Studio problems to develop awareness, knowledge, and basic skills needed in the synthesis of building form.
This course serves as an introduction to the studio sequence of the undergraduate architectural program. It is therefore designed to develop through a series of design projects and experiences your awareness and understanding interdependence of design, spacial utilization, and technology in architecture.
Student learning goals
Experience and understand the nature of the design activity
Become aware of certain fundamental design principles
Become aware of the human dimensions of architectural space
Develop a visual sense of scale & proportion
Develop an understanding of basic structural principles
Learn and utilize a systematic approach to construction
General method of instruction
In this course, we explore design issues and principles through a sequence of projects. Each project builds on the preceding one in terms of experience, skill, and complexity.
Each class period consists of a series of parts. We usually meet first as a class to introduce projects, offer lectures on important concepts, and review the schedule for the day. The various student groups will then divide the remaining time of each class into: 1. Studio time for individual and group critiques, discussion, and work 2. Computer modeling 3. Producing modeling material in the shop
Prerequisite: ARCH 211; co requisite: ARCH 315
Class assignments and grading
PROJECT 1 introduces you to the dimensions of human behavior, basic structural principles, and a systematic approach to constructing a simple post-and-beam structure
PROJECT 2 gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the flexibility of your constructional system by adapting it to a specific program and site. Your design should reflect not only the technical concerns of Project 1, but also accommodate a range of human activities and respond to the topographical and climatic constraints and opportunities of an actual building site.
PROJECT 3 allows you to further develop and refine your solution to Project 2 in response to comments received in a formal review process
PROJECT 4 unites your efforts in Arch 300 and 315 to develop the drawings for the formal presentation of Project 3.
Specific criteria for grading will be included with each project statement. In addition, general criteria that will apply for all work are: workmanship, correctness of format, and timeliness of completion. The faculty fully expects that any work you submit for credit will exhibit care and commitment on your part.