This course is an introduction to the processes involved in the creation and understanding of architecture. The workshop, designed for architecture minors and non-architecture majors, is a project-based laboratory involving drawing and model making, with no previous design or drawing experience needed. The course is structured around projects executed in class throughout the semester, a series of readings and discussions, visits to sites of architectural interest and a term paper.
Over the course of this class, you will develop:
- A preliminary architectural vocabulary
- Basic 2D and 3D technical and freehand drawing skills
- Basic model making skills
- An understanding of the methods through which architecture communicates ideas and intentions
- An understanding of the role which architectural history plays in shaping the work of contemporary architects
- An understanding of how the architect conceives, creates and executes a project
Most of the learning in this course happens in class, through workshop projects and through exchange of ideas with your instructor and classmates. Therefore, participation and engagement in class are required. There is a natural progression to the classes; projects and readings build upon each other. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to meet with the instructor for instructions and materials to complete the missed assignment before the next class.