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Applied Studies focuses on cutting-edge methods of building design, documentation, and delivery to link aesthetic impulses to contemporary building technologies.

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“SCI-Arc is, and always has been, about speculating about the future of design and construction technologies.”

- Herwig Baumgartner, Applied Studies Coordinator

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The Applied Studies curriculum offers courses that critically engage building technology and interpret its spatial and social consequences. Foundation courses are offered in building systems, structural analysis, tectonics, material development, acoustics, lighting, and environmental control. Recent elective courses have explored building information modeling, parametric design, generative structures, composite tectonics, material research and development, complex assemblies, energy design, biomimicry, and robotic fabrication.

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Heading titleRedefining the Built Environment

The continuously evolving definition of “architecture” and the ways we challenge the physical environment guide fundamental principles of the Applied Studies program at SCI-Arc.

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Design Development study by Sepideh Emamzadehei, Alessio Grancini, Erica Li, and Haotao Wang.

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Heading titleLearn from Leading Practitioners

To stay current with the technologies that redefine architecture as a discipline and a practice, unique workshops are coordinated each quarter with leading engineers, technologists, and architects. The guest roster includes figures such as Christiane Sauer who works in advanced materials and Transsolar climate engineering; Mark Fahlbusch of structural engineering firm Bollinger Grohmann; and architect and roboticist Gilles Retsin.

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Heading titleRedefining the Practice of Architecture

Challenge the spatial and social consequences of building technology and test your theories through physical and digital modeling.