CCCP Program Requirements


Course Sequence Term 1 (Fall) Term 2 (Spring) Term 3 (Fall) Term 4 (Spring)
Core Courses CCCP Arch Colloquium I: Operating Platforms, 3pts CCCP Arch Colloquium II: Contemporary Critical Discourse, 3pts CCCP Arch: Thesis I, 9pts CCCP Arch: Thesis II, 9pts
  Elective, 3pts Elective, 3pts Elective, 3pts Elective, 3pts
Elective, 3pts Elective, 3pts    
Elective, 3pts Elective, 3pts    
Total 12pts. 12pts. 12pts. 12pts.

Core Courses

CCCP Arch Colloquium I: Operating Platforms: Publication, Exhibition, Research

Professor: Felicity D. Scott

The domain of architectural work is multi-faceted, as are the multiple forms of practice and knowledge that reflect back upon it. In this sense architectural expertise appears in many formats, media, and institutional frameworks that extend beyond, while often informing, the discipline’s role in the production of buildings. This heterogeneous field incorporates periodicals, books, exhibitions, installations, research institutes and labs, pedagogy, criticism, manifestos, historical scholarship, posters, films, videos, performances, conferences, and much more. These many architectural modalities, as well as their institutional and mediatic interfaces, or forms of dissemination, have each, in distinct ways, played important roles in the conceptualization and transformation of the discipline.

Designed to look closely and critically at these fields of practice, this colloquium will focus on three interrelated platforms: (1) publications including magazines, reports, newspapers, and books and the architects, critics, writers, and publishers associated with them; (2) exhibitions in galleries, museums, worlds fairs, expos, biennales, and triennales and the architects, curators, and institutions involved, and; (3) experimental formats of research and the collaborative arrangements and institutions through which they function. We will investigate what role these have played in the formulation and understanding of architecture and will work to identify their contribution to seminal debates, to transformations in architecture’s technical and aesthetic characteristics, to sponsoring critical experimentation, as well as to the careers of many architects. We will distinguish the different forms of expertise they manifest; ask how they function as interfaces and to what audiences; and consider whether they serve to consolidate and codify existing architectural paradigms or to forge new critical and conceptual and well as aesthetic, material, and programmatic possibilities. We will look at how various practices emerged in their specific historical context and ask to what degree did they function to maintain a status quo or to act as critical and polemical launchings. We will ask, in turn, what scope there is for pushing new formats, developing new critical concepts, opening new trajectories of investigation, and expanding the very territories of the discipline.

CCCPArch Colloquium II: Contemporary Critical Discourse

Professor: Mark Wasiuta

The seminar will approach contemporary critical discourse through the filter of documents and documentation. In specific historical examples, and with a range of theoretical texts, the status, definition, use and authority of documents for architecture, architectural history, architectural exhibitions and architecture’s other media practices will be examined and assessed. Through the question of the document the seminar will survey a range of methodologies and approaches that have served to define, demarcate, or redirect the stakes of the discipline over the last decades.

In addition, the seminar will interrogate the current status of theory, its recent history, its application, its utility, as well as the anxieties that it has often fostered within and outside architecture. We will read a series of architectural and theoretical texts that offer important conceptual and intellectual tools for addressing architecture’s relation to technology, media, ecology, sexuality, spatial politics, and a range of other problems and directions. We will examine how, through new research and methodological approaches, the conceptual parameters of architectural history, theory, criticism, and practice have been expanded and how canonical figures and their works have been recast in distinct terms. The ambition of the seminar is twofold, aiming both to expand our familiarity with contemporary debates and to provide a focused forum for ongoing discussion regarding the articulation of new sites and strategies for research, writing, and practice.


In addition to the required colloquia and thesis courses, CCCP students have the opportunity to take a range of courses offered at the GSAPP and elsewhere in the University. Relevant courses within the GSAPP are found primarily within the offerings in history and theory, and include lectures and seminars and, when relevant, can take the form of an independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Some of these courses have been designed specifically for the CCCP program, others are part of the broader history and theory curriculum at the school. Students are also able to enroll in Visual Studies courses, as well as non-studio based offerings in the Planning and Preservation departments. Students have also enrolled in courses offered by Art History, Anthropology, and in the Schools of Law and Journalism, as well as taking foreign language classes. The following is a list of relevant courses:

The Organizational Complex
Reinhold Martin

Collecting Architecture Terrirtories
Mark Wasiuta

Thinking Race, Reading Architecture
Mabel Wilson

The Critic as Producer: Essays on Architecture
James Graham

Echoing Borders: The Production of Space Within New Paradigms of Citizenship
Nora Akawi and Nina Kolowratnik

Architecture, Human Rights, Spatial Politics
Felicity Scott

Aesthetics of Decay
Jorge Otero-Pailos

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