The first semester design studio is an introduction to spatial design practice. Students will develop the ability to use drawings and physical models to conceive, organize and develop habitable, three-dimensional space.
Through four design projects of varied scale and increasing complexity, students will address fundamental lessons of geometry, proportion, scale, formal organization, spatial definition, light, sequence and movement. Study of relevant design precedent will focus conceptual understanding. Prescribed themes and processes are intended to advance technical skills, awareness of spatial conventions, and stimulate critical thinking and creativity in interpreting limits. In each design problem, diagrams and (digitally produced) orthographic drawings will be the primary instruments of design inquiry and the iterative development of formal solutions. Physical models (interim design studies and refined final versions) will support visualization and the testing of ideas in three dimensions. Refined graphic (and verbal) presentations will be developed to successfully communicate design intent.