Introduction to Architectural Design and Visual Culture
(Studio for non-majors)
This design studio course for non-majors introduces design as an analytical, representational and productive act. Emphasis is placed on the development of a methodology for architectural design work and critique. Students explore various analytical, conceptual and design approaches and examine existing and potential spatial and programmatic conditions. Students use and experiment with various modes of representation (collage, sketching, orthographic drawing, physical models). Students are encouraged to address architecture through the expertise of their own disciplines. Studio work is integrated with field trips throughout the city.
Architectural Representation: Abstraction
(Required studio for all majors)
This design studio course explores the conventions of architectural language in two and three dimensions. Orthographic projection types – plan, section, elevation and axonometric – are studied in hand-drawn and computer-assisted formats to analyze seen and implied spatial relations. Models are similarly analytic and exploratory. Different faculty offer their own introductory exercises stressing skills, concepts and self-critique but all sections include a project using an existing urban space as a site of inquiry. Students interpret specific spaces, systems and surfaces of the city and formulate an invention-intervention based upon the generative possibilities of abstraction.
Architectural Representation: Perception
(Required studio for all majors)
This design studio course introduces visual perception and media as catalysts for the production and critique of architecture. Emphasis is placed on understanding how space is perceived and how different media can be utilized to document and invent architectural space. Project issues include the representation and experience of a specific space, activities performed in place or over time and the performance of program. Source media include photographs, drawings, films, videos, models, games, texts as well as virtual and real spaces. Students use these media to develop analytical, critical and representational skills and as generative design tools.
Architectural Design I, II
(Required studio for studio majors)
In this two-semester sequence of studios students study architectural design as a mode of cultural communication and imaginative experimentation. As the studio sequence evolves, emphasis is increasingly placed on the relationship between material, tectonic, and programmatic organization and the social and cultural contexts of a site of investigation. Students work at a variety of scales, with a variety of techniques and in a variety of research situations and are asked to comprehensively address architectural problems. Emphasis is placed on architectural production as a process of analysis, critique and synthesis. The two studios broaden and deepen the students' awareness architecture as a discipline.
Note: Architectural Design I is taught only in the fall semester and Architectural Design II is taught only in the spring.
Architectural Design III
(Elective Design Studio)
This is a vertical studio taught by our senior faculty. The studio focuses on intensive research based experimental work.
Note: Architectural Design 3 is taught only in the fall semester.