These studios, three of which are required for graduation, are offered by individual instructors to students who have successfully completed the core curriculum. They are assigned by lottery on the first day of classes. Once assigned to an advanced studio, a student may not drop studio. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department, course not available via web registration Fee: Some advanced studio sections have a fee for course supplies or field trips. The fee is announced during the registration lottery held in the Department.
This course introduces the beginning student to the origins, media, geometries and role(s) of projection drawing in the design and construction process. The student will learn systems of projection drawing from direct experience, and be challenged to work both from life and to life. Subjects such as transparency, figure/ground, sciagraphy, oblique projection, surface development, volumetric intersections, spatial manipulation and analytic operations will build on the basics of orthographic and conic projection. The course involves line and tone drawing, hand drafting, computer drawing(Autocad) and computer modeling(Rhino). Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department, course not available via web registration
We begin work on your Degree Projects from the outset of the semester: navigating arbitrary beginnings; setting boundaries like nets; developing a whole language of grunts, smudges and haiku; gathering the unique and unrepeatable content, forces, and conditions of your project; hunting an emerging and fleeting idea; recognizing discoveries; projecting forward with the imagination; and distilling glyphs, diagrams and insight plans. This course satisfies the prerequisite requirement for Degree Project.
The study of basic concepts of Human Environmental Comforts. Inherent within 'physio-environ' considerations are principles of temperature, humidity, heat transfer, air movement, and hydrostatics. These principles will be studied in terms of their abstract physics and mathematics, through empirical benchmarking and as the basis for a design proposal that includes considerations of larger scale strategies as well as assemblies. Emphasis will be placed on the principles behind the technology, the behavioral characteristics and the qualities of the systems' operation considered in making building design decisions. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department. Course not available via web registration.
In architectural practice, a working knowledge of design computation has gone from "nice to know" to "need to know". Many academic and professional institutions struggle to keep pace and piece together their computational skill sets in an ad-hoc manner, adopting fragmented sources developed in contexts unrelated to architectural design. Students in this seminar will learn about foundational computational concepts tailored specifically towards architectural design. Students will learn how to incorporate the new reality of digital practice through assignments that include the structure of code and algorithms for computational geometry. Discussion topics include aggregation and tiling, early stage design setting tools, agent-based form generation, surface decomposition, optimization, and tools for collaboration. Sophomore and above Elective, Open to non-majors
Conceived as the culmination of the technologies sequence of courses, this course allows students to choose amongst the three instructor's differing approaches to the problem of conceiving technology holistically, in relation to a set of architectural criteria. The conceptual and technical aspects of building systems are considered and emergent environmentally-conscious technologies are emphasized for research and application. Prerequisites: All required technologies courses Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department. Course not available via web registration.
As over half the world's population has come to live in cities, urbanization has moved to the center of the environmental debate. This course will provide an interdisciplinary engagement between Sociology and Architecture to reflect on the past, present and future of ecological urbanism. Co-taught by professors from Architecture and Liberal Arts, the seminar will interrogate the ways in which green urban design has been conceptualized to date. It will explore cutting edge contemporary debates around the future of the green urban project and ask students to think forward into the future. Also offered as HPSS S151. Register in the course for which credit is desired. Permission of Instructor Required Sophomore and above
This course reviews the role of metals in architecture, focusing on the fundamentals of steel analysis and design in architecture; and examines typical framing techniques and systems. Topics include construction issues, floor framing systems, column analysis and design, steel detailing and light gauge steel framing materials and systems. In addition the course introduces students to lateral force resistance systems in steel construction and exposes them to alternatives to steel such as aluminum and fiberglass. By the and of the course, students will be aware of the role of metals in architectural design and construction; design and detail simple steel structural systems; and proportion these systems to resist the moment and shear demands determined through structural analysis. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department, course not available via web registration
The basic content will be statics and strength of materials. The first portion will deal with force vectors, trusses, cross-sectional properties, and shear/moment diagrams, followed by stresses, strains, material applications and the analysis procedures necessary to compute structural behaviors. While the class format is mostly lecture, there will be ample time for discussion, in addition to group projects and field trips. This class is foundational to all future structural design classes such as Wood Structures and Steel Structures. The student will develop an intuitive understanding of structural behavior by studying various structural systems qualitatively under various loading conditions. The analysis of statically determinate trusses and frames will reinforce the intuitive understanding. Structural forces will be understood by tracing the loads (dead, live, wind, and seismic) through a building. They will be able to convert these loads into internal material stresses (axial, shear bending) for the purposes of proportioning members quantitatively. The relevant material sectional properties (such as moment of inertia and radius of gyration) will be learned through hands on bending and buckling experiments and later backed by quantitative analysis. A math test will be given prior to the first class to determine which students are required to attend a supplemental lecture class instructed by the teaching assistant. This course is a pre-requisite for Steel Structures, Wood Structures, and Concrete Structures. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture Department; Course not available via web registration.
This course, the first in a two semester sequence, explores design principles specific to architecture. Two interrelated aspects of design are pursued: 1) the elements of composition and their formal, spatial, and tectonic manipulation and 2) meanings conveyed by formal choices and transformations. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department; Course not available via web registration
The Urban Design Principles core studio introduces students to the city as a designed environment, giving them the tools to work through impressions, analysis and design operations as ways to understand "man's greatest work of art". Students confront the design of housing as a way to order social relationships and shape the public realm and attack the problems of structure, construction, access and code compliance in the context of a complex large-scale architectural design. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department. Course not available via web registration.
Various off-campus travel classes are offered through the department of Architecture to nonmajors. See the current Wintersession Publication for this year's offerings.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to advanced digital and hybrid rendering techniques alongside pertinent academic discourse on perception and visualization and their roles in relation to design. Students will be encouraged to develop a visual style appropriate to their chosen project(s) and consider their renderings as images and products in themselves, rather than as solely representations. This course is open to students from all disciplines with an interest in digital modeling and visualization. Students considering this course should have some previous experience with 3D modeling software. Students will be encouraged to arrive with a project of interest, whether or not it has been modeled previously. The class will focus on the production of images using V-Ray and Adobe Photoshop but will also discuss advanced modeling techniques to add detail in service of the final renderings. Open Sophomore and Above.
An introduction to the principles of architectural design beginning with a close examination of materials, forces and the human body. The examination will progressively widen in scope to include issues of form, space, structure, program and site. This condensed architectural studio is intended for freshmen and students outside the Division of Architecture and Design.
Serious research and a specific preparation begins in this course, forming the theoretical basis for the creative development of the Degree Project (Spring, 6 credits). This is a period in which the nature of the work is clarified, a process is developed, possibilities are examined, and research and information gathering completed. The research from this course acts as an armature, establishing the attitude, objectives, and significance of the thesis as an exploration of architectural ideas, and forming the underpinnings for the work of the coming semester. The result of this effort, begun in the fall with DP prep and completed in the spring, is gathered together and reflected in the DP Book as part of the requirements for completion of Degree Project. The work is reviewed at the end of Wintersession; satisfactory completion of this course is a prerequisite for the Degree Project in the Spring semester. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department; course not available via web registration Schedule to be determined with Advisor Permission of instructor required
What is digital fabrication? Where and when is value made in a process of fabricating digital design. What part of the process is more important input or output? The goal of this class is to allow you explore what the term digital fabrication means in your discipline. Projects will root in your background and interest. Through the use of digital design tools (such as rhino, autoCAD, grasshopper, and more) we will create from your existing skill set, and move deeper into a digital realm. The class will give you working experience with the CNC Router, laser cutter, and 3D printer, as well as introductions to other digital fabrication tools around RISD. Estimated Cost of Materials: $200.00 Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
How can timeless human activities such as drawing and painting, relegated to the realm of the analogue, meaningfully engage 3D modeling platforms like Rhino/Grasshopper and contemporary output methods such as 3D printing? How can we learn to intuit in the realm of the virtual and what are the boundaries of this experience? This course will allow new ways of "seeing" and "feeling" and use a computational framework in the design process. Rather than take a conventional approach based on the technical aspects of a specific software program, students will be exposed to a rich diversity of potential work flows. The goal of this course is enhancing personal craft and technique through these digital tools while exploring new potential approaches to advanced technology. The explanation of textile structures and the architecture of cloth will serve as a starting point for ideas. Also offered as TEXT-4705. Register for course in which credit is desired. Open to Sophomore and Above. Estimated material costs: To be determined (based on Model Shop Fee Structure)
Advanced Studio in Architecture. Please contact the Architecture Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for course description and to register. When space permits, this class may be available in a three credit version, ARCH W220, to undergraduates in majors outside of Architecture.
In this course we will research and discuss a variety of materials, their physical properties and their applications. Using furniture as our vehicle, we will explore how these materials might be utilized, beyond their original intent. We will also examine how the manipulation of these materials can create new ideas in furniture. In the first half of the course students will research, view, handle, and discuss a variety of materials. In the second half, students will model and construct, either a 1/4 scale model, or a full scale detail of a piece of furniture using a material selected from the research done in the first half of the course.
This course is intended for architecture students to review and solidify the math and physics background needed to gain a good understanding of the required structural courses. Topics covered are designed to augment the fall Structural Analysis course and prepare students for easier learning in the upcoming spring's Wood Structures course. Problem sets, hands-on activities, and lectures will be tailored to the students' interests and review needs for better comprehension in future structures courses. Open to Graduate and Undergraduate Students
The seminar is grounded in the idea that the poetic and material imagination, inherent to the arts, affords us unique means of engaging the world and making a contribution. A series of discussions focus on the mechanisms and instruments of capital exchange including debt, equity, and compound interest, incorporation, and insurance. We explore the ontological impact of these instruments on our perception of time and space as well as the broader social issues of the capital markets as modes of resource distribution. Discussions cover a large arc including: . Focus on words: exploring the links between language, individual agency, and collective judgment. . Focus on Space: examining many forms of exchange that occur between our spaces; the capacity of our interior thoughts to construct literate spaces; and spaces of participation inseparable from our memory and imagination. . Focus on links between: time, promises, words, space, empathy, ethics, and the creative disciplines and their social contracts. Ultimately, the course explores the precisions of the poetic/material imagination as the most pragmatic means to address our social and political lives. Open to Junior and Above
This course will develop one's ability to critically read and understand architecture through formal, geometric, tectonic and spatial analytic processes. Analysis acts as an intermediary between observation, expression, and understanding, offering deep insights into works of architecture. The course builds upon the processes introduced in Architectural Projection. Through various conceptual and representational frameworks, the issues of mapping-layers. Point of view, scale, morphology, topography and tectonics will be explored as part of a larger creative process, embracing visual imagination, communication and critique. Estimated Material Cost: $50.00 Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department, course not available via web registration
Design principles presented in the first semester are further developed through a series of projects involving actual sites with their concomitant physical and historic-cultural conditions. Issues of context, methodology, program and construction are explored for their possible interrelated meanings and influences on the making of architectural form. Estimated Material Cost: $55 Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department. Course not available via web registration.
This seminar addresses ideas, theories, and practices relating to computation in architecture and design. The course begins with the roots of computation long before the "personal computer" was conceived. The emphasis then shifts toward the present and a study of the canonical written contributions by design computation theorists and researchers (Knight, McCullough, Mitchell, Negroponte, Stiny, and others) as well related architectural, artistic, philosophical, and epistemological positions (Dewey, Evans, Klee, Lynn, Petherbridge, Schon, and others). In addition to reading and writing, the course is peppered with computational instruction so that students can confront and explore computation as makers as well as theorists. The seminar oscillates between reading/writing one week, then projecting the following week. Reading/writing weeks task students with a close reading of two texts and the composition of a written, critical, and analytic response. Project weeks follow, and call upon students to conceive, execute, and document a related experiment, prototype, or work of art. Open to Junior and above Major elective,open to non-majors and Brown by permission
This course reviews the fundamentals of concrete and masonry in architecture with a focus on materials, structural analysis and design. The analysis and design includes concrete structures, reinforced and pre-stressed concrete members, concrete foundations and reinforced masonry. The student will proportion concrete and masonry structures using ultimate strength design. The longer class time on Tuesday allows students to design, make a concrete mix and create a concrete object. By the end of the course, the students will be able to design and detail simple concrete and masonry systems such as footings, basement walls, beams and slabs; proportion these systems to resist the moment and shear demands determined through structural analysis; develop an understanding of proper detailing of architectural concrete and masonry veneers by understanding thermal movements, waterproofing, and construction techniques. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department. Course not available via web registration.
Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, students are responsible for the preparation and completion of an independent thesis project. Prerequisites: One of the degree project seminars. See footnotes on the curriculum sheet for a list of these classes or read the course descriptions in the "History and Theory" section which follows. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department, course not available via web registration Permission for this class is based on the student's overall academic record as well as their performance in Wintersession Degree Project Research. If the department recommends against a student undertaking the degree project, two advanced elective studios must be taken instead.
This equally distributed three part course will continue with the principles from "Physics", the application of electric energy, lighting and sound to building environs. Building technology continues to demand a larger percentage of the building's budget and thus should receive a greater degree of time and understanding by the Architect. Topics and principles to be included are: electronic generation, distribution, and building systems; electronic and communication systems; lighting fundamentals, design and control; and enviro-acoustical fundamentals, sound transmission, amplification, and absorption principles. Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department. Course not available via web registration.
Working at full scale provides a framework to test and make evident the relevance of ideas. A one-to-one approach to the act of making cultivates intention, invention, improvisation and experimentation. As academic practices embrace more immediate means of construction and work for a variety of populations, the inclusion of the real world balances the "abstract" and the "contingent". New teaching models challenging the studio-based format include on-site, construction-based learning. Referred to as "design-build" projects, this category includes a full spectrum of small-scale interventions that range from humanitarian to community-based work. The workshop offers an opportunity to realize this kind of work. Students are also asked to speculate about the ways that this framework shift can affect the relationship between the academic institution, practical training, and methods of evaluating the success of an architectural work. Major elective, ARCH major only Junior and above
The course will focus on the diverse new roles encountered by the architect in the 20th century: form maker, administrator of urban development, social theorist, cultural interpreter, ideologue. Emphasis will be placed upon the increasing interdependence of architecture and the city, and the recurrent conflicts between mind and hand, modernity and locality, expressionism and universality. Major requirementfor Architecture majors Art History credit for Architecture majors Liberal Arts elective credit for nonmajors on a space available basis.
This is a course about becoming a licensed architect, a business professional and an active, engaged and responsible citizen. It is intended to help prepare students for the challenges and opportunities confronted by a life in Architecture. Lectures are organized around four themes: The architect as a trained and certified "Professional" in traditional and alternative careers; the architect as an operative in the world of business and commerce; the origins of architectural projects; and the detailed work performed through professional Architectural Contracts. Regular panels, composed of RISD alums and other allied professionals provide an external perspective on all elements of the course, and allow students the opportunity to direct discussion in ways appropriate to their needs. Major requirement; ARCH majors only. Registration by Architecture department. Course not available via web registration.
This course will focus on architectural buildings and remains of synagogues, churches, and mosques in Palestine from antiquity (the sixth century BCE) through the end of the Ottoman period (1917). Beyond the physical components of the houses of worship, and dealing with architectural, technological, and iconographic matters, we will investigate the spiritual and religious characteristics of the relevant structures. One of the goals will be to examine how these institutions influenced each other throughout the history of their architectural development. Students interested in this course must register for ARTH-H652 under the subject of History of Art and Visual Culture
This course will review the fundamentals of wood in architecture with a focus on wood materials and construction systems and lumber and timber structural analysis and design. Work includes timber systems consisting of conventional framing trusses, laminates, built-up sections and connections. In addition, this course will review the principles of structural loads; gravity, lateral, live and dead. The concept of lateral resistance through standard wood framing systems will be explored. Manufactured lumber has become a major part of today's wood construction industry and the design and detailing of these materials will be explored in depth. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the role of wood materials in architectural design and construction and be able to design and detail simple Lumber and Timber structural systems. They will be able to proportion these systems to resist the moment and shear demands determined through structural analysis. This course will provide the student with a good understanding of the material and the common structural and architectural systems used in today's practice. Major Requirement: ARCH majors only. Registration by the Architecture Department. Course not available via web registration
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