Critical, Curatorial + Conceptual Practices in Architecture

Felicity D. Scott + Mark Wasiuta, directors

The Masters of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture offers advanced training in the fields of architectural criticism, publishing, curating, exhibiting, writing and research through a two-year, full-time course of intensive academic study and independent research. The program recognizes that architectural production is multi-faceted and diverse and that careers in architecture often extend beyond traditional modes of professional practice and academic scholarship, while at the same time reflecting and building upon them.

The CCCP program is structured to reflect this heterogeneity and the multiple sites and formats of exchange through which the field of architecture operates while at the same time sponsoring the ongoing critical development and interaction of such a matrix of practices and institutions. The program’s emphasis is thus on forging new critical, theoretical and historical tools, and producing new and rigorous concepts and strategies for researching, presenting, displaying and disseminating modern and contemporary architecture and closely related fields. The program is aimed primarily (but not exclusively) at those with a background in architecture who wish to advance and expand their critical and research skills in order to pursue professional and leadership careers as architectural critics, theorists, journalists, historians, editors, publishers, curators, gallerists, institute staff and directors, teachers and research-based practitioners. Applicants might be seeking further academic training or specialization after a professional degree or years of teaching, or even at mid-career. They might also have worked in a related field and be seeking an academic forum to develop additional specializations in architecture. The program also provides the highest level of preparatory training for application to Ph.D. programs in architectural history and theory.

In addition to their coursework and workshop-based presentations by visiting curators, critics, exhibition designers and directors of institutions, CCCP students undertook assistantships with the directors of exhibitions, print publications and public events at the GSAPP.  They also initiated exhibitions and research projects both on campus and beyond. This year the second year students travelled to Studio-X in Mumbai to undertake a research project and exhibition entitled Re-versing Out-sourcing, while first year students organized a remarkable international symposium, Interpretations: Discerning Fiction.