Master of Science in Architecture: Mass Timber Design

Study at a leading epicenter of the U.S. mass timber movement and earn a Master of Science in Architecture with a focus in Mass Timber Design from the University of Oregon School of Architecture & Environment!

This one-year program partners with Oregon State University's Colleges of Forestry and Engineering and the TallWood Design Institute, giving students the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum spanning design, engineering and wood science. Learn more at: https://archenvironment.uoregon.edu/architecture/grad/msarch

 

Mass Timber Design

The following is the required one-year course sequence:

FALL TERM

16 Credits

OSU WSE 520 The Global Context of the Forest Sector

OSU WSE 525 Wood Science I

OSU WSE 558 Design of Wood Structures

UO ARCH 584 Timber Tectonics in the Digital Age
 

WINTER BREAK (optional)

UO ARCH 510 Field trip to Europe – Holzbau, Innsbruck, tour of mass timber buildings and manufacturing sites (10–14 days)
 

WINTER TERM

UO ARCH 619 Terminal Project: Integrated Timber Design Studio

UO ARCH 510 Advanced Mass Timber Design (Mass-ter Builder)

UO ARCH 606 TallWood Design Institute Seminar (Special Topics)*

UO ARCH 601 Independent study/research project (A/E teams of two)
 

SPRING TERM

UO ARCH 619 Terminal Project: Integrated Timber Design Studio

UO ARCH 606 TallWood Design Institute Seminar (Special Topics)*

UO ARCH 601 Independent study/research project (teams of two)

 

*Special Topics:

  • Composite Floor Systems
  • Proprietary Connections
  • Mass Timber Structural Lateral Systems
  • Structural Modeling with wood components and connections.
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Digital Fabrication – CNC
  • Adhesives
  • Fire Resistance
  • Durability
  • LCA
  • Net-Zero Design/Carbon Negative Design
  • Acoustics
  • Constructability and Economics
  • Construction Methods/Design-Build
  • Modular and Off-Site Construction
  • Case Studies of Contemporary Mass Timber Buildings