School of Architecture


Foundation Design Studio

In the Foundation Design Studio, first-year architecture and landscape architecture students are introduced to fundamental design principles, methods, visual judgment, and the creative process. Projects are intended to provide practice in ordering a design inquiry and structuring conceptual and visual arguments. The studio focuses on the development of a set of fundamental skills: manual (making); visual (seeing, looking, observing); and intellectual (comparing, contrasting, abstracting, and assessing). Students are introduced to a broad range of media and methods to help build confidence in their cognitive, conceptual, and technical skills. A significant component of the studio is dedicated to freehand drawing.