Categories: New Students

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Designing the Built Environment: Architecture / Landscape/Interior

  Landscape Architecture (LAN) The world needs Landscape Architects now more than ever! The Biden-Harris Administration recently released the Nature-Based Solutions Roadmap, a federal policy that increases funding to develop solutions to environmental issues that the profession of landscape architecture has long recognized and put into practice. Landscape Architects create solutions for climate change. Examples include the use…

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School of Architecture Overview

Overview Degree Plans, IPAL & Cost of Attendance Student Work Spring Show 2023 https://2023springshow.academyart.edu/schools/architecture/ Spring Show 2022 https://2022springshow.academyart.edu/schools/architecture Spring Show 2021 https://2021springshow.academyart.edu/schools/architecture Spring Show 2020 https://2020springshow.academyart.edu/schools/architecture Dezeen Ten Projects from Students at the Academy of Art University https://www.dezeen.com/tag/academy-of-art-university/ BLab Community-Based Collaborative Design Studio https://architecture.academyart.edu/portfolio-item/arh-498-collaborative-project/ Student Work at the Stay Over Program Family Shelter This video captures the…

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Advice for First Semester Architecture Students

IMPORTANT DATES   Meet Your Department Directors / Friday, 2/2/2024, 10-11am Meet the Directors of the School of Architecture! Hosting the meeting will be: Karen Seong, Undergraduate Director Mark Mueckenheim, Graduate Director Join in person at 601 Brannan St, San Francisco or remotely on Zoom   First Day of Semester / Monday, 2/5/2024 Be sure…

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Undergraduate Curriculum Map

Undergraduate Curriculum Maps   The project-based undergraduate programs are built on a foundation in fundamental design, ethical awareness, and liberal arts. In the upper division, students are empowered through engagement with the profession within and beyond the classroom through a rich array of field trips, firm visits, networking events, and internship opportunities. Our rigorous design…

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Architectural Licensing Advisor

Architectural Licensing Advisor   Sameena Sitabkhan is the Licensing Advisor for the Architecture Department supporting both undergraduate and graduate students. Licensing is the culmination of your education and gives you the right to call yourself an architect and practice in the United States. Licensing consists of an education requirement, work experience, and a set of…

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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

  Using Onsite Facilities   The ARH shop and studio spaces are located in 601 Brannan. Drafting desks, shop access, tool checkouts are some of the resources available. Detailed information at Brannan-Facilities-Information-2024-02-06 Questions should be directed to architecture@academyart.edu To make a reservation, go to the Facilities, Equipment & Spaces page at https://my.academyart.edu/students/facilities   Here is an…

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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 2023 / 2022 and 2020

Dear Students, Architizer published a 2023 update to their list of best laptops, that we are sharing here: 13 Top Laptops for Architects and Designers (NEW for 2023)   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…

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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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Tech Support Available

  Tech Support Available   James Ryan 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.   An investment in a good computer and a large monitor is recommended before the second…

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Remote Laser Cutting & 3D Printing

Remote Laser Cutting & 3D Printing   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 available within the…

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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…

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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     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 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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Video Tutorials for Manual Drawing

Video Tutorials for Manual Drawing   There are video tutorials available on the School of Architecture Resources on Brightspace for enrolled students. Please self-enroll at this link to access the videos: https://online.academyart.edu/d2l/le/discovery/view/course/13450 Click the button that says "Self Enroll," then navigate to this link. You will see a collection of video tutorials listed below. Manual…

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Video Tutorials for Model Making

Video Tutorials for Model Making   There are video tutorials available on the School of Architecture Resources on Brightspace for enrolled students. Please self-enroll at this link to access the videos: https://online.academyart.edu/d2l/le/discovery/view/course/13450 Click the button that says "Self Enroll," then navigate to this link. You will see a collection of video tutorials and PDF downloads…

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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…