ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The three-semester Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Advanced Architectural Design [MSD-AAD] course of study is for architecture students with five-year professional bachelor’s degrees from the US and equivalent degree from around the world. This course of study does not lead to a professional degree in architecture. The MSD-AAD program is a three-semester program and builds on its success as a program focused on innovation in architecture design. Starting in the 2020-2021 Academic year the three-semester program is being offered over the course of one calendar year to increase the intensity of study and allow for students to be away from the workplace for a shorter duration.

The purpose of the MSD Advanced Architectural Design program is four-fold. First, to prepare students for high level design research in the profession or academy in contemporary issues that affect the architecture discipline. Second, to develop skills in emerging design and cross-disciplinary tools, third, to critically engage the theoretical dimensions of the contemporary architectural discourse around these tools; and fourth, to integrate advanced digital modeling techniques into a design methodology that has direct bearing on the development of material  production, fabrication and construction processes and their aesthetics.

CURRICULUM

TERM I - FALL SEMESTER

TERM II - SPRING SEMESTER

ARCH 707: MSD- AAD Fabrication Studio


The final semester design studio for the AAD program. The goal of the studio is to advance design research through large scale fabrication using the Robotics Labratory.




ARCH 715: Contemporary Aesthetics Theory


This course offers a framework for a provocative history of ideas about beauty as they relate to contemporary thinking and their production of form in architecture. In a world increasingly defined by visuality, the concepts of beauty and visual sensation are not mere intellectual exercises but standards that define the very nature of design practice across disciplines, and that are essential to the worlds of objects, automobiles, furniture and architecture in the twenty-first century. Aesthetic theory is about beauty and about form and how it affects us every day. As architecture practice changes, the tools that are used to create form change due to new technologies, new materials and new tools for fabrication and aesthetics gives us an important way in to understanding the relationship between the object created and the user. This occurs in contemporary cultural landscapes in which we exist, and aesthetics is the organizing element.




ARCH 747: Robotic Fabrication


Automation and robotics have helped manufacturing increase productivity by 1,500% since 1945 (McKinsey 2017). In contrast, however, construction productivity has remained relatively stagnant during the same time. The construction industry is facing pressure to change. For the robotics industry, construction presents potential use cases and unique applications that can utilize a variety of evolving technologies from drones, ground robotics, teleoperation, machine vision, additive manufacturing, and assistive robotics. These technologies take advantage of the digital revolution and utilize ideas in automobile and aerospace engineering. Our interest in these technologies is that they open new opportunities for design.





TERM III - SUMMER SEMESTER

ARCH 707: MSD- AAD Fabrication Studio


The final semester design studio for the AAD program. The goal of the studio is to advance design research through large scale fabrication using the Robotics Labratory.




ARCH 715: Contemporary Aesthetics Theory


This course offers a framework for a provocative history of ideas about beauty as they relate to contemporary thinking and their production of form in architecture. In a world increasingly defined by visuality, the concepts of beauty and visual sensation are not mere intellectual exercises but standards that define the very nature of design practice across disciplines, and that are essential to the worlds of objects, automobiles, furniture and architecture in the twenty-first century. Aesthetic theory is about beauty and about form and how it affects us every day. As architecture practice changes, the tools that are used to create form change due to new technologies, new materials and new tools for fabrication and aesthetics gives us an important way in to understanding the relationship between the object created and the user. This occurs in contemporary cultural landscapes in which we exist, and aesthetics is the organizing element.




ARCH 747: Robotic Fabrication


Automation and robotics have helped manufacturing increase productivity by 1,500% since 1945 (McKinsey 2017). In contrast, however, construction productivity has remained relatively stagnant during the same time. The construction industry is facing pressure to change. For the robotics industry, construction presents potential use cases and unique applications that can utilize a variety of evolving technologies from drones, ground robotics, teleoperation, machine vision, additive manufacturing, and assistive robotics. These technologies take advantage of the digital revolution and utilize ideas in automobile and aerospace engineering. Our interest in these technologies is that they open new opportunities for design.





ARCH 703: MSD- AAD Design Studio


A coordinated studio for incoming MSD-AAD students. This rigorous studio exposes incoming students to new techniques and design methodologies as well as crucial disciplinary questions.




ARCH 710: Contemporary Theory 1993-Present


An overview of the approaches and attitudes adopted by architects, theorists and inter-disciplinary writers from 1993-today that have helped shape the current discourse of architecture. This course introduces and contextualize key projects, and polemics over the last 25 years. Central themes in this course include the impact of digital technologies and methods of design, production and materiality. These are explored through texts, movements, projects and buildings that help form an overview that has shaped the contemporary condition that we live in.




ARCH 741: Design Innovation


The mastery of techniques, whether in design, production or both, does not necessarily yield great architecture. As we all know, the most advanced techniques can still yield average designs. Architects are becoming increasingly adept at producing complexity and integrating digital design and fabrication techniques into their design process - yet there are few projects that emanate an aesthetic sensibility. This seminar explores some of the instances in which designers can move beyond technique, by commanding them to such a degree to achieve nuances within the formal development of projects.




ARCH XXX: Elective I


Students will select a 700 elective from the Architecture department's fall elective offerings.





STUDENT WORK

The program is organized around design research, visual culture and a rigorous sequence in the history and theory of contemporary architecture as well as design technology seminars currently offered in the Master of Architecture Curriculum. The opportunity for debate, criticism, and experimentation between urban issues and architectural solutions with political pressures, technology and an application of theory provide a robust approach for studying advanced architecture design.

ARCH 703 UPS HUB [2020]

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ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Xiatong Ning and Mingda Guo

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ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Weihang Huang and Sina Lee

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ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Yanpeng Wang and Jiayun Zhang

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ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Yiliang Shao and Xiaohan Wang

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A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Yichi Zhang and Ruiwan Wang

ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"
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A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Zheyuan Fu and Yiqi You

ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

ARCH 703 UPS HUB [2019]

ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Bingkun Deng, Jiang Ming, Yang Yang.

ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Flori Kryethi and Yuan Zheng.

ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Jing Yuan, Dianqiu Zheng, Gordon Cheng.

ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: In Pun, Xianlong Deng, Xing Guo.

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Bohao Sun, Youyu Zhang, Maoqiang Li.

ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

A new model for office and logistics, West SoHo, New York.

Designed by: Qi Che, Chengzhe Zhu, Zhihui Li.

ARCH 703 "UPS HUB"

ARCH 703 FUTURE AIRPORTS [2017-2018]

ARCH 703 "FUTURE AIRPORTS"

A new airport terminal for JFK in Queens, New York.

Designed by: Wenjia Guo, Gingyang Li, Yuanyi Zhou

ARCH 703 "FUTURE AIRPORTS"

A new airport terminal for JFK in Queens, New York.

Designed by: Zhenqin Dong, Ruobing Huang, Gengzhe Liu

ARCH 703 "FUTURE AIRPORTS"

A new airport terminal for JFK in Queens, New York.

Designed by: Dongyun Kim, Gianni Shi, Zhaoyuan Gou

ARCH 703 "FUTURE AIRPORTS"

A new airport terminal for JFK in Queens, New York.

Designed by: Dongyun Kim, Gianni Shi, Zhaoyuan Gou

A new airport terminal for JFK in Queens, New York.

Designed by: Dongyun Kim, Gianni Shi, Zhaoyuan Gou

ARCH 703 "FUTURE AIRPORTS"

A new airport terminal for JFK in Queens, New York.

Designed by: Dongyun Kim, Gianni Shi, Zhaoyuan Gou

ARCH 703 "FUTURE AIRPORTS"

ARCH 703 ASSET ARCHITECTURE [2014-2016]

An innovation of the high rise for Manhattan - architecture as an asset and a capital investment. Designed by Yifeng Zhao, Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, and Chengda Zhu.

ARCH 703 "ASSET ARCHITECTURE"

An innovation of the high rise for Manhattan - architecture as an asset and a capital investment. Designed by Xi Chen, Fangjie Guo, and Yijia Wang, and Qiuyun Chen.

ARCH 703 "ASSET ARCHITECTURE"
ARCH 703 "ASSET ARCHITECTURE"

An innovation of the high rise for Manhattan - architecture as an asset and a capital investment. Designed by Ryosuke Imaeda, Wei Chen, and Qiuyun Chen.

An innovation of the high rise for Manhattan - architecture as an asset and a capital investment. Designed by Yifeng Zhao, Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, and Chengda Zhu.

ARCH 703 "ASSET ARCHITECTURE"
ARCH 703 "ASSET ARCHITECTURE"

An innovation of the high rise for Manhattan - architecture as an asset and a capital investment. Designed by Xi Chen, Fangjie Guo, and Yijia Wang, and Qiuyun Chen.

ARCH 703 "FUTURE AIRPORTS"

An innovation of the high rise for Manhattan - architecture as an asset and a capital investment. Designed by Ryosuke Imaeda, Wei Chen, and Qiuyun Chen.

 

PROGRAM PUBLICATIONS

 
 

STUDENT LIFE

 

NEWS AND UPDATES

MEET THE BUILDING EXPERTS LECTURE SERIES

The Master of Science in Design: Advanced Architecture Design (MSD-AAD) program at the Weitzman School of Design is hosting six Building Expert talks by practitioner-educators whose design work and buildings serves as exemplary in the discipline of architecture. The six talks will be delivered by three Western and three Eastern architects. Each presenter will describe one building from concept to built form. Speakers include Preston Scott Cohen, Nader Tehrani, Patrik Schumacher, Xu Weiguo, Rosanna Hu and Zhu Pei.

This virtual lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is Now Open.

PRESTON SCOTT COHEN

NADER TEHRANI

PATRIK SCHUMACHER

ROSSANA HU

ZHU PEI

XU WEIGUO