Please note: If you are not eligible for History & Theory or Building Science & Technology advanced standing / waiver, the following are the required classes for M. Arch students. Columbia GSAPP does not offer advanced standing or a waiver for Visual Studies.
Course Sequence Semester 1
Fall
Semester 2
Spring
Semester 3
Fall
Semester 4
Spring
Semester 5
Fall
Semester 6
Spring
Design Studio
6x9pts = 54pts
Core Studio I Core Studio II Core Studio III Advanced Studio IV Advanced Studio V Advanced Studio VI
Architectural Technologies
6x3pts = 18pts
Architectural Technology I Architectural Technology II Architectural Technology III, Architectural Technology IV Architectural Technology V Architectural Technology VI Distribution
History/Theory
6x3pts = 18pts
History of Architecture I History of Architecture II Distribution 1 Distribution 2 Distribution 3 Distribution 4
Visual Studies
2x3pts = 6pts
Visual Studies I: Architectural Drawing & Rep I Visual Studies II: Architectural Drawing & Rep II
Methods/Practice
2x3pts = 6pts
Visual Studies Elective Professional Practice
Electives
2x3pts = 6pts
2 Electives
Total
108pts
18pts 18pts 18pts 18pts 18pts 18pts

Requirements by Distribution

ARCHITECTURE STUDIO SEQUENCE REQUIREMENTS

Six sequential studios starting in Fall term, 1st year:

A4001 Core studio, I 9 pts
A4002 Core studio, II 9 pts
A4003 Core studio, III 9 pts
A4004 Advanced studio, IV 9 pts
A4005 Advanced studio, V 9 pts
A4006 Advanced studio, VI 9 pts

Total: 54 pts

HISTORY/THEORY SEQUENCE REQUIREMENTS

Two sequential courses:

A4348 Questions in Architectural History I, 3 pts
A4349 Questions in Architectural History II, 3 pts

Total: 6 pts

HISTORY/THEORY DISTRIBUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Four courses : 12 pts

Students must complete four courses (3 pts each for a total of 12 pts).

Of those four courses, one course must be Pre-1750 and one course must be Non-Western, unless waivers are granted.

The remaining two courses must be chosen from two of the following three categories (students may not take two courses in the same category toward the requirement):

  1. Modern: 1750 to the Present
  2. Urban Society
  3. American

Students are expected to combine breadth in those fields they have not previously studied with in-depth seminars in at least one of these categories. Each term course schedule will identify those courses fulfilling the distribution requirements.

If a student has had a similar class or classes, he or she may petition the professor of the class to waive the requirement.

VISUAL STUDIES SEQUENCE REQUIREMENTS

A4023 Architectural Drawing & Representation I 3 pts
A4024 Architectural Drawing & Representation II 3 pts

Total: 6 pts

METHODS & PRACTICE SEQUENCE REQUIREMENTS

Visual Studies Electives 3 pts
A4560 Professional Practice 3 pts

Total: 6 pts

BUILDING SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SEQUENCE REQUIREMENTS

Six sequential courses:

A4111 Architectural Technology I (AT1) 3 pts
A4112 Architectural Technology II (AT2) 3 pts
A4113 Architectural Technology III (AT3) 3 pts
A4114 Architectural Technology IV (AT4) 3 pts
A4115 Architectural Technology V (AT5) 3 pts
A4116 Architectural Technology VI (AT6) 3 pts

Total: 18 pts

BUILDING SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVES
Electives are open to all students in the School, subject to the prerequisites listed in the course descriptions. Students waived out of ATII; ATIII; ATIV; or ATV, must take an advanced elective course for each waived course. Some courses are not offered every year. Additional technology electives are taught occasionally. See the printed version of the bulletin for a full listing of qualified technical electives.
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- M. Arch (non-pre-professional degree + 108 credits)

Next accreditation visit: 2019 (pending)

PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS:
- The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
- The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The following documents are available in the Dean's Office (402 Avery):
- 2009 NAAB Conditions and Procedures
- Visiting Team Report (2007)
- Confirmation Letter from NAAB (2007)
- Annual Reports
- Architecture Program Report (2012 - 2013)