Lauren Lynn, R.A.


B. Arch, Iowa State University M.Arch, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Lauren Lynn is a registered architect, educator, and designer. She received her B. Arch from Iowa State University and M. Arch from Cranbrook Academy of Art where her work and research focused on the detailing, fabrication and construction of full-scale steel and glass construction. Lauren has practiced professionally since 2005 in numerous firms in the midwest and California. As a midwestern native, she passionately visited the hidden gems of modernist architecture in the region before moving to the west coast. Previously, Lauren taught design and construction at University of Michigan, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Woodbury University. She is currently a lecturer and second year undergraduate studio coordinator at University of Southern California School of Architecture, where she developed the second year curriculum focused on the L.A. School's misuse and deconstruction of anonymous, industrial, and nonconventional material assemblies. Her interests in visiting architecture has translated to an ongoing investigation of the "L.A. School" architecture as an entry point into how one can leverage the city as a laboratory for architectural production. 

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.

  • 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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