M.S. AAD Curriculum and Requirements

For the three-semester curriculum, applicants are asked to indicate a research interest in one of four territories of investigation. This selection is formalized at the end of the first semester and determines class and studio options in the second and final semesters of the program.

  • A+D: Architecture and Discourse
  • A+E: Architecture and Ecology
  • A+R: Architecture and Representation
  • A+U: Architecture and Urbanism

Sample Three-Semester Curriculum

Below is a sample schedule of classes. This curriculum is for illustrative purposes only. Current students should visit the Courses of Study website for each year's official curriculum.

Summer Semester: June and July in New York City  Credits
ARCH 6110 Graduate Design SeminarA seminar developing themes explored in .
ARCH 6301 Design ResearchIntroduction to themes of inquiry in contemporary architecture, including critical motives in research, topical " problems," and materials and tactics of investigation.
ARCH 7111 Design AExploration of themes, methods, and technologies in contemporary design. 6
Total 12

 

Fall Semester in Ithaca Credits
ARCH 7912 Design B: Topics StudioGraduate vertical research studio. 6
Territory of Investigation Elective 3
Territory of Investigation Elective 3
Open elective 3
Total 15

 

Spring Semester in Ithaca Credits
ARCH 8913 Design C: Topics StudioGraduate vertical design studio. 6
Territory of Investigation Elective 3
Territory of Investigation Elective 3
Open elective 3
Total 15

Students who are accepted into the four-semester option will follow a separate curriculum. For more information on applying to the four-semester option, contact arch-grad-info@cornell.edu.