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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Institute Class Schedule
Fall 2020 End-of-Term Reviews and Exams Chart
Fall 2020 Department Final Exam and Review Schedule
Spring 2021 End-of-Term Reviews and Exams Chart (revised 12/8/20)

Department End-of-Term Policy
Independent Project Study Form

instructors
units
0-1-2 G
schedule
Lec: TBA, B1: MTWRF 9-12, B2: MTWRF 2-5, B3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, B1: studio, B2: 3-410, B3: N51-160)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Preliminary study in preparation for the thesis for the SMArchS degree in architecture design. Topics include literature search, precedents examination, thesis structure and typologies, and short writing exercise. In person not required.

instructors
units
3-1-5 G
schedule
W 2-5 (virtual meeting)
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
TBA
units
3-0-0 G
schedule
see advisor, B1: MTWRF 9-12, B2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, B1: studio, B2: 3-410, B3: 3-410)
prerequisites
description

Explores initial thesis ideas and bases for choosing among multiple interests. Assessment of design research strengths and weaknesses. Overview of conceptual frameworks and research methods. Preparation for summer field research and proposal development. In person not required.

instructors
see advisor
units
0-1-2 G / D2: comp: 2-0-4 G / Internationals D3: 1-0-23G
schedule
L1: see advisor, B1: MTWRF 9-12, B2: MTWRF 2-5, B3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, B1: studio, B2: 3-410, B3: N51-160)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Students select thesis topic, define method of approach, and prepare thesis proposal for SMArchS degree. Faculty supervision on an individual or group basis. Intended for SMArchS program students prior to registration for 4.ThG. In person not required

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
F 7:30-9 (Virtual/E15-207)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Aids students in the selection of a thesis topic, development of an approach method, preparation of a proposal that includes an outline for their thesis. Explores artistic practice as a method of critical inquiry and knowledge production/dissemination. Students examine artist writings and consider academic formats and standards.

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
3 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
units
3-0-3 G
schedule
F 2:30-5:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
4.221 or permission of instructor
description

Preliminary study in preparation for the thesis for the SMArchS degree in Computation. 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

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
4.686: 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.

Architecture and Urbanism

instructors
Paul Pettigrew, Michael Stradley
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
MW 2-5, B1: MTWRF 9-12, B2: MTWRF 2-5, B3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, B1: studio, B2: 3-410, N51-160)
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, B1: MTWRF 9-12, B2: MTWRF 2-5, B3: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, B1: studio, B2: 3-410, B3: N51-160)
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
Marlena Fauer
units
0-12-12 U
schedule
TRF 1-5, B1: MTWRF 9-12, B2: MTWRF 2-5, B3: MTWRF 7-10 (studio, B1: studio, B2: 3-410, N51-160)
prerequisites
4.023, 4.401, 4.500
description

Provides instruction in architectural design and project development with an emphasis on social, cultural, or civic programs. Builds on foundational design skills with more complex constraints and contexts. Integrates aspects of architectural theory, building technology, and computation into the design process. In person not required.

instructors
Benjamin Fry
units
3-3-6 U / 2-4-6 G
schedule
WF 9:30-11 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
4.022
description

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

instructors
Carolien Niebling
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
TR 2-5 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
4.031 or permission of instructor
description

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.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-3 G
schedule
LEC: F 2-5, B1: T 7-9, R1: MTWRF 9-12, R2: MTWRF 2-5, R3: MTWRF 7-10 (LEC: virtual meeting, B1: virtual, R1: studio, R2: N52-337, R3: N51-160)
prerequisites
UG: 4.031; G: permission of instructor
description

Overview of core principles and methodologies for the design of interaction and behavior across objects and spaces. Students develop high-fidelity, interactive prototypes that can be deployed and experienced by real users. Topics include the history of human-computer interaction, behavior prototyping, augmented and virtual reality, haptics, internet of things, and wearables.

instructors
units
2-2-8 U
schedule
M 10-12, B1: W 7-9, B2: MTWRF 9-12, B3: MTWRF 2-5, B4: MTWRF 7-10 (virtual meeting, B1: virtual, B2: studio, B3: 3-410, B4: N51-160)
prerequisites
description

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.

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

UG: 4.118, G: 4.117

instructors
units
2-2-5 U
schedule
WF 9:30-11:30, B1: MTWRF 9-12, B2: MTWRF 2-5, B3: MTWRF 7-10 (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
2-2-5 G
schedule
F 9-12 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

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.

instructors
Cristina Parreño Alonso, Matt Bunza, Silvia Illa-Shedlahi
units
0-12-9 G
schedule
TRF 1-5, B1: MTWRF 9-12, B2: MTWRF 2-5, B3: MTWRF 7-10 (studio, B1: studio, B2: 3-410, B3: N51-160)
prerequisites
4.151
description

Builds on Core I skills and expands the constraints of the architectural problem to include issues of urban site logistics, cultural and programmatic material (inhabitation and human factors), and long span structures.

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
Oana Stanescu
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
Angelo Bucci, Xhulio Binjaku
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
Christopher Leong, Dominic Leong
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
Alexander D'Hooghe
units
0-10-11 G
schedule
TR 1-6, B1: MTWRF 9-12, B2: MTWRF 2-5, B3: MTWRF 7-10 (studio, B1: studio, B2: 3-410, B3: N51-160)
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
Brent Ryan
units
0-21-0G
schedule
TR 1-6 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Design studio that includes architects and city planners working in teams on a contemporary development project of importance in China, particularly in transitional, deindustrializing cities. Students analyze conditions, explore alternatives, and synthesize architecture, city design, and implementation plans.

instructors
units
3 G
schedule
1st mtg:, Mon, Feb. 15, 2021 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

In 1976 the first UN Habitat Conference took place and Housing as a Constitutional Right was Proposed. Each ten years this has been reaffirmed and by 2016 most of the world had included this pledge in their national constitutions. The most significant outlier is the United States and many countries do not have the resources to fulfill this.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
M 2-5 (virtual meeting)
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 2-5 (virtual meeting)
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
3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Examines dynamic relationship among key actors: beneficiaries, government, and funder. Emphasis on cost recovery, affordability, replicability, user selection, and project administration. Extensive case examples provide basis for comparisons. In person not required.

instructors
Sebastian Schmidt Dalzon
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
W 5-8 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
4.252J or 11.001J or permission of instructor
description

Examines the complex development of cities through history by tracing a diachronic accumulation of forms and spaces in specific cities, and showing how significant ideas were made manifest across distinct geographies and cultures.

instructors
Marie Law Adams
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
W 9-11 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

Examines innovations in urban design practice occurring through the work of leading practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Features lectures by major national and global practitioners in urban design.

instructors
Gilad Rosenzweig
units
2-4-6 G
schedule
F 9-1 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Students work in entrepreneurial teams to advance innovative ideas, products, services, and firms oriented to design and the built environment. Lectures, demonstrations, and presentations are supplemented by workshop time, when teams interact individually with instructors and industry mentors, and by additional networking events and field trips.

instructors
Brent Ryan
units
2-0-7 G
schedule
W 10:30-12:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

Examines the relationship between urban design ideals, urban design action, and the built environment through readings, discussions, presentations, and papers. Analyzes the diverse design ideals that influence cities and settlements, and investigates how urban designers use them to shape urban form.

instructors
Lawrence Vale
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (virtual meeting)
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.

instructors
Kairos Shen
units
6-0-12 G
schedule
MW 6-9, M 9-10:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Focuses on the synthesis of urban, mixed-use real estate projects, including the integration of physical design and programming with finance and marketing. Interdisciplinary student teams analyze how to maximize value across multiple dimensions in the process of preparing professional development proposals for sites in US cities and internationally.

instructors
Eran Ben-Joseph, Mary Anne Ocampo
units
6-0-9 G
schedule
W 5-7, F 9-12 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Introduces a range of practical approaches involved in evaluating and planning sites within the context of natural and cultural systems. Develops the knowledge and skills to analyze and plan a site for development through exercises and an urban design project.

instructors
TBA
units
1-1-1 G
schedule
W 12:30-1:30 (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
Deborah Garcia
units
TBA G
schedule
TBA ()
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

SUPER-COMMUNAL. 

This seminar investigates the ultimate domestic object of historical, emotional and chemical transference: the dinner table. By considering scale, form, and multi-media collapse, this seminar will set the table for intimate discussions surrounding issues of gender, race, politics, and personal histories, in architecture.

instructors
units
TBA G
schedule
M 2-5 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

In recent years the notion of cosmopolitics has been proposed by thinkers such as Etienne Balibar, Chakravorty Spivak, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, or Isabelle Stengers as an alternative to the Enlightenment-based idea of cosmopolitanism.

Art Culture and Technology

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

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
Azra Aksamija, Cherie Abbanat
units
3-3-6 U
schedule
TR 9-12 (E15-283A)
prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
description

Develops an introductory foundation in artistic practice and its critical analysis, and develops artistic approaches and methods by drawing analogies to architectural thinking, urbanism, and design practice. Covers how to communicate ideas and experiences on different scales and through two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based media in new genres.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-3 G
schedule
TR 9:30-12:30 (E15-001)
prerequisites
4.314: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor
description

Annexation, greenwashing, and destructive notions of progress have all but wiped out the memory of an indigenous mythology once deeply rooted in an embodied, balanced stewardship of nature. How can the merging of artistic methodologies with agricultural practices address this loss of cultural capital?

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

Introduces history and contemporary practices in artistic photography through projects, lectures, artist visits, group discussions, readings, and field trips. Fosters visual literacy and aesthetic appreciation of photography/digital imaging, as well as critical awareness of how images in our culture are produced and constructed.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-3 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

Fosters critical awareness of how images in our culture are produced and constructed. Covers a range of experimental techniques and camera formats, advanced traditional and experimental black-and-white darkroom printing, and all aspects of digital imaging and output. Includes individual and group reviews, field trips, and visits from outside professionals.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-3 G
schedule
MW 9:30-12:30 (E15-001 + E15-070)
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. Building upon the historical legacy of the moving the image, students render self-exploration, performance, social critique, and manipulation of raw experience into an aesthetic form.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-3 G
schedule
TW 7-10 (E15-070 (Bartos))
prerequisites
UG: 4.301 or 4.302 or 4.354 or permission of instructor G: 4.355 or permission of instructor
description

Explores ideas and contexts behind moving images through a multifaceted look at cinema's transmutations, emergence on local and national levels, and global migrations.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-3 G
schedule
MW 9:30-12:30 (E15-001)
prerequisites
UG: 4.301 or 4.302; 4.307; 4.312 or permission of instructor; G: 4.307; 4.312 or permission of instructor
description

Focuses on the production of artistic interventions in public space. Explores ideas, situations, objects, and materials that shape public space and inform the notion of publicness, with an emphasis on coproduction and cooperative ethics. Examines forms of environmental art in comparison to temporal and critical forms of art and action in the public sphere.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U/G / 3-3-3 G
schedule
TR 9:30-12:30 (E15-207)
prerequisites
UG: 4.301 or 4.302 or permission of instructor; G: permission of instructor
description

Investigates conceptual and formal issues in a variety of media. Explores representation, interpretation and meaning, and how these relate to historical, social and cultural contexts. Helps students develop an initial concept for a publicly situated project. Includes guest lectures and visiting artist presentations. In person not required.

instructors
units
3-3-12 G
schedule
M 2-5, F 9:30-12:30 (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
Lisa Crafts
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
W 7-10 (E15-001)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

In contemporary moving image art, boundaries are often blurred between animation and live action, fiction and non-fiction, fine art and cinema. This course is a lively and rigorous studio class that explores strategies for creating and combining source materials to produce animation art that is experimental in both content and form.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
W 7-10 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

This course focuses on the agency generated and exerted in affective material endeavors, broadly defined as probing the myriad ways emotions felt in the body are linked to matter, and the forms that both emotions and matter may take.  Despite a seeming dependency on the digital realm, as fatigue of digital forms increases with saturated use, and as distances are bridged by inevitable online exc

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-3-3 G
schedule
WR 2-5 (E15-207)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Challenging the contemporary conditions and the urgent need for a transdisciplinary dialogue, this course provides the methodology and tools for creating the art that deals with the topics of science, uses scientific data and technologies to create new aesthetic experiences.

Building Technology

instructors
units
3-2-7 G / 3-2-4 G
schedule
MW 2-3:30, M 3:30-5 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

Studies the thermofluid principles of, and design strategies for, natural and mechanical systems for conditioning high-performance buildings that are needed to reduce anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases in coming decades.

instructors
units
3-3-6 U / 3-2-4 G
schedule
MW 9:30-11, 4.440: F 9:30-11, 4.462: M 4-6 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
UG: 18.02; G: Permission of instructor
description

Introduces the design and behavior of large-scale structures and structural materials. Emphasizes the development of structural form and the principles of structural design. Presents design methods for timber, masonry, concrete and steel applied to long-span roof systems, bridges, and high-rise buildings. Includes environmental assessment of structural systems and materials.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-2-7 G
schedule
TR 9:30-11, R 11-12 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

This class provides students with the historic awareness and technical skills needed to become agents of change for a carbon neutral building sector by further merging the fields of architectural design and environmental performance analysis.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
F 9-12 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Seminar or lecture on a topic in structural 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.

Computation

instructors
Andrze Zarzycki
units
3-2-7 U/G / 3-2-4 G
schedule
R 9-12 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

Addresses fundamental methods, theories, and practices that engage contemporary modeling tools in the context of architectural design. Introduces selected academic and professional topics through lectures, demonstrations, and assignments. Topics include parametric modeling, component types and assembly, prototyping, scripting, and simulations.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

Introduces a visual-perceptual, rule-based approach to design using shape grammars. Covers grammar fundamentals through lectures and in-class exercises. Focuses on shape grammar applications, from stylistic analysis to creative design, through presentations of past applications and through short student exercises and projects. Presents computer programs for automating shape grammars.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
T 9:30-12:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
4.540
description

An advanced examination of the shape grammar formalism and its relationship to some key issues in a variety of other fields, including art and design, philosophy, history and philosophy of science, linguistics and psychology, literature and literary studies, logic and mathematics, and artificial intelligence. Student presentations and discussion of selected readings are encouraged.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
M 9:30-12:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
For 4.542: 4.541 or permission of instructor; for 4.582: 4.580 or permission of instructor
description

4.542:

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

Focuses on architectural and mobility interventions that respond to changing patterns of living, working, and transport. Emphasizes mass-customized housing, autonomous parking, charging infrastructure, and shared-use networks of lightweight electric vehicles (LEVs). Students work in small teams and are lead by researchers from the Changing Places group.

History Theory and Criticism

instructors
William Lockett
units
4-0-8 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
MW 9:30-11, R1: W 12-1, R2: F 12-1 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description

Introduction to theories of modernism and postmodernism and their related forms (roughly 18th century to present) in art and design. Focuses on how artists use the tension between fine art and mass culture to critique both.

instructors
units
4-0-8 U/G
schedule
MW 11-12:30, R1: W 1-2, R2: F 11-12 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
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
3-0-9 U / 3-0-9G
schedule
F 2-5 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

This seminar examines episodes in the history of art and design from the perspective of the materials used in their production.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
T 3-6 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

‘Islam resembles what was later to be called “the Western tradition” in so many ways—the intellectual efforts to fuse Judeo-Christian scripture with the categories of Greek philosophy, the literary emphasis on courtly love, the scientific rationalism, the legalism, puritanical monotheism, missionary impulse, the expansionist mercantile capitalism—even the periodic waves of fascination with “Eas

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

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
TR 2-3:30 (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
W 2-5 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Advanced seminar. Looks at architecture and planning doctrines in what has come to be known as the “development decades,” the high period of state intervention into so-called Third World economies under the aegis of the Bretton Woods exchange system (c.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
MW 11-12:30 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
4.210 or permission of instructor
description

General study of modern architecture as a response to important technological, cultural, environmental, aesthetic, and theoretical challenges after the European Enlightenment.

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

Seminar in a selected topic in the history of modern architecture and urbanism. Oral presentations and research paper required.

instructors
units
5-0-7 U
schedule
TR 2-3:30, R1: W 9-10, R2: F 1-2 (virtual meeting)
prerequisites
description


Note: Recitation 1 schedule change to W 9-10

GIR: CI-H, HASS-CI, HASS-A

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

Seminar in a selected topic in the history of art, with a particular emphasis on developments from the 18th century to the present. Includes short field trips to museums and collections. Oral presentations and research paper required.

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. In person not required.