Elaboration Studio: Second Year Spring
Jeremy Ficca, Coordinator | View Syllabus
While architecture principally exists within the physical realm and as such is bound by the laws of nature, the work of the architect is often removed from these realities. Historically, architects have conveyed design intent, not constructed buildings. This inherent “distance” necessitates various translations and fosters a level of abstraction, but can also splinter architectural pursuits into unproductive silos of “ideas” and “matter”. While materiality and novel fabrication techniques serve as the centerpiece of much contemporary architecture, great architecture throughout history has relied upon material presence to heighten ones awareness of their surroundings and transform the everyday into the spectacular.
This studio explores the rich potential of matter to inform architectural thinking and physically instantiate architectural ideas. It relies upon student curiosity, critical thinking, and reflection to consider how materials and systems are constructed and utilized to substantiate design intent. It explores methods of design that foreground material systems to address questions of architectural performance and human experience.
2nd Year Spring
Each core studio is coordinated by a full-time faculty member, who develops the studio's pedagogy, content, projects, and faculty teams within the framework of the overall curriculum. The coordinator (in this case, Jeremy Ficca) offers lectures, workshops and critiques to support the studio's learning objectives and make connections with associated coursework. Within each studio, sections of 9 to 12 students are led by the prominent practitioners who comprise our adjunct faculty.