Research for Design + Build is intended to be the introductory course provided by the School of Architecture to understand the history and precedents of successful Design + Build programs in academic settings, and the impact of institutional context on those programs. The course will provide an introduction to the traditions and current range of activities in this area of study at the USC School of Architecture and a theoretical context for design build activities, introducing both techniques and resources for fully participating curriculum opportunities consistent with the school’s core values and intentions.
The Seminar is organized into three sections:
1. What is Design Build? The full range of Case study examples to identify the types of programs offered in academic settings and review the results and characteristics of these types for users, clients with an emphasis on the social and economic context of the program types and the critical participants necessary to provide successful sustainable support for these activities within the institution.
2. What design build activities are presently or potentially available at the USC School of Architecture? Guest lecturers will present and discuss course offerings, expectations, and the expertise and focus of our faculty in this curricular area.
3. Research and Programing assignments will focus on current opportunities within the school for student involvement in the RDB component of the SoA Curriculum.
In addition as a parallel activity each student will be given individual “making” assignments to illustrate the relationship between design as a formal exercise and as a physical construct. This will also provide an introduction and facilitate familiarity with School of Architecture support facilities and procedures for prototyping physical designs.
Students that are interested in the materiality of architecture and its impact on the design process should take this seminar as an introduction to further elective and design studio involvement in the design + build component of the curriculum. Any interested architectural student that can qualify for taking 499 / 599 electives is eligible for this elective without any prerequisites