This two-part course will investigate ideas of architectural design process and visual representation through a studio format. We will begin by reading Michael Pollan’s book “A Place of My Own”, using his autobiographical account as a launch pad to explore ideas of shelter. Students will then research and present on various leaders of innovation in the design world and important precedent works, taking note to account for the particular methodological approaches that produced noteworthy outcomes. Drawing from these precedents students will examine various methods for generating a concept, effectively communicating that concept through drawing. Subsequently students will reflect on the outcome a drawing may produce when lifted from the page, or screen, into a fully realized form. Through field trips, additional readings in design theory and phenomenology, and individual research, students will begin to apply these lessons learned to a final semester project. Development of presentation and critical thinking skills will be essential as students will themselves grapple with developing a project all the while addressing key environmental and cultural influences necessary to realize a successful work of architecture. Students will leave with a fundamental understanding of how social, political, performative, and economic factors impact design choices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the process of collaborating as a group, including a variety of perspectives and conceptual approaches, and incorporating the ongoing building process. Students will present their designs for interim and final reviews and will incorporate feedback in an ongoing iterative learning process.
This course is available to Sterling students through our partnership with Yestermorrow Design/Build School. For more information about Sterling’s partnership with Yestermorrow please visit this page.