Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD)

This one-year interdisciplinary postprofessional degree program is tailored for advanced students and midcareer professionals. Students focus on research and design through mentored study and a range of elective offerings.

Three possible areas of concentration are offered that reflect the diversity of emerging domains within architecture, allowing for a rigorous course of study that has an advanced level of specialization, but is also highly cross-disciplinary.

Digital Craft

The MAAD Digital Craft concentration focuses on contemporary digital design technologies and digital craft. It provides students with both broad and in-depth exposure to contemporary topics of Parametric Design and Advanced Computation; Digital Fabrication and Robotic Technologies; Interactive Technologies and Responsive Environments; Building Information Modeling (BIM); Advanced Simulation and Visualization; History and Theory of Digital Design; Experimental and Emerging Technologies​​​​
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Urban Works

The Urban Works post-professional program draws upon the entrepreneurial spirit of San Francisco and the Bay Area to engage students as active agents in forming a product that has a direct or indirect effect on the city. ​
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Design Theory & Critical Practices

The MAAD Design Theory and Critical Practices concentration offers graduates of professional architectural programs an intense year of advanced study in architectural and urban history, theory, and criticism, culminating in an independent research project oriented toward public exhibition, publication, or digital dissemination.

The program is designed for mid-career professionals or post-graduate students seeking advanced training that will prepare them for careers as architecture teachers, critics, curators, civic leaders, theorists, journalists, and provocateurs.
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MAAD Curriculum

Total number of credits for degree: 30 units
Duration: 2 semesters (fall/spring)

Fall Semester (15 units)
Advanced Studio (6 units)
Topic Elective (3 units)
Topic Elective (3 units)
Open Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)
Advanced Studio (6 units)
Topic Elective (3 units)
Topic Elective (3 units)
Open Elective (3 units)

Advanced Studios and Topic Electives are focused courses in the student's area of concentration. Open electives can be courses within the Architecture Division or across the College.

Requirements for Admission

Professional degree in architecture, or equivalent.
Submission requirements located here.

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The architecture division also offers the following professional graduate degree programs:
Master of Architecture (MArch)