Welcome Architecture Students

Welcome and congratulations! We are pleased that you are considering joining us. We are certain that you will benefit enormously from our rich and challenging environment, and that your training, goals, and motivation to pursue graduate studies at the Weitzman School of Design will make a significant contribution to all.

Our Open House is now a virtual event due to COVID-19. We plan to hold some virtual events and we 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 archdept@design.upenn.edu. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Important Dates

June 6 – July 15 Physics and History of Architecture courses
June 6 – July 22 Summer Design Studio Orientation for Students admitted to the 3.5 year MArch Program
July 25 – August 5 Digiblast: Fundamentals of 3D Modeling & Digital Output
August 8 – August 19 Advanced Architectural Design (AAD) Digital Workshop
August 8 – August 19 Environmental Building Design (EBD) Workshop
August 8 – August 19

Introduction to 3D Programming (RAS)

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 500-901: 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 $15,232.

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 6 through July 15 for a course fee of $800 each. Course enrollment is by permit only.

Digital Workshops

Students enrolled in the Summer Design Studio for Non-Architecture Majors, Physics, and History and Theory courses will have a 5 day intensive "Fundamentals of 3D Modeling & Digital Output" workshop built into the schedule of their course(s) from June 27 to July 1. These students will also take part in the second week of Digiblast from August 1 to August 5.

All other Master of Architecture students will take "Digiblast: Fundamentals of 3D Modeling & Digital Output" from July 25 to August 5 for a course fee of $800. These in-person workshops will lay the foundations for a range of computer skills that are essential for navigating the digital workflow of Weitzman School graduate studios.

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 8 to August 19, is intended to introduce students to the digital techniques that will be used in the design studios. Tuition is $800.

Master of Science in Design (Environmental Building Design) and Master of Environmental Building Design (MEBD) students are required to take the Environmental Building Design Digital Workshop. This session, which also runs from August 8 to August 19, is intended to introduce students to the digital techniques that will be used in the design studios. Tuition is $800.

Master of Science in Design (Robotics and Autonomous Systems) students are required to take Introduction to 3D Programming (RAS). This session, which runs from August 8 to August 19, is intended to introduce students to the digital techniques that will be used in the design studios. Tuition is $800.

Registration - MArch

Fall

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 599-001 500 Technology Lab

Waivers: Course requirement waiver forms can be picked up in the Architecture office (212 Meyerson) or by requesting them by email to arch@design.upenn.edu. 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. To waive Structures, you will need to take an exemption exam, instructions for which will be sent to all incoming students at the appropriate time. 

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.

Fall

Credit Units Course # Course Name
2 ARCH 703 MSD-AAD Design Studio
1 ARCH 710 Contemporary Theory 1993-Present
1 ARCH 741 Design Innovation
1 Elective I  

 

Registration - MSD-EBD and MEBD

Fall

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

 

Registration - MSD-RAS

Fall

Credit Units Course # Description
2 ARCH 801 Material Agencies: Robotics & Design Lab I
0.5 ARCH 803 General Overview of Algorithmic Design and Robotic Fabrication
0.5 ARCH 805 Intro to Micro-controllers, Sensor and Actuator Systems
1 ARCH 807 RAS Theory
1 Designated Elective (within Architecture + Engineering)

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 Leatherbarrow, Masoud Akbarzadeh, Franca Trubiano, Aaron Wunsch, Sonja Dümpelmann, Sophie Hochhäusl.


Fall

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