Masters Postgraduate Course in Advanced Design: Innovation and Transdisciplinarity in Architectural Design
“Advanced Design: Innovation and Transdisciplinarity in Architectural Design” is a four-semester Masters Programme at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | School of Architecture that has the ambition to establish an open and wide platform of long-term research and experimentation through architectural events of logos and praxis. Its Research agendas will be oriented towards contemporary issues regarding creativity, relevant innovation and design in the complex interface of geopolitics and ubiquitous computational logic.
The curriculum of the Programme is open to diverse fields such as critical theory and advanced computing, ecology and anthropology, design theory and material science, philosophy and posthuman theories, robotics and political theory. Through a critical framework, transdisciplinarity is embraced in a way to render intelligible the dense complexity of the architectural design event and to speculate for innovative design proposals that link conditions from the molecular to the planetary scale.
The aim of the postgraduate programme is to refocus on the discussion and on delving into the development of new knowledge, relevant competencies and diverse skills towards shaping and supporting a new profile of the contemporary creator-designer capable of collaborating and interacting with other experts. This collaboration can yield innovative proposals, relevant to the contemporary society of information and knowledge.
Through theoretical investigation and design experimentation in practical terms, the graduate student of the Programme will acquire the ability to comprehend and speculate via close collaborations and communications with an array of specialists, from a broad spectrum of expertise, ranging from scientific to creative/artistic, in order to exploit this dynamic as a platform for creativity and innovation.
Nowadays, the architect possesses and organizes innovative thinking processes and coordinates, through transdisciplinary partnerships, creative transformations of the existing data and present conditions in novel and future possibilities. The programme focuses on Advanced Design in general, and on architectural design in particular, as a process of thinking and speculation. Leveraging this process as a fundamental trait of the architects’ identity, augments the strategy of broadening their role in the society of other domains of practice and creativity. This transdisciplinary strategy is more than necessary nowadays, as changes in society, economy and technology continuously demand a transformation in the role and relevance of the professional profile of the contemporary architect.