4 credits / 6 contact hours
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ARCHITC 122 and ARCHITC 171, or consent of Department Chairperson
Continuation of Architc 122. Emphasis on architectural analysis and design process. Integration of analog and digital tools and media. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Images from left to right and top to bottom: Nhu Ahn Do, Kyle Hance, Kyle Hance, Omar Ocampo, Harry Camba, Carmen Picarro, Yongwon Jeong, Heber Hernandez, Jarred Evanovich, Albino Salinas, Agata Namojlik, Diomedis Urbaez, Daron Buchanon, Victor Castillo, Cong Dinh, Mikael Bahena, John Piotrowski, Samuel Krause, Taysun Yilmaz, Gus Lomas, David Ledajaks
The intent of this course is to provide students with opportunities to:
Cultivate an ability to interpret the characteristics of architectural precedents and building types, and apply that understanding in the process of solving a design problem.
Understand the importance of a well-structured design process as a means of improving the results of a solution.
Develop judgement in the selection of the optimal processes, tools, media and forms of representation to successfully articulate ideas.
Learn how to describe the cognitive steps used in the development of an idea.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
Implement the student learning outcomes of the prerequisite courses for projects that focus on architectural analysis and design process.
Analyze and diagram the characteristics of architectural precedents. The diagrams will articulate: a.) FORMAL AND SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS of alignment, boundary, hierarchy, position, scale, solid to void, and symmetry; b.) CONFIGURATION/PARTI in terms of the plan and section arrangement; c.) PERCEPTUAL CONDITIONS of enclosure and volume definition, light interaction, sequence, surface characteristics, and view framing; d.) SYSTEMS of circulation, ordering (grids, modules, datum/data, geometry and pattern rules), structure and proportion; e.) SPATIAL ZONES including distinctions between intimate, personal, social and public; served and service; and ambulatory and dwelling space; f.) TECTONICS including assembly details and construction processes
Research, compare and verbally describe the common characteristics of specific building types.
Solve a design problem using a design process methodology that includes the phases of: a.) FAMILIARIZATION: Analyze the limitations and document the conditions that define a design problem. b.) EXPLORATION: Develop multiple solutions to a single design problem that are responsive to the limitations and conditions that define the problem and that integrate the characteristics of relevant precedents. c.) SELECTION: Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of several solutions, select the optimal solution, and articulate verbally the rationale for the selection. d.) CLARIFICATION: Develop and refine a single solution incrementally in a steady and progressive manner. e.) PRESENTATION: Organize a project presentation that includes physical models, orthographic drawings, paraline and/or perspective drawings, diagrams that illustrate the characteristics of the solution, representations that narrate the design process, and a written and oral explanation of the steps that led to the solution.
Determine and implement the appropriate and optimal tools, media, representation type and level of detail at the various phases of the design process.
Digitally document and archive analysis studies and the work from all phases of the design process.
Architc 123, Section BDF, Fall 2019 Course Content.