M.S. Advanced Architectural Design


The Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design is a three-term program consisting of Summer, Fall, and Spring terms. The objective of the program is to provide outstanding young professionals who hold a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture degree the opportunity to enter into an intensive, postgraduate study that encourages critical thought in the context of design speculation.

The program is viewed as a framework in which both academic and professional concerns are explored. Overall, the program emphasizes an experimental approach to research and architectural design rigorously grounded in multiple, complex realities.

Specifically, the program seeks to:

  1. Address the challenges and possibilities of global urbanization by exploring the city and its architecture in all its forms.
  2. Engage in a complex definition of architecture, from the questioning of the program to the formulation of design strategies.
  3. Produce architectural objects—both digital and physical—which reflect an open, critical engagement both with new and existing technologies.
  4. Articulate architecture as a cultural practice that combines critical thought, design experimentation, and ethical responsibilities in an interdisciplinary milieu.
  5. Activate a wide debate on the contemporary conditions that critically affect the course of the discipline and the profession.

The program brings together a set of required studios with elective courses that are shared with other programs in the School and that promote intellectual cross-fertilization among disciplines. The advanced studios frequently utilize New York as a design laboratory; a global city that presents both unique challenges and unique opportunities. The program has long been a site for architects from around the globe to test concepts and confront changes that affect architecture and cities worldwide.

Advanced Design Studio
In the Advanced Studios, nearly 20 studios work on the themes and programs defined by their individual critics in the limits of the discipline trying to find new instruments, formats, and approaches to everyday topics. The Advanced Design Studios work as laboratories of discussion and exploration of new ways of reading architectural ingredients, concepts, programs, and methods of design and thought. Themes and programs both carry an educational objective and present an opportunity for the critic to develop with his or her students a specific area of work or research. That means that an experimental attitude founds our environment while the coexistence of different ways of thinking stimulates dialogue and positive discussions: where the students learn to build, defend, and rectify their arguments in a dialectical practice that is as important as drawing, making a model, or inventing a digital resource. The Advanced Studios are open to M. Arch students and M.S. AAD students.
Studio culture makes up in itself an extraordinary accumulation of essays and research on both conceptual and disciplinary fields that can be considered a real section of the present. We are all aware of this wealth and appreciate the special energy stored in this “white noise” that involves so many instructors, TA’s and students working together. Every week, the Transfer Dialogues series makes visible such intensity, allowing students to access what is going on in other GSAPP Advanced Studios while getting helpful panoramic information. The intention is to open a new space for architecture and its parallel disciplines in the social, political, intellectual and economic arena with a critical position focused in the construction of the future.
Current Faculty

Summer 2017 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4402‑1 Summer 2017
Enrique Walker Lecture - Required for AAD
F 4 PM - 7 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
A4488‑1 Summer 2017
TU 6 PM - 8 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
A4853‑9 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Hilary Sample
Full Semester
A4853‑5 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Nahyun Hwang, David Eugin Moon
Full Semester
A4853‑10 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Leslie Gill, Michael Jacobs
Full Semester
A4853‑11 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Karla Rothstein
Full Semester
A4853‑7 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Mariana Ibañez
Full Semester
A4853‑8 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Mark Rakatansky
Full Semester
A4853‑6 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Dan Wood
Full Semester
A4853‑3 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang
Full Semester
A4853‑4 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Andrés Jaque
Full Semester
A4853‑1 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Ziad Jamaleddine
Full Semester
A4853‑2 Summer 2017
Advanced Architecture Tutorial
Cristina Goberna Pesudo
Full Semester
A6853‑1 Summer 2017
Advance Architectural Design Studio
Enrique Walker Required for AAD
M/W/Th 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
P4050‑1 Summer 2017
Urban Planning Elective Internship
Margaret Wiryaman 73442
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