Graduate architecture program earns accreditation


KCAD master of architecture student Michael Adeniyi presents a design to architects. Courtesy KCAD

A local college’s graduate architecture program has received a national accreditation.

The master of architecture program at Kendall College of Art and Design, or KCAD, is now accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, or NAAB.

The initial accreditation comes after several steps over the past five years, and the NAAB will evaluate the program at least every eight years.

The accreditation confirms that program graduates — beginning with the inaugural cohort, which graduated in 2016 — fully meet the educational requirements required for licensure in architecture.

“We do that by emphasizing community engagement, an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving and a pursuit of architecture deeply rooted in a sense of place,” said the program’s director, Brian Craig. “We don’t want our graduates to just be architects capable of responding to the present. We want them to be leaders who will shape the future of architecture.”

Craig said the NAAB was particularly complimentary of the program’s emphasis on cultural diversity, social equity and environmental responsibility, as well as its emphasis on the business of architecture and its outcome assessment on learning methods.

KCAD said the program pairs theoretical classroom lessons with hands-on learning.

The program requires students to participate in an internship, a six-week study-away course exploring the relationship between architecture and culture in an unfamiliar location and a course working with local community members in solving a real-world architecture and urban design problem.

The program is two years for students with pre-professional B.S. degrees in architecture and three years for those with bachelor’s degrees in other majors.

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