College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Master of Architecture + Health

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Professor David Allison, Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health

Within the framework of the Master of Architecture degree, the Architecture + Health Concentration includes seminar courses and studio work appropriate for both a general professional degree and a concentration in architecture + health. The intent of the A+H concentration, which is the most structured and established program of its type in the United States, is to develop the generalist-specialist graduate who can creatively work in both modes. The curriculum concentration includes both the study of health facility design and the study of relationships between architectural settings and their impact on human health and well-being. The primary purpose of the concentration is to study how architectural environments impact health and how to create architectural settings that support the health and well-being of individuals and larger populations.

Studio design projects and seminar courses examine architecture-health relationships for settings and conditions ranging from entire communities to specific projects and individual spaces. The emphasis in the studio is on design excellence within the framework of the complex demands found in the practice of health-care architecture. Student work must stand up critically at all levels of architectural consideration.

The Architecture + Health concentration is demanding in the scope of its professional studies, with most of the course work designated for specific areas of learning which are currently only offered on the main campus in Clemson. Students may take advantage of off-campus programs for a maximum of one semester with the approval of the program director. Given the number of required courses, students may also opt for an additional semester of study within the concentration years to accommodate an off campus semester in conjunction with a summer + semester internship with a healthcare design firm. A thesis option is offered in the Architecture + Health concentration, and is developed during the final year of study. The thesis deals with particular architectural topics as they relate to health and well-being.

The information about admission is available on  the graduate admission website of the School of Architecture.

For further information regarding the Architecture + Health Concentration, contact Professor David Allison, Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health at adavid@clemson.edu