Associate Director of Undergraduate Architecture Programs; Associate Professor of Practice
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BED, Texas A+M University; M.Arch., University of Texas, Austin
Lee Olvera is an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture. He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A+M University and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with distinction receiving the Henry Adams Certificate for Scholastic Achievement and the American Institute of Architects Scholastic Medal. He teaches thesis level design studio, critical theory and research seminars as well as color theory. His current research projects include Realm, Images of an Imagined City, a collection of his drawings based on the story-telling structure developed in wordless novels of the 1920’s-1950’s and Land, a series of drawings that explore landscape imagery as a combination of both analytical botanical drawing and romantic pictorial vistas. His current teaching focuses on the issues of craft and making as an exploration of the return to the value placed on methods of making, the how and why of designed objects, spaces and buildings. His professional practice centers on the design of arts-related residential projects that investigate the typologies of house and studio, domestic and creative space. Formerly a Design Associate with Frederick Fisher and Partners, he was responsible for the design of a diverse range of projects including the Annenberg Community Beach House, the Annenberg Center and Gardens at the Retreat at Sunnylands, the Cotsen and numerous private houses. In addition to his teaching and research work, he is currently a consulting Design Partner and Art Director at NA+AA in Houston, Texas.
- 108Idea to RealityIdea to Reality
This seminar will track the process of taking a product from an idea all the way to market. It will examine the importance of innovation, concepts of feasibility, designing, prototyping, bringing in investors, marketing and other aspects of entrepreneurship. This course will also examine the history and theory of ideas and concepts which influenced architecture and surrounding disciplines and examine the cultural impact of these influential ideas, products, inventions, etc. in our communities. The course will end with a look at technology and innovation in this field, with this idea of predicting what this field will look like in the near future.
- 203Visualizing and Experiencing the Built EnvironmentVisualizing and Experiencing the Built EnvironmentThis course is intended to introduce the processes of visualization in relation to the alert experience of built environments and their inhabitation. Visualizing the built environment is recognition of places and activities, their organization, and the processes of change they embody. Visualization is thus a process of directly seeing and engaging places in order to discern conditions and finding the means to reflect on the findings. Reflection requires not only such direct engagement, but also systematic means for considering experience across multiple times and seasons as well as influenced by culture and dynamic city life. Students are expected to develop an urban sensibility and the ability to use non-verbal as well as verbal methods of inquiry for appreciating the spatial structure and life of built environments.
- 423Light, Color and the Character of MaterialLight, Color and the Character of Material
Does not require D-Clearance.
Registration restriction: Not open to students with Freshman/Sophomore standing.
This seminar examines light, color and the character of material as a collection of medium for making worlds. Through linking various arts and design disciplines as a departure and overview for the course subject, Arch 423 exposes students to a spectrum of approaches in theory and application, drawing influences from nature, technology, and the vernacular. Class exercises aim to develop a number of visual concerns across object-oriented analysis to atmospheric and environmental construction. In the course of employing digital and analogue techniques, students will synthesize a repertoire of advanced graphic experiments for weekly progress and learning.
- 470AArchitectural Studies Capstone- Preparation and FrameworkArchitectural Studies Capstone- Preparation and FrameworkThis course is the first in a two-part, capstone sequence designed especially for degree candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program. The course is structured to assist students in identifying and investigating a subject consistent with their curricular concentration and relevant to their professional and academic goals. The course will bring students together in a seminar format to achieve three central goals: to provide a thorough introduction to research methodology, to foster proficiency in scholarly writing, and to develop an individual topic of inquiry. The course begins by discussing approaches to scholarly writing and documenting work, citation of information, and the identification of source material specific to each student’s curricular concentration. Then, working sequentially, students will identify a topic of inquiry, organize a literature review, develop a thesis statement, and write an abstract. Students will use the work they generate in this course to establish the basis for a capstone research paper to be executed in ARCH 470b. The 470ab sequence aims to imbue students with a love of, and understanding of, research and how to do it. In this way, the course positions itself as both capstone and threshold. It attempts to culminate a 4-year academic course of study, while simultaneously generating a personal research framework that can be further developed in graduate school and/or help launch a professional career.
- 470BArchitectural Studies Capstone- SeminarArchitectural Studies Capstone- SeminarThis course is the second in a two-part, capstone sequence designed especially for degree candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program. The course will bring students together in a seminar format to develop an individual directed research paper with a critical focus/agenda that represents both a reflection of the BSAS program content and a rigorous investigation of the individual students’ focus and interests , as explored in ARCH 470a. In addition, students will be challenged to critically examine this subject within the broader framework of contemporary architectural discourse and related disciplines. A series of readings will introduce texts as examples of research involving architectural studies within a larger intellectual context. The readings will serve as a platform for both group and individual discussions. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop significant presentation skills through a series of focused Pecha Kucha-style presentations. Students will meet one-on-one with the instructor for suggestions, guidance and paper edits. Students will also benefit from the counsel and collaboration of structured writing groups. Writing groups will be assembled loosely into themes, based on research topic s. Writing groups provide a constant source of constructive criticism, support, and encouragement for each member. The 470ab sequence aims to imbue students with a love of, and understanding of, research and how to do it. In this way, the course positions itself as both capstone and threshold. It attempts to culminate a 4- year academic course of study, while simultaneously generating a personal research framework that can be further developed in graduate school and/or help launch a professional career.