Master of Science / Areas of Concentration
The Master of Science concentration in Conservation (MS_C) is a 2.5 semester (fall, winter, spring half), 36 credit-hour post-professional degree that expands upon conventional notions of Historic Preservation to encompass the multiple scales that shape the cultural and environmental heritage of a community and its region. The course of study offers participants an innovative approach to connecting physical, social and ecological contexts as a means of probing architecture's active role in the construction of culture. Participants will explore how to imaginatively design the future of historic structures, as well as progressively develop under-utilized historically significant urban sites and landscapes. Participants will be given the tools to bridge the gap between historic preservation of the built environment and the conservation of natural resources.
The Master of Science concentration in Design Health (MS_DH) is a 2.5 semester (fall, winter, spring half), 36 credit-hour post-professional degree that posits the design of buildings, spaces, cities, and regions has powerful consequences on our fitness and well-being. The Master of Science concentration in Design Health (MS_DH) examines the impact of the built environment on the human body across multiple scales. The concentration promotes critical assessments of existing design practices, while seeking to catalyze new opportunities for design and architecture to positively influence health. The impact of urban design will be a particular focus of the concentration in examining how planning choices affect human health. The program also examines new avenues of practice for designers and architects around issues of health through interdisciplinary approaches working with experts from medicine, social sciences, and the humanities.
The Master of Science concentration in Design Research (MS_DR) is a 2 semester (fall, winter), 30 credit-hour post-professional degree that posits architectural studio work as a research protocol. The 30 credit-hour curriculum is constructed around a two-semester studio/seminar combination that asserts ideas, ideation, and the making of theory as grounds for an independently pursued research path. Studio work attempts to place architecture deep inside its cultural site of reckoning, working vividly with media influences, technological imperatives, and representational biases within contemporary digital culture. The seminar colludes with this studio emphasis, deflecting studio practices through the heuristic making and leveraging of theory across a multitude of considerations within design research. Students work towards an exhibition and published catalog that hybridizes design exploration and theory production.
The Master of Science concentration in Digital Technologies (MS_DT) is a 2.5 semester (fall, winter, spring half), 36 credit-hour post-professional degree that offers motivated participants the opportunity to investigate design practices and conduct independent design research in computer-aided design and advanced fabrication techniques. Project-based research provides a "testing ground" for new modes of practice and innovative uses of existing, new and emerging technologies. The program builds upon a tradition of cutting-edge technical research at Taubman College, the University of Michigan, and in the Detroit Region. University of Michigan offers unmatched excellence in digital fabrication and access to world-class lab and production facilities and regional linkages to industry.
The Master of Science concentration in Material Systems is a 2.5 semester (fall, winter, spring half), 36 credit-hour post-professional degree which assembles ambitious individuals collectively invested in advancing the synthesis of material making, computation, and performance. The concentration is set within the intense research community of the University of Michigan, driving the development of new material applications for architecture through the dedicated integration of advanced manufacturing facilities and computational techniques.
Current work emphasizes material logics derived from natively defined responsiveness specific to the design of material composition, as well as technologically enabled responsive capabilities. Collaborative project-based research prioritizes performance that is examined through ongoing iteration and calibration of experiments, both virtual and real, developing design methodologies in both computational and physical simulation that explore material form, behavior, assembly, and spatial ramifications.