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Architecture (ARCH)

ARCH 131S Basic Design Studio I (4) An introduction to the basic concepts, methods, and skills of architectural design in a project-based, active learning, studio environment.

ARCH 131S Basic Design Studio I (4)

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts, methods, and skills of architectural design. As a "studio," it is a project-based, active learning course where the development and evaluation of the work is driven by a critical dialogue with the instructor and one's classmates.

This course is the first in a series of design studios that serve as the central thread throughout the curricula of the Architecture program. In ARCH 131S, students gain knowledge about the discipline of design, develop skills of design and communication, and foster a capacity for judgment - the ability to make appropriate choices and decisions regarding design questions. As a laboratory, the design studio provides the opportunity to apply and explore the knowledge and experience gained in other courses.

ARCH 131S is an intensive course that encourages creativity and industry on the part of the students. Its design projects are open-ended; there are no single "right answers." It demands energy, creativity, the willingness to take risks, and introspection. each student is expected to be open to a diverse range of ideas, values and solutions. The student is invited to view the studio experience as an opportunity to explore, discover, and invent.

The studio is divided into separate sections, each led by one studio instructor. All sections are assigned a series of common projects and exercises; however, each section instructor will establish particular and unique assignments, and criteria for each project. This introduces students to the rich variety of possibilities in architectural communication and design.

The primary form of evaluation and grading for this class is the "review and critique" during which students present their work to the class and then receive comments and recommendations for improvement.

When assessing the student work, the instructors will consider the students performance in the following areas:
1. Conceptual Strength: The intentions and ideas that inspire the work.
2. Design Development: The energy, effort, and growth demonstrated throughout the course of the project.
3. Product: The tangible quality of the final product as a demonstration of the student's level of craftsmanship and mastery of the skills introduced in class.
4. Student Preparedness: At desk critiques, pin-ups, and reviews.
5. Student Participation: Students are expected to actively participate and be constructively engaged in class discussions, critiques, and reviews.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: or concurrentARCH 121

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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