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.


Spring 2017 End-of-Term Reviews and Exams Chart — last updated 12/1/2016
Spring 2017 Department Final Exam & Review Schedule last updated 2/23/2017
Download Spring 2017 Class Schedule
— last updated 2/17/2017
Download current Pre-Thesis and Thesis Registration information
— last updated 1/4/2017

Institute Class Schedule
Department End-of-Term Policy

Independent Project Study Form

instructors
units
3-1-5 G
schedule
F 9-12 (2-103)
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
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
Sec. 1: AD: T 10-12, Sec. 2: See advisor (Sec. 1: 3-329, Sec. 2: see advisor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Students select thesis topic, define method of approach, and prepare thesis proposal for SMArchS degree. Faculty supervision on an individual or group basis.

Intended for SMArchS program students prior to registration for 4.ThG.

instructors
Mario Caro
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
T 3-6 (E15-207)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Aids students in the selection of a thesis topic, development of an approach method, preparation of a proposal that includes an outline for their thesis. Explores artistic practice as a method of critical inquiry and knowledge production/dissemination. Students examine artist writings and consider academic formats and standards.

instructors
Mario Caro
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
T 3-6 (E15-207)
prerequisites
4.388, Coreq: 4.THG
description

Series of tutorials that includes regular presentations of student writing in group critiques and supports independent thesis research and development by providing guidance on research strategy and written presentation. Sessions supplemented by regular individual conferences with thesis committee members.

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
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
F 9:30-12:30 (4-146)
prerequisites
4.221 or permission of instructor
description

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

instructors
Advisor
units
TBA G
schedule
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
0-1-2 G
schedule
M 9-12 (3-329)
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
0-1-2 G
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
permission of advisor
description

Required for doctoral students in HTC as a prerequisite for work on the doctoral dissertation. Prior to candidacy, doctoral students are required to write and orally defend a proposal laying out the scope of their thesis, its significance, a survey of existing research and literature, the methods of research to be adopted, a bibliography and plan of work.

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

Program of research and writing of thesis; to be arranged by the student with supervising committee.

instructors
see advisor
units
0-1-11 U
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
4.119 or 4.THTJ
description

Program of thesis research leading to the writing of an SB thesis, to be arranged by the student and an appropriate MIT faculty member.

instructors
see supervisor
units
TBA U
schedule
see supervisor (see supervisor)
prerequisites
description

Research and project activities, which cover the range represented by the various research interests and projects in the department. Students who wish a letter grade option for their work must register for 4.URG. Students who wish to have pass/fail instead of a grade must register for 4.UR.

Architecture and Urbanism

instructors
Arindam Dutta, Bish Sanyal
units
TBA G
schedule
W 2-5 (9-425)
prerequisites
description

This is a field-based practicum jointly offered by SA+P faculty and faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur to study contemporary patterns of urbanization in medium-sized cities in India where the phenomenon is no longer geographically and geo-economically limited to the precincts of what are administratively defined as “cities.” The practicum is a mutual collaboration be

instructors
Dennis Frenchman, Gilad Rosenzweig, Tony Vanky, Matthew Claudel
units
2-4-6 G
schedule
W 5-7, F 9-1 (TBA)
prerequisites
IAP 11.S995
description

This workshop is designed to assist students in Architecture, Planning, Media, Real Estate, and Art to design innovative ideas, products, services, and firms that will improve the built environment.

instructors
Jongwan Kwon, Iman Fayyad
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 2-5 (7-432 (studio))
prerequisites
description

This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of design thinking. Through a combination of drawing and making, students will learn how to materialize and spatialize organizational systems, drawing from precedents in mathematics, nature, and other disciplines.

instructors
Marcelo Coelho, Jimmy Shen
units
2-4-6 U
schedule
WF 2:30-5 (7-432 (studio))
prerequisites
description

Overview of design as the giving of form, order, and interactivity to the objects that define our daily life. Follows the path from project to interactive product. Covers the overall design process, preparing students for work in a hands-on studio learning environment. Emphasizes design development and constraints.

instructors
Benjamin Fry, James Grady
units
2-4-6 U/G
schedule
W 9:30-10:30, F 9:30-11:30 (3-442, 3-442)
prerequisites
description

Undergraduate students: register for 4.032
Graduate students: register for 4.S02

instructors
units
2-4-6 U
schedule
TR 3-4:30 (7-432 (studio))
prerequisites
description

Introduces core principles, techniques and technologies for design across a wide range of media in a studio environment. Explores ideas related to form, materials, tools, systems, and structures through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and tools for the translation of design concepts into digital and physical constructs.

instructors
J. Meejin Yoon, Neri Oxman
units
2-2-8 U
schedule
T 10-12, W 7-9 (E14-633, 9-451)
prerequisites
description

IMPORTANT: Recitation added as of 2/6/2017 (meets W 7-9, room 9-451

instructors
units
2-2-5 G
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.

instructors
units
3-9-6 U/G
schedule
W 2-5 (5-414 studio)
prerequisites
UG: Permission of instructor; Grad: MAS.863J or Permission of instructor
description

NOTE: Class meets in studio 5-414

Undergraduates register for: 4.141
Graduates register for: 4.142

instructors
units
0-12-9 G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (7-432 (studio))
prerequisites
4.151
description

The Second Core studio poses three challenges for the semester: Who do we envision as our architecture’s subject and by what means do we conjure up this subject for the purposes of design? In what ways might architecture reinforce and transform an old but historically progressive institution?

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

The goal of this studio is to explore design strategies for Affordable Housing in Sao Paulo's downtown, where infrastructure abundancy contrasts with scarcity of housing, and on its outskirts, the opposite.

instructors
units
0-10-11G
schedule
TR 1-6 (7-403 (studio))
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

Offers a broad range of advanced-level investigations in architectural design in various contexts, including international sites. Integrates theoretical and technological discourses into specific topics.

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

Offers a broad range of advanced-level investigations in architectural design in various contexts, including international sites. Integrates theoretical and technological discourses into specific topics.

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

On DESERT FORM/ATION and WASTE-SCAPES
the RADICAL REVISIONING of LIGHTWEIGHT 
NOMADIC ONTOLOGY (Ute Tipi to Robotic TP

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

“The problem is this: How to love people who have no use.”  — Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

instructors
Caitlin Mueller, Janet Echelman, David Feldman
units
0-10-11G / 0-4-8G
schedule
4.154: TR 1-6, 4.S23: TR 3-6 (3-415 (studio), 3-415 (studio))
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

Note: Schedule change for 4.S23 - now meets TR 3-6

instructors
Linna Choi, Tarik Oualalou
units
0-10-11G
schedule
R 1-6, F 12-5 (3-415 (studio))
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

Architects often enter a project long after its critical limits have been defined, as one small player in a predetermined process. They are not participants in what occurs before their entry into a project, nor are they often involved in the life of a project after it is built.

instructors
Rafi Segal, Marie Law Adams
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (7-404 (studio))
prerequisites
4.145, 4.162 or permission of instructor
description

Joint Urban Studio & Practicum

instructors
units
9G
schedule
1st mtg M 2/10, 3 pm (N10 POPlab)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The workshop will research Digital learning solutions, and the potential to transform the studio into a collective educational experience based on the usage of social media tools under an open competition format.

 

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (3-133)
prerequisites
4.252J, 11.001J
description

G: Register for 4.241 or 11.330J
UG: Register for 4.251

instructors
Marie Law Adams
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
W 9-11 (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Examines innovations in urban design practice occurring through the work of leading practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Features lectures by major national and global practitioners in urban design.

instructors
Brent Ryan
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
W 2-4 (10-401)
prerequisites
4.252J, 11.301J
description

Are there multiple urban designs, and if so, which one is ‘correct’?

What urban design principles best fit different human environments, old and new?

How can good urban design occur in democratic, decentralized settings?

instructors
Dennis Frenchman, Peter Roth
units
6-0-12 G
schedule
MW 2:30-5:30, M 6-7:30 (10-485, 10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Focuses on the synthesis of projects for the real estate development industry, including the integration of physical design and programming with finance and marketing. Interdisciplinary student teams analyze how to maximize value in large-scale, mixed use projects in the process of preparing professional development proposals, involving sites in US cities and internationally.

instructors
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
M 1-4 (IDC Garage Space — N52)
prerequisites
description

Note: room changed to the IDC N52 Garage Space

A new course between the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Engineering and MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Instructors
Miho Mazereeuw, Department of Architecture
Adam Norige, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Jarrod Goentzel, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
M 5-8 (1-150)
prerequisites
None
description

Architecture has a deep history of integrating drawing and making; however, the Albertian orthographic mandate has produced a schism in this reciprocal relationship. It has relegated architects to producing representations of architectural intent while handing over the responsibility of means and methods of making to builders.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
MW 2-3:30 (35-308)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

4.S13 (Architectural Assemblies), is a framework geared towards the development of innovative architectural systems, with a specific focus on the building envelope. The course seeks to adapt processes from the aerospace and automotive industries to investigate buildings as prefabricated design and engineering assemblies.

instructors
Hashim Sarkis, Roi Salgueiro
units
2-1-6 G
schedule
R 10-12 (9-217 tent.)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Globalization, in its different meanings, has exerted a singular conception of the world.  While we are working hard to understand its impact on the political and economic levels, its less-than-satisfactory spatial manifestations have yet to find the adequate tools to address them.

instructors
Caitlin Mueller, Janet Echelman, David Feldman
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Meets with the Mueller/Echelman/Feldman section of 4.154 Architecture Design Option Studio

Description coming soon.

instructors
units
3-0-0G
schedule
M 9-12 (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Explores initial thesis ideas and bases for choosing among multiple interests. Assessment of design research strengths and weaknesses. Overview of conceptual frameworks and research methods. Preparation for summer field research and proposal development.

instructors
units
TBA U
schedule
()
prerequisites
description

MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) cultivates and supports research partnerships between MIT undergraduates and faculty. UROP offers the chance to work on cutting edge research—whether you join established research projects or pursue your own ideas. This subject is pass/fail — students who wish a letter grade option for their work must register for 4.URG.

Art Culture and Technology

instructors
Marisa Jahn
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
WR 2-5 (E15-207)
prerequisites
description

Introduces artistic practice and critical visual thinking through three studio-based projects using different scales and mediafor instance, "Body Extension," "Shaping Time," Public Making," and/or 'Networked Cultures." Each project concludes with a final presentation and critique.

instructors
Azra Aksamija, Cherie Abbanat
units
3-3-6 U / 3-3-6 G
schedule
TR 9-12 (T: E15-207, R: E15-151 (fabrication))
prerequisites
4.111 or 4.021 or 4.02A
description

Undergraduate students register for 4.302
Graduate students register for 4.S33

instructors
Jan St. Werner, Sam Auinger
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
WR 9:30-12:30 (E15-001)
prerequisites
description

Undergraduates: Register for 4.320
Graduates: Register for 4.321

Note: The schedule for this subject is WR 9:30-12:30.  It was previously listed as RF in error.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
TR 2-5 (E15-054)
prerequisites
description

UG: Register for 4.341
G: Register for 4.342

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
TR 7-10 (E15-054)
prerequisites
Introduction to photography 4.341/342 OR by portfolio
description

Undergraduates: Register for 4.344
Graduates: Register for 4.345

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
TR 7-10 (E15-070 (Bartos))
prerequisites
4.354 or permission of instructor
description

Undergraduates: Register for 4.352
Graduates: Register for 4.353

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

Undergraduates: Register for 4.354
Graduates: Register for 4.355

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
M 7-10, T 9:30-12:30 (E15-001, E15-001)
prerequisites
UG: 4.301 or 4.302; 4.307; 4.312 or permission of instructor; G: 4.307; 4.312 or permission of instructor
description

Undergraduates: Register for 4.368
Graduates: Register for 4.369

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
MW 9:30-12:30 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
UG: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor; G: permission of instructor
description

Undergraduates: Register for 4.373
Graduates: Register for 4.374

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

Explores the theory and criticism of intersections between art, culture, and technology in relation to contemporary artistic practice, critical design, and media. Students consider methods of investigation, documentation, and display and explore modes of communication across disciplines.

Building Technology

instructors
Benjamin Markham
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
W 2-5 (3-442)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Describes interactions between people and sound, indoors and outdoors, and uses this information to develop acoustical design criteria for architecture and planning. Principles of sound generation, propagation, and reception. Properties of materials for sound absorption, reflection, and transmission. Design implications for performance and gathering spaces.

instructors
units
3-2-7 U / 3-2-4 G
schedule
TR 9:30-11, R 11-12, R 12-1 (opt.) (1-150, 1-150, 1-150)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

UG: Register for 4.432
G: Register for 4.433

instructors
units
3-3-6 U / 3-2-4 G
schedule
MW 9:30-11, 4.440: F 9:30-12:30, 4.462: W 4-6 (3-333, 4.440: 1-242, 4.462: 8-205)
prerequisites
18.02
description

UG: Register for 4.440
G: Register for 4.462

Computation

instructors
Carrie McKnelly
units
2-2-8 U
schedule
T 10-12, W 7-9 (IDC Garage Space — N52, IDC Garage Space — N52)
prerequisites
4.500
description

Note: meeting room changed to N52 Garage Space (IDC)

instructors
units
3-2-7 U/G
schedule
R 10-11:30, R 11:30-1 (1-246, 1-246)
prerequisites
description

Undergraduates: Register for 4.507
Graduates: Register for 4.567

Class website

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Subject canceled for Spring 2017.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-232)
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
3-0-6 G
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (1-242)
prerequisites
4.540
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
3-0-9 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-231)
prerequisites
4.541 or permission of instructor
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.

Topics vary from year to year.

instructors
units
3-2-7 U / 2-2-8 G
schedule
M 11-2, T 7-9 (5-216, 9-450A)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

*NOTE* - Tuesday evening meeting room is now 9-450A

Undergraduates: Register for 4.550
Graduates: Register for 4.570

Class website

instructors
Kent Larson, Joost Bonsen
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (E15-359)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

With Ariel Noyman, Carson Smuts, Luis Alonso, and Arnaud Grignard

Kendall Square is considered by many to be an ideal innovation district — but it is dysfunctional as a community due to an extreme lack of amenities, housing, cultural venues, and after-work activity.

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

Class website

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
Federico Casalegno
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
W 10-1 (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
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-231)
prerequisites
4.580 or permission of instructor
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.

Topics vary from year to year.

instructors
units
3-0-0 G
schedule
W 6-8 (4-144)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

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

History Theory and Criticism

instructors
units
4-0-8 U/G
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (Lec), W 1-2 (Rec 1), F 11-12 (Rec 2), F 12-1 (Rec 3) (3-133 (Lec), 5-216 (all Rec))
prerequisites
description

Provides an outline of the history of architecture and urbanism from ancient times to the early modern period. Analyzes buildings as the products of culture and in relation to the special problems of architectural design. Stresses the geopolitical context of buildings and in the process familiarizes students with buildings, sites and cities from around the world.

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

This seminar focuses on the writing on the city at an especially critical historical juncture: when the dominant polity in most regions of the Islamic world depended primarily on legitimization through power (sultan).  The class primarily revolves around a close reading of the Muqaddima (Introduction or Prolegomena) of ‘Abd al-Rahman Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), in which he develo

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

Undergraduates: Register for 4.622
Graduate: Register for 4.623

instructors
units
4-0-8 U / 4-0-5 G / 4-0-8 G
schedule
TR 2-3:30 (3-133)
prerequisites
description

Undergraduates: Register for 4.641
Graduates: Register for 4.644

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (3-370)
prerequisites
4.210 or permission of instructor
description

General study of modern architecture as a response to important technological, cultural, environmental, aesthetic, and theoretical challenges after the European Enlightenment.

instructors
Peter Kalb
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 3:30-5 (3-329)
prerequisites
description

Critical examination of major developments in European, Asian, and American art from 1940 to the present. Surveys the mainstream of art production but also examines work from the margins that changes the canon (feminism, identity politics, AIDS activism, bio art) and retools the terms of art’s engagements with civic culture.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-1-14 G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Required of doctoral students in HTC as a prerequisite for work on the doctoral dissertation. The qualifying paper is a scholarly article fit to be published in a peer-reviewed journal that is the result of research in the history, theory and criticism of architecture and art. Topic may not be in the area of the proposed thesis.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-1-26 G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Required of doctoral students in HTC as a prerequisite for work on the doctoral dissertation. The Major Exam covers a historically broad area of interest and includes components of history, historiography, and theory. Preparation for the exam will focus on four or five themes agreed upon in advance by the student and the examiner, and are defined by their area of teaching interest.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-1-14 G
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Required of doctoral students in HTC as a prerequisite for work on the doctoral dissertation. The Minor Exam focuses on a specific area of specialization through which the student might develop their particular zone of expertise. Work is done in consultation with HTC faculty, in accordance with the HTC PhD Degree Program Guidelines.

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

“Automata, Automatism, Systems, Cybernetics” will explore the history of the human-machine interface in terms of feedback, exploring the cultural rather than engineering uptake of this idea.