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Form & Space

Arch 1301 · Coordinators: Pratana Klieopatinon + Terah Maher

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.

Architectural Design III

Arch 2503 · Coordinator: Nate Imai

Instructors: Marshall Drennan · Alex Erbe · Lahib Jaddo · Isabel Manahl · Lauren Phillips · Deborah Pittman · Chad Plunket

This studio frames architecture as a medium for 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 for occupation. Expected deliverables for the course will include digital drawings, plotted drawings, and physical models.

Tectonics will be the primary lens for developing an understanding of the ways buildings' elements come together in support of a spatial, formal, sequential, and aesthetic agenda. 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.

Closer Than One Thinks

Arch 3601 · Coordinator: Zahra Safaverdi

Instructors: Marshall Drennan · Roberto Becerra · Lior Galili · Erin Hunt · William “Danny” Nowak · Lauren Phillips · Deborah Pittman · Christi Wier, AIA

“Architectural Design V” projects build upon the students' previously acquired skills in architectural representation, spatial composition, and tectonic articulation. The studio at large is focused on developing the ability and understanding of students to design a project in response to multiple degrees of constraints, while maintaining a cohesive design concept and strategy. These projects investigate the simultaneous concerns of program, site, context and materials. Specific emphasis would be on understanding of the goals, objectives, intentions and parameters of context in design, including cultural influences and environmental considerations. students will be working with a hybrid typology: A cultural institution with an ecological focus that encompasses two, at times radically different, facets. They will be challenged to re-think and re-imagine the interface between the building and varied definitions of ‘publics', and will design potential combinations and permutations of the relationships of the given components.


Arch 4601 · Coordinator: Julie Zook, PhD

§2 Instructor: Lingyi Qiu, PhD

Health and pollution are linked. Healthcare buildings create pollution through their high volumes of waste and their high energy use. And, in a vicious cycle, pollution poses a number of health-harming effects, both in around healthcare buildings and in areas remote from them.

This studio has two main aims:

  1. Students will develop conceptual and technical skills for designing sustainable architecture, including strategies on form, materials, and technology.
  2. 2Students will develop new design concepts for a stroke rehabilitation center that is optimized for patient care, learning, and healing.

The design brief is driven by the International Ideas Student Competition for the “Next Generation of Stroke Rehabilitation Centers”. Project deliverables are guided by the competition requirements, and all student projects will have the option to be entered into the design competition.

Thinking Global Acting Local in Bali, Indonesia

Arch 4601 · Instructor: Joseph Aranha

The studio is based upon the premise that appropriate, culturally expressive, and sustainable architecture can be derived from an understanding of a range of factors including Local materials, construction processes, environmental context, local lifestyle and culture.

Borrowing from the Balinese belief in sekala (seen) and niskala (unseen), the studio will begin with analyzing case studies of architecture in Bali, in tropical climates, and noteworthy contemporary architecture around the world, that draws from the local. These constitute that which can be seen. The unseen will be the analyses and understanding of design strategies used in the case studies. Students will use lessons learnt from the case studies to derive concepts and strategies for their own design proposals. They will represent the ‘seen' and the' unseen' aspects of their design proposals using technical and presentation drawings, models and other forms of design communication.

Located within the traditional architectural context of Tenganan in Bali, Indonesia. the program will be a multifunctional community-oriented facility for health and wellness that will explore sustainability and harmony with the natural environment, important in traditional Balinese architecture and for the world today.

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Putu House Section Drawing
Tenganan assembly detail
Tenganan girls
View of the Tenganan village


Arch 4601 · Instructor: Mary K. Crites, AIA

Have you ever wondered how a great design integrates factors needed to get it built? Do you know what these acronyms mean; such as: IBC, or NFPA, or ComCheck, or IECC, or CBD, or ZBA, or P&Z, or TDLR, or RAS?

During this studio you will develop a design in a setting that will emulate many components found in a firm setting. This studio will incorporate real-world factors into the design process, including planned student interactions with different consultants.

This studio will better prepare students for actual projects in a firm. Your completed studio design will be an integrated project, one that a student will want to highlight in a portfolio when interviewing for a firm position as it will demonstrate how you understand amalgamating real-world factors into a design.

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Architectural Design VII

Arch 4601 · Instructor: Hendrika Buelinckx, PhD

In his 2010 Mondrian lecture, the architectural historian and theorist, Charles Jencks (1939-2019) addressed the question: Can Architecture Affect your Health? His interest in the topic was prompted by his wife's 1994 diagnosis with cancer and together they co-founded the Maggie'Cancer Care Centres. By 2015, some 23 Maggie centres had been build by some of the most prestigious contemporary architects (Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Richard Rogers, and Rem Koolhaas among others). Charles Jencks assessed the essence of this Architecture of Hope as follows: “Each centre is like a house that is not a home, an existentialist church that is non-denominational, a hospital that is a non-institution, and a place of art that is a non- museum”.

Each student in this studio section will participate in the 2022 International Ideas Student Competition for the New Generation of Stroke Rehabilitation Centres launched by the UIA (Union International des Architectes / International Union of Architects). The context for this project will be our West Texas High Plains and develop around its most ephemeral yet significant ecological feature: the Playa lake.

Architectural Design VII

Arch 4601 · Instructor: Jimmy Johnson, AIA

This studio will be conducted much like an architect's office. Each student will be expected to create and develop a project that will fulfill the course objectives, but also be part of group research and development gather information that will be shared among all.

The studio will be creating a response to the need for a Charter Middle School in Frenship School District in western Lubbock County.

Desk critiques will occur daily, however, they will be divided into a series throughout the semester. In practice, meetings with clients and consultants usually occur on a weekly basis. The entire class will be divided into 3 distinct groups which will correspond to one day of the week. This will ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to obtain constructive criticism.

The remaining time in class not spent in desk critiques, will be available for individual Q & A each class for those students that desire additional input or feedback on their project. This time will also be used for group lecture on design standards, code requirements, accessibility, and proper office standards.

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Monuments on the Llano Estacado

Arch 4601 · Instructor: Victoria McReynolds

Expanding ethos inherent in our Land Arts program, Monuments on the Llano Estacado, posits architecture as monument to six engines of the South Central Semi-arid “High Plains” Prairie. Students will design a Llano Estacado Observatory situated within the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark, focusing on one essential regional resource: bison, seed, soil, oil, grain and cotton.

The studio will gain understanding of these resources through research, drawings, discussions with external guests, and site visits. We will embark on an excursion traversing the Llano Estacado to gain a closer reading of the ecological, cultural, and constructed compositions that define our caprock. Design thinking will primarily take place through mappings, large format drawings, and digital modeling.

Students will thoughtfully re-engage the tectonics of these monumental structures to dial visitors' awareness towards sub-ground, ground, on-ground, and above-ground conditions. Designs will accommodate programs of gathering, gallery, offices, conferencing, and machine space. Caution will be taken to avoid solutions of “the most imposing monuments” as assigned by Reyner Banham in 1982 to the classical grain elevators.

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Towards Post-Industrial Urbanscapes

Arch 4601 · Instructor: Asma Mehan, PhD

Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Heritage addresses the social-political and spatio-cultural challenges of post-industrial cities. Industrial revolutions, energy transitions, and rapid disruptive technological innovations have radically changed the structure of post-industrial cities. These abrupt transformations result in significant changes in how buildings and cities function over time. With a comparative approach and through a transnational perspective, projects in this studio identify and study urban-rural buildings, infrastructures, and contexts that can be categorized as industrial heritage. Projects may consider the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, known as SDGs, as an overarching framework but still may go beyond these goals to engage with local communities and serve context-specific demands. With a significant focus on three industries, including Oil, automotive, and textile, the projects' sites will be distributed across different locations in the US, Europe, and Asia. Each project will target either an abandoned or malfunctioning industrial heritage building or factory site and propose an adaptive reuse framework and design strategies to revitalize post-industrial urbanscapes.

Indigenous Ecologies

Arch 5600 · Coordinator: Peter Raab

Instructors: Sara Bradshaw · Sina Mostafavi, PhD

Architects play a critical role in addressing both the causes and effects of climate change through the design of the built environment. Preparing architects to envision and create a climate adaptive, resilient, and carbon-neutral future must be an essential component and driving force in contemporary design discourse.

The initial graduate design studio will investigate contemporary architectural issues while working with indigenous tribes historically located in the surrounding staked plains and canyons of West Texas. This studio will take an integrative approach in the design of a comprehensive design project – a cultural center located within the current locations along the margins of the state of Texas.

For an Architecture Studio of Reality

Arch 5603 · Instructors: Lenora Ask, AIA + Darwin Harrison, AIA

The title of the studio is inspired by the Michael Benedikt book, For an Architecture of Reality. This studio will engage in design exercises that center on ‘realness' as described by Benedikt. In addition to the connection to the book, the studio title is intended to represent a broad, multi-faceted focus on reality-based issues.

Benedikt's qualities of realness (presence, significance, materiality and emptiness) will be studied and students will explore how to implement the ideas into their design process. Beyond this more philosophical study of reality, students will engage in projects / assignments that focus on real aspects of design such as:


  • Sites
  • Codes
  • Programs
  • Constraints
  • Materials
  • Housing Issues
  • Solutions

The desire is for students to understand that ALL design projects if completed in material form result in real objects that impact our lives. They result from real-life parameters that impact the entire process. Knowing this will allow student to create more thoughtful and meaningful projects that positively impact our built environment.

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Arch 5603 · Instructor: Saif Haq, PhD

While cancer is no longer a ‘death sentence', it is still a very frightening experience -- causing high anxieties throughout the treatment processes that may include infusion, radiation, or surgery. Cancer centers are first and foremost, hope for the patients and families. They are also places of high-tech medical equipment, complicated procedures, testing, research, and workplace for the medical professionals.

How can architects integrate the needs of anxious patients and families with the strict dictates of equipment and procedures, and the workflows of staff? How can architecture give assurances of recovery and hope, and provide opportunities for staff competency? This is the challenge of the studio.

Students will be required to use both sides of their brain to engage in the process of Evidence Based Design. We will also visit and study existing cancer center(s), meet physicians and nurses, talk to cancer survivors, and work with healthcare architects to propose creative and intelligent visions of a premier oncology center.


Arch 5603 · Instructor: David Turturo, PhD

Cities are imagined every day as proving grounds for self-defeating prophesies. Dreams and delusions unravel upon stages of harmony and dissonance - where memories crumble and identities emerge. This studio invites you on an adventure into the urban wild.

WILDERNESS URBANISMS elicit the design of places for infrastructure and collapse; fusion and meltdown; solidarity and isolation. Using a spectrum of digital media and montage techniques—glitch, splice, rasterize, multiply— we will shatter convention to tease out the scintillating ephemerality of architecture and the city.

WILDERNESS URBANISMS is organizationally quartered: first, we design a city; second, a house; third, an architectural detail; and finally, coordination occurs between those three scales. Each will consider the social and political complexities of habitation, abandonment, order, and disorder. Each will expose the wild frontier for what it is: an illusion of world-making.

Together, we'll obscure generic details and experiment with sensual concepts of enclosure. Then we'll deploy these discoveries as systems and devices of dazzling wonderment. WILDERNESS URBANISMS will consider the scale of the hand, the shape of the body, and the city as a social contract where voices resonate. WILDERNESS URBANISMS is a rigorous yet affirming communal endeavor.

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operating at the intersection of human construction and the evolving nature of the planet

Arch 5603 · Instructor: Chris Taylor

Land Arts of the American West is a transdisciplinary field program expanding awareness of the intersection of human construction and the evolving nature of our planet. Land art begins with land and extends through complex social and ecological processes that create landscape—including everything from petroglyphs to roads, dwellings, monuments, and traces of actions. We camp for over fifty days and travel nearly 6,000 miles overland throughout the West immersed in the primacy of first-person experience and the realization that human-land relationships are rarely singular. Field taught in conjunction with ARCH 5301 Land Arts Seminar. Sustained bodies of work are produced from research inquires that are presented on campus for critique and exhibition.

Additional seats remain open for 2022. Get in touch immediately with interest for an interview before the 1 September departure.