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Grad Catalog 01-03


Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




4.  Fields of Study


Degrees Offered
Master of Architecture
Master of Science in Architectural Studies
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

The School of Architecture is housed in four adjacent buildings at the heart of the campus: Battle Hall (1911) and Sutton Hall (1918, renovated in 1982), designed by the noted American architect Cass Gilbert; Goldsmith Hall (1933, expanded and renovated in 1988), designed by the renowned French architect Paul Philippe Cret, one of the planners of the original forty-acre campus; and the West Mall Office Building (1961) by the Texas firm of Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse, and Greeven.

The Architecture and Planning Library, a branch of the General Libraries, collects materials on all aspects of architecture, interior design, and community and regional planning, including design, history, criticism, theory, preservation, professional practice, case studies, and technology. The library houses over 67,000 volumes, including bound periodicals, professional reports, an extensive reference collection, a significant collection of about 15,000 rare books, and the Alexander Architectural Archive. The archive contains more than 200,000 architectural drawings, 740 linear feet of papers, photographic materials, models, and ephemera, representing thousands of projects in Texas, New York, Chicago, California, and Great Britain. Microform materials include many historic sources not available in book form. The General Libraries also provides access to a wide variety of electronic databases and a full range of reference and instructional services.

The School of Architecture's Audiovisual Resources Collection contains audiovisual equipment, technical and design reference material, and more than 200,000 photographic slides of architectural and related works. Computer-aided design and research opportunities are provided by the school's computer laboratory, which maintains microcomputer equipment and terminals interfaced with the extensive computing facilities of Academic Computing.

The Center for American Architecture and Design provides support and resources for the scholarly study of American architecture. Through lectures, exhibitions, seminars, symposia, fellowship support, and the collection of research materials, the center encourages a community of architecture scholarship.

The resources of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Benson Latin American Collection, and the proximity of Austin to Latin America, provide exceptional opportunities for the study of Latin American architecture.

Areas of Study

The three master's degree programs in architecture lead to professional, postprofessional, and academic degrees. The Master of Architecture (first professional) degree fulfills the professional degree requirements for registration as an architect. The Master of Architecture (postprofessional) degree offers students with professional degrees in architecture advanced study in an area of concentration: historic preservation, design with climate, advanced architectural design, or urban design. The Master of Science in Architectural Studies is a nonprofessional academic degree offering concentrations in historic preservation, design with climate, urban design, theory, architectural history, and interdisciplinary studies.

The doctoral program offers concentrations in the history of architecture and historic preservation. It provides students who have an appropriate master's degree with a rigorous course of study intended to prepare them to conduct research and teach in these disciplines. The school's faculty has particular expertise in early modern and modern architecture in Europe and the United States.

The concentration in the history of architecture places special emphasis on understanding buildings and their designers in context, and on viewing buildings and designs as complex and interconnected wholes that include aspects of aesthetics, tectonics, function, culture, and meaning. The student's program of study may address the history of architectural theory; the history of design; the history of interior design; the history of urban design, settlement, or cities; and the history of building technology.

The concentration in historic preservation embraces multidisciplinary and culturally diverse approaches to the conservation of historic resources. The student's program may address preservation planning and development; issues in the theory, history, and practice of the conservation of buildings, interiors, landscapes, and neighborhoods; historic site management; preservation and sustainable development; and innovative methodologies for preservation practice.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.

Dean Johnson Almy III
Anthony Alofsin
Kevin Alter
Francisco Arumi-Noe
Simon D. Atkinson
Michael L. Benedikt
Sinclair Black
Christine Corcoran Cantwell
C. Owen Cappleman
Jeffrey Mark Chusid
Richard L. Cleary
Richard L. Dodge Jr.
Larry A. Doll
Michael L. Garrison
David D. Heymann
     Nancy P. Kwallek
Daniel E. Leary
Gerlinde Leiding
Christopher A. Long
Juan Miro
Steven A. Moore
Michael Oden
Vincent Snyder
Lawrence W. Speck
Richard P. Swallow
Lance E. Tatum
Danilo F. Udovicki-Selb
D. Andrew Vernooy
Lois R. Weinthal
Nichole Wiedemann

Admission Requirements

Master of Architecture (first professional). This degree program is open to qualified applicants who hold baccalaureate degrees in any discipline, including pre-architecture.

Master of Architecture (postprofessional). This degree program is open to qualified applicants who hold professional degrees in architecture.

Master of Science in Architectural Studies. This degree program is open to qualified applicants who hold baccalaureate degrees in any discipline. Prerequisites for students without architecture degrees vary according to the student's experience and intended area of concentration.

Doctor of Philosophy. Students who enter the doctoral degree program must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in a discipline relevant to their area of concentration and must demonstrate the ability to excel in doctoral work. Admission decisions are made by the doctoral subcommittee of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Degree Requirements

Master of Architecture

Professional degree program. For students entering with degrees other than professional degrees in architecture, the Master of Architecture is an accredited first professional degree, with accelerated graduate professional courses designed to prepare the student for advanced work in architecture; the coursework is prescribed on the basis of the student's previous college work as shown in transcripts, portfolio, statement of intent, and references. Before progressing into advanced architectural design, first professional degree candidates must demonstrate a certain proficiency in design and communication skills through a qualifying review conducted by the faculty. Students entering without a background in architecture normally complete the first professional degree program in approximately three and one-half years of study in residence; the academic records of students holding preprofessional degrees in architectural studies are individually evaluated for course credit toward the first professional degree requirements.

Students may earn a Certificate of Specialization in Historic Preservation, Urban Design, or Design with Climate by completing the relevant sequence of courses. These are described in Prospectus, the comprehensive guide to programs published by the School of Architecture.

Postprofessional degree program. For students entering with a professional degree in architecture, the Master of Architecture is a postprofessional degree. This program requires either thirty semester hours of graduate work, including the six-hour thesis; or thirty-six hours of work, including a final six hours of independent study. Based on the student's interests and an evaluation of the statement of intent, portfolio, and transcripts, specific degree requirements are established for the postprofessional program offerings:

Design and Theory: A postprofessional program providing an opportunity to examine and refine design philosophies. Participants may develop an individual program of study based on their specific design interests.

Design with Climate: A postprofessional program emphasizing the integration of natural systems, building systems, and cultural systems into architectural design.

Historic Preservation: A postprofessional program designed to provide knowledge and skills appropriate for architects who are engaged in preservation practice and policy, written and graphic documentation of historic structures, building pathology, materials conservation, and sensitive design for restoration or adaptive reuse.

Urban Design: Postprofessional graduate study developing an understanding of the urban environment and its users' needs, and promoting design skills to improve the quality and efficiency of the built environment.

Master of Science in Architectural Studies

The Master of Science in Architectural Studies degree program consists of advanced academic work in areas allied with architectural design: historic preservation, design with climate, architectural history, urban design, theory, and interdisciplinary studies. This degree program is tailored to applicants who wish to pursue research and advanced academic study in these fields for a nonprofessional degree. It is available to students with or without a professional degree in architecture.

The degree program consists of at least thirty semester hours, including a thesis or professional report, as described in chapter 3 of this catalog. Course sequences for each concentration are described in Prospectus, published by the School of Architecture. An individual plan of study is defined for each student by the director of the program and the graduate adviser.

This degree does not fulfill the professional degree requirements for registration as an architect.

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral subcommittee of the Graduate Studies Committee determines course requirements, prescribes qualifying examinations, and approves dissertation topics. The degree plan requires a minimum of twenty-one hours of seminars and reading courses leading to the comprehensive examination. Nine of these hours are taken as a minor outside the School of Architecture. The program requires experience in design, which may be gained through coursework or in a variety of professional contexts, and reading proficiency in two foreign languages approved by the doctoral subcommittee. After passing the comprehensive examination, the student registers in the dissertation colloquium to develop a dissertation topic. The writing, oral defense, and revision of the dissertation follow.

For More Information

Campus address: Sutton Hall (SUT) 2.124, phone (512) 471-0134, fax (512) 471-0716; campus mail code: B7500

Mailing address: Graduate Program in Architecture, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1160



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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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