SCI-Arc EDGE Postgraduate Programs Chair David Ruy and SCI-Arc MS Architectural Technologies Program Coordinator M. Casey Rehm discuss the future of architectural innovation and historical periods of the digital turn in architecture culminating in a current “third wave” of architectural technologies including artificial intelligence, interactive game engine-based development and cloud-based computing platforms. The MS Architectural Technologies Program considers how these techniques are used to construct value on the information that we see in the world. The program embraces a unique platform approach to architecture with the aim of translating information as a resource into value and situating cultural projects in relation to technologies. Students in the program attain computational literacy not only with robotic material processes and assemblies, but they gain expertise in data analysis, the automation of design production and platforms for communicating between software and hardware. SCI-Arc’s research initiatives around technology including the Platform and Automation Lab and the Urban Pasts and Futures Lab equip graduates of the MS Architectural Technologies program with expertise for positions of leadership and innovation. The Platform and Automation Lab includes high-powered GPU workstations and a robot facility dedicated largely to urban scanning and urban material studies involving non-human forms of perception.
Highlights from SCI-Arc’s 2020 B.Arch Thesis Weekend. The weekend’s events included two full days of project presentations and reviews marking the culmination of fifth-year B.Arch students’ final semester in the undergraduate program. Conducted on Zoom and featuring guest reviewers including Thom Mayne, Catherine Ingraham, Brett Steele, Barbara Bestor (M.Arch ’91), and Special Thesis Advisor Neil Denari, among others, UG Thesis sessions were streamed live on Facebook and Twitch, bringing in a total of 55,000 viewers worldwide.
SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis presents “Miniatures 2020”. SCI-Arc alumni and guest critics discuss the work-in-progress thesis projects of the current Graduate Thesis class. The students were asked to encapsulate their thesis project in the form of a miniature.
Design Immersion Days 2020 In the Clouds provides an immersive platform for high school students all over the world to come together for three-week-long series of courses, project, lectures, virtual field trips, and more, which plunge into contemporary design topics, tools, and techniques. Continuing its traditions in concept as well as explorations of scale through cutting-edge design platforms, the curriculum will incorporate new methods for content and project delivery to engender a collaborative and fun social environment.
The way we construct things and how we use digital information to build buildings today is undergoing a dramatic change. AR and AI will be playing a key role of how we design, develop, and build things in the future.
Thom Mayne, Director of SCI-Arc’s MS Design of Cities presents the program’s approach to expanding the limits of architectural design into broader urban and infrastructural problems.
SCI-Arc’s EDGE MS Design Theory and Pedagogy Coordinator Marcelyn Gow reflects on the program’s approach to designing future pedagogies and discusses significant work produced by recent graduates from the Design Theory and Pedagogy program.
In the Spring semester 2017 SCI-Arc hosted an advanced design studio taught by Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners addressing the future of prisons and issues of incarceration.
SCI-Arc’s EDGE Postgraduate Programs Chair David Ruy introduces the MS Synthetic Landscapes postgraduate program at SCI-Arc. The Master of Science in Synthetic Landscapes is a one-year, three-semester program focused on advancing knowledge and developing expertise in the emerging topics of landscape architecture.
SCI-Arc’s EDGE MS Architectural Technologies Coordinator M. Casey Rehm presents the program’s approach to advanced technologies and discusses their near-future cultural impacts.
SCI-Arc’s EDGE Fiction and Entertainment 2019 graduating class, directed by Liam Young, presents journeys into a series of speculative futures. These future worlds incorporate techniques of film, fiction, video games, virtual reality and documentary to tell stories about the emerging conditions of the 21st century in a world where artificial intelligence and automation are ubiquitous and myriad autonomous objects populate our daily life.
Open to the creative individual, inspired professionals, current college students and recent graduates, as well as those newly admitted to SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 1 program, Making+Meaning is a four-week summer studio program that introduces students to architectural experimentation and transformative design techniques in a unique and lively studio setting.
SCI-Arc’s 2019 Graduate Thesis Weekend included reviews of the thesis projects with over 50 critics including SCI-Arc faculty and invited guests. Critics included Ellie Abrons, Frances Anderton, Johan Bettum, Edward Eigen, K. Michael Hays, Thom Mayne and Amanda Reeser-Lawrence among others.
Highlights from SCI-Arc’s 2019 B.Arch Thesis Weekend. The weekend’s events included reviews of the 45 thesis projects with over 50 critics including SCI-Arc faculty and invited guests. Critics included Winka Dubbeldam, Mariana Ibanez, Ferda Kolatan, Thom Mayne and Alexandra Cunningham, among others.
Highlights from the 2018 SCI-Arc Selected Graduate Thesis Exhibition.
Highlights from the Fall 2018 Final Reviews at SCI-Arc featuring work from the B.Arch, M.Arch 1, M.Arch 2 and EDGE programs.
Highlights from SCI-Arc’s 2018 B.Arch Thesis Weekend.
SCI-Arc’s 2018 Design Immersion Days [DID] students present a recent, public exhibition of their work at the school.
SCI-Arc’s 2018 Graduate Thesis Weekend included reviews of the thesis projects with over 60 critics including SCI-Arc faculty and invited guests.
SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis presents ‘Miniatures’ 2 at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. Students in the M.Arch program present their work-in-progress thesis projects to faculty, thesis advisors and invited critics.
Watch highlights from SCI-Arc’s 2017 Graduate Thesis Weekend
Highlights from SCI-Arc’s 2017 B.Arch Thesis Weekend
Highlights from the Fall 2016 Final Reviews at SCI-Arc featuring work from the B.Arch, M.Arch 1 and M.Arch 2 programs.
Open to the creative individual, inspired professionals, current college students and college graduates, as well as those newly admitted to SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 1 program, Making+Meaning is a four-week summer studio program that introduces students to architectural experimentation and transformative design techniques in a unique and lively studio setting.
Design Immersion Days (DID) is an immersive four-week summer program that introduces high school students to design and architecture.
Fall 2017 SCI-Arc Visual Studies taught by Ryan Tyler Martinez
Instructors Ryan Tyler Martinez Shawn Rassekh
Highlights from SCI-Arc’s 2016 B.Arch Thesis Weekend
Watch highlights from SCI-Arc’s 2016 Graduate Thesis Weekend. The weekend’s events included reviews of the 81 thesis projects with over 50 critics including SCI-Arc faculty and invited guests.
Film from SCI-Arc’s Film Space seminar, including recent student models seen through a robotic lens
Film from SCI-Arc’s Film Space seminar, including recent student models seen through a robotic lens.
The design culture of SCI-Arc’s B.Arch program is focused both on the discipline of architecture, in terms of its history, theory, techniques, and on the practice of architecture, in terms of building technology, innovative means of construction, and professional practice.
The core of the M.Arch 1 program at SCI-Arc is architectural experimentation and learning through making. Central to the program’s philosophy is a firm commitment to design excellence, achieved through a comprehensive course of study that provides students with a solid intellectual base and understanding of the history, theory, technology, and professional practice of architecture.
SCI-Arc’s advanced Master of Architecture program introduces students to an advanced critical perspective on contemporary architectural issues as a tool with which to examine the complex and shifting relationship between architecture and cultural, political, economic and social change.
Beginning in fall 2016, SCI-Arc EDGE, Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture will offer four graduate degree programs in fields including architectural technologies, fiction and entertainment, design of cities, and design theory and pedagogy, along with two fellowships in synthetic landscapes.
Highlights from the Fall 2017 Final Reviews at SCI-Arc featuring work from the B.Arch, M.Arch 1 and M.Arch 2 programs.