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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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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
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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
2024
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
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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
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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

8/25/23: Note schedule change to: Lecture R 7-10, Lab: W 9-12

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. 

Fall
2023
3-3-6
U
Schedule
M 7-10
W 9-12
Location
N52-337
Restricted Elective
BSAD, Design minor
Preference Given To
BSAD, Design minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.053

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
2024
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
4.090

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
2023
2-2-5
G
Schedule
R 10-1
Location
5-234
Required Of
MArch
Open Only To
1st-year MArch
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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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
2024
0-3-6
G
Schedule
MTWRF 12:30-5:30
Location
N51-160
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor
Preference Given To
1st-year MArch
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.109

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

Note: Room for lab has changed from 9-451 to N52-337 (same room as lecture section)

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
2024
2-2-8
U
Schedule
Lecture: M 10-12
Recitation: W 7-9
Location
N52-337
Required Of
BSAD
Restricted Elective
Design Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors and minors
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

2/7/23: Note, recitation room for all is now 9-451

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
Lecture: M 10-12
Recitations 1 & 2: W 7-9
Location
E14-633 (tentative)
Rec. 1: 9-450A
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
2024
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
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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
Document Uploads
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
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4.120

Furniture Making Workshop

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. 

Sasha McKinlay
Spring
2023
2-2-5
G
Schedule
WF 9:30-11
Location
N51-160
Prerequisites
permission of instructor
Preference Given To
Course 4 students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.120

Furniture Making Workshop

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. 

Additional work required of students taking for graduate credit.

Spring
2024
2-2-5
G
Schedule
WF 9:30-11
Location
N51-160
Prerequisites
permission of instructor
Preference Given To
Course 4 students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.120

Furniture Making Workshop

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. 

Additional work required of students taking for graduate credit. 

Sasha McKinlay
Spring
2022
2-2-5
G
Schedule
WF 9:30-11
Location
N51-160
Prerequisites
permission of instructor
Preference Given To
Course 4 students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.123

Architectural Assemblies

Fosters a holistic understanding of the architectural-building cycle, enabling students to build upon the history of design and construction to make informed decisions towards developing innovative building systems. Includes an overview of materials, processing methods, and their formation into building systems across cultures. Looks at developing innovative architectural systems focusing on the building envelope. Seeks to adapt processes from the aerospace and automotive industries to investigate buildings as prefabricated design and engineering assemblies. Synthesizes knowledge in building design and construction systems, environmental and structural design, and geometric and computational approaches.

Spring
2023
2-2-5
G
Schedule
F 9-12
Location
3-133
Required Of
MArch
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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4.123

Architectural Assemblies

Fosters a holistic understanding of the architectural-building cycle, enabling students to build upon the history of design and construction to make informed decisions towards developing innovative building systems. Includes an overview of materials, processing methods, and their formation into building systems across cultures. Looks at developing innovative architectural systems focusing on the building envelope. Seeks to adapt processes from the aerospace and automotive industries to investigate buildings as prefabricated design and engineering assemblies. Synthesizes knowledge in building design and construction systems, environmental and structural design, and geometric and computational approaches.

Spring
2024
2-2-5
G
Schedule
F 9-12
Location
3-133
Required Of
MArch
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.123

Architectural Assemblies

Fosters a holistic understanding of the architectural-building cycle, enabling students to build upon the history of design and construction to make informed decisions towards developing innovative building systems. Includes an overview of materials, processing methods, and their formation into building systems across cultures. Looks at developing innovative architectural systems focusing on the building envelope. Seeks to adapt processes from the aerospace and automotive industries to investigate buildings as prefabricated design and engineering assemblies. Synthesizes knowledge in building design and construction systems, environmental and structural design, and geometric and computational approaches.

Spring
2022
2-2-5
G
Schedule
F 9-12
Location
3-133
Required Of
MArch
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
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