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Ultimately, it will be vital for us all to find ways to remain connected, to support each other, and to maintain the energy of the CoA during this time. While we cannot replicate a typical semester, we are investing in digital literacy to be more agile and portable. We hope you find new opportunities to connect with faculty and friends and join us in the effort to invent our ways forward.

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Form & Space

Arch 1301 · 12 Hybrid, 2 Online

Instructor: Terah Maher

Design Studio 1, posits that form & space are the architect's primary and essential materials; and that the task of the architect is the use of form to delineate and shape of space.

The Studio explores architectural representation - the drawing and the model - as the primary vehicles through which architects practice critical perception, critical analysis, transformation of ideas, and the communication of spatial intention. The methodology of abstraction is the foundation of all architectural representation, and therefore the studio will introduce and emphasize a language of architecture, to support the clarity, precision, and quality of architectural ideas.

The studio will utilize a variety of representational methods, both analogue and digital, to develop and describe 3 studio projects that examine the relationship between form and space.

The first project, Kit of Parts, serves as a rapid-fire introduction to the representational methods used in form/space-making while emphasizing the architectural investigation as a grappling with limits.

In project 2, a model translation of one of Josef Alber's Structural Constellation drawings tests the potential, limits, and overlaps of both 2D and 3D representation, while developing the student's critical eye and technical accuracy.

And finally, in project 3, Spatial Relations, to concretize the relationship between space and form, the studio will conduct a series of exercises that generate boundaries and enclosures. The studio will utilize the cube as a bounding device, as well as a set of language actions inspired by Richard Serra's 1967 Verb List, to guide spatial operations.

Methods of representation employed throughout the semester include hand-drafted drawings, paper folding, diagramming, digital collage, cardboard models, and plaster castings.

Class Modality

Lectures and deskcrits are online synchronous, and students will meet in a F2F discussion group once out of every four classes.

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Architectural Design III

Arch 2503 · 7 Hybrid, 2 Online

Instructor: Nate Imai

This studio frames architecture as a medium capable of engaging and responding to multiple scales of inhabitation. The fragment and the whole are to be understood as equal parts in the architectural proposal and opportunities for design lie within the coordination of systems that define spaces for occupation. Lectures, tutorials, group work, critiques, and reviews will serve as means to situate the explorations in studio within the larger discourse of architecture.

Tectonics will be the primary lens for developing an understanding of these additional layers of architecture. Tectonic is defined as ‘of or pertaining to building, or construction.' Within the discipline, tectonics should be understood to mean the way that the elements of a building come together in support of a spatial, formal, sequential and/or aesthetic agenda. While students in this studio will not be expected to specify specific materials or systems of construction, they will be expected to demonstrate an understanding that architectural form is not monolithic, but rather, is the synthesis of multiple interdependent parts.

Through the design and editing of their tectonic systems, students will be prompted to make decisions regarding the qualitative nature of their inhabitable spaces: above vs. below, perimeter vs. interior, solid vs. void, poche vs. non-poche, etc. The project will be sited within an urban context – successful building proposals will apply organizational and programmatic principles in the design of a structure responsive to a specific site's physical context and latent atmospheres.

Class Modality

This studio will be organized into (9) sections – (2) online sections and (7) hybrid sections.

Online sections will meet online Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Hybrid sections will meet face-to-face (1) day per week. Hybrid sections will meet online on the other (2) days of the week. The schedule for face-to-face instruction will be as follows:

  • Monday: (2) hybrid sections meet face-to-face
  • Wednesday: (3) hybrid sections meet face-to-face
  • Friday: (2) hybrid sections meet face-to-face

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Arch 3601 · Online

Instructors: Hendrika Buelinckx

ARCH 3601_Architecture Design Studio V focuses on developing the knowledge and ability of students to design a project in response to programmatic and contextual constraints while maintaining a cohesive design concept and strategy derived from an architectural precedent. The study and analysis of an iconic public building of the most recent past will provide the framework against which to evaluate potential design solutions based on foundational disciplinary ideas, theoretical lines of thought, and mainstream typologies. The discipline of architecture constantly challenges its own history through a process of self-examination and forward-looking observation and projection; working backwards and forwards in time simultaneously, mining and reinventing itself at every step of the design process.

As a skill-based design studio course, this semester's projects will build upon the students' previously acquired skills in architectural representation, spatial composition, and tectonic articulation; yet, they will challenge students' ability to resolve a program of greater complexity and establish relationships between the building and its urban environment. The athletic club provides an opportunity for students to explore the relationships between the body, its movements during athletic exercises, and the spaces that accommodate these practices. The preset sizes of the programmed activities in the athletic center will require the students to resolve the spatial ordering of unlike volumes in both plan and section. The various volumetric space requirements and patterns of use inherent to these activities will engage the students to design beyond purely functional solutions and consider architectural propositions from both the inside-out, and from the outside-in.

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The Making of Design Principles: line, plane, volume

Arch 3601 · Hybrid

Instructors: Bryan Buie

The studio will have two projects both lasting six and half weeks. The first project will be the design of a black box theater, the second project will be an observatory. Each project will be based on a series of design exercises that are fundamental and generalizable to all building types, as well as developable, each one, to a high level of artistic sophistication. Each student will be given a 2'x 2' x 2' wire mesh cube, which will be referred to as “the matrix.” All modeling exercises will be conducted in the matrix using string and chipboard.

The most important lesson of this studio is learning how to make decisions. Decisions are laser-guided choices that are similar to algorithmic steps, but there is more to architecture, art, and life than that. In the Making of Design Principles students will learn how to setup a design problem, how to experience moments of discovery, how to see moments of pattern/logic recognition that are so fundamental to building an idea or argument. To see and understand these moments will be the source of inspiration, the connective logic that makes meaning, it is architecture's source as an art.

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Architecture Design V

Arch 3601 · Hybrid

Instructors: David A Driskill, AIA

Engagement Project

Lubbock ISD has under construction a new school which combines three existing North Lubbock Elementary Schools: Write/Jackson/Guadalupe. The Guadalupe Sommerville Center, an afterschool and summer program, currently located within walking distance of Guadalupe Elementary needs to relocate within walking distance of the new Northside Elementary to serve the larger population. The City of Lubbock has made land available adjacent to the new school for the proposed Northside Community Center. The land is designated as a city park.


The site in north Lubbock is the center of Latino culture. The original townsite for Anglo Lubbock is now the Lubbock Lake Landmark. Monterey, a Latino community, segregated by law, was located 2 miles down the canyon. The two communities joined as Lubbock when the Lubbock Lake site relocated adjacent to the new railroad, across the tracks from Monterey, now known as the Guadalupe Neighborhood. The northside communities are wedged between a railway and the Canyon Lakes.

Class Modality

The studio will follow a professional methodology: context analysis, precedent studies, establishing project goals/aspirations, concept development, schematic design, design development and presentation excellence.

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Playground Studio

Arch 3601 · Hybrid

Instructors: Elisandra Garcia

Playground Studio will focus on the relationship between play, architecture and landscape. Playground Studio will first investigate the definition of “happiness” in space and understand causes of anxiety and depression. The studio will then explore play, wonder and nature, as a possible spatial solution to host urban gardens and a children rescue center. This rescue center will focus on educational, therapeutic and recreational activities for children at risk of suspension or expulsion, in need of behavioral therapy due to distress or psychological trauma. While the focus will be primarily on architecture for children; the program will be designed to integrate families, people of all color, religion, income and education levels. We will unfold the demographic layers of our context to understand the need for public and community driven buildings.

Through the visualization of data, our playground studio will learn to understand the effects of enclosure, light and shadow in human psychology. Nature will serve as primary inspiration for conceptual and material development. With a heavy focus on graphic expression, our architectural projects will be speculative, but rigorous in their structural, material and conceptual definition. The focus is to allow children a natural space of wonder, adventure and education; while still inviting the inner child in each of us to learn something new about this ever changing world.

The expected deliverables include but are not limited to, rigorous research and data visualization, analog and digital art, architectural and experimental drawings, and a small short film at the end of the semester.

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ARCHITECTURE THAT FIGHTS PANDEMICS: Designing a student living neighborhood and the new normal of student campus life

Arch 3601 · Online

Instructor: Lisa Lim

The history of this pandemic is still being written. The death toll continues to climb, and the world is trying to find a vaccine. While we all are waiting for the moment it ends, it is continuously changing the way we live. Most places were closed, we were working and learning at home, and we were meeting virtually. Businesses and schools are reopening, but everything looks much different. We continue to keep our social distance from each other, wear face coverings or even a personal protective equipment to live our daily lives. It has changed the way we walk, watch movie, enjoy the park, dine, and exercise, and so on. Some believe it will never be the same as they were before; and what we should be doing now is to make the new normal a good one. This is the moment to really think how architecture can help and lead the change.

Architecture and built environments play significant roles in infection control. Purposefully designed spaces can support prevention and treatment of infectious disease. It can not only help controlling the transmission of infectious agents but also regulate the way users behave. Architecture can decrease the opportunity to contact contagion by providing ample and clean airflow, by building effective system, or by designing spaces that are conducive to infection control. Designed spaces can also regulate the way people interact with each other. It can ensure social distancing between the users, and it can define the way people talk to each other, dine together, learn together, and so on. In order to support the transition into post-pandemic, groups of experts including designers, engineers, and public health experts are providing design guidelines for safer restaurants, outdoor dining spaces, streets, schools, and offices, indicating the critical role of architecture in fighting pandemics.

This studio is about developing provocative design statements for student living neighborhood in response to the pandemic. Students will imagine and suggest new possibilities of future student lifestyle on campus, the new and safe way of learning, eating, exercising, etc. through design. Students will design the student living neighborhood located in Texas Tech University Lubbock campus, in relation to the private and public student living spaces, and the broader context including the campus and the city. The course is a critical lesson in developing students' design thinking skills, analyzing precedents, and learning the role of architects in response to communal values.


  • Precedent analysis and research booklet
  • Concept statement and diagrams/images illustrating the defined scenarios
  • Study model and progress images/sketches/diagrams
  • Drawings: site plan, floor plans, sections, and perspectives
  • Atmospheric perspectives
  • Final presentation booklet

Class Modality

Studios are scheduled to meet virtually, during regularly scheduled hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00pm - 4:50 pm. We will use multiple platforms, including Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and One Drive.

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Arch 3601 · Hybrid

Instructor: Victoria McReynolds

McReynolds's hybrid modality studio explores the socio-spatial variations of multiracial environments by asking the question, “What are the stories not being told and what narratives are missed within the civic spaces of our communities?”. We will approach this question through three phases: (1) remixing the human figure as a cultural figure, (2) mapping hidden histories, and (3) configuring structures for ‘unlearning'.

This studio aims to cultivate empathy as an essential component of design through drawing, narrative, mapping, and exchange. Students will learn how to identify cultural and physical inaccessibility found in public spaces and, through their proposed structures, dislodge these normative modes of operation.

Our method for ‘unlearning' will overturn assumptions on authorship authority through an open framework of collaboration, dialogue, and exchange. We will engage other architecture students from multiple universities, such as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California and McGill University in Montreal, as well as Texas Tech. Discussions will align with themes on unlearning, narrative, and knowledge so we may become more aware of our own implicit biases and improve our design consequences.

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Beyond Plants

Arch 3601 · Online

Instructors: Brendan Shea

Currently there are interlinked crises in climate, health, and class. In each of these inequities, buildings play a major role. Rather than imagine a post-pandemic city, this studio, Beyond Plants, seeks to uncover causes in the built environment here and now. The studio will explore the design and distribution of plants, examining them through the architecture and geography of industrial chicken-growing complexes and sprawling processing facilities across the Broiler Belt of Texas and the American South. The critical reappraisal of the plant as type will be twofold; first, providing pressure to think speculatively, moving far beyond convention with the formal, spatial, and socio-economic possibilities of new, experimental configurations of factory production, and, second, as a pretext for dismantling systems, introducing animated drawings, genetic algorithms, evolutionary solvers as tools to challenge, renegotiate, or otherwise expand the perspective on canonical approaches to producing architectural objects in response to pressing social problems.

This studio is part of the ongoing project Wild Interfaces, which explores urban-rural relations, the built environment of resource management in the anthropocene, and the notion of coexistence across the human/nature divide. The task last semester was to reconsider the National Parks and reemploy "wilderness" as a distributed system of cultural spaces in fringe conditions of cities. This semester will challenge students to reimagine the architectural mechanics and affects of plants while wrangling with industrial landscapes and the twinned environmental dilemmas of the intensification of globalized trade networks and the localized effects of the livestock revolution.

The studio will undertake the development of a single speculative design project over the course of the semester in four parts. In Concentration One, Plant-opedia, students will conduct research to rigorously analyze and collectively illustrate the numerous architectural forms and industrial functions of the plant. A series of black-and-white dimensioned drawings, formatted according to the standards of a template, will be required. In Concentration Two, Plant Crazy, students will study an existing service building or plant precedent from a critical practitioner of architecture in order to retrace the project's disciplinary position and reup the architect's formal, organizational, and environmental principles. Plan perspective drawings of both the existing plant and the reupped approach will be foregrounded as well as an animation of the transformation. For Concentration Three, Small Plants, Large Plants, students will consider size and propose architectural strategies to rethink the plant at two distinct scales; the corner and the building. At this point, the studio will generate chthonic axonometric drawings for the corner condition and set them into tension with an unfolded elevation drawing of the entire plant building. Lastly, in Concentration Four, The Dis-, Trans-, Co-Gen Plant for 2045, the modified plant will be revisited in relation to disciplinary problems with program, representation, and time. Projecting forward 25 years, students will illustrate scenarios in an alternate future through single-point and multi-point perspectives rich with color, texture, and context.


  • C1 - Diagrams, Dimensioned Drawings
  • C2 - Plan Perspective, Animation
  • C3 - Chthonic Axonometric, Unfolded Axonometric
  • C4 - Perspectives

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Image - Jones Partners & Associates, UCLA Chiller Plant / Cogeneration Facility, 1994

Good Architecture for Hard Times

Arch 4601 · 2 Hybrid, 1 Online

Instructor: Julie Zook

This studio takes the assumption that design ingenuity is important in a special way during hard times. Health is a central topic of this studio, and main purposes of your project will be designing to remediate existing problems in public health as well as designing for equitable access to spaces that act as community focal points.

Design for health in a context of architectural excellence

This studio is set in Columbus, Indiana, which is home to over a dozen remarkable works of Modernist architecture. Your building proposal will take form as a response to one of several of the notable buildings in Columbus. Columbus has many of the same public health problems as much of America, which result partly from lack of physical activity opportunities, lack of supportive social networks, and undermanagement of chronic health conditions, and now, as everywhere, COVID-19. Your building proposal will reflect understanding of first principles in the relation of architecture to society to promote health and well being at the building and urban scale.

Building on a building

You will comprehensively design a building that will respond an existing canonical building, and you will integrate site, program, visual form, material assembly, ventilation system, and structure. You will proceed from a thorough analysis of the existing building that investigates systems, elements, and context. In this way, the first weeks of the semester will focus on getting to know the problems at their root, then developing a strong conceptual scheme. The remainder of the semester will develop layers of specificity, including in site design, structure, materials, and ventilation.

The story that makes the best case for your proposal

The final deliverable for this studio is a competition book that describes and presents your response to the brief. Your book should be analytically precise and extremely well-illustrated and well-written. The book is a design project that will be the basis of the studio final, which will include a best-of-section award.

Class modality

2 hybrid sections with projects in pairs (Zook, Wahlberg)

1 fully online section with individual projects (Shacklette)

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Architectural Design + Research Studio I

Arch 5501 · 1 Hybrid, 1 Online

Instructor: Peter Raab + Dr. Peng Du

This research-based design studio will posit on the future of architecture. Through investigation, interrogation and iteration you will develop the design for a vertical tower, within a horizontal city. Set in the Hub City, this design project seeks to explore alternative design approaches for tall buildings; to create high-rise buildings that are inspired by the cultural, physical and environmental aspects of place. Not to ascribe to a singular, object-centric approach to architectural design, but to promote the need to build more efficient, dense cities, reducing our current desire for sprawl, which builds on arable land, and increases our dependence on roads.

The site for your interventions will focus on the repurposing of large-scale parking slots, the “space between” buildings in Downtown Lubbock along the north-south corridor of Avenue L and Avenue K between the Marsha Sharp Freeway and 15th Street. (see map). Students will work in pairs to develop the design of a tall building, or a cluster of tall buildings, plus the supporting infrastructure and landscape within the site. Ideations of an ‘augmented landscape', as Thom Mayne calls it, goes beyond the ‘modern' notion of single-use, separation of programs within a single plot, to begin to posit a more ‘post-modern' and layered notion of differentiated space that thickens space and use from the single, flat plane into a complex hybrid of ‘mixed-use'. Students will be free to determine the size, height, function, accommodation and responsibilities of the building(s), according to their urban mapping, neighborhood studies, and programmatic research. It is likely that the building(s) will be mixed-use in nature. Possible influential factors on detailed program (in no particular hierarchy) might be site area, urban grain, neighboring buildings, city requirements, community requirements, the commercial market, social responsibility, sustainability, aesthetics, proportions, plot ratios etc. Students should devise design solutions to respond to the local climatic, social, cultural and financial conditions.

A series of guest lectures on tall buildings and sustainability will be added to support this studio (see the Course Schedule for detail). Each project is encouraged to be forward-thinking, embracing the very latest technologies (including future technologies) to allow advancement in structural design, formal strategies, productive skins, multi-valent functionality and design for adaptability, integrated systems and an expression.

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Arch 5502 · Hybrid

Instructor: José Aragüez

This studio will explore in depth what it means to think architecturally at an urban scale—from block groupings and neighborhoods to the territory at large. Many valuable initiatives, whether discursive or built around data-driven techniques, analyze the actors and forces determining the boundary conditions for the formation of urban milieus. Other insightful explorations employ metaphors and tropes to describe the nature of cities in relation to domains outside of architecture. Still others concentrate around questions concerning resources and the environment. Alternatively, this studio will probe the specifically architectural dimension of urban design, with a focus on conceptual approaches. In order to do so, we will first examine a number of groundbreaking urban schemes and texts from the early 1960s to the present. These will revolve around topics including density, order vs. differentiation, public vs. private, typology, topology, spatial infrastructure, program, form, time, and context, among others. We will then use knowledge gained from this research to develop an urban proposal for a prominent site in the Andalusian city of Málaga, Spain.

In 2006, this site—located West of Málaga's train station, near the beach—was set as the target of the most ambitious urbanistic operation within the so-called “Costa del Sol” region (literally “Coast of the Sun” or “Sun Coast”) in the twenty-first century. Involving high-profile architects along the way, such as David Chipperfield, the controversial nature of the operation has sparked antagonism among the various interests groups involved, which has made it difficult for the urban development to move forward. Fourteen years and several projects and investors later, the operation is still halted. However, Málaga's tenacious mayor (he was behind the idea in 2006) is determined to develop the site, so currently he is renegotiating the terms of the operation to be able to realize it. Just as those terms are being agreed upon—and therefore prior to any final urban design project being approved—we will advance projects for the site. With a total surface area of approximately 1.9 M square feet, the site is to accommodate office space, retail, housing, and an urban park. In implementing this program within a consolidated area of Western Málaga, proposals will address the urban implications for the coastline and the city at large, as well as more specifically the connections with the city center and the train station.

The main of goal of this studio will be to grow a sensibility for undertaking urban design the way we would conceptual architecture.


The semester will be roughly divided into three phases, the first two shorter than the third. For the research & analysis portion of the semester (phases one and two) deliverables will include mostly analytical drawing. For the proposal phase, a combination of concept diagrams; plans, sections, and elevations at several scales; perspective drawings; and images will be expected.


We will have face-to-face sessions and those will take place on Fridays. Monday and Wednesday we will meet virtually.

We will alternate between sessions involving the whole group, small groups, and one-to-one discussions.

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Fabrication of The Ordinary

Arch 5501 · Online

Instructor: Sora Key

Ordinary things have surprisingly interesting forms. A fence made of metal rods is found so commonly that we usually don't even care how they are made. Metal rods are kind of strings with no significant volume in space. When weaved and bent in a particular form, the strings become a meshed surface. The surface is malleable in the same manner as fabric or paper, though stiffer, so that it can wrap around some form of space. We can roll, fold, stack, stretch, cut in pieces, or even crumble it to make different forms. Understanding how to make to challenge the existing is an integral part of the design process. We identify the essential elements and the material, organize them in certain forms, and use it to define spaces in various contexts.

Students will design a surface that defines three-dimensional space, then propose a plan to make it in real life using real materials. During the process - from casting of the conceptual idea to the concrete planning of a fabrication project - students will learn 1) how to relate artistic/aesthetic concepts and engineering strategies that enable the actual construction, 2) necessary technical/computational skills such as scripting, indexing, algorithms, or simulation using physics engines, 3) the design workflow in the position of a project manager to understand the constant challenges during the architectural/artistic production as a designer to find the right balance between the conceptual and the reality.

The expected outcome of the studio will include the following:

  • A full design proposal of an architectural/artistic installation project
  • Detailed drawings and digital files of the design that will enable the actual fabrication/construction (up to 1:1 scale)
  • Project plan: Fully planned documentation of the project execution, including the project schedule (timeline), estimates of material and cost, the work plan of parts and assembly, and specific requirements for the project if there exists any (workspace volume, necessary tools, etc.)

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Advanced Architectural Design Studio

Arch 5501/5301 · Hybrid

Instructor: Kuhn Park

This graduate advanced architectural design studio is invited to 2021 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism – under Global Studio. The Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism was established in 2017 as an event that focuses on cities and gathers their representatives to discuss the challenges linked to the urban condition and share their potential solutions. With ten million inhabitants, Seoul is one of the most representative examples of contemporary metropolises and, as such, a particularly relevant context to frame this Biennale. Following the two editions entitled “Imminent Commons” (2017) and “Collective City” (2019), the third edition entitled “CROSSROADS Building the Resilient City” will explore the evolution of the world's cities and metropolises under the General Director, Dominique Perrault.

In the aftermath of the pandemic that is altering and questioning the foundations of our civilization, the Biennale acknowledges the crucial moment humanity is facing and aims to reflect on the city of the future as a more sustainable, resilient and comfortable place for its inhabitants. The Biennale and studio ask students to reflect on temporary emergency housing, answering to the challenges of many populations around the world. The goal is to show society that architects are capable and continue to respond efficiently to extreme situations, in connection to the Biennale's main five topics: Above/Below, Heritage/Modern, Craft/Digital, Natural/Artificial, and Safe/Risk.

Two types of resulting proposals will be submitted to the Biennale: Exhibition Material (studio contents) and Refuge (venue / scenography). Exhibition Material is from research-based agendas to design proposals regarding the notion of ‘refuge', and in order to share the work with the public, Refuges will be designed, built, and temporarily installed throughout the city of Seoul. Most of contributions will be developed during the Fall 2020 semester: midterm review and progress report in October and final submission in December. Upon selection of Refuge by the Biennale in January 2021, the construction of Refuge at a designated location in Seoul will be occurred in July and August 2021.

This is a hybrid studio with Wednesday F2F session. Also, in order to obtain and facilitate the magnitude, participating students will be co-registered into the studio and a three-credits seminar (ARCH 5301), total eight-credits.

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Announcement by Dominique Perrault

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Heroines, wet walls, and light wells: A Latin American Housing Extrastudio

Arch 5503 · Online

Instructor: Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA, APA

The growth of cities has led to a conceptual resurgence in the study of housing as a critical mode of urban transformation, with a focus on global southern urbanisms. Southern urbanism seeks to challenge the knowledge hegemony of canonical, gendered, and racialized city making with design modalities that account for the everyday: the informal, extra-legal, statecrafted, and meso or ‘in-between' spaces that are often overlooked by conventional design practice and western forms of urbanism. Centering design practice around southern urbanisms reorients the axis of design to the social agencies, boundaries, and territories that are unsettling and reformatting urban built environments across urban peripheries in the global north and south.

To examine the lived and represented experience of southern urbanism, this studio approaches housing as a system, typology, and narrative in São Paulo, Brazil. In doing so, it will create a representational context that decouples housing from a singular typological form and re-constructs housing through the social agencies and archetypes that characterize southern urban production. We will focus on circulation, illumination and infrastructural elements of informal housing: their relationship to modernism, transformation amid rapid urbanization, and foundation for the rise in informal rental housing, the predominant mode of informal dwelling in the global south. To situate the ontological roots of rental housing between modernism and the sphere of southern urbanism, we will read from postcolonial and poststructural literature around the topics of insurgency, social justice, and decolonized spatial histories in cities.

We will analyze the relationships among modernism, southern urbanism, and everyday life by constructing drawings through three epistemological lenses. The first set of drawings [modern systems] will trace the overlapping boundaries that sequence the infrastructures, ecologies, and morphologies of housing as it has been designed and produced by architects, and disseminated from global north to global southern contexts. The second set of drawings [constructed typology] involves the abstract transformation of an informal infill building from an atlas of 236 that exist in two of São Paulo's largest favelas, relative to five social archetypes of informal rental housing: the heroine builders, the tenant resisters, the clockwork regulators, the shadow entrepreneurs, and the senhorio slumlord. The third set of drawings [emergent narrative] involves the synthesis of constructs one and two into a proposal for infill housing within São Paulo's eastern industrial Tamanduateí crescent, in the Heliópolis favela.

This studio is an Extrastudio, replicating all elements of the conventional design studio (lectures and discussion on Monday, desk critiques on Wednesday, and collective pin ups on Friday) but also facilitating review by Latin American architects or architects working in Latin America over the course of the semester and at midterm and final reviews. All studio work will be undertaken individually.

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Arch 5501/5301 · Hybrid

Instructor: Chris Taylor

Land Arts 2020 ADAPTATION will conduct an interdisciplinary deep research studio and seminar to construct a meander map of the Rio Bravo / Rio Grande as it marks the border from El Paso/Juarez to the Gulf of Mexico. We will collectively research, study draw the history and traces of the ever-changing living river. The work produced will be part a publication being developed by the artist Zoe Leonard, a former Land Arts field guest, and poet Tim Johnson to build knowledge around terrain of past (and future) field operations. The 2020 Adaption seeks to responsibly honor the ethos, aspirations, and complexities of the Land Arts program that is dedicated to teaching greater awareness and understanding of how we as humans build and operate on the planet.

Land Arts 2020 ADAPTATION will operate as an immersive non-traveling studio and seminar to conduct the research necessary to collectively produce a meander map of the Rio Bravo / Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez / El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico that will describe the undulating and shifting course of the river over time and provide a significant resource for Leonard's publication that will accompany her exhibition Al Rio / To the River at Mudam, the Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg in 2021, then traveling to the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris before coming to the United States and Mexico. The map, inspired by those produced by Harold Fisk and team in 1944 of The Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi, will require extensive binational and multilingual research into the history of river geometry and mapping as a manifestation of dynamic ecosystems modified over time by wide ranges of human construction.

The rio meander map will be a living map, a dynamic portrait of persistently shifting geographic, social, and political conditions. The map will have an after life beyond the semester in two ways. In the near term during Spring 2021 it will be the subject of the 2020 Land Arts Adaptation Exhibition at the Museum of Texas Tech University. Over the long term it will live on at the new Border Consortium being established by POST (Project for Operative Spatial Technologies) at the Texas Tech College of Architecture in El Paso.

Contributing faculty and advisors will include: Curtis Bauer, poet, translator and Texas Tech faculty; Judith Birdsong, architect, photographer, researcher of geo-political histories, and UT Austin faculty; Erin Charpentier and Travis Neel, social practice artists and new faculty at Texas Tech; John Davis, environmental and architectural historian and Ohio State faculty; Noemie Despland-Lichtert, historian, curator and educator teaching at Texas Tech; Elisandra Garcia, architect and activist teaching at Texas Tech; Tim Johnson, poet, editor, publisher and owner of Marfa Book Company; Nick Keys: writer and program director based in Sydney, Australia; Ersela Kripa, architect and interim director of the Texas Tech El Paso program; Zoe Leonard, artist; Caleb Lightfoot, architecture and archeology designer; Cesar Lopez, architect and representation guru starting tenure track at University of New Mexico; Stephen Mueller, architect and director of POST: Project for Operative Spatial Technologies at the Texas Tech El Paso program; Patrick Casey O'Shea, artist and technologies with freshly minted MFA from the Art & Tech program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Jesse Vogler, architect with background in surveying and landscape, head of new architecture program at the Free University in Tbilisi, Georgia; and Nichole Wiedemann, architect and researcher on faculty at UT Austin.


The primary deliverable is the collective creation of the rio meander map. To complete it participants from the studio, the associated seminar and affiliated guests will divide across four primary working groups: Researchers - Spanish language, Researchers - English language, GeoSpatial Synthesizers, and Graphic Producers. The working groups will facilitate independent research action and collective production that will be aggregated and managed through digital communication and file sharing. Weekly activity will be logged through production posting and feedback cycles supported by common discussion sections. There will be guest sessions with project advisors and affiliates to expand the range of dialog and production. Participation is possible through the studio (CRN 37048 ARCH 5501.301), seminar (CRN 34002 ARCH 5301.007), or both.


Technically hybrid, however given the amount of remote participants all activity will be coordinated online.

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