Lauren Lynn


B.Arch, Iowa State University; M.Arch, Cranbrook

Currently Teaching
  • 202aL
    Architectural Design II
    Architectural Design II
    Students will build on the techniques and methodologies gained in the first-year program, while adding to them a comprehensive idea about site as a cultural and physical generator of architectural form. Students will be introduced to methods of site analysis and research, new generative drawing techniques, as well as the architectural and disciplinary conventions associated with site work. Prerequisite: ARCH 102bL.
  • 202bL
    Architectural Design II
    Architectural Design II
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 202aL As a second year design student, you began by seeing Los Angeles and notions of site anew. In the second semester of your second year you will continue to embark on re-reading conventional notions of architecture - this time by re-imagining materiality. Rather than working in the linear sequence of designing first, selecting material second, we will ask: how can the process of making and experimentation in the studio setting directly inform new and unexpected notions of materiality? By studying materiality in the nascent stages of design, the process of making can begin to inform new perceptions of space, time, and effect. This semester we will challenge Robin Evan’s repeated claim that “architects make drawings, not buildings.” We will work from the position that architects engage directly with the matter of construction. The process of building physical models will not be merely a representation of an a priori idea but instead will be seen as a search for material understanding. Material behavior and interaction cannot be predicted or determined through static representation alone. Your process for design will be akin to the scientific method, in which empirical models and a set of hypotheses, tests, and conclusions will be the basis for analysis and guide work flow. Given the established divide between traditional building materials, i.e brick, steel, or glass, and unconventional materials, typically thought of as those not traditionally used in building trades, we will interrogate this dichotomy in order to rethink both sides of the equation. We will explore how to use conventional materials in unconventional ways and unconventional materials in newfound architectural ways. With this exploration, the use of both analog and digital tools and a deliberate understanding of the appropriateness of when to employ each, will be crucial. Lastly, we will carefully consider the consequences, aesthetically and culturally, that come from our experiments and newfound notions of materiality. In Project One, As a Matter of Fact & Fiction, we will re-imagine the material framework of existing (factual) houses, chosen for their neutral relationship to materiality. By investigating these buildings through new (fictional) model-building techniques - the stereotomic, the tectonic, and the monocoque - the process of experimentation to understand material behavior at the scale of the model will begin. In Project Two, Material Musings, these novel notions will be scaled to the size of a small chamber, exposing the often deceptive discontinuities in shifts that come from moving between the scale of the architectural model and full-scale fabrication. In Project Three, Material Mash-Up, materiality will drive the design of a small library building, paired with a wild- card program to encourage cross-materiality.
  • 211
    Materials and Methods of Building Construction
    Materials and Methods of Building Construction

    Basic considerations and design implications of the problem of determination of the materials and the construction details and processes for buildings.

    Examine the critical role of materials and methods for the design and construction of buildings. The primary focus is on materials and systems, their properties and connections, and their intrinsic relationship to structural systems and environmental performance.

    Students will develop a fundamental understanding of: the relationship of materiality to construction systems and techniques, how building materials are manufactured, and how a material’s modular form, dimensions and intrinsic qualities influence the design process.

    Students will learn about various building systems, and how these systems assist in the expression of a design concept, through an examination of precedent projects whose design concepts were generated by material logics and systems. Students will work hands-on with building materials (concrete, wood, metal, etc.) to get an understanding of each material’s properties.

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