Welcome Architecture Students

Welcome and congratulations! We are very pleased that you are considering joining us. We are certain that you will profit enormously from our rich and challenging environment, and that your training, skills, goals, and motivation to pursue graduate studies here will be a significant contribution to all.

We hope to see you at the Weitzman School Open House on Monday, April 8, 2019. There you will have the opportunity to meet faculty and students, tour the facilities, and experience first-hand the unique culture at Weitzman School. If you have a conflict with this date and wish to schedule a visit, send us a note and we will assist you with planning a visit. We also encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our program, curriculum, and community. Below you will find essential information that will help you to prepare to begin your program this year. Please read the information that pertains to you and follow it carefully.

Please contact us with questions at +1-215-898-5728 or arch@design.upenn.edu. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Important Dates

June 14 - August 9 Summer Design Studio for Students admitted to the 3.5 year MArch Program
June 17 - August 9  Physics and History of Architecture courses
July 29 - August 9 Digiblast
August 12 - August 21  Advanced Architectural Design Digital Workshop

Master of Architecture Students

Are you admitted into the Summer Design Studio for Non-Architecture Majors?
We are excited about your participation in the Summer Studio Program and look forward to your involvement in the creation of rich and varied work during this intense course of study. In order to allow you to succeed in the Master of Architecture program, joining your fellow students in the fall who hold four year degrees in architecture, you will be matriculating in the summer and beginning with ARCH 500-920: Summer Preparatory Design Studio. This two course unit studio is designed not only to give you the skills and knowledge necessary to allow a smooth transition into the fall semester, but also as a necessary first step in a much larger program of professional studies. Your total program length will be three and one half years or 7 semesters. Tuition for the summer studio is approximately $14,350.

We will begin with a mandatory orientation session for all summer architecture students on June 14th in the Lower Gallery of Meyerson Hall. Please check in with the Architecture Department that morning at 9:30 am. Immediately following our meeting we will assign design studio work desks.  The schedule for the other courses and syllabi will be distributed at the orientation session. In the meantime, the instructor has provided a Bibliography and Materials List for the Summer Design studio.

Please look over the subject areas during whatever free time you may have. In particular, try to read the titles in bold print. The remaining books comprise a general list relevant to the design studio course, and most of these books can be found in the Jerome and Anne Fisher Fine Arts Library on campus. They are suggested resources but are not required readings. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the studio instructors Larry Mitnick or Josh Freese.

Do you need to fill Physics and/or History of Western Architecture prerequisites?
The Department of Architecture offers a History of Architecture and a Physics course. These non-credit courses will fulfill the history and physics prerequisite conditions for matriculation in the fall. Each course runs from June 15th through August 10th for a course fee of $750.00 each. Course enrollment is by permit only.

Digital Workshops

Students enrolled in the Summer Design Studio for Non-Architecture Majors will have a 10 day intensive "Fundamentals of 3D Modeling & Digital Output" workshop built into the schedule of their studio course from July 5 to July 14 (including the weekend).  This 10 day workshop is also built into the schedule for students enrolled in both the History and Theory and Physics courses.  All other Master of Architecture students and MSD-EBD students will take "Digiblast: Fundamentals of 3D Modeling & Digital Output" from July 29 to August 9 for a course fee of $750. These workshops will lay the foundations for a range of computer skills that are essential for navigating the digital workflow of Weitzman School graduate studios. More information on these courses can be found here.

3D and parametric modeling visualization and 3D post-production presentation techniques will be covered in daily hands-on tutorials and during in-class lab time with expert guidance. Topics include Rhino, VRay, and Grasshopper. Once acquired, the skills developed in Digiblast will be used in explorations in future studios at Weitzman School.

Master of Science in Design (Advanced Architectural Design) students are required to take the Advanced Architectural Design Digital Workshop. This session, which runs from August 12-21, 2019 (including the weekend), is intended to introduce students to the digital techniques that will be used in the design studios. Tuition is $750.

Summer Billing Information

Course fees for Architecture, City Planning, Historic Preservation and Landscape Architecture summer institutes will be applied to student’s accounts on the first day of the course. Students will receive an email confirmation from the Office of Student Services when the charge(s) have been applied to their account. The charges will be visible to students under “new activity” in the Penn.Pay system. The fee will be due during the next scheduled billing cycle. Student Financial Services billing schedule is available online at: http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/billing/billing-schedule.htm. Questions regarding billing for summer institute coursework should be directed to the Weitzman School Office of Student Services at: registrar@design.upenn.edu.

Registration - MArch

Credit Units Course & Section # Course Name
2 ARCH 501-201 Design Studio I
1 ARCH 511-001 History and Theory I
0 ARCH 511-201/202/203/204 History and Theory I Recitation - choose section based on preferred time        
.5 ARCH 521-101 Visual Studies I
.5 ARCH 531-401 Construction I
.5 ARCH 535-401 Structures I
0 ARCH 535-402 Structures I Lab

Waivers: Course requirement waivers can be picked up in the Architecture office (212 Meyerson). This form needs to be signed by the instructor on the first day of class, at which time you should be prepared to show the instructor the course syllabus and a transcript showing the grade you received in the course.

Registration - MSD-AAD

Students may take a maximum of five course units per semester and are required to complete a minimum of three semesters of full-time studies.

Credit Units Course # Course Name
2 ARCH 703 MSD-AAD Design Studio
1 ARCH 710 Contemporary Theory 1989-Present
1 ARCH 720 Visual Literacy and Its Culture
1 Elective I  


Registration - MSD-EBD

Credit Units Course # Description      
1 ARCH 751 Ecology, Technology, and Design      
1 ARCH 752 MEBD Research Seminar      
1 ARCH 753 Building Performance Simulation      
1 Designated Elective        
1 Designated Elective        


Registration - MS & PhD Arch

You may find it helpful to begin reading books written by members of the Graduate Group, particularly those written by professors with whom you imagine yourself studying: Daniel Barber, William Braham, David Brownlee, Winka Dubbeldam, Annette Fierro, Giannetto, John Dixon Hunt, Simon Kim, David Leatherbarrow, Akbarzadeh Masoud, Frank Matero, Joan Ockman, Ali Rahim, Andrew Saunders, Franca Trubiano, Marion Weiss, Aaron Wunsch


Credit Units Course # Course Name
1 ARCH 811 Architectural Research
1 Elective I  
1 Elective II  
1 Elective III