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Architecture Design Core Studio I

Prerequisites: 
Permission of instructor
Open only to: 
1st-year MArch students
Required of: 
MArch

Studio Overview

The studio establishes foundations for architectural design through three 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, material, and representational 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.

Completion Requirements & Pedagogical Objectives

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 design. Conventions of architectural representation and communication through drawing and modeling should be engaged with clarity and intentionality. Students will need to demonstrate application of design skills, understanding of architectural conventions, and ability to sustain an increasing level of research in the projects 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.