M.Arch, Harvard Graduate School of Design B.Arch, USC School of Architecture
Myrna is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator working in Los Angeles. She received her Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she was involved as a teaching assistant and research assistant. Before pursuing her Master, she received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California and practiced at several offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Doha and Beirut; where she worked on projects ranging from residential buildings, retail stores, furniture, and public art sculptures.
Myrna has curated and designed several publications and exhibitions, and organized conferences that discuss design issues within the urban environment. She has a longstanding interest in design education; in which she runs workshops and seminars with all age groups, ethnicities, and skill levels. She currently teaches architecture design studios and seminars at the University of Southern California. She has previously taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology, the Boston Architectural College, and NuVu Studio.
Her work ranges in scale from architecture to public installations, product design, and research. Her projects touch upon themes of social and cultural dynamics within the public sphere, context and identity, craft and fabrication, and the culture of display and exhibition.
Related Links: www.myrnaayoub.com
- 102alArchitectural Design IArchitectural Design I
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.
- 102blArchitectural Design IArchitectural Design I
Introduction to principles and processes; sequence of exercises emphasizing development of basic skills, ideas, and techniques used in the design of simplified architectural projects.
Prerequisite: ARCH 102aL.
- 105lFundamentals of Design CommunicationFundamentals of Design Communication
This course is an introduction to the practice of visual representation and conceptual communication in the field of spatial design and architecture. Drawing has long been the notation system for re- presenting 3D ideas projected onto a 2D surface and will be explored and interrogated through a series of in-class exercises, field-trips, lectures and film screenings. Los Angeles will play the role of the subject matter, examined through various scales of representation, providing relevant material for analysis. Representational techniques, systems and types will be introduced in four parts throughout the semester: 1. Line, Shape, Composition, 2. Orthographic Projection, 3. Paraline / Oblique Projection, and 4. Experiential. Each quadrant will be capped with a cumulative assignment and a final project at the end of the semester will require the students to demonstrate a comprehensive graphic analysis and refined drawing output.
- 202aLArchitectural Design IIArchitectural 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.