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MS Post-Professional

Houston MArch Page

Student Work:
2014 Shanghai Studio
2013 PIL Seminar



This Option fulfills the professional degree requirement and includes a specialization in urban and community design. When you enter the graduate coursework in the College, you have a few options for directing your graduate education. The Houston Professional Option is one of these. If this program interests you, you will complete a brief application and enter the program in the fall semester following your completion of comprehensive studio in Lubbock.

Certificate Description

As students begin this program in the fall semester following comprehensive studio, (Or, Spring, immediately following the fall semester of Urban Tech in Lubbock) you must complete comprehensive studio before you make the transition to Houston. The spring semester at the Lubbock campus includes opportunities for comprehensive studio and there is typically one Comprehensive studio taught in the summer, although this is not guaranteed because it depends on successful funding of the summer budget for the College. The summer studio allows the opportunity for a student that completes their comprehensive studio in the previous fall semester to take summer school and then transfer to Houston in time for the following fall semester.

Transfers from the Urban Tech Studio in Lubbock are allowed spring transfer into Houston, assuming conditions are met, but the student must have prior approval from the director. Otherwise, there are a limited number of courses offered towards that can be taken during the spring semester (if you have only completed Comprehensive Studio in the fall semester or summer and did not make the transfer to Houston in time). In this case, the student formally begins the studio sequence in the following fall semester. Proper planning is advised, so making the decision to pursue this option during your third year studio sequences is best. This allows you to coordinate your transfer with the director and allows you to complete your degree without additional coursework.

MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald
Director, Associate Professor
Phone: 713-806-2548
For more information contact the program director

This website is designed as an informational tool for TTU students interested in, or already registered for The Houston Professional Option through the College of Architecture at TTU.

There are three studios towards the Professsional Option. Studio I is taught during the fall semester and includes an overview of urban design (see details under course descriptions). This is followed up with Studio II which includes a building design within an urban context (see details under course descriptions). Studio III is the Practicum Studio taught with support of mentors within the student's practicum firm during the last fall semester. Students will be working full-time through a paid practicum experience during this last studio.

The program is not intended as a single practicum + studio program. Students are not admitted for this purpose.


The studios are broken into three topical studios. Fall I, Spring II, and Practicum. The first two serve as a cumulative approach towards a micro to macro understanding of urban design and its application to the building design process. The final studio (Practicum Studio) is led by the director and taught in conjunction with the student's firm through mentor support.

*The opportunity for a Master of Science in Architecture with a Specialization in Urban + Community Design option is not currently available in Houston. The MS Architecture is a non-professional degree option for specialization in Urban + Community Design (pending approval with Texas higher Education Coordinating Board) and is offered through the Lubbock Campus - College of Architecture at this time.

Studio I // [Fall Semester]

This studio is one of three (5) hour studios taught in Houston. It focuses on the macro-scale of urbanism initially and then explores a medio-scale problem. The course addresses planning issues at a city region-scale (typically conveyed as a 'district') and applies this knowledge to the design of a public space. In this regard, the student is asked to move away from the building and deeply consider the contextual implications of design within the public realm, but must do so in consideration of the building fabric that exists within the current design problem context. Typically, the studio will explore public space design problems that carry considerable adjacent building context and in all cases, is enveloped within an urban setting. At times, the student has an opportunity to develop schematic building design solutions that respond to their individual design solution for the public space (infill construction potential). The studio is supplemented with a 9 week workshop in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) that serves as a research tool for studio analysis and problem synthesis. Typically, in professional practice, a design problem requires the consideration of adjacent public space. In particular, urban contexts assume responsibility for the understanding of this consideration as applicable to urban building design solutions. It is with this intention that the macro-scale approach is initiated. This is likely the first time a student has been asked to separate themselves from a particular building and consider the use of spaces that connect these buildings. This course is currently taught by instructor, Anton Sinkewich, Executive Director of the East Downtown Management District (EaDo). Mr. Sinkewich holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. He is an urban designer with over 15 years of practice experience.
*Must be an approved urban design studio under the Advanced Architectural Design requirement by the Director..

ARCH 5384 – Community Design and Development Resources (3)

Online course addressing the nature of urban and community design, investigating the development resources available to these designers, and understanding the relationship of urban and community design to the field of architecture and other related fields. (Distance Education: Online)

Approved ARCH Electives (3):

Note: Not all courses are offered each semester. See specific college for offerings.
ARCH 5301 Special Problems in Architecture (Urban)
This seminar elective focuses on problems which specifically relate to the contemporary city and/or urban environment. Specific topics may range from semester to semester according to available instructor and/or research focus topic study.
Must be approved by UCD Director
*This course may apply as an Approved General Elective for non-majors and students in the Houston Program
ARCH 5382 Urban Theory Fall
An extensive writing course exploring a comprehensive investigation from selected conceptual and philosophical topics based upon the critical relationship between culture and the urban environment. (Distance Education: Online)
*This course may replace ARCH 5362 credit for majors and may apply as an Approved General Elective for non-majors
ARCH 5383 Infrastructure in the Urban Environment Spring
This course offers an overview of systematic, urban infrastructure, by using Houston and Lubbock as initial case study regions. Through a series of exercises, including journaling and written papers, presentations and discussions, the class will consider the functions of infrastructure in the city to further develop a clear understanding of infrastructure as it relates to the development of built form in the urban environment.
*This course may apply as an Approved General Elective for non-majors and students in the Houston Program

Approved General Electives (3):

FIN 5332 Real Estate Fundamentals Spring
Fundamentals of Real Estate. Introduction to real property law, finance, valuation, investment analysis, and brokerage. Includes operations of real estate markets and urban analysis.
FIN 5345 Real Estate Analysis
Prerequisite: FIN 5320. A survey of the law, valuation, and financing of real estate, including secondary market analysis. Also, investigation into investment property ownership, feasibility, cash flow, and return calculations.
GIST 5300 Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) for thematic mapping and spatial analysis. Laboratory emphasized experience with professional GIS software.
PUAD 5324 Energy, Climate, and Sustainability Spring
This course is intended to familiarize students who are not environmental specialists with relevant facts and analyses on this recent environmentalism evolution. With the growing globalization of social, political and economic activities worldwide, sustainability has become a fundamental component of the new global playing field (think not just “greening”, but climate, energy, water, toxins, food, health, land use, urban planning, transportation, public agencies, private industry, and non-profits).

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