Posted by Will Hayes on June 28, 2002 at 14:05:22:
In Reply to: masters programs/ theory posted by sara again on June 27, 2002 at 10:49:01:
Columbia, Harvard, & SCI-Arc all have reputations as being recently/currently on the 'cutting edge' of architectural theory & research. I would recommend them all as being exceptional schools, especially if an eduacation that's heavily theory-based is what you're after.
My school, Penn (which perhaps I should refer to as "The University of Pennsylvania" or "the GSFA" after some recent confusion on this board) is also very strong on theory, but has a decided slant towards material properties and concepts of fabrication and construction in the first year, as opposed to "pure theory".
For example: The very first studio exercise at Penn is usually something like designing and fabricating a full-scale joint, cladding for a body part, or container for an everyday object; whereas the first exercise at Columbia was something like choosing three animals, developing a system of categorization for them then relating them to one another.
Hope that helps.