The College of Architecture and Environmental Design Announces Three New Masters Programs


Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design is excited to announce three new Masters Degree programs that will be starting in the Fall of 2014. The new additions include: The Masters of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design (MSAED, The Masters of Healthcare Design (MHCD), and The Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA). The MLA program will take place here at the CUDC in Cleveland.

Details on the programs are as follows.

Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design

The Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design (MSAED) provides students with a broad platform for research in areas deemed significant to design disciplines in the 21st century. The program approaches graduate education in environmental design as an opportunity to research more graceful relationships between human environments and the natural world. To assure a more fulfilling profession in architecture and the allied environmental design arts, professionals will depend increasingly on an expanded mode of practice in which multidisciplinary collaborations and research forms the core.

Graduates of the MSAED can explore several research paths that promote a wider role for research and leadership in the various design professions.

The MSAED provides the graduates with research skills and experiences that enable them to identify and tackle complex global problems facing the professions. The MSAED reinforces collaborative research and cultivates thinking skills required for the professions of the 21st Century. The diverse coursework in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, coupled with graduate offerings from other degree programs at Kent State University, provide students with opportunities to choose areas of research uniquely tailored to their interests.

Students in the Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design program must earn at least a total of 35 credit hours.

Master of Health Care Design

The Master of Health Care Design (MHCD) is a post-professional degree that focuses on the design and performance of health care environments. The degree is for professionals with a demonstrated level of competency in their respective field. Applicants should possess at least one of the following professional degrees:

NAAB accredited degree in Architecture; CIDA accredited degree in Interior Design; LAAB accredited degree in Landscape Architecture; NASAD accredited degree in Visual Communication Design; an accredited degree from another nation besides the United States (e.g. a RIBA [Royal Institute of British Architects] accredited degree)

The MHCD is one-of-a-kind in the State of Ohio. With the health care industry prominent as an economic driver in the nation, especially in Northeast Ohio, and given the projected increased demand for public health services, this degree equips professionals with requisite and relevant skills unique to the industry. With professional development in mind and the exceptional density of nationally prominent hospitals and health facilities in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, this degree offers students access to seasoned professionals with significant experience in the healthcare design industry.

Classes and electives during the first year of study provide the student with the context and theory behind healthcare design. Students may take coursework in behavioral science, health science, ethical and cultural issues in health care, and evidence based design. This fundamental coursework will aid architects, administrators, planners and health care professionals to better meet the needs of healthcare service users.

Second year studio classes implement these principles and incorporate codified standards through design problems with the goal of designing for health care. Throughout the curriculum, students learn strategies that facilitate healing, provide greater efficiency, reduce costs, and raise the standards of healthcare design.

The MHCD is intended to advance knowledge and address specialized issues within the health care community. The curriculum prepares graduates to function in offices that specialize in design for the health care sector, but also provides graduates the potential to serve as client representatives, or related positions, in the health care industry.

Students in the Master of Health Care Design program must earn at least a total of 32 credit hours.

Master of Landscape Architecture I
offered at the Kent State CUDC. Currently seeking Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB) candidacy status.

The Master of Landscape Architecture I (MLA I) is designed to be a professional degree program, seeking its first cohort of students, with a curriculum that conveys the disciplinary knowledge required for attaining LAAB accreditation. The program provides graduates with the requisite intellectual base for adapting to the design challenges facing landscape architecture today.

The MLA I degree focuses on sustainable landscapes with a concentration in regional ecologic, economic, and social issues. The unique features of Northeast Ohio (industrial cities, suburbs, rural landscapes, parklands, and critically important hydrological concerns) serve as the educational platform for academic inquiry and research, while also providing students with comprehensive experiences, knowledge of design, ethical standards, and the technical skills necessary for professional licensure. Cognates associated with a diversity of disciplines allied with landscape architecture are available to students including courses in architecture, biology, environmental health sciences, geography, geology, sports and recreation management, and urban design.

Cleveland, as an urbanized landscape edging the international waters of Lake Erie, is of significant research interest and focus to the program. The role of landscape architecture in issues of water infrastructure, water quality, and hydrology is one of the primary opportunities for local impact. Implications of land vacancy and urban infrastructure in landscape architecture, including the reclamation of brownfield sites, provide opportunity for structured investigation. The program, located alongside Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, engages in design and research  within its region with the goal of improving the environmental health and well-being of the built and grown landscapes of Northeast Ohio with the broader intent of impacting designers beyond the region.

Students in the Master of Landscape Architecture I program must earn at least a total of 72 credit hours.

Master of Landscape Architecture II
offered at the Kent State CUDC.

The Master of Landscape Architecture II (MLA II) is a post-professional, advanced degree for students holding an LAAB accredited degree in Landscape Architecture. The MLA II does not carry accreditation. The MLA II is intended for students to develop new knowledge through research and design, and to provide professionals with the opportunity for specialization in an area of their choosing. The plan of study is developed through the guidance of the Landscape Architecture Program Director.

Students in the Master of Landscape Architecture II program must earn at least a total of 60 credit hours.

For more information about the programs or to learn how to apply, contact Bill Willoughby, Associate Dean for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University at wwilloug(at)kent.edu or call 1.330.672.2917.

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