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James Kimo Safford Griggs
ARCH 430
Seattle Campus

Materials and Processes

Lectures, field trips, and laboratory sessions directed toward the nature, potentials, and limitations of a variety of materials (wood, metal, plastics, inorganic cementing materials, minerals, rocks, and clay) and the processes involved with their production, fabrication, and system compatibility.

Class description

The course is intended primarily for undergraduates, but it also provides graduate students with an opportunity to pursue focused, advanced research of specific processes or technologies. The regular course will first introduce materials and basic methods of making in a lecture format, supported by a series of hands-on workshop exercises. Each student will be expected to devote themselves to the research of a material or method of making - or both where appropriate to the chosen topic. A written report and a short presentation to the class will be required, and a parallel quarter-long hands-on project will be pursued in the workshops.

Student learning goals

Understanding of basic ways that things are made, including Material Removal, Fabrication, & Molding or Casting Processes and Technologies.

Understanding of how the choice of specific materials and processes may have direct consequences on the formation of structure, space, order and hierarchy in building.

Understanding how to develop effective research methods that incorporate hands-one activities within an academic pursuit

Knowledge of specific qualities of materials and appropriate processes for working with them.

General method of instruction

Lectures with supporting hands-on workshop sessions

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Class assignments and grading

Quarter-long research project, culminating in a written report and presentation to the class.

There short introductory projects in the workshop related to Material Removal, Form-making and Casting, and Fabrication using mechanical fasteners.

Quarter-long materials and/or processes project culminating in a review.

Research project will count for 1/3 of the final grade Three short projects together will count for 1/3 of the final grade Materials and/or Processes project will count for 1/3 of the final grade


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James Kimo Safford Griggs
Date: 02/14/2013