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Phone: (208) 885-6781
Fax: (208) 885-9428
E-mail: arch@uidaho.edu

College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2451
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2451

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phone: (208) 334-2999
email: arch@uidaho.edu

Urban Design Center
University of Idaho
322 E Front Street, Suite120
Boise, ID 83702

M.S. Integrated Architecture and Design

The MS Integrated Architecture and Design degree tailor-made for the curious student who wants to apply design thinking to complex programs which extend beyond one discipline. Students are asked to create a research problem that includes drawing from disciplines across the college and university.  The degree offers a research program to students from the design disciplines and returning professionals who desire to develop expertise in collaborative, trans- and interdisciplinary studies. Students will be asked to use creative design and research methodologies and visual problem solving to address complex systems.

What You Learn

At the core of the MS IAD program is a strong emphasis on design thinking as applied to individualized research. With top faculty as your mentors, you will engage in a research project defined by your strengths and interests. Your research may focus on unique problems within or across a number of topics including:

  • Environmental studies
  • Behavior studies
  • Sustainable architecture
  • Computing, virtualization and visualization studies
  • Spatial/cultural agency and social justice
  • Sociological and psychological impacts of the built environment
  • Entrepreneurial product development


Students who graduate with a degree in Integrated Architecture and Design will complete 30 required credits toward their degree.

Thesis Option

  • ARCH 500 (8-10 cr.) Thesis
  • ARCH 520 (3cr.) Research Methods
  • Graduate Seminars in 3 disciplines (12 cr.)
  • Electives (5-7 cr.)

Non-Thesis Option

  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Studios (12 cr.)
  • Graduate Seminar in 3 disciplines (12 cr.)
  • Electives (6 cr.)