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Prospective Students

At Texas A&M University, the Department of Architecture offers a two-year accredited Master of Architecture professional degree that introduces students to architecture's creative problem-solving while building in-depth foundational knowledge and disciplinary expertise. Students develop strong visual communication skills, technical proficiency, and critical thinking skills by participating in an invigorating design studio sequence. The A&M graduate-level studios address increasingly complex, real-world design problems within a broad historical context by combining forward-looking ideas, building construction fundamentals, and cutting-edge computational tools to test, calibrate, and fabricate their design solutions. The Master of Architecture degree program intellectually positions students to have agency through self-directed, research-driven capstone studies that improve the global built environment.


Admission Information

Prospective students interested in a college tour or a meeting with the academic advisor can schedule an appointment through the University Visitor Center.

Students must first be accepted into Texas A&M University before they begin in the Department of Architecture. More information about graduate admissions into the Department of Architecture can be found on the graduate admissions page.

 

Student Work

A gallery of student work highlights the type of projects and research you will conduct when pursuing a degree within the Department of Architecture.

 

Faculty Research

A listing of faculty research is available from the College of Architecture's Research Symposium website.

 

Computer/Laptop Requirements-Fall 2020/Spring 2021

Over 50% of the colleges in the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture require first-year students to provide laptops for their programs, given that a vast majority of the students' classwork will require a computer during their years of study. Desktop computers and laptop computers designed to meet the minimum specification are acceptable; however, a laptop is recommended for student use as it will be easiest for students to transport and work with throughout their college education.

The Department of Architecture suggests that students purchase a new computer before the first year to ensure the compatibility and longevity throughout the student's education and better prepare students for the creativity, research, visual communication skills needed for a future in the environmental design, graphic design, product design, and architecture fields.

The following is a guideline for computer or laptop minimum recommended specifications for students enrolled in the Texas A&M University Department of Architecture.

 HARDWARE

 

Windows

 

 

 

 

 

CPU

Intel i7 8th Gen or higher

 

Intel i9 preferred

 

AMD Ryzen 7 2nd Gen or higher

 

 

 

 

 

RAM (memory)

16 GB DDR4 minimum

 

32 GB DDR4 preferred

 

 

 

 

 

STORAGE

512GB SSD (solid state drive) or higher

 

 

GRAPHICS CARD

 

Dedicated Card (not integrated)

 

NVIDIA chipset highly recommended/preferred

 

DirectX 12 Compatible (minimum)

 

Support for OpenGL 4.5 or higher

 

Find a GPU that is "VR Ready" and you should be good to go!

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows 10

 

 

SCREEN SIZE

 

14.6" minimum

 

15" or 17" preferred

 

1920 x 1080 minimum resolution

 

 

 

 

 

PORTS

USB port (1 port minimum)

 

HDMI ports (1 port minimum)

 

or

 

The ability to output to HDMI via use of adapters

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER

Built-in Speakers

 

Built-in Webcam

 

 

 ACCESSORIES

 

 

 

WIRELESS MOUSE

USB external Mouse

 

 

ADDITIONAL MONITOR

 

22" Monitor or larger

 

27" monitor preferred (4K preferred)

 

(aids with graphics work)

 

 

EXTERNAL STORAGE

 

USB Drive (2TB or higher)

 

or

 

Cloud Storage  (A&M provides unlimited Google Drive storage)

 

 

32 GB USB Flash/Thumb drive

 

for printer transfers and other tasks

 

 

 HARDWARE

 

macOS

 

 

 

CPU

16" Macbook Pro: 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor

 

 

 

RAM (memory)

16 GB DDR4 minimum

32GB DDR4 preferred

 

 

 

STORAGE

512GB SSD (solid state drive) or higher

GRAPHICS CARD

 

AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory preferred

 

 

 

OPERATING SYSTEM

MacOS (10.15 or higher)

SCREEN SIZE

 

 

 

 

 

PORTS

4 Thunderbolt 3 ports

 

 

 

OTHER

Built-in Speakers

Built-in Webcam

  ACCESSORIES

 

 

WIRELESS MOUSE

USB or Bluetooth external Mouse

ADDITIONAL MONITOR

 

22" Monitor or larger

27" monitor preferred (4K preferred)

(aids with graphics work)

EXTERNAL STORAGE

 

USB Drive (2TB or higher)

or

Cloud Storage  (A&M provides unlimited Google Drive storage)

32 GB USB Flash/Thumb drive

for printer transfers and other tasks

 

SOFTWARE

Academic Versions of most are available for free or at discount.

https://software.tamu.edu/ provides some software at a reduced cost

 

 

 

Microsoft Office | Microsoft Office 2019 or Office 365

(Free for educational purposes)

Adobe Creative Cloud
($20/mo. for educational purposes)
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html?promoid=P79NQTWV&mv=other

Autodesk
(Free for educational purposes)
AutoCAD (current version)
Revit (current version)
3DS Max (current version)
Autodesk Formit (concept modeling)
https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/featuredhttps://formit.autodesk.com/

McNeel & Associates
($195)
Rhinoceros (current version) (Version 6)
https://www.rhino3d.com/sales/north-america/United_StatesGrasshopper (included w/ Rhino V6)
https://www.grasshopper3d.com/

Trimble
($55/yr.)         
SketchUp (current version)
SketchUp Pro (by instructor only)
https://www.sketchup.com/plans-and-pricing-promo#for-higher-education

RENDERING SOFTWARE
Lumion 3D
(Free for educational purposes)
https://lumion.com/educational-licenses.html

Twin Motion
(Free for educational purposes)
https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/get-now/twinmotion

Unreal Engine
(Free for educational purposes)
https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/education

V-Ray
($99-149/yr.)  
https://store.chaosgroup.com/products/educational#single-products

Enscape
(Free for educational purposes)
https://enscape3d.com/educational-license/

Blender
(Free for educational purposes)
https://www.blender.org/download/

Maxwell Render
($)
https://maxwellrender.com/educational/#students1

Maxon Cinema 4D
(Free for educational purposes)
https://www.maxon.net/en-us/learn/educational-licenses/students-and-instructors/ 

Thea Render by Altair
(Free for educational purposes)
https://altairuniversity.com/free-altair-student-edition/

OctaneRender by Otoy
($30/mo.)
https://home.otoy.com/render/octane-render/subscriptions/#enterprise

Corona Renderer
($35/yr.)         
https://corona-renderer.com/prices-licensing/student

Artlantis
(Free for educational purposes)
https://education.abvent.com/

FluidRay
($15/mo.)        
https://www.fluidray.com/buy-now/

Indigo Renderer
($145)
https://store.glaretechnologies.com/educational/

Keyshot 9 For Education 
($95/yr.)         
https://buy.keyshot.com/collections/keyshot-education/

Students who have attended their New Student Conference and enrolled at Texas A&M University may purchase software at discounted prices from the Texas A&M Software Center

Laser Cutting Protocol - Fall 2020

Due to COVD-19 restrictions and to limit exposure of the staff from external materials, the Woodshop is no longer accepting laser cut files in person. The process for laser cutting is as follows:

File Setup

Please email your file to Woodshop@tamu.edu. The woodshop will evaluate it and communicate with the students by email, Zoom or phone call regarding any errors or changes you might need to make to improve the outcome of your cut. If you need help setting up a file, using AutoCAD and the template file, or would like to schedule a class helpdesk session, please email Woodshop@tamu.edu to schedule an appointment.

Material Selection

Please include the material that you would like to use as the woodshop no longer accepts outside material in an effort to limit cross-contamination.

College of Architecture Woodshop Marketplace

The woodshop will email you an invoice with your payment total. This invoice can be settled through our Texas A&M Marketplace page by using the invoice number and payment total provided to you. Once we have received a processed payment, the woodshop will run your cut. When your cut is complete, you will be notified by email with the location of your complete order.

https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=13533

Material Sales can be accomplished by emailing Woodshop@tamu.edu and requesting that the woodshop sell material. We will invoice you through Marketplace and place the materiel outside the woodshop with your name on it.

Thank you for your assistance in these unprecedented times. We know that changing our policy will take time to adjust to for the students. If you or any of your students have any questions, they can contact woodshop@tamu.edu or by calling the shop during normal business hours at 979.4

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Each year the Department of Architecture awards numerous scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students. For the past several years, the Department has awarded scholarships and fellowships worth over $400,000.00.

Additional information can be found on the Financial Assistance page on this website.

Career Fair

The Department of Architecture, in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects Student chapter (AIAS), hosts a career fair each year. Potential employers are afforded an opportunity to meet with students and conduct interviews for internships and full-time employment.

Student Organizations

Many undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Architecture actively participate in student chapters of honor societies and professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). A listing of student organizations in the College of Architecture can be found on the college website.

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The AIAS promotes excellence in architectural education, training, and practice, fosters an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines, enriches communities in a spirit of collaboration, and organizes architecture students and combines their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

Culture

The culture of an organization is difficult to capture without experiencing it firsthand. The Department of Architecture promotes a studio culture in its degree programs, and this decision heavily influences the academic experience. The college website illustrates the culture of the college, utilizing a variety of media.

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