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MArch Architectural Design, Level III: A Student Center for MIT

Catalog id : 4.155B
 Course Level
Masters / PG

0 Months
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 Tuition fee

24070 USD
24070 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577
GRE (avg)329
GMAT (avg)710

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About this course

This studio will investigate the social, programmatic, tectonic and phenomenological performance and character of a student gathering place on the MIT campus. Whether it is simply for socializing or for more specific events, the student gathering place will serve as a refuge from the vigorous educational environment of the Institute, and it will reinforce a critical sense of "place" through the almost logical organization of its program. The place will foster a casual discovery of "being": a reflection upon the student's own existence based upon participation in group events and an intellectual attitude toward acting. To create a space that inspires, rather than imposes: such a discovery is the foremost challenge of this studio.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate Record Examination

Most MIT departments require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and an appropriate Subject Test. page 4 of this booklet for information on the department to which you intend to apply. The fee for the GRE ranges approximately from $160 to $190 US. The General Test is offered only on the computer in the US and in most locations around the world. The computer-based GRE General Test is available year round, and appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to maximize your chances of scheduling your preferred test date and time.

International English Language Testing System

IELTS exam measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.

Test of English as a Foreign Language                

 Students whose native language is not English may take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 577 (233 for computer-based; 90 for internet-based) is required for visa certification. Many departments have higher score requirements.

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Course Modules

Week # Topics Assignments
2 Discussion: Preparation for the Installation The ideas behind the studio and installations (both the conceptual and actual modes) all came from an individual emotional engagement with a literal proposition toward the existing place. A tangible physical proposal was put forward through a process of discussion and making. The studio spent four hours consecutively in the MIT Chapel, to experience space / material / form / light over time.
3 Installation The students built their installations at full scale along the corridors of MIT. Inhabitation, topology of both space and material, and the performance and quality of the occupation of space were all considered in the installation. These considerations were all made relative to time, gravity, and the changes that occur along that scale.
5 Installation Review
6 Discussion: Issues The studio took on the following issues as a method of discovering architecture: The cyclical nature of making / gravity, forces of nature, and phenomenology / materiality / perception / the social reality of the program / renovation and recreation of life in space at MIT.
7 Conceptual Models Models centered around the issues raised in the installations, and related to the program of the student center were discussed.
8 Material Model Review Material conceptual models depicting the nature and relation of materials were created and discussed.
10 Midterm Review
11 Discussion: Site Through constant iteration and discussion the program was clarified, and the site and materiality of the project were formalized. Clear reflection, reiteration and the registration of specific phenomena led the project into its final details. The issues now become more real: Mechanism and tectonics / nature and site / student occupation of specific spaces / making the specific from the generic.
13 Content Review As the final design became more refined, its details were reviewed.
15 Final Review

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How to Apply

Application form including $75.00 application fee to be paid by credit card.
GRE scores   Have your official scores sent from ETS directly to MIT. The institution code is 3514 and our department code is 2703. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, in order for your application to be reviewed.

For non-native English speakers, either the IELTS (preferred) or TOEFL score is required. Have your official scores sent from either IELTS or ETS directly to MIT. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, and you must meet the minimum score requirement, in order for your application to be reviewed.

Three letters of recommendation Enter the evaluators’ contact information in this section.  is in your best interest to send the emails out as soon as possible; do not wait to submit the application before sending the emails.  You can later return to this page to see which letters have been submitted.


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