Academics

Solve design problems in the studio, community + abroad

Transcend traditional architecture programs when you study in the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program. Through a series of studios and community engagement projects, you’ll get a uniquely cumulative education where design problems are interwoven with the concepts of:

  • Structure
  • Spatial composition and sequence
  • Movement
  • Admission of light and air
  • Energy consumption and sustainability
  • Building surface and skin
  • Materiality and assembly

With each project and with each semester, you’ll tackle increasingly complex design problems. You’ll begin with giving priority to the composition of space. In your third and final semester, you’ll solve a semester-long design problem with a hands-on research component to address more complex issues of aggregate form in architecture.

As a graduate of the Miller M.Arch program, you will be able to:

  • Respond dynamically to the changing demands of architecture
  • Be a creative thinker, problem solver, and innovator
  • Incorporate coalition building and community engagement into design practice
  • Understand the dynamic relationships between architecture and art, the city, and the world
See the curriculum
A student looks at a design on a computer screen.
Students work in a studio.

Art + architecture together

We see artistic practice as vital to the practice of architecture. That’s why you’ll take parallel studios in architecture and visual arts throughout your three years of study. Though each of these deals with different problems, learning how to tackle measurement, proportion, cadence, relativity, depth, line quality, tonal structure, and visual order in your artwork will greatly enrich the quality and thoughtfulness of your architectural designs for years to come.

You’ll begin your visual studies studios with fundamentals of perception and representation via pencil and charcoal hand drawing. You’ll then progress to painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The farther along you are in the program, the more independence you gain to pursue self-driven artistic projects within the visual arts studios.

My experience in the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program has been an eye-opening, life-changing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Stacy Hardy, J. Irwin Miller M.Arch Program student

Find understanding + opportunity abroad

Intricate iron gate in Rome
Ancient columns in Rome
Four easels display student drawings in progress on a sidewalk in Rome.

Visit + connect

Students in the Republic Building, home of the M.Arch program