University of Cincinnati
The School of Architecture & Interior Design
The School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati serves over 700 students and offers four degrees: the pre-professional B.S.Arch, professional M.Arch. and B.S. Interior Design, and the post-professional M.S. Arch, M.IntD, and Ph.D. Cooperative education was invented at the University of Cincinnati in 1906 and has been a signature component of the architecture program since its inception in 1927. The Architecture program at UC was one of the first programs accredited by the NAAB, in 1947.
The University of Cincinnati has developed a multi-billion dollar campus master plan designed by George Hargreaves that features buildings and urban landscape by Hargreaves, Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Michael Graves, Gwathmey Siegel, Machado and Silvetti, SOM, Leers Weinzapfel, and Bernard Tschumi, among other notable architects. Peter Eisenman's internationally acclaimed Aronoff Center for Design and Art houses the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) and three other schools within the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.
The core mission of the architecture program is to prepare students for critical engagement with practice. Building on more than a century of cooperative (co-op) education experience, our Master's degree program allows students to arrange coursework around specific career objectives beyond basic design education. The program promotes leadership, collaboration, intellectual depth, flexibility, and teamwork. It strengthens connections between design innovation and the administrative and managerial dimensions of practice, which increasingly influence the business of architecture. Students of architecture at UC discover that a liberal arts education provides a broad basis for understanding the role of architecture and locating the profession in a cultural and historical context. They find that the School presents core professional knowledge and develops design ability through a prescribed curriculum, and that the curriculum is enriched with professional options, delivered through elective seminars, lectures and design studios, as well as opportunities to engage in travel-study programs; experimental projects; and collaborative, interdisciplinary projects for communities, organizations, and for-profit entities. Unique among schools of architecture and interior design, SAID students alternate these more traditional academic experiences with periods of professional experience, through our landmark cooperative education program.
The University of Cincinnati has implemented a professional curriculum leading to the M.Arch. degree, based on the 4+3 model. Students who enter as freshmen earn a pre-professional B.S.Arch degree in four years. Qualified UC students with a B.S.Arch degree may then proceed to professional graduate study. Many of these students will be participating in NCARB's nascent Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative, which provides students the opportunity to meet all of the educational, internship, and examination requirements for architectural licensure within a highly structured and time-efficient program. The University of Cincinnati is one of 13 institutions launching the pilot phase of the NCARB initiative. Additionally, the School welcomes applications from students with pre-professional and non-architectural undergraduate degrees conferred by other institutions for graduate study for the professional M.Arch. degree. The M.Arch. curriculum seeks to equip students to assume a larger role in the management of building economics and to prepare them to lead more phases of the building production process. The faculty seek to prepare students to take greater responsibility for the long-term economic and environmental consequences of construction, including the re-use and maintenance of existing buildings. The School seeks to promote leadership, collaboration, intellectual depth, flexibility, and teamwork; and it seeks to promote stronger connections between design innovation and the administrative and managerial dimensions of practice, which increasingly influence the business of architecture. The Master of Architecture program intensifies professional education in two important ways. First, it organizes the resources of the school around individually-tailored academic thesis topics that accord with emerging practices in the field. Second, it enriches graduate academic experience through the curricular integration of its longstanding co-operative education system, in which students work and learn as paid employees in over 500 participating firms in the US and overseas. The School of Architecture and Interior Design also offers non-professional Master of Science and Ph.D degrees in Architecture, which primarily prepare students for research and teaching roles in the academy, in government, or within larger multi-disciplinary architectural firms. With these degree programs, students expand their research into the cultural significance of building or investigate technical building systems in depth, and thereby broaden the effective knowledge base and range of conventional design intervention.
- Community Design
- Digital Design
- Digital Fabrication
- Ecological Design
- Graphics And Visualization
- Historic Preservation