Categories: New Students

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Advice for First Semester Architecture Students

Welcome to the School of Architecture   We are excited to meet you as you begin your journey towards the profession of architecture!   IMPORTANT DATES   Student Portal Interactive Webinar with Reid Raukar The Student Portal Interactive Webinar is a 60-minute interactive Zoom meeting during which Reid Raukar, our Sr. Director of Admissions, will…

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In-Person Class FAQ

  (updated 1/12/2022) Pleas register for spring semester. Beginning this week, under-enrolled sections are being cancelled.   ARH is offering in-person classes for the Spring 2022 semester. Called OS+ sections, in-person and remote students will learn together, but all faculty teaching in OS+ sections will be physically present in the classroom. All ARH classes will…

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Model Making – Part 1 – Making Models at Home

Dear Students, Since many of you are online and working from home, we wanted to publish this small guide for making sophisticated models with simple means. In terms of working from home there are many model building techniques which are very suitable when you have no access to a professional shop facility.  01. The first…

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Using Onsite Facilities Fall 2021

Using Onsite Facilities Fall 2021   During the Pandemic, the ARH woodshop and studio spaces have been moved to 1849 Washington. Drafting desks, shop access, tool checkouts are some of the resources available but require reservations in advance. More information is available at ARH-Facilities-Information-VERSION-3 FALL 2021 Questions should be directed to Dale Beevers, Senior Director…

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Informal Group Chat for Undergraduate Students

Informal Group Chat for Undergraduate Students   Connect with the larger student body of our undergraduate architecture program through our informal Slack group chat!  Get to know upperclassmen, lower classmen and even some faculty through this channel!  Who's still up working alongside you?  To join, click this link:  Invite people to ARH Undergrad Students  …

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NOMAS AAU

NOMAS AAU nomasaau Celebrating minority students’ excellence at @aauschoolofarchitecture. linktr.ee/nomasaau   NOMAS AAU on Discord Find architecture students who are also members of the AAU NOMAS chapter on Discord. This student-led group is part of a national student organization and they are excited to meet new students. Ask questions about NOMAS, get advice on classes, or just…

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Best Laptops for Architects 2022 and 2020

Dear Students, Architizer just published a good 2022 update about potential laptops for architects. There is also a section with budget laptops to consider: 15 Top Laptops for Architects and Designers (NEW for 2022) Below is a good video explaining the range of laptops that can be suitable for an architecture student the video is…

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Accessibility Resources

Accessibility Resources   Facilitates equal access throughout the university, both online and on-campus, for students with disabilities and health conditions.   Accessibility Resources PDF Accessibility Resources ensures equal access and opportunities for students with disabilities. As a student with a disability, you may be used to receiving accommodations and having IEPs or 504 Plans in high school. These…

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Academy Resource Center

Academy Resource Center   The Academy Resource Center (ARC) is open to all students, and supports student success with: ARC Workshops & Tutoring, English for Art Purposes (EAP) language support, Accessibility Services, and Online Student Support. For up-to-date information how the ARC could be of help, please click on the link below. https://www.academyart.edu/arc-handout Help offered…

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Remote Computer Lab

Remote Computer Access   All ARH students, both in online and virtual sections, can remotely access the computing power and the software of the school computers. Fee: $300 for the Fall 2021 Semester   A virtual remote lab is available to all students through Teradici. Students can use their personal computer to harness all the…

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Tech Support Available

Tech Support Available   James Ryan is the Lab Supervisor who can help you problem solve computer-related tech issues. Whether you need help optimize your computer for best performance or need advice buying a new computer, please reach out to him for help.   This fall semester, you can find James at 1849 Washington.  …

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Remote Laser Cutting & 3D Printing

Remote Laser Cutting & 3D Printing for Spring 2021   We are excited to announce that remote laser cutting and 3D printing is available! Submit your digital files via email to the fabrication shops at 1849 Washington and pick up in person OR pay for shipping to have the pieces mailed to you. Shipping is…

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Using Onsite Facilities in Spring 2021

  Dear Students, During the Pandemic the University has concentrated all onsite woodshop and studio facilities at 1849 Washington (“The Warehouse” - please see below plan for the location of the entrance gate). This link leads to a menu of opportunities and course fees for using these onsite Facilities. To sign up for the resources…

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Shop Orientation and Safety

Dear ARH Students,   Welcome to the fabrication shop at 1849 Washington!   To view shop policies and safety rules, please read Basic Shop Proficiency Guide-- 2020 Afterwards you will need to complete a safety quiz and submit a usage agreement before you can reserve time to work on shop machinery. Links to the quiz and…

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Creating a Concept Board Account

Concept Board     Building a studio culture in a virtual class room requires additional effort, empathy, time, and most importantly, a "shared space." Concept Board is a virtual shared space that facilitates desk crits. The drawing and commenting tools in Concept Board, whether used alone asynchronously or synchronously during Zoom calls, approximate the in-person…

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Undergraduate Curriculum Map

BArch Curriculum Map Download BArch Pre-Requisite Map Download BA Curriculum Map Download BA Pre-Requisite Map Download

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Concept Board Tools for Faculty

For our faculty, we are sharing the institutional knowledge gathered since 2017 on making the most out of Concept Board.   For a video tutorial please see this Zoom recording of a tutorial session by Karen on 2020-09-11   Concept Board Templates   Concept Board Templates are useful to quickly set up the virtual room…

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Concept Board Tools

Concept Board Tool Bar   Concept Board has tools with which to comment on drawings and images. Scribble, Highlight, Line, Shape, Text, and Comment are the most commonly used. Scribble For freehand drawing. You can draw simple shapes with a mouse but this tool works better with a stylus or on a tablet. Different line…

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Diversity Equity Inclusion Conversations

Diversity Equity Inclusion Conversations   We are continuing the Conversations on Diversity and Identity launched in July as part of our efforts to actively listen to our students who engage with us to unveil their experiences. Undergraduate Director Jenn Asselstine will continue to host the conversations.  The feedback from students will be received as valuable input…

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UNDERGRADUATE Course Archive InDesign Template

Undergraduate Course Archives   Notes to Faculty: Please distribute the InDesign template file in the beginning of the semester. The file should first be modified to list the assignments specific to your course. The undergraduate template files are different from the graduate version. If you are teaching in both grad and undergrad department, please be…

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Graduate Journal/Archive Tutorials

Dear Students, please find InDesign tutorial videos under this LINK for creating your archive. Please note that this will require your LMS log-in.

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Mental Health Resource

Mental Health   Students should be encouraged to be vigilant about maintaining their mental health which can be exacerbated by the stress of completing course work when there are ongoing financial, legal, housing, and other anxieties. As faculty, we should set high expectations in our courses for the students’ benefit while simultaneously showing empathy and…

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Drawing

Drawing   Visit the following drawing tutorials. Note: These resource links are only available to enrolled students. Each link will direct you to an Academy Login page where you can access the material once you log in. Videos   01 Materials and How to Draw Lines 02 Paper and Paper Sizes 03 Correspondence- Plan, Section and…

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Model Making

Model Making   Visit the following model-making tutorials. Note: These resource links are only available to enrolled students. Each link will direct you to an Academy Login page where you can access the material once you log in. Videos   Materials and Tools Material Options Tools Construction: Measuring Scaling Construction: Slicing Construction: Assembly Examples: Diagram…

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Model Making – Part 2 – Material and Tool Resources

Dear Students, Here are some model making material resources for you, places where you can order needed materials online, tool suppliers, 3D print services, and laser cutting services. Some of these resources might be overseas, so careful planning might be required on your part so you have all the necessary materials for the classes you…

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Model Making – Part 3 – Foam Core Tutorial Videos

Dear Students, for Foam Core model building techniques, please see these two videos. Foam core is a great material for building larger, more spatial models. The tutorials are made by a product designer but the the techniques are universal and can be easily applied to architecture. Please also regard our other model building resource blog…

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Mid-Point Student Portfolios

Mid-Point Review   The purpose of the Undergraduate Mid-point Review is to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their own progress, as well as to receive feedback, as they conclude the first 5 semesters of the program. The department directors and faculty members will review student portfolios to personalize their class advisements based…

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Studio Culture Policy

You can download our Studio Culture Policy here STUDIO CULTURE POLICY   Academy of Art University School of Architecture The Studio Culture Policy provides guidance to faculty and students so that a positive academic climate is realized at the AAU School of Architecture. It is the desire of the School that all students and all…