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M.Arch.II

Master of Architecture II (M.Arch.II) Degree Program

The M.Arch II is a post-professional degree program that leads to a Masters of Architecture II degree. This unique program offers students with a professional degree in architecture the opportunity to specialize their skills and apply architectural design thinking and capabilities to real-world challenges outside the field.

The program is located at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s IDEAS campus, an incubator for collaborative, cross-disciplinary design research. Through year-long design research topics (referred to as SUPRASTUDIOS), students and faculty work with partners working in the areas of entertainment, media, technology, and urbanism. Students apply the analytical and design processes of architecture and urban design to emerging developments in these industries. By engaging with experts from other fields, students have the opportunity to expand architecture’s field of influence and leverage design to propose alternative, more intelligent futures. 

Led by professors who are experts in their respective fields — Thom Mayne, Craig Hodgetts, Mark Mack, and Güvenç Özel (2017–18) — students join a team of educators and industry partners to question, challenge, and expand the current conventions of architectural practice. Past research studios have catalyzed design, technology, and research breakthroughs in high profile projects such as Hyperloop, high-performance architecture with Boeing and Cirque du Soleil, 3D-printing design and technology with Autodesk and RedBull, and urgent issues of sustainability with UNICEF in Haiti. 

Each year, the program offers concurrent studios that explore a relevant applied research theme. Topics have included strategic thinking, sustainability, contemporary culture, lifestyle, autonomous cars, mobility, sensing technology, robotics, extreme environments, the journey to outer space, virtual reality, entertainment production performances, and media-enhanced experiences. Through intensive research and experimentation, students investigate contemporary technological inventions, capture opportunities for interdisciplinary growth, and create new methodologies for architectural design. 

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