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Master of Science in Architecture concentration in Digital Technologies

The MS_DT concentration focuses on cutting-edge research in advanced fabrication techniques and digital design techniques.

Important Dates & Information:

Application Deadline: January 15 
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application Deadline: January 1 - April 30
Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15
Visit the Master of Science in Architecture admissions page to apply

Digital Technologies Overview

As architecture integrates advanced technologies from the aerospace, automotive, and shipbuilding industries, it has altered both the way buildings are conceived and manufactured. Computer-aided design/manufacturing technologies have forced architects to reconsider their role in response to an influx of complex performance requirements, changing contractual relationships, and multidisciplinary collaborations. The Master of Science in Architecture concentration in Digital Technologies (MS_DT) not only allows for hands-on direct engagement with technology but challenges students to explore different design theories and methodologies poised to have disruptive effects on future work in the field. 

The MS_DT concentration focuses on cutting-edge research in advanced fabrication techniques and digital design techniques. Project-based research led by innovative faculty in the college’s world class Digital Fabrication Lab provides a powerful platform for motivated students to explore novel construction approaches of designed objects at various scales.

Digital Technologies Required Courses

The Master of Science in Architecture degree requires the completion of 36 credit hours carried out in two and a half semesters (fall, winter, spring half term)

ARCH 701 – Theories in Digital Technologies (3 credits) - The course introduces topics and precedents as a means of giving insight to research methods related to digital technologies. Students complete the course with an understanding of crafting a research proposal and positing their propositions within a broader field of architectural design/research.

ARCH 702 – Material Engagement in Digital Technologies (3 credits) - The course covers topics related to hardware, fabrication, and materials as related to advancements in digital fabrication. Beyond teaching the mechanics of specific machinery, the course develops a framework for understanding exemplary projects in the field with a focus of different design methodologies.

ARCH 703 – Virtual Engagement in Digital Technologies (3 credits) - The seminar covers a range of topics that include generative design, algorithmic design, scripting, parametric modeling, BIM, simulation, and analysis. Beyond the introduction to specific software packages, the course develops a framework for different design methodologies and the relation to complex and dynamic geometry.

ARCH 714 – Masters if Science in Architecture Proseminar - The course engages interdisciplinary work, projects and scholarship related to the MS areas of concentration (digital technologies, material systems, conservation, and design health) - through lectures, class discussion, and guest lectures including experts in the MS concentration areas.

ARCH 700 – MS Practicum in Digital Technologies - The course applies knowledge attained from the prerequisite courses towards project-based work in a ‘design laboratory’ setting. Students work individually and collaboratively on topics framed by the faculty’s research focus.

739-101 – MS Capstone in Digital Technologies - The capstone course is an intensive team-based research project under the direction of the capstone faculty. The project is intended to be related to the research of the faculty as a means to investigate innovative aspects for the application of digital technologies. This work will be executed collaboratively in a format defined by the scope and demands of the project.

In addition to dedicated courses within the concentration, students are able to take 4 elective courses to advance their knowledge of related topics. A minimum of two of these electives must be university electives that allow for a connection to the university at large and expands respect for research methodologies beyond the discipline.

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