Situated Technologies

The Situated Technologies Graduate Research Group is engaged in design experimentation that repositions architecture in an expanded field.

Architecture today is expansive in its practices and in its composition. Complex assemblages of code, people, space, material, infrastructure, practices, processes: each are technologies unto themselves, as is their gathering in architecture. There’s no digital architecture anymore; there’s just architecture. In this context, “technology” refers to different things, to design and building technologies, but also to technology within the built environment, to methods of work, and more.

We depart from these observations to explore methods of study and to conduct experiments that probe the limits of architecture: prototypes, processes, techniques, modes of collaboration, and workflows. We adopt new methods to identify new sites of inquiry, at different scales and within different social and political settings, for an expanded field of practice. Design studios and seminars result, accordingly, in a wide range of outcomes–buildings, devices, events, infrastructures, tools, workflows, interfaces–and in skillsets that enable our students to articulate new agencies for architecture.

This prepares our students for a field that now supports increasingly diverse modes of practice. Graduates of our group join architectural design firms, but also engage in critical creative and scholarly work, design digitally interactive and responsive environments, and innovate novel methods of design and fabrication.

Faculty members working in the group are associated with the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST).

Related Courses


This course examines the many ways in which humans respond to (and often modify) both private and public space. It falls within the intellectual domain of Inclusive Design.


This studio will be closely coordinated with ARC 619: Architecture and the Information Environment and ARC 593 Code and Space. No prior conceptual or technical expertise required.


Code and Space is a fast-paced design workshop aimed at providing students with an introduction to both the tools and concepts required for creating objects, spaces, and media that sense and respond to their physical surroundings. 

Affiliated Faculty

Omar Khan’s research and practice address responsiveness and performativity in architecture.
Mark Shepard holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Architecture and Media Study. He received a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, a Master of Fine Arts in Combined Media from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.
Associate Professor Hadas A. Steiner received a Ph.D. in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters degree in Art History from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from Columbia University.
Nicholas Bruscia’s teaching and research experiment with architectural form and structure via computational simulation and material prototyping.