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Advanced Architectural Design Virtual Open House

This page features virtual resources that will allow you to learn more about the program’s curriculum and connect with faculty and current students.

If you have any additional questions about the event or application process, please contact arch_admissions@columbia.edu

This overview of the MSAAD curriculum by Program Director Andrés Jaque was recorded in March 2021.

Monday, October 18

  • 10:00AM: Dean’s Welcome and Student-led Virtual Tour
    With Dean Amale Andraos

  • 12:00PM: M.S. Advanced Architectural Design Curriculum Overview

  • 3:00PM: Introduction to the Avery Library With Hannah Bennett, Director, and Ph.D. student Charlette Caldwell

  • 6:30PM: Lecture by MAIO with Anna Puigjaner, Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Coordinator of the Core I Studios of the M.Arch program more info

Student Work

Visit the online 2021 End of Year Show to see student work from the Advanced Studios, as well as portfolios from each 2021 MSAAD graduate.

You can also browse the digital archive for work associated by studio and instructor, or scroll through the MSAAD program spreads of Abstract 2019, Columbia GSAPP’s annual publication of student work.

Public Works Curricular Initiative
Sponsored by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture as a part of their project Power: Infrastructure in America, Public Works for a Green New Deal assembled a series of courses from across programs at GSAPP during the fall 2019 semester to consider the social, technical, and political contours of the ambitious—but still largely undefined—proposal known as the Green New Deal (GND). Visit our Public Works page to view the resulting student work.
Summer 2019 Studio
Career Services at Columbia GSAPP

Career Services at Columbia GSAPP strives to keep students in touch with the professional world beyond Avery Hall and professionals aware of our excellent students. Career Services organizes events throughout the year including career fairs, workshops, alumni networking events, and panel discussions.

Watch an interview with Karen Cover, Assistant Director of Career Services, by Josh Jordan, Director of the Making Studio and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP below. Their conversation was recorded in March 2021.

Techno-Critical Assemblies
This ongoing series brings together a speakers whose work incorporates cutting-edge technologies using critical methodologies.

Urban Data

Lecture by Violet Whitney and Jared Friedman
April 6, 2021

Visit the event page here.

Arguments Lecture Series
This ongoing series brings together a diverse group of speakers whose work addresses today’s most pressing challenges⁠—environmental, political, and social and beyond.

AAD Arguments
A Lecture by Lydia Kallipoliti
July 17, 2019
Columbia GSAPP Lecture and Event Series
The Dean’s lecture and event series invites guests from across the world to deliver talks and participate in discussions with the GSAPP community. Below is a selection of events featuring M.S.AAD faculty members.

Superpowers of Scale
Book launch and discussion for the newly released Superpowers of Scale by Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation from Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.

December 4, 2020

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Graphics Project

Graphics Project is an annual series of lectures, discussions, and portfolio reviews organized at Columbia GSAPP exploring the role of graphic design within the field of architecture.

The 2021 edition of the Graphics Project workshop featured:

  • A presentation by Michael McDowell ‘20 M.Arch, winner of the Evans Simpson ’88 M.ARCH Prize for Excellence in Design. View McDowell’s portfolio.
  • A presentation by Andrew Keung '20 M.Arch, winner of the Charles McKim Prize for Excellence in Design/Saul Kaplan Traveling Fellowship. View Keung’s portfolio.
  • Studio in my Bedroom, Camera in my Pocket, a lecture by Joshua Jordan, Director of the GSAPP Making Studio. This smartphone photography workshop is a sequel to Jordan’s earlier workshop titled Model-journalism: Making and Photography for DSLR Cameras.
Abstract is the annual print publication of faculty-selected student work from Columbia University GSAPP, produced through the Office of Dean Amale Andraos.

This Fall, M.S.AAD students launched rAADio, a podcast investigation on entanglements of architecture.

In this season’s first episode, death is posed as a question through the dematerialization of the body. Pabla Amigo ‘22 MSAAD and Gabriela Junqueira Franco ‘22 MSAAD try to understand the implications of the dematerialization of bodies with our final resting places. Does the state of being alive only relate to the physical body? Can our bodies metamorphose into other forms? The praxis of understanding physical and digital space is complemented by an interview with Professor Jorge Otero-Pailos, Director of the MSHP and PhD in Historic Preservation programs, conducted by Ali El-Sinbawy '22 MSAAD.

Follow rAADio on Instagram at @gsapp_raadio.

GSAPP Conversations

In this ongoing series of podcasts, Dean Amale Andraos speaks with members of the School’s faculty about their work and teaching. See the complete archive of ongoing podcasts on the GSAPP Conversations page.

Get to Know the Campus and Explore Morningside Heights

This Spring, Untapped New York – co-founded by Alumni Board Member Michelle Young (‘12 MS UP) – collaborated with Columbia GSAPP to create a mini-series of podcast episodes designed to welcome incoming students to the GSAPP family.

Throughout the series, we explore architecturally interesting and historic New York City neighborhoods that house Columbia University’s campus and surrounding communities.

Also check out their feature in Columbia Magazine Welcome to Manhattanville published in Spring 2019.

You can also find a self-guided audio walking tour of Columbia University’s historic campus by Professor and Historic Preservationist Andrew Dolkart (‘77 MS HP) here.


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