Architecture Design Studio II

4.023, 4.401, 4.500
Required of: 
Course 4 majors, Architecture minors
Preference Given to: 
Course 4 majors, Architecture minors

Studio Overview

This studio introduces skills needed to build within contemporary conditions. Broadly speaking, the studio will conduct analysis of an existing environment and design a building that fosters relationships between its intended activities and the larger urban territory while redefining the urban environment. The design process is introduced as an iterative form of research that enables students to take conceptual ideas about architecture and translate them into physical and material investigations. Students are required to work in both physical and digital models, and produce both analogue and digital drawings for each exercise. The exercises will test both conceptual and analytical thinking as well as aid in the development of representational skills.

Learning Objectives and Completion Requirements

At the end of the course students should be able to translate an idea into an architectural proposition and understand the intentions and consequences behind basic design decisions. Students should also be able to engage with an increasing level of design research through iterative studies and move fluidly between different modes and scales of operation. Conventions of architectural representation and communication through drawing and modeling should be engaged with clarity and intention. Students will need to demonstrate basic application of design skills, understanding of architectural conventions, and ability to sustain an increasing level of research in the exercises over the semester. Completion of each of the exercises, rigor in process and clarity in representation, as well as the overall progress of the semester will be fundamental factors in the final evaluation.