The Master of Science in Architecture concentration of Digital and Material Technologies is an intensive 10-month post-professional degree that invests in the technologies, materials, and production logics that are most drastically shaping and challenging our built world and its respective industries.
As architecture integrates advanced technologies and material applications from the aerospace, automotive, and shipbuilding industries, it has altered both the way buildings are conceived and manufactured. Computer-aided design/manufacturing technologies and an insistence on the cohesive material systems have forced architects to reconsider their role in response to an influx of complex performance requirements, changing contractual relationships, and multidisciplinary collaborations. Master of Science in Architecture concentration of Digital and Material Technologies (DMT) not only allows for hands-on direct engagement with technology and materials but challenges students to explore different design theories and methodologies poised to have disruptive effects on future work in the field.
Collapsing digital technologies and material systems into a cohesive framework of study, Digital and Material Technologies concentration focuses on cutting-edge research in advanced fabrication techniques, digital design and material systems. The interactions of matter and energies in a design practice is driven at all stages of design and production by complex constraints and feedbacks from manufacturing, environment and human interaction. The program focuses on the relationship to digital and material design and output, providing motivated students with an opportunity to pursue architectural innovation within a context where design, composition and modes of production for scales from wearables to buildings have radically changed due to an increasing sophistication and pervasiveness of computationally driven design and fabrication technologies.
The DMT project-based research led by innovative faculty in the college’s world class Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLab) provides a powerful platform for motivated students to explore novel construction approaches of designed objects at various scales. Caniidates work in small collaborative teams with faculty at Taubman College and across campus in departments such as Material Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Interaction, Art & Design and the Center for Sustainable Systems. Taubman College and the University of Michigan possess unique resources, such as the Taubman College FABLab, the Duderstadt Center with Motion Capture Lab and Immersive Virtual Environment, the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Lab, and the Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems. The Southeast Michigan region positions candidates in close proximity to some of the most advanced manufacturing facilities worldwide.