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Under the vision of Dean Milton S. F. Curry 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 one-year, three-semester post-professional degree is intended for individuals who have completed a professional degree in architecture (B.Arch/M.Arch). Working across disciplines and at multiple scales, the program moves between real-world issues and innovative architecture proposals. Pedagogically, the program has a dual emphasis, integrating architecture and urban theory with cutting-edge design research and collaborative experimentation on issues of housing and urbanism, domestic life and technological adaptability. 


Building upon the legacy of the Case Study House Program, the theme of dwelling and urbanism is a central focus. The degree program examines the 21st century city and the diverse social and cultural landscape of Los Angeles, looking beyond the single-family home to study topics of broader significance, such as homelessness, that Los Angeles and other major cities are experiencing. Conceived of as an urban laboratory that tackles the challenges of our time, the program teaches students to develop innovative solutions through critical and creative speculation and demonstrates that social issues and architectural excellence do not have to be mutually exclusive.


RELATED LINKS: Learning Objectives for this Program.

The Master of Advanced Architectural Studies is a one-year program consisting of Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. 


For MAAS PP applicants only: choose the summer term on the online graduate application and SlideRoom portals.


Semester start dates may be found on the academic calendar.

CURRICULUM

Following is the program curriculum for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. For previous 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.


REQUIREMENTS
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    REQUIRED COURSES

    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.

     
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    ELIGIBILITY

    Candidates for admission must have a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree or its equivalent.

     
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    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].

     
FACULTY
Michael Arden
Adjunct Associate Professor
Valery Augustin
Associate Professor of Practice; Director of Global Studies
Myrna Ayoub
Lecturer
Victoria Turkel Behner
Lecturer
Rob Berry
Lecturer
Biayna Bogosian
Lecturer
Justin Brechtel
Lecturer
Laurel Consuelo Broughton
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Maria Esnaola Cano
Lecturer
Mary Casper
Lecturer
Mina Chow
Adjunct Associate Professor
Mario Cipresso
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Victoria Coaloa
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Kim Coleman
Barcelona Program Director, Professor
Erin Cuevas
Lecturer
James Diewald
Lecturer
Frank Dimster
Professor Emeritus
Janek Dombrowa
Adjunct Assistant Professor
John Dutton
Adjunct Associate Professor
Steven Ehrlich
Visiting Critic
Miller Fong
Adjunct Associate Professor
Gary Fox
Lecturer
John Frane
Lecturer
Lauren Dandridge Gaines
Adjunct Associate Professor
Diane Ghirardo
Professor, ACSA Distinguished Professor
Richard Gooding
Lecturer
Joanna Grant
Lecturer
Sophia Gruzdys
Lecturer
Eric Haas
Adjunct Associate Professor
Yo-Ichiro Hakomori
Associate Professor of Practice
Robert S. Harris
Emeritus Professor, ACSA Distinguished Professor
Cory Henry
Lecturer
Michael Hricak
Adjunct Associate Professor
Alvin Huang
Associate Professor
Christof Jantzen
Lecturer
Wes Jones
Professor of Practice; Director, Architecture Programs
Erin Kasimow
Lecturer
Alfie Koetter
Lecturer
Andy Ku
Director, Exploration of Architecture Program; Adjunct Associate Professor
Charles Lagreco
Associate Professor
Christine Lampert
Lecturer
Rob Ley
Adjunct Associate Professor
Lisa Little
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Lauren Lynn
Lecturer
Qingyun Ma
Professor
Elizabeth Mahlow
Lecturer
Lauren Matchison
Associate Professor of Practice; Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
Paul Matevosyan
Lecturer
R. Scott Mitchell
Associate Professor of Practice
Anthony Morey
Lecturer
Graeme Maxwell Morland
Associate Professor
Amy Murphy
Associate Professor
John V. Mutlow
Professor, ACSA Distinguished Professor
Ginger Nolan
Assistant Professor
Eric Nulman
Lecturer
Geoffrey von Oeyen
Assistant Professor of Practice
Lorcan O'Herlihy
Adjunct Professor
Lee Schuyler Olvera
Associate Professor of Practice
Gary Paige
Professor of Practice
Vittoria Di Palma
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Hadrian Predock
Director of Undergraduate Architecture Programs, Associate Professor of Practice
Victor Regnier
Professor of Architecture and Gerontology, ACSA Distinguished Professor
Roland Wahlroos-Ritter
Adjunct Associate Professor
Jose Sanchez
Assistant Professor
Marcos Sanchez
Lecturer
Lawrence Scarpa
Adjunct Professor
Susanna Woo Seierup
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Brendan Shea
Lecturer
Roger Sherwood
Professor Emeritus
James Steele
Professor, ACSA Distinguished Professor
Doris Sung
Associate Professor
Warren Techentin
Adjunct Associate Professor
Patrick Tighe
Adjunct Professor
Selwyn Ting
Associate Director, Graduate Architecture Programs, Associate Professor of Practice
Olivier Touraine
Associate Professor of Practice
Scott Uriu
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Yaohua Wang
Lecturer
Sandra Yum
Lecturer
Peter Zellner
Lecturer