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Sophia Gruzdys

Lecturer

B.Arch, Kent State University; M.Arch, Harvard University Graduate School of Design


Sophia A. Gruzdys is a principal at craig nealy architects specializing in residential and institutional projects. Sophia was a senior designer at IM Pei and Partners, where she played a key role in the design of the Rock ’n Roll Museum in Cleveland. She is the recipient of the 1999 Unbuilt Architecture Award from the Boston Society of Architects. Sophia is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and a critic in architectural design in the School of Architecture at Yale University. Professor Gruzdys teaches Drawing and the Senior Studio in the Undergraduate Major and advanced drawing and visualization at the School of Architecture. In addition to teaching at Yale, Professor Gruzdys has taught at N.Y.I.T, Parsons School of Design and most recently at Cornell University where she was nominated for the Martin Dominguez Award for distinguished teaching. Her work was most recently exhibited in Faculty Shows at the Johnson Museum at Cornell University and the A & A building at Yale University. Ms. Gruzdys serves on the Scholarship and Awards Committee of the New York Chapter of the AIA. She is a registered architect in Ohio and New York, is NCARB certified and a member of the AIA. Ms. Gruzdys received her B.Arch from Kent State University and the M Arch with distinction from Harvard University.


 
 
Currently Teaching
  • 316
    Place and Culture
    Place and Culture
    The goal of this seminar is to understand the cultural context of Spain, by examining its architecture, history, political and economic developments. Beginning in Madrid and travelling north, we will visit cities and landscapes and examine the variety of influences that determine their form. In Barcelona we will analyze the city’s major urban and architectural sites, topography, and systems of urban organization. We will examine Barcelona’s architectural practices that challenge and engage European traditional and modernist orthodoxies and its culture committed to design. In Southern Spain, we will examine cities shaped by a coexistence of different influences (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) and others dominated by one. While certain aspects of the built environment are intentional, others are not. How did a theory of urban and architectural design emerge in Spain, and where did it come from? What constitutes a “cultural geography” of place?
     
  • 424L
    Field Studies in Architecture
    Field Studies in Architecture
    Assignments rely principally on field trips and field research, while additional readings, class discussions and research will be utilized to develop a body of information and method of critique. Field research will focus on the first-hand observation, analysis, and documentation of existing buildings and their contexts so that lessons-learned can inform the design methodology applied in studio. Students will be challenged to articulate their analyses with respect to the specific urban, temporal, and cultural contexts. There will be ten assignments for each course: nine specific assignments and one assignment that you may choose the subject of yourself.
     
  • 425L
    Field Studies in Urbanism
    Field Studies in Urbanism
    The focus of ARCH 425 is on urban spaces, including parks, plazas, and urban(re)development projects. The field study of these urban spaces also provides an opportunity to understand the complex role of the architect-designer in the design of urban spaces. As a critical component of the urban environment, landscape architecture will be an important aspect of this class. These investigations will employ analytical methods, representational techniques, and speculative inquiry into the fundamental spatial and infra-structural elements of the city. Your research will be documented and communicated through mapping, plans/sections/elevations, diagrams, photo documentation and text.
     
 
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