Programs

Master of Advanced Architectural Studies: Post-Professional

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Under the vision of Dean Qingyun Ma and the directorship of Wes Jones, the Master of Advanced Architectural Studies [M.AAS] has been redesigned as one of the most innovative and experimental programs anywhere in the world. By bringing together several of the most renowned and progressive faculty, the program aims to set a new standard for postgraduate education internationally.

 

This program is dedicated to cutting edge research and experimentation, and seeks to explore in a highly innovative fashion the cultural and technological landscapes of Los Angeles. Through its range of experimental ‘Labs’, the program is structured under three distinct veins of inquiry [1] architectural urban studies using Los Angeles as a laboratory to engage global issues; [2] advanced computation/fabrication technologies and material processes; and [3] performative architecture with an emphasis on sustainable systems. These specific design and research directions are diversely initiated by our faculty and fully supported by additional resources from the University of Southern California and the city of Los Angeles.

 

The Master of Advanced Architectural Studies is a three-semester advanced degree program. Consisting of two option-based topic studios followed by an in-depth Directed Design Research project [DDR], and coordinated seminar courses each for the first two semesters, the degree is focused on advanced and emerging topics in architecture. The design and research directions are diversely initiated by our faculty and fully supported by additional resources from the University at-large and the city of Los Angeles.

 

Candidates for admission must have a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree or its equivalent. Completion of the degree requires 48 units, including 28 units of required studio and seminar courses, [including 8 units Directed Design Research or Thesis], and 20 units of approved electives, over three semesters of residency.

 

The required courses are ARCH 606 Advanced Architectural Theory; ARCH 607 Advanced Computation; ARCH 608 Urban Theory: Los Angeles Case Study; ARCH 609 Advanced Fabrication; ARCH 702L Graduate Architecture Design – Themes; ARCH 705L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design – Topics; ARCH 793abL Architecture Directed Design Research Option I or ARCH 795abL Architecture Thesis Option II.

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The Master of Advanced Architecture Studies is a three-term program consisting of Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.  

 

Semester start dates may be found online:  http://academics.usc.edu/calendar/

 

 

Candidates for admission must have a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree or its equivalent. Completion of the degree requires 48 units, including 29 units of required studio and seminar courses, [including 8 units Directed Design Research or Thesis], and 19 units of approved electives, over three semesters of residency.

 

The required courses are ARCH 606 Advanced Architectural Theory; ARCH 607 Advanced Computation; ARCH 608 Urban Theory: Los Angeles Case Study; ARCH 609 Advanced Fabrication; ARCH 702L Graduate Architecture Design – Themes; ARCH 705L Graduate Architecture Design – Topics; ARCH 793abL Architecture Directed Design Research Option I or ARCH 795abL Architecture Thesis Option II.

 

Thesis or Directed Research Option
In addition to the opportunity to initiate an independent thesis, students are provided the option to undertake independent directed design research [DDR]. Whichever option is taken, students are supported in their work by a three-member faculty advisory team overseen by a principal critic.

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► Learning Objectives for this Program

The Master of Advanced Architecture Studies is a three-term program consisting of Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.  
*For MAAS PP only - choose the summer term on the online graduate application and SlideRoom portals.

 

Semester start dates may be found online:  http://academics.usc.edu/calendar/

 

Following is the program curriculum for the 2016-17 Academic Year.  For previous academic years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.

 

The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The university reserves the right to change its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time.

 

48-Unit Sample Curriculum

Semester One Units
702L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Themes 6
606 Advanced Architectural Theory 2
607 Advanced Computation 2
608 Urban Theory: Los Angeles Case Study 2
609 Advanced Fabrication 2
    Total Units: 14

 

Semester Two Units
705L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design- Topics 6

793aL, or

795aL

Architecture Directed Design Research Option I, or

Architecture Thesis Option II

2
  Electives 8
    Total Units: 16

 

Semester Three Units

793bL, or

795bL

Architecture Directed Design Research Option I, or

Architecture Thesis Option II

6
  Electives 12
    Total Units: 18

 

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