MIT expects that all students come to the Institute for a serious academic purpose and expects them to be responsible individuals who conduct themselves with high standards of honesty and personal conduct.
Cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, and other forms of academic dishonesty are considered serious offenses for which disciplinary penalties can be imposed. These concepts are explained more fully in the Academic Integrity Handbook, http://integrity.mit.edu.
Some academic offenses by students may be handled directly between the faculty member and student, possibly with the assistance of the head of the faculty member's department. As a result of discussion between the faculty member and the student, the faculty member may conclude that the student has, in fact, behaved dishonestly and may wish to take some further direct action. Among the direct actions the faculty member may wish to take are reduced grade, a warning letter, and redo of assignment or exam. The faculty member may also bring the case to the Office of Student Citizenship (OSC) or to the Committee on Discipline (COD) for resolution.
COD Rules and Regulations are available online at http://web.mit.edu/committees/cod. Procedures for dealing with academic misconduct in research and scholarship can be found in the MIT Policies & Procedures at http://mit.edu/policies/10.1.html.
The Architecture Shops provide equipment and software that students and faculty can use to fabricate physical objects from CAD models. The Shops are in the Fab Lab in Building 3 and the Woodshop in Building N51.
Fab Lab: the Fab Lab is located in 3-402, 3-410, and 3-412, and includes three laser cutters, a ZCorp 3D printer, a Dimension ABS printer, a ShopBot CNC router, an Elkom thermoforming machine, an Omax waterjet, a Kuka robotic arm, a Wabeco CNC lathe, an Intelitek desktop milling machine, a vinyl cutter, an electronics workstation, and a model making shop with hand tools and a small selection of manual machines. Laser cutters are available for use by students 24 hours/day following a mandatory safety training session, other resources are available to anyone in the department who has received appropriate training.
Woodshop: the woodshop, located in N51-160, has larger and more powerful equipment primarily oriented towards furniture making. This includes a table saw, a jointer/planer, drill press, band saws, an extensive set of hand tools, and a CR Onsrud 4’ x 8’ CNC router, and a knee mill for precision metalworking. Bench space is also available. Adjacent to the shop is a large outdoor space available year-round for assembly of larger projects and activities such as welding.
Director: Justin Lavallee
Manager: Christopher Dewart
Fabrication Associate: Jennifer O'brien
Global Education and Career Development (GECD), located in Room E17-294, advises students on any part of the career development process including career self-assessment, exploring career opportunities, searching for jobs and managing their careers. Undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree students should make appointments with Career Development Specialist Meredith Pepin.
The GECD now allows a select number of appointments to be booked online! Appointments can be made by logging into your CareerBridge account and clicking the link "Make an Appointment" under the heading "I want to..." on the left margin of this page. To find out about additional appointment options please call: (617) 253-4733.
Classroom + Conference Reservation
Please request room reservations at http://architecture.mit.edu/rooms (requires certificates). Please click on the room you would to reserve and include the following information: # of people, date, start and end time, and submit the request. You will receive a reply within 1 business day.
SOAP: Stella Room 7-338 — Capacity: 20 at table plus 10 chairs (30 max)
Situated in the Wolk Gallery, the Stella Room is generally used for meetings and presentations. Because of limited space available within the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) for events, activities related to SA+P meetings and faculty-sponsored events will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. All others within the MIT community may request the Stella Room WITHIN three weeks of the date of their event. Other policies remain in effect for all users (e.g.: set-up and clean-up time must be incorporated into the overall reservation time, all food and trash must be removed by the end of the reservation time, fees will be imposed as necessary to support room use policies, etc.). The Stella Room sits about 20 at the oval table, with seats along the edges for more. For reservation, please go to http://architecture.mit.edu/rooms for requesting reservation. Reservation times must be strictly adhered to due to the typical tight booking of space. This should allot for time to set up, clean up, food or equipment delivery and pick up. Reservation of the Stella Room does not include use of the Wolk Gallery, café area or kitchen. For any cancellations or time changes, inform Lisa Hersh (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately.
ARCH: Long Lounge (7-429) — Capacity: 100 with doors open, 49 with doors closed; 100 chairs total
Long Lounge is reserved for all Department lecture series and studios as pin-up, review, and presentation space and other events requiring slide and computer projection, pin up, etc. While it may not be booked on a weekly basis for a specific class, a class that has a special event or speaker for which they need more public space, may reserve it for that event. It is booked through http://architecture.mit.edu/rooms.
- Classes may not schedule on a weekly basis, but may for special events.
- First priority is lecture series during specified lecture times.
- Second priority is studio faculty during studio hours (MW 2-5; TR 1-6; F 2-6); these hours will vary depending on the term), and to be reserved on as-needed. Studios may not be block booked more than 3 weeks in advance.
- Third priority is classes that need pin-up space or to spread out on large tables on an occasional basis.
- All other times the room is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
ARCH: Classroom (3-133) — Capacity: 58
Tiered classroom with two 5' chalk boards, one 16' screen, Athena workstation, network connection, video projection and two slide projectors in the booth. Architecture receives priority through the first two weeks of the semester, but all final scheduling is done through the Scheduling Office. Classes are booked through Renée Caso during the term scheduling process. One time events are booked through the Schedules Office, email@example.com.
ARCH: Classroom (5-216) — Capacity: 18
Seminar style classroom with 22' chalk board, 13' screen, network connection, video projection and 2 slide projectors. Architecture receives priority through the first two weeks of the semester, but all final scheduling is done through the Scheduling Office. Classes are booked through Renée Caso during the term scheduling process. One time events are booked through the Schedules Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Priority for classrooms that are reserved for studios:
- First priority is given for regularly scheduled classes.
- Second priority is studio faculty during studio hours; these hours vary depending upon the room and the term.
- Third priority is given to non-studio classes that need pin-up space or to spread out on large tables.
Students who wish to present their projects in pinup spaces need to reserve their spaces. Reserve early. There are nine pinup spaces on the fourth floor of Building 7 and one in Building 3. Here is a map showing those spaces:
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Computer Resource Organization's Name (CRON)
CRON provides a range of computer hardware and software and facilitates access to other computational resources on campus for both the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. CRON can advise users on equipment to purchase, and manages the day-to-day operations of both departments' computing infrastructure.
CRON maintains an environment in which information technology is easily accessible to serve required coursework, independent study and research. It manages a complex computer network supporting Macintosh, Windows and Linux operating systems.
Software provided includes office productivity suites, two- and three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD), modeling, rendering, animation, video editing, multimedia, image processing, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, and structural, heat and lighting analysis packages. Where software licenses allow, software is available for installation on student-owned computers without charge.
Hardware includes color and black-and-white laser printers, wide-format plotters, scanners (flatbed, slide and wide-format), digital cameras, portable projectors, fully automated podcast production, and video equipment. Computers are located in studios, classrooms, labs and other areas. Many areas are equipped with plasma screens or overhead projectors. Refer to pages of this web site to learn where equipment is located. During the academic term, computer facilities are available 24 hours a day to students enrolled in either departments' academic programs. In addition to the departments' facilities, all MIT students have access to workstations in Athena clusters located throughout the MIT campus.
There is no fee for using the computers in the public areas, but students are charged a subsidized rate for printing, plotting, photocopying and distributed software. A 'Facilities Fee' charge appears on DUSP students' Bursar's statement each term as does a monthly 'CRON Monthly Plot Fee' for those using plotters. Architecture students' 'Facilities Fee' includes costs for use of the 'Rapid Prototyping Lab'. A monthly 'CRON Monthly Plot Fee' appears for those using plotters.
Further information can be had by visiting the CRON web site:
Faculty: Essential Information
The Department of Architecture maintains a website where faculty can find information on important dates, policies and procedures, and to download forms. Some areas are password protected.
MIT Policy on Harassment
Harassment of any kind is not acceptable behavior at MIT; it is inconsistent with the commitment to excellence that characterizes MIT’s activities. MIT is committed to creating an environment in which every individual can work, study, and live without being harassed. Harassment may therefore lead to sanctions up to and including termination of employment or student status.
Harassment is any conduct, verbal or physical, on or off campus, that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual or group’s educational or professional performance at MIT or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, work, or living environment. Some kinds of harassment are prohibited by civil laws or by MIT policies on conflict of interest and nondiscrimination.
Harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age includes harassment of an individual in terms of a stereotyped group characteristic, or because of that person’s identification with a particular group.
Sexual harassment may take many forms. Sexual assault and requests for sexual favors that affect educational or employment decisions constitute sexual harassment. However, sexual harassment may also consist of unwanted physical contact, requests for sexual favors, visual displays of degrading sexual images, sexually suggestive conduct, or offensive remarks of a sexual nature.
The Institute is committed under this policy to stopping harassment and associated retaliatory behavior. All MIT supervisors have a responsibility to act to stop harassment in the areas under their supervision. Any member of the MIT community who feels harassed is encouraged to seek assistance and resolution of the complaint.
MIT provides a variety of avenues by which an individual who feels harassed may proceed, so that each person may choose an avenue appropriate to his or her particular situation. Institute procedures are intended to protect the rights of both complainant and respondent, to protect privacy, and to prevent supervisory reprisal.
General complaint procedures are described in Section 9.6 Complaint and Grievance Procedures, http://mit.edu/policies/9/9.6.html.
Personal Support and Wellness at MIT
For a comprehensive list of support services available to students and their families, for academic, personal, health or other issues, visit this page: http://resources.mit.edu/resources/personal-support-and-wellness/all
Preparing a Portfolio
Students should have up-to-date portfolios. Portfolios are needed to apply for graduate school, for jobs, and for departmental travel awards and prizes. It is in the student's best interest to update his/her portfolio each term.
When preparing a portfolio show your ability to package and present information attractively and concisely: Form is as important as content. Be sure to include only your best work, and organize material logically.
Consider your audience. Are you applying for graduate school? Positions are often won or lost on first impressions. Rearranging your portfolio for an interview sends a clear signal that you are serious about the opportunity.
The Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning, housed in an award-winning building by Schwartz/Silver Architects, is one of the nation's premier resources in architecture and planning. The collection offers extensive depth in architecture, building technology, art history, photography, environmental studies, land use, urban design and development, housing and community development, regional planning and development, urban transportation and real estate. Rotch also holds an extensive Geographic Information Collection, including national and international datasets representing census/demographic, elevation, environmental, energy, geology, imagery, land use and land cover, transportation, urban environment, and water data. The GIS Lab is located in Rotch Library and is available for use by the MIT Community.
Also located in Rotch Library is the Aga Khan Documentation Center (AKDC@MIT). The Center supports teaching and research of architecture, urbanism, and visual culture in Muslim societies. Through the acquisition of select personal archives, AKDC is a repository of primary research materials. AKDC is a part of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT and Harvard, established in 1979 by a gift from H.H. the Aga Khan.
The library also holds extensive visual collections, including the Perceptual Form of the City project, the Kidder Smith Collection of American Architecture, and the Aga Khan Visual Archive. Digital visual collections are searchable through MIT’s Dome repository.
The Rotch Limited Access collection contains thousands of rare books and special materials in Art, Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning.
Rotch Library is part of the MIT Libraries system, with over five million items in print and digital formats; including electronic journals and books, images, maps, musical scores, sound and video recordings.
Students are also eligible for borrowing privileges at the Harvard College Libraries and at the Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Access to other libraries is also available through the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). The MIT Community may also access other research collections through MIT‘s Worldcat, including libraries participating in BLC and Borrow Direct cooperative associations of academic and research libraries.
Website User Guide
Students, faculty and staff in the Department are provided website profiles. These are used to provide a contact guide, as well as to create a portfolio of our Department's work. Profiles are indexed to Subjects, Projects, and Publications. For a tutorial, view this PowerPoint presentation: Web Profile Tutorial.
Important information from Architecture headquarters will be posted via e-mail. Therefore, student e-mail address will be automatically added to their degree program mailing list.
New students obtain an e-mail address through the Athena User Account Office, http://web.mit.edu/accounts. Please note that all addresses end with @mit.edu.
The Department has established the following guidelines for use of its e-mail lists. These include degree lists, faculty and staff lists, and other group lists created for academic purposes:
- E-mail within the Department is limited to topics directly related to the academic, administrative, and research work of students, faculty, and staff.
- The “subject” line should be specific enough that recipients may read or delete messages according to their relevance.
- Postings should be of a one-time nature. Ongoing discussions should be moved to a small list of interested individuals that is created for this purpose.
- Personal ads (apartment sublets, personal sales, parties, etc.) are not appropriate for academic lists. Use arch-kiosk instead.
MIT Student Resources
Visit http://resources.mit.edu for:
Academic Planning and Tools
Activities, Arts and Recreation
Advising and Academic Support
Careers, Jobs and Internships
Housing, Dining and Transportation
Personal Support and Wellness