The Master of Science in Architectural Technologies is a one-year, three-semester program focused on contemporary and near-future design technologies.
In a time when platform-based corporations like Katera, Sidewalk Labs, and WeWork have been encroaching upon territories traditionally associated with architectural practice, there is an increasing urgency for architecture to develop strategic practices that can work within the context of the growing prevalence of systematized workflows within design-oriented disciplines and industries. Moving forward, the program will seek to formalize connections between advanced topics in computational research with the rapidly developing innovations in platform applications, game engines, machine vision, and AI.
In recent years, Los Angeles has become an important international hub for technology startups, as companies have been drawn to the city’s unique geographical, cultural, and economic advantages. Tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Netflix have recently established a presence to benefit from the dynamic startup culture that is developing research and applications in AI, blockchain, and interactive media. Los Angeles is also the long-standing home to important venture capital culture and business incubators and accelerators such as Idealab in Pasadena, among others.
The program seeks to actively engage new models of entrepreneurship to maximize student involvement with multiple forms of technological expertise in order to bring disruptive ideas into reality.
A primary interest of the program is to investigate how new platforms are fundamentally transforming the way we inhabit and experience the world.
Though phenomena such as social media, data platforms, and automated infrastructures have not typically been thought of as problems of architectural technology, as machine intelligence converges with new managerial practices and automation, a new world is undeniably being built which is only beginning to be understood. In this contemporary context, the program seeks to engage the cutting edge of technology and develop new forms of architectural thinking.
Applicants must submit the SCI-Arc Online Application Form and the non-refundable $85 Application Fee.
Completing an application is a two-step process.
The following document must be submitted directly to SCI-Arc:
– Official College Transcripts
The following materials must be submitted through SlideRoom:
– Copy of College Transcripts
– Personal Statement
– Resume/Curriculum Vitae
– Letters of Recommendation