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M.Arch. in Architecture

Explore, build, and lead the profession architecture.
The professional M.Arch. degree prepares students to become leaders in the profession of architecture. Students enroll in a two-year core curriculum focused on techniques, principles, histories, theories, and technologies related to the discipline of architecture. In the final year of the program, the students develop a thesis project.

The professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree is designed for students with undergraduate baccalaureate degrees in fields other than architecture and for those holding a non-professional baccalaureate degree in architecture. The three-year (seven-semester) program helps prepare students to become leaders in the profession of architecture. Students enroll in a two-year core curriculum that helps prepare them with techniques, principles, histories, theories, and technologies related to the discipline of architecture. In the final year of the program the students develop a thesis project.

The M.Arch. program is a companion to our more than century-old accredited Bachelor of Architecture program and enjoys the curricular explorations and experiences that have gone into designing and maintaining a cutting-edge professional architectural education. The program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Effective January 2020, the M.Arch. is designated as a STEM program with the CIP code 04.0902.

In its 2019 accreditation visit, the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) praised Penn State’s M.Arch. program by pointing out that four accreditation conditions are met “with distinction”: (A2) Design Thinking Skills, (A7) History and Global Culture, (C1) Research, and (C3) Integrative Design.


Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

M.Arch. Students

Students currently enrolled in the M.Arch. program.

Current Cohort

Kailyn Clancy

Kailyn Clancy

Research Cluster: Culture, Society, Space
Academic Advisers: Rebecca Henn, DK Osseo-Asare
kbc5274@psu.edu


LewYong Gerbrandt

LewYong Gerbrandt

Research Cluster: Culture, Society, Space
https://lygerbrandt.wixsite.com/interior-designer | lxg261@psu.edu


Josette Kafando

Josette Kafando

Research Focus: Fostering cultural identity
Academic Advisers: Rebecca Henn, DK Osseo-Asare
jxk1349@psu.edu


Niousha Keyvaninejad

Research Focus: Design computing
Research Cluster: Design Computing
nmk5551@psu.edu


Tiffanie Leung

Tiffanie Leung

Research Focus: Re-examining earthbag geometries and their impact on structure and construction workflow
Research Cluster: Material Matters
Academic Advisers: Marcus Shaffer, DK Osseo-Asare
https://tleungdesign.com | tiffanieleung@psu.edu


Blanche Tarabrella

Blanche Tarabrella

Academic Adviser: Rebecca Henn
https://btarabrella.wixsite.com/website | brt5192@psu.edu


M.Arch. Student Awards

Section cut rendering of a building with yellowish interior and purple accents. Grey sky surrounding. Arch 534-Poerschke-McKenna-2016

Alumni Spotlight

KieranTimberlake principal and Penn State Architecture alumna Marilia Rodrigues.

Alumni Spotlight

Marilia Rodrigues

B.Arch. in Architecture 2002

Marilia Rodrigues is a principal at KieranTimberlake, an internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its commitment to research, innovation, and invention. She brings multiple technologies, voices, and talents together to achieve award-winning designs.

Cityscape featuring architectural glass structure designed by Marilia Rodrigues.
Modern residential structure elevated on stilts and featuring a with glass facade. Design by Marilia Rodrigues.
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Faculty Spotlight

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What a scrapyard in Ghana can teach us about innovation.

DK Osseo-Asare

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Engineering Design

Fulbright scholar, TED Global Fellow, and Africa 4 Tech Digital Champion, DK Osseo-Asare is assistant professor of architecture and engineering design, facilitating collaboration among the Stuckeman School, the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs, and the Materials Research Institute. He is also the director of the Humanitarian Materials Lab (HuMatLab), affiliate to the Materials Matters and Stuckeman Center for Design Computing research clusters, and associate director of Penn State’s Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Design with Africa (AESEDA). Outside the University, he is cofounder and principal of architecture and integrated design at Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Austin, Texas, and Tema, Ghana.

DK Osseo-Asare

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