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MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE: DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES

The Master of Architecture with a Concentration in Design Technologies considers advanced technologies as catalytic tools for design inspiration. As the architectural profession shifts towards more integrated forms of practice, the concentration rigorously explores the opportunities and efficiencies offered by emerging media, computational design processes and automated fabrication technologies as a means of fostering new technology-based design,  analysis and construction methodologies. In doing so, it positions itself within innovative fields of research and interdisciplinary collaboration with the AEC industry in order to educate future leaders in an ever-changing profession.

The Master of Architecture in Design Technologies is comprised of four  inter-related components.

Computational Design     Coursework emphasizes a rigorous exploration of innovative architectural design methodologies made possible through the use of algorithmic, generative and parametric modeling environment in all capacities of design; from conception to analysis

Digital Fabrication    Coursework emphasizes the use of three-dimensional modeling software as a means of producing data from which to construct full-scale design proposals using Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technologies. Studios and coursework show the relationship between the design process, the software inherent to fabrication, and the tools that allow for the direct manufacturing of architectural assemblies. Emphasis is placed on the student as both designer and fabricator.

Material Research      Coursework engages students in a rigorous investigation of existing and emerging materials in an attempt to develop new architectural implementations. Any given material can be pushed beyond its current limitations only through an understanding of its properties, and the process through which it is produced.

Sustainable Building Design + Analysis Technologies     Coursework focuses on sustainable building design and analysis technologies ranging from the micro to the macro. Primary issues covered will be sustainable design and construction methodologies; the conservation of building materials, performance based simulation modeling.