Undergraduate Studio Curriculum
First year studio exercises develop excellence in craftsmanship and visual sensitivity as a foundation for a basic architectural language. Problems of various lengths deal with the technical skills of drawing and model-making materials in both two and three dimensions. Using problems of both an abstract and an architectural character, first year studio builds verbal communication skills and model shop ability.
Second year studio develops architectural principles through the study and analysis of building materials. Studio focuses on the development of the graphic language in architecture, and considers the appropriate use of materials, energy, and clear construction as the basis of architecture.
Third year studio continues the development of architectural principles through the correlation of design process and building systems. The studio considers the interrelations of building, programming, site planning, structure, enclosure systems, energy consumption, and environmental control systems, and the cultural concepts supporting their organization.
Structure as an architectural factor; space as an architectural problem; proportion as a means of architectural expression; the expressive value of materials; painting and sculpture in their relationship to architecture. Application of principles in comprehensive projects involving program, site, and code analysis.
In the fifth year, students enter into the Cloud Studios, focused on the City of Chicago metropolitan area within three interrelated studio clusters: Metropolitan Data, Metropolitan Fabrication, Metropolitan Territories and Infrastructure.