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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

Spring 2021 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4006‑1 Spring 2021
Advanced Studio VI
Mario Gooden
REMOTE
F 5:30 PM - 7 :30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
11392
A4106‑1 Spring 2021
Migrations: Bodies in Movement
Mario Gooden
600N AVERY
M 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11393
A4106‑2 Spring 2021
Pavilion for the Bard Prison Initiative
Steven Holl, Dimitra Tsachrelia
600N AVERY
TH 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11398
A4106‑3 Spring 2021
Detox USA
Mark Wasiuta
700 AVERY
M 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11399
A4106‑4 Spring 2021
Something of Value, NGO Headquarters
Galia Solomonoff
600S AVERY
TU 9 AM- 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11400
A4106‑5 Spring 2021
Kitchenless Stories
Anna Puigjaner
600S AVERY
M 9 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11402
A4106‑6 Spring 2021
Mark-Making and Place-Keeping: Erasure, Emergence, and Imagination
Justin Moore, Alicia Olushola Ajayi
600S AVERY
TH 5 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11403
A4106‑7 Spring 2021
The Street Studio
Jing Liu
600S AVERY
TH 1 - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11404
A4106‑8 Spring 2021
Taking up Space, Making Place: Bronx Edition
Nina Cooke John
600N AVERY
TU 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11405
A4106‑9 Spring 2021
Everything Must Scale (5): The Last Truck Stop
Michael Bell
600N AVERY
M 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11406
A4106‑10 Spring 2021
A Pliable Place
Stephen Burks
600N AVERY
TH 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11407
A4106‑11 Spring 2021
Open Work
Enrique Walker
700 AVERY
TU 9 AM- 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11408
A4106‑12 Spring 2021
Makergraph
Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
700 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11409
A4106‑13 Spring 2021
Hybrid Residential Instructures in Harlem for “Living Together”
Juan Herreros
WARE LOUNGE
M 9 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11410
A4106‑14 Spring 2021
One Barn Five Obstructions
Jaffer Kolb, Ivi Diamantopoulou
700 AVERY
M 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11411
A4106‑15 Spring 2021
Factory
Mimi Hoang
700 AVERY
TH 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11412
A4106‑16 Spring 2021
guns and butter
Amanda Williams, Ife Vanable
600N AVERY
TU 9 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11413
A4106‑17 Spring 2021
As Little As Possible, Exercises in Open Living
Hilary Sample
600S AVERY
TH 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11414
A4106‑18 Spring 2021
Utica U [x] * 2
Christoph Kumpusch, Kate Ascher, Victor Body-Lawson
600S AVERY
M 1 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11415
A4332‑1 Spring 2021
European Urban Cartography 16th-19th Century
Victoria Sanger
REMOTE
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11839
A4344‑1 Spring 2021
Sick City
Hilary Sample
REMOTE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11369
A4390‑1 Spring 2021
Greats: China’s Big Projects 1949-1980
Amy Lelyveld
REMOTE
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11840
A4427‑1 Spring 2021
Architecture Apropos Art
Steven Holl, Dimitra Tsachrelia
REMOTE
TU 2 PM - 4 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12121
A4534‑1 Spring 2021
Techniques of the Ultrareal
Joseph Brennan, Phillip Crupi
REMOTE
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12125
A4618‑1 Spring 2021
Architecture Concepts from 1968 to the Present
Bernard Tschumi
REMOTE
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11842
A4635‑1 Spring 2021
Architectural Daylighting
Davidson Norris
REMOTE
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12210
A4678‑1 Spring 2021
Housing After Scarcity: Policy, Energy, Settlement
Michael Bell
REMOTE
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12807
A4715‑1 Spring 2021
Re-Thinking BIM
Jared Friedman
REMOTE
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12126
A4716‑1 Spring 2021
Graphic Architecture Project I: Design and Typography
Yoonjai Choi
REMOTE
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12127
A4815‑1 Spring 2021
X Information Modeling I
Luc Wilson, Snoweria Zhang
REMOTE
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12129
A4845‑1 Spring 2021
Generative Design I
Danil Nagy
REMOTE
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12130
A4849‑1 Spring 2021
Healthier Building Materials
Catherine Murphy
REMOTE
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13272
A4856‑1 Spring 2021
Transitional Geometries
Joshua Jordan
REMOTE
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12217
A4859‑1 Spring 2021
The Outside Project
Laurie Hawkinson, Galia Solomonoff
REMOTE
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14974
A4968‑1 Spring 2021
Tools For Show: Ready For Replicas
Bika Rebek
REMOTE
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12134
A4975‑1 Spring 2021
Seminar of Section
Marc Tsurumaki
REMOTE
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12155
A4980‑1 Spring 2021
Virtual Architecture: World Building and Virtual Reality Workshop
Nitzan Bartov
REMOTE
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12161
A6801‑1 Spring 2021
Structural Daring & The Sublime In Pre-Modern Architecture
Rory O'Neill
REMOTE
W 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11956
A6861‑1 Spring 2021
Environments of Governance
Felicity Scott
REMOTE
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12118
A6882‑1 Spring 2021
Architectures of Financial Imperialism
Eva Schreiner
REMOTE
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
19420
A4341‑1 Spring 2021
Modern American Architecture
Jorge Otero-Pailos
REMOTE
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12459
A4389‑1 Spring 2021
(Un) Modern: Ex-Centric Latin@/X Spatial Practices
Luis E. Carranza
REMOTE
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14278
A4444‑1 Spring 2021
Façade Detailing: A Material Understanding
Kevin Schorn
REMOTE
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12190
A4688‑1 Spring 2021
Recombinant Urbanism
David Grahame Shane
REMOTE
M 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11843
A4987‑1 Spring 2021
Architectural Photography: From the Models to the Built World
Michael Vahrenwald
REMOTE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12165
A4988‑1 Spring 2021
Coding for Spatial Practices
Celeste Layne
REMOTE
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13297
A4991‑1 Spring 2021
Topics in Viz Tech: Location Intelligence
Carlo Bailey
REMOTE
TU 6 PM - 8 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13299
A4995‑1 Spring 2021
Power Tools
Lexi Tsien, Jelisa Blumberg
REMOTE
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13301
A6786‑1 Spring 2021
Conservation of Concrete, Cast Stone & Mortar
Norman Weiss
CONSERVATION LAB - 655 SCHERMERHORN
W 9 AM-11 AM
SES B
1.5 Points
12470
A6815‑1 Spring 2021
Public Space: Rhetorics and Practices
David Smiley
REMOTE
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11957
A6858‑1 Spring 2021
Open Work
Enrique Walker
REMOTE
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12115
A6874‑1 Spring 2021
Architecture’s Empire: A global atlas of modern architecture
Lucia Allais
REMOTE
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13281
A6876‑1 Spring 2021
Materials, Materiality, Materialisms: Technical lessons from the history of architecture, art and media.
Lucia Allais
REMOTE
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13292
A6880‑1 Spring 2021
Towards a Trans-Species Architecture—Rethinking Lina Bo Bardi
Mark Wigley
REMOTE
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13295
A6884‑1 Spring 2021
Media as Method, Program as Politics
Mark Rakatansky
REMOTE
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13296
A6887‑1 Spring 2021
Radical Domesticities
Mary McLeod
REMOTE
M 10 AM - 12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14272
A6414‑1 Spring 2021
Digital Heritage Documentation
Bilge Kose
CONSERVATION LAB - 655 SCHERMERHORN
W 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12462
A4890‑1 Spring 2021
Conflict Urbanism
Laura Kurgan
REMOTE
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11829
A4063‑1 Spring 2021
Points Unknown: Cartographic Narratives
Juan Saldarriaga, Michael Krisch
REMOTE
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11292
A4122‑1 Spring 2021
Mapping For Architecture Urbanism and Humanities
Emily Fuhrman
REMOTE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11295
A4407‑1 Spring 2021
Methods in Spatial Research
Dare Brawley
REMOTE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
SES A
1.5 Points
11822
A4411‑1 Spring 2021
Climate, Technology, and Society
Reinhold Martin
REMOTE
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13067
A4437‑1 Spring 2021
A Tale of Two Cities: New York and Johannesburg
Ifeoma Ebo
REMOTE
TH 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13106
A4552‑1 Spring 2021
Dark Space: Architecture Representation & Black Identity
Mario Gooden
REMOTE
TU 11 AM-1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11841
Pla6272‑1 Spring 2021
History of Real Estate Development in New York City
Kate Ascher
HYBRID- WOOD AUDITORIUM
TH 11 AM -1 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
12866
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