Master of Science in Architecture
The heritage site of Intramuros, Manila, where Mapúa University is located, provides a unique laboratory in which one can learn and challenge conservation issues. The Master of Science in Architecture Major in Architectural Conservation program aims to examine these issues through a set of courses that allow architects to gain expertise in research and application of historic conservation principles and heritage laws to structures in the Philippines. These include recognizing, documenting, and protecting historic structures and sites, building analysis, rehabilitation and restoration technologies and design.
The Master of Science in Architecture Major in Architectural Education aims to provide: a solid foundation on life-long educational and cultural enrichment within the context of architecture and its allied disciplines; opportunities for undertaking studies of personal interest with the end view of producing materials for publication; and the opportunity to demonstrate professional competence in the areas of research and education.
The Master of Science in Architecture Major in Environmental Psychology aims to help architects to improve human environments at both the micro and macro levels. Coursework addresses the social, cultural, psychological, and political issues involved in the production, use, design, and occupation of space, place, and nature. The idea behind this major is that research based in the social sciences contributes to the planning, designing, and managing of environments that enhance organizational and individual effectiveness, safety, and comfort.
The Master of Science in Architecture Major in Sustainable Architecture aims to provide students with the tools necessary to understand and quantify sources of energy used in buildings and landscapes and to use design of natural and man-made systems to reduce their energy use. It focuses on the practices, processes, and materials with which a truly sustainable built environment may be created. Environmental, economic, and socially responsible solutions will be explored in studio course work.
The Master of Science in Architecture Major in Urban Design will provide an approach of rigorous research into urban form with focus on available strategies for design at specific sites and in partnership with communities. It also deals with the continually evolving relationships among climate change, urbanization, global flows of capital, and natural resources as they are integrated into the design of contemporary cities.
The Master of Science in Architecture Major in Vertical Urbanism will provide a rigorous understanding of the critical factors that exist in the high-density urban environment of the 21st century and will provide the student with the specialist tools to meet the challenges in the design and implementation of tall buildings in the urban habitat. It will also provide an understanding of the sustainability agenda and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration of built environment professionals as well as the importance of quantifiable techniques to substantiate central arguments in practice or academia. Students will be encouraged to take part in live research projects, participate in conferences, and publish papers in the interests of both individual development and the sharing of knowledge to further the cause of sustainable vertical urbanism.