Architecture offers broad career paths. It crosses over into other disciplines including urban planning, computer science, cognitive science, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, media studies, and art. Licensed architects work in both the public and private sectors, collaborating with clients, construction engineers, urban planners, interior designers, corporations, developers, and government agencies. Architects may work for a firm, be self-employed, or be employed as a consultant. There are specialty disciplines associated with architecture such as interior design, architectural and structural engineering, building technologies, and landscape architecture.
MIT’s Architecture Department offers several different degree programs and options for undergraduates and graduate students ranging from the bachelor’s to doctoral level. The Master of Architecture (MArch) is an accredited professional degree program. A professional architect must complete a 3-year internship and pass the Architect Registration Exam. The department also offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to explore research in five disciplines: Architecture and Urbanism; Art Culture and Technology; Building Technology; Computation; and History Theory and Criticism. Other fields that can be relevant for architecture careers include mechanical engineering; computer science; materials science and engineering; and media arts and sciences.