Subjects

The Department of Architecture is "Course 4".
The method of assigning numbers to classes is to write the course number in Arabic numerals followed by a period and three digits, which are used to differentiate courses. Most classes retain the same number from year to year. Architecture groups its numbers by discipline group.

Fall 2015 End-of-Term Reviews and Exams Chart (PDF 139K)
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Institute Class Schedule
Department End-of-Term Policy
Independent Project Study Form

instructors
units
2-0-4U
schedule
T 3-5 (38-500)
prerequisites
description

This seminar is a collaboration among three faculty—Professors Marc Baldo, Steve Leeb, and Les Norford—who have collaborated for years on projects that involve energy. There are 3 sections (4.A22, 6.A47, and 6.A48), each led by one faculty member who will be the seminar leader and freshman advisor to the 8 freshmen in his section.

Architectural Design

instructors
units
3-3-6U
schedule
MW 2-5 (studio + 3-133)
prerequisites
description

Provides a foundation to the design of the built environment, from the scale of the object, to the building, to the larger territory. Focuses on the shared foundations of the allied design disciplines of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, developing skills in critical thinking and analysis, spatial representation and design methodologies.

instructors
units
0-12-12U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.021, 4.022
description

Studio overview

instructors
units
0-12-12U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.024 and 4.440
description

Provides instruction in more advanced architectural design projects. Students develop integrated design skills as they negotiate the complex issues of program, site, and form in a specific cultural context. Focuses on how architectural concepts and ideas translate into built environments that transform the public sphere. Studio designed to prepare students for graduate studies in the field.

instructors
units
2-2-5G
schedule
M 2-5 (1-277)
prerequisites
description

Intensive introduction to architectural design tools and process, taught through a series of short exercises. Together with 4.107, covers a broad range of topics relating to the discourse of geometry as the basis of architectural design process. Focuses on projective drawings, explicit 3D modeling, and the reciprocity between representation and materialization.

instructors
units
1-0-2U
schedule
F 10-11 (9-255)
prerequisites
4.024 or 4.115
description

Selection of thesis topic, defining method of approach, and preparation of thesis proposal for BSA degree in architecture. Weekly class meeting as well as individual conference with faculty.

instructors
units
2-2-5G
schedule
WF 9:30-11 (N51-160)
prerequisites
description

Provides instruction in designing and building a functional piece of furniture from an original design. Develops woodworking techniques from use of traditional hand tools to digital fabrication. Gives students the opportunity to practice design without using a building program or code. Surveys the history of furniture making and includes site visits to local collections and artists/craftsmen.

instructors
units
3-3-6G
schedule
T 9-11 (9-255)
prerequisites
description

Studies design as an interrogative technique to examine material sciences, media arts and technology, cultural studies, computation and emerging fabrication protocols. Provides in-depth, theoretical grounding to the notion of 'design' in architecture, and to the consideration of contemporary design methodologies, while encouraging speculation on emerging design thinking.

instructors
Skylar Tibbits, Justin Lavallee, Neil Gershenfeld
units
3-9-0G
schedule
W 1-4 (E14-633)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Provides a practical hands-on introduction to digital fabrication, including CAD/CAM/CAE, NC machining, 3-D printing and scanning, molding and casting, composites, laser and waterjet cutting, PCB design and fabrication; sensors and actuators; mixed-signal instrumentation, embedded processing, and wired and wireless communications.

instructors
units
0-12-9G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Studio Overview

instructors
units
0-12-9G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio 5-414)
prerequisites
4.152
description

** NOTE **:  REGISTRAR'S OFFICE LISTS THIS SUBJECT SCHEDULE AS TR 1-6, WHICH IS INCORRECT.  THE CORRECT MEETING TIME IS TRF 1-5.

 

instructors
units
0-10-11G
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio 3-415)
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

This is an architecture design studio focused on the development of a series of projects for innovative food markets in the greater NY area. Methods include typology, ideology. innovations in building production and logistics flows will be filtered.

instructors
Julien De Smedt, Gabriel Kozlowski
units
3-5-4G
schedule
R 1-6, F 9-12 (studio 3-415)
prerequisites
4.153
description

 

instructors
units
0-10-11G
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Project-based introduction to urban observation, research, analysis, and design. Focuses on urban elements, urban and architectural interventions, and landscape in existing cities. Emphasizes city form, sustainability, and social conditions. Projects require both conventional and digital techniques.

instructors
Adèle Naudé Santos, Alan Berger, Fadi Masoud
units
0-10-11G
schedule
TR 1-6 (10-485)
prerequisites
4.162 or permission of instructor
description

With nearly 20 million residents, Florida is one of the country’s fastest growing states. Its ubiquitous suburban landscape is enabled by the continued manipulation of a dynamic estuarine environment and a pervasive real-estate-driven housing pattern.

instructors
Rafi Segal, James Shen
units
0-9-0G
schedule
see instructor (see instructor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: this is a summer workshop but registration is for the Fall 2015 term

instructors
Hashim Sarkis, Assistant: Roi Salgueiro Barrio
units
0-9-0
schedule
W 2-5 (1-134)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

NOTE: the scheduled for this subject has changed.  The subject now meets one day a week instead of two, W 2-5 in room 1-134.

instructors
Mark Goulthorpe, Thomas Auer, Mike Lepech, Mark Bishop
units
0-3-6G
schedule
TR 9-11 (3-442)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

A late addition to the course list for the Fall is a workshop that will use the SOLVE conference as impetus for design speculation, as outlined below:

instructors
units
3-1-5G
schedule
TBA (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Preparatory research development leading to a well-conceived proposition for the MArch design thesis. Students formulate a cohesive thesis argument and critical project using supportive research and case studies through a variety of representational media, critical traditions, and architectural/artistic conventions.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-0-3G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
Permission of advisor
description

Practical experience through summer internships secured by the student in the field of architecture, urbanism, digital design, art, or building technology.

instructors
units
3-0-6G
schedule
W 2-5 (9-250)
prerequisites
description

Through formal analysis and discussion of historical and theoretical texts, seminar produces a map of contemporary architectural practice. Examines six pairs of themes in terms of their recent history: city and global economy, urban plan and map of operations, program and performance, drawing and scripting, image and surface, and utopia and projection.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
M 2-5 (10-401)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Examines the urban environment as a natural phenomenon, human habitat, medium of expression, and forum for action. Subject has two related, major themes: how ideas of nature influence the way cities are perceived, designed, built, and managed; and how natural processes and urban form interact and the consequences of these for human health safety and welfare.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
W 2-6 (9-450B)
prerequisites
description

Explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing, of investigating urban landscapes and expressing ideas. Readings, observations, and photographs form the basis of discussions on light, detail, place, poetics, narrative, and how photography can inform design and planning.

instructors
units
2-1-3G
schedule
R 9-11 (5-233)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Series of open lectures, presented as an introduction to the diverse academic and creative community of MIT and the region, at which discipline groups of the SMArchS program converge and exchange ideas.

instructors
units
3-0-3G
schedule
F 2-5 (1-135)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Gives a critical orientation towards a career in architectural practice. Uses historical and current examples to illustrate the legal, ethical and management concepts underlying the practice of architecture. Emphasis on facilitating design excellence and strengthening connections between the profession and academia.

instructors
units
3-0-6G
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (5-232)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduces theories, concepts and precedents in urban design. Emphasizes traditional, modern and contemporary values and approaches to urban design. Research projects required.

instructors
units
3-3-0G / 3-3-0U
schedule
see instructor (see instructor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Interdisciplinary projects and interactive practices in urban settlement issues as investigated by MIT's SIGUS (Special Interest Group in Urban Settlements), with a focus on developing countries throughout the world. Participation by guest practitioners. Additional work required of students taking the graduate version.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
W 9-12 (66-156)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Examines dynamic relationship among key actors: beneficiaries, government, and funder. Emphasis on cost recovery, affordability, replicability, user selection, and project administration. Extensive case examples provide basis for comparisons.

instructors
units
4-2-9G
schedule
F 9-12, W 6-9 (10-485, 10-485)
prerequisites
description

Introduces methods of recording, evaluating, and representing the urban environment. Through visual observation, field analysis, measurements, interviews, and other means, students draw on their senses and develop their ability to deduce, conclude, question, and test conclusions about how the environment is used and valued.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
TR 9:30-11 (9-354)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Examines both the structure of cities and ways they can be changed. Includes historical forces that have produced cities, models of urban analysis, contemporary theories of urban design, implementation strategies. Core lectures supplemented by discussion sessions focusing on student work and field trips.

instructors
units
Comp: 2-0-4 G / Urb: 2-0-7G
schedule
Comp: W 5-6:30, Urb: W 5-7 (Comp: 9-450A, Urb: 5-231)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: Urbanism section meeting time changed from W 2-5  to W 5-7 (new room for Urbanism: 5-231)
9/28/15 - schedule and room change for computation section: new schedule is W 5-6:30 in room 9-450A

instructors
units
3-0-6G / 3-0-9G
schedule
W 2-5 (4-251)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

(please note room change to 4-251)

Art Culture and Technology

instructors
units
3-3-6U
schedule
T 9-12, R 2-5 (E15-283A, E15-001)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduction to the historic, cultural and environmental forces that affect both the development of an artistic concept and the reception of a work of art. Explores sculptural, architectural, or performative artistic methods; video and sound art; and site interventions and strategies for artistic engagement in the public realm.

instructors
units
3-3-6U / 3-3-6G
schedule
MW 9:30-12:30 (E15-207)
prerequisites
Undergraduates: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor
description

Discover the power of culture to shape the world. Moved by the ongoing Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis, this new course seeks to address the pressing concerns of our increasingly nomadic world by offering a forum for a dialogue between art, architecture and urbanism. Our exploration will include theories of cultural mobility, globalization and transnationalism.

instructors
Gediminas Urbonas, Tobias Putrih
units
3-3-3U / 3-3-6G
schedule
TR 9:30-12:30 (E15-001)
prerequisites
description

Introduces historical and contemporary spatial concepts for various cultures and geo-political settings, and examines how they relate to artistic process and production. Explores relational qualities of spatial concepts and reflects on their producers and proponents.

instructors
units
3-3-6U / 3-3-3G
schedule
TR 9:30-12:30 (E15-207)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Design wearable art to foster an understanding between cultures! Learn how to embrace elements of your own identity to make connections with other cultures. Focusing on the notion of “fabric” both as a medium and as a framework to explore the complex cultural histories, meanings and functions of clothing, this course is an artistic exploration of transcultural aesthetics.

instructors
TBA
units
3-3-6U / 3-3-6G
schedule
TR 7-10 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
G: permission of instructor
description

Overview of participatory art practices, early net-art, net-activism, and current online practices in art and culture. Explores cultural, social and political impacts of mediated communication. Examines how online communications have altered the way in which collaboration occurs, changes notions of authorship, and gives rise to the collective.

instructors
Lara Baladi
units
3-3-6U / 3-3-6G
schedule
TR 2-5 (E15-054)
prerequisites
G: permission of instructor
description

Introduces history and contemporary practices in artistic photography through projects, lectures, visiting professionals, group discussions, readings, and field trips. Fosters visual literacy and aesthetic appreciation of photography/digital imaging as well as a critical awareness of how images in our culture are produced and constructed.

instructors
Lara Baladi
units
3-2-4U / 3-2-4G
schedule
TR 7-10 (E15-054)
prerequisites
UG: 4.341 or permission of instructor, G: 4.342 or permission of instructor
description

Fosters critical awareness of how images in our culture are produced and constructed. Covers a range of experimental techniques and camera formats, advanced traditional and experimental black-and-white darkroom printing, and all aspects of digital imaging and output. Includes individual and group reviews, field trips, and visits from outside professionals.

instructors
Claudia Joskowicz
units
3-3-6U / 3-3-6G
schedule
WF 2-5 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
description

Examies the technical and conceptual variables and strategies inherent in contemporary video art practice. Analyzes structural concepts of time, space, perspective and sound within the art form. Building upon the historical legacy of moving the image, students consider self-exploration, performance, social critique, and manipulation of raw experience into an aesthetic form.

instructors
units
3-3-6U / 3-3-6G
schedule
T 7-10, W 2-5 (E15-070 (Bartos Theater), E15-070 (Bartos Theater))
prerequisites
UG: 4.301 or 4.302 or 4.354 or permission of instructor G: 4.355 or permission of instructor
description

NOTE: room change for this subject — classes will meet in E15-070 (Bartos Theatre)

 

instructors
units
3-3-6U / 3-3-6G
schedule
MW 9:30-12:30 (E15-001)
prerequisites
UG: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor
description

Surveys performance in relation to media and to spatial structures imagined as settings for narrative movements. Uses video to explore perception of sound and image and how they are altered by various devices. Students design visual forms and performative actions, and make props or objects that embody aspects of their narratives.

instructors
units
3-3-6G
schedule
MF 2-5 (E15-001)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Addresses inquiry and debate about art, culture and technology in relation to contemporary artistic practice, critical design, and media. Considers methods of investigation, documentation and display. Discusses the notion of individual and collaborative work and examines modes of communication across disciplines.

Building Technology

instructors
units
3-2-7U / 3-2-4G
schedule
MW 11-12:30, 4.464 Lab: F 10-11, 4.401 Lab: F 11-12 (3-133, 4.464 Lab: 9-250, 4.401 Lab: 9-250)
prerequisites
description

Introduction to the thermal behavior of buildings, modern architectural systems, and the materials and construction of their components and assemblies. Examines the basic scientific principles underlying these topics, covering building enclosure, structure, interior space, circulation and conveyance systems, as well as power and water distribution systems.

instructors
units
2-3-7U
schedule
W 9:30-11, M 2-5 (5-233, N51-350)
prerequisites
8.01, 18.01
description

Focuses on the design, analysis, and application of technologies that support the construction of less expensive and better performing schools in developing countries. Prepares students to design or retrofit school buildings in partnership with local communities and NGOs.

instructors
units
3-2-7U
schedule
MW 11-12:30, F 11-12:30 (1-134, 1-246)
prerequisites
8.01, 18.02
description

Design-based introduction to energy and thermo-sciences, with applications to sustainable, energy-efficient architecture and building technology. Covers introductory thermodynamics, air/water/vapor mixtures, and heat transfer. Studies leading order factors in building energy use.

instructors
John Ochsendorf, Jerome Connor
units
2-0-4G
schedule
R 12:30-2:30 (5-217)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Presents thought processes and quantitative tools, including life-cycle assessment (LCA) and the LEED and ENVSION rating systems, applicable to integrated design of buildings and horizontal infrastructure with the goal of minimizing the waste of materials, energy, and water.

instructors
units
3-0-6G / 3-0-9G
schedule
F 9-12 (9-354)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Research seminar focusing on cutting-edge applications of computation for creative, early-stage structural design and optimization for architecture.

instructors
Carl Solander
units
3-1-5G
schedule
MW 9:30-11, W 11:30-12:30 (3-133, 9-250)
prerequisites
description

Introduction to modern architectural systems and the materials and construction of their components and assemblies. Covers in detail building enclosure, structure, interior space, circulation and conveyance systems, and power and water distribution systems.

instructors
Caitlin Mueller, Andrea Love
units
3-2-4G
schedule
MW 9:30-11, W 11-1 (3-133, 9-250)
prerequisites
4.462 or 4.440 or permission of instructor
description

Addresses advanced structures, exterior envelopes, and contemporary production technologies. Continues the exploration of structural elements and systems, expanding to include more complex determinate, indeterminate, long-span, and high-rise systems. Topics include reinforced concrete, steel and engineered-wood design, and an introduction to tensile systems.

instructors
units
2-0-1G
schedule
R 3-5 (9-250)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Fundamental research methodologies and ongoing investigations in building tehnology to support the development of student research projects. Topics drawn from low energy building design and thermal comfort, building systems analysis and control, daylighting, structural design and analysis, novel building materials and construction techniques and resource dynamics.

instructors
Advisor
units
TBA G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Selection of thesis topic, definition of method of approach, and preparation of thesis proposal. Independent study supplemented by individual conference with faculty.

instructors
Advisor
units
TBA G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Selection of thesis topic, definition of method of approach, and preparation of thesis proposal. Independent study supplemented by individual conference with faculty.

instructors
Skylar Tibbits, Aran Chadwick, Neil Thomas
units
3-5-4G
schedule
M 1-6, T 9-12 (studio 3-415, studio 3-415)
prerequisites
description

Note: this subject originally appeared under subject 4.154 but is now a workshop. 

This workshop combines the inventive capability of 3 organisations to not only imagine future architectures but to create them. Active Architectures enlists 3 areas of experience; to investigate the interaction of advanced technologies with the built environment and imagine applications.

instructors
John Ochsendorf, Mark West
units
3-0-6G
schedule
W 2-5 (1-371)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Computation

instructors
units
2-2-8U
schedule
MW 9:30-11 (1-379)
prerequisites
description

Introduces 3-D CAD modeling to students with little or no experience. Uses basic theories in generative modeling combined with a variety of modeling applications to explore surface, solid, and mesh modeling techniques. Presents a variety of input tools, from entry-level keyboard commands to 3-D scanning and CAD scripting. Design models created throughout the semester aid in exploration of a variety of output devices, such as paper-printed media, 3-D rendering, 3-D printing, and some CNC manufacturing. Includes weekly modeling assignments and a final project.

instructors
units
3-2-7U / 3-2-7G
schedule
M 12:30-3, M 7-8 (9-251, 9-251)
prerequisites
UG: 4.500, G: permission of instructor
description

Advanced projects in architectural visualization with an emphasis on the use of computer graphics animation and video production media. Workshop introduces advanced visualization software and teaches exploration of spatial expressions in motion graphics format. Students review and discuss selected literature and video materials on architecture and film.

instructors
units
3-2-7G
schedule
M 9-12, F 10-12 (2-103, 9-251)
prerequisites
4.500, permission of instructor
description

NOTE: two changes for this subject as of 9/18/15 - subject LECTURE, M 9-12, now meets in 2-103.  Added LAB, F 10-12 in room 9-251.

 

instructors
units
3-0-9U / 3-0-6G
schedule
R 9:30-12:30 (9-255)
prerequisites
description

Introduces a visual-perceptual, rule-based approach to design using shape grammars. Covers grammar fundamentals through lectures and in-class, exercises. Focuses on shape grammar applications, from stylistic analysis to creative design, through presentations of past applications and through short student exercises and projects. Presents computer programs for automating shape grammars.

instructors
units
3-0-6G
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (1-132)
prerequisites
description

An in-depth introduction to shape grammars and their applications in architecture and related areas of design. Shapes in the algebras Ui j, in the algebras Vi j and Wi j incorporating labels and weights, and in algebras formed as composites of these. Rules and computations, shape and structure, designs.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
W 2-5 (E15-341)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This course will focus on the design of new systems for achieving low-cost, low-speed autonomous delivery of people, goods, and services in dense urban environments. Today’s rapidly urbanizing cities face many challenges in mobility networks including excessive congestion, carbon emissions, energy inefficiency, poor land-use, noise pollution, and a low quality of life for many citizens.

instructors
units
2-2-5G / 2-2-8G
schedule
W 5-7 (7-304)
prerequisites
4.562, 4.564 or permission of instructor
description

Develop independent projects in the study of digital media as it relates to architectural design. Students propose a project topic such as digital design tool, modeling and visualization, motion graphics, design knowledge representation and media interface.

instructors
Takehiko Nagakura, Federico Casalegno
units
3-3-6G
schedule
W 11-2 (E15-335)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Explores the future of mobile interactions and pervasive computing, taking into consideration design, technological, social and business aspects. Discusses theoretical works on human-computer interaction, mobile media and interaction design, and covers research and design methods.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (9-250)
prerequisites
description

Explores the varied nature, history and practice of computation in design through lectures, readings, small projects, discussions, and guest visits by Computation group faculty and others. Topics may vary from year to year.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-231)
prerequisites
4.581: permission of instructor; 4.582: 4.580 or permission of instructor
description

4.581: Introduction to traditions of research in design and computation scholarship.

4.582: In-depth presentations of current research in design and computation.

instructors
units
3-0-0G
schedule
W 6-8 (9-255)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Group discussions and presentation of ongoing graduate student research in the Computation program.

instructors
units
0-3-0G / 0-6-0G
schedule
T 5-7 (9-250)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The Reading Seminar in Design and Computation (ReaDCG) is a collective space for sharing, reading, and discussing texts that broadly relate to the field of Design and Computation - its history, theory, and practice.

instructors
Advisor
units
TBA G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Selection of thesis topic, definition of method of approach, and preparation of thesis proposal in computation. Independent study supplemented by individual conference with faculty.

instructors
units
3-2-7G
schedule
M 3-6 (9-255)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This workshop explores the reality and possibility of a world where computing and information integrates the architectural project, from design to the built environment.

History Theory and Criticism

instructors
units
3-2-7U
schedule
TR 2-3:30, W 1-2 (R1), F 12-1 (R2) (3-133, 5-216, 5-216)
prerequisites
description

Covering selected works and artists from the fourteenth to the twentieth century, this course introduces the social and cultural practices that defined Euro-American traditions of art, and the methods used by art historians to interpret art objects.

instructors
units
3-0-9U / 3-0-6G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (3-133)
prerequisites
G: permission of instructor
description

Examines modern architecture, art, and design in the context of the political, economic, aesthetic, and cultural changes that occurred in the twentieth century. Presents foundational debates about social and technological aspects of modern architecture and the continuation of those debates into contemporary architecture.

instructors
David Gissen
units
3-0-6G / 3-0-9G
schedule
M 2-5 (5-134)
prerequisites
4.645 or permission of instructor
description

In this iteration of “Thinking about Architecture” we examine socio-natural and environmental concepts from the fields of architecture, urbanism, and landscape. The course explores a range of histories and theories that articulate possible relations between buildings and nature (broadly defined) from early modernity to the most contemporary disciplinary debates.

instructors
units
3-0-6G
schedule
T 9-12 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Studies how Islamic architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning reflect and transform environmental processes in various regions and climates of the Islamic world, from Andalusia to Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

instructors
Christian Hedrick
units
3-0-9U
schedule
TR 9:30-11 (3-133)
prerequisites
description

Introduces the history of Islamic cultures that spans fourteen centuries and three continents - Asia, Africa, Europe - and recent developments in the United States. Studies a number of representative examples, from the House of the Prophet to the present, in conjunction with their urban, social, political, and intellectual environments.

instructors
Sibel Bozdogan
units
3-0-9G
schedule
M 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: this subject now meets in 5-216.

instructors
units
3-0-6G
schedule
W 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Focuses on water in environmental planning, policy, and design. Draws together faculty and students who are working on water-related research projects to develop and maintain a current perspective on the field from the site to metropolitan and international scales.

instructors
David Gissen
units
3-0-6G / 3-0-9G
schedule
M 10-1 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

We explore the architectural monument when rendered into a fragmented state, when disassembled, in ruins, cast adrift, or laced with lacuna.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
F 9-12 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Studies theoretical and historiographical works pertaining to the fields of art and architectural history. Members of seminar pursue work designed to examine their own presuppositions and methods.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-1-2G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
4.221; 4.619 or 4.621
description

Preliminary study in preparation for the thesis for the SMArchS degree in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture. Topics include literature search, precedents examination, thesis structure and typologies, and short writing exercise.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-1-2G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
4.221 and 4.661
description

Preliminary study in preparation for the thesis for the SMArchS degree in History, Theory and Criticism. Topics include literature search, precedents examination, thesis structure and typologies, and short writing exercise.

instructors
Advisor
units
TBA G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
description

Selection of thesis topic, definition of method of approach, and preparation of thesis proposal. Independent study supplemented by individual conference with faculty.

instructors
Felicity Scott
units
3-0-9G
schedule
R 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This seminar will investigate contemporary trajectories of architectural research and practice that intersect with questions of human rights, notions of democratic public space, and spatial politics.  We will ask what role the discipline plays (or might play) in current debates over questions of political representation, defense, the organization of territory, surveillance, warfare, political c

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
W 9-12 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor. This course is for PhD students or students at an advanced research level.
description

This course will examine the persistent (yet persistently under-theorized) presence of ugliness in architecture’s modernity.