Texas Tech University

Graduate Certificates

For students currently enrolled in the M Arch program the CoA offers five certificate programs to extend your learning in specialized areas.

Each certificate program is directed by a faculty member who customizes the coursework to match the student's educational and professional interests within that area of study.

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Design, Computation, and Fabrication

This 14-hour certificate seeks and offers advanced design knowledge and innovative approaches in architectural design. Positioned at the intersection among architecture, engineering, and construction, students gain practical skill sets and theoretical foundations in computational design, material study, fabrication techniques and processes.

Coursework centers on technical skills and the theoretical & conceptual foundations to rethink and challenge the limits of current design practice.

Recommended Curriculum

Hexagonal fan patterns.
Close up of a topographic map.
Paper model of sound-dampening wall concept.
Double exposure of building, people, and birds with an architectural structure.

Health Care Facilities Design

This 12-hour interdisciplinary certificate offers specialty coursework in Healthcare Facilities Design, exploring how research can be used to design a space that positively affects patient outcomes and the efficiency and safety of healthcare environments.

With this certificate, in addition to taking architecture courses in advanced design and evidence-based architecture, students enroll in nursing and business courses through the School of Nursing at TTUHSC and the Rawls College of Business, which provide a deeper understanding of the role technology plays in patient care and existing operational systems in modern healthcare.

Recommended Curriculum

Bentaub building drawing
Overhead map with legend.
Alternate view of the Bentaub building.
Concept drawing of courtyard area with emergency room and Starbucks

Health & Wellness Design

For this 15-hour certificate, the CoA partnered with the Department of Public Health at TTUHSC to create a program that examines salutogenic design principles, teaching students how environmental design enhances the physical, intellectual, emotional, mental and spiritual health of groups and individuals.

Coursework will explore the ways in which design impacts health, public health principles, evidence-based design principles, research methods, and the role of research in design.

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Concept planning for MD Anderson Cancer Center.
In-place 3D model concept structure.
Birds-eye view of a Baylor Medical Center CAD drawing.
Render of man jumping into an indoor pool in a modern-style room.

Land Arts of the American West

This 12-hour certificate expands the definition of land art through direct experience with the full range of human intervention in the landscape, from the inscriptions of pictographs and petroglyphs to the construction of roads, dwellings, and monuments (and the remnants of those developments).

A semester-long, transdisciplinary field program, Land Arts investigates the intersection of geomorphology and human construction, beginning first with the land and extending through the complex social and ecological processes that create contemporary landscapes.

Recommended Curriculum

Outdoor dirt race and rally track, with mountain view in background.
People outside with large PVC tubes.
Photographer finishing walking through a large trench.
Students in foil blankets on a plateau.

Urban & Community Design

This 14-hour certificate provides students with in-depth knowledge of the integrated relationship between architecture and the urban environment. Coursework centers on the design of physical spaces and the legal framework between interrelated neighborhoods. Interdisciplinary studies also provide students with opportunities to examine real estate, finance, mapping, and spatial analysis, and/or the dynamics of U.S. energy, climate, and sustainability law policy as they concern urban environments.
This certificate program dovetails with our Urban Tech extension site (fall students) and/or the Urban Design Studio options studio opportunity in the spring to offer students community engagement and practical experience.

Recommended Curriculum

Concept structure rendering.
Monochrome map renders.
Monochrome map progressions.
Mountain landscape with an overhead view of El Paso region.