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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 2022 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4005‑1 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Mario Gooden
113 AVERY
M + TH 1:30 - 6:30 , W 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
12297
A4105‑1 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Laurie Hawkinson
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12298
A4105‑2 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Bernard Tschumi
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12299
A4105‑3 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Elise Hunchuck, Marco Ferrari
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12300
A4105‑4 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Bryony Roberts
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12301
A4105‑5 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Mabel O. Wilson
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12302
A4105‑6 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Jing Liu
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12303
A4105‑7 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Vanessa Keith
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12304
A4105‑8 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Mario Gooden
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12305
A4105‑9 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
David Benjamin
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12307
A4105‑10 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Lindy Roy
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12310
A4105‑11 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Marc Tsurumaki
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12319
A4105‑12 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Laura González Fierro
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12324
A4105‑13 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Wonne Ickx
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12331
A4105‑14 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Nahyun Hwang
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12332
A4105‑15 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Michael Bell
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12333
A4105‑16 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Ziad Jamaleddine
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12334
A4105‑17 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Mark Rakatansky
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12335
A4105‑18 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio V
Leslie Gill
600/700 AVERY
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12336
A4504‑1 Fall 2022
Spectacular Pedagogies
Mark Wasiuta
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12349
A4695‑1 Fall 2022
The Forbidden City: An Exploration of Its Hidden + Shifting Structures
Amy Lelyveld
409 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12354
A4050‑1 Fall 2022
Arch Elective Internship
Karen Cover
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
12378
A4344‑1 Fall 2022
Sick City: Clinics
Hilary Sample
412 AVERY
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16093
A4388‑1 Fall 2022
(Re)Inventing Living: Modern Experiments in Modern Latin American Housing
Luis E. Carranza
409 AVERY
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12345
A4597‑1 Fall 2022
Extreme Design
Mark Wigley
412 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12351
A4625‑1 Fall 2022
Tensile/Compression Surfaces in Architecture: Tactile Methods for Architects
Robert Marino
115 AVERY
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12428
A6305‑1 Fall 2022
Advanced Studio III-Joint Historic Preservation/Architecture Studio
Jorge Otero-Pailos
301 FAYERWEATHER
M 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
6 Points
12495
A6455‑1 Fall 2022
Military Urbanism in the Early Modern Era
Victoria Sanger
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12355
A6768‑1 Fall 2022
Conservation of Architectural Metals
Richard Pieper
655 SCHER
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
12499
A6784‑1 Fall 2022
Conservation of Brick, Terra Cotta, + Stone
Norman Weiss, Daniel Allen
655 SCHER
W 2 PM - 5 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
12500
A6885‑1 Fall 2022
Architecture, Engineering, and Political Ecology
Reinhold Martin
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12356
A6904‑1 Fall 2022
Constructing Urban Imaginaries: The Arab City in Film
Yasser Elsheshtawy
200 BUELL NORTH
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12357
A6909‑1 Fall 2022
Architecture, Land, Ground
Lucia Allais
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13200
A6915‑1 Fall 2022
Drawing to Gather
Dare Brawley
115 AVERY
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13206
A6916‑1 Fall 2022
Virtual Disruption
Marlon Davis
200 BUELL
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13207
A6925‑1 Fall 2022
Environments Animals Technologies
Gal Nissim
409 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13208
A6928‑1 Fall 2022
Decolonizing the Architectural Imagination
Ijlal Muzaffar
300 BUELL SOUTH
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13202
A6934‑1 Fall 2022
Traditional Building Technology
Tim Michiels
115 AVERY
TH 10:30 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
12502
A4164‑1 Fall 2022
Design Intelligence
Danil Nagy
115 AVERY
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12412
A4399‑1 Fall 2022
Metropolitan Sublimes
Sandro Marpillero
412 AVERY
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12379
A4427‑1 Fall 2022
Architecture Apropos Art
Steven Holl, Dimitra Tsachrelia
412 AVERY
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12380
A4469‑1 Fall 2022
The History of Architecture Theory
Mark Wigley
114 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12347
A4534‑1 Fall 2022
Techniques of the Ultrareal
Phillip Crupi
WARE LOUNGE
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12386
A4634‑1 Fall 2022
Advanced Curtain Wall
Daniel Vos
115 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12431
A4635 Fall 2022
Architectural Daylighting
Davidson Norris
412 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16094
A4715‑1 Fall 2022
Re-Thinking BIM
Joseph Brennan
WARE LOUNGE
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12387
A4726‑1 Fall 2022
Graphic Architecture Project III: Design Seminar
Christopher Kupski
505 AVERY
W 9 AM - 12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12388
A4776‑1 Fall 2022
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
12439
A4856‑1 Fall 2022
Transitional Geometries
Joshua Jordan
WARE LOUNGE
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12445
A4987‑1 Fall 2022
Architectural Photography: From the Models to the Built World
Michael Vahrenwald
115 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12391
A6756‑1 Fall 2022
Make
Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
WARE LOUNGE
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12399
A6892‑1 Fall 2022
1:1 Detailing + Fabrication
Zachary Mulitauaopele
200 BUELL
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12452
A6893‑1 Fall 2022
Making Kin with Biomaterials
Chris Woebken
408 AVERY
TU 4 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12454
A6894‑1 Fall 2022
Net Zero Housing - A Machine with a Poetic Bias - Tectonic & Performance
Andreas Benzing
409 AVERY
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12457
A6917‑1 Fall 2022
Seed Bombs: Urban Ecologies and Landscape Technologies
Emily Bauer
505 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 1 PM
SES A
3 Points
13210
A6926‑1 Fall 2022
Construction and Slavery: The Architecture of the Black Atlantic
Jonah Rowen
300 BUELL NORTH
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13201
Pla4577‑1 Fall 2022
Geographic Information Systems
Leah Meisterlin
113 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12404
Pla4578‑3 Fall 2022
GIS Lab for Arch & UD
Mario Giampieri
114 AVERY
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12406
Pla4578‑1 Fall 2022
GIS Lab I
Alanna Browdy
202 FAYERWEATHER
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12512
Pla4578‑2 Fall 2022
GIS Lab II
Daniel Froehlich
202 FAYERWEATHER
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
12513
A6897‑1 Fall 2022
Principles and Praxis of Spatial Justice
Ifeoma Ebo
412 AVERY
TU 3 PM - 5PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12239
PLA6870‑1 Fall 2022
Sustainability + Efficiency for CRE
Adrian Silver
209 FAYERWEATHER
M 4 PM - 6 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
13198
A4892‑1 Fall 2022
Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities
Jia Zhang
409 AVERY
F 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
12257
A4341‑1 Fall 2022
Traditional American Architecture
Andrew Dolkart
WARE
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10720
A6830‑1 Fall 2022
Difference and Design
Justin Moore
412 AVERY/ONLINE
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10721
Pla6272‑1 Fall 2022
New York Rising: How Real Estate Shapes the City
Kate Ascher
114 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13183
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