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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 2020 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4402‑1 Fall 2020
Transscalarities: Arenas of Design
Andrés Jaque
Online
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12928
A4005‑1 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
David Benjamin, Andrés Jaque
600/700 AVERY
M & TH 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
STUDIO
9 Points
11335
A4105‑1 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Laurie Hawkinson
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11338
A4105‑2 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Bernard Tschumi
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11343
A4105‑3 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Andrés Jaque
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11347
A4105‑4 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Bryony Roberts
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11350
A4105‑5 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Mabel O. Wilson
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11351
A4105‑6 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Laura Kurgan
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11505
A4105‑7 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Gordon Kipping
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11510
A4105‑8 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11513
A4105‑9 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
David Benjamin
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11517
A4105‑10 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Richard Plunz
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11523
A4105‑11 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Marc Tsurumaki
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11525
A4105‑12 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Enrique Walker
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11530
A4105‑13 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11533
A4105‑14 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11535
A4105‑15 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Michael Bell
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11536
A4105‑16 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11539
A4105‑17 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Mark Rakatansky
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11541
A4105‑18 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio V
Ziad Jamaleddine
113 AVERY
F 3 PM - 5 PM
0 Points
11542
A4390‑1 Fall 2020
China 1368-1912: Shifting Structures of the Ming and Qing
Amy Lelyveld
Online
TH 11 AM- 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11556
A4427‑1 Fall 2020
Architecture Apropos Art
Steven Holl, Dimitra Tsachrelia
Online
W 3 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11725
A4504‑1 Fall 2020
Spectacular Pedagogies
Mark Wasiuta
Online
TU 2 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12878
A4534‑1 Fall 2020
Techniques of the Ultrareal
Joseph Brennan, Phillip Crupi
Online
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11730
A4597‑1 Fall 2020
Extreme Design
Mark Wigley
Online
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11555
A4715‑1 Fall 2020
Re-Thinking BIM
Jared Friedman
Online
TH 7 PM -9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11731
A4726‑1 Fall 2020
Graphic Architecture Project III: Design Seminar
Michael Rock, Whitney Dow
Online
W 9 AM - 12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11743
A4776‑1 Fall 2020
Man, Machine and the Industrial Landscape: Re-Imaging the Relationship Between Industrial and Public Territories
Sean Gallagher
Online
M 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11767
A4778‑1 Fall 2020
Metatool I
Dan Taeyoung
Online
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11749
A4815‑1 Fall 2020
X Information Modeling I
Luc Wilson
Online
W 9 AM -11 AM
SES A
3 Points
12804
A4832‑1 Fall 2020
Lines Not Splines: Drawing as Invention
Christoph Kumpusch
Online
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11753
A4845‑1 Fall 2020
Generative Design I
Danil Nagy
Online
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11758
A4856‑1 Fall 2020
Transitional Geometries
Joshua Jordan
Online
W 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11771
A4866‑1 Fall 2020
Modernism & The Vernacular
Mary McLeod
Online
TH 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
21963
A6451 Fall 2020
Recombinant Renaissance
Mark Rakatansky
Online
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11564
A6455‑1 Fall 2020
Military Urbanism in the Early Modern Era
Victoria Sanger
Online
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11565
A6756‑1 Fall 2020
Make
Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
Online
F 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11757
A6875 Fall 2020
Architecture + Development
Ateya Khorakiwala
Online
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12879
A6877‑1 Fall 2020
Feasting + Fasting
Ateya Khorakiwala
Online
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12880
A6881‑1 Fall 2020
Structuralism and its Critics
Lucia Allais
Online
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12926
A6885‑1 Fall 2020
ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, AND POLITICAL ECOLOGY
Reinhold Martin
Online
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13814
A4341‑1 Fall 2020
Traditional American Architecture
Andrew Dolkart
Online
T 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11889
A4399‑1 Fall 2020
Metropolitan Sublimes
Sandro Marpillero
Online
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11552
A4987‑1 Fall 2020
Architectural Photography: From the Models to the Built World
Michael Vahrenwald
Online
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11755
A6305‑1 Fall 2020
Advanced Studio III-Joint Historic Preservation/Architecture Studio
Mark Rakatansky, Jorge Otero-Pailos
TBA
MR 1:30- 6:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
6 Points
11891
A6768‑1 Fall 2020
Conservation of Architectural Metals
Richard Pieper
Online
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
12806
A6784‑1 Fall 2020
Brick, Terra Cotta + Stone
Norman Weiss, Daniel Allen
Online
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
12807
A6857‑1 Fall 2020
Measuring the Great Indoors
Gabrielle Brainard, Violet Whitney
Online
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11775
A6868‑1 Fall 2020
Kitchenless Stories
Anna Puigjaner
Online
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11726
A6934‑1 Fall 2020
Traditional Building Technology
Tim Michiels
Online
W 6 PM - 8 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11896
A4469‑1 Fall 2020
The History of Architecture Theory
Mark Wigley
Online
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11554
A4892‑1 Fall 2020
Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities
Jia Zhang
Online
F 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
11269
A4861‑1 Fall 2020
Footprint: Carbon and Design
David Benjamin
Online
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11772
A6883‑1 Fall 2020
Public Interest Technology: Cities, Design, Code, Reporting
Laura Kurgan
Online
F 9 AM- 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12925
A6944‑1 Fall 2020
Power and Preservation
Online
MTWRF 6 PM - 8 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
12808
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