Architecture Design Core Studio I

The studio establishes foundations for architectural design through five exercises that build up in scope and complexity to engage issues of space, organization, structure, circulation, use, and tectonics. The design process is introduced as an iterative form of research that enables students to develop conceptual ideas about architecture and translate them into physical and material investigations. Each exercise introduces an increasingly fuller set of relationships with regard to site, program, and building systems with the last exercise emphasizing the interrelationship of these fundamental aspects of architectural design. Students are required to work in both physical and digital models, and produce drawings for each exercise. The exercises will test both conceptual and analytical thinking as well as aid in the development of representational skills. The course is intended for entering MArch students and must be taken in sequence.