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Explore all classes offered by the Department  — use the filters in the right column below to view classes by discipline groups or by semester.

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.

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11.S940

Joy & Grief Workshop

How do we design places that reflect and elicit joy? How about places that allow us to acknowledge or express grief? We will examine the role of care in architecture and design and how it finds expression through joy and grief as expressed by interventions in public space. We will look at memorials, playgrounds, parks, promenades, and a variety of places of gathering and solitude. Students will be invited to engage with essayists, poets, artists, psychologists, and musicians—some of whom will be guests—along with urban planners and architects; expect to read Zadie Smith, Carolina Miranda, Alexandra Lange, Layli Long Soldier, Edwidge Danticat, and Rita Dove, and to look at the work of Roy DeCarava, Tyler Mitchell, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Felandus Thames, David Adjaye, Rachel Whiterhead, Tadao Ando, Kara Walker, and others. Students will be invited to design a public space that invites joy and (or?) another that wrestles with grief. (No prior design experience necessary).

Garnette Cadogan
Spring
2022
3-0-9
G
Schedule
W 9-12
Location
9-450Ai
Prerequisites
Application Letter Required: Submit a letter of no more than 500wds that explains your interest in the course and give an example of a design or artwork that invites joy and of another that helps people confront grief. Permission of Instructor.
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.021

Design Studio: How to Design

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. Equips students with skills to have more effective communication with designers, and develops their ability to apply the foundations of design to any discipline.

Spring
2023
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
studio
Prerequisites
None
Required Of
BSA, BSAD and Architecture Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
BSA, BSAD, Arch minor; 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.021

Design Studio: How to Design

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. Equips students with skills to have more effective communication with designers, and develops their ability to apply the foundations of design to any discipline.

Fall
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
N52-342C
Prerequisites
None
Required Of
BSA, BSAD and Architecture Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
BSA, BSAD, Arch minor; 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.022

Design Studio: Introduction to Design Techniques and Technologies: Thinking through Making

Introduces the tools, techniques and technologies of design across a range of projects in a studio environment. Explores concepts related to form, function, materials, tools, and physical environments through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and the translation of design concepts into digital and physical reality. Utilizing traditional and contemporary techniques and tools, faculty across various design disciplines expose students to a unique cross-section of inquiry.

Fall
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
studio 7-434
Prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 and 4B majors; Design/Arch minors; and 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.022

Design Studio: Introduction to Design Techniques and Technologies

Introduces the tools, techniques and technologies of design across a range of projects in a studio environment. Explores concepts related to form, function, materials, tools, and physical environments through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and the translation of design concepts into digital and physical reality. Utilizing traditional and contemporary techniques and tools, faculty across various design disciplines expose students to a unique cross-section of inquiry.

Spring
2023
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
studio
Prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 and 4B majors; Design/Arch minors; and 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.022

Design Studio: Introduction to Design Techniques and Technologies: Thinking through Making

Introduces the tools, techniques and technologies of design across a range of projects in a studio environment. Explores concepts related to form, function, materials, tools, and physical environments through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and the translation of design concepts into digital and physical reality. Utilizing traditional and contemporary techniques and tools, faculty across various design disciplines expose students to a unique cross-section of inquiry.

Spring
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
studio
Prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 and 4B majors; Design/Arch minors; and 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.023

Architecture Design Studio I

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. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided.

Cherie Abbanat
Fall
2022
0-12-12
U
Schedule
TRF 1-5
Location
studio 7-434
Prerequisites
4.022
Required Of
BSA
Restricted Elective
Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors and minors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.024

Architecture Design Studio II

Provides instruction in architectural design and project development with an emphasis on social, cultural, or civic programs. Builds on foundational design skills with more complex constraints and contexts. Integrates aspects of architectural theory, building technology, and computation into the design process. 

TBA
Spring
2023
0-12-12
U
Schedule
TRF 1-5
Location
studio
Prerequisites
4.023, 4.500, 4.401
Required Of
BSA
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.025

Architecture Design Studio III

Cancelled

Class canceled for Fall 2022.

Fall
2022
0-12-12
U
Prerequisites
4.024, 4.440
Required Of
BSA
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.02A

Design Studio: How to Design Intensive

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. Equips students with skills to have more effective communication with designers, and develops their ability to apply the foundations of design to any discipline.

Note: Class ends at 4 pm on Fridays.

IAP
2023
2-5-2
U
Schedule
LEC: MWF 9:30-11:30
REC 1: MTWR 12-5
Location
All meetings in N52-342C
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, A Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
BSA, BSAD, A Minor, D Minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.031

Design Studio: Objects and Interaction

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. Topics include the analysis of objects; interaction design and user experience; design methodologies, current dialogues in design; economies of scale vs. means; and the role of technology in design. Provides a foundation in prototyping skills such as carpentry, casting, digital fabrication, electronics, and coding.

Fall
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
T 7-9
R 2-5
Location
N52-342C
Prerequisites
4.022
Required Of
BSAD
Restricted Elective
BSAD, Design minor
Preference Given To
BSAD, Design minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.032
4.033

Design Studio: Information and Visualization

Provides an introduction to working with information, data and visualization in a hands-on studio learning environment. Studies the history and theory of information, followed by a series of projects in which students apply the ideas directly. Progresses though basic data analysis, visual design and presentation, and more sophisticated interaction techniques. Topics include storytelling and narrative, choosing representations, understanding audiences, and the role of designers working with data. 

Graduate students are expected to complete additional assignments.

Spring
2022
3-3-6
U
2-4-6
G
Schedule
WF 9:30-11
Location
N52-337
Required Of
BSA, Design Minor
Preference Given To
BSA, Design Minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.032
4.033

Design Studio: Information and Visualization

UG: 4.032, G: 4.033

Provides an introduction to working with information, data and visualization in a hands-on studio learning environment. Studies the history and theory of information, followed by a series of projects in which students apply the ideas directly. Progresses though basic data analysis, visual design and presentation, and more sophisticated interaction techniques. Topics include storytelling and narrative, choosing representations, understanding audiences, and the role of designers working with data. 

Graduate students are expected to complete additional assignments.

Spring
2023
3-3-6
U
2-4-6
G
Schedule
WF 9:30-11
Location
N52-337
Prerequisites
4.032: 4.022 or permission of instructor; 4.033: permission of instructor
Required Of
BSA, Design Minor
Restricted Elective
Design Minor
Preference Given To
BSA
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.041

Design Studio: Advanced Product Design

Focuses on producing a small series of manufactured products. Students develop products that address specific user needs, propose novel design concepts, iteratively prototype, test functionality, and ultimately exhibit their work in a retail context. Stemming from new research and technological developments around MIT, students try to imagine the future products that emerge from new materials and machine intelligence. Provides an in-depth exploration of the design and manufacturing of products, through narrative, form, function, fabrication, and their relationship to customers. 

Spring
2023
3-3-6
U
Schedule
TR 2-5
Location
N52-342C
Prerequisites
4.031 or permission of instructor
Restricted Elective
BSAD, Design Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4B Majors, Design Minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.041

Design Studio: Advanced Product Design

Focuses on producing a small series of manufactured products. Students develop products that address specific user needs, propose novel design concepts, iteratively prototype, test functionality, and ultimately exhibit their work in a retail context. Stemming from new research and technological developments around MIT, students try to imagine the future products that emerge from new materials and machine intelligence. Provides an in-depth exploration of the design and manufacturing of products, through narrative, form, function, fabrication, and their relationship to customers. 

Spring
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
TR 2-5
Location
N52-342C
Prerequisites
4.031 or permission of instructor
Required Of
Design Minor
Restricted Elective
BSAD
Preference Given To
Course 4B Majors, Design Minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.043
4.044

Design Studio: Interaction Intelligence

UG: 4.043, G: 4.044

Overview of core principles and techniques for the design of interaction, behavior, and intelligence across objects and spaces. In a studio environment, students develop low and high-fidelity interactive prototypes that can be deployed and experienced by real users. Lectures cover the history and principles of human-computer interaction, behavior prototyping, physical and graphical user interfaces, machine intelligence, neural networks, and large language models. Provides a foundation in technical skills, such as physical prototyping, coding, and electronics, as well as how to collect data, train, and deploy their own neural network models. Students complete a series of small interaction exercises and a portfolio-level final project.

Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. 

Spring
2023
3-3-6
U/G
3-3-3
G
Schedule
Lecture: F 2-5
Lab: T 7-9
Location
Lecture + Lab: N52-342C
Prerequisites
4.043: 4.031; 4.044: permission of instructor
Restricted Elective
BSAD, Design Minor
Preference Given To
BSAD, Design Minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.051

The Human Factor in Innovation and Design Strategy

Cancelled

Canceled for Fall 2022

Fall
2022
2-2-8
U
Prerequisites
permission of instructor
Restricted Elective
BSAD, Design minor
Preference Given To
BSAD, Design minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.053

Visual Communication Fundamentals

Provides an introduction to visual communication, emphasizing the development of a visual and verbal vocabulary. Presents the fundamentals of line, shape, color, composition, visual hierarchy, word/image relationships and typography as building blocks for communicating with clarity, emotion, and meaning. Students develop their ability to analyze, discuss and critique their work and the work of the designed world. 

Bo-Won Keum
Fall
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
Lecture: T 9-12
Lab/Recitation: R 7-10
Location
N52-337
Restricted Elective
BSAD, Design minor
Preference Given To
BSAD, Design minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.090

Practical Experience in Architecture for Undergraduates

Practical experience through summer and January IAP internships secured by the student in the field of architecture, urbanism, digital design, art, or building technology. Before registering for this subject, students must have an offer from a company or organization and complete the Department of Architecture application signed by the advisor. Upon completion of the internship, students must submit an evaluation form available from the departmental academic office. Students are limited to a total of three approved experiences. 

Internship Supervisor
IAP
2023
0-1-0
U
Schedule
N/A
Location
N/A
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor
Open Only To
Course 4 undergraduates
Can Be Repeated for Credit
Yes
4.105

Geometric Disciplines and Architecture Skills

Intensive introduction to architectural design tools and process, taught through a series of short exercises. 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. Lectures, workshops, and pin-ups address the architectural arguments intrinsic to geometry and its representation. 

Fall
2022
2-2-5
G
Schedule
R 10-1
Location
1-246
Required Of
MArch
Open Only To
1st-year MArch
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.109

Materials and Fabrication for Architecture

Provides the material system knowledge and fabrication process skills to successfully engage with all areas of the shop, from precision handwork to multi-axis computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining. Progresses through a series of basic exercises that introduce the material and workflow, concluding with more complex problems that explore opportunities and issues specific to architecture.

IAP
2023
0-3-6
G
Schedule
(tent.) MTWRF 12:30-5:30
Location
N51-160
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor
Preference Given To
1st-year MArch
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.110

Design Across Scales

Inspired by Charles and Ray Eames' canonical Powers of Ten, explores the relationship between science and engineering through the lens of design. Examines how transformations in science and technology have influenced design thinking and vice versa. Provides interdisciplinary skills and methods to represent, model, design and fabricate objects, machines, and systems using new computational and fabrication tools. Aims to develop methodologies for design research of interdisciplinary problems.

Jessica Helfand
Spring
2022
3-2-8
U
Schedule
M 10-12
W 7-9
Location
7-429
1-379
Required Of
BSAD
Restricted Elective
Architecture and Design Minors
HASS
A
Preference Given To
BSAD, Course 4 Minors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.110

Design Across Scales

Inspired by Charles and Ray Eames' canonical Powers of Ten, explores the relationship between science and engineering through the lens of design. Examines how transformations in science and technology have influenced design thinking and vice versa. Provides interdisciplinary skills and methods to represent, model, design and fabricate objects, machines, and systems using new computational and fabrication tools. Aims to develop methodologies for design research of interdisciplinary problems.

Spring
2023
2-2-8
U
Schedule
M 10-12
W 7-9
Location
TBA
1-379
Required Of
BSAD
Restricted Elective
Design Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors and minors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.117
4.118

Creative Computation

UG: 4.118, G: 4.117

 

Dedicated to bridging the gap between the virtual and physical world, the subject embraces modes of computation that hold resonance with materials and methods that beg to be computed. Students engage in bi-weekly exercises to solve complex design problems. Each exercise is dedicated to a different computation approach (recursion, parametric, genetic algorithms, particle-spring systems, etc.) that is married to a physical challenge, thereby learning the advantages and disadvantages to each approach while verifying the results in physical and digitally fabricated prototypes. Through the tools of computation and fabrication, it empowers students to design as architects, engineers and craftspeople.

Additional work required of student taking for graduate credit.

Spring
2023
3-0-6
G
3-0-9
U/G
Schedule
W 2-5
Location
3-442
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor
Restricted Elective
4.117: MArch; 4.118: Design Minor
Preference Given To
MArch
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.117
4.118

Creative Computation

Dedicated to bridging the gap between the virtual and physical world, the subject embraces modes of computation that hold resonance with materials and methods that beg to be computed. Students engage in bi-weekly exercises to solve complex design problems. Each exercise is dedicated to a different computation approach (recursion, parametric, genetic algorithms, particle-spring systems, etc.) that is married to a physical challenge, thereby learning the advantages and disadvantages to each approach while verifying the results in physical and digitally fabricated prototypes. Through the tools of computation and fabrication, it empowers students to design as architects, engineers and craftspeople.

Additional work required of students taking for graduate credit.

Spring
2022
3-0-6
G
3-0-9
U
Schedule
W 2-5
Location
3-442
Prerequisites
permission of instructor
Required Of
Design Minor, MArch
Preference Given To
MArch
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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