• 8143
  • Full-time only
  • 1st semester (March) preferred
  • 2 years

About Master of Architecture

UNSW Architecture empowers you to create architecture of substance in both form and content, shaping a better world. The Master of Architecture is regarded as one of the most prestigious architecture programs in Australia, taught by internationally recognised academics, renowned professors of practice and award–winning visiting architects. The program fosters a broad vision and a considered understanding of the socio–cultural and economic contexts which influence the making of architecture. To design and build sustainable, liveable cities is a grand challenge of humanity. Graduates of UNSW Architecture have the knowledge and skills to contribute to this mission.

Why study a Master of Architecture at UNSW?

We offer Architecture PLUS. UNSW Architecture is distinctive. We offer well-rounded architectural education PLUS the choices of four distinctive streams of specialisation, each with a specific focus on how architecture responds to social and environmental challenges.

  • High Performance Technology: focusing on the technological challenges of architectural design, including construction systems and methods, integrated solutions to servicing buildings and precincts for low carbon futures embedded in the design process;
  • Housing: focusing on the design of housing and hybrid building types incorporating housing, and the ways in which they contribute to place making;
  • Urban Conditions: focusing on the design of buildings and precincts in the context of the contemporary city and its challenges, including the relationship of buildings to the public domain, urban infrastructure and environmental sustainability;
  • Social Agency: focusing on the design of buildings and place making in a humanitarian context, including issues of social displacement and alienation, to create inspiring architecture of social value.

Learn from the best

We are the only faculty in Australia with a Pritzker Prize winner (regarded as the Nobel Prize in architecture) Professor Glenn Murcutt, UNSW alumnus, on our teaching staff. The academic staff are active researchers, scholars and practitioners who have strong knowledge across all aspects of architecture – design, technical skills, digital computation and history.

Graduation project: The Gnomon. Plini Roessler-Holgate, student.

Tailor the course in your area of interest

The program is designed to encourage you to identify your strength and interest through the directions of streams and a large of number of core and elective courses. Differently put, the M Arch degree at UNSW allows you to tailor your degree according to your own career and professional aspiration. 

Graduation project: The Gnomon. Plini Roessler-Holgate, student

Advance your disciplinary depth

You are encouraged to actively integrate theory, technology and elective course studies into design studio projects, which will advance your disciplinary depth and understanding of the complexity in architecture and the broader disciplines within the built environment field.

Benefit from world class alumni connections

As a graduate of UNSW Architecture, you will join our highly acclaimed global community of alumni, including Australia’s only Pritzker Prize laureate Professor Glenn Murcutt, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture winner Jimmy Lim, AIA Gold Medallists Keith Cottier, Professors Richard Johnson and Ken Maher, as well as the new generation of award winning architects Anthony Chenchow, Stephanie Little, Felicity Stewart and Matthias Hollenstein.

Graduation Project: The anti-gentrification of Redfern. Benjamin Chan, student.

Professional accreditation

Once you attain your Master of Architecture degree you will have professional recognition from the NSW Architects Registration Board and Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA). You will be eligible, after a recognised period working in a professional setting, to undertake the Professional Practice exam to become a registered Architect.

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