The graduate Architecture (M.Arch) program focuses on a wide range of contemporary issues directly affecting architecture. The activation of site and programmatic forces; the social commitment of design; the interdisciplinary nature of architecture; tectonic and material methodologies; infrastructural, natural, and sustainable systems; and digital and analog representation are seen as fields of potential for architectural investigation. Design, history, theory, technology, and representation are taught to encourage experimentation with the logics of building as they are understood within a multifaceted and diverse cultural and environmental milieu.
The Master of Architecture program is a three-year, NAAB-accredited professional degree track for students holding a four-year undergraduate degree in a non-architecture major or a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture.
With the attention and guidance of Parsons' faculty of prominent practitioners, theorists, historians, and critics from New York City's architecture and design community, the diverse, international student body engages in synthetic critical architectural inquiry and proposition. Incorporating strong representational training, a grounding in history, theory, technology, and issues and methodologies pertaining to sustainable built and natural systems, the Parsons graduate program prepares its students to enter the professional architecture community and contribute to the shaping of the built environment.
The Design Workshop is widely recognized as one of the nation's premier design/build programs. With faculty guidance, students complete the design and construction, from schematics to punch list, of a medium-scale project for a nonprofit client. Since its conception, The Design Workshop has embodied the progressive educational agenda for which Parsons and The New School University are famous: extending education beyond the confines of the academy, developing practices that improve both the social and the physical environment, and bridging the gap between theoretical and embodied learning.
Students interested in combining graduate studies in lighting design and architecture may apply to the Dual Degree program, a four year, 142-credit hour program that combines the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture and the MFA Lighting Design degrees.