New Graduate Student Information: Architecture

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Shop Training and Orientation Information

Monday, August 7

Foundations workshop begins (for interested M.Arch. students)

9 a.m.  
Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.  
Welcome and introductions, wooden floor area, L. P. Kwee Studios, Milstein Hall

  • Architecture department chair
  • Director of the M.Arch. program

Tuesday, August 15

Shop and IT training begins (required for all incoming M.Arch. and M.Arch.II students)

9 a.m.  
Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.  
Welcome and introductions, wooden floor area, L. P. Kwee Studios, Milstein Hall

  • Architecture department chair
  • Director of the M.Arch. program

6 p.m.
Evening dinner reception, Arts Quad (fair weather); under Milstein Hall (rain)

Friday, August 18

3 p.m.
Required Title IX training (M.Arch. program), 157 East Sibley Hall
Also required for M.Arch.II students; you are welcome to attend this session or you may attend the session in Bailey Hall on August 22.

Saturday, August 19

3–7 p.m. 
Cornell University's International Graduate and International Professional Student OrientationStatler Hall (attendance is optional)

Monday, August 21

8:30 a.m.–12:00p.m. 
Cornell University's Graduate School orientation

  • Cornell ID cards may be picked up from 8:30–10 a.m.; as a professional student, you will have priority until 9 a.m.
  • The event also includes a campus and community resource fair and orientation program

Tuesday, August 22

Instruction begins

Wednesday, August 23

12:30 p.m.
Architecture department studio presentations, Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium
All students are required to attend.

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M.Arch. (Professional) Supply List

The Cornell Store stocks all of these items and can pull together the entire package at a slightly discounted amount compared to purchasing these items separately from an art supply store. To take advantage of this convenience, the Cornell Store will need to hear from you directly. Stop by the store or contact George Scofield, (607) 255-2936, to place your order.

Orders need to be placed by Thursday, August 3, to have guaranteed fulfillment by the first day of classes. If you decide to order your supplies elsewhere, we advise you purchase only professional quality items.

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Student Laptop Specifications

It is strongly suggested that you own the recommended laptop computer. Visit the Student Laptop Recommendations page to learn more.

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Graduate Class Enrollment

Master of Architecture (Professional) (M.Arch.)

The Office of Admissions and Academic Services will pre-enroll M.Arch. students into the following core classes for the fall semester:

  • ARCH 5111 Core Design Studio I
  • ARCH 5301 Theories and Analyses of Architecture I
  • ARCH 5511 Constructed Drawing I
  • ARCH 5611 Environmental Systems I
  • ARCH 5801 History of Architecture I

Enrollment will be adjusted based on advanced standing and approved course equivalency. After July 1, students can verify their enrollment in Student Center.

M.Arch. students can enroll in up to 20 credits each semester. Based on advanced standing and approved course equivalency, students may have room in their schedule for an elective class. Fall class offerings are available in the online Class Roster. Starting August 15, students can add electives to their schedule through Student Center. Be sure that electives do not conflict with any required core classes. Additional information regarding the M.Arch. curriculum is available in the University Courses of Study Catalog.

Master of Architecture (Post-Professional) (M.Arch.II)

The Office of Admissions and Academic Services will pre-enroll M.Arch.II students into the following core classes for the summer and fall semesters:

Summer core

  • ARCH 7111 Design A
  • ARCH 6110 Graduate Design Seminar
  • ARCH 6301 Design Research

Fall core

  • ARCH 7912 Design B

For the summer semester, M.Arch.II students enroll only in the core classes listed above. In the fall and spring terms, M.Arch.II students can enroll in up to 20 credits, which should include the required studio, two Territory of Investigation (TI) electives, and one open elective at the 3000-level or higher. In August, the department will provide students with a list of approved TI electives. Until then, students can begin reviewing all fall classes offerings using the online Class Roster. Starting August 15, students can add electives to their schedule through Student Center. Additional information regarding the M.Arch.II curriculum is available in the University Courses of Study Catalog.

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M.Arch. Course Equivalency

Advanced Placement through Course Equivalency

Once admitted into the program, applicants receive course equivalency information via email and in the admission offer letter detailing the equivalency process and the deadline to submit material. Applicants will have the opportunity to submit class syllabi and coursework from previous undergraduate class via an online submission form. A faculty member charged with reviewing that area of study (history, building technology, professional practice, etc.) will then determine if equivalency credit is appropriate.

  • To have material reviewed for ARCH 5511 Freehand Drawing and ARCH 5512 Digital Drawing, applicants must submit a portfolio of relevant work done in those classes along with the class syllabi and any relevant coursework.
  • Applicants should prepare these materials in advance so they can be submitted promptly if an offer of admission is made. Only course equivalency materials received by May 1 will be considered. Course equivalency materials will not be accepted before an offer of admission is made.

Please note that being awarded equivalency credit does not guarantee that a student will be able to successfully complete the M.Arch. program in fewer than seven semesters. Many of the required core classes are sequential, and successful completion of all required classes is a prerequisite for enrolling in ARCH 8912: Independent Design Thesis.

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Architecture Department Contact Information

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call:

Graduate Programs Coordinator
Department of Architecture
139 E. Sibley Hall
(607) 255-7779
chb77@cornell.edu

Department of Architecture
(607) 255-5236

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