4th Year

Design Studio Offerings

The fourth-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.

Thank you,
Prof. Jonathan Reich, 4th year Coordinator

If you are planning to remain on campus for your fourth year and 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.

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

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Class & Section #

ARCH 451

Fall 2019: 

ARCH 452

Winter 2020: 

ARCH 453

Spring 2020: 

02 n/a Jennifer Shields STAFF (TBD)
03 Jonathan Reich Jonathan Reich Jonathan Reich


Off-campus programs Off-campus programs Off-campus programs

Course Descriptions

ARCH 452-02

Integrated Design Studio [Prof. Jennifer Shields]
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:10 PM - 5:00 PM
This studio engages students from Architecture, Architectural Engineering, and Landscape Architecture in integrated design teams to propose a collaborative design for a building and adjacent landscape. The studio will be co-taught with Jill Nelson (ARCE) and Ellen Burke (LA). Our objectives are for students to: (1) Examine site and program through an interdisciplinary perspective. (2) Apply (practice) communication and interpersonal skills and techniques needed for integrated professional practice. (3) Apply (practice) graphic vocabularies that facilitate collaboration in the ID studio. (4) Create original and sustainable design proposals using a collaborative and integrated method. Fourth years interested in interdisciplinary practice are encouraged to enroll.

Elective Offerings

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Class & Section # Fall 2019:  Winter 2020:  Spring 2020: 
ARCH 472-01   Andrew Goodwin  
ARCH 473-01   Emily White  
ARCH 479-01   Dale Clifford  

Course Descriptions


ARCH 472 Housing Design Concepts Seminar [Prof. Andrew Goodwin]
When:  Tuesdays, Thursdays  7:10 PM - 9:00 PM
This course will provide an overview of the various factors and issues that influence the design and development of residential buildings. Case studies will explore the evolution of housing in suburban to urban context. Lectures will cover the larger context of multifamily housing issues and a spectrum of residential typologies, including historical and contemporary examples. Students will engage in classroom and homework activities that broaden their understanding of the financial and social factors that influence both market-rate and affordable housing design parameters. This will include an introduction to fundamental principles of real estate financing, planning and building codes, and the role of designers in creating viable housing.  Exercises include research into current hot topics, understanding a schematic residential building design, conducting a zoning and code analysis, and conducting housing case studies. Students will also work as a team to evaluate current San Luis Obispo housing development potential and prepare a development package including a rough development pro forma. This course is mostly discussion and lecture-based with minimal outside assigned work. Time is given in class for many assignments.
ARCH 473: Material Innovation Lab  [Prof. Emily White]

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 12:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Architecture Professor Emily White will be offering 473, Material Innovation Lab, where students will build thin aluminum shells. We will build on precedents from automotive and aircraft industries, and become familiar with the construction of sheet metal seams at various scales. We will work with digital-to-physical translation tools to construct models, prototypes and a large-scale thin metal shell. We will compare the use of mechanical fasteners and adhesives in structural skins. Students should be comfortable modeling in Rhino. Experience using Grasshopper will be beneficial, but is not required.  Some materials will be provided.  This 4 unit class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10-2pm.

ARCH 479: Micro Projects [Prof. Dale Clifford]
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, 9:10 AM - 12:00 PM
The course views designing and making as a form of action, as a way to make small adjustments to a larger system. Fuller gave the analogue of a small rudder being able to influence the course of a large ship, the same holds for small design insertions that increase quality of life and change the way we think. We will make a Micro Project that slips into and enlivens an existing context, hopefully a temporary gallery wall/space for Building 5. No prerequisite required, just commitment, and an interest in teamwork and making things at large scale.  Meets in the shop.


General information

For assistance with using the Curriculum Flowchart, please contact the Architecture Department.


Updated 12.1.19

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