Architectural Design V emphasizes the development of individual expression of architectural intent in relationship to site analysis and planning, functional planning, programming, and resolution of structural and architectural systems. Through the examination of relationships between constructs of site, material, structure, and construction techniques, students investigate the creation of built form in hot-wet versus hot-dry climates to create compelling and performative spaces. Central to this investigation is the role of technique in the formation of architectural work in reference to the design potential of construction processes, selection, and assembly of materials and organization of site and structure.
Architectural Design VI emphasizes planning buildings while incorporating studies in the technologies of materials, structure, environmental controls, lighting, and acoustics. Recently, the students’ first project was motivated by the functions of bathing—how the act can signify and promote physical as well as mental or spiritual cleansing and well-being. Similar to architecture, bathing caters to human comforts and engages the senses of air, water, and temperature. The emphasis of the second project was on designing in an historical, dense urban context. Students designed an artist compound/commune to be built on one of the vacant lots in the lower garden district of New Orleans.
The Issues in Sustainability seminar examines issues in sustainability as they relate to the practice of architecture. The seminar utilizes design/build as a mechanism through which to explore relationships between material life-cycles and formal and operational dialogues of exchange, adaptation, access, agency, inclusion, and phenomenon. In this seminar, [UP]cycling > [down]cycling, students designed, built, and exhibited four temporary structures from repurposed materials and then recycled the structures. Lectures, precedents, and discussions on the prototyping process addressed the difference between industrial-design prototyping and architectural-scale prototyping.
Recording Historic Structures is a hands-on field and laboratory experience in current methods of documenting historic buildings, including hand methods, photography, and photogrammetry. The course provides demonstrations and exercises using technical drawing skills and issues related to building diagnostics. Coursework includes guidelines research, precedent studies of previous Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record award winners, and production of drawings conforming to HABS standards in relation to Fort Pike, located on the Rigolets in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Students learn the importance of graphically presenting accurate, detailed illustrations when documenting historic structures. The spring 2014 student team placed second for the Peterson Prize for their work in this course.
Black-and-white photographs by Jim Osborne IV (MFA 2013).