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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Current Pre-Thesis and Thesis Registration information — last updated 5/5/2020
Institute Class Schedule
Fall 2020 End-of-Term Reviews and Exams Chart
Department End-of-Term Policy
Independent Project Study Form

Virtual Subjects & Syllabi Access
Fall 2020 Subjects Zoom "Classroom" Access & Syllabi Information — certificates required

instructors
Advisor
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 / D3: design: 3-0-6 G / Internationals D4: 1-0-23G
schedule
L1: Urb + Design: M 10-1, L2: Comp: T 4-7, L3: International: M 9-5, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (L1: virtual meeting, L2: virtual meeting, L3: virtual meeting, R1: 7-403, R2: 5-414, R3: 7-403)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Both Design and Urbanism students meet with (Susanne Schindler)
Computation students meet with (Larry Sass)
All other students consult C. Stewart

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
F 9:30-10:30 (E15-207)
prerequisites
description

Introduces foundational texts in contemporary theory and criticism at the intersection of art, culture, and technology. Through presentations and discussions, students explore the necessary methodological perspectives required of an interdisciplinary approach to artistic practices.

Note: subject spans Fall and IAP terms.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
F 10:30-12:30 ()
prerequisites
4.388
description

Series of tutorials that includes regular presentations of student writing in group critiques and supports independent thesis research and development by providing guidance on research strategy and written presentation. Sessions supplemented by regular individual conferences with thesis committee members.

instructors
Advisor
units
TBA G / internationals 1-0-23G
schedule
see advisor, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, R1: 5-414, R2: 5-414, R3: 5-414)
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 / Internationals: 1-0-23G
schedule
see advisor, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, R1: 5-414, R2: 5-414, R3: 5-414)
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, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (see advisor, R1: 5-414, R2: 5-414, R3: 5-414)
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
TBA G / internationals: 1-0-23G
schedule
see advisor, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, R1: 5-414, R2: 5-414, R3: 5-414)
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
Advisor
units
TBA G
schedule
see advisor, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, R1: 7-404, R2: 7-404, R3: 7-404)
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 (virtual meeting)
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, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, R1: 7-434, R2: 7-434, R3: 7-434)
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. Intended for seniors. Twelve units recommended.

instructors
Larry Sass, Coordinator
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
Larry Sass, Coordinator
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.

Architecture and Urbanism

instructors
units
1-1-1 U
schedule
F 3-5 ()
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. 4.001 discusses the two undergraduate majors, two undergraduate minors, and two HASS concentrations offered through Course 4 along with careers in architecture and design. 

instructors
Skylar Tibbits, Marlena Fauer
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 2-5 (virtual meeting)
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 (virtual meeting)
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
D1: TRF 1-5, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (D1: virtual meeting, R1: 7-434, R2: 7-434, R3: 7-434)
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
Mark Goulthorpe, Michael Stradley
units
0-12-12 U
schedule
D1: TRF 1-5, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (D1: virtual meeting, 7-434, 7-434, 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
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
D1: R 2-5, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10, R4: T 7-9 (D1: virtual meeting, R1: 7-434, R2: 7-434, R3: 7-434, R4: virtual meeting)
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 environment. Emphasizes design development and constraints.

instructors
units
2-2-8 U
schedule
F 9-12 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Using Human-Centered Design to Impact the World.

instructors
Bo-won Keum
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
T 2-5, R 9-12 (virtual meeting)
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 (studio)
prerequisites
description

The first semester of the MArch program follows a project-based learning approach. A central project is addressed by each student, guided by a range of disciplinary approaches. This CoLab (Collaborative Laboratory) will bring together the disciplines of Htc, BT, Design, and Computation to provide circuits for exercising and exploring the central project.

instructors
Antonio Furgiuele
units
3-3-6 G
schedule
R 2-5 (virtual meeting)
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, Zain Karsan, Neil Gershenfeld
units
3-9-6 G
schedule
W 1-4, R 5-6 (virtual meeting)
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
D1: TRF 1-5, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (D1: virtual meeting, R1: 7-434, R2: 7-434, R3: 7-434)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

The first semester of the MArch program follows a project-based learning approach. A central project is addressed by each student, guided by a range of disciplinary approaches. This CoLab (Collaborative Laboratory) will bring together the disciplines of HTC, BT, Design, and Computation to provide circuits for exercising and exploring the central project.

instructors
units
0-12-9 G
schedule
D1: TRF 1-5, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (D1: virtual meeting, R1: 3-415, R2: 3-415, R3: 3-415)
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
D1: TR or RF 1-5 (TBA), R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (D1: virtual meeting, R1: 3-415, R2: 3-415, R3: 3-415)
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
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
D1: TR or RF 1-5 (TBA), R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (D1: virtual meeting, R1: 3-415, R2: 3-415, R3: 3-415)
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
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
D1: TR or RF 1-5 (TBA), R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (D1: virtual meeting, R1: 3-415, R2: 3-415, R3: 3-415)
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
Rafi Segal, Alan Berger
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
D1: TR 1-6, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (D1: virtual meeting, R1: 7-403, R2: 7-403, R3: 7-403)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Schedule: T-TH 1-6PM (with modifications on Zoom for those living in different time zones: studio will be taught as hybrid with limited, voluntary in-person meetings)

instructors
units
3 G
schedule
August 3-14:, tent.: MWF 2-4 ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Notes: 

instructors
units
6 G
schedule
June 9-30:, Lecture: T 9-12, Desk Crits: T 1-3, Presentations: F 9-12 ()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Notes: 

instructors
units
6 G
schedule
July 14 - August 18:, T 2-5 ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Summer Pedagogical Experiment.
Deep Time Architecture

instructors
units
3 G
schedule
July 13 - August 14:, MR 3-5 ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Notes: 

instructors
units
4 G
schedule
June 9 - July 7:, T 11-1 ()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Notes: 

instructors
Antonio Furgiuele
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
R 2-5 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

The first semester of the MArch program follows a project-based learning approach. A central project is addressed by each student, guided by a range of disciplinary approaches. This CoLab (Collaborative Laboratory) will bring together the disciplines of Htc, BT, Design, and Computation to provide circuits for exercising and exploring the central project.

instructors
units
2-0-1 G
schedule
L1: W 9-11, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (L1: virtual meeting, R1: 7-403, R2: 7-403, R3: 7-403)
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
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
F 9-12 (virtual meeting)
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
Roi Salgueiro Barrio
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (virtual meeting)
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
3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Subject canceled for Fall 2020

instructors
Mary Anne Ocampo, Marie Law Adams
units
4-2-9 G
schedule
F 9-1, W 6-9 (virtual meeting)
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
Brent Ryan
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 9:30-11 (virtual meeting)
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
Alan Berger
units
1-1-1 G
schedule
W 1-3 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduces principal issues in the field of advanced urbanism for discussion and exploration. Includes theoretical linkages between ideas about the culture of cities, processes of urbanization, and urban design. Involves events co-organized by faculty and doctoral students to further engage and inform research.

instructors
units
2-0-4
schedule
M 12:30-2 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

The MIT campus in Cambridge has been a home to innovative works of art and architecture for more than 100 years. This seminar will introduce students to the art and architecture of MIT and we will learn from each other as we explore the history and design of our campus.

instructors
Nicholas de Monchaux, Miko McGinty, Amanda Moore
units
11 G
schedule
June 15 - August 13:, MR 10-1 ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Notes: 

instructors
Cagri Zaman
units
4 G
schedule
July 13 - August 13:, M 1-4, R 1-2 (ofc hrs) ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Notes: 

instructors
Nicholas de Monchaux, Amanda Moore, Miko McGinty
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
M 5-7 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Our Department will be able to make increasing use of physical space this fall. But we will continue to face an essential loss in our ambient and active engagement with each other's work in physical space. To help fill this gap, we are prototyping a new kind of publication to channel and record our work, conversations, and life together.

instructors
Katharine Kettner, Christopher Moyer
units
7 G
schedule
June 9 - August 11:, T 2-5 ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Notes: 

instructors
Ben Hoyle, Jeff Landman, Eytan Levi
units
4 G
schedule
June 11 - July 30:, MR 10-12 ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Notes: 

instructors
units
4 G
schedule
July 14 - August 11:, T 10-1 ()
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Notes: 

Art Culture and Technology

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

This course is an introduction to artistic practice and critical visual thinking. Through hands-on and maker-kit demos (sculpture, mould-making, sewing, cold connections), quick brainstorms, readings, guest lectures, presentations, and project-driven explorations, students explore topics that interest them and that relate to the theme.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-6 G
schedule
TR 9-12 ()
prerequisites
Undergraduates: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor
description

From Birmingham, Alabama to Antwerp, Belgium, the recent removal and defacing of monuments to Confederate and imperialist leaders marks a new wave in our stream of struggles over haunting legacies. Some believe that removing these statues is an attempt to erase or cover up history. For others, it is a means to confront violence, racism, and oppression in history and at present.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
TR 2-5 ()
prerequisites
4.314: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor
description

The Choreographing The City class will look at an emerging lexicon (for movement in urban space) that connects to ideas shared across dance-making (choreography), to building/city-making (community). Developed in dialogue with Theatrum Mundi, prof.

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

4.341 UG | 4.342 G

This introductory course in photography and related media provides foundations in visual theory and practical instructions in the fundamentals of various camera formats and digital imaging. It fosters—both theoretically and practically—media literacy, from analogue to digital imaging.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-3 G
schedule
R 9:30-12:30 ()
prerequisites
UG: 4.341 or permission of instructor, G: 4.342 or permission of instructor
description

UG: 4.344 | G: 4.345

This advanced photography course is designed for students who wish to explore photography, images and archives, as tools and resources for artistic practices. The course focuses on the use of archival images in photographic practices while encouraging students to explore analog, digital and new technologies.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U / 2-4-6 G
schedule
TR 7-10 ()
prerequisites
U: 4.351 or permission of instructor; G: permission of instructor
description

This class will examine the aesthetic and technical strategies adopted by iconoclastic cinema and video makers in response to social, political, and ecological upheavals. What strategies (historical and contemporary) have these counter-cultural artists employed in their representation of trauma, conflict, amnesia, and resistance?

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-3 G
schedule
TR 9:30-12:30 ()
prerequisites
description

UG: 4.354 | G: 4.355

Introduction to Video and Related Media examines the technical and conceptual variables and strategies inherent in a contemporary video art practice.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G
schedule
Lecture: W 7-10, Recitation by appointment ()
prerequisites
UG: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor
description

UG: 4.361; G: 4.362

instructors
Judith Barry, Nida Sinnokrot, Katarina Burin
units
3-3-12 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
T 7-10 ()
prerequisites
Permission by the instructor is required for undergraduates
description

Synchronizations of Senses (SOS), a seminar/workshop/studio/study group/conversation, is a complement to Cinematic Migrations <insert link>. This class invites in-depth examination of sense percepts, noting nuances, and articulating specificities.

instructors
units
TBA G
schedule
W 2-5 (virtual)
prerequisites
description

Note: this subject was previously listed under number 4.s31 in error.

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 (virtual meetings for all)
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
2-3-7 U / 3-0-9 G
schedule
W 9:30-11, M 2-5 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
UG: 8.01, 18.01; G: permission of instructor
description

Focuses on the design, analysis, and application of technologies that support the construction of less expensive and better performing schools in developing countries. Prepares students to design or retrofit school buildings in partnership with local communities and NGOs.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U/G / 3-0-6 G
schedule
M 2-5 (virtual meeting)
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

This research seminar focuses on cutting-edge applications of computation for creative, early-stage structural design and optimization for architecture.

instructors
units
3-2-4 G
schedule
MW 9:30-11, F 10-12 (virtual meetings)
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
L1: R 9-11, Lab 1: MTWRF 9-12, Lab 2: MTWRF 2-5, Lab 3: MTWRF 7-10 (L1: virtual meeting, Lab 1: 5-414, Lab 2: 5-414, Lab 3: 5-414)
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
T 3-5 (virtual meeting)
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.

instructors
units
4 G
schedule
June 8 - July 6:, M 6-9 ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Notes: 

Computation

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

Introduction

This class introduces undergraduate, course four majors to design and computation through application. We explore an array of foundational technologies weekly, this includes 3D Modeling, Computer Generated Rendering and

instructors
units
3-2-7 U/G
schedule
M 12:30-3, M 7-8:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
UG: 4.500, G: permission of instructor
description

This course provides an opportunity to undertake a design and visualization project with an emphasis on the use of computer graphics animation, interactive content, and video production media. Students will be introduced to advanced visualization and video editing software, and explore the relationships between spatial design and its representation in motion graphics format.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (virtual meeting)
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
2-2-2 G / 2-2-5 G / 2-2-8 G
schedule
W 5-7 (virtual meeting)
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, interactive design, design knowledge representation and media interface.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (virtual meeting)
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 (virtual meeting)
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
M 6:30-8 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

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

instructors
Cagri Hakan Zaman, D. Fox Harrell
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 1:30-4:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Taught by Cagri Zaman, Director of the SA+P Virtual Experience Design Lab, in collaboration with Professor D.

History Theory and Criticism

instructors
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 2-3:30 (virtual meeting: class meets synchronously)
prerequisites
description

Introduction to the history and interpretation of western art in a global context that explores painting, graphic arts and sculpture from the 15th century 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.

instructors
Jessica Varner
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (virtual meeting)
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 (virtual meeting)
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.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

A review of Islamic history through architecture, this course spans fifteen centuries and three continents: Asia, Africa, and Europe.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (virtual meeting)
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
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
R 2-5 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Explores what defines the parameters of a profit economy in historic Europe. Discusses major interpretive frameworks that historically have guided scholarship in architectural, art, and economic history.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
W 9-12 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

Investigates architecture and art in medieval Europe, including significant monuments, art objects, themes, and developments from late antiquity through the rise of European cities in the 13th century. Considers a variety of media, ranging from stone- and metalwork to parchment and glass.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
T 9-12 (virtual meeting)
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 G
schedule
L1: M 9-12, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (L1: virtual meeting, R1: 5-414, R2: 5-414, R3: 5-414)
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.

Additional Information on Virtual Class Structure

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
1-14-15 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
Ginevra D'Agostino, Yaara Yacoby
units
5 G
schedule
June 24 - July 29:, W 10-12 ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

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