Fall 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. 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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  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. 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.

  15. Scope Seminar

    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.

  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. Urban Farm: Gathering - Learning From Community Garden Practices

    This course is part of a two-semester sequence and the RISD SEI Action Plan. The course will address the plan's call for meaningful Community Engagement (VI) opportunities and Community Wellness (VII) within academic coursework by recognizing the immense value and power that affiliating with nature and natural systems can have for physical and mental wellbeing.

    The first course will be structured around research into the history of community garden practices and discussion on appropriate methods of community centered engagement for place making. We will look at practices of activism, implementation and maintenance for healthy communities happening in Providence and beyond. We will involve the rich resources in Providence Community from the Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT), and URI Food Center (URIFC) and their involvement with Bridgeport, Connecticut, and will also look at work in Yale University, and New York City.

    Social justice extends to the environment in multiple ways. In Rhode Island the consumption of local food is expanding as growers, educators and citizens look to new ways to improve health and grow local economy. However, access to this source for all communities is a challenge. More than 1 in 3 kids in Providence have grown up in poverty, with 81% reporting a household income of $20,000 or less. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of them are in communities and attend schools with limited outdoor space and even less access to nature.

    Urban agriculture has the potential to strengthen local communities and has multiple social benefits including community-focused food production, reducing food deserts and enhancing food security, the reduction of the use of fossil-fuels, the transformation of urban environments through the introduction of the green spaces that highlight the nutrient cycle, and the introduction of business opportunities in the food network. It also creates more sustainable urban environments and re-establishes interrelated natural systems while providing fresh, local produce. Its environmental benefits, including the positive impact on the local water cycle are often less recognized. Finally, these spaces can become a locus for community where youth and adult learners can engage natural systems though passive, active, and educational uses.

    Each student will be asked to prepare two reports. One will be a case study of a project (both successful and not). Through the process, we will begin to learn how to work within city, site, budget, and resource constraints and gain knowledge on material construction and spatial design and utilization. Part of the assignment will be to analyze the politics and economics of urban farming, and to investigate the realities of a sustainable enterprise. By the end of the semester you will be asked to articulate a system of engagement that takes into account what you have learned and the particular conditions of Providence.

    Open to junior and above.

    Open to students in Architecture, Industrial Design and Landscape Architecture.

    Also offered as ARCH-2340; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

Wintersession 2019

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Architecture As A Social Construct

    This course will explore the application of social theory and methods to create architecture that is more engaged with the user. Architecture today has become a race to create the most abstract, most "aesthetic", most beautifully complex masterpiece possible. In this race for "beautiful" architecture, we've neglected to acknowledge humans, the actual users of these spaces, as a factor in our design process. This course seeks to challenge the notion that contemporary architecture is being created for humans. While it seems obvious that architecture is for humankind, architects today are less engaged in understanding human behavior and social patters on a deeper level. The course will take a product design approach by considering housing as a prefabricated, modular form that is to be most optimally designed for the masses, similar to how websites or mobile apps are designed for large communities to be intuitive and for compelling experiential qualities. We will begin by understanding social theory in architecture and how we can apply research and data to a master plan for a modular community of "the future". Final products will exist as a combination of either written proposals, videos, animations, etc. or whichever medium best explains the concept. The representation of the final product will be supplemented by prototype studies and theoretical/sociological research.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $25.00

  4. 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.

  5. Designing The Cosmos

    The Cosmos is a universe regarded as an orderly complete and harmonious system. "Designing The Cosmos" is a studio that brings the opportunity to all interested RISD students to create and design their own physical and diverse Universe. During this course, the students will use Reverse Engineering to understand the Universe as a whole and deconstruct it at different scales. The student will design their own Universe, Solar systems,and Planets. Students will explore their new city and lifestyles of their own personalized planet through models and drawings. The Episcopal Cleric Desmond Tutu said that "We inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity", therefore, the purpose of the course is to encourage students to re-envision the cosmos as a potential to discover the value of diversity and be able to materialize it in a physical reality. A universe could be defined as "a particular sphere of activity, interest, or experience." As architects and artists we design a sphere of activity, our own interests and experiences. To us designing the cosmos pushes students forward, to analyze our current realm and push what the world can possibly become by designing a totally new universe! Art and architecture need creative thinkers, we believe by exploring the potential of the cosmos one can be free from social "norms" and truly explore where one's mind can take them.

    Prompts:

    In this course the use of physical model making, digital modeling, and drawing will allow students to explore the scope of space and its limits.

    1. Create a physical model that explores the volume of space that exists around your idea of a universe. Your universe will exist as a void within set parameters of the volume.

    2. Imagine within the void live star clusters, explore how these stars exist in space.

    3. Define the motion of what lives around your stars.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00

  6. 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.

  7. Thesis Discursive Workshop

    In its current iteration, Thesis Research (ARCH 2197, 3 credits), is poised between Thesis Seminar: Navigating the Creative Process (ARCH-2196, 3 credits) in the Fall, and Thesis Project (ARCH-2198, 6 credits) in the Spring. Though the course catalog describes the wintersession as a time for research, in reality, much of that work has already happened in the fall seminar. The Thesis Discursive Workshop utilizes the Wintersession to hone students' discursive skills, both written and oral, so that they can choreograph a robust discussion around their work. The Thesis Discursive Workshop imagines a parallel discursive trajectory to the ongoing individual design development of the thesis project. In this five-week intensive workshop, students will develop and refine the following skills:

    1. Crafting the thesis polemic or narrative.

    2. Positioning the thesis within the discipline of architecture, and in relation to other disciplines.

    3. Formatting and disseminating the thesis.

    4. Curating and editing the thesis.

    5. Persuasively articulating the thesis.

    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.

Spring 2019

  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. 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 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.

  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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Graduate Seminar: Disciplinarity

    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.

    Major requirement; M.ARCH 3-YR graduate students only

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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Stuminar: Directed Research Seminar

    The stuminar 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 stuminar 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.

  14. Stuminar: Directed Research Studio

    The stuminar 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 stuminar 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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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