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Post-Professional Master of Science, Advanced Architectural Design in Cornell University

Cornell University
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
BAM Ranking 2023
Ithaca, New York
United States
Architecture & Design

Cornell’s post-professional Master of Science, Advanced Architectural Design program (M.S. AAD) is an intensive, advanced architectural design research program open to individuals holding a B.Arch. or professional M.Arch. degree. The program offers a critical framework for investigating pertinent design concerns, practices, and technologies in 21st-century architecture and urbanism. Three- and four-semester options are available, both starting with a summer semester in New York City and continuing at the Ithaca campus.


The M.S. AAD is designated as a STEM program in Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (CIP code 04.0902) making international graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years to work in the United States.


Territories of Investigation


In both three- and four-semester options, students take core and advanced topic studios along with elective classes, which allow them to pursue trajectories of inquiry within one of four interrelated territories of investigation:


Architecture and Discourse: Theory, criticism, publishing, cultural production, design research, history, and contemporaneity


Participating faculty: Esra Akcan, Lily Chi, Jeremy Foster, Werner Goehner, Leonard Mirin, Val Warke, Jerry Wells


Architecture and Ecology: Sustainable practices, soft infrastructures, materials research, environmental simulation, computational design, digital fabrication, performance-driven design


Participating faculty: Timur Dogan, Jonathan Ochshorn, Jenny Sabin, Jerry Wells, Sasa Zivkovic


Architecture and Representation: Emerging technologies, drawing fields, digital and generative design, new cartographies, media spaces, architectural publications and exhibitions, theories of representation


Participating faculty: Lily Chi, Luben Dimcheff, Timur Dogan, Jeremy Foster, George Hascup, Jenny Sabin, Andrea Simitch, Jerry Wells, John Zissovici, Sasa Zivkovic
Architecture and Urbanism: Urban geography, typological studies, urban theory, networks, infrastructures, urban imaging, ecological urbanism


Participating faculty: Esra Akcan, Lily Chi, Timur Dogan, Werner Goehner, George Hascup, Leonard Mirin, Henry Richardson, Val Warke, Jerry Wells, John Zissovici


In the three-semester option, students take elective classes in their selected territory of investigation during the fall and spring semesters. In the four-semester option, students take elective classes in their selected territory of investigation during the fall semester and take elective courses in their minor concentration — consistent with their territory of investigation — during the final spring and fall semesters.



Learning Outcomes


There are four primary learning outcomes for the post-professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch II) program:


– Develop understanding of how current technological, social, cultural, ecological and economic forces are influencing architectural design, research, practice and pedagogy, specifically as they engage the now four «territories of investigation» (TIs): discourse, ecology, representation and urbanism (disciplinary knowledge, information literacy).


– Demonstrate proficiency in computational thinking, ecological design, advanced representation, and fabrication techniques used in architectural design (engagement in the process of discovery or creation).


– Identify and articulate a specific topic within the four TIs for further investigation in the student’s future professional or academic career (critical thinking, communication skills and self-directed learning).


– Exhibit an ability to synthesize representational techniques, computational thinking, current cultural demands, and emergent disciplinary issue within an applied research setting (engagement in the process of discovery or creation; communication skills).


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Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit GRE general test scores. Applicants to the computer graphics program must also submit scores on the GRE subject test in computer science. Applicants to the architecture (M.Arch. professional) and design programs must also submit a portfolio of visual materials.


International students whose undergraduate training has been completed outside the United States are admitted as provisional candidates. They should plan to spend at least four terms in residence for the master’s degree. TOEFL minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) .


– all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants


– Two recommendations


– Transcripts: Submit completed and official transcripts from each college or university previously attended to the field to which you are applying. If it is against an institution’s policy to send transcripts to the applicant, the transcripts can be mailed by the school directly to the field to which you are applying.


– GRE general test for all


– Portfolio of creative work (Post-Professional M.Arch applicants only)


– TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants. Minimum score of 250 computer-based or 600 paper-based.


– Statement of purpose (A one- or two-page statement, preferably printed on white paper, outlining your research interests and intents for graduate study at Cornell. Please relate these intents to your previous design and academic experience, and to your future goals. Include your full name and your proposed field of study at the top of each page.)


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General information
18 months full time
Lily Chi
$ 84,825
+1 (607) 255-5236
129 Sibley Dome, Ithaca, NY 14853
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The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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