Fall 2017

  1. Advanced Studio

    These studios, three of which are required for graduation, are offered by individual instructors to students who have successfully completed the core curriculum. They are assigned by lottery on the first day of classes. Once assigned to an advanced studio, a student may not drop studio.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50 - $200

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

    Fee: Some advanced studio sections have a fee for course supplies or field trips. The fee is announced during the registration lottery held in the Department.

  2. Advanced Topics In Architectural Computation

    This 3 credit advanced seminar offers students the opportunity to focus on computational topics pertaining to architecture. Computational techniques and computational ideas are explored through making, writing, reading, and discussion. Some of the work in this course will take place in the space of the digital model, but coding, physical computation, and human computation may also enter into play. Students in this course will, under the mentorship of faculty, develop a level of expertise and knowledge that goes beyond what is usually associated with the requisite skills for contemporary architectural practice. Conversely, it is expected that computation may provoke a challenge to even the most base conceptions of design and architecture. Each iteration of this course will identify and advance a single theme, concept or problem. Some issues that may arise during this course include authorship, modeling vs simulation, computer controlled fabrication, intelligence, and creativity. Prerequisite: completion of Architectural Projection or permission of instructor with a demonstrated experience with 2-D and 3-D software.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $20 - $100

    Major elective

    Restricted to Architecture majors junior and above; open to CTC Concentrators and non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  3. Advanced Topics In Architectural Technology

    This 3 credit advanced seminar offers students the opportunity to focus on advanced applications of technology in architecture. Students will explore the relationship between design and technology within topics such as advanced energy modeling, advanced structural analysis, high performance structures, high performance building facades, and sustainable design. These seminars are designed to strengthen students' ability to conduct research, explore material performance and enable validation of design concepts based on applied technology.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $30.00 - $50.00

    Major elective

    Restricted to Architecture juniors and above; open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  4. Advanced Topics In Architectural Theory

    Theory offerings in the architecture department are deliberately consistent or complementary with our pedagogy, born and raised in an arts college. Theory based courses have a basis in empiricism, direct observation and experience of creative processes. Recognizing that discovery and invention often come between existing matrices of thought, offerings may be from disciplines other than architecture or branches of knowledge other than art and design.

    Objectives of the theory component of our curriculum are to:

    1. Expand the capacity to speculate productively.

    2. Develop the skeptic's eye and mind.

    3. Equip the ability to recognize connections that trigger discovery and invention.

    Major elective

    Restricted to Architecture majors junior and above; open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  5. Arch: Outgoing Exchange Pgm

    This course registers an outgoing exchange student into a pre-approved ARCH studio course which is taken at the exchange school. Successful completion of the course will result in a "T" grade once receipt of the official transcript from the partner school has arrived at Registrar's Office.

  6. Architectural Projection

    This course introduces the beginning student to the origins, media, geometries and role(s) of projection drawing in the design and construction process. The student will learn systems of projection drawing from direct experience, and be challenged to work both from life and to life. Subjects such as transparency, figure/ground, sciagraphy, oblique projection, surface development, volumetric intersections, spatial manipulation and analytic operations will build on the basics of orthographic and conic projection. The course involves line and tone drawing, hand drafting, computer drawing(Autocad) and computer modeling(Rhino).

    Estimated Materials Cost: $20 - $100 Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  7. Brown Univ. Prof. Elective

  8. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of independent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

  9. EHP Fall:studio Concentration

    In this intensive independent studio students continue and complete the work began in "EHP Studio Elective", culminating in the final exhibition and review. It corresponds to the remaining four weeks of the program, after students have finished with their Art History and Italian classes.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  10. EHP Studio Elective

    Independent studio is at the core of the EHP experience. Upon arrival, students are assigned studio space at the Palazzetto Cenci, home of RISD's program in Rome. With guidance from the chief critic, each student develops a personal body of work sparked by his/her interactions with places, people and circumstances in Rome and other locations that are part of the EHP tours (such as the Northern, Southern or Eastern tours, as well as other shorter trips.) The work takes as a point of departure knowledge and techniques specific to individual home departments, but allows, and even encourages, explorations beyond disciplinary boundaries, including collaborations and cross-fertilization within a group of students from different departments working together.

    Beyond consistent and thorough engagement with studio work, requirements include participation in open studios and exhibitions, presentations in reviews, and attendance to all group activities and events, such as lectures at the Cenci and other institutions. From time to time, the chief critic may issue short assignments to introduce or focus on a particular subject. As part of the studio elective, students may be encouraged to keep sketchbooks and/or diaries, participate in optional activities--such as figure drawing sessions--and search for brief internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of interactions with local artists, designers, curators and critics.

    EHP Studio Elective corresponds to the first twelve weeks of the program, while students are also taking Art History and Italian classes. This course establishes the direction for the work in the "Studio Concentration" course that follows.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  11. Environmental Design I

    The study of basic concepts of Human Environmental Comforts. Inherent within 'physio-environ' considerations are principles of temperature, humidity, heat transfer, air movement, and hydrostatics. These principles will be studied in terms of their abstract physics and mathematics, through empirical benchmarking and as the basis for a design proposal that includes considerations of larger scale strategies as well as assemblies. Emphasis will be placed on the principles behind the technology, the behavioral characteristics and the qualities of the systems' operation considered in making building design decisions.

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only; open to NCSS Concentrators pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  12. Graduate Theory Seminar: Making Discourse

    This is a theoretical seminar course that will be concerned with ideas and architectural knowledge that may be cultivated and tested through discourse. The course discussions will focus on an expansive role of architectural tools. While acknowledging a wealth of disciplinary conventions, histories and theories, this course recognizes that the forms of representation within the discipline of architecture have the capacity to affect the discipline of architecture and are not fixed. Students in this course will be expected to build upon their previous architectural education through a series of directed projects aimed at advancing architectural theories, ideas and methods. Some of the questions that students will be expected to address are: What are the practical, theoretical, and creative implications of a drawing that functions as architecture? How do architects change the way we make and think thanks to digital media? How do architects represent and model natural forces? How do architects express political or social agendas? What is the nature of an architectural contribution to interdisciplinary discourse? How can representation enable new kinds of artistic and research-based practices for architecture? Students will be expected to self-direct their process while framing their work intellectually in a seminar environment.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00

    Graduate Major requirement; Architecture 2-year majors only

    Open to first-year M.ARCH Advanced Standing students only.

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  13. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; course not available via web registration.

  14. Integrated Building Systems

    Conceived as the culmination of the technologies sequence of courses, this course allows students to choose amongst the three instructor's differing approaches to the problem of conceiving technology holistically, in relation to a set of architectural criteria. The conceptual and technical aspects of building systems are considered and emergent environmentally-conscious technologies are emphasized for research and application.

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

    Prerequisites: All required technologies courses.

  15. Professional Internship

    ARCH 8960 is an optional off campus internship, which may be taken during the summer or in wintersession. Depending on the nature of the work, the internship may count for major elective credit within the department or for non-major elective credit. Total hours required are 180.

    Course not available via web registration.

  16. Steel Structures

    This course reviews the role of metals in architecture, focusing on the fundamentals of steel analysis and design in architecture; and examines typical framing techniques and systems. Topics include construction issues, floor framing systems, column analysis and design, steel detailing and light gauge steel framing materials and systems. In addition the course introduces students to lateral force resistance systems in steel construction and exposes them to alternatives to steel such as aluminum and fiberglass. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the role of metals in architectural design and construction; design and detail simple steel structural systems; and proportion these systems to resist the moment and shear demands determined through structural analysis.

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  17. Structural Analysis

    The basic content will be statics and strength of materials. The first portion will deal with force vectors, trusses, cross-sectional properties, and shear/moment diagrams, followed by stresses, strains, material applications and the analysis procedures necessary to compute structural behaviors. While the class format is mostly lecture, there will be ample time for discussion, in addition to group projects and field trips. This class is foundational to all future structural design classes such as Wood Structures and Steel Structures. The student will develop an intuitive understanding of structural behavior by studying various structural systems qualitatively under various loading conditions. The analysis of statically determinate trusses and frames will reinforce the intuitive understanding. Structural forces will be understood by tracing the loads (dead, live, wind, and seismic) through a building. They will be able to convert these loads into internal material stresses (axial, shear bending) for the purposes of proportioning members quantitatively. The relevant material sectional properties (such as moment of inertia and radius of gyration) will be learned through hands on bending and buckling experiments and later backed by quantitative analysis. A math test will be given prior to the first class to determine which students are required to attend a supplemental lecture class instructed by the teaching assistant. This course is a pre-requisite for Steel Structures, Wood Structures, and Concrete Structures.

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  18. The Making Of Design Principles

    This course, the first in a two semester sequence, explores design principles specific to architecture. Two interrelated aspects of design are pursued: 1) the elements of composition and their formal, spatial, and tectonic manipulation and 2) meanings conveyed by formal choices and transformations.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50 - $200

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  19. Thesis Sem: Navigating The Creative Process

    We begin work on your Thesis Projects from the outset of the semester: navigating arbitrary beginnings; setting boundaries like nets; developing a whole language of grunts, smudges and haiku; gathering the unique and unrepeatable content, forces, and conditions of your project; hunting an emerging and fleeting idea; recognizing discoveries; projecting forward with the imagination; and distilling glyphs, diagrams and insight plans.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50 - $200

    This course satisfies the prerequisite requirement for Thesis Project.

  20. Urban Ecologies

    The Urban Ecologies core studio introduces students to the city as a designed environment with an emphasis on sustainability, giving them the tools to work through impressions, analysis and design operations as ways to understand the relationship between naturally formed and culturally constructed landscapes and strategies for urban ecological development.". Students confront the design of housing as a way to order social relationships and shape the public realm and attack the problems of structure, construction, access and code compliance in the context of a complex large-scale architectural design.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50 - $200

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  21. Wkshp: Tool Workshop

    In this workshop students will learn how to use new tools critical to the evolving nature of the discipline. Traditional woodworking tools require hand control and are time intensive. New technology of 3d printing, CNC and laser cutting combine the power of computation with the power of hand and mind to create the potential for intricate constructions and a new craft.

    This course will teach students the basic skills needed to use Digital equipment in the Shared Technology Shop. Students will learn programming and how to set up tools. Exercises will be included to help students realize the machining capabilities.

    The workshop will meet 5 times a semester.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $35.00

    Open to junior and above.

Wintersession 2018

  1. *Japan: Contemporary Works And Their Execution: Kyoto And Naoshima

    Temples and shrines, tranquil gardens, traditional crafts, and music-these are all things that should not be missed when visiting the city of Kyoto and the island of Naoshima in Japan. Yet, both locations are also places of new things and ideas giving rise to laboratories of innovation in both architecture and the arts.

    In recent years, there has been a movement to renovate and preserve the historical "machiya" houses, a traditional typology in the city of Kyoto that has a shop space opening onto the street at the front and living spaces behind and on the floors above. The machiya were erected by skilled carpenters using traditional building techniques but now are under threat from modern building growth. These houses, filled with objects, are now considered economically unsustainable by developers and are regularly removed and replaced by parking structures or apartment blocks. In an effort to preserve these buildings and ways of living, organizations and private entities have been converting them to other uses and programs. These transformations have added a new face to the city landscape. Conversely, the island of Naoshima has promoted in recent years the work of emerging architects and artists as a way to enliven the economy of the Seto Inland Sea islands without losing sight of the strong connection with the traditional structures, objects, and events that constitute Japanese culture. Observations made in the city of Kyoto and on the island of Naoshima become research catalysts towards the formation of a possible future proposal for the Setouchi Triennale, one of Japan's larges international art festivals where selected projects are constructed for the duration of at least three years. This course is a joint exploration between the Departments of Architecture and Ceramics devoted to the examination of spatial relationships and how the role of ceramic objects activate spaces in the machiya house typology, tea houses, and temples. Japanese ceramic utilitarian objects can be used for mediation and dialogue, as activators of human interaction, and as carriers of history, heritage, and political power. This "biography" of objects intertwines values and aesthetics.

    The course would take place in Japan during the five weeks of wintersession; four weeks would in Kyoto and the last week of the term on the island of Naoshima.

    br> This is a co-requisite course. Students must also plan and register for ARCH-1505. Students will receive 6 studio credits.

    All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. A minimum gpa of 2.5 is required. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where WS travel courses and studios do not reach student capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession travel courses until the course is confirmed to run, which happens within the week after the final Wintersession travel course registration period.

    Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.

    Permission of Instructor required.

    Open to sophomore and above; course is not open to first year students.

    2018WS Travel Cost: $3,500.00 - airfare not included.

    ***Off-Campus Study***

  2. *Portugal: Material Practices

    Although separated by the Atlantic Ocean, Providence and surrounding New England towns have deep ties to Portugal. An influx of immigrants from Portugal, who settled in New England in the late-18th century, links the two regions. Providence, East Providence, Central Falls, Fall River, and New Bedford, among other towns, continue to function as vital hubs for Portuguese Americans today. Students in the co-requisite liberal arts and studio courses that comprise "Portugal: Material Practices" will use the methodologies of architecture, design, and the environmental humanities to investigate how two different materials-stone and cork-function as nodes in intersecting biological, cultural, economic, geological, material, political, social, and theoretical networks that route through Portugal. Although stone and cork and the material explorations students will conduct in relation to these materials are specifically linked to the areas of Portugal we will visit, these explorations are applicable to broader contexts, both local and global.

    Students will spend the first three weeks of the course in Portugal, which offers a unique context in which to study making and adapting the natural and built environment towards sustainable models of design innovation. While abroad, students will study the roles natural resources play in the future of historic places; will investigate principles for the design of artifacts, systems, and/or building technologies that engage both local and global knowledge; and will use literature, theory, and other cultural texts to test, frame, and deepen their ideas. Locations will include the San Miguel, Lisbon, Porto, and the Alentejo region, with additional day trips. The last two weeks of the course will take place in Providence. Students will complete regular design, drawing, collecting, reading, and writing assignments throughout the entire course. Producing the final project for the course-a publication that will weave together architectural and environmental humanities approaches to a site from the travel component of the course-will be the focus of the last two weeks of the course.

    This is a co-requisite course. Students must also plan and register for ARCH-1584 or IDISC-1584. Students will receive 3 studio credits and 3 liberal arts credits.

    All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. A minimum gpa of 2.5 is required. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where WS travel courses and studios do not reach student capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession travel courses until the course is confirmed to run, which happens within the week after the final Wintersession travel course registration period.

    Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.

    Permission of Instructor required.

    Open to first year students with approval from the Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies.

    2018WS Travel Cost: $3,300.00 - airfare not included.

    ***Off-Campus Study***

  3. A Third Thing

    This studio will explore the notion of cultural identity within the realm of art and architecture. More specifically, the mixing and manipulating of cultures to the point that they are unidentifiable. How do you muddy the waters so thick that your art and architecture no long fit cleanly into a box, how do you create something new?

    Through an iterative process of isolating and merging aspects of a culture, students will create something that is unexpected, unique and reflective of their own artistic and design aesthetic. Students pick two cultures and any medium in which they would like to work. They will study the chosen medium within each culture then create their own style based on their research and exploration.

  4. Architectonics

    An introduction to the principles of architectural design beginning with a close examination of materials, forces and the human body. The examination will progressively widen in scope to include issues of form, space, structure, program and site. This condensed architectural studio is intended for freshmen and students outside the Division of Architecture and Design.

  5. Architecture Professional Internship

    ARCH-2199 is the required summer internship. It may be completed in any summer prior to entering the final year. Total hours required are 280. This internship can count for NCARB Architectural Experience Program AX-P. The internship hours for ARCH-2199 can be used towards architecture licensure through the NCARB Internship. Student's intent upon becoming registered architects in the USA after graduation should enroll in the AXP as soon as possible. AXP is the internship program required by all registration jurisdictions. The work experience accomplished during ARCH-2199, the department's minimum Internship experience (280 hours) can be recorded as acceptable experience in the AXP (3740 hours) and thus accelerate one's pace towards architectural licensure.

    Website: http://www.ncarb.org/Experience-Through-Internship s.aspx

    To register, go to www.risdcareers.com (ArtWorks)

    Course not available via web registration.

  6. Building A Digital Toolbox: Software And Workflow For Architecture And Design

    The class will begin with 3D modeling in Rhino using Grasshopper. This portion will be basics of both, with focus on Rhino since we will be using that throughout the semester. Grasshopper will be introduced, and used to create simple scripts resulting in parametric forms.

    Next, we will start producing drawings in Rhino. The basic workflow will be moving the camera to find perspectives, cutting plans and sections, making them 2D, scaling them to fit in Illustrator, and preparing them for export to Illustrator. Focus will be on best practices for managing files across programs.

    In illustrator we will work with line weights, colors, and hatches to produce legible digital drawings. Emphasis will be placed on careful planning of layers and precise attention to detail while keeping file sizes manageable. We will then export from Illustrator into PDF and Jpegs and compare the two on screen and print.

    After Illustrator we will return to Rhino and use VRay to produce renderings. We will assign materials, work with the sun, manage our material library and create our own materials. The renderings will then be opened in Photoshop for post production where we will edit the mood, add atmosphere, context, and people.

    Finally, we will use InDesign to arrange all of our drawings and renderings into presentation boards and export these for screen as well as print. We will follow through all the way to printing.

    The objective of this course is not proficiency in these programs. The objective is to provide a time and space outside of studio to introduce and explore the possibilities of these programs as tools in our design process. This course is meant to be the first step towards utilizing programs in our future studios. That being said, there is no limit to how advanced a student could become during the course if they decide to pursue a certain method or exploration further beyond the requirements. It is encouraged that the student finds an inspirational avenue and explores beyond the scope of the course to push the software to become part of their thought process and work flow. At the end of the course the student should feel comfortable working in all programs covered, discovering the limits of the software, and utilizing the digital resources that we have available to us at RISD to further their own explorations as artists and designers.

    As an architecture class this will be focused mainly around 3D modeling, rendering, and creating 2D orthographic drawings as they pertain to architecture studios, however the prompts will not be focused on architecture.

  7. From Writing To Architecture

    Narrative is innate to architecture. Any room has infinite stories, every hallway endless perspectives,and every threshold shifts experience. How, then, does narrative affect architectural design?

    This studio functions as an exercise in experiencing architecture, writing the experience, and then producing said architecture. How can we use narrative as an impetus to design? Can the spatial formatting of letters and words inform architecture? How do we tell a story through the architectural experience? Through several small writing exercises, class discussions, and design experimentations, this studio uses narrative to create architecture.

    Embracing the work from a range of writers, like J.G. Ballard, Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord, Nikolai Gogol, and Maggie Nelson, among others, this studio works on developing an architectural voice through frequent presentations and reviews. These texts are used as examples for urban narratives and how we experience architecture. From these writings, we create our own narrative as a way to explore architectural design.

    Estimated Material Cost $150

  8. Imagined City

    Based on the basic principles of urban design, spatial articulation and narratives, the student will build up his own imagined, conceptual "city" throughout the semester, adoping skilss from storyboard sketch, Rhino modelling, Laser Cut or other shop working procedures available.

    Starting from a basic and fundamental concept of a lifestyle, a character, or an architectural element, or observation of phenonmenon, through the method of systematization, layering and modular thinking, and imagined city will be built up, and further on that, design principles of urgan design and architecture will be applied to make it conceptually feasible in its very unique way.

    The final product will be a fabricated model, a digital presentation or an issustrated story of the city the student imagined and designed.

    Estimated material cost $50.00

  9. Professional Internship

    ARCH 8960 is an optional off campus internship, which may be taken during the summer or in wintersession. Depending on the nature of the work, the internship may count for major elective credit within the department or for non-major elective credit. Total hours required are 180.

    Course not available via web registration.

  10. Queering Space: Towards A Radical Architecture

    "Gender relations, like all power relations, are organized in time and space. The architectural arrangement of homes, workplaces, schools,and other institutional settings...are gendered spaces."

    Queering Space is to liberate architecture from its masculine-feminine polarities by imagining an Architecture of the In-Between; a space that acknowledges Queer identity in order to subvert everyday interactions with gendered space. Beyond an exploration of Feminist/Queer Theory, the goal of this course is to critically examine architecture as it stands today and challenge the gendered space(s) that construct our own identities and ways of living. What are the possibilities and outcomes of queering architecture?

    Estimated cost of material $100.00

  11. Seed And Spore: Biomimesis In Architecture

    For centuries, designers have looked to nature and the natural sciences for an understanding of the order of things. Concepts used for classifying, constructing, or understanding the natural world, from evolution and genetic heritability to resilience and adaptability, have tracked deeply into architectural discourse. Similarly, organic and biomorphic geometries have suffused architectural form-making throughout the twentieth century.

    This course will consider case studies of architectural biomimesis from the 19th century through the present day, with a particular interest in projects that draw inspiration or instruction from the seed, spore, germ, pod, capsule, etc.

    Simultaneously, we will make use of the Nature Lab in order to conduct an in-depth study and representation of a seed-type of the student's choice, considering its structure, materiality, surface and internal characteristics, performance, geographic distribution, and the way that it implicates or involves other species in its life-cycle. This intensive study will be leveraged into a final design proposal that will be allowed to develop organically from the students' interests and research.

  12. The Depth Of Lines

    Drawings are not just a representation of the architecture, but a form of knowing, a form of wonder. We ask questions through drawings and solve questions by drawing and making. The moment you draw, ideas start to evolve. The way you draw reflects the way you think. Your drawings will function as a trigger to stimulate your brain to imagine the world differently. This is a studio course that will challenge students to develop a series of drawings and models to explore and stimulate their imagination toward "Lines" that could be transformed to architectural elements---wall as a boundary, window as a threshold, and so on.

    The depth of line can be defined as a boundary (surface), building (volume) or structure (void), the depth of the line needs to be constructed by a different type of drawings and material study. In this course, students will be asked to use drawing to develop their concepts and principles to design their architectural elements. Through two weeks of imagination drawing exploration, they will liberate their thinking to deconstruct the definition of architectural elements in unconventional perspectives.

    The course discussion will focus on the role of drawing in the design process. Students will experiment how different mediums and materials could affect our thoughts. For the final project, students will be asked to redefine one of the architectural element, to question the definition of "walls, windows, or doors" in either conceptual or practical perspective, to think how people interact with those elements or how those deconstruct elements could be transfomed in the space.

  13. Thesis Research

    Serious research and a specific preparation begins in this course, forming the theoretical basis for the creative development of the Thesis Project (Spring, 6 credits). This is a period in which the nature of the work is clarified, a process is developed, possibilities are examined, and research and information gathering completed.

    The research from this course acts as an armature, establishing the attitude, objectives, and significance of the thesis as an exploration of architectural ideas, and forming the underpinnings for the work of the coming semester. The result of this effort, completed in the spring, is gathered together and reflected in the Thesis Book as part of the requirements for completion of Thesis. The work is reviewed at the end of Wintersession; satisfactory completion of this course is a prerequisite for the Thesis Project in the Spring semester.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50 - $200

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Permission of Instructor required.

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

    Schedule to be determined with Advisor.

  14. Warp:shrines For Wood Spirits

    In Wintersession studio we will work with the 'spirits' found in woods. We will visit forests, sawmills and lumberyards to observe and collect warped, buckled, twisted, bent, distorted, deformed, misshaped, skewed, curved, bowed, contorted, knotted, checked and gnarled pieces of wood, and with myth and science explain their distortion. Each student will create a narrative, design and then build, at full scale, a shrine to reveal the hidden spirits that brought about these distortions, transformation and revelations. We will just as carefully choose our tools as our woods and use the moments of discontinuity (joints) as an opportunity for expression.

  15. Wkshp: Tool Workshop

    In this workshop students will learn how to use new tools critical to the evolving nature of the discipline. Traditional woodworking tools require hand control and are time intensive. New technology of 3d printing, CNC and laser cutting combine the power of computation with the power of hand and mind to create the potential for intricate constructions and a new craft.

    This course will teach students the basic skills needed to use Digital equipment in the Shared Technology Shop. Students will learn programming and how to set up tools. Exercises will be included to help students realize the machining capabilities.

    The workshop will meet 5 times a semester.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $35.00

    Open to junior and above.

Spring 2018

  1. Advanced Studio

    These studios, three of which are required for graduation, are offered by individual instructors to students who have successfully completed the core curriculum. They are assigned by lottery on the first day of classes. Once assigned to an advanced studio, a student may not drop studio.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50 - $200

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

    Fee: Some advanced studio sections have a fee for course supplies or field trips. The fee is announced during the registration lottery held in the Department.

  2. Advanced Topics In Architectural Computation

    This 3 credit advanced seminar offers students the opportunity to focus on computational topics pertaining to architecture. Computational techniques and computational ideas are explored through making, writing, reading, and discussion. Some of the work in this course will take place in the space of the digital model, but coding, physical computation, and human computation may also enter into play. Students in this course will, under the mentorship of faculty, develop a level of expertise and knowledge that goes beyond what is usually associated with the requisite skills for contemporary architectural practice. Conversely, it is expected that computation may provoke a challenge to even the most base conceptions of design and architecture. Each iteration of this course will identify and advance a single theme, concept or problem. Some issues that may arise during this course include authorship, modeling vs simulation, computer controlled fabrication, intelligence, and creativity. Prerequisite: completion of Architectural Projection or permission of instructor with a demonstrated experience with 2-D and 3-D software.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $20 - $100

    Major elective

    Restricted to Architecture majors junior and above; open to CTC Concentrators and non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  3. Advanced Topics In Architectural Drawing

    This 3 credit advanced seminar offers students the opportunity to focus on drawing topics pertaining to architecture. Drawing is treated as a space for architectural research and/or as an autonomous work of architecture. The notion that drawing serves architecture merely as representation is questioned and critiqued. The theoretical and technical focus on the process of drawing will cultivate and address issues that have for hundreds of years served as the core of the architecture discipline. Simultaneously, the research may allow for the generation or assimilation of ideas, cultures and knowledge from other fields into architecture.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $20 - $100

    Major elective

    Restricted to Architecture majors junior and above; open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  4. Advanced Topics In Architectural Technology

    This 3 credit advanced seminar offers students the opportunity to focus on advanced applications of technology in architecture. Students will explore the relationship between design and technology within topics such as advanced energy modeling, advanced structural analysis, high performance structures, high performance building facades, and sustainable design. These seminars are designed to strengthen students' ability to conduct research, explore material performance and enable validation of design concepts based on applied technology.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $30.00 - $50.00

    Major elective

    Restricted to Architecture juniors and above; open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  5. Advanced Topics In Architectural Theory

    Theory offerings in the architecture department are deliberately consistent or complementary with our pedagogy, born and raised in an arts college. Theory based courses have a basis in empiricism, direct observation and experience of creative processes. Recognizing that discovery and invention often come between existing matrices of thought, offerings may be from disciplines other than architecture or branches of knowledge other than art and design.

    Objectives of the theory component of our curriculum are to:

    1. Expand the capacity to speculate productively.

    2. Develop the skeptic's eye and mind.

    3. Equip the ability to recognize connections that trigger discovery and invention.

    Major elective

    Restricted to Architecture majors junior and above; open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  6. Architectural Analysis

    This course will develop one's ability to critically read and understand architecture through formal, geometric, tectonic and spatial analytic processes. Analysis acts as an intermediary between observation, expression, and understanding, offering deep insights into works of architecture. The course builds upon the processes introduced in Architectural Projection. Through various conceptual and representational frameworks, the issues of mapping-layers. Point of view, scale, morphology, topography and tectonics will be explored as part of a larger creative process, embracing visual imagination, communication and critique.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $20 - $100

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  7. Architectural Design

    Design principles presented in the first semester are further developed through a series of projects involving actual sites with their concomitant physical and historic-cultural conditions. Issues of context, methodology, program and construction are explored for their possible interrelated meanings and influences on the making of architectural form.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50 - $200

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  8. Concrete Structures

    This course reviews the fundamentals of concrete and masonry in architecture with a focus on materials, structural analysis and design. The analysis and design includes concrete structures, reinforced and pre-stressed concrete members, concrete foundations and reinforced masonry. The student will proportion concrete and masonry structures using ultimate strength design. The longer class time on Tuesday allows students to design, make a concrete mix and create a concrete object. By the end of the course, the students will be able to design and detail simple concrete and masonry systems such as footings, basement walls, beams and slabs; proportion these systems to resist the moment and shear demands determined through structural analysis; develop an understanding of proper detailing of architectural concrete and masonry veneers by understanding thermal movements, waterproofing, and construction techniques.

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  9. Disciplinarity: Architectural Habits Of Mind And Modalities Of Practices

    Anyone following contemporary debates in architecture knows that there are as many definitions of architecture's disciplinarity as there are people who attempt to define it. In the current spate of publications on this topic, Mark Jarzombek declares architecture to be a failed discipline; Jane Rendell claims that architecture is a 'subject' subsuming several disciplines; Mark Wigley ruminates upon the prosthetic nature of the discipline to the sciences; Bob Somol and Sarah Whiting attempt to recover a Foucaultian disciplinarity in which norms, principles and traditions are supplanted by performative practice; Akos Moravansky argues that the disciplinarity of architecture resists the discursive approach embodied in post-1968 theory; Keller Easterling seeks "the trapdoor into another habit of mind" by eschewing narrow categories of thought for more inclusive ones; Sylvia Lavin uses the analogy of the 'kiss' between an installation and the architecture that houses it as a model of architectural inter-disciplinarity as media interaction; and Hal Foster and Michael Speaks face off on the relative merits of design intelligence and critical distance. How can a student of architecture ever gain a foothold in this complex and confusing debate? At stake in the debates over disciplinarity is the question: how can we identify architecture's categories of knowledge, and how did the categorization of knowledge become a priority? This seminar will historically situate the circumstances of architecture's emerging disciplinarity, and thematize it through three seemingly disparate but operatively identical lenses: the aesthetic, the historic, and the technological. Although the debates cited above appear unruly at first blush, fundamentally they aggregate around the relative merits of defining disciplinary categories of knowledge either too narrowly or too broadly, focusing either on architecture's autonomy or its extra-disciplinary appropriations. In addition to architecture's various categories of knowledge, the seminar will consider the influence of disciplinarity on our practices, considering how various classifications of architectural knowledge affect its techniques, standards, and formats of dissemination. From its Foucaultian framing to its current incarnations, the course will unpack the construction of architecture's disciplinarity, and shed some much-needed light on what it means for architects to be disciplinary.

    Permission of Instructor required.

    Major elective; open to graduate students only.

  10. EHP Sprg:studio Concentratio

    In this intensive independent studio students continue and complete the work began in "EHP Studio Elective", culminating in the final exhibition and review. It corresponds to the remaining eight weeks of the program, after students have finished with their Art History and Italian classes.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  11. EHP Studio Elective

    Independent studio is at the core of the EHP experience. Upon arrival, students are assigned studio space at the Palazzetto Cenci, home of RISD's program in Rome. With guidance from the chief critic, each student develops a personal body of work sparked by his/her interactions with places, people and circumstances in Rome and other locations that are part of the EHP tours (such as the Northern, Southern or Eastern tours, as well as other shorter trips.) The work takes as a point of departure knowledge and techniques specific to individual home departments, but allows, and even encourages, explorations beyond disciplinary boundaries, including collaborations and cross-fertilization within a group of students from different departments working together.

    Beyond consistent and thorough engagement with studio work, requirements include participation in open studios and exhibitions, presentations in reviews, and attendance to all group activities and events, such as lectures at the Cenci and other institutions. From time to time, the chief critic may issue short assignments to introduce or focus on a particular subject. As part of the studio elective, students may be encouraged to keep sketchbooks and/or diaries, participate in optional activities--such as figure drawing sessions--and search for brief internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of interactions with local artists, designers, curators and critics.

    EHP Studio Elective corresponds to the first twelve weeks of the program, while students are also taking Art History and Italian classes. This course establishes the direction for the work in the "Studio Concentration" course that follows.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  12. Environmental Design II

    This equally distributed three part course will continue with the principles from "Physics", the application of electric energy, lighting and sound to building environs. Building technology continues to demand a larger percentage of the building's budget and thus should receive a greater degree of time and understanding by the Architect. Topics and principles to be included are: electronic generation, distribution, and building systems; electronic and communication systems; lighting fundamentals, design and control; and enviro-acoustical fundamentals, sound transmission, amplification, and absorption principles.

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only; open to NCSS Concentrators pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  13. Modern Architecture

    The course will focus on the diverse new roles encountered by the architect in the 20th century: form maker, administrator of urban development, social theorist, cultural interpreter, ideologue. Emphasis will be placed upon the increasing interdependence of architecture and the city, and the recurrent conflicts between mind and hand, modernity and locality, expressionism and universality.

    Major requirement; Architecture majors

    Art History credit for Architecture majors

    Liberal Arts elective credit for non-majors pending seat availability.

  14. Principles Of Professional Practice

    This is a course about becoming a licensed architect, a business professional and an active, engaged and responsible citizen. It is intended to help prepare students for the challenges and opportunities confronted by a life in Architecture. Lectures are organized around four themes: The architect as a trained and certified "Professional" in traditional and alternative careers; the architect as an operative in the world of business and commerce; the origins of architectural projects; and the detailed work performed through professional Architectural Contracts. Regular panels, composed of RISD alums and other allied professionals provide an external perspective on all elements of the course, and allow students the opportunity to direct discussion in ways appropriate to their needs.

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration

  15. Professional Internship

    ARCH 8960 is an optional off campus internship, which may be taken during the summer or in wintersession. Depending on the nature of the work, the internship may count for major elective credit within the department or for non-major elective credit. Total hours required are 180.

    Course not available via web registration.

  16. Rethinking Green Urbanism

    As over half the world's population has come to live in cities, urbanization has moved to the center of the environmental debate. This course will provide an interdisciplinary engagement between Sociology and Architecture to reflect on the past, present and future of ecological urbanism. Co-taught by professors from Architecture and Liberal Arts, the seminar will interrogate the ways in which green urban design has been conceptualized to date. It will explore cutting edge contemporary debates around the future of the green urban project and ask students to think forward into the future.
    Open to sophomore and above.

    Permission of Instructor Required.

    Also offered as HPSS-S151; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  17. Thesis Project

    Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, students are responsible for the preparation and completion of an independent thesis project.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50 - $200

    Major requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

    Permission for this class is based on the student's overall academic record as well as their performance in Wintersession Thesis Research. If the department recommends against a student undertaking the thesis project, two advanced elective studios must be taken instead.

    Prerequisites: One of the thesis project seminars. See footnotes on the curriculum sheet for a list of these classes or read the course descriptions in the "History and Theory" section which follows.

  18. Wkshp: Tool Workshop

    In this workshop students will learn how to use new tools critical to the evolving nature of the discipline. Traditional woodworking tools require hand control and are time intensive. New technology of 3d printing, CNC and laser cutting combine the power of computation with the power of hand and mind to create the potential for intricate constructions and a new craft.

    This course will teach students the basic skills needed to use Digital equipment in the Shared Technology Shop. Students will learn programming and how to set up tools. Exercises will be included to help students realize the machining capabilities.

    The workshop will meet 5 times a semester.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $35.00

    Open to junior and above.

  19. Women In Archiecture

    How have female architects outside of the United States impacted their societies? And, what do these architects' accomplishments and the challenges they face reveal about the intersections of architecture, sexism, racism, colonization, and globalization?

    These thematic questions will guide students through the case studies of 13 female, non-American, mostly non-white architects. Weekly readings will offer in depth study of well-known figures, such as Lina Bo Bardi, and significant, but lesser known architects such as Nadia Tromp, the managing director of Ntsika Architects, a 100% black, female-owned practice in South Africa. Students will conclude the course by writing a term paper on contemporary female architecture.

    Open to all

  20. Wood Structures

    This course will review the fundamentals of wood in architecture with a focus on wood materials and construction systems and lumber and timber structural analysis and design. Work includes timber systems consisting of conventional framing trusses, laminates, built-up sections and connections. In addition, this course will review the principles of structural loads; gravity, lateral, live and dead. The concept of lateral resistance through standard wood framing systems will be explored. Manufactured lumber has become a major part of today's wood construction industry and the design and detailing of these materials will be explored in depth. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the role of wood materials in architectural design and construction and be able to design and detail simple Lumber and Timber structural systems. They will be able to proportion these systems to resist the moment and shear demands determined through structural analysis. This course will provide the student with a good understanding of the material and the common structural and architectural systems used in today's practice.

    Major Requirement; Architecture majors only

    Registration by the Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

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