Program of Study
The M.S. in Architecture program at SPSU, with its collaborative, inter and cross-disciplinary offerings, focuses on technology and urbanism and draws on the highly qualified faculty of SPSU’s architecture department and experts from practice and academe outside the department for core and specialty areas.
The curriculum combines maximum flexibility with a structured core and independent study courses. Students and their academic advisors develop a customized set of courses to support and reinforce their research intent, interest and focus. Students complete their courses and related graduate degree requirements under the direct supervision of their advisors. Students can cross-register courses in other public universities working within the University System of Georgia with the written approval of their academic advisors and department chair. Students, in consultation with their advisors, will select the appropriate track that best suits their research and academic goals and objectives.
Graduate advisors closely work with their students to select an external committee to guide, assess and examine the progress and completion for their thesis projects. These thesis project options may include applied research, design studio or a combination of both.
The M.S. in Architecture has two concentrations: Technology of Architecture and Urbanism. These concentrations facilitate a higher skill that complements and advances undergraduate education in both architecture and non-architecture programs. The M.S. in Architecture program at SPSU provides post-professional skills to qualified candidates from the design community and other related disciplines.
1. Technology of Architecture
The concentration in Technology of Architecture includes varied specializations that support excellence in design and construction in the built environment. Technology and its intrinsic relationship to society focuses on formulating sustainable strategies related to building and digital technologies exemplified by building systems and materials, environmental systems, design-build, adaptive reuse and building information systems, digital design media, visualization, design communication, digital fabrication and parametric modeling.
The concentration in Urbanism concerns the study of urban and suburban settings in terms of their social, spatial and formal aspects as well as their political and economic manifestations. These studies relate to urban design, urban planning and policy, urban ecology and morphology, spatial analysis, community design and development, historic preservation, urban redevelopment, and housing.