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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 2020 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4006‑1 Spring 2020
Advanced Studio VI
David Benjamin
600/700 AVERY
MTH 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM,F 3 PM - 5 PM-113 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
11332
A4106‑1 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Mario Gooden
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11333
A4106‑2 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Steven Holl, Dimitra Tsachrelia
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11334
A4106‑3 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Mark Wasiuta
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11335
A4106‑4 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Galia Solomonoff
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11336
A4106‑5 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Anna Puigjaner
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11337
A4106‑7 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Olga Aleksakova, Julia Burdova
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11339
A4106‑8 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Stephen Cassell, Annie Barrett
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11340
A4106‑9 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Michael Bell
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11341
A4106‑10 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Jing Liu
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11342
A4106‑11 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Enrique Walker
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11343
A4106‑12 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11344
A4106‑13 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Juan Herreros
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11345
A4106‑14 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
David Benjamin
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11346
A4106‑15 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Mimi Hoang
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11347
A4106‑16 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Pedro Rivera
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11348
A4106‑17 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Hilary Sample
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11349
A4106‑18 Spring 2020
Architecture Studio VI
Sarah Dunn, Martin Felsen
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11350
A4332‑1 Spring 2020
European Urban Cartography 16th-19th Century
Victoria Sanger
600 AVERY
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11355
A4344‑1 Spring 2020
Architect Writers
Hilary Sample
412 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13907
A4349‑1 Spring 2020
Questions in Architectural History II
Mark Wigley
WARE LOUNGE
W 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11351
A4349‑2 Spring 2020
Questions in Architectural History II
Felicity Scott
300 BUELL SOUTH
W 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11352
A4349‑3 Spring 2020
Questions in Architectural History II
Ateya Khorakiwala
115 AVERY
W 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11353
A4384‑1 Spring 2020
Art and Social Infrastructure
Galia Solomonoff
323 FAYERWEATHER
TH 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11368
A4388‑1 Spring 2020
(re)Inventing Living: Modern Experiments in Latin American Housing
Luis E. Carranza
114 AVERY
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11357
A4390‑1 Spring 2020
Greats: China’s Big Projects 1949-1980
Amy Lelyveld
409 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11358
A4432‑1 Spring 2020
Building Sense: Provocations from Neuroscience
Lindy Roy, Leah Kelly
504 AVERY
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13910
A4534‑1 Spring 2020
Techniques of the Ultrareal
Joseph Brennan, Phillip Crupi
WARE LOUNGE
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11410
A4618‑1 Spring 2020
Architecture: The Contemporary (Ideas and Concepts from 1968 to the Present)
Bernard Tschumi
412 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11360
A4634‑1 Spring 2020
Advanced Curtain Wall
Robert Heintges, Daniel Vos
115 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11423
A4635‑1 Spring 2020
Architectural Daylighting
Davidson Norris
504 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11462
A4678‑1 Spring 2020
Designing for Energy: Housing, Mobility, Energy
Michael Bell
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11362
A4715‑1 Spring 2020
Re-Thinking BIM
Jared Friedman
115 AVERY
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11411
A4716‑1 Spring 2020
Graphic Architecture Project I: Design and Typography
Yoonjai Choi
300 BUELL N
W 9 AM -12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11412
A4726‑1 Spring 2020
Graphic Architecture Project III: Design Seminar
Whitney Dow, Michael Rock
504 AVERY
W 9 AM -12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11413
A4800‑1 Spring 2020
Material Things
Joshua Jordan
115 AVERY
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11463
A4841‑1 Spring 2020
Urbanisms & Algorithms I
Luc Wilson
WARE LOUNGE
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11414
A4845‑1 Spring 2020
Generative Design I
Danil Nagy
WARE- 600 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11417
A4866‑1 Spring 2020
Modernism & The Vernacular
Mary McLeod
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12764
A4867‑1 Spring 2020
History, in the Making
Rustam Mehta, Tal Schori
504 AVERY
T 9 AM- 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11465
A4894‑1 Spring 2020
User-Centered Design for Emerging Digital-Physical Environments
Agnes Chang
200 BUELL HALL
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16948
A4968‑1 Spring 2020
Tools For Show: Ready For Replicas
Bika Rebek
300 BUELL HALL
TH 11-1
SESSION A
1.5 Points
11581
A4969‑1 Spring 2020
Tools For Show: Potent Prototypes
Bika Rebek
300 BUELL HALL
TH 11-1
SESSION B
1.5 Points
11582
A4975‑1 Spring 2020
Seminar of Section
Marc Tsurumaki
409 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11418
A4980‑1 Spring 2020
Virtual Architecture: World Building and Virtual Reality Workshop
Nitzan Bartov
WARE LOUNGE
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11419
A6801‑1 Spring 2020
Structural Daring & The Sublime In Pre-Modern Architecture
Rory O'Neill
412 AVERY
W 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11363
A6843‑1 Spring 2020
Theories of Feminist Architecture
Bryony Roberts
200 BUELL
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11366
A4341‑1 Spring 2020
Modern American Architecture
Jorge Otero-Pailos
300 BUELL SOUTH
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11473
A4353‑1 Spring 2020
Le Corbusier
Kenneth Frampton
209 FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13719
A4688‑1 Spring 2020
Recombinant Urbanism
David Grahame Shane
WARE
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11761
A4694‑1 Spring 2020
Reading Buildings, Writing Buildings
Mark Rakatansky
505 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11621
A4987‑1 Spring 2020
Architectural Photography: From the Models to the Built World
Michael Vahrenwald
115 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11420
A6460‑1 Spring 2020
Architecture and Ethics in the Post-Truth, Neoliberal Era
Nicolai Ouroussoff
200 BUELL
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14118
A6815‑1 Spring 2020
Public Space: Rhetorics of the Pedestrian
David Smiley
WARE LOUNGE
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11762
A6858‑1 Spring 2020
Open Work
Enrique Walker
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16335
A6878‑1 Spring 2020
Architecture and Settler Colonialism: Territories, Infrastructures, & Institutions
Caitlin Blanchfield
409 AVERY HALL
TU 9AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
25327
A4406 ‑1 Spring 2020
Building Stories
Jaffer Kolb
115 AVERY
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16333
A4444‑1 Spring 2020
Façade Detailing: A Material Understanding
Kevin Schorn
409 AVERY HALL
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16139
A4870‑1 Spring 2020
Modular Anatomy
Andreas Tjeldflaat
115 AVERY HALL
W 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16153
A6840‑1 Spring 2020
Archives of Toxicity
Mark Wasiuta
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 4 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16161
A6869‑1 Spring 2020
Nature, Infrastructure and the Making of South Asia
Ateya Khorakiwala
409 AVERY HALL
M 11 AM - 11 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16337
A6873‑1 Spring 2020
The Image, The Structure, The Argument: Architectural Rhetoric and Modes of Seeing
Eva Hagberg
204 FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16339
A4890‑1 Spring 2020
Conflict Urbanism
Laura Kurgan
300 BUELL SOUTH
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11361
A4122‑1 Spring 2020
Mapping For Architecture Urbanism and Humanities
Emily Fuhrman
WARE LOUNGE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14051
A4407‑1 Spring 2020
Methods in Spatial Research
Carsten Rodin
200 BUELL
F 9 AM - 11 AM
SESSION A
1.5 Points
14040
A4063‑1 Spring 2020
Points Unknown: Cartographic Narratives
Juan Saldarriaga, Michael Krisch
WARE LOUNGE
F 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14014
A4552‑1 Spring 2020
Dark Space: Architecture Representation & Black Identity
Mario Gooden
504 AVERY
TU 11 AM-1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11359
A4896‑1 Spring 2020
Who Let Them Build That? An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Six Places in New York
Justin Davidson
409 AVERY HALL
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14041
A4898‑1 Spring 2020
(Re)Programming - Museums
David van der Leer
505 AVERY
F 12 PM - 2 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14042
GR6892‑1 Spring 2020
Spatial Inequity: Subaltern Urbanism
TBD
TU 6:00  PM - 8:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
15776
PLAN4059‑1 Spring 2020
Circular Cities: A New Urban Future
Malo Hutson All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
114 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16341
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