Post-Professional Master of Science, Advanced Architectural Design
The M.S., advanced architectural design (M.S. AAD) is an intensive, three-semester, advanced design research (ADR) program. Interdisciplinary in intent and content, the program engages the wealth of academic resources in AAP, across Cornell, and throughout an extensive global network. A four-semester option allows a limited number of students — who apply to and are accepted into this track — to pursue a two-semester design thesis under the supervision of a special committee.
Open to individuals holding a bachelor of architecture (B.Arch.) or professional master of architecture (M.Arch.) degree, the program offers a critical framework for investigating pertinent design concerns, practices, and technologies in 21st-century architecture and urbanism.
The M.S. AAD is designated as a STEM program in Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (CIP code 04.0902) making international graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years in order to work in the United States.
The first semester of study takes place at AAP NYC during the summer.
Territories of Investigation
A structure of core and elective studios and courses allows students to pursue trajectories of inquiry within one of four interrelated territories of investigation:
A+D: Architecture and Discourse: Theory, criticism, publishing, cultural production, design research, history, and contemporaneity
A+E: Architecture and Ecology: Sustainable practices, soft infrastructures, materials research, environmental simulation, computational design, digital fabrication, performance driven design
A+R: Architecture and Representation: Emerging technologies, drawing fields, digital and generative design, new cartographies, media spaces, architectural publications and exhibitions, theories of representation
A+U: Architecture and Urbanism: Urban geography, typological studies, urban theory, networks, infrastructures, urban imaging, ecological urbanism