ARH 250 Studio 4 (un)Sheltered Prototypes For A Communal Shelter



Homelessness, or the state of being unsheltered, does not have a simple solution, but instead is representative of a state that requires many, thoughtfully designed responses at different scales that encompass the sensitive nature of the human spirit. In this studio, we look at the housing crisis pervading San Francisco, resulting in record evictions, and an emergency of homelessness and affordability.  To study this issue, we will consider a range of definitions of unsheltered, as defined in a city where the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is almost $5000 per month, and a salary of $117,400 is considered low income for a family of four. In this city, homelessness may mean you are employed but cannot afford rent, or that you got evicted as you had to spend all your income on medical bills. It could mean there isn’t enough room in the family home for you, or that you had a fight with a roommate and are unable to locate new housing.

Considering this expanded definition of homelessness, this studio emphasizes empathy to develop multiple-scaled solutions, each appropriate to its context. To tackle and research this, you will develop two proposals. The first considers the intimate scale and will use your interviews of a person experiencing homelessness to design an Individual Guerilla ___ Unit, which responds to his/her/their specific needs and desires. From this, you will develop a proposal for a shelter to house a demographic of your choice, with a bold design that strives to make a shelter that’s connected to its neighbors, is stigma free and part of a new equitable and vibrant housing prototype.  And while a shelter represents a first step, humanity is not one note, but rather a symphony, and it is through interventions and conversations at both the intimate and building scales that this symphony is given a voice and audience.



Student Project By: Stella Buckmann de Lima Netto, Yuanyuan Chen, Pablo Delarosa, Raul Higuera, Woohyung Kim, Erick Luna, Wenjie Lie, Zed Malmoux, Benjy Michel, Adam Nuru, Andrae Rumal, Markish Siojo, Nahoua Christian Jean-Raymond Sorho, Carrarheina Tjoa, Francisco Toca-Madrid, Robert Villanueva, Bobby Wijaya, Yang Xi, Shuangrong Zhong

Student Project By: Katie Tablada, Meng Fan, Zoe Zheng, Juliana Bento, Sarah Berting, Rheina Tjoa


Student Project By: Connor Bowes

Student Project By: Astireh Baradari

Student Project By: Jose Pineda

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a thorough grasp of a detailed site investigation
  • Develop an intuitive understanding in response to place
  • Extract relevant knowledge from a precedent study
  • Write a mission statement as a foundation for conceptual development
  • Evolve a building program for a specific site
  • Articulate a stance in architectural theory
  • Create a massing study through the use of diagrams and models
  • Develop a set of architectural drawings that include the relevant plans, site plans, sections & elevations
  • Build a scaled three dimensional model of their design (both in digital and physical format)
  • Students in the major will be able to compile, organize, and submit on time all work for their midpoint review by the expressed due dates
  • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC A.1 Professional Communication Skills: Ability to write and speak effectively and to use representational media appropriate for both within the profession and with the general public
  • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC A.8 Cultural Diversity and Social Equity: Understanding of the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical abilities, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals and the responsibility of the architect to ensure equity of access to sites, buildings, and structures
  • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.1 Pre-Design: Ability to prepare a comprehensive program for an architectural project that includes an assessment of client and user needs; an inventory of spaces and their requirements; an analysis of site conditions (including existing buildings); a review of the relevant building codes and standards, including relevant sustainability requirements, and an assessment of their implications for the project; and a definition of site selection and design assessment criteria