Fall 2020 Information for Prospective Students

Open House

On Monday, October 26, 2020, 9 AM –12:30 PM (ET)  the Department will host a series of online information sessions to enable prospective Master of Architecture (MArch) and Master of Science (Architecture Studies, SMArchS; Art, Culture and Technology, SMACT; Building Technology, SMBT) students to learn about admissions, programs, school culture, and research at MIT. If you are interested in joining, please complete this form, and we will contact you with more details.

Info Session Schedule:

Get an overview of the Department 
Department Head Nicholas de Monchaux, Professor Sheila Kennedy, Associate Professor William O’Brien Jr. 
9–9: 45 AM ET 

Learn more about our programs 
(MArch, SMarchS, SMACT)
10:00–10:45 AM ET 

Meet MIT Architecture students 
11:15 AM–12:30 PM ET 


Applicant Mentorship Program (AMP)
The Applicant Mentorship Program (AMP) pairs prospective applicants from low-income or underrepresented racial minority backgrounds with current students, who can offer guidance and answer questions throughout the application process.  Learn more.

ArchCatalyst Workshops
MIT student-led workshops to help undergraduates plan their academic trajectories. Learn more

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology Virtual Graduate Open House
Considering a graduate degree in Art, Culture and Technology? Join the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology for one of two Virtual Open House sessions on November 17 or November 19. Learn more and register

Building Technology Graduate Programs Open House
Considering a graduate degree in Building Technology (BT)? Join a virtual open house on October 28. Meet our faculty and students, familiarize yourself with our program, and learn how to prepare your application materials. Learn more and register


In the meantime, learn more about current and recent courses, get to know our faculty and students, and explore their projects and publications. Follow current student and faculty research and department events via our social media channels.

Recent publications and thesis project abstracts are available to read online. Full student theses are available on MIT’s open-access repository, DSpace. In addition, course syllabi and materials are available via MIT’s Open Courseware. Videos of select past lectures are available via YouTube.

Finally, review degree requirements related to the MArch, SMArchS, SMBT, and SMACT programs and learn more about Admissions. The Admissions page includes key information on tuition and finances, as well as a list of college fairs that we attend.  Please read the FAQs and email arch@mit.edu with any additional questions.


Prospective students are welcome to attend any of our online public programs and events. In-person campus visits are not permitted, so the Department is providing virtual tours with students and staff. You can request a virtual tour here.

MIT’s Public Art Collection reaches across the Institute, including works by Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Sarah Sze, Sol Lewitt, among many others. The campus is home to works by Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Gordon Bunshaft (MArch ‘35) & Walter Netsch (MArch ‘43) of SOM, Eduardo Catalano, I.M. Pei (BArch ‘47), Steven Holl, Charles Correa (MArch ‘55), and Fumihiko Maki, among many others. Many works in MIT’s Public Art Collection are spread across campus in outdoor locations. Explore the public art map.

Watch video of our November 15, 2019 and November 22, 2019 online sessions.

There will not be an on-site open house this fall. We will host an open house for accepted students in Spring 2021. For the latest information on MIT’s COVID-19 response, visit MIT Now.

Above (collaged) images: Courtesy of Olivier Faber and Daisy Ziyan Zhang.

Fall 2020 Information for Prospective Students