More Courses in B.Arch. & B.S.A.T.

Design I and II invite students to build on skills such as tectonics, circulation, program, and building systems to guide their understanding of dimensional scale, proportions, and spatial relationships, and to develop a critical approach to built form, understood as the result of the influences of a real site and a specific building program. Site and program come with specific spatial, climate, ecological, socio-economic, and cultural conditions, asking to deal simultaneously with different scales, user groups, and contextual parameters. The ability to critically understand, analyze, and interpret the complexity of the site and its interaction with the assigned program, evaluating also typology and precedent, become principal assets of this studio. Here ordering systems guide proportional relationships and spatial hierarchy, while a specific articulation of surface and materials defines the enclosure. Proposals must be then conceptually clear, tectonically coherent, compositionally precise, and structurally logical.