Rice University

School of Architecture, Houston, Texas, United States

The extraordinary historian and critic Tony Judt concluded his final book, Ill Fares the Land, with an exhortation to engage the world: "As citizens of a free society, we have a duty to look critically at our world. But if we think we know what is wrong, we must act upon that knowledge." Philosophers, Judt concluded (and here we could substitute "architects") "... have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it."

The RSA is a think tank: a container for possibilities. Faced with global economic, political, and environmental crises, we can't afford to be passive. An architect's engagement with the world requires a precise understanding of context (historical, political, economic, and physical) mixed with architectural speculations that define a better future. Every project in the school, whether in studio, lecture courses, or seminars, should project forward. And every project should unabashedly revel in its disciplinary (architectural) possibithink lities, heeding Tony Judt's plea to change rather than merely interpret.

Degree Programs at Rice University

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)

Program length: 6 years (B.A. in Architecture plus two additional years)
Qualifications: B.A. in Architecture degree from Rice, department approval
MArch Architecture and Landscape Architecture (RIBA & LI Pt 2)

Cost (2014-15): Tuition: $39,880/year, Fees: $686/year, Room: $9,100, Campus Board: $4,300, Off-Campus Board: $1,450

Master of Arts in Architecture (M.A. in Architecture)

Program length: "Option 3": 1 year
Qualifications: Undergraduate degree (any subject), GRE scores, portfolio, 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement, official transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS scores if applicable, minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale), $85 application fee
Cost (2014-15): Tuition: $29,90/year, Fees: $534/year, Room and Board varies

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Program length: "Option 1": 3.5 years, "Option 2": 2.5 years (Option depends on undergraduate degree)
Qualifications: Undergraduate degree (architecture), GRE scores, portfolio, 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement, official transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS scores if applicable, minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale), $85 application fee
Cost (2014-15): Tuition: $29,90/year, Fees: $534/year, Room and Board varies


Additional Information

Admission is only offered for Fall semesters
Tuition and fees for all programs can be found here.

Additional information on Rice University School of Architecture can be found on its website