Fall 2021

  1. 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. Once assigned to an advanced studio, a student may not drop studio. Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00 - $200.00 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. 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: $20.00 - $100.00 Major elective Restricted to Architecture majors junior and above; open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.
  3. 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.
  4. 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: $20.00 - $100.00 Major requirement; Architecture majors only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  5. 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. 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.
  7. This first of three core studios introduces the art of architecture as a design-based process and language, shaped by the practices, conventions, and contradictions of the discipline that have historically informed our spatial investigations. The agency of architecture lies in its capacity to be enactive. It is occupied, experienced and materialized; it constructs, organizes and extends relations among the many. Its forms, spatial orders, materials, and systems result from the designed consideration of physical and spatial interdependencies with the practices, habits and aspirations of its subjects. Providing a precise and delimited set of tools and armatures, this first of three core studios introduces the art of architecture as a design process and language that activates, mediates and politicizes the built environment and its subjects. Estimated Materials Cost: $250.00 Graduate major requirement; M.ARCH only. Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  8. At a moment marked by the increasing homogenization and inaccessibility of cities, we will examine and generate urban experiments that represent radical forms of inclusion and place-making. If we reject the premise that contemporary cities are facilitators of extractive regimes, then we can analyze urban experiments that represent alternative forms of coexistence between humans, non-humans, and their expansive environments. This studio examines cities as negotiators between systems of inclusion and exclusion. Systems of inclusion will be sampled from multiple cities and societies, with diverse social orders and forms of place-making. This robust archive of socio- spatial concepts will be edited, combined, and tested on a specific site of contestation. We will investigate visible and invisible forms of infrastructure as opportunities to establish new platforms for cultural production; expanding contemporary sustainability discourse through the intersection of social, political, and economic asymmetries. The aim is to develop a critical framework for our ongoing construction and conception of cities. Estimated Materials Cost: $210.00 Graduate major requirements; M.ARCH only. Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  9. This seminar will utilize the content, topic, and conceit of measure as a pinhole through which to see the world of Directed Design Research. Directed Design Research is an alternative to Thesis, which lays out a specific territory of inquiry and encourages students to identify the topic and scope of their work, emanating from this specific point of departure. The seminar will lay out a series of methods, techniques, and exercises related to the exploration of measure, asking each student to then define a territory of inquiry within this delimited field. The deliverables for the Scope Seminar include a thoughtfully delimited and actionable statement of the intended design research, the documentation of a minimum of three methodologies or approaches to be utilized in the design research, and a well-wrought syllabus that includes: a weekly breakdown of tasks and deliverables, relevant references and precedents properly cited, and a concise text (3 pages maximum) describing the research activities to be undertaken. Major requirement; Architecture majors only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  10. This course connects the methods, traditions, and conventions of architectural drawing with contemporary technology and representational cultures. The language of architecture remains in flux. Drawing is the territory in which that language can be explored, provoked and harnessed. Inevitably, this inquiry involves a reflection on the human condition, the nature of creativity, and the agency of representation. This course contends with the tension between the digital and the material; the drawing and the image; the need to represent and the urge to express; the constraints of tools and the open-endedness of media; the professional obligation to communicate and the disciplinary need to operate creatively; Abstraction is the underlying theme, idea and framework by which students engage the algorithm, the model, the mark, and the pixel. Creative prompts and technical instruction develop a student's intuition, sensibility and skill with respect to digital softwares, workflows, and interdisciplinary cultures of making, publishing, and disseminating work. Estimated Materials Cost: $300.00 Graduate major requirement; M.ARCH only. Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  11. 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. 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; M.ARCH 2-year only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration. Open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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. 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. Major requirement; Architecture majors only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  18. 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. 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: $50.00 - $200.00 This course satisfies the prerequisite requirement for Thesis Project.
  20. 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: $50.00 - $200.00 Major requirement; Architecture majors only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

Wintersession 2022

  1. The primary focus of the studio is to weave together cultural research, material exploration, and one-to-one construction to explore the resonance between traditional craft practices and contemporary design techniques. Students will be exposed to materials based on the vernacular of the area-adobe, stone, brick, lime, bamboo, earth pigments, and locally made encaustic tiles-and introduced to ways in which to translate their properties into new applications and processes of assembly. The goal is to engage participants in the design of a series of collaborative workshop projects while understanding the culture and interests of the communities they will serve. These hands-on explorations will be facilitated by RootStudio, our Oaxaca-based partner, in the spirit of generating local innovation while bringing together the efforts of students from Mexico and the US. The secondary component of the course will provide an opportunity for observation and visual transcription of the Oaxaca experience through a drawing workbook. In addition, students will generate 2-D + 3D material work informed by local resources. Fieldwork will be supported by visits to cultural sites and daily discussions will address the use of materials in design as a force to promote reimagining their applications. Oaxaca City is situated in the mountains midway between Mexico City and the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is a World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in recognition of its historic buildings and archaeological sites. The city's colonial history is intertwined with indigenous cultures that reside along the city edges. It is also the source of a rich contemporary art and design scene rooted in the current economical, political, and social climate of the area. Home to an extensive network of art centers, cultural institutions, and artisanal crafts, the place provides a rich inventory of opportunities for material observation, experimentation, and making. Estimated Materials Cost: $60.00 Applications open in September. Registration begins in October at a time to be announced. All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. A minimum GPA of 2.50 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. Permission of Instructor required. Open to sophomores and above. 2022WS Estimated Travel Cost: $2,190.00 - airfare not included. ***Off-Campus Study***
  2. 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.
  3. The stage presents a unique opportunity for the built environment and the body to directly and actively engage with one another. These designed environments, simultaneously temporary and permanent, support the body's movements, generate atmosphere, and actively participate in the performance itself. In this course, students will dissect the elements of stage design, explore the rich history of architecture and the stage, and ultimately design and plan a stage set of their own. Ideas will be investigated through architectural modes of representation including drawings, models, images, and one-to-one mock-ups of their designs. Each week of class includes a lecture, a workshop, and discussions that range in topics from "who are stage designers?" to "what are the parallels between architecture, dance, and stage design?" Through three cumulative projects, students will use architectural design processes to discover how material, light, color, sound, and structure work together to create immersive and supportive environments for performance. Estimated Materials Cost: $250.00
  4. 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.
  5. We practice amidst a world of complex social, geographical, environmental, and political systems. The forces of climate change, global power regimes, unchecked resource extraction, and rapidly-shifting social infrastructures are on the minds of designers across disciplines. Part studio/part seminar, this course will consider systems thinking as a possible foundation for design. Alongside weekly reading discussions, we will explore the systems diagram as a visual tool for situating our work (and ourselves) within these overwhelming networks. We will study a collection of graphic and visual diagramming works that bridge across disciplines (architects, artists, graphic novelists, conspiracy theorists, ecologists). The course will culminate in students using what they've learned to produce a final portfolio drawing that will navigate and visualize an interconnected system of their own interest. While this is an architectural effort, we will define architecture as not solely the construction of buildings but, as theorist Elke Krasny puts it, "the organization of complexity." Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00
  6. At RISD, physical objects continue to claim their place as indispensable tools in the creative process; they persist invisting meditation and contemplation. Material constructions help explain concepts, foresee problems, and investigate solutions while exploring sensual and tectonic qualities. They combine art and technical skills, reaching a result which is neither a miniaturization of space, not a mere reproduction of the idea, but a unique creation itself. This studio-based workshop introduces a series of weekly topics combining theory and material physical properties. These 1:1 constructions are the result of direct material experimentation guided by handmade techniques such as assembling, casting, carving, suspending, and layering. In addition, the works will be informed by organizational principles (grided, clustered, radial, centralized, stacked, and linear) of your choice. This course encourages making connections with thesis investigations, work conducted in the design studios, or personal design research. Estimated cost of materials $25-$100.
  7. In architecture, physical models have a short life span, but they are a necessary tool to communicate spatial ideas. In this course, students will learn a new approach to architectural model-making through the production of their own biomaterial. The main concentrations are centered around exploring biomaterials and learning the fundamentals of architectural model making and drawings. The first half of the course focuses on technical skill-building and experimentation with biomaterial as students build a recipe catalog. Students are assigned an architectural precedent to ground their work. The second half of the course utilizes the student's material exploration to construct a precedent model out of their biomaterial collection. The end goal is to create a model that will return to the earth, minimizing the waste and space conventional architecture models take up. Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00
  8. Mapping and data visualization are becoming key techniques used by architecture and design professionals to visualize data and information. Mapping techniques are a means to focus on physical and invisible site relationships. In this course we will be using tools such as USGS topo view software, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, and Rhino 3d to explore the relationship between research and its eventual visualization. Students will be tasked with a five-part informational map of a city/region of their choice to highlight architectural/informational data. 1. Population densities 2. Circulation/Movement 3.Infrastructure & History 4. Land/Topography 5. Borders, Barriers & Boundaries
  9. The current definition of ownership in in Western society centers on an outdated version of the "American dream" taking into account little at the socio-economic scale. As shifts in Western culture restructure models of ownership in service of a more stable, just society where does architecture stand in this new decentralized ideology? Will this spreading of authority promote a stronger understanding of community? How will the built environment act in this restructuring? All of these questions are opportunities for a new generation to implement a new version of the "American Dream", one more focused on humanistic, environmental, and systemic issues over financial gains.?This course is both a research and redevelopment experiment examining the current Western definition of property ownership. Students will study examples of existing alternative models of home ownership to reimagine the future of property and ownership through the production of a series of large-scale images along with a written narrative for an alternative future. ?Through various readings/writing/critique activities students will develop new research/ideation/design skills based on their individual artistic interests. Assignments and presentations provide students the opporunity to push forward agendas meeting a need more fitting to a future generations definition of home and home ownership.? Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00
  10. What is your favorite meal? Could it be home cooked or something new and adventurous for you? Food is something that we all partake in and have a relationship with. It is a way to share our culture and heritage and give each other nourishment. In this course, we will share and experience some of our favorite dishes visually through different architectural representations. Students will learn to make technical architectural drawings to explain food to each other as well as using food as a driving force to view architecture. In this five week studio students will be asked to develop a set of drawings as well as small scaled food models that will allow them to communicate their recipes. Estimated Materials Cost: $50
  11. Architects rely regularly on destructive tendencies in the design process, neglecting remnants to be discarded in a virtual trash can, or abandoned in a physical pile of materials. In this studio course, we will utilize a series of design exercises and representational experiments to make use of those remnants towards an alternative architecture of the deconstructive, making visible, tangible, and communicable, the remnants, residuals, traces, and excesses that inevitably accompany our processes of making and disassembly. Extending methods of collage across multiple forms of making, we will push for theories and methods of de-construction that are situated somewhere between destruction and construction, in an attempt to be more attuned to the material, conceptual, and technological realities of what we produce and how we produce it. Students will work towards their own conceptions of de-constructive work through a sequence of experimental exercises, culminating in a final project. Readings, discussions, and other materials will supplement these exercises. Assignments will progress from 2D to 3D, allowing students to experiment in various forms of analog and digital production and fabrication. Students are welcome and encouraged to make use of any scraps, residual materials, and physical or digital remnants that they may have or may soon encounter, but we will also be generating our own scraps and our own remnants to make use of as the course progresses. We will investigate and invent methods of taking into account, and taking responsibility for, the materials we use and the forms of consumerism we participate in. Students from all disciplines and backgrounds are welcome, and no previous knowledge or technical expertise will be presumed. Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00 - $250.00
  12. Architectural renderings translate the line-work of floor plans, building sections, and elevations into three-dimensional illustrations that embody the atmosphere and life of a space. Thus, making an architect's design comprehensible and accessible to all, or so it seems. In many ways, architects surrendered to the dark side of capitalism and consumerism. Renderings have become commercial weapons that ultimately exist to convince a worthwhile investment rather than tell authentic spatial stories. This course will explore the role of image in architecture, as well as the ethics of image-production, and the responsibility of the image-maker. Students will design a one-room-home for a subject of their choosing on a proposed site in Brooklyn, NY and select one interior + one exterior perspective to repeatedly render through various architectural illustration media. This exercise will leave them with a taxonomy of illustrations to assess the biases and limitations of the architectural rendering software most used in contemporary practices. Students will be equipped with the skill-set necessary to generate architectural illustrations within the profession, which include 1 | Hand drawing 2 | V-Ray for Rhino + Photoshop Post-Production 3 | Lumion. Grading will be based on attendance + class participation, homework submissions, midterm review, final review, and a short response illustration assessment. Estimated cost of materials $50-$100.
  13. Divas and Divos to the runway please! The Category Is? ... an architecture studio that merges the three most instrumental elements of popular culture: Architecture, Apparel, and the Underground Ballroom. Each student will have the responsibility to investigate prominent figures of the Underground Ballroom, interpret these figures, and create an architecture wearable that invokes the specific category that the figure walks at a Ball and their persona on the floor. The term "architecture wearable" will be assessed in four major components: (1) Connects two parts of the body (arm/shoulder, head/neck) (2) Consists of a Structure and Skin (interior/exterior) (3) Studies proportion/disproportion to the figure (4) Constructed of architectural model making materials Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of wearable architecture design throughout the duration of three projects over a five week period: WHATS THE CATEGORY GIVING?! - Group research project of ballroom categories HOLD THAT POSE FOR ME! - Investigate and draw a Graphic Timeline of a ballroom figure BRING IT AS! - Architecture Wearable presentation in the style of a traditional ball. DJ ... Pump the beat! The Category Is starts in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1! Estimated Cost of Materials $100-$400.
  14. Thesis Discursive Workshop utilizes Wintersession to hone students' discursive skills, both written and oral, so that they can choreograph a robust discussion around their work. This course establishes a consistent discursive trajectory to the ongoing individual design development of the thesis project that begins in the Fall. In addition to providing a forum in which students might draw out, articulate, and position some of the central claims and aims of their thesis work, this course also aims to instigate careful thought about the written component of the eventual thesis book and the way that this written component might inform or be informed by design work. The assignments of the course are designed to create the infrastructure of a student's eventual thesis book, the elements of any/many book(s). They are not the book content itself, but organize, clarify, define, contextualize, reference, etc. the work contained therein. These elements, for the purposes of this course, are: synopsis (back page/cover flap summary), "cover art", bibliography, table of contents, title, index, and appendix/appendices. In this five-week intensive workshop, students will develop and refine the following skills, relating each development to a component of their eventual book via an assignment: 1. Crafting the thesis polemic or narrative; 2. Positioning the thesis; 3. Contextualizing and formatting the thesis; 4. Curating and editing the thesis; 5. Persuasively articulating the thesis. Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00 - $200.00 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.

Spring 2022

  1. 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. Once assigned to an advanced studio, a student may not drop studio. Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00 - $200.00 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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: $20.00 - $100.00 Major requirement; Architecture majors only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  5. 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: $50.00 - $200.00 Major requirement; Architecture majors only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  6. This course brings together printmaking and architecture, with their respective modes of working and sensibilities. There is long tradition connecting the two disciplines; here we will focus on a fundamental, physical connection, experimenting with materials and ways of assembling them to make prints. We will think of the press bed almost as a construction site. Collecting materials from everyday life, we will explore their characteristics and qualities--textures, patterns, opacities and translucencies--in the process of transferring them onto paper. The main technique of the course will be monotype, but we may also employ other techniques, such as soft ground, collagraph, and laser etching depending of students' experience and interest. We will start with simple monochrome prints, progressively moving to more open-ended, elaborate and ambitious experiments, including multicolor prints and three-dimensional assemblages. Students will produce weekly sets of prints exploring themes and variations. Above all, the work of the course should be thought of as an opportunity to develop careful experimental habits. Estimated Materials Cost: $60.00 Elective Open to sophomore and above. Please follow the below registration availability: ARCH-2080: Open to Architecture majors only. PRINT-2080: Open to Printmaking majors only. IDISC-2080: Open to all other majors.
  7. 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.
  8. The second core studio addresses the agency of the building to simultaneously construct new spatial, social, and material orders in the context of the contemporary city. The second core studio situates architecture as the strategic interplay of spatial and constructive concepts towards specific aesthetic, social, and performative ends. The studio seeks to create a productive friction between abstract orders (form, pattern, organization), technical systems (structure, envelope), and the contingencies of real-world conditions (site, politics, environment). The studio operates within a specific cultural framework in which students link disciplinary methods to extra-disciplinary issues, with concentrated forays into the realms of structure, material, environmentalism, and urbanism. Students iteratively develop architectural concepts, ethical positions, and experimental working methods through a series of focused architectural design projects with increasing degrees of complexity, culminating in the design of a mid-scale public building in an urban context. Estimated Materials Cost: $195.00 Graduate major requirement; M.ARCH only. Registration by Architecture Department; course not available via web registration.
  9. The course is, effectively, a seminar congruent with a studio, and its ambition is to provide rigorous methodological framing and provocative content scaffolding for the design research activities within the studio. While the studio component will focus on the advancing of the design research questions framed in the fall seminar, the seminar component will consider the best formats and vehicles for the dissemination of the design research. The deliverables for this course will be twofold: a thoroughly researched, documented, and delineated design project; and a textual 'exit document' in which students articulate their research methods, techniques, formats, and outcomes. Major requirement; Architecture majors only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  10. The course is, effectively, a studio congruent with a seminar, and its ambition is to provide rigorous methodological framing and provocative content scaffolding for the design research activities within the studio. While the studio component will focus on the advancing of the design research questions framed in the fall seminar, the seminar component will consider the best formats and vehicles for the dissemination of the design research. The deliverables for this course will be twofold: a thoroughly researched, documented, and delineated design project; and a textual 'exit document' in which students articulate their research methods, techniques, formats, and outcomes. Major requirement; Architecture majors only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 Disciplinarity 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, Disciplinarity will unpack the construction of architecture's disciplinarity, and shed some much-needed light on what it means for architects to be disciplinary. Graduate major requirement; M.ARCH 3-year only Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.
  13. This course explores multiple forms digital models and their relationships to drawings, materials, and buildings. This course uses abstraction as the common thread between its prerequisite, "Drawings," and an inquiry into the elements, natures, structures, and forms of the complex, temporal, cultural, material and political construct often referred to as "the building." The model's role is understood as a medium for operations. The contemporary digital model is delimited and constrained by architectural software. This course recognizes that expertise in multiple digital modeling software-including those aligned with Building Information Modeling (BIM), fabrication, and animation-is as imperative as are skills to manipulate, undermine, link, automate and hack the media that dominate the discipline of architecture. As is the case with "Drawings," models are not merely technical, but the underpinnings of an iterative, creative, synthetic and reflective creative process. A series of prompts engage the computational principles that underpin all digital modeling software. This "under the hood" approach is balanced by "over the hood" approaches that see students designing workflows, automation and output between software and material. The course engages the digital model as sample, system, and database as well as continually interrogates the translational relationship between model and drawing and model and image. Estimated Materials Cost: $340.00 Graduate major requirement; M.ARCH only. Registration by Architecture Deparmtent, course not avialable via web registration.
  14. 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. 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. Also offered as HPSS-S151; Register in the course for which credit is desired.
  16. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, students are responsible for the preparation and completion of an independent thesis project. Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00 - $200.00 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.
  17. 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.
  18. This history of architecture course, co-taught by an architectural historian and an architect, introduces key ideas, forces, and techniques that have shaped world architecture through the ages prior to the modern period. The course is based on critical categories, ranging from indigenous and vernacular architecture, to technology, culture, and representation. The lectures and discussions present systems of thought, practice and organization, emphasizing both historical and global interconnectedness, and critical architectural differences and anomalies. Each topic will be presented through case studies accompanied by relevant texts. The students will be expected to engage in the discussion groups, prepare material for these discussions, write about, and be examined on the topics. Major requirement; Architecture majors Art History credit for Architecture majors Liberal Arts elective credit for non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor. Registration by Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.