The Department of Architecture

Architecture was one of the four original departments at MIT, and it was the first signal that MIT would not be narrowly defined in science and technology. Through recognition of architecture as a liberal discipline, the Department has long contributed to learning in the arts and humanities at MIT.

The Department conceives of architecture as a discipline as well as a profession. It is structured in five semi-autonomous discipline groups: Architectural Design; Building Technology; Computation; History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art; and Art, Culture, and Technology. Each provides an architectural education that is as complex as the field itself, and all five contribute to a mutual enterprise.

The several disciplines of the Department house a substantial body of research activity. Moreover, the Department's setting within MIT permits greater depth in such technical areas as computation, new modes of design and production, materials, structure, and energy, as well as in the arts and humanities. The Department is committed to a concern for human values and for finding appropriate roles for architecture in society. It is a place where individual creativity is cultivated and nurtured in a framework of values that are humanistically, socially, and environmentally responsible.

Student Organizations

ASC, The Architecture Student Council, is the student organization of the Department of Architecture at MIT. They relay student concerns and input to the faculty and administration of this department. To accomplish this, ASC members are represented on various departmental committees in addition to conducting regular meetings with students to discuss issues of concern. Contact the ASC at

The American Institute of Architecture Students, or AIAS, is a national organization with local chapters at universities throughout the US. The AIAS is an organization dedicated to helping architecture students at MIT, in particular, the undergraduate community. The AIAS works to address issues affecting students, including studio culture, internships, the accreditation process, and the advancement of architecture itself.

QuBE, Queers in the Built Environment, aims to highlight and create dialogue around the intersection of queer identity and the built environment though a variety of media including speakers, conferences, partnerships, publications, and social events. QuBE also serves to support and increase the visibility of queer students, faculty, and staff in the School of Architecture + Planning and the MIT community at large. More information can be found at or you can contact QuBE directly at


Giving to the Department

Graduate Student Aid

Graduate student aid is the highest fund-raising priority of the Department of Architecture. Aid is crucial to attracting the best graduate students because few outside grant opportunities exist for master's and doctoral students in this field.

Department of Architecture Unrestricted

This fund allows the Department of Architecture the flexibility to invest as needed to create an optimal academic experience for students and faculty.

Lawrence B. Anderson '30 Fellowship Fund

This fund honors our beloved former dean who himself contributed immeasurably both to architecture and education.

Make a gift on-line


MIT Nondiscrimination Policy

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The Institute does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other Institute administered programs and activities, but may favor US citizens or residents in admissions and financial aid.

The Vice President for Human Resources is designated as the Institute’s Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator. Inquiries concerning the Institute’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504), and complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Human Resources, Room E19-215, 617-253-6512, or to the Manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, Room E19-215, 617-452-4516. In the absence of the Vice President for Human Resources or the Manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, inquiries or complaints may be directed to the Executive Vice President, Room 3-211, 617-253-3928, or to the Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Room E19-235N, 617-253-4264, respectively. Inquiries about the laws and about compliance may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, US Department of Education.


National Architectural Accrediting Board Statement

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Architecture offers one NAAB-accredited degree program: MArch (non-pre-professional degree + 312 units and an acceptable 24-unit thesis). The next accreditation visit is in 2015.

The NAAB publishes these documents governing accreditation: The NAAB Procedures for Accreditation (current edition) and The 2009 Conditions for Accreditation (under which the 2015 site visit takes place). These documents may be found at:

The following additional resources may be helpful to those seeking to develop an understanding of the larger context for architecture education and the career pathways available to graduates of accredited degree programs:

National Council of Architectural Registration Board:
-- offers online information about becoming an architect: licensure, Intern Development Program (IDP), Architect Registration Examination (ARE), pass rates, ( and more
-- IDP Guidelines can be downloaded at:
-- a service of NCARB, this site leads you through the "Three E's" of architecture: Education, Experience, Examination

The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects (replaced by the new publication Certification Guidelines):
-- see

Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture
-- available online at

The Emerging Professional's Companion
-- available as an online resource for interns and others to create or enhance new learning opportunities at

American Instiute of Architects:
-- the professional membership association for practicing architects

American Institute of Architects Students:
-- a membership organization for architecture students

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture:
-- conferences, competitions, awards, job listings, ARCHIVE of faculty and student projects, ACSA news