2nd Year

Design Studio Offerings

The second-year design faculty is looking forward to working with you and anticipates an exciting, creative, productive and successful year. The table provides an overview of the faculty members who will be teaching during the coming academic year. This is followed by information on the faculty members and the studios that they will be teaching. The information will be updated each quarter.

If you have difficulty registering for any major or support course, contact the Architecture Department right away for advice and assistance. If all design studios are full, go to the Current Students page and fill out the Design Course Request Form.

Course Descriptions:

The following teaching assignments are contingent on budget, quarterly budget adjustments, student enrollment, and space availability.

Click on the faculty name below to link to their Faculty Directory webpage.

Fall: ARCH 251 Winter: ARCH 252 Spring: ARCH 253
Clare Olsen (design coordinator) Clare Olsen (design coordinator) Clare Olsen (design coordinator)
Angela Bracco    
Kelle Brooks    
Brent Freeby    

Chandrika Jaggia

Jermaine Washington    
Kent Macdonald    
Margaret Pedone    
Brian Osborn    
Maggie Winter    

Selected Course Activities Descriptions

Clare Olsen

Course Activities
Energies coalescing around the most innovative practices today are concerned not only with the traditional parameters of design, but also the sensorial experiences of the work.  My second year studios focus on enhancing the generative, dynamic, performative and atmospheric potentials of design. Through tutorials, lectures and discussions, all students are encouraged to develop a sensibility about the production of beautiful, autonomous artifacts that emanate experiential effects.  Students are encouraged to examine multiple parameters of design--including cultural, historical, ecological and architectural--in order to inform thoughtful, rigorous design proposals.

Kent Macdonald

Course Activities
I take the view that one learns the art of designing buildings by designing them – or more precisely, by practicing their design – even in the earliest years of architecture classes. The problems I assign therefore seek to engage the students’ interest at multiple levels simultaneously. Though grounded in realism, with realistic programs and sites, each problem requires more than just a “nuts-and-bolts” solution to each piece: if the design is to be successful, it demands also an imaginative narrative line that ties the whole thing together.

The big idea in my studios, then, is to reproduce the synthesizing experience that occurs in practice. Architects must be creative, of course, but the art of architecture doesn’t reside in a box: it’s an applied art in which the tensions among the competing constraints of a site, program, structure, and materials are resolved into a cohesive and coherent whole. That synthesizing process can be a delightful struggle: it is the essence of what architects do and it forms the backbone of the studios I teach. 


General information

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Updated 09.06.16

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