The studio establishes foundations for architectural design through three projects that build in scope and complexity to have students engage issues of 3-dimensional geometry and drawing, space and component aggregation, ordering systems, structure, circulation and narrative, and tectonics. The design process is introduced as an iterative form of research, experimentation, and play, enabling students to develop conceptual ideas about architecture and translate them into a series of physical and material investigations. Each exercise is envisioned as an introduction to design thinking through an increasingly more complex set of relationships with regard to formal procedures, programs, and systems.
Students are required to work in both physical and digital models, and rehearse both analogue and digital drawing techniques for each exercise. The exercises will test both conceptual and analytical thinking as well as aid in the development of representational skills.
Number of credits: 21