Master of Architecture: your pathway to registration

21 September 2020
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Want to study architecture or the built environment? As Australia’s top-ranked school in the field* we’ve got big news: we’ve introduced a new Master of Architecture offering. Read about it here.

The Master of Architecture  is based on a collaborative studio-based learning environment. Building on your undergraduate experience, you’ll be challenged to expand your conceptual and creative skills, while grounding you in the requirements essential for professional registration and practice after graduation. You’ll graduate at the forefront of an ever-evolving architectural industry.

This degree operates around a series of studios with projects that emphasise research, design and vision. The work that you’ll undertake will be defined by industry practice, surveying the social, environmental, practical and aesthetic needs of the brief while working within the wider context of architectural theory and philosophy.

The new structure gives students the freedom to progress through architecture with critical consciousness, exploratory approach, and, of course, imagination.
Dr Paolo Stracchi, Program Director of the Master of Architecture, School of Architecture, Design and Planning

"The Master of Architecture program offers students the opportunity to tailor their education by focusing on aspects that matter to them," said Dr Paolo Stracchi, Program Director of the Master of Architecture, School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

"The new structure gives students the freedom to progress through architecture with critical consciousness, exploratory approach, and, of course, imagination. I like to think about our Master of Architecture program as an open stage where students can imagine, perform, and tell their own story."

Choice and flexibility

Our new degree structure will allow you greater choice in tailoring your studies to your own needs, interests, and passions. The high level of flexibility and choice the course offers allows you to concentrate on those aspects of architecture that matter most to you – and to extend your studies in exploratory and experimental ways.

The revised Master of Architecture will prepare you to actively participate and contribute to shape and direct changes in architectural design, practice and discourse, showing leadership and fostering innovation and inclusion.

Tailor your degree to suit your interests

Through a combination of Disciplinary, Studio, Research and Design-Based Units, the new structure will allow you to build your own intellectual and skill frameworks. Tailoring and flexibility are achieved through four different modes of study:

These units of study (UoS) introduce you to various dimensions of architectural design including ethical, legal, regulatory and practice management frameworks in which architects operate.

Across three semesters, our studio-based units will challenge you to work collaboratively and respond to a given architectural brief through creative, exploratory, computational, technical or lab-based design processes. Design-focused and multidisciplinary in their approach, these units will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills to formulate a critical and innovative project proposition. 

Specialised electives accompany the core degree structure, which will allow you to deepen your individual interests, key agendas and advanced topic of architecture. Research-based, these units allow you to envision and develop approaches to architecture concepts, programs, techniques and methods, and challenges.

Unique to Australian postgraduate courses, the thesis studio will allow you to research, theorise and apply an individual research agenda. Research and design-based, these units aim to further structure students’ areas of design and research expertise to finally position graduates as active and knowledgeable participants in the field of Architecture. 

The best architectural minds

We draw on the best architectural minds, domestically and internationally, to deliver a comprehensive and contemporary education.

Many of our staff have roles in leading industry organisations, including the Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Architects Registration Board, Planning Institute of Australia, and national accreditation panels.

Earlier this year, three leading architectural practitioners were appointed Professors of Practice at the School. Olivia Hyde, Kate Goodwin and Qianyi Lim are working together to forge the link with the wider community and positively shape the conversation, collaboration and direction of the school.

DMaF Lab

Benefit from the latest facilities

The Wilkinson Building has one of the best-equipped Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab (DMaF Lab) in the country that enables the production of design prototypes, objects and models.  

The DMaF Lab is a hub for research, innovation and advanced fabrication. The leading-edge facilities include a wide range of 3D Printers, laser cutters, robotic arms and CNC technologies alongside traditional fabrication spaces.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021


Dr Paolo Stracchi

Program Director, Master of Architecture
  • Room 525 Wilkinson G04

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