Product Architecture

Product Architecture

The Product-Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology is a pioneering graduate program integrating the study of Architecture, Engineering, Product Design, and Interaction.

The program overcomes longstanding deficiencies in design education by creating a distinctive fusion of design culture and technology through the disciplines of computation, analysis, and advanced production methodologies.

The curriculum focuses upon immersion in the tools that inform this design convergence, and creates opportunities for students to undertake applied research on real projects and collaborate with designers, engineers, scientists and manufacturers at the most progressive design firms in the metropolitan New York area.

The goals and objectives of this program are:

  1. To prepare a new generation of design professionals that are fluent in cutting-edge technology and working methodologies.
  2. To use performance criteria to design and engineer expressive environments and form.
  3. To push design computation beyond form finding and visualization towards form resolution and fabrication.
  4. To integrate the study of information management and communication with digital and physical manifestations of data.

The degree is officially Masters of Engineering in Product Architecture and Engineering, and normally takes a full-time student 2 years to complete.

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Masters Program in Product Architecture & Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Product-Architecture & Engineering degree program is supported by The Product - Architecture Lab and is intended to integrate the study of Product Design, Computational Architecture and Engineering with production methodologies and emerging materials. It can be considered as a terminal degree or as preparation for the Ph.D. program. A Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering, a BID, (BFA, BA, or BS) in Industrial Design, or a BArch (Bachelor in Architecture) is needed for acceptance to the master's program. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other engineering or design disciplines may be required to take appropriate undergraduate courses before being formally admitted into the program.

The Master of Engineering in Product-Architecture and Engineering degree requires 30 credits, approved by the student's academic advisor. Fifteen of the credits (or five courses) form the core and comprise the student's major field. Nine of the credits (or three courses) form the Mechanical Engineering requirements and can consist of any of the offered ME courses included in the course catalogue. The core classes and the recommended courses from the ME department are as follows:

The Master of Engineering in Product-Architecture & Engineering degree program is supported by The Product - Architecture Lab and is intended to integrate the study of Product Design, Computational Architecture and Engineering with production methodologies and emerging materials. It can be considered as a terminal degree or as preparation for the Ph.D. program. A Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering, a BID, (BFA, BA, or BS) in Industrial Design, or a BArch (Bachelor in Architecture) is needed for acceptance to the master's program. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other engineering or design disciplines may be required to take appropriate undergraduate courses before being formally admitted into the program.

The Master of Engineering in Product-Architecture and Engineering degree requires 30 credits, approved by the student's academic advisor. Fifteen of the credits (or five courses) form the core and comprise the student's major field. Nine of the credits (or three courses) form the Mechanical Engineering requirements and can consist of any of the offered ME courses included in the course catalogue. The core classes and the recommended courses from the ME department are as follows:

Core Courses
ME Courses
  • PAE 610 The Creative Form and the Digital Environment: Introduction to the study of expressive form with integrated functional application.
  • PAE 620 The Creative Form and the Production Environment
  • PAE 630 Introduction to Interactive Digital Media
  • PAE 640 Performative Environments
  • PAE 800 Product-Architecture and Engineering Design Project
  • ME 520 Analysis and Design of Composites
  • ME 564 Principles of Optimum Design and Manufacture
  • ME 566 Design for Manufacturability
  • ME 635 Simulation and Modeling

The remaining two courses (6 credits) constitute the student's elective field and will consist of: at least one course of "600-level or higher" given in the Product-Architecture and Engineering department a maximum of one course given in other departments

A student may elect to complete a Thesis (PAE 900 Thesis in Product-Architecture and Engineering, 3 credits) in lieu of completing one of the two open electives. In order to graduate with a Master of Engineering in Product-Architecture and Engineering, a student must obtain a minimum of "B" average in the major field as well as an overall average of "B" in all the courses needed to meet the 30-credit requirement for the degree. Please see the Office of Graduate Studies section on Student Status.

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Admission Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree programs requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Required Documentation

All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores*
  • Application fee

Optional Documents:

  • Resume/CV

* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819).  For English language proficiency requirements please click here.

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned Academic Advisor's contact information.

For questions related to program requirements please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@stevens.edu.

For more details on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website at www.stevens.edu/graduate.