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Architectural Design Transition Studio 2 (ARCH 572): Fall 2018: Design work in a 3-year Master of Architecture studio
Architectural Design Transition Studio 2 (ARCH 572): Fall 2018: Design work in a 3-year Master of Architecture studio

Second transition studio developing architectural ideas, alongside media and technical skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Creative investigations of architectural design inspired by human activities, site, landscape, structure, tectonics, communal space, and urbanism. Includes individual criticism, lectures, and seminars.

This studio will look at the intersections between architecture, art, and materiality. It will be informed by work simultaneously underway in Arch 568 Architectural Technology 1 which focuses on materials for building and their perceptual, structural and physical properties. In this studio, students will be encouraged to look at the ways in which material choices enhance the performative and phenomenological qualities of space as it is in turn shaped by the activities that happen within. Participants in this studio will have the unique opportunity to design a real space for a real client. They will be tasked with designing a new showroom and office space for Revolution Design House, makers of finely crafted furniture in Portland’s Southeast Industrial District. Revolution Design House is part of a trend of makers and maker spaces popping up all over Portland celebrating all things handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. Students will be tasked with designing that space with a particular emphasis on the selection, allocation, and treatment of three primary materials – wood, steel, and concrete. Their designs will be informed by in-depth investigations of those materials undertaken in conjunction with Arch 586 Building Technology 1. Rather than seeing material selection as an ending stage of the design process, one that gives form to an already complete spatial construct, this exercise will offer participants the chance to allow the direct hands-on learning experience and tactile nature of materials to give rise to a design process and as inspiration for sometimes unconscious and unexpected innovation.