M.ARCH.

The candidates for M.Arch. should have an undergraduate degree in architecture. The M.Arch. program endows the graduate student with the knowledge of the social, political, economic, geographic and professional contexts of architecture and an awareness of the social and environmental consequences of design decisions. Graduate candidates are expected to acquire an adequate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and related arts, technologies and human sciences, a critical awareness of current paradigms, issues and themes of present day architectural debates and the ability to use them in individual research. The graduate program in Architecture is involved with processes concerning the creation, representation, application and dissemination of knowledge and offers various graduate theory and research courses, as well as graduate design research studios. Elective courses cover a wide range of research interests and orientations supported by the diversity and the versatility of the staff profile, with extensive teaching experience both in studio and theory courses.

The program’s resources have recently been mobilized and restructured under different  research tracks in order to foster the existing strengths of the program and to nurture and encourage the development of emerging research agendas and structures brought forth by new priorities and challenges in architectural research. Built upon a clear diagnosis and awareness of global educational and research priorities and emergent fields, these non-compulsory research tracks offer graduate students the possibility to pursue their individual research agendas along different research orientations offered by the Department. The program is structured around an integrated curriculum which links and networks both the different tracks of the M.Arch. program and the four graduate programs of the Department to encourage the involvement of the graduate student with heterogeneous research, learning and design communities. Flexibility within and across the programs is hence encouraged to contribute to the improvement of quality and effectiveness in education, leading to adaptive curricula, which prove especially significant within the context of the currently operating reform in architectural education to align with the goals of the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education  Area.

 

Existing and Evolving Research Tracks

Architecture, Theory and Design

  • Architecture, Society And Culture
  • Architectural Design Research and Research by Design, Architectural Design Strategies Urban Architecture

Architecture and Environment

  • Sustainable Architecture: Green Design, Community Design and Universal Design in Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Research Computational Design

 

Qualifications and Competences of the Graduates

Graduate candidates are expected to develop skills in the design and planning of creative research projects and in the application of their problem-solving skills in new and unfamiliar environments and in multi- disciplinary contexts related with the built environment. Candidates should display outstanding communication skills in both written, oral and graphic forms and the ability to work with autonomy, while also to collaborate, network and build relationships both at individual and institutional levels, with colleagues, peers and various scholar communities from different professional backgrounds. A good level of English language, as well as time management and organizational skills are considered essential to the successful completion of the program.

 

Course Code

Course Name

 

METU Credit

Contact (h/w)

Lab (h/w)

ECTS

ARCH500

M.ARCH THESIS IN ARCHITECTURE

 

0

0

0

50.0

ARCH504

SEMINAR IN THESIS RESEARCH

 

0

0

2

10.0

ARCH513

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH: APPROACHES METHODS AND ETHICS

 

3

3

0

8.0

6 elective course(s) approved by the Department of Architecture.

 

Total minimum credit: 24