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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.

The M.S.AAD is a designated STEM program eligible under the CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) Code 04.0902: Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology. Learn more about STEM designation.
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
Frida Escobedo
July 20, 2022

AAD Studios
Summer 2019

Current Faculty
Laura González Fierro
Maurizio Bianchi Mattioli

Spring 2023 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4006‑1 Spring 2023
Advanced Studio VI
Mario Gooden
600 / 700 AVERY
M+TH 1:30 PM- 6:30 PM W 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
11350
A4106‑1 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Mario Gooden
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11326
A4106‑2 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
David Gissen
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11328
A4106‑3 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Karla Rothstein
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11329
A4106‑4 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Galia Solomonoff
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11330
A4106‑5 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Ilze Wolff
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11331
A4106‑6 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Mireia Luzárraga, Alejandro Muiño
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11333
A4106‑7 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
David Benjamin
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11334
A4106‑8 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Gary Bates
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11335
A4106‑9 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Michael Bell
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11337
A4106‑10 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Olga Aleksakova
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11338
A4106‑11 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Emanuel Admassu
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11339
A4106‑12 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11340
A4106‑13 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Juan Herreros
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11341
A4106‑14 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Boonserm Premthada
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11342
A4106‑15 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Eric Bunge
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11343
A4106‑16 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Patricia Anahory
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11346
A4106‑17 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Paulo Tavares
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11347
A4106‑18 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Christoph Kumpusch, Patrice Derrington
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11348
A4106‑19 Spring 2023
Architecture Studio VI
Laurie Hawkinson
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11349
A4332‑1 Spring 2023
European Urban Cartography 16th-19th Century
Victoria Sanger
WARE LOUNGE
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11401
A4432‑1 Spring 2023
Nervous Systems
Lindy Roy
504 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14549
A4618‑1 Spring 2023
Architecture Concepts from 1968 to the Present
Bernard Tschumi
412 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11403
A4678‑1 Spring 2023
Housing After Scarcity: Policy, Energy, Settlement
Michael Bell
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
11404
A4716‑1 Spring 2023
Graphic Architecture Project I: Design and Typography
Yoonjai Choi
300 BUELL NORTH
W 9 AM - 12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11412
A4849‑1 Spring 2023
Healthy Building Materials
Catherine Murphy
203 FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11446
A4854‑1 Spring 2023
If Buildings Could Talk: Using Art + Tech to Better Connect Buildings to Their Urban Environment
Sharon Ayalon
300 BUELL NORTH
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11464
A4859‑1 Spring 2023
The Outside in Project
Galia Solomonoff, Laurie Hawkinson
WARE LOUNGE
TH 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12136
A4874‑1 Spring 2023
Construction Ecologies in the Anthropocene
Tommy Schaperkotter
412 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11424
A4975‑1 Spring 2023
Seminar of Section
Marc Tsurumaki
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 11AM - 1PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11414
A6451‑1 Spring 2023
Recombinant Renaissance
Mark Rakatansky
505 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11406
A6511‑1 Spring 2023
Participatory Design from the Barrio to the Board Room
Samuel Stewart-Halevy
409 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14554
A6514‑1 Spring 2023
Postmodernism and World Systems
Reinhold Martin
409 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14557
A6516‑1 Spring 2023
Architecture and Socialism
Reinhold Martin
409 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14559
A6518‑1 Spring 2023
Architecture and Solidarity in the Latin Atlantic
Marta Caldeira
300 BUELL NORTH
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14561
A6520‑1 Spring 2023
Opaque Cartographies: Storying (Practices of) Belonging Otherwise
Patricia Anahory
323M FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14551
A6678‑1 Spring 2023
The Long History of Arch Technology
Lucia Allais
412 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14562
A6682‑1 Spring 2023
Subject_Object
Suchi Reddy
323M FAYERWEATHER
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14564
A6684‑1 Spring 2023
Other Natures: Representing Human/Non-human Relations
Michael Wang
505 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14573
A6686‑1 Spring 2023
United Atmospheres
Andreas Theodoridis
505 AVERY
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14574
A6801‑1 Spring 2023
Structural Daring & The Sublime In Pre-Modern Architecture
Rory O'Neill
408 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11407
A6843‑1 Spring 2023
Bodies and Public Space
Bryony Roberts
203 FAYERWEATHER
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14550
A6861‑1 Spring 2023
Environments of Governance
Felicity Scott
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11408
A6913‑1 Spring 2023
Making with Earth: Digital and Manual Craft of Natural Materials in Buildings
Lola Ben-Alon
408 AVERY
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14565
A4050‑1 Spring 2023
Arch Elective Internship
Karen Cover
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
11354
A4507‑1 Spring 2023
Unorthodox Arch Practices
Juan Herreros
408 AVERY
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12005
A4688‑1 Spring 2023
Recombinant Urbanism
David Grahame Shane
504 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11366
A4778‑1 Spring 2023
Metatool I
Dan Taeyoung
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 5 PM-7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11413
A4815‑1 Spring 2023
X Information Modeling I
Snoweria Zhang
WARE LOUNGE
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11421
A4845‑1 Spring 2023
Generative Design I
Danil Nagy
114 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11422
A4980 Spring 2023
Virtual Architecture: World Building and Virtual Reality Workshop
Nitzan Bartov
WARE LOUNGE
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11415
A4995‑1 Spring 2023
Power Tools
Jelisa Blumberg
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14178
A6676‑1 Spring 2023
Cartography + Property
Molly Burhans
115 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14553
A6688‑1 Spring 2023
Making Invisible History Visible: Preserving Sites if Cultural Significance
Andrew Dolkart
412 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14566
A6705‑1 Spring 2023
Architecture & Development of NYC
Andrew Dolkart
200 BUELL
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11511
A6788‑1 Spring 2023
Conservation of Concrete, Cast Stone & Mortar
Norman Weiss, Heather Hartshorn
CONSERVATION LAB - 655 SCHERMERHORN
M 2 PM - 5 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
11515
A6815‑1 Spring 2023
Public Space: Rhetorics + Practices
David Smiley Syllabus
408 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11368
A4427‑1 Spring 2023
Architecture Apropos Art
Steven Holl, Dimitra Tsachrelia
408 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11358
A4715‑1 Spring 2023
Re-Thinking BIM
Joseph Brennan
115 AVERY
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11420
A4987‑1 Spring 2023
Architectural Photography: From the Models to the Built World
Michael Vahrenwald
115 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11416
A4988‑1 Spring 2023
Coding for Spatial Practices
Celeste Layne
114 AVERY
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11418
A6414‑1 Spring 2023
Digital Heritage Documentation
Bilge Kose
CONSERVATION LAB - 655 SCHERMERHORN
W 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11508
A6857‑1 Spring 2023
Measuring the Great Indoors
Violet Whitney
115 AVERY
TU 4 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11425
A6892‑1 Spring 2023
1:1 Crafting and Fabrication of Details
Zachary Mulitauaopele
200 BUELL
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11502
A4047‑1 Spring 2023
Immeasurable Sites
Emanuel Admassu
114 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11291
A4890‑1 Spring 2023
Conflict Urbanism
Laura Kurgan
300 BUELL SOUTH
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11405
A4407‑1 Spring 2023
Methods in Spatial Research
Adam Vosburgh
WARE LOUNGE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
SES A
1.5 Points
11410
A4861‑1 Spring 2023
Footprint: Carbon and Design
David Benjamin
409 AVERY
TH 11AM - 1PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11468
A6675‑1 Spring 2023
Resilient Caribbean: Prototyping a Hub for the Dominican Republic
Nelson De Jesus Ubri, Vanessa Espaillat Lovett
115 AVERY
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
18430
A6897‑1 Spring 2023
Principles and Praxis of Spatial Justice
Ifeoma Ebo
504 AVERY
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11294
Pla6816‑1 Spring 2023
JOINT MSRED/MSUP SEMINAR OPTION
Adam Lubinsky, Melissa Bindra
M 1:30-3:30
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
18431
Pla6818‑1 Spring 2023
ADV VI STUDIO / SEMINAR OPTION
David Gissen
M 1:30-3:30
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
18432
PLA6870‑1 Spring 2023
Sustainability and Energy Efficiency for CRE
Adrian Silver
209 FAYERWEATHER
TU 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
12012
A4063‑1 Spring 2023
Points Unknown: Cartographic Narratives
Joshua Begley
WARE LOUNGE
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14552
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