Post-Professional Advanced Architectural Design (formerly M.Arch.II)

Cornell's post-professional master of science (M.S.) in advanced architectural design is the new name for what was formerly the post-professional master of architecture (M.Arch.II).

  • The post-professional master of architecture (M.Arch.II) program has changed to a master of science in advanced architectural design. The program content and requirements remain the same. The program name change is mandated by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and applies to all U.S. post-professional M.Arch.II programs. The NAAB's directive is as follows: "Any institution that uses the degree title B.Arch., M.Arch., or D.Arch. for a non-accredited degree program must change the title. Programs must initiate the appropriate institutional processes for changing the titles of these non-accredited programs by June 30, 2018."

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The M.S. in 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