School of Architecture

CityLab-Orlando

Program Director: Frank M. Bosworth, Ph.D., AIA
Professor and Assistant Director School of Architecture
Program location: 500 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801
CityLab-Orlando@ufl.edu

Margaret Hayes, Office Assistant
Phone: (407)610.8325
Maggie.cooper@ufl.edu

 

CityLab-Orlando

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CityLab-Orlando is an off-campus program of the Graduate School of Architecture offering the Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architectural Studies degrees.  CityLab-Orlando is located in downtown Orlando and provides students a unique opportunity to study architecture, urban theory and pursue individual research in the city of Orlando.  The CityLab-Orlando program follows the same curriculum as on main campus but focuses on the exploration of architectural ideas within the context of the city, and engages with the City of Orlando as a learning laboratory.

The University of  Florida’s, City-Lab-Orlando Master of Architecture programs are focused on design and investigate the cultural, social, technical, economic, and environmental contexts that shape buildings and cities, the history of architecture as it is present in built forms and spaces, the materials and design.  The culmination of the Master of Architecture or Master of Science degree is a thesis or a research project.  the final exercise is intended to be a highly personal syntheses of the knowledge, experience and skills gained in design studio and support courses, driven by our own specific focus and individual interests.

Program Overview

The Master of Architecture degree offered at CityLab-Orlando has three programs of study, each leading to a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the educational credential a person needs for licensure as a registered architect in most states.  Placement in a program of study is determined by an applicant’s previous education, and a review of heir application materials.

CityLab-Orlando offers classes year-round and encourages students to pursue internships with local firms while completing their degree program.

Three-year 100 credit hour program of study, for applicants without prior architectural education. This program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s or an advanced degree in any area of study and is normally completed in three years.  During this program of study you will study the following:

Content Areas Credits
Designed Studio 42
Digital Architecture 3
Elective and Option Courses 15
Environmental Technology 6
History/Theory 9
Materials and Methods 3
Professional Practice 3
Research Methods 3
Structures 7
Thesis/Masters Research Project 9

*One optional course is required in each of the following areas: Digital Architecture, Environmental Technology, History & Theory, and Materials and Methods.

Two-year 52 credit hour program of study,* for applicants with an undergraduate or graduate degree in architectural design.
Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in design (or equivalent degree), a successful record of six to eight previous design studios, and a portfolio reflecting sufficient design proficiency may apply. the program of study is normally completed in two years.  During this program of study you will study the following:

Content Areas Credits
Design Studio 18
Elective and Option Courses 15
Professional Practice 3
Research Methods 3
Structures 4
Thesis/Masters Research Project  9

*All advanced standing is dependent upon transcript & portfolio review. One-year 30 credit hour program of study. * for applicants with a 5yr. B.Arch. degree from a NAAB accredited program.

Applicants with a NAAB accredited professional degree (five-year Bachelor of Architecture or a Master of Architecture) and a portfolio reflecting outstanding design proficiency may apply.  the program of study is normally completed in three semesters. During this program of study you will study the following:

Content Areas Credits
Design Studio 12
Elective Courses 6
Research Methods 3
Thesis/Masters Research Project 9

 

The Master of Science in Architectural Studies (M.S.A.S) is a 32 credit hour program of study and is normally completed in one and one half years.  It is an individualized research -based program open to students with a Bachelor or advanced degree in any field of study.

For individuals without a baccalaureate degree, CityLab-Orlando is partner with the University of Central Florida and Valencia College in a unique 2+2+2 academic experience leading to a Master of Architecture degree.

Admission Requirements

CityLab-Orlando does not have a separate admissions process and all applicants apply for admission to the Graduate School. All applications for the M.Arch and M.S. programs offered by the Graduate School of Architecture are due January 15th for fall admission and are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. The Graduate admissions committee bases its decision on the overall strength of the applicant package. Applications for spring and summer semester admissions are due October 15th and are considered on an individual basis. All application materials must reach the University of Florida, Graduate School of Architecture by the dates. Late applications are not necessarily turned away, but they cannot be guaranteed priority for placement or financial aid consideration. Applicants are notified of the Graduate Admission Committee’s decision by email.

M.Arch Three-Year Curriculum

M.Arch. Two-Year Track Curriculum

M.Arch One-Year Curriculum

*Electives are courses freely chosen by students to broaden their intellectual horizons, creative resources and professional background. Any graduate course (numbered 5000 or higher) within or outside the UF School of Architecture meets the elective requirement.

**Options are a selection of courses in a given subject area, from which students choose and take to meet the designated requirement. Typically, two or three choices in each option category are offered during the Fall and Spring Semesters, depending on scheduling logistics, faculty assignments and student demand. At least one course in each option category is available each of these semesters.

 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to the University of Florida’s Graduate School of Architecture’s Advanced Master of Architecture Program CityLab-Orlando, you will follow the standard application procedure for the G|SoA MArch program.  The requirements for application can be found at the following link: How to Apply. In addition, you must indicate your preference for the CityLab-Orlando program in your “Statement of Purpose”.

For more information regarding University of Florida’s  Graduate School of Architecture’s  Advanced Master of Architecture CityLab Program, contact Frank M. Bosworth Ph.D. Assistant Director School of Architecture at CityLab-Orlando@ufl.edu or Maggie Cooper at maggie.cooper@ufl.edu