IIT Architecture MARCH program

Architecture (M.ARCH.)

Our Master of Architecture degree prepares graduates for ethical leadership of the design professions.

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Our Master of Architecture program is a launching pad for those seeking leadership roles in architecture, design, development, and construction, and is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, forging a direct pathway to licensure. Students holding a pre-professional degree in architecture may qualify for our two-year program of study, while students without a background in architecture typically finish in three years.

Our studio-based curriculum emphasizes ethical design practice and is led by prominent architects who work with students to develop the skills they need to address pressing architectural and urban problems. Each studio offers a distinctive learning environment in which students sharpen their capacity to think critically, experiment speculatively, and make architecture ambitiously.

The city of Chicago offers a ready-made urban laboratory for all of our efforts. Moreover, our location in a global city allows us to bring together and work with expert designers, engineers, technologists, and theorists.

This program is open beginning in the fall semester only.

Program Overview

Our M.ARCH. program stresses research, analysis, and synthesis as preparation for an expanding disciplinary field in which resourcefulness and daring are rewarded. We are committed to helping our graduates become exceptional design leaders as well as ethical global citizens.

Career Opportunities

Our close ties to the professional community in Chicago and beyond allow students early exposure to practice and advanced job placement in the many areas in the discipline, including:

  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Real estate development
  • Urban design 
  • Higher education

The Master of Architecture curriculum is centered on design studios led by prominent architects. Each offers a distinctive learning environment in which students sharpen their capacity to think critically, experiment speculatively, and make architecture ambitiously.

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Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete before the start of the term, an undergraduate degree from an accredited educational institution with at least a B average (GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent).

Featured Faculty

Martin Felsen
Associate Professor Director, Master of Architecture Program
Leslie Johnson
Senior Lecturer Master of Architecture YR1 Coordinator
Thomas Brock
Studio Associate Professor Master of Architecture YR2 Coordinator
Vedran Mimica
Professor
Luis Ortega
Associate Professor

How We Stand Out

I was really involved at the College of Architecture. I worked as a teacher’s assistant, was able to meet a lot of people, and got to know the professors really well. That was extremely helpful in making the career I had, and it’s all a credit to the school.

Fred Grier (ARCH '10), Project Architect at Solomon Cordwell Buenz

See Our Student Work

Building rendering

M.Arch. students Alexander Aparicio, Qin Lu, and Yilie Wang were recognized by AIA Chicago for their "Contour Island" project, which imagines a sprawling public and manufacturing space north of Goose Island.

Building rendering

This project aims to address New York City’s housing shortage while increasing quality of living by eschewing a typical high-rise structure for a horizontal long-span that incorporates both residential and commercial space.