Develop your critical design decision-making abilities through experimentation. You will research and analyze a case study project, identify key spatial ideas and incorporate these ideas through an iterative process of model-making, diagramming, and drawing for small scale projects.

This course is a second-semester undergraduate design studio comprised of a series of projects and lectures that provide a solid ground from which students can develop their architectural interests.  While emphasizing fundamental skills such as diagramming, hand-drafting, and physical model-making, students will also build their ability to conceptualize, develop, and communicate spatial ideas.  Beginning with an in-depth analysis of architectural precedents, students apply their insights to a series of abstract, formal exercises, developing systems of order and design logic that form the basis for their final design project of a hybrid building in San Francisco.

The course fosters design as a medium of speculation, and it challenges students to explore architecture’s potential to generate experience, shelter, accommodate program, and respond to its broader context.  Design is approached as an iterative process through which the act of crafting, evaluating, and refining is a core value.  This course teaches students to make thoughtful, informed decisions about how to solve design problems while realizing their artistic visions.

Prerequisites: ARH 110 & ARH 170

Student Project By: Sladek Jaroslav

Student Project By: Amy Velez

Course Learning Outcomes


  • Identify conceptual, spatial, formal, and material orders through critical analysis of canonical precedent buildings
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between materiality, space and form through making
  • Articulate and extend conceptual thinking through diagrams
  • Translate conceptual thinking of site and program into an architectural proposal
  • Clearly communicate design ideas in written, spoken and graphic form
  • Construct architectural drawings and models with a high level of craft, precision and attention to detail



  • PC 2 Design How the program instills in students the role of the design process in shaping the built environment and conveys the methods by which design processes integrate multiple factors, in different settings and scales of development, from buildings to cities.
  • PC 7 Learning and Teaching Culture How the program fosters and ensures a positive and respectful environment that encourages optimism, respect, sharing, engagement, and innovation among its faculty, students, administration, and staff.