Five College Assistant Professor of Environmental Design
Gabriel is an architectural researcher and practicing architect. Both interests combine in the form of research of practice, and practice as research. His work mostly focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean, and explores the new frontiers of participatory design and planning, politics of sustainable design, ethnography of architecture, sanitation in developing countries, and alternative materials, methods, and technologies for low-income housing.
This course explores the notion of sustainability in architectural design theory and practice. We first study the key tenets of the sustainable design discourse, and then how these tenets materialize in the practice. Then, we examine sustainable design against social issues such as inequality and marginality. This is a theory seminar that should provide a strong basis for a critical engagement with the practice of sustainability in the design field. We study our topic through class discussions, site visits, and analytical exercises.
This is an advanced architectural studio for DIV III and other students with a design background, this including familiarity with architectural representation and principles of architectural design. Throughout this course students develop individual design projects of their selection. Their work is assessed every week through desk reviews and pin-up critiques. A considerable amount of self-directed work outside of class hours is expected.
This introductory course focuses on the tools used to communicate and discuss ideas in architectural practice and theory. We study both the practical tools, from sketching to parallel drawing, to the theoretical ones, from the historical to the critical perspectives. Connecting both, we cover the formal analysis elements necessary to "read" and critique built works. Class activities include field trips, guest presentations, sketching and drawing, small design exercises, discussion of readings, and short written responses. Through these activities, at the end of the semester the student will understand in general terms what the dealings and challenges of architecture as a discipline are.