Architecture

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Facilities

The Architecture Studio and Computer Lab are located on the second floor of our new Black Family Visual Arts Center. The Architecture Computer Lab is equipped with 12 workstations with both Macs and PCs, scanners, and large format color plotters. Software includes Adobe Photoshop, VectorWorks, Autocad, Revit and Rhino. Drafting and model making facilities are located in the Architecture Studio.

About the Discipline

In Architecture 1 students develop skills needed to communicate architectural ideas in two- and three-dimensions. Such factors as climate, site, orientation, program, materials and structure are studied in the process of designing structures and buildings. Free-hand drawing, the use of architectural drafting tools, and model making are emphasized. Architecture students may also take advantage of the Hopkins Center Student Workshops in conjunction with certain assignments. Along with more traditional media, the computer is introduced as a design and communications tool.

In Architecture II/III students continue the study of architectural design by exploring the organization of space, manipulation of light, and the experience of time in the creation of architecture. Experimentation in the language and vocabulary of architecture as expressed through drawings, models, and digital media is explored. Contextual, cultural, economic, and technological conditions, including sustainability, are addressed in design projects. Review of student work takes the form of presentations made to the class and to guest critics.

Class Offerings

SART 65 Architecture I

A disciplined development of skills needed to communicate architectural ideas. Factors such as climate, site, orientation, program, materials, and structure are studied in the process of designing structures and buildings. The course will concentrate on developing student ability to translate architectural concepts into two-dimensional and three-dimensional representations. Free-hand drawing, the use of architectural drafting tools, and model making will be emphasized. Along with more traditional media, the computer will also be used as a design and communications tool. Supplemental course fee required. Enrollment limited.

SART 66 Architecture II

Students will continue the study of architectural design by exploring the organization of space, manipulation of light, and the experience of time in the creation of architecture. Experimentation in the language and vocabulary of architecture, as expressed through drawings, models, and the digital media will be emphasized. Contextual, cultural, economic, and technological conditions will be discussed in relationship to designs. Review of student work will take the form of presentations made to the class and guest critics. Supplemental course fee required. Enrollment limited.

SART 68 Architecture III

As an extension of Intermediate Architecture, this course will offer advanced students the opportunity to explore architectural design issues in more depth. Students will use analytical and expressive skills developed in previous coursework to undertake more complex and thorough investigations in architecture. Can be repeated for credit. Supplemental course fee required. Enrollment limited.