M.Arch, Harvard GSD
Yaohua Wang, is a founding principal of Preliminary Research Office, a design firm based in Los Angeles, and a lecturer at USC School of Architecture. Prior to Preliminary Research Office, Yaohua worked in several offices in the US, including: Oyler Wu Collaborative, Baumgartner plus Uriu (BplusU), and Jones, Partners: Architecture (JPA). His works have been exhibited in international venues including, among others, Venice Biennale, Beijing Biennial, A + D Museum, and Creative Artist Agency. He received his Master in Architecture degree with distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His final project was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize for best graduating project. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he was awarded the Best Thesis Award.
- 410Computer Transformations (Essential Digital Design Techniques)Computer Transformations (Essential Digital Design Techniques)Course Objectives: integrating digital operational strategies into a design method. Commanding the ability to fluidly navigate through a vast array of virtual applications, design media, and digital fabrication technologies, affords incredible potential to develop, test, produce and communicate both spatial ideas and their corresponding physical components with great clarity. This course is designed to provide a fundamental introduction to three-dimensional digital modeling for architectural representation and fabrication using Rhinoceros 3d - a NURBS surface modeling program. We will intensively focus on a specific region within this array: design strategies / techniques used by contemporary architects as a way to organize and test operational strategies used in digital design process through the use of complex NURBS constructs developed, and refined in digital tools introduced in this course
- 564Descriptive and Computational Architectural GeometryDescriptive and Computational Architectural GeometryGeometry lies at the core of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages to the actual construction. While design and geometry share a fundamental interest in form and shape, Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry aims to address the various natures of the historical relationship between mathematics, geometry, computation, and architecture. Through the display of historical mathematical models with formal affinities to contemporary architectural production, the course will provoke discussion about the relevance of a history of form, the origins of design technique, the epistemology of geometry models, and the justification for mathematical surfaces in architecture. This course examines the history, theory and practice of parallel (orthographic) and central (perspective) projection. The primary objective is to provide designers with the tools to imagine and represent with precision, dexterity, and virtuosity a continually expanding repertoire of three-dimensional architectural form.
- 607Advanced Computation (Fall)Advanced Computation (Fall)Contemporary architecture is designed predominantly with digital software. Although the designer is the puppet master pulling the strings, different digital tools encourage distinct workflows, which have critical impact over design outcomes. Polygon-based modeling software, such as Maya, offers designers a range of sculpting techniques to construct form, which is vastly different from NURBS-based software such as Rhino. Polygon modeling provides a faster feedback loop between intuition and outcome, enabling unique aesthetic sensibilities, and at the same time challenging the user's precision and control. This course aims to explore the form-shaping capacity that polygon based software (Maya) affords to designers. The course will introduce students to a range of techniques concerning modeling in Maya, and will consist of lectures, tutorials and in-class work sessions.
- 705LAdvanced Graduate Architecture Design- TopicsAdvanced Graduate Architecture Design- TopicsAdvanced topical investigations emphasizing diverse areas of specialization. Projects will be faculty-led research investigations that concentrate on diverse areas of vital concern.
- 793aLArchitecture Directed Design Research Option IArchitecture Directed Design Research Option IDirected Design Research option for graduate level architecture degree. Credit on acceptance of research project. Graded IP/CR/NC.