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Our Master of Architecture program draws from its long history to advance pioneering research in housing, fabrication, sustainability, and socially engaged practice. We offer a practice-oriented experience that focuses on the role of architects in society and culture.
Photo of students in a spacious studio area with white desk spaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the corners, looking out onto the Washington University campus.
Students working in the William A. Bernoudy Architecture Studio in Weil Hall. Photo: James Ewing/BSBA.

Architecture is more than an addition to our built environment—it is a translation of aspirations into space. As part of a metabolic system, buildings are responsive to the environment surrounding them and speak to the poetics of human endeavors, contributing to cultural and social enterprises.

We believe in craft, in risk, and in delivering sophisticated strategies that push architectural ideas and abilities to the edge.

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

MArch Curriculum

Student working carefully on a ligher-colored architectural model, sitting atop a gray raised topo map. Architectural work is pinned up on a board behind her.

Programs at a Glance:

  • MArch 3: 6 semesters/3 years
  • MArch 2: 4 semesters/2 years
  • Dual Degrees: MArch/MLA | MArch/MUD
  • Joint Degrees: MArch/ MBA | MArch/MCM | MArch/MEng | MArch/MSW | MArch/MPH
  • International Programs (see below)

The MArch 3 is designed for students of diverse academic backgrounds. The MArch 2 is an advanced track designed for students with an academic background in architecture.

All of our MArch programs are STEM-designated and offer a NAAB-accredited first professional degree. You can pursue dual degrees in Landscape Architecture or Urban Design, or joint degrees in areas such as Business Administration, Construction Management, Engineering/Computer Science, Social Work, and Public Health.

See the full curricula for all programs

International Programs

We work closely with practitioners and partners around the world, engaging them through instruction, lectures, invited essays, and reviews to bring diverse global perspectives into our studios. Our studios abroad are team-taught by a local practitioner and Sam Fox School faculty. We also bring those internationally based architects and designers to St. Louis, so your connection to them doesn’t end when your time abroad is over.


Our core faculty have pioneered research in building technology, cultural arts, housing, history, and urban sustainability. And each semester, we 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.

Modular single-family housing units with two levels, rustic wood siding, large windows, and sky lights.
Wyly Brown, “Everything Under One Roof!” A community building resides at the core of these multigenerational houses. The team developed several housing typologies that promote social interaction in response to the local historic context, and which are highly energy efficient.

Student Work

Alumni + Careers

From founding major architectural and development practices, to starting award-winning landscape design and public art firms, to teaching at top universities, Sam Fox School graduates are making a positive impact in the world.

Because we maintain close ties with our alumni and have a dedicated architecture Career Development team, you will graduate with a built-in network of peers around the globe. Our programs foster leadership skills for expansive, ambitious careers. We will help get you wherever you want to go.

Publications: Student Work + Program Viewbooks