All full-time students accepted in the CUA Master's in Architecture are eligible to enter this concentration. The SSCS curriculum functions within the normal 2 (or 3) year long Master's program and demands students to take at least 2 concentration studios and 3 concentration elective classes. Concentration's courses cover SSCS content from a variety of perspectives including design, typology, semiotics, phenomenology, history/theory, religion, and science. As in most architecture programs, the design studio constitutes the central learning environment where graduate students study, apply, test, and develop architectural skills and knowledge. Although not required, most SSCS students naturally choose their Master's thesis to focus on subjects germane to the concentration interests.
In addition to the concentration courses offered within the School of Architecture and Planning, many other opportunities exist. The school offers the award-winning Spirit of Place | Spirit of Design workshop, an off-campus design-build intense studio exploring the spirit of place through historic and contemporary architecture and landscapes in (depending on the particular year) the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe. Other studio-based Foreign Study programs allow students to explore European cultural contexts in cities such as Rome, Barcelona and Paris. The SSCS concentration also takes advantage of the National Geographic Society, as well as courses drawn from the university's School of Theology and Religious Studies, the departments of anthropology and art, and courses offered through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
The school also offers a one-and-a-half, post-professional Master of Architectural Studies, an excellent program for individuals interested in immersing themselves in the study of sacred space and cultural issues in architecture. This Master's program gives a great deal of autonomy to each student who may customize their studies based on her/his specific goals and interests
SSCS courses to be offered at the School of Architecture during the 2016-17 Academic Year:
ARPL 505: Spirit of Place /Spirit of Design (Prof. Travis Price with Kathleen Lane) - Location/Project in Colombia. For more, follow this link
ARPL 601/603/701: SSCS Studio in DC (Prof. Julio Bermudez w/ architect Prem Chandavarkar, the 2016 Walton Critic)
ARPL 601/603/701: SSCS Studio in Rome (Prof. Lavinia Fici Pasquina)
ARPL 616: Sacred Space Design in the Abrahamic Traditions (Prof. Michael Gick)
ARPL 694: Independent Study
ARPL 504: Spirit of Place (Prof. Travis Price)
ARPL 601/603/701: SSCS Studio in DC (Prof. Travis Price)
ARPL 618: Foundations of SSCS - Transcending Architecture (Prof. Julio Bermudez)
ANTH 630: Sacred Cities of the World (Prof. Anita Cook)
ARPL 694: Independent Study
ARPL 505: Spirit of Place /Spirit of Design (Prof. Travis Price with Kathleen Lane)) - Location/Project to be defined.