Master of Architecture I Degree Program

First professional degree in Architecture. 
Accredited by NAAB.

3 years.

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Master of Architecture I
The Master of Architecture I (M.Arch.I), accredited by the NAAB, is the basic professional degree in architecture at UCLA. It is offered to students who want to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to practice architecture professionally. It consists of three years of study, including design studios, required course work, and electives.

From the NAAB
In the United States, most state 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 U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Architecture and Urban Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: M.Arch.I (126 graduate credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2016

To read more about the NAAB Conditions of Accreditation, please visit:
NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
NAAB Student Performance 2009 Criteria
NAAB Student Performance 2004 Criteria

International Studio for Current Students

3M futureLAB with UCLA is an inter-disciplinary research forum led by Peter Ebner for third year M.Arch. I students that takes place in Munich, Germany. This year Drew Pusey will assist Peter Ebner with the Studio. This studio is an alternative model to the traditional studio, 3M futureLAB functions as a platform at the intersection of architecture, art, and society.   Students are asked not only to contribute their own visions for future design potentials, but also to engage with a select group of engineers, artists, manufacturers, writers, and designers from Bavaria and the surrounding region into a discussion about the undiscovered possibilities at the leading-edge of technology, aesthetics, and manufacturing.

In its fourth year, futureLAB will address the topic of ‘density’ in modern Europe as it moves through the first half of the 21st century.  Beyond simple population projections, the students will tackle issues such as infrastructure, noise, small-group transportation systems, and alternative modes for residential living. The project will take place in two phases: an urban plan for a site at the terminus of the 91 Autobahn on the west side of Munich, and a 10 unit residential building – prototypical of concepts illustrated at the larger scale.

Students will enjoy a dynamic series of lectures (both formal and informal) where they will have a chance to interact one-on-one with a wealth of architecture and design luminaries.  Several short field trips will give the students access to a host of innovative practices where they will obtain a better sense of the design culture of the region.