No Master is a concept for a peer driven study program aiming to capture the benefits gained from an accredited master’s program without the accredited school program. Aimed at working architects (or given these economic times – not currently working) and design professionals who wish to develop their professional growth.
Why “No Master?” A play on words and ideas:
The initial concept is to create the No Master program by doing. Hopefully a handful of qualified participants (at least) will be involved at a significant level at the outset to “take classes” together and use these experiences as the testing grounds for establishing the No Master process.
If you are asking - “What’s the point of doing this if there is no accreditation?” then you have come to the wrong place. No Master is for those who want to expand their understanding and knowledge and are open to this pursuit without the badge of M.Arch. We all have our reasons for not going to an accredited masters program, mostly expense and/or work and family, but feel the need to continue our professional and personal growth and see the value in a group effort.
What No Master might be: At the very least it can be a loose on-line study group for individuals taking one or more of the free open course classes available or creating our own projects. Providing the crucial interaction needed to make learning vibrant. Architecture is, after all, a social activity.
But, hopefully, No Master can be much more than this, a formalized process of study and peer review with a curriculum and an end point that replicates the accomplishment of the M.Arch.
The learning process is in flux with new opportunities such as MOOC’s, Lynda.com, Coursera, and others. No Master doesn’t have to be just an avenue for personal growth, but could quickly evolve into a new method for gaining an architectural “degree” without the brick and mortar school.
This concept is blossoming with organizations like Degreed.com that creates an alternative method to describe a person’s abilities that includes all their educational experiences not just their accredited degrees.
This Archinect Blog is the initial effort into making No Master happen. A Facebook page is also being put together with the expectation that this blog can morph over to it as the concept grows.
Your thoughts and interest would be much appreciated. Even the anticipated negative ones will hopefully create a lively debate and hone the No Master concept.
No Master is a concept for a peer driven study program aiming to capture the benefits of an accredited master’s program without the school. Aimed at working architects and design professionals who wish to develop their professional growth. No Master - play on words: 1 Architects (master builders) without a master’s degree. 2 No school or teachers but but a peer review process, no masters just students 3 Ronin - masterless samurai, term for a secondary school graduate not admitted to university.