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Our STEM-designated, NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture program advances research in housing, fabrication, sustainability, and socially engaged practice.

We believe in craft, in risk, and in delivering sophisticated strategies that push architectural ideas and abilities into the future. We offer a practice-oriented experience that focuses on the role of architects in society and culture.

Our students learn to create spaces that are beautiful to inhabit and designed responsively, in consideration of the environment, technology, and people. Their work reflects the complexity of contemporary concerns at the confluence of environmental and social issues.

Curriculum and Student Work

MArch 3

  • 6 semesters, 3 years

Designed for students of diverse academic backgrounds

MArch 2

  • 4 semesters, 2 years

An advanced track designed for students with an academic background in architecture

Dual and Joint Degrees

  • Dual degree programs with Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

  • Joint degree programs across WashU in Business Administration, Construction Management, Computer Science & Engineering, Social Work, and Public Health

Course Spotlight: 419 Housing Studio

Part of the three-semester core sequence for Sam Fox School graduate architecture students, the 419 studio draws from the expertise of faculty working in different cities around the world to provide students a unique opportunity to engage with and make connections between housing design projects in sites across the world.

See the collected work from the 419 Studio.

Admissions Events

Jul 26, 12 – 4pm • Sam Fox School

Explore graduate programs in WashU’s Sam Fox School at this summer open house. Join us for overviews of our programs and the admissions process, followed by lunch, a school tour, and optional campus tour.

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Urban Design
  • MS in Advanced Architectural Design
  • MS in Architectural Studies
  • Dual and Joint Degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design
  • MFA in Visual Art
  • MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture
  • MDes in HCI and Emerging Technology

Lunch will be provided. This event is free, but registration is required.

Featured student work

Faculty and Research

Our faculty pioneer research in building technology, cultural arts, housing, history, and urban sustainability. Each semester, students and faculty engage with cutting-edge architects, designers, and researchers from around the world. Through lectures, workshops, and studio instruction, you’ll learn firsthand from global leaders in their field.

Learn about our research.


student-to-faculty ratio in the graduate architecture programs


MArch faculty members

Travel and Opportunities

Group of students standing outdoors, in front of an old stone wall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the waterfront in the background.

We work closely with practitioners and partners bring diverse global perspectives into our studios. Our studios abroad are team-taught by local practitioners and Sam Fox School faculty. We also bring architects and designers from around the world to St. Louis, so your connection to them doesn’t end when your time abroad is over.

Learn about our international programs.

Scholarships and fellowships

Over 92% of incoming graduate students at the Sam Fox School received a partial or full-tuition scholarship.

Socially engaged practice

Faculty work with the Office for Socially Engaged Practice to offer dozens of courses, workshops, and projects that meaningfully engage with communities each semester.


Take our virtual tour, or schedule a campus visit! There’s no better way to get a feel for the program and what opportunities St. Louis has to offer emerging architects and designers.

Program Brochure

To request a print copy of the graduate architecture programs’ brochure via mail, click here.

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