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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Urbanism, Landscape & Ecology

The MAAD Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology concentration focuses on the current state of our cities and investigates the design challenges and potentials of the urban environment in the 21st century. Architecture, urbanism, and landscape are three of the most potent disciplines available to us to remake our cities as dynamic, meaningful, and sustainable cultural artifacts.
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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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About MAAD

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

Requirements for Admission

Professional degree in architecture: BArch, MArch (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)