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M.S. Advanced Architectural Design

Overview
The Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design is a three-semester, post-professional program that provides 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 “transscalarity.” 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 Advanced Design Studio—offering up to eleven design studios each year—and two required courses that establish the critical and historical coordinates for the program: Transscalarities, that explores how the capacity for architecture to impact societies and ecosystems result in the way design operates ecologically across scales of space and time; and Arguments, which explores contemporary theory in a unique combination of coordinated seminar sessions taught by current Architecture PHDs and guest lectures. All invited speakers are collectively engaging with transdisciplinary ways of addressing climate via situated, material, and social-economic and political means in the making of societies.

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.

Fall 2023 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4005‑1 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Mario Gooden
113 AVERY
M + TH 1:30 - 6:30 , W 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
10025
A4105‑1 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Laurie Hawkinson
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10026
A4105‑2 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10027
A4105‑3 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Gordon Kipping
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10028
A4105‑4 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10029
A4105‑5 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Marina Otero Verzier, Farah Alkhoury
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10030
A4105‑6 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Jing Liu
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10031
A4105‑7 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Rozana Montiel, Thomas De Monchaux
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10032
A4105‑8 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Mario Gooden, Raven Chacon
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10033
A4105‑9 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
David Benjamin
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10034
A4105‑10 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Philippe Rahm, Mariami Maghlakelidze
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10035
A4105‑11 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Marc Tsurumaki
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10036
A4105‑12 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Mireia Luzárraga, Alejandro Muiño, Alonso L. Ortega
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10037
A4105‑13 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Wonne Ickx
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10038
A4105‑14 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Nahyun Hwang
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10039
A4105‑15 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Amina Blacksher
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10040
A4105‑16 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Ruth Mandl, Bobby Johnston
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10041
A4105‑17 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Mark Rakatansky
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10042
A4105‑18 Fall 2023
Advanced Studio V
Leslie Gill, Khoi Nguyen
600 / 700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
10043
A4874‑1 Fall 2023
Construction Ecologies in the Anthropocene
Tommy Schaperkotter
300 BUELL SOUTH
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
17899
A4894‑1 Fall 2023
Spatial UX
Violet Whitney
115 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10071
A6801‑1 Fall 2023
Structural Daring + The Sublime
Rory O'Neill
412 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10053
A6843‑1 Fall 2023
Bodies and Public Space
Bryony Roberts
408 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10060
A6861‑1 Fall 2023
Environments of Governance
Felicity Scott
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10054
A4050‑1 Fall 2023
Arch Elective Internship
Karen Cover
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
10058
A4388‑1 Fall 2023
(Re) Inventing Living: Modern Experiments in Latin American Housing
Luis E. Carranza
114 AVERY
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10047
A4597‑1 Fall 2023
Extreme Design
Mark Wigley
412 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10049
A4625‑1 Fall 2023
Tensile/Compression Surfaces in Architecture: Tactile Methods for Architects
Robert Marino
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10080
A4778‑1 Fall 2023
Metatool
Dan Taeyoung
115 AVERY
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10069
A6768‑1 Fall 2023
Conservation of Architectural Metals
Richard Pieper
Preservation Technology Lab
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
10114
A6784‑1 Fall 2023
Conservation of Brick + Terra Cotta & Stone
Norman Weiss, Daniel Allen
Preservation Technology Lab
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
10115
A6904‑1 Fall 2023
Constructing Urban Imaginaries: The Arab City in Film
Yasser Elsheshtawy
200 BUELL
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10057
A6932‑1 Fall 2023
Embodied Research Speculative Methods
Jonathan González
115 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10306
A6934‑1 Fall 2023
Traditional Building Technology
Tim Michiels
Preservation Technology Lab
TH 9 - 11:30 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10109
A6938‑1 Fall 2023
Rendering Systems
Seth Thompson
300 BUELL NORTH
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10307
A6939‑1 Fall 2023
GIS for Design Practices
Eric Brelsford, Manon Vergerio
300 BUELL SOUTH
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10308
A6941‑1 Fall 2023
Architectural Acoustical Ecology
Ethan Bourdeau
115 AVERY
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10309
A6942‑1 Fall 2023
Daylight, Metabolism
Elliot Glassman
115 AVERY
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10311
A6947‑1 Fall 2023
Designing Spaces for Children
409 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10313
A6948‑1 Fall 2023
Home is Where the Toxics Are
Marta H. Wisniewska
408 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10350
A6958‑1 Fall 2023
Modern Iran
Nader Vossoughian
409 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10800
A4164‑1 Fall 2023
Design Intelligence
Danil Nagy
WARE LOUNGE - 600 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10075
A4399‑1 Fall 2023
Metropolitan Sublimes
Sandro Marpillero
412 AVERY
TH 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10280
A4427‑1 Fall 2023
Architecture Apropos Art
Steven Holl, Dimitra Tsachrelia
412 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10059
A4441‑1 Fall 2023
Interlaced Existence: Death, Life, Liminality
Karla Rothstein
504 AVERY
TU 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
17974
A4469‑1 Fall 2023
The History of Architecture Theory
Mark Wigley
114 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10048
A4715‑1 Fall 2023
Re-Thinking BIM
Joseph Brennan
WARE LOUNGE - 600 AVERY
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10068
A4726‑1 Fall 2023
Graphic Architecture Project III: Design Seminar
Wael Morcos
505 AVERY
W 10 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10065
A4987‑1 Fall 2023
Architectural Photography: From the Models to the Built World
Michael Vahrenwald
115 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10066
A4988‑1 Fall 2023
Coding for Spatial Practices
Celeste Layne
WARE LOUNGE - 600 AVERY
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10072
A6756‑1 Fall 2023
Make
Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
WARE LOUNGE - 600 AVERY
F 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10067
A6917‑1 Fall 2023
Seed Bombs: Technologies in Ecological Design
Emily Bauer
323M FAYERWEATHER + 203 FAYERWEATHER
TU + TH 11 AM - 1 PM
SES A
3 Points
10082
A6886‑1 Fall 2023
Building the Engine: Industry + the African Urban Agenda
Fatou Dieye
323M FAYERWEATHER
TH 9 AM - 1 PM
SES A
3 Points
10081
Pla4577‑1 Fall 2023
Geographic Information Systems
Jonathan Stiles
UP COMPUTER LAB + 204 FAYERWEATHER
TU 10 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10157
Pla4577‑2 Fall 2023
Geographic Information Systems
Jonathan Stiles
UP COMPUTER LAB + 204 FAYERWEATHER
TH 5 PM - 8 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10160
A4892‑1 Fall 2023
Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities
Jia Zhang
409 AVERY
F 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10070
A4341‑1 Fall 2023
Traditional American Architecture
Andrew Dolkart
209 FAYERWEATHER
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10091
A6830‑1 Fall 2023
Difference and Design
Justin Moore
412 AVERY / ONLINE
T 3 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10004
A6922‑1 Fall 2023
Ways of Experiencing
Karen Wong
209 FAYERWEATHER
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10352
A6927‑1 Fall 2023
Science + Technology Studies
Albena Yaneva Counts for AAD Vis/Tech Elective
323M FAYERWEATHER
M 11 AM - 1PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10303
A6929‑1 Fall 2023
The Reimagining of Lower Manhattan Post-Sandy
Michael Kimmelman
408 AVERY
W 9AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10304
Pla4444‑1 Fall 2023
The Future City: Transforming Urban Infrastructure
Kate Ascher
113 AVERY
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
18443
Pla6272‑1 Fall 2023
New York Rising: How Real Estate Shapes a City
Kate Ascher
114 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13183

Transscalarities:
Arenas of Design

Transscalarities queries the ways in which architectural devices of reference, which have shaped the discourse of the field over the last few decades, and are characterized by their transitioning through spatial, material, and temporal scales. This foundational course explores the agencies architectural devices unfold through transscalar conditions—that is to say, the specific forms of politics that architectural devices perform by participating in diverse dimensional and physical settings; and the way they multiply their reach, influence, and sensitivity by entangling, for instance, the microbiological to the mineral, the atmospherical, the ecosystemic, the genetic, and the planetary. Transscalarities identifies the field of architectural design as a rich ecosystem of alternative, diverse, and confronting methodologies, traditions, and positions.
Operating from both relational and material paradigms, this course characterizes architectural devices as both relational and environmental entities in the way they build up interdependencies with each other and with other entities; and in the way they participate in composites where economies, institutions, societies, biology, ecologies, technologies, normativities, media, environments, aesthetics, and cultures are enacted as intersectional. The architectural devices of reference that will be analyzed throughout the course, both in their embedded characteristics and in their trajectories throughout time, mobilize notions and positions that confront those mobilized by other devices.

Arguments

The Arguments series brings together a diverse group of speakers whose work addresses today’s most pressing challenges⁠—environmental, political, and social and beyond, by interrogating the way architectural devices and architectural practices gain collective relevance and by participating in environmental, technological and representational alliances, solidarities, defiances, disputes and controversies. Organized around a series of invitations to relevant scholars, professionals, artists, journalists or activists—half from the field of architecture, half from non-architectural fields—this course has as its main goal an interrogation of the way architecture is part of the realities that shape the evolution of the world’s societies and ecosystems.

Summer 2023 Arguments speakers included architect Rachaporn Choochuey of all(zone) architects; artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan; architect Junya Ishigami; scholar Shannon Mattern; architects Cruz García and Nathalie Frankowski of WAI Think Tank; environmental scholars Troy Vettese and Drew Pendergrass; artist Chip Lord of Ant Farm; and architects Fuminori Nousaku and Mio Tsuneyama.

Past Speakers:

Emanuel Admassu
Andreas Angelidakis
Samir Bantal
Daniel Barber
Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine
Neeraj Bhatia
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Keller Easterling
Frida Escobedo
Simone Farresin & Lorenzo Pezzani
Marco Ferrari
Rahia Ghosn & El Hadi Jazairy
Maarten Gielen
Jack Halberstam
Charles Heller
Elise Misao Hunchuck
Joan Jonas
Lydia Kallipoliti
Lucy Kimbell
Ani Liu
Noortje Marres
Henrik Moltke
Vo Trong Nghia
Michael Osman
Laura Poitras
Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe
Amie Siegel
C. Riley Snorton
Cecilia Vicuña
Michael Wang
Ines Weizman
Danielle Wood

AAD Arguments
Rachaporn Choochuey
June 1, 2023
Current Faculty
Laura González Fierro
Maurizio Bianchi Mattioli
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