miami: School of Architecture

The Master of Architecture I (M.Arch I) is a NAAB-accredited, 3-year (7 semesters), 105 credits program intended for students holding undergraduate degrees in non-design ... [+]

Allan T. Shulman

Graduate Program Director in Architecture

The Master of Architecture I (M.Arch I) is a NAAB-accredited, 3-year (7 semesters), 105 credits program intended for students holding undergraduate degrees in non-design fields. This STEM-designated professional degree program provides a well-grounded understanding of architecture as students immerse in contemporary challenges to address a variety of social, cultural, technological and programmatic contexts.

At the heart of the M.Arch I curriculum are Core Studios that introduce students to critical topics, imbue necessary skills, inspire critical thinking, examine the production of meaning in architecture, and foster an understanding of architecture as an integrative discipline. The Core Studios are carefully synchronized with core courses in drawing and visualization, history and theory, technology and systems, and practice.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2020
English
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Read more in English
University of Miami: School of Architecture

The Master of Architecture II (M.Arch II) is a 2-year (4-semester), 60 credits program for students holding a pre-professional degree in architecture or a closely-related ... [+]

Allan T. Shulman

Graduate Program Director in Architecture

The Master of Architecture II (M.Arch II) is a 2-year (4-semester), 60 credits program for students holding a pre-professional degree in architecture or a closely-related field. This STEM-designated professional degree program provides an advanced platform for students to engage contemporary challenges and address a variety of social, cultural, technological and programmatic contexts.

This M.Arch II program allows students to advance their undergraduate education by engaging more complex challenges, honing their skills in essential areas, and by developing individual focus areas, for instance in advanced technology, design-build, and building construction, sustainability and resilience, urban design, historic preservation and adaptive-use, healthcare, or hospitality. Students direct their trajectory following their interests, develop areas of professional concentration through certificates, and engage in critical research.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2020
English
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Read more in English
University of Miami: School of Architecture

The Master of Construction Management (MCM) is an interdisciplinary 36-credit program and open to graduates from Architecture, Engineering, and Construction related progr ... [+]

Overview

The Master of Construction Management (MCM) is an interdisciplinary 36-credit program and open to graduates from Architecture, Engineering, and Construction related programs. The curriculum will broaden educational and career options for students. Formal knowledge and experience in project and construction management are highly sought after by, architectural and engineering firms, construction companies and real estate developers.

The Executive Masters of Construction Management (EMCM) program is designed for accomplished professionals in the design and construction industry who are ready to take their career to the next level.

The Construction Management program at SoA is designed to broaden the educational and career options for our graduates, by providing an integrative, flexible, and state of the art curriculum that prepares students with the knowledge, discipline and marketable skills to become future leaders of design and construction-related organizations worldwide.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2020
English
Full-time
Part-time
1 year
Campus
Read more in English
University of Miami: School of Architecture

The Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism is an interdisciplinary one-year graduate program that combines the strengths of the University of Miami’s Schools of Arc ... [+]

Overview

The Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism is an interdisciplinary one-year graduate program that combines the strengths of the University of Miami’s Schools of Architecture, Business Administration, and Law to create a world-class program that blends the fundamentals of real estate development with livable community planning and design. The MRED+U program is 36 credits.

The MRED+U Program is designed to provide students with the skills and experience to compete in the evolving world of urban real estate development. The curriculum is enriched by the University’s location in one of the world’s most dynamic real estate markets and by the School of Architecture faculty’s experience in community building. Course offerings include real estate finance, market analysis, real estate law, land use policies and codes, construction and project management, public-private partnerships, the development process, sustainable development, and entrepreneurship. The curriculum incorporates case studies and materials on mixed-use development, urban infill, the redevelopment and repositioning of urban properties, historic preservation, and the integration of design, policy, management and real estate development decision making in shaping the built environment of communities.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2020
English
Full-time
Part-time
1 year
Campus
Read more in English
University of Miami: School of Architecture

The Master in Urban Design is a three (optional four) semester program, 36 credits, that provides students with a design experience investigating the guiding principles f ... [+]

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk

Malcolm Matheson Distinguished Professor of Architecture

Director of the Master of Urban Design Program

The Master in Urban Design is a three (optional four) semester program, 36 credits, that provides students with a design experience investigating the guiding principles for building regions, cities, and communities. Guided by the imperatives of sustainability and resilience, the program conceptualizes cities as an extension of the ecological transect across the natural to human habitat, providing students with a range of experiences from rural to urban.

Program Director Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, recognized for her foundational role in the development of the movement called the New Urbanism, leads the program that invites students to explore design, policy and management tools for place-making as a vehicle for improving quality of life in a variety of urban settings. The impact of the built environment on health, retrofitting the suburban landscape, real estate development as community building, adaptation to climate change, and urban growth and revitalization, are topics prominent in course offerings and faculty research.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2020
English
Full-time
3 - 4 semesters
Campus
Read more in English