Fall 2020 Semester Information for Graduate Students

Updated July 22, 2020

The university is preparing to operate on a hybrid model for the Fall 2020 semester. This means that some School of Architecture courses will be offered fully online, while others may have an in-person component. Our building will operate at limited capacity. The health and safety of our community continue to be our top priority.

The plans below may need to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. The school will notify students of changes via email; please continue to read school newsletters and other communications.

Online-only courses

The following graduate courses will meet synchronously online at their regularly scheduled times:

Arch 520: Topics in Architectural Theory and History
Arch 522: Topics in Architectural Technology
Arch 561: Architectural Technology I
Arch 563: Architectural Technology III
Arch 565: Topic Studio
Arch 587: Pro-Seminar I
Arch 589: Writing Tutorial I

In addition, one section of Arch 566: Research Seminar will be fully online.

In-person courses

Courses not listed above may meet in person in some capacity with proper physical distancing and safety measures in place. The school will be following campus-wide policies for sanitization and other safety measures, including having soap at all sinks and hand sanitizer and classroom cleaning supplies available throughout the building. 

In-person class meetings will be held at the discretion of the faculty. Students will not be required to come to campus if they don’t feel comfortable doing so. The school will clarify general expectations and policies for both hybrid and online-only courses (e.g., attendance) in the coming weeks. Students opting out of in-person instruction should be prepared to work with course instructors one-on-one to set the terms for their participation at the start of the semester.

First day of classes

There will be a virtual All-School Meeting for all students on Monday, August 24, at 1pm. Virtual lottery presentations for the Arch 566 Research Seminar will immediately follow that meeting. All G3, MAD-Crit, and MS students should attend the lottery.

Studios and classrooms

All graduate students will have access to the graduate studio with properly spaced work stations (including the G3 students whose studio meetings will be held online). There will be strict rules in place to promote proper health and safety practices. Among these, we will not allow any guests in studios. Enrolled students will be the only ones permitted to enter their designated studio spaces. Students won’t be required to work in the studio if they do not feel comfortable doing so. The seminar rooms in the building will not be used for any class meetings, as they are too small to accommodate proper distancing.


The Fabrication and Project Labs will not be open for walk-in hours but will coordinate with course instructors to make services and space available for specific projects on an as-needed basis. Lab staff will also be available to remotely assist with fabrication demonstrations and planning to support project development throughout the semester. The Print Lab hours and procedures are still in development but will similarly be arranged to align with coursework needs.


The School of Architecture staff will work on a hybrid model, as well: only one staff member will be in the office each day, on a reduced schedule. Staff will rotate these in-office days and work remotely when not in the office. Staff will continue to be most accessible via email.

Please contact Gwen Fullenkamp with any questions.

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