Harvard Graduate School of Design announces two new concentrations in the Master in Design Studies (MDesS) degree program

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Critical and Strategic Conservation
Anticipatory Spatial Practice

Applications deadline: January 14, 2011

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design is launching two new areas of concentration within the Master in Design Studies degree program: Critical and Strategic Conservation and Anticipatory Spatial Practice. Students will be accepted into these new concentrations for enrollment in fall 2011. Critical and Strategic Conservation uses the techniques and procedures of design to extend the social, economic, and cultural usefulness of buildings, landscapes, and cities. While it is related to historic preservation and shares a concern for the built environment, it is distinct insofar as it construes the contexts for analysis very broadly, including the cultural histories of a place, and attempts to consider a wide range of possible strategies for intervention. The area coordinators are Michael Hays and Rahul Mehrotra; associated faculty include Anita Berrizbeitia, Timothy Hyde, Mark Laird, Toshiko Mori, Mark Mulligan, Erika Naginski, Antoine Picon, Hashim Sarkis, Jorge Silvetti, and Charles Waldheim.Anticipatory Spatial Practice will address the inevitability of unpredictable shocks to the built and natural environment, whether due to earthquakes and floods or radical social ruptures. It acknowledges that the certainty of catastrophic disruptions demands anticipatory plans and practices that provide people and societies with the tools to effectively prepare for, cope with, and manage rapid change. The concentration will provide students with the intellectual skills to develop preemptive, anticipatory practices in the areas of design, analysis, urban and territorial management, and development. Associated faculty will include Michael Hooper, Rahul Mehrotra, Joyce Rosenthal, and Christian Werthmann.

These two new concentrations complement our existing six tracks, two of which were launched last year and admitted their first students this fall. Krzysztof Wodiczko, Professor in Residence of Art, Design, and the Public Domain, is area coordinator for Art, Design, and the Public Domain, and Charles Waldheim, Professor of Landscape Architecture, serves as area coordinator for Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology. These programs join with History and Philosophy of Design, Technology, Real Estate, and Sustainable Design.

More information on the MDesS program and how to apply may be found at