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 2016 End-of-Term Reviews and Exams Chart — last updated 4/27/2016

Spring 2016 End-of-Term Reviews and Exams Chart — last updated 1/29/2016

Spring 2016 Final Exam & Review Schedule — last updated 5/3/2016

Download Fall 2016 Class Schedule — last updated 6/28/2016

Download current Pre-Thesis and Thesis Registration information — last updated 5/11/2016

Institute Class Schedule
Department End-of-Term Policy
Independent Project Study Form

instructors
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
F 12-3 (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Designed for students writing a thesis in Urban Studies and Planning or Architecture. Develop research topics, review relevant research and scholarship, frame research questions and arguments, choose an appropriate methodology for analysis, and draft introductory and methodology sections.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-1-11 U
schedule
see advisor (see advisor)
prerequisites
4.119 or 4.THT
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
units
TBA U
schedule
see supervisor (see supervisor)
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.

instructors
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.

Architectural Design

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (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
0-12-12 U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio 7-434)
prerequisites
4.021, 4.022
description

Provides instruction in architectural design and project development within design constraints including architectural program and site. Students engage the design process through various 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media. Working directly with representational and model making techniques, students gain experience in the conceptual, formal, spatial and material aspects of architecture.

instructors
John Klein
units
0-12-12 U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio 7-434)
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
Marcelo Coelho
units
2-4-6 U
schedule
TR 2-5 (studio 7-434)
prerequisites
description

6/27/16 - Note schedule change to TR 2-5

instructors
units
2-2-5 G
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
2-0-10 U
schedule
F 10-11 (4-144)
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
2-2-5 G
schedule
WF 9:30-11 (N51-160)
prerequisites
description

SUBJECT CANCELED

instructors
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
T 9-11 (4-146)
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
Justin Lavallee, Neil Gershenfeld
units
3-9-6 G
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
0-12-9 G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Establishes foundational processes, techniques and attitudes towards architectural design. Includes projects of increasing scope and complexity engaging issues of structure, circulation, program, organization, building systems, materiality and tectonics. Develops methods of representation that incorporate both analogue and digital drawings and models.

instructors
Sheila Kennedy, Alex Anmahian, Carlos Banon
units
0-12-9 G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.152
description

Interdisciplinary approach to design through studio design problems that engage the domains of building technology, computation, and the cultural/historical geographies of energy.

instructors
Fabrizio Barozzi
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
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
Skylar Tibbits, Aran Chadwick, Neil Thomas
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
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
Miho Mazereeuw, Alan Berger, Fadi Masoud
units
0-10-11 G
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
Miho Mazereeuw, Alan Berger, Fadi Masoud
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (studio)
prerequisites
4.162 or 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
units
0-18-0G
schedule
see instructor (see instructor)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Design studio that includes architects and city planners working in teams on a contemporary development project of importance in China. Students analyze conditions, explore alternatives, and synthesize architecture, city design, and implementation plans. Lectures and brief study tours expose students to history and contemporary issues of urbanism in China.

instructors
Advisor
units
0-0-3 G
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
3-0-6 G
schedule
W 2-5 (9-451 / 9-451A)
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
3-0-9 G
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
3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-6 (10-485)
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
TBA
units
2-1-3 G
schedule
R 9:30-11:30 (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
Alex Anmahian, TBA
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
F 9-12 (Room TBA)
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
3-0-6 G
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (9-450A)
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
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9-12 (10-401)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The triad of energy, economy, and environment is at the forefront of concerns constructing a worldview often governed by a positivist techno-economic desire to increase capacity and improve performance.

instructors
units
3-3-0 U/G
schedule
W 5-6:30 (2-103)
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
3-0-9 G
schedule
R 9-12 (1-375)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This course explores the divergent motivations and resultant dynamics among international funders, national ministries, local authorities and project benefactors in housing projects. Issues of development are tested against actual projects in a comparative format.

instructors
units
4-2-9 G
schedule
F 9-1, 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
Larry Vale
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (4-145)
prerequisites
description

Examines the evolving structure of cities and the way that cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas can be designed and developed. Surveys the ideas of a wide range of people who have addressed urban problems. Stresses the connection between values and design. Demonstrates how physical, social, political and economic forces interact to shape and reshape cities over time.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
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
3-3-6 G
schedule
M 1-4 (5-232)
prerequisites
description

Explores innovative solutions for large-scale disaster relief and humanitarian assistance (HADR) efforts. Uses case studies and interactive exercises to provide an overview of HADR activities, including generalized goals, operating environments, response communities, and technical challenges. Hands-on exercises emphasize the importance of system-oriented, sustainable design.

instructors
units
comp: 2-0-4 G / urb: 2-0-7 G
schedule
Comp: F 2-5, Urb: M 2-5 (Comp: 5-216, Urb: 1-132)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Urbanism students: Register for section D01
Computation students: Register for section D02

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.

Art Culture and Technology

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
TR 2-5 (E15-207)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
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
units
3-3-6 U / 3-3-6 G
schedule
TR 9:30-12:30 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
Undergraduate: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor; Graduate: permission of instructor
description

Initiates a dialogue between architecture, urbanism, and contemporary art. Focuses on interventions by practitioners who intertwine these three disciplines. Thematically investigates ideas ranging from the early modernist practices to the contemporary.

instructors
Nikola Bojic
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
MW 9:30-12:30 (E15-001)
prerequisites
description

Introduces historical and contemporary spatial concepts from various cultures and geo-political settings, and examines how they relate to artistic process and production.

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

Explores three-dimensional art work, including sculptures and installations, from design to model to finished piece. Addresses challenges associated with design and fabrication, process, context, and relationships between objects, the body, and physical or cultural environments. Lectures, screenings, field trips, readings, and debates supplement studio practice.

instructors
TBA
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
TR 7-10 (E15-001)
prerequisites
description

SUBJECT CANCELED.

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

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

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

Examines 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 the moving the image, students render self-exploration, performance, social critique, and manipulation of raw experience into an aesthetic form.

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

Explores ideas and contexts behind moving images through a multifaceted look at cinema's transmutations, emergence on local and national levels, and global migrations.

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

SUBJECT CANCELED

 

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.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
TR 7-10 (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This class will use poetry, film, and literature as guides to navigating the urban landscape. Using photography and video, student projects will oscillate between portraiture and social documentary.

instructors
Pedro Reyes, Carla Fernandez
units
3-3-6G
schedule
WF 9:30-12:30 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Reimagine the ethos of the Defense Sector and challenge the pervasive contemporary outlook of techno-optimism … by creating an opera? Artists and designers Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández have plenty of experience applying unexpected techniques and formats to come up with innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

Building Technology

instructors
units
3-2-7 U / 3-2-4 G
schedule
LEC: 1st mtg 9/12 then, MW 11-12:30, LAB: 1st mtg 9/16 then, F 11-12 (LEC: 3-442, LAB: 1-150)
prerequisites
description

Introduction to the study of the thermal and luminous behavior of buildings. Examines the basic scientific principles underlying these phenomena and introduces students to a range of technologies and analysis techniques for designing comfortable indoor environments. Challenges students to apply these techniques and explore the role energy and light can play in shaping architecture.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
MW 12:30-2 (5-217)
prerequisites
2.51
description

Provides instruction on how to model thermal transport processes in typical engineering systems such as those found in manufacturing, machinery, and energy technologies. Successive modules cover basic modeling tactics for particular modes of transport, including steady and unsteady heat conduction, convection, multiphase flow processes, and thermal radiation.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
W 2-5 (1-242)
prerequisites
description

Technical and historical study of structures in architecture and engineering. Focuses on the design and assessment of historic structures in masonry, timber, concrete, and metal. Course is driven by student research proposals. Previous student projects have researched Gothic flying buttresses, wooden covered bridges, Roman aqueducts, and iron train stations.

instructors
units
2-0-4G
schedule
()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

SUBJECT CANCELED FOR FALL 2016

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
units
3-2-4G
schedule
MW 9:30-11, W 11-1 (1-150, 5-233)
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 (5-232)
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
TBAG
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
2-0-4 U
schedule
M 2-4 (1-371)
prerequisites
description

This seminar explores the intersections of art, technology and design. We will take field trips to 4 or 5 local museums to engage with art firsthand. In the process, you will get to know some of the most important museums in the world and you will gain exposure to the broader cultural delights of the Boston area.

instructors
units
2-0-4 U
schedule
M 2-4 (5-232)
prerequisites
description

Global society finds itself at a technological and societal inflection point. We now face challenges of a +400 ppm carbon-loaded atmosphere and the specter of known and unknown environmental transformations.

Computation

instructors
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 9:30-11 (4-159)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduces 3-D CAD modeling to students with little or no experience in design or computation. Teaches surface, solid and mesh modeling techniques combined with a variety of modeling applications, from 3D printing to CNC fabrication and 3D rendering. Includes weekly modeling assignments leading up to a final project.

instructors
units
3-2-7 U/G
schedule
M 12:30-3, M 7-8 (4-144, 5-216)
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
3-0-6 G
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
Kent Larson, Ryan Chin
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 2-5 (E14-633)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Focuses on architectural and mobility interventions that respond to changing patterns of living, working, and transport. Emphasizes mass-customized housing, autonomous parking, charging infrastructure, and shared-use networks of lightweight electric vehicles (LEVs). Students work in small teams and are lead by researchers from the Changing Places group.

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

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
3-3-6 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 (4-251)
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
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (5-232)
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
3-0-0 G
schedule
W 6-8 (5-233)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

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

instructors
units
0-2-1G
schedule
T 5-7 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Reading and discussion of particular topics in design and computation. Students lead discussions, make oral presentations, and prepare reviews of weekly readings.

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
2-0-4 U
schedule
T 2-4 (7-304)
prerequisites
description

By great fortune Boston has emerged to become one of the world’s best places to live. Since the 1960’s Boston based architects and urban planners have pioneered many systems of design, planning and construction that have led to its unique style of buildings and dynamic environments.

instructors
units
TBA G
schedule
1st mtg Thu,9/8, 5 pm (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This project-based subject is focused on Computational Making, a cross-disciplinary research initiative hosted by the Computational Making research group. It is open to students who are interested in developing, or currently working on, ideas related to the work of this group and research area.

History Theory and Criticism

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

Introduction to the history and interpretation of western art that explores painting, graphic arts and sculpture from the Renaissance to the present. Engages diverse methodological perspectives to examine changing conceptions of art and the artist, and to investigate the plural meaning of artworks within the larger contexts of culture and history. Subject includes trips to local museums.

instructors
units
3-0-9U / 3-0-6G
schedule
MW 9:30-11 (1-273)
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
units
3-0-6G
schedule
M 2-5 (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
units
3-0-9U
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (5-216)
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
units
3-0-9G
schedule
W 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Critical review of literature on Islamic art and architecture in the last two centuries. Analyzes the cultural, disciplinary, and theoretical contours of the field and highlights the major figures that have influenced its evolution.

instructors
units
3-0-6G
schedule
T 9-12 (1-375)
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
units
3-0-9 U/G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (3-333)
prerequisites
description

Presents a history, from the 14th through the early 17th century, of architectural practice and design, as well as visual culture in Europe with an emphasis on Italy.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
T 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This seminar addresses preindustrial discourse about economic systems and the body politic, as well as scrutinizes texts by later writers who see money as a social phenomenon that constructs relations and meaning.  We explore scholarship that productively postulates transpositions between architectural, artistic, and economic spheres.  Topics include ways in which valuation, obligation, excess

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (1-371)
prerequisites
description

Examines the manner in which key theories of technology have influenced architectural and art production in terms of their "humanizing" claims. Students test theories of technology on the grounds of whether technology is good or bad for humans.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (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
N/AG
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
N/AG
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
N/AG
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
Advisor
units
0-1-2 G
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
Permission of instructor
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
units
3-0-9G
schedule
F 10-1 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Seminar or lecture on a topic in the history, theory and criticism of modern art that is not covered in the regular curriculum. Requires original research and presentation of oral and written reports and/or design projects, varying at the discretion of the instructor.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
W 9:30-12:30 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This seminar will focus on a series of close readings mainly from philosophical texts from the Enlightenment to the contemporary. The underlying theme that will be pursued is The Social, one of the primary imaginaries in a post-theological world. We will investigate how various thinkers defined and spatialized it, whether explicitly or implicitly.