The curriculum of the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion is moving to a new and up-to-date format, at the end of which the students will receive a Master’s degree in Architecture (M.Arch.). In Israel, it is the first example of this format, which is practiced at leading universities across the world, including MIT, Harvard and Berkeley. The new program will provide students with a professional degree at the master’s level, a broader and deeper education, an advantageous position in a competitive world and preferability in institutions and planning offices. The program is adapted to international standards of architectural studies and offers a wide range of choices and personalization options.
The new program offers a broad choice and specialization tracks such as sustainable architecture, urban design, history, theory and criticism, digital design, and conservation of the built heritage and landscape. The new program is rich, has a broader outlook, and provides a wide range of opportunities with the completion of the B.A., and even more so at the conclusion of the master’s degree. For those who choose to complete their studies after four years only, there are various options for Master’s degrees in the Faculty of Architecture at the Technion – architecture, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning and industrial design.
The number of academic credits required in the new track is 240 – only 40 credits more than were required for the B.A. in the old track. The study track will be divided into two stages: B.Sc. in Architectural Sciences and M.Arch. (Master of Architecture). The scope of undergraduate studies will be 160 credits, and the second degree will offer 80 additional credits. The method of accumulating credits will enable diligent and outstanding students to complete the entire professional degree in five years.
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Why was the change made?
- In light of global changes, it is necessary to update the planning and design professions, which play a critical role in creating a built and open environment, infrastructures, as well as sustainable processes and products.
- Over the last fifty years, far-reaching changes have taken place in study curricula across the world: in most curricula in the United States and Europe, the professional degree in architecture is the M.Arch. degree.
- After years of accumulated experience, there is a need to refresh and update the contents, to rebalance the learning load between the years and the semesters, and to strengthen the vital relationship between teaching and research.
What are the main advantages of the new program?
- Broader and deeper education in preparation for the challenges of the 21st century.
- Preferred status in a competitive world and priority in institutions and large companies – Professional degree at the M.A. level in (up to) six years.
- Compliance with international standards.
- Re-establishment of the architect’s eroded status as a broad-minded, capable, inspiring and leading person – a “Master” in the fields of planning and construction.
- Recognition by offices and institutions abroad and extensive possibilities for continuation of graduate studies.
- Wide range of elective tracks and personalization within the faculty. Possible combination with the Urban and Regional planning track, the Landscape Architecture track, and the Industrial Design track.
- Open to a wide range of overlapping/complementary subjects at the Technion.
- Unique specialization tracks: urban design, green construction, conservation of the built heritage, digital architecture, history, theory and criticism, and more.
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Click here for the link to FAQ page on the new program.