Subjects

instructors
units
1-1-1 U
schedule
F 3-5 (1-150)
prerequisites
description

4.001 Where is & What is Architecture & Design introduces Architecture and Design by way of conversations and presentations with MIT architecture and design faculty and MIT alumni.

instructors
Skylar Tibbits, Rania Kaadan
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
MW 2-5 (TBA)
prerequisites
description

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.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 2-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
description

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.

instructors
Miho Mazereeuw, Cherie Abbanat
units
0-12-12 U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
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
units
0-12-12 U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.024 and 4.440
description

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

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
R 2-5, T 7-9 (TBA)
prerequisites
4.022
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
units
2-2-8 U
schedule
F 9-12 (5-233)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Focuses on understanding the emerging field of human-centered design and its approach to real-world design challenges. Through group working sessions, design reviews, and presentations by leading design practitioners, thinkers, and business leaders, the class explores core methodologies on how design brings value to human experiences and to the contemporary marketplace.

instructors
Bo-won Keum
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
T 9-12, R 7-10 (In person & virtual (Room TBA))
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

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.

instructors
units
2-2-5 G
schedule
M 2-5 (4-145)
prerequisites
description

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.

instructors
units
2-2-5 U
schedule
WF 10-11:30 (N51-160)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
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
3-3-6 G
schedule
R 2-5 (5-231)
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
Jennifer OBrien, Neil Gershenfeld
units
3-9-6 G
schedule
W 1-4, R 5-9 (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

Explores the foundations of design through a series of bracketed methods of production. These methods exercise topics such as form, space, organization, structure, circulation, use, tectonics, temporality, and experience. Students develop methods of representation that span from manual to virtual and from canonical to experimental.

instructors
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
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
tent. TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

(A detailed description will be posted shortly before studio preview.)

instructors
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
tent. TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

(A detailed description will be posted shortly before studio preview.)

instructors
Diego Pinochet, Lavender Tessmer, (Brandon Clifford, Coord.)
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
tent. TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

(A detailed description will be posted shortly before studio preview.)

instructors
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
tent. TRF 1-5 (studio)
prerequisites
4.153
description

(A detailed description will be posted shortly before studio preview.)

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

The design of urban environments. Strategies for change in large areas of cities, to be developed over time, involving different actors. Fitting forms into natural, man-made, historical, and cultural contexts; enabling desirable activity patterns; conceptualizing built form; providing infrastructure and service systems; guiding the sensory character of development.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
W 2-5 (10-401)
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
Skylar Tibbits, Rania Kaadan
units
2-0-1 G
schedule
W 9-11 (7-429)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The SMArchS Colloquium is a requirement for all first year students in the postgraduate SMArchS programs: Architectural Design; Architecture and Urbanism; Building Technology; Design and Computation; History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art; and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

instructors
Robert Mohr, Rebecca Berry
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
F 9-12 (1-135)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Professional Practice gives a critical orientation towards a career in architectural practice. Through case studies, interviews, critical discussions on urgent topics, and role-playing exercises, the course challenges students to explore a range of legal, ethical, political, and professional questions they will face in practice.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (1-150)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Critical introduction to key contemporary positions in urbanism to the ends of researching, representing, and designing territories that respond to the challenges of the 21st century.

instructors
units
3-3-0 U/G
schedule
W 2-5 (3-329)
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
3-0-6 G
schedule
1st mtg TBA (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Considers a new interdisciplinary paradigm of practice that regards dialogue among practitioners and users essential for efficacious and creative design and planning process. Focuses on non-traditional client groups: communities, the poor, and the generally excluded middle-income.

instructors
Mary Anne Ocampo, Marie Law Adams
units
4-2-2 G
schedule
F 9-1, W 6-9 (10-485, 9-554)
prerequisites
description

NOTE: This is a half-term subject occurring during first half of term.

instructors
Marie Law Adams, Mary Anne Ocampo
units
5-3-4 G
schedule
F 9-1, W 6-9 (10-485)
prerequisites
4.240 or 11.328
description

NOTE: This is a half-term subject occurring during second half of term.

instructors
Lawrence Vale
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (56-114)
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
Brent Ryan
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 9:30-11 (9-354)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Examines the physical and social structure of cities and ways they can be changed. Includes historical forces that have produced cities, models of urban form, contemporary theories of urban design, implementation strategies. Core lectures are supplemented by student projects analyzing the evolution of urban place, and factors of high quality urban design and development.

instructors
Garnette Cadogan
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
T 6-8 (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

The modern city — with its attractive industry, infectious vitality, strange solitudes, and wide human contrasts — gathers peoples and forces with such dynamism that it is as incomprehensible as it is interesting. How, then, do we thoughtfully grasp and represent its animating tensions?

instructors
Sarah Williams
units
1-1-1 G
schedule
W 12:30-1:30 (E14-140L)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduces critical theories and contemporary practices in the field of urbanism that challenge its paradigms and advance its future. Includes theoretical linkages between ideas about the cultures of urbanization, social and political processes of development, environmental tradeoffs of city making, and the potential of design disciplines to intervene to change the future of built forms.

instructors
units
12 U
schedule
TR 2-5 (TBA)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Seminar or lecture on a topic in design 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.