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Architecture Design Studio II

Studio Overview: The studio introduces skills needed to build within contemporary cities. 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.

Evaluation Criteria and Grading: The following criteria will be used for the evaluation of your work, both in terms of helping your progress and in final grading. (01) Thesis: How clearly are you articulating your conceptual intentions? (02) Translation of Thesis: How well are you using your thesis to develop a spatial and architectural response to given problems? (03) Representation Appropriateness: How well matched is your choice of representational means to your intentions? (04) Representation Quality: How accomplished are you with drawing, modeling, digital representation, etc? To what degree do your representations convey what they ought to? (05) Oral Presentation Skills: How clearly are you presenting your ideas orally, whether at your desk, in class discussions, or to a more formal jury? (06) Participation in Discussions: How actively and how constructively are you involved in class discussions, both formally and informally? (07) Response to Criticism: How do you effectively take advantage of criticism from instructors, your classmates and outside jurors? (08) Auto-Critical Skills: To what extent are you able to critique your own work regularly and effectively? (09) Attendance. Absence is permitted only with a medical excuse supported by a doctor’s note or verifiable personal emergency.