Architecture, Health and Design, M.S.
Curriculum

Major Requirements

Term One Requirements Credits:
ARCH 701C Health and Design Studio 1: Healthcare Facilities Design 6
This is the first Advanced Architecture Design Studio, ARCH 701C, in the Master of Science in Architecture, Health and Design program. The studio will be supported by a network of academics and practitioners in design and health fields in the New York City region. Some of these people, from companies and institutions, will be integrated into the teaching activities of this studio. Students will be introduced to case studies in healthcare spaces, to base reflections and interdisciplinary design approaches mobilized as alternatives to conventional practices in the field. Existing systems of medical principles, systems and organization will be analyzed in case studies, and, through transformation and recombination, new spatial and environmental qualities will be generated in design proposals. The objective of the studio is to learn the skills, sensibilities and methods by which to make pertinent alternative design schemes for the healthcare industry, professionals and patients.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 751 Studio Workshop 1: Introduction to Design Technologies 1
In this skills-based workshop, ARCH 751, students will acquire advanced skills required for use in design studios, including tools for analysis, simulation, 3D modeling in Rhinoceros software and plug-ins, fabrication technologies, and visualization. The objective of this required course is for students to learn and apply computational skills towards design problems. Conducted at the start of Fall semester, the lab component of this module will target ways to analyze, simulate and synthesize the spatial and environmental attributes which promote health and wellness. Taught as an intensive tutorial format, this workshop is organized in a series of technique-based modules on specific platforms, software and interfaces, which aim to progressively advance the ability of students to apply computation to design. This workshop will build up from the learning of modeling operations, simple scripts to small plug-ins, to add-ons, to increasingly more complex applications. Design exercises will be assigned in relation to student's skills developing shared tools, including scripts, coding, algorithms, and visual algorithms.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-1-1
ARCH 753 Core Seminar 1: History and Theory of Design for Health 3
This core course, ARCH 753, focuses on the history and theory related to designing for health, at the intersection of methodologies, design commonalities and specificities, between healthiness of our bodies, minds and the mutually reciprocal relationship to the healthiness of our interior architectural environments. Principles of holistic design for health, as well as some of the key tools and design approaches are introduced in this course. Aiming to introduce a history of health institutions and their associated spaces, the course will develop expertise with which to address challenges faced by ageing, injured or disabled subjects with diminished mobility, the embedding of universal and inclusive design, confronting the notion of a perfect, healthy and idealized body. A contemporary human-centered approach to designing spaces for wellness, challenges the standardization of architectural and interior spaces, and also the uniformity of healthcare. Architectural spaces are conventionally designed for normative bodies, generally dismissing illness and disability as limiting factors in how some people use and move through spaces. Architecture, medical products, and clothing are all dimensions to the measurements of averaged, and often idealized bodies. There persists an ableist bias, as opposed to disabled or, extraordinary, based on standardized, normative body features, dimensions and capacities. In turn, designing spaces for people with disabilities brings challenges to deviate from the standardization and regulation of architectural space. Students examine the major preventative health issues, and their spatial consequences, affecting the design of spaces with health and wellness today. The ways in which architectural and interior spaces have contributed throughout history to our well-being, forms the overall focus of this core course. The course surveys the disciplinary domains of the design of institutional design, architectural and interior spaces, mobility schemes and devices, medical products, interfaces, fabrics, wearables and clothing, material systems, and smart systems.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 10 Credits
 
Term One Electives (choose one) Credits:
ARCH 755 Elective Seminar 1: Environmental Behavior and Design Intelligence 2
This elective course, ARCH 755, introduces concepts and computational tools in the area of environmental qualities. Students will be introduced to a toolbox which can be applied to the measurement of problem-based environmental attributes of daylight and artificial light, color, temperature, air quality and flow, and other environmental attributes and their qualities, as well as a set of skills which simulate environmental behaviors in space. In a series of technical software tutorials, methods will be introduced, for the automating the generation of vast quantities options in relation to varying criteria and constraining parameters – or, optioneering – to map out a solution space of possibilities, rather than a single optimal solution. Introducing student to environmental qualities and their impact on human well-being, these notions are key concepts to base innovations in the architecture and design of healthcare spaces. In addition to learning simulation software applied to environmental qualities, this course is pedagogically organized to include seminar discussions around particular themes and readings, including nature, environments, atmosphere and design intelligence, as well as problem-based short design exercises, on a case study prototype, worked on in groups of students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-1-2
ARCH 757 Elective Seminar 1: Materials I – Intelligent Materiality 2
This elective seminar, ARCH 757, is offered to satisfy the Focus Area III of the Master of Science of Architecture, Computational Technologies program and Focus Area II of the Master of Science of Architecture, Health and Design program. In the two consecutive elective seminars (ARCH 757, ARCH 758) students will learn and apply computation in relation to fabrication and will analyze, research, displace and investigate new paradigms in materiality applied to architecture. This seminar will focus on material properties, behavior and characteristics through environmental simulation and optimization, structural simulation and optimization, studies the properties of material composites, hybrid materials, and polymers through 3d and 4d printing. New knowledge and research will be developed and implemented through a creative applied design exercise aimed to build up specific skills but also critical positions in relation to material computation, material logic, informed material processes, and simulation applied to architecture, ecology and health.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-1-2
    Total: 2 Credits
 
Term Two Requirements Credits:
ARCH 702C Health and Design Studio 2: Health Prototypes 6
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ARCH 701C Corequisites: ARCH 752

This is the second Advanced Architecture Design Studio, ARCH 702C, in the Master of Science in Architecture, Health and Design program. This studio focuses on prototyping innovative configurations and material assemblages of spaces for health and wellness. This studio will be briefed by medical and design partners within other Schools and Colleges in NYIT, other academic partners in the New York City region, and industry collaborators with specific expertise to plug into the studio. Benefiting from introductory Lab workshops on alternative approaches to materiality, multidisciplinary design, computational and electronic augmentation, students will acquire further skills for a series of experimental design products in this semester. Knowledge gained in core seminars will be folded into the methodologies and products worked on in this semester. Informed by a complex set of briefing agencies, to prototype spaces, design work in this studio will be generated in relation to dynamic environmental qualities at various scales. This Second design studio is concerned with how spaces aligned to the constraints of disability, and confronting ableist biases for standard, normative body types, and the capacity for mobility and access. The outcomes of this studio will be a series of smaller scale design outcomes, as ergonomic and kinesiologic formations, leading to spatial networks, and ultimately, configured as a new institutional diagram.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 752 Studio Workshop 2: Multidisciplinary Design 1
his workshop, ARCH 752, will focus on the deep influence of the environmental qualities of our designed spaces upon the health, wellness and fitness of our bodies and minds. Design processes, technologies and end devices can be made more accessible through collaboration between diverse actors and agents, for communities of practice to come together to target more personalized medicine, and to empower the patient. This lab will introduce principles and practices of collaborative design, across design and health, including architecture, interior design, industrial design and product design, fashion, material science, and other disciplinary arenas. Experimenting on a co-design mode of crossing disciplinary practices will be built into the ethos of the program, with a goal to achieve design solutions, made possible by multiple contributors with diverse disciplinary expertise. Topics include leadership and management methods, coordination, and communication. In a series of intensive lecture, seminar and lab sessions, this workshop will also deliver a set of key readings and case studies.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-1-1
ARCH 754 Core Seminar 2: Body, Mind, and Built Environments 3
In this core seminar course, ARCH 754, students learn new approaches to environmental and material organizations in architectural space, with an emphasis on the emotional and physical effects of architectural space on our health and wellness. In a series of lectures, case studies, student-led seminar presentations on case studies and weekly readings, the fresh arena of augmented and intelligent materials, spaces and interfaces will experiment with the physical bodily and cognitive effects, to enable designed environments to have more positively impacting effects upon our bodies and minds. This course introduces eastern medical and spatial philosophies which reveal well-being as an affect of architectural space. The consequences of these medical philosophies for spatial environments will be shaped by a participatory approach to design, in which design outcomes are shaped through co-design between architectural designers, industrial designers, material scientists, and medical professionals. The customization of environments, spaces and products, can be aimed to target a greater extent of universalization, through modularity, which can be a recombinant strategy to achieve a universal design language.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 10 Credits
 
Term Two Electives (choose one) Credits:
ARCH 756 Elective Seminar 2: Medical and Mobility Prototypes 2
In this elective course, ARCH 756, students are introduced to the latest advancements in material research and development in applications for medical products, spaces and devices, mobility systems, are making advances in materials, and augmented and intelligent systems for assisted mobility and injury recovery. Today’s maker culture, reliant on collaborative design, is creating alternative medical devices by democratized prototyping, working closely with patients, with their best interest in mind. Appropriating knowledge from various sources, and transferring it to another application, the bottom-up, on-site making of medical products is a tendency which is at the intersection of design, health and technology. Material research in the area of medical products, spaces and devices, are making advances in design arenas, which enlist, fabrics and textiles, embedding smart systems into textiles and other hard surface materials, actuated by illumination and other effects. Processes of design and end devices can be made more accessible through collaboration between diverse actors and agents. Communities of practice can come together to collaborate on the design of spaces, with the aim to personalize medicine, and to empower the patient. Applications in medical mobility; navigation; dressing/undressing; universal accessibility, and the creation of positive atmospheres in interior environments, will be addressed in coursework in elective course.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-1-2
ARCH 758 Elective Seminar 2: Materials II – Living Materiality 2
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ARCH 757

This elective seminar, ARCH 758, is offered to satisfy the Focus Area III of the Master of Science of Architecture, Computational Technologies program and Focus Area II of the Master of Science of Architecture, Health and Design program. In the two consecutive elective seminars (ARCH 757, ARCH 758) students will learn and apply computation in relation to fabrication and will analyze, research, displace and investigate new paradigms in materiality applied to architecture. Material design and research will be developed through computer simulation, optimization, testing and prototyping. This seminar will focus on innovative research on ecological materials, bio-materials, live cell materials, live cell growth and synthetic live cell 3d printing, and intelligent responsive materials. New knowledge and research will be developed and implemented through a creative applied design exercise aimed to build up specific skills but also critical positions in relation to material computation, material logic, informed material processes, and simulation applied to architecture, ecology and health.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-1-2
    Total: 2 Credits
 
Term Three Requirements Credits:
ARCH 703C Health and Design Studio 3: HD Project Based Learning (PBL) 6
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ARCH 702C

This is the third Advanced Architecture Design Studio, ARCH 703C, in the Master of Science in Architecture, Health and Design program. This last Studio 3 - PBL, in continuity with but differing from Studio 1 and 2, will be a project based applied research studio during the summer session. The studio will culminate with a final project that consolidates the knowledge and skills learned in the earlier studios, core and elective courses enabling students to synthesize and develop a particular area of interest at the intersection of design, technology and health. A structured framework will help the students to identify a robust and focused set of theoretical, design-based objectives and fabrication explorations. The focus of the final project is to twofold: firstly, to synthesize professional, historical, theoretical, social, material, etc. knowledge; and secondly, to have immediate consequences for industry of an exploratory area of multidisciplinary design at the intersection of Architecture and Medical fields, presented as the development of prototypical propositions. The studio concludes with an exhibition of final projects in this MS program.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
    Total: 6 Credits
 
Total Program Credits = 30