Degree Program: 

Course Description:

This course studies five different categories of human experience in architecture:wayfinding, task-performance, territoriality, cultural expression and visual non-visual aesthetics.  Such experiences are programmed for two design projects in the semester, and are the primary basis for course evaluation.

 Teaching Format: Studio content enhanced with occasional lectures and seminars and related to content in ARC 227 (Architectural Programming).


Students in this course are expected to achieve an:

1. Awareness of the influences on architectural form of the values and purposes of institutions, clients, users, and society
2. Understanding of how the human body interacts with designed objects in work, living and leisure activities
3. Understanding of the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, behavior, and specific goals and requirements of one or more user groups
4. Ability to identify user's values, goals and needs; to research applicable code and ADA requirements; and to design a facility responsive to the requirements of the program
5. Ability to develop and use bubble diagrams, precept diagrams, concept diagrams, plans, elevations, sections, and three dimensional models as means to represent and evaluate architectural accommodations of human experience
6. Ability to synthesize knowledge and skills obtained in this course, and previous courses in architectural design

Course Structure & Topics
This course explores the relationship of human experience and the spatial and formal characteristics of architecture and related landscape. The studio emphasizes development of design processes including value and goal identification, design concept formation, modeling techniques, and evaluation procedures. Includes lectures, readings and discussion of relevant theories.

Lectures and demonstrations will be used to explain the theoretical and practical goals of each studio project. The project will be understood through the process of analysis, design and re-design in the studio. Class will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00-4:50 p.m. Any part of class time may be used for discussion or review of the projects as appropriate.

During the studio sessions, projects will be issued and explained. Studio time will be spent working on the projects and discussing the work from previous assignments.

Course Requirements
Students are expected to continue the use of the sketch book required in earlier design studios. Particular emphasis will be on buildings visited on the architectural field trips and/or programming, other examples of architecture that might be relevant to individual projects, and sketched ideas for current projects.  Format and objectives for assigned projects will be included in each project description.

Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E
Enrollment Requirement: 
Enrollment in architecture design studio courses 202, 301, 302, 401, 402, 451, and 452 requires a student to have earned a grade of "C" or higher in the preceding studio.