Degree Program: 

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to and allow them to develop skills and thinking related to visual, haptic and cognitive representation by means of technical drawing, descriptive geometry + material manipulation.


1. Develop graphic representational skills, specifically using orthographic, paraline and central projection and sketching.
2. Develop a formal vocabulary, based on tectonics and stereotomy.
3. Develop fundamental design skills.
4. Understand Western architectural canons, related to projection drawing and tectonic/stereotomic space making.
5. Understand non-Western canons of representation and space making.

Course Structure & Topics

Lectures occur twice a week; students work on skill building and design projects in a studio setting two days/week.  Project One introduces students to orthographic projection. Project Two introduces them to paraline projection drawing and tectonic modes of assembly. Students design modules which, assembled, create an armature or vessel to contain a found object. Project Three investigates the generation of space from a layering of section (figure/ground) conditions. In this project scale, the human body, and the basic concept of program and light/shadow are introduced. The fourth and final project builds upon the third, introducing descriptive geometry as a means to understanding solids, combined with tectonic and stereotomic manipulations of space. Students are introduced to methods and concepts related to perspective drawing.

Course Requirements
Students complete several projects during the semester. For each project, students are introduced to and must integrate concepts and techniques related to a new mode of representation (orthographic, paraline, shadow-casting and perspective), new spatial concepts, and modes of investigation through model-making (line/plane/volume as assembled/layered/carved). Students additionally build graphic skills through daily "piano exercises" and conceptual skills through reading assignments discussed in review sessions. Lectures introduce students to the historical background of these modes of representation, to non-Western traditions, and to contemporary examples. Lecture sessions also serve as demonstrations for various techniques (model making, shadow casting, perspective drawing) that the students use in their projects.

The semester culminates with an exhibition of student work from the both the fall and spring semester foundation studios. This exhibition is a large part of students' applications for admission to the Professional Program.

Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E