Five College Associate Professor of Architecture and Design
All designed objects share one thing in common--they are engineered interactions between objects and bodies. While each wholly unique, the central connection between all artistic and creative practices is the human experience. This course critiques object-centrism in design and explores the philosophical, physiological and experiential relationship between objects and bodies. This course covers topics of time/narrative, phenomenology/sensation, language, aesthetics and function through a non-disciplinary lens as a means to discuss, describe and apply a subject-centric approach to design. This course is predominantly theory-focused where students delve deep into a wide array of readings preparing for short response papers, daily discussion and short creative projects to put theories to the test. Students are expected to perform a significant amount of work outside of class time. One art/design/architecture studio course is recommended prior to taking this course.
This studio architecture course will be a digital design investigation into architecture and the built environment. In this course, students will develop and apply contemporary digital architectural skills, including sketches, plans, elevations, models, computer diagramming, and various modes of digital representation [TBD] to inter-disciplinary design problems. Creative and indexical study and analysis will be used to generate and foster a broad range of concepts and language necessary to identify and define spaces. The objective of the course is to solve a cross-section of simple and complex architectural issues involving site, construction, inhabitation, function, form and space through rigorous, open-ended, and creative computer-based design work. Email email@example.com for information; enrollment will be determined after the first class meeting.
Graphic design is a creative and critical practice at the intersection of communication and abstraction. The process of learning graphic design is two-fold, and students in this course will engage both areas: first, students will develop knowledge and fluency with design skills - in this case, software (Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator); second students will address the challenges of design head-on through discussion, practice, iteration, critique and experimentation. The projects will challenge students to explore raster and vector graphic forms, color theory and typography in creative, experimental ways to reach their objectives. Techniques, approaches, styles and processes for representing numbers, maps, philosophies and ideas will be introduced throughout the course. As a studio and software course, it will be fast-paced and immersive and will require a substantial amount of work outside of class time. The course will be made up of several small, fast-paced projects and culminate in one longer, more engaged print design project. This course is geared toward students with a design-focused course of study. Preference will be given to Architectural Studies majors and graphic design-focused students.
All designed objects share one thing in common - they are engineered interactions between objects and bodies. While each wholly unique, the central connection between all artistic and creative practices is the human experience. "Non-disciplinary design" is a set of critical philosophies and practical processes that define the act of design, before these acts become disciplinary. It identifies a foundational framework for understanding and applying design theory, as well as building a heightened capacity for creative agility and transformative, interdisciplinary work. This course explores topics of narrative, phenomenology/sensation, language, aesthetics and function through a non-disciplinary lens as a means to discuss, describe and apply a new approach to design. The students will engage in a range of projects including research, reading/discussion, art production and design work in an ongoing and rigorous manner. Students are expected to perform a significant amount of work outside of class time.