1A Design Studio

Coordinator(s)
Teaching Assistant(s)
Elly Cho
Julia Nakanishi

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.

Student Work Gallery

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    Exterior render view
    Exterior render view
    Adrien Fera
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    Floor plans
    Floor plans
    Adrien Fera
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    Section drawing
    Section
    Adrien Fera
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    Model photo
    Model
    Adrien Fera
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    Abstract timeline diagram describing the usage of the house throughout the day.
    Program Diagram
    Benjamin Mingyuan Ma
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    On the left is a section drawing through the stair core in the house.  The image on the right is a picture of a 1:100 scale basswood section model of the stair core.
    Section through stair core (Left), Section Model (Right)
    Benjamin Mingyuan Ma
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    Exterior collage view of the house.
    Exterior collage view of the house.
    Jessica Kong
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    Section drawing through house.
    Section
    Jessica Kong
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    Interior collage view.
    Interior collage view
    Jessica Kong
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    Photograph of physical model.
    Physical model
    Jessica Kong
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    Hand drawn site diagram.
    Site Diagram
    Maxwell Stepphun
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    Hand-drafted section
    Section
    Maxwell Stepphun
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    Photograph of basswood model.
    Model
    Maxwell Steppuhn