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 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.
This course is an introduction to the many facets of architecture: the history, theory, and design of buildings, landscapes, cities and towns. We will survey the history of architecture from the earliest human dwellings to the present, and expose students to diverse aspects of architectural theory, while also introducing the basic analytical skills of architectural representation. Starting with the earliest forms of human habitation, and ending with issues of contemporary residences, we will study the style, purpose, and historical context of buildings, landscapes, and planning, including questions of climate change. We will conclude by considering our surroundings as a place of habitation. Members of the class will develop their skills of speaking and writing about architecture, while also learning basic design tools: the sketch, map, plan, elevation, materials study, landscape setting, and site. This course meets twice a week, once in seminar format, and once in studio format. There are no prerequisites, and design projects are based on effort and realization, not on proficiency. Guest architects and theorists will introduce design topics and work with students preparing their drawings and designs.
This class explores the emerging interdisciplinary space between the architecture and anthropology fields. We study the ethics, methods, and subject interests of architectural anthropology in both theory (as a research approach to the built environment) and practice (specific proposals of building with and/or for cultural identity). This is a theory seminar with a visual analysis component.
This is an advanced architectural studio class for DIV III and other students with a design background, both in terms of familiarity with architectural representation and principles of architectural design. Throughout this course students develop individual design projects they propose. 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 from students.