M.S. AAD Curriculum and Requirements

In both the three- and four-semester options, students take core and advanced topic studios along with elective classes, which allow them to pursue trajectories of inquiry within one of four interrelated territories of investigation (TI):

  • Architecture and Discourse
  • Architecture and Ecology
  • Architecture and Representation
  • Architecture and Urbanism

Three-Semester Program

Applicants to the three-semester M.S. AAD program are asked to formalize their choice of TI at the end of the first semester. This selection determines class and studio options in the second and final semesters of the program.

Three-semester curriculum

Summer Semester: June and July in New York City Credits
ARCH 6110 Computational Design and Representation Introduction to contemporary computational design techniques, models, and theories.Introduction to contemporary computational design techniques, models, and theories. 3
ARCH 6301 Architectural Territories of Investigation Introduction to themes of inquiry in contemporary architecture, including critical motives in research, topical " problems," and materials and tactics of investigation involving architecture in relation to discourse, ecology, representation, and urbanism.Introduction to themes of inquiry in contemporary architecture, including critical motives in research, topical " problems," and materials and tactics of investigation involving architecture in relation to discourse, ecology, representation, and urbanism. 3
ARCH 7111 Design AExploration of themes, methods, and technologies in contemporary design.Exploration of themes, methods, and technologies in contemporary design. 6
Total 12
Fall Semester in Ithaca Credits
ARCH 7112 Design B: Topics StudioAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.Advanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation. 6
Territory of Investigation Elective 3
Territory of Investigation Elective 3
Open elective 3
Total 15
Spring Semester in Ithaca Credits
ARCH 7113 Design C: Topics StudioAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation. 6
Territory of Investigation Elective 3
Territory of Investigation Elective 3
Open elective 3
Total 15

Four-Semester Program

Students pursuing the four-semester curriculum for the M.S. AAD are assigned an advisor when they matriculate and choose a two-member special committee no later than the end of the first fall semester. In the four-semester option, students take elective classes in their selected TI during the fall semester and take elective classes in their minor concentration — consistent with their TI — during the final spring and fall semesters.

Four-semester curriculum

Summer Semester: June and July in New York City Credits
ARCH 6110 Computational Design and Representation Introduction to contemporary computational design techniques, models, and theories.Introduction to contemporary computational design techniques, models, and theories. 3
ARCH 6301 Architectural Territories of Investigation Introduction to themes of inquiry in contemporary architecture, including critical motives in research, topical " problems," and materials and tactics of investigation involving architecture in relation to discourse, ecology, representation, and urbanism.Introduction to themes of inquiry in contemporary architecture, including critical motives in research, topical " problems," and materials and tactics of investigation involving architecture in relation to discourse, ecology, representation, and urbanism. 3
ARCH 7111 Design AExploration of themes, methods, and technologies in contemporary design.Exploration of themes, methods, and technologies in contemporary design. 6
Total 12
Fall Semester in Ithaca Credits
ARCH 7112 Design B: Topics StudioAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.Advanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation. 6
Minor Elective 3
Minor Elective 3
Open elective 3
Total 15
Spring Semester in Ithaca Credits
ARCH 8906 Thesis in Advanced Architectural DesignIndependent study. 9
Minor Elective 3
Open elective 3
Total 15
Fall Semester in Ithaca Credits
ARCH 8907 Thesis in Advanced Architectural DesignIndependent study. 9
Minor Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Total 15