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Sandra Yum

Lecturer

B.Arch, Cornell University; M.Arch, Harvard GSD


Sandy Yum is principal of XOAXO, an architectural design practice based in Los Angeles, and Lecturer at the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. Sandy’s professional work focuses on commercial work ranging in office designs in the Arts District to commercials showroom spaces both in Los Angeles and New York City. In her practice she explores her interest in the intersection of Art and Architecture through cross-disciplinary collaborations. At USC, Sandy teaches design studios and drawing courses in both the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs. Sandy received her Master's of Architecture from Harvard University and her Bachelor's of Architecture in Architecture from Cornell University.


 
Currently Teaching
  • 102al
    Architectural Design I
    Architectural 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.
     
  • 105l
    Fundamentals of Design Communication
    Fundamentals 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.
     
  • 409L
    Design Foundation
    Design Foundation
    Introduction to basic architectural design principles for problem solving scenario. It is a foundation level architectural design course for systematic thinking.
     
 
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