FA18_ARCH 251_Syllabus

This building arts studio focuses on stairs as a fundamental architectural element — a mechanism for defining and seeing space. Stairs provide the vertical movement from one space to another, they enable ascent or decent, subtle or exaggerated. Stairs can also define a space onto themselves, a volume articulated by the stacking and arrangement of systems of different species of spaces. Students will study and use stairs to explore spatial solid/void relationships.

This is the third of six (6) sequential pre-professional art and architectural design studios that constitute the backbone of the curriculum in design. While this course continues to focus on understanding and operating in design, consideration of architectural components like form, structure, sequence, and material will be introduced. Students are expected to apply design training from previous courses to work in this studio. The course is rooted in teaching principles of inquiry and “making”.