Third Year Design Studio
The studio topics often engage with civic or cultural institutions, that serve as symbolic expression of social values and/or as catalysts for dynamic urban influences. How architecture intersects with the issues of access, equity, ethics and the built environment at large are carefully considered. Students are challenged to establish a theoretical and/or conceptual position about the agency and priorities for architecture at the institutional level and demonstrate that knowledge through an architectural response. Various scales of design investigations are conducted, where students reconcile the architectural relationships between overall urban, district or neighborhood scale as well as the individual building scale. Work includes many topics covered in prior studios, with increased depth in critical analysis, precedent studies, natural and formal ordering systems, codes and regulations, integrated structural systems, building envelopes and assemblies in and integrative manner.