The premise of the Design Computation Dual Degree program is that design has become increasingly important to computer scientists and at the same time computation has become important to designers.  This program is a unique curriculum that systematically combines the strength and insights of each discipline.

The curriculum integrates Computer Science/SIS and Architecture students and faculty working collaboratively on tasks that challenge both fields.  Early in the curriculum, the cohorts with architecture background and those with computing background will be taking courses to provide basic competency in a new discipline.

Research Assistantships (including tuition and a stipend) as well as other forms of financial support for students are available. Eligibility for financial support will be by recommendation of the admission committee.

As computing has matured as a discipline, it has expanded its focus to include the physical and virtual settings in which users interact with the machine.  Specialties like human computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, gaming and visualization require an understanding not only of the logic of the machine, but also the logic of the user.  Based on these concerns, the design thinking ability that is an integral part of design training is of interest as an alternative paradigm that may change the way that students think and operate.

Within architecture, there is a unique opportunity to develop students who will have the knowledge to lead the integration of the computer into architectural practice and research.  As firms rely more and more on computation, those who know how to think, program and script will be able to change the way architects design and practice.  We see the day fast approaching when the IT department at firms is not separate but rather is at the core of what architects do.  Already, in advanced practices across the world, computing and design are intermingling. UNC Charlotte has a variety of facilitates associated with this program including an advanced Digital Fabrication Lab including a KUKA KR-60 Robotic Arm, an Interaction Design Lab, the UNC Charlotte Visualization Center.

NOTE: Other programs within the School of Architecture are accredited through the National Architectural Accrediting Board, but the Master of Architecture III degree program, because of its research focus, is not an accredited program and can not lead to licensure as a registered architect.

Initial Application Deadline January 15, 2017 for initial funding opportunities.

Final Deadline August 1, 2017 if spots remain.

Industry partners include: Autodesk, Electrolux, and a range of National design firms.

The School of Architecture (SoA) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position in Advanced Design Computation at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. A position description can be found here.