Architecture: Robotics and Autonomous Systems, MSD

The Master of Science in Design: Robotics and Automated Systems (MSD-RAS) explores avenues for re-situating the role of architectural design within present day autonomous technologies. The program critically develops novel approaches to manufacturing, construction, occupation, demolition and re-use, through creative engagement with robotics, material systems, and design-computation. Students develop skills in advanced forms of robotic manufacturing, artificial intelligence, sensor and vision technologies in order to develop methods for design that harness production or live adaption as a creative opportunity. Operating predominantly through material prototyping and robotic fabrication, participants critically assess the socio-political, ethical and philosophical dimensions of a recent societal shift towards algorithmic and autonomous technological dependence, and provoke alternative forms of dialogue with industry and culture that address our individual and collective engagement with the built environment. The work of the program is both highly speculative and physically manufactured. Students collaboratively develop robotically manufactured architectural prototypes (part or whole) that is presented and exhibited at the completion of the program.


A total of 10 course units are required.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCourse Units
ARCH 800 Introduction to 3D Programming 0.0
 Course Units0.00
ARCH 801 Material Agencies: Robotics & Design Lab I 2.0
ARCH 803 General Overview of Algorithmic Design and Robotic Fabrication 0.5
ARCH 805 Introduction to Micro-controllers, Sensor and Actuator Systems 0.5
ARCH 807 RAS Theory 1.0
Designated Elective (withing Architecture + Engineering) 1.0
 Course Units5.00
ARCH 802 Material Agencies: Robotics & Design Lab II 2.0
ARCH 804 Advanced RAS Programming 1.0
ARCH 806 Experimental Matter 1.0
ARCH 808 Scientific Research and Writing 1.0
 Course Units5.00
 Total Course Units10.00

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.