Integration Studio: Environment, Form and Feedback

Dana Cupkova, Coordinator | View Syllabus

Ecology posits that all entities have thermodynamic relationship to one another and are bound together in complex systems of energy and information exchange: ecosystem. Environment, Form and Feedback, the third-year fall undergraduate core design studio, focuses on systemic design thinking linked to the development of forms and organizations in the urban environment. Engaging processes such as climate data, daylighting and water flow, we move away from the design of discrete city forms toward architectural intervention that moves across scales to give new shape to the contemporary city edge. This studio investigates the emergent condition of bio-synthetic constructs, coined as eco-machines, that negotiate building form within its urban and ecological landscape. Through a semester-long design project, students are introduced to computationally-based design techniques that integrate form-making with environmental simulation, in search of individualized architectural language.

F14 | Gary Li & Kelsey Simpson (B.Arch 2017)

F14 | Gary Li & Kelsey Simpson (B.Arch 2017)

F15 | Trent Wimbiscus & Megan Chin (B.Arch 2018)

F15 | Trent Wimbiscus & Megan Chin (B.Arch 2018)

F14 | Mark Terra-Salomão and Kirk Newton (B.Arch 2017)

F14 | Mark Terra-Salomão and Kirk Newton (B.Arch 2017)

F15 | Sinan Goral & Sophie Nahrmann (B.Arch 2018)

F15 | Sinan Goral & Sophie Nahrmann (B.Arch 2018)

Faculty

Each core studio is coordinated by a full-time faculty member, who develops the studio's pedagogy, content, methodology, projects, and faculty teams within the framework of the overall curriculum. The coordinator, Dana Cupkova, 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.