Master of Architecture

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Architectural rendering of a staircase
Architectural rendering of an amphitheater
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Architectural rendering of a condominium
A student wall display inside the architecture studios
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An architectural model laser cut from wood
A student giving a presentation
A student giving a presentation
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An exhibition of architecture students' work
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A display of architecture student work

KCAD MArch Granted Accreditation by National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

The KCAD MArch is now accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), having been granted Initial Accreditation at the January 2019 NAAB Board meeting. Accreditation is effective January 1, 2018, and program graduates—beginning with the inaugural cohort, which graduated in 2016—now fully meet the educational requirements required for licensure in architecture.


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Building a better future starts from the ground up, and the KCAD MArch will give you the foundation you need to create impact and effect lasting, meaningful change in the world.

Now more than ever, architects must possess a broad perspective and a diverse body of knowledge, because architecture isn t just a discipline it s a way of seeing and leading that excites possibility, invites collaboration, and spurs innovation.

Explore the most frequently asked questions or read on to see if the KCAD MArch is right for you.

Expand Your Education

The MArch engages students in a deep exploration of architecture by dissolving the usual boundaries between bodies of knowledge, asking students to make connections between and among such areas as history, professional practice, technology, structures, critical theory, and design communication.

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Focused On The Future

The role of the architect is evolving, and the MArch is designed to help you evolve with it. Buildings and cities are ecosystems wherein structure and space exist in constant interaction with both the people who inhabit them and the natural environment that surrounds them.

You ll learn how to create place through transdisciplinary collaborative design and shape the built environment in ways that consider innovation, sustainability, user experience, and beauty.

See what industry and educational leaders have to say about the changing role of the architect

Our Place Is Our Great Differentiator

KCAD is an integral component of the thriving design community and vibrant creative culture of West Michigan. This means that your classroom explorations of theory, technology, history, and practice will be augmented by unparalleled access to a wealth of personal and professional opportunities that will give you invaluable hands-on experience with the process of placemaking.

You ll attend city planning meetings, hang out at entrepreneurial think tanks, and network with architects, builders, planners, designers, community activists, environmentalists, scientists, and artists amidst a rapidly growing cityscape that blends architectural heritage with modern, innovative, and sustainable design.

See what makes Grand Rapids special

What our students have to say:

"The teacher dedication outside of the classroom is outstanding! Professors are always available and become a part of your professional network by supporting you in every way they can. Each professor also has a unique connection to the greater design community, and that strengthens the educational experience by leading students to opportunities for growth outside of the classroom. This program teaches you more than you can learn at any desk."

- Daniel Montgomery, MArch student

"It's exciting to be part of a program that is enriched by and immersed in its surrounding environment. The KCAD MArch's connection to Grand Rapids allows for constant hands-on urban engagement. Also, the intimacy of the program allows for individual attention and uniquely challenges each student personally as well as professionally."

- Alicia Miller, MArch student