M.Arch II Post-Professional Design Research

Paul Rudolph Hall
Application Deadlines
The application for the 2023-2024 school year is due on January 2, 2023.
Apply to the Post-Professional M.Arch II Program

The post-professional degree program is for students already holding a professional degree in architecture (B.Arch., or an equivalent first professional degree) who seek a second, advanced degree and who are interested in pursuing cross-disciplinary design research that will expand their understanding of how the designed environment—interiors, buildings, cities and landscapes—is shaped by the intersection of broad cultural, political, economic, technical and environmental forces.

Mission

The post-professional design research program is founded on the premise that architects can contribute to addressing urgent global challenges by adopting a new way of working: design research. This involves forming cross-disciplinary collaborations to explore the spatial consequences of cultural, political and environmental issues. The post-professional M.Arch. II program equips a future generation of Yale graduates with a methodology that will prepare them to form constructive alliances with experts in allied disciplines, the outcome of which will yield viable design proposals that can be implemented on regional, local, and global scales.

Individual and Group Research

Our two-year core curriculum equips students with an advanced degree that builds upon their previous architectural training to pursue both group and independent design research. It consists of a sequence of two seminars that culminates in a Design Research Studio offered in the final semester of the program. Students work individually with faculty advisors to develop and execute a design research project that corresponds with their own individual interests. The core curriculum allows students to explore independently while working within a supportive environment that fosters interaction, dialogue, and a sense of common purpose.

Academic Freedom: Advanced Studios and Electives

With only three required courses, our program offers students considerable freedom to shape their own curriculum to develop an increasingly reflexive, critical, and speculative relationship to their work. During the first three terms, students choose through a lottery system from variety of Advanced Studios, taught by leading practitioners and theoreticians from around the world. These studios are the same ones offered to M.Arch. I students. Students also take elective course options offered by the School that fall into the broad categories of design and visualization, technology and practice, history and theory, and urbanism and landscape. In addition, they are encouraged to take classed offered by other Yale schools and departments within the University. At the beginning of each term, students meet with the program director and faculty advisors, to help them choose elective courses that support their general interests as well as relevant classes that support their Design Research proposals. Students are encouraged to also take courses offered by other Yale schools and departments.

Community

The relatively small size of the Post Pro student body (approximately 40 students in the two year program) coupled with the modest size of the School of Architecture allows our students to form a collective identity while immersing themselves in the wider YSOA community. Enrolling in the three required courses builds solidarity among M.Arch. II students. At the same time, Advanced Studios and elective seminars allow Post Pro students to engage with other YSOA students as well as students from other Yale departments.

Course of study

In course titles, a designates fall term, and b designates spring term. The School reserves the right to change the prescribed course of study as necessary.

M.Arch. II: Total Requirement: 72 credits for classes of 2023 and beyond

First Year (Summer)

1062c, Resources for Design 0

First Year (Fall)

Advanced Design Studio 9
3072a, Design Research I 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
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18

First Year (Spring)

Advanced Design Studio 9
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
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18

Second Year (Fall)

Advanced Design Studio 9
3073a, Design Research II 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
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18

Second Year (Spring)

1121b, Design Research III 9
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
Elective* 3
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18

*Students not on academic warning or probation may substitute independent elective course work. (See the School’s Academic Rules and Regulations for procedures and restrictions.)

Required Core Courses for Class of 2023 and Beyond

3072a Design Research I: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives
3 credits.
This seminar introduces students to Design Research, a practice dedicated to conducting cross-disciplinary research that explores the spatial consequences of urgent cultural, political, economic and environmental issues. The class is divided into four topics, each taught by one of four faculty members, dedicated to investigating a different global challenge through analytical perspectives being employed by leading interdisciplinary scholars and designers.

3073a, Design Research II: Methods Workshop:
3 credits.
In this workshop students develop and refine the initial research proposal that they submitted at the end of Seminar 2. Though weekly required reading and assignments, students become acquainted with key research methods that will allow them to craft a fully developed Research Script, a illustrated document that assembles materials that will form the basis of their design work in the Design Research 4 Studio the following term. Not required for students who will graduate in 2023.

30745b Design Research III: Independent Studio
9 credits
Students meet on a weekly basis with faculty Advisors to develop the Design Research Script that they developed in the Methods Workshop. The class is coordinated by the Post Pro Director who works with Faculty Advisors to establish shared milestone assignments, including midterm, ¾ and final reviews.

Summer preparation courses for incoming M.Arch II students

In the three weeks before the beginning of the fall term, the School offers an integrated set of preparatory workshops required for incoming M.Arch. II students.

  1. Summer Shops Techniques Course. This one-week course introduces incoming students to the School’s fabrication equipment and shops. The course stresses good and safe shop techniques. Students are not allowed to use the School’s shops unless they have satisfactorily completed this course.
  2. Summer Digital Media Orientation Course. This two-part workshop, which occurs during the same week as Summer Shops Techniques, covers accessing the School’s servers, the use of the School’s equipment, and the School’s digital media policies and procedures.
  3. Arts Library Research Methods. This ninety-minute session covers various strategies to answer research questions pertaining to course curricula and topics by using tools such as the Yale University online catalog, architecture databases, image resources, print resources, and archival resources.

School portfolio

In addition to the 72 satisfactorily completed course credits, a student must satisfactorily complete the portfolio requirement (as described under Academic Regulations in the chapter Life at the School of Architecture) in order to receive an M.Arch. degree. The portfolio requirement is administered and periodically reviewed by the Design Committee.

Academic rules and regulations

Procedures and restrictions for the M.Arch. II program can be found in the School’s “Academic Rules and Regulations” section of the School of Architecture Handbook.

Design and Visualization 19

1101a
Fall 2022
Land Matters—Culture, Climate, and Community in Midtown Santa Fe
Alan Plattus, Liz Gálvez
1102a
Fall 2022
The Architectural Diptych
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1103a
Fall 2022
Oil, Land, People—The Challenges for Architecture
Claire Weisz, Marc de la Bruyère, Andrei Harwell
1104a
Fall 2022
Lessons from Hawai‘i: Space, Time, and Paradise
Brigitte Shim, Talitha Liu, Dean Sakamoto
1105a
Fall 2022
Reinventing Referinghausen
Tiantian Xu, Tei Carpenter
1106a
Fall 2022
The Fragile Earth Research Institute
Patrick Bellew, Andy Bow, Tess McNamara
1107a
Fall 2022
Turtles All The Way Down
Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Andrew Benner
1108a
Fall 2022
TRASH
Francis Kéré, Martin Finio
1109a
Fall 2022
Going Home, Again
Rachaporn Choochuey, Surry Schlabs
1110a
Fall 2022
The Cosmological Landscape—Chankillo
Sunil Bald
1111a
Fall 2022
Designing a Green New Deal: The Spatial Politics of Our Response to Climate Change
Billy Fleming
1211a
Fall 2022
Drawing and Architectural Form
Victor Agran
1223a
Fall 2022
Formal Analysis I
Peter Eisenman
1248a
Fall 2022
Cartographies of Climate Change
Joyce Hsiang
1249a
Fall 2022
Virtual Futures
Beom Jun Kim, Olalekan Jeyifous
1250a
Fall 2022
The Plan
Brennan Buck
1253
Fall 2022
Small Objects
Timothy Newton, Joel Greenwood
1255
Fall 2022
!animate!
Gavin Hogben
1256
Fall 2022
Architects Lost & Found: Rethinking Architectural Canon
Mark Foster Gage

Technology and Practice 7

2018a
Fall 2022
Advanced Building Design
Anna Dyson, Mohamed Aly Etman
2031a
Fall 2022
Architectural Practice and Management
Susana La Porta Drago, Dov Feinmesser
2211a
Fall 2022
Technology and Design of Tall Buildings
Kyoung Sun Moon
2222a
Fall 2022
The Mechanical Eye
Dana Karwas
2242a
Fall 2022
Slavery, Its Legacies, and the Built Environment
Phillip Bernstein, Luis deBaca
2245
Fall 2022
Alternative Development Workshop
Peggy Deamer, Nicholas McDermott
2246
Fall 2022
Introduction to Architectural Robotics
Hakim Hasan

History and Theory 11

3072a
Fall 2022
Design Research I: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
Anthony Acciavatti, Iris Giannakopoulou-Karamouzi
3073b
Fall 2022
Design as Research II: Methods Workshop
Aniket Shahane, Ana María Durán Calisto
3265a
Fall 2022
Architecture and Urbanism of Modern Japan: Destruction, Continuation, and Creation
Yoko Kawai
3267
Fall 2022
Semiotics
Francesco Casetti
3290
Fall 2022
Body Politics: Designing Equitable Public Space
Joel Sanders
3300
Fall 2022
History, Historiography, Avant-Garde: Reading Manfredo Tafuri’s The Sphere and the Labyrinth
Joan Ockman
3302
Fall 2022
Tall Tales
Ife Vanable
3303
Fall 2022
Urban Century: Theorizing Global Urbanism
Vyjayanthi Rao
3315
Fall 2022
Challenging the Classical
Kyle Dugdale
3318
Fall 2022
The Media of Architecture and the Architecture of Media
Craig Buckley
3322
Fall 2022
Mutualism: Spatial Activism and Planetary Political Solidarity
Keller Easterling

Urbanism and Landscape 8

4011
Fall 2022
Introduction to Urban Design
Alan Plattus, Zachariah Michielli
4219
Fall 2022
Urban Research and Representation
Elihu Rubin
4222
Fall 2022
History of Landscape Architecture: Antiquity to 1700 in Western Europe
Bryan Fuermann
4247
Fall 2022
Difference and the City
Justin Garrett Moore
4252
Fall 2022
The Architecture of the Food System
Caitlin Taylor
4293
Fall 2022
Housing Connecticut: Developing Healthy/Sustainable Neighborhoods
Alan Plattus, Andrei Harwell, Kate Cooney, Anika Singh-Lemar
4294
Fall 2022
Reckoning with Environmental Uncertainty
Anthony Acciavatti
4296
Fall 2022
Introduction to Planning and Development
Joseph B. Rose, Eric Kober