Graduate Courses

Architecture Design Studio

Part two of a two semester sequence in which fundamental design skills are taught in the context of the architect's wider responsibilities to society, culture and the environment. Students acquire a command of the techniques of design and representation through a series of specific architectural problems of increasing complexity. Both semesters are required for three-year M.Arch. students.

Integrated Building Studios

Integrated design studios approach architecture from a synthetic perspective. Considerations of structure, environmental technology, building materials and systems, exterior envelope, and site design are integrated directly into the design process through the participation of technical faculty and outside advisors in critiques and reviews. Projects are developed to a high level of detail. At least one course is required for professional M.Arch. students.

Instructors: Mark Lee
Architecture Design Studio

Vertical Design Studios examine architecture as cultural production, taking into account its capacity to structure both physical environments and social organizations. Projects include a broad range of project types, including individual buildings, urban districts and landscapes.

Architecture Design Studio

Vertical Design Studios examine architectural design in the intersection of materiality, technology, sociality and politics; taking into account its capacity to rearticulate physical environments and social organizations. Projects are intended to explore the role of architectural apparatus to intervene daily urban enactments, by the development of a broad range of architectural devices: including buildings, urban districts, landscape and the interactions that bring them all into shared performances.

Thesis Studio

The Master of Architecture Thesis is an independent design project on a theme selected by the student. The student begins with a thesis statement outlining an area of study or a problem that has consequences for contemporary architectural production. Marking the transition between the academic and professional worlds, the thesis project is an opportunity for each student to define an individual position with regard to a specific aspect of architectural practice. As an integral part of the design process, it is intended that the thesis project will incorporate research, programming and site definition.

Integrated Building Systems

An introduction to building systems and the methods of construction used to realize design in built form. First half of the course is an overview of the primary systems, materials and principles used in construction of buildings and the fabrication of elements, through lectures and accompanying lab sessions. The second half allows students to design, detail and fabricate a custom fabrication utilizing principals explored in the lectures.

Structural Design

Introduction to the design of building structures of steel, timber and reinforced concrete.

Contemporary Facade Design

The course introduces the students to the main themes of performance oriented technical design of the building enclosure while reinforcing the generally understood idea of the facade as the primary language for communication of the architectural idea, developed in harmony with material, its techniques and several other forces of the industry. The students will develop a historical, theoretical and practical understanding of the contemporary building enclosure and the architect's role within the process of its design and execution.

The Environmental Engineering of Buildings, Part II

Design and analysis of a 100,000sf net-zero energy building using techniques and information from ARC 514 or similar. Selection, design and evaluation of mechanical and electrical systems including air conditioning, ventilation, lighting and renewable energy systems with an emphasis on design integration with architecture and structure. Selection of building envelope components and materials for optimum thermal performance. Sustainable design and energy conservation are stressed throughout.

Climate Change, Adaptation and Urban Design

Climate change adaptation is a pressing and difficult challenge to urban design, ecological and engineering planning theory and practice. It is clear that architects, planners, engineers and designers have an important role to help cities contend with climate adaptation. This seminar reviews the general state of science and practice of climate change and adaptation with a primary focus on the United States. It looks to the work of Frederick Law Olmsted for some of the theoretical basis of developing an approach to climate adaptation that is democratic and progressive and evaluate the impediments which restrict change.

Topics in Literary and Cultural Theory: Media Theory since 2000

This seminar offers a critical survey of recent trends in the field of media theory, focusing in particular on how these developments engage with questions of aesthetic form. Following several 'schools' that have assembled under rubrics such as cultural techniques, media archaeology, and media ecology, the course also considers how these methods interface with other discursive frameworks that have emerged in the humanities in the last 15 years, including new materialisms, network theory, and affect theory.

Instructors: Devin A. Fore
Questioning Post-Medium Specificity in Architecture

This course explores post-medium specificity in architecture and the potential consequences for architectural thinking (a.k.a. the quote-unquote discipline) through representation. This is a design seminar with an emphasis on experimentation and the integration of diverse analytical methods. The results are hardly predictable. The format of the course will combine a seminar and design workshop - our readings/discussion are in the service of hands-on experimentation.

Planning Theory and Process

Introduction to the theory and practice of planning. Analysis and discussion are devoted to planning models, planning decisions, and alternative planning roles. Focused study of comprehensive and strategic planning, community participation, new urbanism concepts, equity concerns, and planning at local, regional, and state levels.

Exhibition-Making in Architecture

This seminar examines the history and theory of exhibition-making in architecture from
its origin as a tool in the production of architectural publics in the 18th century to its
contemporary aegis as a producer of architectural curators. The history of exhibitions as
such is considered in light of the auxiliary frameworks that shape, amplify and
subtend them, from criticism to installation design, from the catalog to contemporary
social media.

Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

Advanced research in the history of architecture from 1400 to 1750. Topics vary, with the focus each year on important European centers and architects, and on issues related to architectural theory and practice. In spring 2016, this course considers the forms of early modern architectural theory, with particular attention on the history of the architectural book. We explore a set of key genres-including the treatise, the model book, the biography, the construction manual, and the travel narrative-through a close reading of primary sources and direct study of original objects.

Instructors: Carolyn Yerkes
Founding, Building, and Managing an Architectural Practice: Business and Legal Issues in Architectural Practice

Review and analysis of the dynamics and process inherent in starting, developing, managing and operating an architectural practice, including marketing, finance, human resources, project process, liability, insurance, and general management. Areas of particular emphasis include project accounting, public presentations, and the development of a business plan.

Research in Architecture

This course is an advanced pro-seminar that examines the spatial histories and representational forms of the modern city and advanced technologies. Students read architectural, urban and theoretical texts and conduct individual research on how spatial theory and technological advances affects the manner in which cities and architectural forms have been written about, envisioned and built.

Pro Seminar: Computation, Energy, Technology in Architecture

The pro seminar is offered to incoming PhD students in the PhD track in Computation, Energy, building Technology in the School of Architecture (open to other interested graduate students as well) and is organized as a research seminar to introduce the participants to scientific research methods in the context of design in Architecture and science in engineering. It is structured as a series of introductory presentations of exemplary methods based on case studies and a number of guest presentations from collaborating disciplines.

Advanced Topics in Modern Architecture: The Perversions of Modern Architecture

Modern architecture was never straightforward. Despite the surface rhetoric of rationality, clarity and efficiency, modern architects were engaged with everything that escapes rationality: sexuality, violence, exoteric philosophies, occultism, disease, the psyche, pharmacology, extraterrestrial life, artificial intelligence, chance, the primitive, the fetish, etc. Through a series of case studies from the early twentieth century till today, of both mainstream figures and misfits, the class will explore the backwaters of modern architecture to reveal the astonishing richness and eccentricity of the field.

History and Theory of Architecture and Climate

Architects have long been concerned with the relationship of a building to its climate. Focused on the decade immediately following World War II, before mechanical HVAC systems were affordable or widespread, this seminar explores the archive of methodological experiments and technological devices that were intended to refine the climatic performance of a building. Many of these explorations took place at Princeton, in architecture and elsewhere. We also explore the conceptual frameworks that allow us to consider these architectural experiments in light of the historiographic and epistemological challenges posed by climate change

Dynamical Logics in Architecture

This course is designed as a workshop in architecture derived from material logics. Students will engage in a series of intensive design projects organized around exploring the new implications of the relationship of the part to the whole, force integration, analogue modeling, mass customization, the generic, etc. Ultimately, each project will work through the architectural performance of the complex interplay between material organization, program and form. The primary emphasis of the course will be the development of individual design/research projects, supplemented by background readings.

Topics in Architecture: Colonial Cities

This seminar examines colonial urbanism from a comparative perspective. The focus is on the long nineteenth century, an era coined as "the connected world of empires," and the goal is to open a window to understanding colonialism. The case studies are drawn from colonial cities of European empires, as well as the idiosyncratic Ottoman practices. A comprehensive study of examples ranging from Algiers to Damascus, Calcutta, and Hanoi reveals a spectrum of experiments, each raising different sets of issues in the relationship between colonial policies and built forms.

Embodied Computation

Computational design is often presented as a problem solving tool for design implementation rather than as an integral part of design conceptualization and exploration. This seminar focuses on approaching computational design from the conceptual design direction extending existing or defining novel models of design along the way. A strong emphasis is put on prototyping as a mode of design iteration using both computational prototypes and computationally generated physical prototypes as embodiments of the design process.