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Master of Architecture

Program overview

To stand out as an architect, you need to develop architectural skills on a global scale. 

Bond’s Master of Architecture is a fully accredited qualification for professional recognition to practice as an architect both in Australia and internationally. 

Delivered in the award-winning Abedian School of Architecture building, it is a creative, hands-on, future-focussed learning experience where you’ll be immersed in innovative projects, studio workshops and research initiatives under the mentorship of internationally recognised academic-practitioners. 

With a focus on real-world scenarios and the role of architecture in addressing urban, environmental, social, and technological change on a global scale, the program is presented as a series of design studios. Each unit is a combination of theoretical studies, technical proficiency, and practical application, with the process culminating in a master’s thesis studio.

Other highlights include off-campus study tours, a paid international study tour for eligible students, and electives that allow you to incorporate other subjects of interest from other disciplines. 

With one of the lowest student-to-staff ratios of any architectural program in Australia, our small class environment facilitates individual assigned workspaces, designed to encourage communication and collaboration with classmates across all year levels. This is further enhanced by all-school projects such as the annual Design Charrette and the biannual exhibitions.

Program code: SD-93017

CRICOS code: 078184J

Program overview

To stand out as an architect, you need to develop architectural skills on a global scale. 

Bond’s Master of Architecture is a fully accredited qualification for professional recognition to practice as an architect both in Australia and internationally. 

Delivered in the award-winning Abedian School of Architecture building, it is a creative, hands-on, future-focussed learning experience where you’ll be immersed in innovative projects, studio workshops and research initiatives under the mentorship of internationally recognised academic-practitioners. 

With a focus on real-world scenarios and the role of architecture in addressing urban, environmental, social, and technological change on a global scale, the program is presented as a series of design studios. Each unit is a combination of theoretical studies, technical proficiency, and practical application, with the process culminating in a master’s thesis studio.

Other highlights include off-campus study tours, a paid international study tour for eligible students, and electives that allow you to incorporate other subjects of interest from other disciplines. 

With one of the lowest student-to-staff ratios of any architectural program in Australia, our small class environment facilitates individual assigned workspaces, designed to encourage communication and collaboration with classmates across all year levels. This is further enhanced by all-school projects such as the annual Design Charrette and the biannual exhibitions.

Program code: SD-93017

CRICOS code: 078184J

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Architecture: the nexus between construction and design

About this program

The Master of Architecture is the accredited professional degree for a career in architecture, complying with the competency requirements of the Board of Architects Queensland and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

The Master of Architecture provides a tailored architectural education in a creative studio-based environment focusing heavily upon design through hands-on and digital making with state-of-the-art tools. Project-based design studios focus upon real-world scenarios with specific attention to urbanism, the future of global cities, and the role of architecture and the architect in addressing urban, environmental, social, and technological change. Graduates will display mastery of architectural design abilities that are creative, critical, analytical, and spatial and based in advanced historical, theoretical, technical and disciplinary knowledge. All graduates will complete a design thesis as the cumulative result of the Masters course that demonstrates independent, self-directed critical thinking and sophisticated design capability.

Through the program offerings at the Abedian School of Architecture, issues of pressing international and national concern form the core content of the studio curriculum. Among the most prominent of these are the challenges posed by our contemporary condition globally, one characterised by rapid urbanisation, environmental change, technological emergence, and increasing socioeconomic inequity. The Master of Architecture will prepare students for globally-relevant employment through development of a sophisticated set of disciplinary competencies and acquired knowledge, providing the ability to synthesise diverse information in the resolution of complex creative-design challenges using a globally-applicable skillset that is deployed locally.    

Established as a highly-flexible and student-focused degree program, students in the Master of Architecture will study for 4 semesters full time, domestic students may also chose to study part-time. Studies include content from the disciplines of architecture, digital media, construction, city planning, urban design, and university electives. Key highlights of the program include an annual all-school “charrette”, several off-campus study tours (including a paid international studio trip for eligble* students), a monthly international guest-lecture series, study with distinguished guest faculty and Architects-In-Residence, a bi-annual student exhibition and publication, and an internationally and nationally recognised academic staff of scholars and practitioner-teachers.

Students undertake the Master of Architecture in a unique setting: the national and international award-winning Abedian School of Architecture. This facility and its associated Fabrication and Robotics Lab are dedicated for student use, creating an environment to support creative activity that is accessible 24/7 throughout the year. Students enjoy their own studio-based desk in the School provided for the duration of their studies, which becomes the point of personalised contact with program staff for an individualised, highly supported education. The limited student cohort size of the School is maintained to ensure all students have unique access to workshop facilities and program staff that is unparalleled almost anywhere globally.

The Master of Architecture is the terminal award allowing graduates to gain registration as an Architect in Australia and other jurisdictions that recognise the award. Upon completion and to earn registered status, graduates must complete a period of supervised employment experience (minimum 2 years) and pass a registration exam for recognition in Australia. The Master of Architecture provides knowledge, skill, and application (where required) of core competencies including design and documentation, practice management, project management, and understanding of contract law and project procurement.

*Student participation in the International study tour is subject to VISA approval, alternative teaching activities will be organised for students not able to travel.

Program Specific Scholarship

The Abedian Foundation Master of Architecture Scholarship

The Abedian Foundation Master of Architecture Scholarships are full fee scholarships awarded on academic merit to successful applicants commencing Bond’s Master of Architecture. 

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What you'll be studying

  • Study overview

    The Master of Architecture is made up of 13 architecture / built environment subjects and two general electives which can be selected from any Faculty or School at the University. Taking a full-time study load of four subjects per semester, you can complete your master’s in 1 year 4 months (four semesters). Intakes for the Master of Architecture are offered in January and September. Note, this study overview is indicative of a January starting semester. 

Program features

  • Be inspired

    The Abedian School of Architecture offers an exceptional learning experience. Purpose-built to inspire creativity and collaboration, combined with the real-world simulation of working in a professional design studio, the contemporary design of the building brings theory to life with its floating mezzanine, spiral staircases, study scoops, exhibition space and an internal ‘street’. You will be allocated your own workspace for the duration of your studies to develop your practical projects.

  • Learn by doing

    Access our computing, fabrication and robotics labs, and traditional workshops. Our inventory including three ABB industrial robot arms, the largest of which moves along a 4.2m track. In the FabLab you will be able to create scale models, prototypes and installations using plastic and ceramic 3D printing, large format laser cutters, a high-end CNC router and vacuum forming machines, while the workshop houses all the traditional tools and gadgets.

  • Only at Bond experiences

    Other stand-out experiences include the annual all-school Design Charrette – a unique and immersive learning experience sees you working with a professional architect or guest lecturer to create design ideas for a piece of local public infrastructure; off-campus study tours (including international study opportunities); an international guest lecture series; and a bi-annual student exhibition and publication.

  • Learn from the experts

    In our small class groups, you’ll be personally mentored by people who don’t just work in the industry but are leaders in their field – people like Brian Toyota who worked on the masterplan for award-winning residential/resort Sanctuary Cove, lead designer of the 2020 Australian House of the Year Matthew Eagle, founder of the Jørn Utzen Research Network Adrian Carter and international expert in sustainable architecture Daniela Ottmann.

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Hear from our Bondies

  • I studied a Master of Architecture at Bond. I have always had an interest in visual arts and saw Architecture as a means of working within a creative field. The facilities offered were the biggest draw for me. No other university in Queensland has permanent desks for their architecture students or the workshop and robotics labs available. The practise-based approach was also very important to me.

    Rachel Don - Master of Architecture
  • Abedian School of Architecture

    The industry is changing rapidly, and we need to prepare students here at the Abedian School of Architecture who can become the future leaders of our profession. Now is a great time to make an impact of the future of the discipline. We really value the ways students from a range of backgrounds ca contribute to the School and the future of Architecture.

    Professor Chris Knapp - Honorary Professor
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Hear from our Bondies

  • Abedian School of Architecture

    The industry is changing rapidly, and we need to prepare students here at the Abedian School of Architecture who can become the future leaders of our profession. Now is a great time to make an impact of the future of the discipline. We really value the ways students from a range of backgrounds ca contribute to the School and the future of Architecture.

    Professor Chris Knapp - Honorary Professor
  • I studied a Master of Architecture at Bond. I have always had an interest in visual arts and saw Architecture as a means of working within a creative field. The facilities offered were the biggest draw for me. No other university in Queensland has permanent desks for their architecture students or the workshop and robotics labs available. The practise-based approach was also very important to me.

    Rachel Don - Master of Architecture
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