One of the remarkable developments in contemporary culture is the convergence of practices that once unambiguously belonged to either creative design or technological experimentation and empiricism, but that today share methods, means, and concerns, in different mediums.

Coupling an intensive critical and theoretical approach with practical, lab-based projects, the Mediums Domain of the MDes program advances innovative methods for making and understanding form and technologically driven design. Of particular importance are practices that seek to engage with the public and social realm, using advanced technological support for forms of expression that can be both projective and mnemonic. The Mediums Domain seeks creative individuals from all backgrounds and academic disciplines with a keen interest in contemporary urban, aesthetic, political, and technological culture. The Mediums Domain is interlaced with a predilection for intervention, exhibition, and public work, and with an emphasis on sophisticated thinking, advanced fabrication methodologies and techniques, and aesthetic and social engagement.

With a roster of faculty members, each recognized experts in respective specialties, the Mediums Domain offers students full access to courses and initiatives across the GSD and throughout Harvard University. The Domain allows students to pursue a broad spectrum of inquiries, including design computation, digital fabrication, robotics, and the exploration of responsive environments.

Domain Head

Allen Sayegh, Associate Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology

Research Affiliations

REAL Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab
Material Processes and Systems (MaP+S) Group @ Harvard Graduate School of Design
Center for Green Buildings and Cities