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Graduate Architecture in Europe

graduate architecture in europe

The Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) offers a graduate program in architecture and urban design, with a focus on the contemporary European experience. The program, normally offered in the fall semester, is available to students enrolled in the following CAED graduate programs:

  • MArch 44 Professional Degree
  • MArch 44 Professional Degree with emphasis in Urban Design
  • MArch 44 Professional Degree & Master of Urban Design Dual Degree

Graduate students enrolled in other programs are also encouraged to apply. Admission is granted upon academic qualifications and available positions; see the admissions page for requirements.

In addition to the regular fall semester curriculum, the program features The Richard Role Lecture and the Kent State Forum on the City, which is a series of dialogues on current transformations underway in contemporary cities. The forum aims to disseminate experiences in urban design, urban architecture projects, urban landscape designs, developments and policies in major cities worldwide. The program is also complemented by a field study course. Visiting faculty and critics, field-trips guest-guides, guest speakers and design reviewers expose the students to European design practice.


The Florence Program is an enhanced academic experience. The planned program consists of a full academic load. The coursework and course descriptions are shown below. Minor variations in the program may take place from year to year; all course offerings, credit hours, etc. are subject to change.

ARCH 60101 Graduate Design Studio - 6 credit hours

"Graduate Design Studio I involves continuous critical dialogue/debate and constructive research of readings and findings in conjunction with student initiated design investigations. … The studio will aim at the construction of a grammar of the urban plan, able to create simple and complex conditions in the relationship territory/city/architecture, and of an architecture that can elaborate on the theme of the 'context'. "

ARCH 60301 Theories of Architecture - 3 credit hours

"In-depth analysis and discussion of contemporary architectural theories. Critical evaluation of major authors and architectural projects."

UD 66995 History of Public Realm - 3 credit hours

"The course investigates the structure, function, and symbolism of public spaces in Western Europe and in North America from the Renaissance to the 20th century. The characters of public space, its role in defining people's identity, the social interaction and rituals it hosts and produces will all be analyzed in relationship to the urban form."

UD 66995 Field Study on European Cities - 4 credit hours

"… an insight into the contemporary condition of architecture within the context of the traditional city. We will use three very different urban models... The cities are chosen as representative of a broad and complex condition of transformations that characterize cities across all of Europe."

The field study includes at least three field trips (one week each) to major European cities and places of interest, such as Berlin, Barcelona, Vienna, Portugal (Lisbon & Oporto) and the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, etc.). Each field trip features an on-site speaker that can offer a particular insight on certain projects or urban areas.

ARCH 55707 Representation in Design - 1 credit hour

"The aim of the course is the investigation of graphic techniques  applied to the analysis of urban space. In particular we will consider the following the use of graphic diagrams … and the concept of 'analogous design' …. Among the various drawing techniques, the use of watercolor will be introduced both in monochromatic and polychromatic applications."

UD 66995 Cities and People - 1 credit hour

"A sociological overview on the transformation of cities: the Modern City (urbanization and industrialization, social conflicts, private life and public experience…); the Post-Modern City (de-industrialization and de-urbanization, new urban social demand, gentrification…); issues of contemporary cities (new economies, competitiveness, cultural segmentation, integration, safety…)."

for more information:

Ms. Lisa Pozo, CAED Global Education Administrative Secretary, , 330-672-3765