Thesis Core Trilology: Thesis Preparatory Seminar I Thesis Research | Thesis Studio
The architectural thesis is intended to give students an in-depth opportunity for
application, integration, and personal interpretation of principles explored in the Architecture curriculum along with knowledge and ideas gained from other course work, personal interests, and/or professional experience.
This thesis research course will be divided into four segments:
I. Research tools
II. Research process
III. Thesis topics
IV. Individual thesis development
Students are expected to identify, research, and propose both an architectural thesis and thesis project. The thesis position must be supported by a clear, well established, and substantiated argument. The thesis project should be selected to serve both as a vehicle to explore the thesis position intuitively and analytically, and as an architectural representation of the principles embodied in the thesis argument.
Urban Design Studio | Architecture Studio III
Straddling the fields of architecture and planning, the studio critically examines the diverse parameters that impact contemporary urban form, including political, economic, environmental, social, and cultural forces. We investigate how to choreograph and negotiate the competing interests of urban actors and stakeholders in the shaping of urban projects. The students work with various urban communities through research, teaching, travel and design-build interventions.
Several recurring themes and issues of the contemporary city remain in focus in both our research and teaching: theories and histories of urban form, techniques of mapping and representation, the challenges of post-industrial and shrinking cities, the local and global impacts of climate change, brownfield remediation and waterfront transformation, infrastructural and ecological urbanism, and questions of preservation and heritage. The urban design studio addresses these topics both in the context of emerging mega-regions and traditional cities, as well as through the lenses of transportation, housing, urban institutions and ecology.
3rd Year Studio I Sustainable & Environmental Technology Projects
The main question tacked by this studio is how environmental issues and the current technology can affect architectural expression. This design studio seeks to explore the construct of design ideas through systems research and construction simulation. Special attention is given toward egress and public safety. The pedagogy of the studio is that understanding the construct of an idea is critical to the rational development of the idea thus forming a holistic design process.
Curatorial Studies I Curating the City
Elective class that is a hands-on workshop/seminar to introduce the practical and theoretical concerns that shape the activity of a curator.The class will look at a wide range of curatorial approaches and at the considerations that shape the programming policies of different institutions. The spaces in which art and architecture is presented are examined, and different exhibition types and histories discussed. Talks will focus on recent and current exhibitions and on innovative exhibition models and modes of exhibition making – including: curatorial statements, installation, exhibition design and graphics. Visual communication and presentation techniques are often the key to a successful exhibition; therefore, there will be approximately four hands-on workshops during the semester where students explored this issue.
Materials & Methods I Sustainability, Wood, Steel, Concrete, Glass Enclosure Systems
The course focuses on the principles of building construction utilizing contemporary systems along with specific properties and characteristics of materials. The emphasis of the course is on the making of architecture through:
1) Understanding systems as complete assemblies with designed relationships to other
2) To be aware of basic materials and construction methods used in major building structural/enclosure systems;
3) To be able to research and evaluate information in support of selecting systems.
The course focuses on the principles of building construction utilizing contemporary systems along with specific properties and characteristics of materials. This course also has a lab component that includes field trips, hands on workshops, and detail drawing classes.