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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
Lydia Kallipoliti
July 17, 2019

AAD Studios
Summer 2019

Current Faculty
Laura González Fierro
Maurizio Bianchi Mattioli

Fall 2021 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4005‑1 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Mario Gooden
113 AVERY
M + TH 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM, W 1:30 - 3:30 PM Lectures
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
10822
A4105‑1 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Laurie Hawkinson
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10823
A4105‑2 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Bernard Tschumi
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10824
A4105‑3 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Andrés Jaque
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10825
A4105‑4 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Bryony Roberts
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10826
A4105‑5 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Mabel O. Wilson
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10827
A4105‑6 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Vanessa Keith
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10828
A4105‑7 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Richard Plunz, Victor Body-Lawson
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10829
A4105‑8 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Mario Gooden
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10830
A4105‑9 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
David Benjamin
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10831
A4105‑10 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Stephen Burks
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10832
A4105‑11 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Marc Tsurumaki
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10833
A4105‑12 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Jaffer Kolb, Ivi Diamantopoulou
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10834
A4105‑13 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Wonne Ickx
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10835
A4105‑14 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Nahyun Hwang
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10836
A4105‑15 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Michael Bell
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10837
A4105‑16 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Juan Herreros
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10838
A4105‑17 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Mark Rakatansky
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10839
A4105‑18 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio V
Phu Hoang
600 + 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
10840
A4534‑1 Fall 2021
Techniques of the Ultrareal
Joseph Brennan, Phillip Crupi
WARE LOUNGE
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11709
A4597‑1 Fall 2021
Extreme Design
Mark Wigley
409 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11655
A4634‑1 Fall 2021
Advanced Curtain Wall
Robert Heintges, Daniel Vos
412 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11747
A4715‑1 Fall 2021
Re-Thinking BIM
Mark Green
WARE LOUNGE
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11710
A4726‑1 Fall 2021
Graphic Architecture Project III: Design Seminar
Michael Rock, Whitney Dow
505 AVERY
W 9 AM - 12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11711
A4776‑1 Fall 2021
Man, Machine and the Industrial Landscape: Re-Imaging the Relationship Between Industrial and Public Territories
Sean Gallagher
409 AVERY
M 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11748
A4815‑1 Fall 2021
X Information Modeling I
Snoweria Zhang
300 BUELL SOUTH
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
11720
A4832‑1 Fall 2021
Lines Not Splines: Drawing as Invention
Christoph Kumpusch
115 AVERY
TU 6 PM - 8 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11713
A4845‑1 Fall 2021
Generative Design I
Danil Nagy
115 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11738
A4856‑1 Fall 2021
Transitional Geometries
Joshua Jordan
WARE LOUNGE
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11749
A6451‑1 Fall 2021
Recombinant Renaissance
Mark Rakatansky
409 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11662
A6455‑1 Fall 2021
Military Urbanism in the Early Modern Era
Victoria Sanger
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
11665
A6756‑1 Fall 2021
Make
Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
WARE LOUNGE
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11719
A6875‑1 Fall 2021
Architecture + Development
Ateya Khorakiwala
300 BUELL SOUTH
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11673
A6877‑1 Fall 2021
Feasting + Fasting
Ateya Khorakiwala
409 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11688
A6885‑1 Fall 2021
Architecture, Engineering, and Political Ecology
Reinhold Martin
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
0
A6899‑1 Fall 2021
Mediterranean Confrontations: Architecture, Colonialism and National Identity in North Africa
Mary McLeod
300 BUELL SOUTH
W 4 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11692
A6904‑1 Fall 2021
Constructing Urban Imaginaries: The Arab City in Film
Yasser Elsheshtawy
200 BUELL
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11702
A4341‑1 Fall 2021
Traditional American Architecture
Andrew Dolkart
113 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11603
A4399‑1 Fall 2021
Metropolitan Sublimes
Sandro Marpillero
408 AVERY
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11695
A4469‑1 Fall 2021
The History of Architecture Theory
Mark Wigley
113 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10845
A4507‑1 Fall 2021
Unorthodox Arch Practices
Juan Herreros
408 AVERY
M 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11696
A4987‑1 Fall 2021
Architectural Photography: From the Models to the Built World
Michael Vahrenwald
115 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11717
A4988‑1 Fall 2021
Coding for Spatial Practices
Celeste Layne
WARE LOUNGE
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
18186
A6305‑1 Fall 2021
Advanced Studio III-Joint Historic Preservation/Architecture Studio
Jorge Otero-Pailos
301 FAYERWEATHER
M 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
6 Points
11801
A6784‑1 Fall 2021
Conservation of Brick, Terra Cotta, + Stone
Norman Weiss, Daniel Allen
655 SCHER
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
11860
A6857‑1 Fall 2021
Measuring the Great Indoors
Violet Whitney
504 AVERY
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11753
A6868‑1 Fall 2021
Kitchenless Stories
Anna Puigjaner
409 AVERY
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11697
A6892‑1 Fall 2021
1:1 Crafting and Fabrication of Details
Zachary Mulitauaopele Syllabus
200 BUELL
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11756
A6893‑1 Fall 2021
Making Kin with Biomaterials
Chris Woebken Syllabus
408 AVERY
TU 4 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11765
A6894‑1 Fall 2021
Net Zero Housing - A Machine with a Poetic Bias - Tectonic & Performance
Andreas Benzing Syllabus
300 BUELL SOUTH
M 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11770
A6934‑1 Fall 2021
Traditional Building Technology
Tim Michiels
655 SCHERMERHORN
W 6 PM - 8:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11866
A6840‑1 Fall 2021
Archives of Toxicity
Mark Wasiuta
300 Buell South
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
18197
A4407‑1 Fall 2021
Methods in Spatial Research
Dare Brawley
408 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
SES A
1.5 Points
11643
A4892‑1 Fall 2021
Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities
Jia Zhang
409 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10637
A6895‑1 Fall 2021
Tourism, Tropicalization and the Architectural Image: Unpacking the Perception vs Reality of Caribbean Architecture
Dahlia Nduom
408 AVERY/ ONLINE
TU 2 PM - 4 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11624
A6897‑1 Fall 2021
Principles and Praxis of Spatial Justice
Ifeoma Ebo
200 BUELL NORTH
TH 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11638
PLA6870‑1 Fall 2021
Proptech: Buildings Operation and Management
Adrian Silver
209 FAYERWEATHER
M 4 PM - 6 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
11987
Pla6272‑1 Fall 2021
New York Rising: How Real Estate Shapes a City
Kate Ascher, Thomas Mellins
114 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11599
GU4066 Fall 2021
Spatial Inequality: Hydropolitics in Madagascar
Instructor permission is required
TU 4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
4 Points
13513
GU4150 Fall 2021
Spatial Inequality: Architecture and Migration in New York
Ignacio G. Galán Corequisite course: ARCH A4407 Methods in Spatial Research
Tu 4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
4 Points
0
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