KCAD Master of Architecture Program Announces Articulation Agreement with GVSU College of Engineering

Posted June 20, 2022 in Master of Architecture

Four people sitting at a table signing a document.From left are, from GVSU: Paul Plotkowski, Dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing; Chris Plouff, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; from KCAD: Stephen Halko, KCAD Dean of Academic Affairs; and President Tara McCrackin.

KCAD and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Padnos College of Engineering and Computing signed an articulation agreement on Friday, June 17 that establishes a pathway for degree completion for GVSU Interdisciplinary Engineering students interested in pursuing a Master of Architecture degree from KCAD.

The articulated curriculum will allow students to develop deep knowledge in the disciplines of architecture and engineering—an essential for effective collaboration and success in the built environment industry. The agreement also provides students with the benefit of an accelerated timeframe to degree completion and reduced costs.

Beginning in the Fall 2022 semester, students who participate in the articulated curriculum will be able to complete KCAD Master of Architecture requirements as electives to fulfill their undergraduate degree requirements at GVSU, allowing them to complete both degrees in six years rather than the typical seven-year timeline.

Additionally, students who pursue this curriculum will have the unique opportunity to develop a thesis within the Master of Architecture program that has an engineering component, supported by engagement with an Engineering faculty advisor from GVSU.

People standing and listening to a speaker present.From left are Chris Plouff, Paul Plotkowski, Lindsay Corneal, Assistant Director for the School of Engineering and Associate Professor; and Michael McCulloch, Associate Professor and Master of Architecture Program Chair. 

Leaders from both institutions met on the KCAD campus Friday afternoon to make the agreement official with a formal signing.

“By collaborating with KCAD, this agreement will provide uniquely effective preparation,” said Paul Plotkowski, Dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. “This collaboration by two regional institutions is a great example of working together to answer the interests of our students and employers in a high-demand field.”

KCAD’s Master of Architecture program engages students in a deep exploration of the discipline that considers innovation, sustainability, and context as equally as aesthetics. Michael McCulloch, Associate Professor and Master of Architecture Program Chair, said the imperative to design a sustainable built environment has only increased the importance of adopting an integrated design process, which engages both architectural and engineering considerations from the beginning of a project.

“Students will benefit from the diversity of experiences available between the two campuses, including the opportunity to engage with artists and designers from across KCAD,” said McCulloch.