Indiana University has announced plans to offer a Master of Architecture degree program beginning in the fall of 2018. The program will have a primary focus in Columbus with some courses being offered on IU’s Bloomington campus.
The program is a part of the new School of Art and Design and the university says it builds on the IU Center for Art and Design Columbus, which opened in 2011. IU is expecting an initial class of 20 students
"With its roots in the strong and successful longstanding partnership between IU and the city of Columbus, one of the world’s greatest centers for modern architecture, this program will also be well positioned to meet the considerable need for professional architects and designers both here in Indiana and nationwide," said IU President Michael McRobbie. "We are deeply grateful to the commission for its support of this important program and its potential to greatly contribute to the growth and vitality of our state.”
The university adds the program will help address work force needs in Indiana. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says employment of architects is projected to grow more than 20 percent through 2022.
"The architectural heritage of Columbus will provide our Master of Architecture students with an incredibly rich and innovative educational experience," said Peg Faimon, dean of the School of Art and Design. "This, coupled with the wide array of opportunities in the School of Art and Design and IU Bloomington, will make this program unique in its ability to educate a new generation of architects ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century."
The university cites the American Institute of Architects, which rates Columbus as the sixth most architecturally significant city in the country.