Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning

The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning offers programs leading to Master and Doctor degrees.

MSc programs in Architecture

  • MSc in Architecture
  • MSc in Architecture and Urban Design
  • Master in Architecture and Urbanism 1
  • Master in Architecture and Urbanism 2
  • MSc in Urban and Regional Planning
  • MSc in Industrial Design
  • MSc in Landscape Architecture

Research and Study Areas

  • Theory and history of architecture
  • Urban design
  • Industrialized building
  • Computer aided design
  • Structural morphology
  • Design methods
  • Environment-behavior studies
  • Environments for particular groups: elderly, children, women
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Legal and administrative aspects of planning
  • Plan evaluation
  • Urban renewal
  • Urban and regional economics
  • Planning and management of natural and landscape
  • resources
  • Housing
  • Land policy

MSc in Architecture and MSc in Architecture and Urban Design

These programs are designed for students who hold undergraduate degrees in Architecture. They provide advanced knowledge research capabilities in selected areas of architecture and urban design. Courses and seminars areas are offered in: Theory and history of architecture and urban design, design methodology, applications of environmental and behavioral sciences, technology and industrialization of construction, morphology, energy considerations in design and planning, computer aided design, person-environment relationships, economic considerations in architecture.

Courses in the Urban and Regional Planning program and from other departments in the Technion are available as well. Study programs are individually tailored to students’ academic interests and areas of specialization. Students in the research thesis/project track are required to study 24 course work credit points. Those in the non-thesis track are required to study 32 course work credit points.

Master in Architecture and Urbanism 1 – M.Arch1

The program is designed for students with a non-architecture first degree interested in a professional second degree in architecture. Applicants holding a Bachelor degree from a three or four year program of studies in an accredited institution of higher education are eligible. Admission into the program is based on grades and a special examination in architecture.
College graduates have to meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. The duration of studies is approximately five years and totaling 200 credit points consisting of 160 credit points , including all compulsory courses for B.Arch and elective courses. 40 additional credit points will be from graduate courses, according to the rules for the M.Arch. 2.

Master in Architecture and Urbanism 2 – M.Arch2

This program is designed for students with a professional degree in architecture,
interested to deepen their professional education. Degree requirements consist of 40 credit points of graduate courses, including a 3 credit point research as an expansion of a course. Applicants with a four year degree in architecture will be required to complete additional 10 credit points.

Specialization in Green Architecture

This program is intended for students with a professional degree in architecture, interested in acquiring a systemic and inclusive knowledge base in Green Architecture. Degree requirements are similar to M.Arch2.

MSc in Urban and Regional Planning

The urban and regional planning profession is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of human welfare in harmony with the environment. Thus the study course of planners is dedicated at enhancing their perception of the social, economic, political and cultural aspects of the urban and regional community, as well as the relationship between people and their environment.

The complex nature of the metropolitan region calls for close cooperation of many disciplines including sociology, geography, psychology, economics, political science and architecture.

Hence the graduate program in Urban and Regional Planning is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary, and at the same time, it emphasizes its competitive advantage in spatial planning and quantitative methods.

The program offers a number of specializations based on a range of elective courses, including courses from other Faculties. In particular, there are three clusters of specializations, as well as the option of a multi-disciplinary ‘generalist’ cluster:

  • Economics and land development
  • Housing and community development
  • Environmental policy and planning
  • Integrated track, multi-cluster training

The programs benefit from close ties with the Center for Urban and Regional Studies that provides an active research environment.
The program is intended for university graduates who completed their studies with a high average (usually above 85) and hold B.A or B.Sc in a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, economics, sociology, geography, political science, psychology, law, social work, philosophy, biology, chemistry, agriculture and all areas of engineering.

The number of credits required in order to receive a Masters degree is based on the student’s background, as follows:

Educational BackgroundNumber of Credit/Credits Required*
BA or B.Sc. in the social and natural sciences (or equivalent degrees)-
BLA., BA or B.Sc. in Landscape Architecture, Engineering (or equivalent degrees)44
BA in Law47
B.Arch., from the Architecture program at the Technion (or equivalent degrees)40

* In addition to 10 credits (basic courses), unless already taken in the course of undergraduate studies basic courses include: Sociology for Planners; Quantitative Thinking in Urban Planning; Economic Thinking for Planners; and Introduction to Environment Planning.

These requirements apply to students in the non-thesis track.
In the thesis track, the number of credits is reduced by 20 credits in the case of a research or project thesis and by 12 credits in the case of a final project.

MSc in Industrial Design

This interdisciplinary program welcomes students from a variety of professional backgrounds. The program acknowledges the complexity of design, which requires comprehensive knowledge including economics, marketing and technology, advanced problem solving methods, human factors and ergonomics. This is reflected in the courses offered. Prospective students must hold an undergraduate degree in industrial design, architecture or engineering. Candidates with other backgrounds will be considered individually. Study requirements include: 46 credit points (not including 10 prerequisite courses), including the final thesis.

MSc in Landscape Architecture

The field of landscape architecture is rapidly expanding worldwide. The global shift in the design professions towards an emphasis on sustainability has given the profession additional prominence, as well as new challenges in the realms of practice and research.

the proposed program will advance expertise practice and cutting edge research in the field of landscape architecture.

The Program focuses on emerging theories and practices in the field of landscape architecture.It foregrounds issues that are central to Israeli landscape architecture and its unique cultural and physical context, and promotes areas of research that will make a meaningful contribution to local practice. The following are the Program’s 3 areas of concentration:

  1. History and theory of the production of Israeli landscape
    While landscape has become a central subject of study in the disciplines of architecture, geography, anthropology, environmental studies and art, there is no parallel theoretical framework for the study of landscape within the field of landscape architecture, and no existing framework for the study of the Israeli landscape. The program focuses on the history of production of the local Israeli landscape from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program draws on existing courses in the graduate program of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion, as well as from Geography departments in other institutions.
  2. Natural systems and sustainability
    The study of natural systems is the basis for the study of a variety of topics such as: the application of spatial and ecological principles to urban and regional planning landscape ecology, regional biodiversity conservation, maintenance of water quality and the strategic and physical design of national/regional infrastructure. The program includes courses from the Department of City and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, and the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technion Institute.
  3. Planning and design of public space
    Contemporary forms of urbanization and globalization have transformed the form, meaning and role of public space.

The program focuses on public space in the Israeli context from social, cultural ecological perspectives. The program includes courses from the graduate programs of Architecture and Town Planning and City and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning.The program is targeted at students holding a B.L.A., B.Arch, B.Sc in Engineering, or B.A. in a related discipline.core courses, elective courses within an area of concentration and a research thesis or thesis project (design).44 academic credits are required as follows:

Core courses 10 credits
Electives 14 credits
Thesis/Thesis project20 credits
Total 44 credits

PhD programs

PhD Program in Architecture

The PhD program is intended for holders of Master’s degree in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion (or its equivalent). Doctoral studies are concentrated on research and the preparation of a dissertation. Additional study and guided reading in the chosen research area is generally required. Students are accepted provided they have a dissertation advisor. Research topics range over a variety of study areas, from basic building design to complex urban systems. Various aspects of these areas are inter-disciplinarily studied applying concepts from various disciplines, including engineering, science, humanities and law.

PhD in Urban and Regional Planning

The PhD program is open to students with a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion, or an equivalent degree from a recognized academic institution in Israel or abroad and proof of very high level of scholastic achievement during previous studies. Other candidates are required to take preliminary courses in Urban Planning before being admitted as regular students. Usually, a final average grade of 90 (courses and thesis) is a prerequisite. Doctoral studies are centered on research and the preparation of a dissertation. Students are accepted provided they have a dissertation advisor.

PhD in Environmental Studies

This program is intended for students holding a Master’s degree in fields related to Architecture or Urban and Regional Planning, wishing to perform their dissertation research on a topic related to those offered by the Faculty. An individual study course is tailored for each student. Students are accepted provided they have a dissertation advisor.

Further details

Registration: 972-4-8292693, 972-4-8292739
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning