The Department is composed of five semi-autonomous discipline groups. Each discipline group has the opportunity and responsibility to teach and conduct research in its own area at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as to work within the professional program in architecture. For detailed information on research interests and degrees offered, follow the links below or through the main menu.
The following table offers an overview of the different disciplines and degree programs inside the Department:
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Established in 1979 through an endowment from His Highness the Aga Khan, The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at MIT is dedicated to the study of Islamic architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, and conservation. It prepares students for careers in research, design, and teaching and aims to enhance the understanding of Islamic architecture and urbanism in light of contemporary issues and to increase the visibility of Islamic cultural heritage in the modern world.
Architecture and Urbanism
Architecture and Urbanism is a special program for students interested in the development of critical urban design, as well as its history and theory. Consciously locating itself in the contemporary debate about what constitutes good city form, the program teaches students to develop articulate and intellectually grounded positions. Students are expected to interrogate current positions within the field in order to explore critical alternatives to existing paradigms of urbanism. The assumption is that design is an intellectual act with the capacity to yield both critique and alternative possibilities.
The Center for Real Estate (MIT/CRE) was established in 1983 within the School of Architecture and Planning to join academic and industry resources in addressing the changing issues and needs of the built environment. Since then, MIT has awarded the Master's degree in Real Estate Development to almost 600 graduates of the program, ten percent of whom also received joint degrees from associated departments at MIT. The one-year program was the first of its kind and has served as a model for graduate degree programs at other universities both in the U.S. and abroad.
At MIT, the phrase Media Arts and Sciences signifies the study, invention and creative use of enabling technologies for understanding and expression by people and machines. The field is rooted in modern communication, computer and human sciences, and the academic program is intimately linked with research programs within the Media Laboratory. Computers and computation are the most prominent common denominators of this multi-disciplinary merger of previously separate domains. For underlying the explosive advances of the various technologies involved, they are discovering and cultivating a new set of shared intellectual and practical concerns that are becoming the foundations of a new academic discipline. In its simplest form, the field of Media Arts and Sciences can be thought of as exploring the technical, cognitive and aesthetic bases of satisfying human interaction as mediated by technology. In more forward-looking terms, it addresses the quality of life in the information-rich environment of the future.
The Special Interest Group in Urban Settlement links housing and community interests in the Departments of Architecture and Urban Studies. It offers workshops, short courses, and carries out research stressing participatory methods in promoting affordable and equitable housing. SIGUS started in 1984 and grew out of experience in developing countries and has evolved to include the developed countries with a commonality of issues and approaches.