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M.S. Advanced Architectural Design

Overview
The Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design is a three-semester program aimed at providing outstanding young professionals—who already hold a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture—the opportunity to conceptualize design as a critical practice that shapes the world’s technological, relational, and environmental evolutions. The program is viewed as a framework for exploring both academic and professional concerns through a set of inquiries and premises: architecture and its design practices are critical in addressing contemporary challenges; architectural specificity is the result of transdisciplinary cooperation; architecture’s future agency lies in the discipline’s capacity to mobilize realities across different scales and time frames. These ideas are explored through innovations in representational tools and the embrace of new probationary artifacts, inviting students to shift away from the specialized mastery of specific scales towards methods of “interscalarity.” By aligning new models of response to new architectural modes of practice, the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design program strives to empower graduating students in the face of unknown future scenarios.

The Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design program starts in the summer semester. Considered the core of the program, the summer semester consists of the Core Studio—offering up to eleven design studios each year—and two required courses that establish the critical and historical coordinates for the program: Metropolis, which focuses on the twentieth-century city, and Arguments, which explores contemporary theory in a unique combination of coordinated seminar sessions taught by current Architecture PHDs and guest lectures. For example, the summer 2019 Arguments Lecture speakers included architect Neeraj Bhatia of The Open Workshop; artist Amie Siegel; artist Andreas Angelidakis; designer Simone Farresin of FormaFantasma; aritsts Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen of Revital & Tuur; engineer and theorist Lydia Kallipoliti; and architect, urbanist, and writer Keller Easterling.

These lectures work in dialogue with the Core Studio throughout the summer to question the boundaries of architecture and to actively reshape architecture’s intellectual and cultural commitments. 

In the fall and spring semesters, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design students are joined with the third-year Master of Architecture students for the Advanced Studios. Like the Master of Architecture curriculum, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design students must take a minimum of four elective courses in the History and Theory, Visual Studies, and Technology distributions.

Advanced Design Studio
The Advanced Studios bring together students in the Master of Architecture and Master of Sciences in Advanced Architectural Design programs. These studios, which take place during the fall and spring semesters at the School, have always explored the future of architecture in a diversity of ways. Each studio creates its own world—with its own intersection of social, cultural, formal, material, economic, and environmental concerns—and students have almost 20 worlds to choose from. After selecting a studio, students conduct experiments and develop projects through concepts and massings, programs and forms, drawings and models, materials and atmospheres, metrics and narratives.

At the same time, the various students and faculty of the Advanced Studios engage in a shared discussion about the most interesting research, practice, ideas, and design of the built environment. In the fall of 2018 this shared discussion focused on the theme of “Global Practice,” and during the following spring it focused on “Architecture and Environment.” Global Practice covered design as the distinctive tool of architects in contributing to the construction of the future. It investigated the field’s extraordinary accumulation of essays and research that can be considered a cross-section of the present. Architecture and Environment built on the hypothesis that climate change is ground zero for a shared discussion about architecture’s engagement with the world. Responding to climate change involves not only technical aspects (such as energy consumption and carbon footprint) but also social and political aspects (such as inequality and public policy). In this context, the Advanced Studios were framed as a unique opportunity to address climate change at the scale of the building and to address climate change through design.

Throughout each semester, studio-wide sessions involve a series of conversations and resources for the studios to draw on, including external guest lectures, faculty project talks, and paired studio exchanges. This concludes with a Super-Crit session during which each studio shares a single student project and guest critics respond to the studio-wide themes and issues.

Arguments LectureS

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
Lydia Kallipoliti
July 17, 2019

AAD Studios
Summer 2019

Current Faculty
Maurizio Bianchi Mattioli

Fall 2019 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4005‑1 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
David Benjamin
600/700 AVERY
M & TH 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM; F 3 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMSTER
9 Points
41375
A4105‑1 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Oana Stanescu
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41433
A4105‑2 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Bernard Tschumi
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41434
A4105‑3 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Andrés Jaque
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41435
A4105‑4 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Bryony Roberts
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41436
A4105‑5 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Mabel O. Wilson
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41437
A4105‑6 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Sharon Davis, Tyler Survant
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41438
A4105‑7 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Jimenez Lai
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41439
A4105‑8 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Paul Preissner
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41440
A4105‑9 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
David Benjamin
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41441
A4105‑10 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Richard Plunz
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41442
A4105‑11 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Marc Tsurumaki
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41443
A4105‑12 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Kate Ascher, Christoph Kumpusch
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41444
A4105‑13 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Phu Hoang
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41445
A4105‑14 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Catherine Pease, Tatiana von Preussen
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41446
A4105‑15 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Michael Bell
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41447
A4105‑16 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Dominic Leong, Christopher Leong
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41448
A4105‑17 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Kim Yao, Mark Rakatansky
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41449
A4105‑18 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio V
Ziad Jamaleddine
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
41450
A4534‑1 Fall 2019
Techniques of the Ultrareal
Phillip Crupi, Joseph Brennan CAP 40
600 AVERY HALL
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
41460
A4535‑1 Fall 2019
Fundamentals of Digital Design
John Cerone, Mark Green ONLY GSAPP
114 AVERY HALL
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41393
A4597‑1 Fall 2019
Extreme Design
Mark Wigley
409 AVERY HALL
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
15363
A4715‑1 Fall 2019
Re-Thinking BIM
Jared Friedman CAP 18
115 AVERY
TH 7 PM -9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41394
A4716‑1 Fall 2019
Graphic Architecture Project I: Design and Typography
Yoonjai Choi CAP 15
504 AVERY HALL
W 9 AM -12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41487
A4726‑1 Fall 2019
Graphic Architecture Project III: Design Seminar
Michael Rock, Whitney Dow
505 AVERY HALL
TH 9 AM - 12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41354
A4776‑1 Fall 2019
Man, Machine and the Industrial Landscape: Re-Imaging the Relationship Between Industrial and Public Territories
Sean Gallagher
409 AVERY HALL
M 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41540
A4778‑1 Fall 2019
Metatool I
Dan Taeyoung
115 AVERY HALL
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41395
A4804‑1 Fall 2019
Program (Practices)
Enrique Walker
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41560
A4814‑1 Fall 2019
Hacking the Urban Experience
John Locke
WARE LOUNGE
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
SES A= 9/4-10/18
1.5 Points
41396
A4824‑1 Fall 2019
Transformable Design Methods
Matthew Davis
408 AVERY HALL
TU 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41463
A4832‑1 Fall 2019
Lines Not Splines: Drawing as Invention
Christoph Kumpusch
505 AVERY
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41355
A4834‑1 Fall 2019
Datamining the City I
Violet Whitney
114 AVERY HALL
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41397
A4847‑1 Fall 2019
Hacking the Urban Experience II
John Locke
WARE LOUNGE
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
SES B= 10/21-11/26
1.5 Points
41398
A4856‑1 Fall 2019
Transitional Geometries
Joshua Jordan
505 AVERY
W 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41399
A4863‑1 Fall 2019
Cross-Species Test Sites
Chris Woebken
115 AVERY HALL
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10164
A4951‑1 Fall 2019
Composite Modeling
Jacqueline Martinez
504 AVERY
W 7 PM - 9 PM
SES A= 9/4-10/18
1.5 Points
41466
A6451‑1 Fall 2019
Recombinant Renaissance
Mark Rakatansky
409 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41469
A6455‑1 Fall 2019
Military Urbanism in the Early Modern Era
Victoria Sanger
115 AVERY HALL
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41401
A6756‑1 Fall 2019
Make
Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
412 AVERY HALL
F 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41411
A6861‑1 Fall 2019
Environments of Governance: Architecture, Media, Development
Felicity Scott
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10162
A6872 Fall 2019
A Building of One’s Own: Feminist Perspectives on Architectural Practice, History, and Criticism
Eva Hagberg
408 AVERY HALL
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
17324
A4341‑1 Fall 2019
Traditional American Architecture
Andrew Dolkart
115 AVERY HALL
T 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41454
A4399‑1 Fall 2019
Metropolitan Sublimes
Sandro Marpillero
408 AVERY HALL
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41456
A4987‑1 Fall 2019
Architectural Photography: From the Models to the Built World
Michael Vahrenwald
115 AVERY HALL
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10172
A4989‑1 Fall 2019
Realtime
Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Greg Schleusner
504 AVERY
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
15482
A6305‑1 Fall 2019
Advanced Studio III-Joint Historic Preservation/Architecture Studio
Mark Rakatansky, Kim Yao
TBA
MR 1:30- 6:30  PM, F 3-5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
41468
A6448‑1 Fall 2019
Program (Theories)
Enrique Walker
300 BUELL SOUTH
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41561
A6768‑1 Fall 2019
Conservation of Architectural Metals
Richard Pieper
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SESSION A
1.5 Points
41404
A6786‑1 Fall 2019
Conservation of Concrete, Cast Stone & Mortar
Norman Weiss, John Walsh
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SESSION B
1.5 Points
41475
A6857‑1 Fall 2019
Measuring the Great Indoors
Violet Whitney, Gabrielle Brainard
505 AVERY
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10459
A6867‑1 Fall 2019
Babel
Kyle Dugdale
408 AVERY HALL
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
15294
A6934‑1 Fall 2019
Traditional Building Technology
Tim Michiels
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
W 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41492
A4469‑1 Fall 2019
The History of Architecture Theory
Mark Wigley
114 AVERY HALL
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41558
A6708‑1 Fall 2019
Sustainable Retrofits
Michael Adlerstein
655 SCHER- CONSERVA LAB
W 11 AM- 1 PM
SESSION B
1.5 Points
41470
A4892‑1 Fall 2019
Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities
Jia Zhang All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
408 AVERY HALL
F 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
15270
A6785‑1 Fall 2019
Theory of City Form
Vishaan Chakrabarti All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
209 FAYERWEATHER
F 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
41412
A4861‑1 Fall 2019
Footprint: Carbon and Design
David Benjamin
115 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
17879
A6783‑1 Fall 2019
Narrative Urbanism: Strategic Storytelling For Designers and Planners
Cassim Shepard All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
115 AVERY HALL
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41474
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