Young people go to university with the aim of becoming architects, of finding out if they have got what it takes. What is the first thing we should teach them?
First of all, we must explain that the person standing in front of them is not someone who asks questions whose answers he already knows. Practicing architecture is asking oneself questions, finding one’s own answers with the help of the teacher, whittling down, finding solutions.
Over and over again.
-- Peter Zumthor Teaching Architecture, Learning Architecture, 1996
ARCH 192 is the first in a series of design studios intended to develop design and representation skills, architectural literacy, and critical thought.
Assignments are organized around a sequence of four design problems which serve as the primary vehicle for students to achieve course objectives. Each project focuses on a set of tasks that simultaneously develop conceptual, technical, and analytical skills, while introducing various approaches to design methodology, specifically two- and three-dimensional composition, transformational operations, analytical/comparative studies, and the exploration of the relationship between architectural space and its site and use. Students will be expected to reflect on and synthesize all lessons, identify their strengths and interests, then take risks by venturing beyond perceived minimum expectations.