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Master of Architecture

In the Master of Architecture you will gain:

  • Cutting-edge skills to help advance built environment design
  • Grounding in architectural history, theory and technology so you create innovative architecture, relevant to time and place, people and culture
  • Highly developed skills to manage an architectural practice and lead or work within cross-discipline project teams
  • A sustainable outlook with the ability to use new materials and technologies to create environmentally sustainable buildings

Accreditation

The Master of Architecture meets the requirements of the professional associations listed below and undergoes a regular formal review process to ensure the quality and relevance of the program.

  • Australian Institute of Architects
  • Architects Registration Board of Victoria
  • Commonwealth Association of Architects

Completing an accredited degree means you enter the workforce with a stamp of quality on your CV.  In a competitive market, an accredited degree is an assurance of quality to employers and an advantage for you. For us, it means we continually strive to improve the quality of the degree in order to retain accreditation. So, you know you are getting the most up-to-date and innovative educational experience.

Career Outcomes

The Master of Architecture offers you flexibility so you can take a two-year program if you already have a three-year undergraduate degree in Architecture or the three-year program if your first degree is not in architecture and you are making a career change.

Once you have completed the program you can go on to work as an architect in private firms or government departments, or set up your own practice working on residential, commercial and institutional projects.

You may also move into related careers such as industrial design, furniture design, interior design, landscape design, urban design, urban planning, facility management, project management and development, and conservation and heritage management.

Graduates from the Master of Architecture at MSD have gone on to work at many firms in Australia and across the world including:

  • Kennedy Nolan Architects
  • John Wardle Architects Pty Ltd
  • Master Builders Association of Victoria
  • Mark Pinney Associates, London
  • Jackson Architecture
  • Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd
  • Hassell
  • BVN Architecture
  • Harvard University
  • Architecture Media Pty Ltd
  • Land Transport Authority, Singapore
  • Cushman Wakefield, Shanghai

 

Images at top: Azman Norhasnani, Jack Hinkson, Ridho Prawiro, Lattice Skin, Master of Architecture Studio: Machining Aesthetics v2.0. Semester 1,2014.

Lattice Skin. Located in Exhibition Gardens bordering the Melbourne CBD,the Malleable Lattice Skin Tree-house is an urban retreat formed around a public and private hierarchy of living space. Divided into 4 levels, the bathroom is formed on the lowest level, the library/living space on the second level, the bedroom on the mezzanine level with a rooft op terrace above. A large bay window lights the library space and provides intimate views into the surrounding treetops and provides a limited connection to the public realm. The bedroom window admits morning sunshine and provides evening views to the passage of the moon.

The Malleable Lattice Skin Tree-House explores the spatial possibilities materially enabled through the use of a specially developed malleable envelope system. The construction of the Malleable Lattice Skin begins with assembly of two regular planar lattice grid structures laid on the ground. Specially designed clamping node joints allow the steel lattice rods to slide and twist relative to one another and enable a high degree of malleability for the post-forming process. A flexible assembly of copper sheet shingles clad the lattice structure. The combined eff ect of the overlapping shingle pattern, the shingles inherent malleability and the malleable lattice structure is such that a single planar skin can be assembled according to simple geometries which can then be post formed into a complex curvature (non-developable) structure/envelope.

Once assembled on the ground the lattice skins can be hoisted into position and undergo the post-form process of transformation. Using tree branches and the pre-fabricated internal surfaces as anchor points the envelope is pulled and pushed to define the internal spaces. Where large surface deformations occur the geometrical behaviour of the lattice network is such that the steel lattice elements splay around the apex of the bulging surface and define the window openings, scaled according to the volumes within. With the post-forming complete, the lattice node joints are tightened and the tension lines are removed.

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE QUICK LINKS

STUDENT PROFILES

Katie Miller

Master of Architecture

“Architecture is something I’d always wanted to study and the University of Melbourne has an international reputation as a leading education institution and provider of high quality learning spaces. Thus, the Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, Parkville campus was my first preference.

Secondly, my choice was also informed by the fact I was aware that a number of Melbourne based, award winning architects were alumni of the faculty; including, John Denton, Bill Corker and Barrie Marshall – the three founding directors of the architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall (DCM). 

Coincidently, I was approached by my design tutor during my final (third year) of undergraduate study to submit an application to DCM for my compulsory student placement/internship. I have the University of Melbourne to thank for making this wonderful opportunity possible!”

The Master of Architecture is offered over two or three years depending on your academic background.

Study the Master of Architecture over two years

  • Duration: 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time
  • Study mode: On-campus only – Parkville campus
  • Intake: Semester 1/Semester 2
  • Academic background: You have a three-year undergraduate degree in architecture

Study the Master of Architecture over three years

Please note: the first year of the 300 point stream must be taken as full time (no part-time options available)

  • Duration: 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
  • Study mode: On-campus only – Parkville campus
  • Intake: Semester 1 only - please note for the 300 (3-year) point stream the deadline for domestic and international applications is 30 November 2015 (into Semester 1, 2016) and there will be no late application accepted. The selection committee will meet in December and an outcome will be provided before the end of the year.
  • Academic background: You have completed an undergraduate degree but it is not in architecture
  • Prerequisites: You must complete two prerequisite subjects for entry into the 300 (3year) point stream

Travelling Studios

You will have the chance to take part in a MSD travelling studio.

Travelling studios are 'working laboratories' for design thought and production where you explore complex, real-life issues and devise solutions, collaborating with students from across MSD and often from other national and international universities. Exposure to unfamiliar cultures, places and people will stimulate your ability to think creatively and problem-solve. Travelling studios are a great way to bond with fellow students and forge international relationships. And they give you fantastic experience for your CV.

MSD students have taken part in travelling studios across the world and engaged with life and work in many countries including in Mexico, China, Chile, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Spain and the USA.

Travelling studios in 2015 will go to New Delhi, the Netherlands, Berlin, Brazil, Galapagos and Indonesia.

Sample program structure

Master of Architecture
ENTRY POINT: 3-year Master of Architecture (entry with a degree in any discipline)
Master of Architecture Studio AConstruction Methods AArchitectural Cultures 1: Modernism
Master of Architecture Studio BConstruction Methods BArchitectural Cultures 2: After Modernism
ENTRY POINT: 2-year Master of Architecture (entry with Architecture major)
Master of Architecture Studio CApplied ConstructionArchitectural Practice
Master of Architecture Studio DTwenty-first Century ArchitectureMultidisciplinary Elective
Master of Architecture Studio EArchitecture ElectiveArchitecture Elective
Design ThesisArchitecture ElectiveMultidisciplinary Elective

More information on the program structure and subjects is available in the University Handbook

Electives

Electives offer you the chance to specialise in an area of interest. You can choose from electives in the following specialisations and grow your expertise:

  • Asia/Pacific architecture
  • Digital architecture
  • History and conservation
  • Production, practice and sustainability
  • Society and culture

The full list is available in the University Handbook.

Multidisciplinary Electives

The multidisciplinary elective list is available here.

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE QUICK LINKS

STUDENT PROFILES

Katie Miller

Master of Architecture

“Architecture is something I’d always wanted to study and the University of Melbourne has an international reputation as a leading education institution and provider of high quality learning spaces. Thus, the Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, Parkville campus was my first preference.

Secondly, my choice was also informed by the fact I was aware that a number of Melbourne based, award winning architects were alumni of the faculty; including, John Denton, Bill Corker and Barrie Marshall – the three founding directors of the architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall (DCM). 

Coincidently, I was approached by my design tutor during my final (third year) of undergraduate study to submit an application to DCM for my compulsory student placement/internship. I have the University of Melbourne to thank for making this wonderful opportunity possible!”

200 point stream - available for Semester 1 and Semester 2 intakes

You need to meet the following criteria for successful entry to the program:

  • An undergraduate degree with a major in architecture or architectural studies with a weighted average of at least 65%, or equivalent
  • A personal statement of up to 500 words outlining relevant prior study and work experience, and motivation to undertake the program
  • A design portfolio

Design portfolio requirements for the 200 point stream

You must submit a design portfolio focussing on design work (rather than, for example, life or still-life drawing skills). If you are submitting work done in the context of employment, you should explain your role in the work produced with brief notes.
Images and drawings presented in the portfolio should be reproduced at sufficient scale and resolution to be clearly readable. Elaborate formats that reduce the available page space for the design images should be avoided. It is most helpful to see a variety of drawings and images: free hand diagrams, computer images, two-dimensional (plans, sections, elevations) and three-dimensional studies, and photographs of physical models.

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews or tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to clarify any of the points above.

300 point stream - Semester 1 intake only (application deadline 30 November - no late applications will be accepted)

Please note: the first year of the 300 point stream must be taken as full time (no part-time options available)
You need to meet the following criteria for successful entry to the program:
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline with a weighted average of at least 65%, or equivalent
  • Completion of one design studio subject and one art/architecture/built environment/design history subject at undergraduate level or equivalent
  • A design portfolio
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words outlining relevant prior study and work experience, and motivation to undertake the program

Design portfolio requirements for the 300 point stream

The Selection Committee will look for evidence that you have worked successfully in an appropriate studio learning environment for introductory design although the Selection Committee will be particularly interested in the exploration of 3D objects and spaces and evidence of other creative or professional work. Portfolios should be drawn largely from the design studio subject you have completed as a pre-requisite for entry into the three-year Master of Architecture.
Images and drawings presented in the portfolio should be reproduced at sufficient scale and resolution to be clearly readable. Elaborate formats that reduce the available page space for the design images should be avoided.

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews or tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to clarify any of the points above.

 

300 point stream - please note for the 3 year stream the deadline for domestic and international applications is 30 November 2015 (into Semester 1, 2016) and there will be no late application accepted.

The selection committee will meet in December and an outcome will be provided before the end of the year.

 

300 point stream in the Master of Architecture: prerequisite requirements

To meet the admission requirements for the 300 point stream in the Master of Architecture, you must have completed one design studio subject and one architecture/built environment/design history subject at university level.

If you have already completed similar subjects through prior studies, please email msd-info@unimelb.edu.au to double check these meet the program prerequisites.

If you have not already completed subjects meeting these requirements, you can complete two single subjects through the University of Melbourne’s Community Access Program (CAP) or via study at another institution. Please note you require a 65% weighted average in your undergraduate degree to be eligible to apply for single subjects via CAP. The online CAP handbook provides comprehensive information about fees and how to apply.

Design studios

Melbourne School of Design will accept subjects that show you have worked successfully in a studio learning situation. Ideally it would involve the design manipulation of three-dimensional objects and spaces. If you do not have a design background, the design portfolio you need to submit when applying for the Master of Architecture will be collated with work from this subject.

You can complete one of the following subjects to meet the design studio prerequisite.

ABPL20027: Architecture Design Studio: Earth
Available: Semester 1, 2015
Contact Hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture per week; 1 x 3
hour studio per week
Total Time Commitment: 170 hours
ABPL20028 Architecture Design Studio: Water
Available: Semester 2, 2015
Contact Hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture per week; 1 x 3
hour studio per week
Total Time Commitment: 170 hours

History subjects

Melbourne School of Design will accept subjects showing evidence of success in a subject on the history of
architecture, the built environment, design or art. You can complete one of the following subjects to meet
the history prerequisite.

ABPL30050: Modern Architecture: MoMo – PoMo
Available: Semester 1, 2015
Contact Hours: Two hours of lectures and one
tutorial hour per week
Total Time Commitment: 170 hours
ABPL30053: Formative Ideas in Architecture
Available: Semester 2, 2015
Contact Hours: 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of
tutorials per week
Total Time Commitment: 170 hours

 

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE QUICK LINKS

STUDENT PROFILES

Katie Miller

Master of Architecture

“Architecture is something I’d always wanted to study and the University of Melbourne has an international reputation as a leading education institution and provider of high quality learning spaces. Thus, the Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, Parkville campus was my first preference.

Secondly, my choice was also informed by the fact I was aware that a number of Melbourne based, award winning architects were alumni of the faculty; including, John Denton, Bill Corker and Barrie Marshall – the three founding directors of the architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall (DCM). 

Coincidently, I was approached by my design tutor during my final (third year) of undergraduate study to submit an application to DCM for my compulsory student placement/internship. I have the University of Melbourne to thank for making this wonderful opportunity possible!”