Architectural Design

Students in the architectural design program at MICA gain the technical, creative, and critical thinking skills needed to meet pressing human needs with design solutions that are fresh, imaginative, and innovative. Students leave the program prepared to continue onto graduate school to earn their professional degree leading to licensure or to branch out into related fields.

About the Architectural Design Program

The traditionally multidisciplinary nature of architectural education is amplified at MICA by a vibrant collaboration with the College's cutting edge fine arts programs. Students in architectural design will be able to interact with other disciplines and community partners through a rigorous curriculum that integrates theory with studio-based research and includes a variety of community-engaged projects in both core and elective studio coursework.

Throughout the program, students are introduced to a variety of digital skills sets-including CAD, 3D modeling and rendering, digital fabrication, building information management (BIM), and geographical information systems (GIS)-and also have access to digital fabrication facilities such as CNC machines and multiple platforms in 3D printing. By the end of the program, students in architectural design will be uniquely prepared to face the changing discipline and practice of architecture. Graduates are expected to leave MICA as innovators, leaders, and interdisciplinary thinkers prepared to compete for positions in graduate programs and architectural firms.

Alumna Helping Reduce Tsunami Damage in Japan

When Akane Bessho '16 (Architectural Design, B.F.A.) was a rising senior, she traveled to Sendai in the Tohoku region of Japan to lend her creative design and thinking abilities to a research project focused on the role seawalls and coastal forests play in reducing tsunami damage. The results of that work were published in the journal PLOS ONE on Aug. 10, and the recent MICA graduate, who is a native of Nagoya, Japan, is listed as one of the research paper's co-authors. 

It was through a MICA faculty member, Katie O'Meara, that Bessho became involved with the tsunami research project. Bessho served as a research intern for O'Meara, who was working on a team investigating the vulnerability of the Mid Atlantic region to repeated heat waves and hurricanes.  O'Meara eventually introduced Bessho to Jeremy Bricker, associate professor in the International Research Institute of Disaster Science at Tohoku University in Japan, another of the study's co-authors. 

READ MORE about Bessho's tsunami research.

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