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Program in Architecture and Urban Design School of Architecture Pratt Institute

  • Brooklyn, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 62%38%
    student ratio
  • 8
    total students
  • $26,478 | $26,478
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 5
    fall application deadline
  • 77%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

The School of Architecture at Pratt Institute: Educating Future Leaders in Design

Ranked by "DesignIntelligence" magazine as one of the country's best architecture programs in the nation, the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute provides graduate programs in architecture, urban design, city and regional planning, construction and facilities management, environmental management, and historic preservation. With a strong foundation in traditional academics, the School of Architecture plays a pivotal role in innovative, research-driven practices that are developing fields such as sustainability, digital design, and material research.

The school offers a Master of Science, Architecture and Urban Design degree.

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Excellent Facilities within an International Research Network

The School of Architecture at Pratt has excellent facilities, trans-disciplinary connections with the well-known art and industrial design departments of Pratt Institute, and a developing research network that connects the graduate architecture department to national and international work in architecture and urban design. Distinguished visitors present their work to graduate students from all over the world on a regular basis in research forums and guest studios and seminars.

The School of Architecture Pratt Institute has an "ecological" approach that encourages feedback relationships among industry, manufacturing, political agencies, theoretical studies, and other categories and disciplines that are newly emerging in contemporary culture.

The Master of Science Degree in Architecture and Urban Design

At Pratt Institute, the Master of Science, Architecture and Urban Design program lasts for 3 semesters (summer, fall, and spring) and requires 33 credits. It is a post-professional program in urban design for students holding a 5-year -- or equivalent -- professional degree in architecture. Students complete a culmination project during their third semester.

Program faculty members believe that the urban design field is changing significantly. They believe that cities' expansion and contraction, as well as increasingly intricate economic and cultural exchanges among cities, suggest that professionals need new forms of analysis and design.

The graduate urban design program at Pratt aims to help students articulate, in visual and discursive ways, their long-term work in the discipline and practice. This approach helps determine where the student's individual work fits in the larger tapestry of the discipline. The program exposes students to excellent, thoughtful, inventive work in the field. Such work includes new computer mapping and visualization technologies, theoretical debates, interdisciplinary views and practice, and methodological developments.

A Distinguished Faculty of Practicing Architects and Designers

The Graduate Architecture programs at Pratt have a strong faculty of distinguished educators and practicing architects. Architect William Mac Donald, Chair of the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design programs, is also Director of KOL/MAC LLC, Architecture + Design, a New York City firm that is exhibited worldwide. Mac Donald has received numerous academic and professional honors, including the "40 under 40" award given every decade to the 40 best architects under 40 years old.

Pratt Urban Design instructors include Elliot Maltby, an architect whose current research focuses on temporal and situational spatiality. Ms. Maltby is a partner in thread collective of Brooklyn, a multi-disciplinary firm that "explores the seams between building, art and landscape." Maltby also worked for 5 years with Mary Miss, a highly influential artist in the public realm.

An Array of Post-Professional Urban Design Courses

Recent offerings in the graduate Urban Design program included Urban Design Theory, which was an introduction to various theoretical approaches to urban design using both historical and contemporary examples. Another example of such an offering is that of a studio course focusing on the intervention of specific single or multi-building projects in the existing urban fabric.

Still other offerings include Methods and Computer Applications, a course that uses various computer software applications to explore graphic techniques and analytical methods used in urban design and related to design methodology, and Problems in Urban Design, a course that analyzes and documents specific issues and/or places in the urban environment.

Pratt Institute: a Top Art, Design, and Architecture School Located in New York City

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is the second largest independent college of art, design, and architecture in the United States. It is also the largest school of its kind in the northeastern region of the country.

Located in Brooklyn, New York, with an additional campus in Manhattan, Pratt attracts students from all 50 states and nearly 80 countries. Pratt Institute offers 24 undergraduate programs and 26 master's degree programs. The college seeks to provide educational programs that help artists and creative professionals become responsible contributors to society. To this end, faculty members assist students in developing aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills, and technical expertise.

An Urban Mix of Historic Buildings and Eco-Friendly Design

The main campus at Pratt is located less than 30 minutes from Manhattan in a residential Brooklyn neighborhood of post-Civil War townhouses. The neighborhood features an urban mix of leafy green space, brick streets, and historic buildings. The Brooklyn campus encompasses 25 acres.

Pratt takes pride in its new administrative and academic center, the first eco-friendly green building in the area that surrounds the Pratt campus.

Serving Disadvantaged Neighborhoods: The Pratt Center for Community Development

The Pratt Center is one of the nation's foremost university-based research and technical assistance organizations in the service of disadvantaged communities. A number of Urban Design courses relate to Pratt Center projects, and many graduate Urban Design students intern at the Pratt Center. Center services include identifying community needs and workable strategies; providing testimony and staging events designed to inform groups and officials about community challenges and opportunities; researching, making recommendations for action, and providing advocacy to advance community plans; and organizing neighborhood-to-regional coalitions in order to advance specific policy recommendations.


Location & Contact

Program in Architecture and Urban Design

School of Architecture
Pratt Institute

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899
United States

Mr. William Mac Donald

Chairperson

Phone: 718-399-4357
Email: wmacdona@pratt.edu

Ms. Young Hah

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3683
Fax: 718-399-4242
Email: yhah@pratt.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Urban Design Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 8
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

77% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 62
    • Accepted 48
    • Acceptance Rate 77
    • Enrolled 8
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 5th January 5th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesportfolio, letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$26,478
    • Out-of-state tuition *$26,478
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,830.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students8
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students8
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian0%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian100%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty4
    • Full-time Percentage0%
    • Part-time Percentage100%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchUrban development process; historical, social, and economic implications of planning
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported

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