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.

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Fall 2018 Class Schedule — last updated 9/28/2018
Fall 2018 End-of-Term Reviews and Exams Chart — last updated 5/1/2018
Current Pre-Thesis and Thesis Registration information — last updated 6/5/2018

Institute Class Schedule
Department End-of-Term Policy

Independent Project Study Form

instructors
TBA
units
3-1-5 G
schedule
see advisor ()
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
D1: urb: 3-0-6 G / D2: comp: 2-0-4 G
schedule
D1: Urb: M 2-5, D2: Comp: T 4-7 (D01 - Urb: 7-231, D02 - Comp: 5-232)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: The urbanism section (M 2-5) meeting room has changed from 1-132 to 7-231 (Dean's Office Conference Room)

Urbanism students meet with Roi Salgueiro Barrio & Susanne Schindler
Computation students meet with Larry Sass
All other students consult C. Stewart

instructors
Mario Caro
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
F 9:30-11 (E15-207)
prerequisites
4.388, Coreq: 4.THG
description

Note: 9/7/18 — scheduled changed back to F 9:30-11

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. Independent study supplemented by individual conference with faculty.

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. Independent study supplemented by individual conference with faculty.

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
Advisor
units
0-1-2 G
schedule
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
0-1-2 G
schedule
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 ()
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
TBA G
schedule
see advisor ()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

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

instructors
Cherie Abbanat
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
F 12-3 (9-217)
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 ()
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 ()
prerequisites
description

Research and project activities, which cover the range represented by the various research interests and projects in the Department.

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 ()
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
Skylar Tibbits, Maroula Bacharidou
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 2-5 (N52-342C)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: the Registrar's Catalog listing for this subject's room was incorrect (3-133). The correct room is N52-342C (IDC building)

instructors
Axel Kilian, Zain Karsan
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 2-5 (7-434 studio)
prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
description

The course offers an introduction to computational design by developing a fundamental understanding of generative design and embodiment of design in material form. At the core, one could describe design as a form of material organization that leads to certain qualities or behaviors in the designed construct.

instructors
Cherie Abbanat, Maya Shopova
units
0-12-12 U
schedule
TRF 1-5 (7-434 studio)
prerequisites
4.022
description

This semester, we will use the notion of “The Double”, taken from Dostoyevsky’s novel of the same name, as a device to help us design. “The Double” will be productive in allowing us to think about architecture as a medium that can embody frictions and oppositions. 

instructors
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
TR 2-5 (7-434 studio)
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
Lee Moreau
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
F 9-12 (5-233)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The Human Factor in Innovation and Design Strategy will expose students to the core methodologies used in human-centered design with a focus on understanding how it can be applied to solve real-world challenges.

instructors
units
schedule
()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Subject CANCELED for Fall 2018

instructors
units
2-2-5 G
schedule
M 2-5 (3-442)
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
3-3-6 G
schedule
T 9-11 (5-216)
prerequisites
description

This seminar looks to offer a broad historical survey of the notion of “design” as it applies to the plastic arts in general and architecture in particular; but this will extend to contemporary design theories and methodologies and speculate on emerging and anticipated future tendencies.

instructors
Neil Gershenfeld, TBA
units
3-9-6 G
schedule
W 1-4, R 5-6 (E14-633, E14-633)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: Wed. meeting time changed from 9-12 to 1-4 pm

instructors
units
0-12-9 G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (3-415 studio)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The studio establishes foundations for architectural design through three exercises that build up in scope to engage issues of form, space, organization, structure, circulation, use, and tectonics.

instructors
units
0-12-9 G
schedule
TRF 1-5 (3-415 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 Barrozzi, Danniely Staback
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
RF 1-6 (7-434 studio)
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

Typology and morphology represent two endpoints between which architecture moves.  They are opposed conditions that architecture has to deal with.

instructors
Miho Mazereeuw, David Moses
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (7-434 studio)
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

“The Humanitarian Charter is concerned with the most basic requirements for sustaining the lives and dignity of those affected by calamity or conflict, as reflected in the body of international human rights.”

Sphere Standards 

instructors
Florian Idenburg, Sam Ghantous
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
RF 1-6 (7-434 studio)
prerequisites
4.145 or 4.153
description

This architecture design studio considers the relationship between container and contained. How can architecture anticipate the objects and actions it is to house or hold? The library has historically had to deal with this problem as the breadth of the media it houses has changed, the size of its contents has inevitably grown, and its civic functions has evolved.

instructors
Rafi Segal, Alan Berger, Jonah Susskind
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6 (5-414 studio)
prerequisites
4.145, 4.162 or permission of instructor
description

Los Angeles has long captured the imaginations of designers and urbanists for its characteristic embodiment of the twentieth century metropolis.

instructors
Rafi Segal, Namik Mackic, AHO The Oslo School of Architecture and Design , Benjamin Albrecht, Technical University of Berlin
units
0-3-6 G
schedule
Berlin: 7/20-8/3, MIT: 8/27-31 (7/20-8/3: see instructor, 8/27-31: 10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Migrating the City is a summer design workshop of the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, in collaboration with the Technical University of Berlin/Institute of Architecture, and held on the premises of Aedes Netw

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
Mondays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (9-217)
prerequisites
permission of instructor
description

As the consequences of natural disasters on coastal cities are amplified by climate change, sea level rise, vanishing wetlands, and continued floodplain development, post-disaster relief and rebuilding strategies require urgent and informed strategies.  Hurricane Katrina remains the most damaging and costly Hurricane in the United States.

instructors
Wang Shu, Wenyu Lu, Yao Zhang
units
0-9-3 G
schedule
China:, 6/15 - 8/8, Final review date to be set in late November 2018 ()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Over a three week period graduate students from MIT will join students from Southeast University (SEU) and China Academy of Art (CAA). Approximately 20 students will design small buildings in a traditional mountain village, Heshaoxi Village, a few hours drive from Hangzhou.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
IN OAXACA, MEXICO:, - August 25-28, FALL THRU THANKSGIVING:, - W 9-12 (3-329 (W 10:30-1:00))
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Partner Instructors

Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism. Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD
Monica Arzoz Canalizo, Lecturer in Architecture, Universidad de Anahuac
Jimena González-Sicilia Ibarrola, Lecturer in Architecture, Universidad de Anahuac

Funded by MISTI Mexico

instructors
units
0-3-9 G
schedule
R 6-9 (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

While disinvestment characterized the Twentieth-century city; the early Twenty-first century is characterized by reinvestment in cities.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
W 2-5 (7-429 (Long Lounge))
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
units
2-0-1 G
schedule
F 9-11 (7-429 (Long Lounge))
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
Yolande Daniels, Robert Mohr
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
F 9-12 (1-135)
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 / 3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (9-450A)
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
see instructor ()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Graduates: register for 4.230 or 11.468

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

FOCUS FOR FALL 2018:  RECONSTRUCTION AFTER CONFLICT will be the context for explorations.  The ongoing conflicts in the world must/will come to an end, and the hard work of rebuilding begins:  What are the key factors that influence construction efforts?  How could we contribute?  

instructors
Eran Ben-Joseph, Marie Law Adams, Mary Anne Ocampo
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 (2-105)
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 physical and social structure of cities and ways they can be changed. Includes historical forces that have produced cities, models of urban form analysis, contemporary theories of urban design, implementation strategies. Core lectures supplemented by student projects analyzing the evolution of urban place, and factors of high quality urban design and development.

instructors
units
2-0-4 U
schedule
F 3-5 (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Note: Schedule and room change — was M 3-5 in 3-329, now F 3-5 in 9-217

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
TR 9:30-11 (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: subject meeting changed from MW 9:30-11 to TR 9:30-11, room 3-329

instructors
Mark Jarzombek, Rania Ghosn, Ana Miljacki, Caitlin Mueller, Irina Chernyakova, Coord., Erin Genia, Emily Watlington and Gabe Cira, Sarah Wagner and Stratton Coffman, Cagri Zaman, Terry Knight and Takehiko Nagakura, Maroula Bacharidou and Athina Papadopoulou, Liam Young, E Roon Kang and Richard The, Rosalyne Shieh, Philippe Block and Philip Yuan
units
TBA G
schedule
TBA (TBA)
prerequisites
description

The Experiments in Pedagogy are tests and provocations. Selected from an open call, the Experiments allow students and faculty to take on topics and modes of inquiry that do not fit into the current curriculum. They are an invitation to students and faculty to investigate new models, formats, and topics of learning, design, and research.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
M 10-1 (10-401)
prerequisites
description

How do we exhibit something as unimaginable as climate change? Climate change is not only as a crisis of the physical environment but also as a crisis of the cultural environment –of the systems of representation through which we relate to and imagine the complexity of environmental ruins in their vast scales of time and space.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
R 2:30-5:00 p.m. (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

In 1966, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson proposed an experimental program to address the stark inequality between the nation's prosperous suburbs and its decaying cities.

Art Culture and Technology

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

This course introduces artistic practice and critical visual thinking through three studio-based projects using different scales and media—for 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/G
schedule
TR 2-5 (E15-207)
prerequisites
4.314: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor
description

Examines artistic practice as a form of critical inquiry and knowledge production. Offers opportunity to develop art as a means for addressing the social, cultural, and ecological consequences of technology, to build bridges between industry and culture, and to challenge the boundaries between public and private, and human and non-human.

instructors
Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
MW 9:30-12:30 (E15-001)
prerequisites
description

Develops a critical awareness of how sound art as a field for artistic exploration is performed, produced, and distributed.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
MW 9:30-12:30 (E15-207)
prerequisites
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
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
TR 2-5 (E15-054)
prerequisites
G: permission of instructor
description

Through readings, projects, lectures, artist visits, group discussions and field trips, this course introduces students to the history of photography and the use of images in contemporary art practices. It fosters, both theoretically and practically, visual literacy and understanding of photography—from analogue to digital imaging.

instructors
Nida Sinnokrot
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
TR 9:30-12:30 (E15-070, E15-001)
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.

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
3-0-6 G
schedule
F 11-1 (E15-207)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Note: 9/7/18 — class schedule has returned to F 11-1

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

Focuses on the concept of “fabric” both as a medium and as a framework to explore the complex cultural histories, meanings, and functions of clothing and wearable technologies.

instructors
Lara Ramez Baladi, TA: Daphne Young Xu
units
G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (E15-054)
prerequisites
UG: 4.341 or permission of instructor, G: 4.342 or permission of instructor
description

Note: this subject was initially listed as 4.s34, Pass/Fail. This subject, 4.s33, is now graded.

Through readings, lectures, film screenings, field trips and projects reviews, this seminar course fosters critical awareness of the cultural and technological production of images and the use of photography and related media in contemporary art practices.

instructors
units
G
schedule
()
prerequisites
description

Note: this subject is now offered under subject number 4.s33 which is a graded subject versus pass/fail.

Building Technology

instructors
units
3-2-7 U / 3-2-4 G
schedule
LEC: MW 11-12:30, LAB: 4.401: F 11-12, LAB: 4.464: F 10-11 (LEC: 9-354, 4.401 LAB: 1-150, 4.464 LAB: 1-150)
prerequisites
description

The primary focus of this course is the study of the thermal, luminous and acoustical behavior of buildings. The course examines the basic scientific principles underlying these phenomena and introduces students to a range of technologies and analysis techniques for designing comfortable indoor environments.

instructors
units
2-3-7 U
schedule
W 9:30-11, M 2-5 (1-132, N51-350)
prerequisites
8.01, 18.01
description

This course focuses on the improved design and/or retrofit and technical analysis of schools, primarily but not exclusively in developing countries.   Goals of our investigations include improving the thermal and luminous environment of classrooms to provide visually and thermally comfortable conditions for students and teachers with reduced need for energy-consuming systems; reducing indoor co

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G / 3-0-9 U
schedule
M 2-5 (35-225)
prerequisites
UG: 4.440 or 2.001 or 1.050 and 6.00 or 1.000 or permission of instructor; G: 4.462 or permission of instructor
description

Note: room change to 35-225

instructors
units
3-2-4 G
schedule
MW 9:30-11, F 10-12 (1-150, 3-133)
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
2-0-1 G
schedule
R 3-5 (5-415)
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
units
2-0-4 U
schedule
M 3-5 (1-371)
prerequisites
description

The Freshman Advising Seminars (FAS) program, offered by the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming, is one advising option available to freshmen. It is available only to first-term freshmen, who must apply online.

instructors
units
2-0-4 U
schedule
T 3-5 (38-501)
prerequisites
description

Welcome to MIT! If you are coming because you love building, let this seminar be your red carpet. You will be meeting once a week with two faculty, Profs. Steve Leeb (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Les Norford (Architecture), who love building cool systems. We will learn about MIT together while we are understanding and building exciting systems that use and convert energy.

Computation

instructors
units
2-2-8 U
schedule
M 9:30-11, W 7-8:30 (N52-337, N52-337)
prerequisites
description

Introduction

instructors
Andrzej Zarzycki
units
3-2-7 U/G
schedule
F 9-12, see instructor (2-103, see TA)
prerequisites
UG: 4.500, G: permission of instructor
description

Note: There is no longer a set lab time for this class — students will arrange flexible lab time with class TA

For students interested in architectural applications of interactive and immersive media (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality) as well as in spatial narratives and motion graphic/animation.

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

SUBJECT CANCELED FOR FALL 2018

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (4-251)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
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: Proseminar in Computation: Introduction to traditions of research in design and computation scholarship.
4.582: Research Seminar in Computation: In-depth presentations of current research in design and computation.

 

 

instructors
units
3-0-0 G
schedule
W 6:30-8 (4-144)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

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

instructors
units
2-0-4 U
schedule
F 3-5 (4-144)
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.

History Theory and Criticism

instructors
units
3-2-7 U
schedule
TR 2-3:30, W 10-11 (R1), F 10-11 (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
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (5-134)
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
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
M 2-5 (5-134)
prerequisites
4.645 or permission of instructor
description

Studies the interrelationship of theory, history, and practice. Looks at theory not as specialized discourse relating only to architecture, but as touching on many issues, whether they be cultural, aesthetic, philosophical, or professional. Topics and examples are chosen from a wide range of materials, from classical antiquity to today.
M. Jarzombek

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
M 9-12 (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
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (5-216)
prerequisites
description

Examines the history of Islamic architecture and culture spanning fifteen centuries on three continents - Asia, Africa, Europe. Students study a number of representative examples, from the 7th century House of the Prophet to the current high-rises of Dubai, in conjunction with their urban, social, political, and intellectual environments at the time of their construction.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
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
3-0-9 U/G / 3-0-6 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (3-133)
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. Topics include the production and reception of buildings and artworks; the significance of a reinvigorated interest in antiquity; and representation of the individual, the state, and other institutions.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9-12 (10-401)
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
3-0-9 U/G
schedule
TR 9:30-11 (3-133)
prerequisites
description

Examines the sonic phenomena and experiences that motivate scientific, humanistic, and artistic practices. Explores the aesthetic and technical aspects of how we hear; measure or describe vibrations; record, compress, and distribute resonating materials; and how we ascertain what we know about the world through sound.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
M 2-5 (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
Catherine Clark
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
W 3-4, R 2-4 (4-249)
prerequisites
description

Introduces students to the world of French photography from its invention in the 1820s to the present. Provides exposure to major photographers and images of the French tradition, and encourages students to explore the social and cultural roles and meanings of photographs.

instructors
Advisor
units
1-0-14 G
schedule
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
1-0-26 G
schedule
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
1-0-14 G
schedule
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
T 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Seminar or lecture on a topic in the history, theory and criticism of architecture and 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.