Advanced Synthesis Option Studio: Matter Matters

Jeremy Ficca | View Current Syllabus


Yingxiu Lu + Adie AlNobani (MSCD '18)

Yingxiu Lu + Adie AlNobani (MSCD '18)

Joel McCullough (B.Arch '15)

Joel McCullough (B.Arch '15)

Professor Ficca's option studios promote a design process that is transformed and enriched through direct engagement with architecture's material realm at the earliest stages of design. They have explored how material experimentation and evaluation inform design and lend substance to the work to engender sensibilities that leverage contemporary techniques of design and fabrication. Physical models and prototypes, produced through both analogue and digital fabrication, play indispensable roles in the development of the work. These studios have explored topics including: the architectural skin, prefabrication, co-housing, and ductility of metals at an architectural scale. 

Yingxiu Lu + Adie AlNobani (MSCD '18)

Yingxiu Lu + Adie AlNobani (MSCD '18)

Cy Kim + Meghan Chin (B.Arch)

Cy Kim + Meghan Chin (B.Arch)

Carolina Tamayo (B.Arch 2017)

Carolina Tamayo (B.Arch 2017)

Funding from the Alcoa Foundation has provided resources for students to develop, prototype and evaluate architectural component systems, in materials as diverse as composites, metals and woods. These studios make extensive use of the Design Fabrication Lab (dFAB) to situate computational fabrication techniques within the design process and forge connections between design, simulation, and fabrication. 

Joel McCullough (B.Arch '15)

Joel McCullough (B.Arch '15)

Joel McCullough (B.Arch '15)

Joel McCullough (B.Arch '15)

Jose Pertierra (B.Arch '15) & Shanna Chan (B.Arch '16)

Jose Pertierra (B.Arch '15) & Shanna Chan (B.Arch '16)