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 3 credit advanced seminar offers students the opportunity to focus on drawing topics pertaining to architecture. Drawing is treated as a space for architectural research and/or as an autonomous work of architecture. The notion that drawing serves architecture merely as representation is questioned and critiqued. The theoretical and technical focus on the process of drawing will cultivate and address issues that have for hundreds of years served as the core of the architecture discipline. Simultaneously, the research may allow for the generation or assimilation of ideas, cultures and knowledge from other fields into architecture. Major elective Open to juniors and above
This 3 credit advanced seminar offers students the opportunity to focus on computational topics pertaining to architecture. Computational techniques and computational ideas are explored through making, writing, reading, and discussion. Some of the work in this course will take place in the space of the digital model, but coding, physical computation, and human computation may also enter into play. Students in this course will, under the mentorship of faculty, develop a level of expertise and knowledge that goes beyond what is usually associated with the requisite skills for contemporary architectural practice. Conversely, it is expected that computation may provoke a challenge to even the most base conceptions of design and architecture. Each iteration of this course will identify and advance a single theme, concept or problem. Some issues that may arise during this course include authorship, modeling vs simulation, computer controlled fabrication, intelligence, and creativity. Prerequisite: completion of Architectural Projection or permission of instructor with a demonstrated experience with 2-D and 3-D software. Estimated Materials Cost: $30.00 Major elective Open to juniors and above
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
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.
Inspired by the Galapagos Archipelago and the knowledge transformations brought about as a consequence of Darwin's five-week experience within their dense biodiversity, the seminar will emerge from the first principle of the theory of evolution: When individual agents are brought into proximity they interact, building new linkages, under the right circumstances these interactions create transformation, developing new forms. The proximity and interaction of a great diversity of agency is fundamental to the emergence of new forms; knowledge evolves, comprehension evolves, new forms emerge. Recognizing these diverse forms of agency as a diversity of 'ways of knowing' brought in to close proximity, we begin to understand a living system of knowledge transformation. The structure of the seminar is situated between the questions of artifice and theatricality within the urban condition and the collective embodied process of constructing dynamic actions and interactions within the City of Providence. Estimated Materials Cost: $30.00 - $50.00 Open to juniors and above
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.
This interdisciplinary workshop is understood primarily as a protected time and space within the Architecture Department for an improvisational investigation of space. It will be taught from year to year by a faculty from a rotating team of architects, visual artists, dancers, scientists, etc. who have invested their life's work in the medium of space. Questions regarding spatial phenomena, scale, place etc., will be addressed through the language that the visiting faculty's work employs: it could be a material language for an artist,a tectonic language for an architect, a language of movement for a dancer, mathematical for a scientist, or musical for a musician. The presumption is that there is a unique learning experience when students are asking questions not of their teacher, but with them; and that the individual faculty's discipline and nature can influence the content and improvisational development of each iteration of this workshop. All participants are invited to challenge what they think they know, to expand their language of practice, to extend their understanding of space beyond the culture, practices and lens of their own disciplines,to inquire by doing and to engage the purpose that the visiting faculty brings. Please contact the Architecture Department to learn more about this year's iteration of this course including information on the visiting faculty who will be teaching it. This workshop course provides an opportunity for the exploration of spatial concepts through observation and experience of phenomena. Using the infrastructure and environment of Providence as a laboratory, we will investigate how the ordinary can be transformed into the extraordinary and how the invisible can be rendered visible. Memory, time, light, vibration and metaphor will be examined in relation to the experience of architecture, installation and event. Students' participation and individual interests will shape the direction of the workshop. The idea is to investigate and invent, pushing the parameters of what is known by applying new ideas and materials. An ongoing series of experimental drawings, constructions and installation projects will be reinforced by discussions and selected readings. The semester will be punctuated with multimedia presentations and site visits. Instruction will be individualized, with an emphasis on group critiques. Guest speakers will share their work and challenge the process. Visiting critics will participate in final reviews. The course begins with individual projects and will encourage collaboration. Site-specific, ephemeral installations will focus on magnifying a sense of place and present. Students will record the environmental stimuli that inform our experience of place and time; Identify conditions, influences, and social forces that influence our built environment; consider spectacle, surprise and wonder as artistic devices; question your own aesthetics and instincts; engage in the work of significant figures in contemporary architecture and art; and develop critical skills that support and encourage the learning process.
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
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 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.
This Winter Session course will explore the richness of Portuguese architecture and its connection to the ongoing culture of Providence. Situated at Europe's western edge, the people of Portugal have been travelling to the America's since 1634. In the 19th century an influx of immigrants settled in Providence and the New England region, making Providence and the surrounding towns a vital hub for Portuguese Americans. Lisbon and Porto are great cities that continue to be reinvented through architecture. Recent examples by Pritzker Prize architects include the Porto School of Architecture by Alvara Siza, the new concert hall by OMA and the new Museum of Coaches by Brazilian Architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Through class discussions, group assignments, individual research and site visits, students will be asked to examine the work of the Porto School and beyond- particularly that of its two contemporary masters, Alvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Mora. We will explore the design strategies and thinking that characterizes the contemporary built world of Lisbon and Porto across different building types including markets, commercial and institutional buildings, housing and public infrastructure. Two weeks of intensive exploration will provide the context and provoke an investigation of the significance of this crossroads of so many different civilizations. Students will be encouraged to absorb and then radiate the city through architectural investigations and a comparison of its literature, painting, and music. Readings will generate a set of questions and references. A focus will be on the way cultural activity influences the reading of the city and the translation of experience of the country's fabled resources and diversity into artifact. A journal with sketches, drawings and written responses will be required. Each student will be required to chart each day's journey with a creative map. Students will also be asked to bring a small empty suitcase to gather a collection of objects to be curated en route. Once back in Providence the class will continue the exploration by studying overlooked areas of the city. The semester will end with a final project that explores the architectural language of continuity. The results of analyses will be applied to a new market hall and public bath for the Fox Point area of Providence. Students will have to demonstrate their understanding of the culture 'studied' by adopting its compositional logics and methods of practice to the American social environment. The gift of direct contact on the European mainland will prove to be a new way of connecting with ideas and images of home. 2016WS Travel Costs: $2,203, airfare not included Juniors and above ***Off-Campus Study***
This 3 credit advanced seminar offers students the opportunity to focus on advanced applications of technology in architecture. Students will explore the relationship between design and technology within topics such as advanced energy modeling, advanced structural analysis, high performance structures, high performance building facades, and sustainable design. These seminars are designed to strengthen students' ability to conduct research, explore material performance and enable validation of design concepts based on applied technology. Estimated Materials Cost: $30.00 - $50.00 Open to Architecture seniors, graduate students
This course explores the relationship between space and film through a transposed process of reconstructing space with film and resurrecting film with space. This reversed transformation inspires students to address representation of space in time, investigations in movements of self and environment, and interpretation of visual perceptions. This course builds on students' ability to observe and envision space between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional world. Delving into the space both as occupant and designer, students adapt their eyes to depict what they normally see, to realize unexpected spatial dynamics, and to weave in content within context through the making of film. Along with a series of selected readings and films, a self-directed short film takes form to become the source of a constructed space. Through the making of space, time is collapsed into constructed space and the human senses that are portrayed in the self-directed short film are reintroduced. The exploration between film and architecture might trigger realization and reflection in assistant of the making of space, visualizations of unique art forms, and critiques of the conventional.
This studio is a continuation of the Light Urbanism advanced studio from the Fall semester, in which students proposed new lighting and urban design strategies for Trinity Square in south Providence. It will involve the development and integration of proposals from the Fall semester into detailed designs with clear strategies for construction. The course will involve research into construction systems, detailed drawing, and the construction of full-scale mockups to carefully test the construction strategies for implementation during Summer 2016. All students are welcome to enroll, though priority will be given to ARCH and LDAR students enrolled in the Fall semester studio. Students enrolled in this course will be strongly encouraged to participate in the construction of the project during the Summer.
With the recent adoption of the Campus Master Plan, RISD has an important opportunity to transform its facilities and infrastructure. Sustainability is one of the guiding principles of this plan. RISD must engage our students, faculty, and staff while leveraging our culture of innovation and creativity to tackle the challenges we face. On a steep hill, adjacent to an historic riverfront, the RISD campus offers opportunities and challenges in an era of sea level rise and intense storms. This course creates the opportunity for students in all disciplines to directly engage with the planning of a sustainable campus for RISD. We will be asking how can we create a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable campus. We will begin by understanding current best practices, then ask how to move beyond them. We will consider bold transformations and simple immediate actions, city-wide changes and small site constructions that we can build within the year. The course will involve research, discussion, guest speakers and design projects and critiques. Interdisciplinary group projects and individual work may address operations, communications as well as campus design. The group will develop one or more campus strategies, to be presented to invited critics and the administration. Each student will also develop a portion or detail of the initiative. Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00 Major elective
What is drawing? Can architecture (and space) exist on paper? What are the spatial and tectonic implications of a drawing, particularly regarding the relationship between lines, marks, color, etc.? Is it possible to preserve the language of works on paper during the translation to a 3-dimensional form? This course confronts these questions head-on through intensive, large-format drawings, readings, discussion, research, and material explorations. Oscillating between a fine arts studio, architectural studio, and liberal arts seminar, students of varied disciplines encounter both familiar and unchartered methods of inquiry not limited to: literature, philosophy, and photography. Most assignments are engaged through drawing (definition of which is up for debate), though there is ample opportunity for mixed media explorations (both manual and digital) per each student's choosing. This course is recommended for advanced students (from various departments) who are both self-motivated and able to work independently, seeking to further their own personal language and narrative. Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00 - $150.00
When a building loses its intended occupational use, how does this change how we interpret the space? Does abandonment imply a failure in design, failure in business, loss of ownership and intent? As designers and artists, it is important that we have the ability to look at spaces, ideas and intentions, and be able to translate them in a creative and beneficial way. In this class we look at the potential of reinterpreted spaces through the act of investigatory, experimental and informative digital drawing. In the history of architecture, a drawing or sketch is seen not only as a two-dimensional translation of an object or idea but also with the potential to be the basis of generative thought and a crucial component to the design process. The course begins with an introduction in analog drawing techniques. We then look at more experimental digital drawing techniques (hybrid drawings, collage, 3D modeling and rendering, etc.) and how those have been interpreted into creative ways of creating and displaying three-dimensional spaces. Examples of buildings that have lost their original intention and occupation will be available for selection and will be the point of departure of a thorough investigation of the existing conditions and past function(s) of the building. These will be used as the groundwork for proposed future functions or installations for the abandoned architecture whether it be imagined in the next 10 or 100 years. It is recommended to look at the drawings from Lebbeus Woods, Archigram, and Nils-Ole Lund for inspiration for their experimental drawing styles and imagined spaces. Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00
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.
The purpose of this course is to give students a better background and understanding of math and physics courses, and prepare them in those subjects prior to taking the required structural courses. The lessons of the course focus on problem solving questions, on lectures, and on different activities addressed to help students obtain a better understanding about these topics. Open to Graduate and Undergraduate Students
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
Theory offerings in the architecture department are deliberately consistent or complementary with our pedagogy, born and raised in an arts college. Theory based courses have a basis in empiricism, direct observation and experience of creative processes. Recognizing that discovery and invention often come between existing matrices of thought, offerings may be from disciplines other than architecture or branches of knowledge other than art and design. Objectives of the theory component of our curriculum are to: 1. Expand the capacity to speculate productively. 2. Develop the skeptic's eye and mind. 3. Equip the ability to recognize connections that trigger discovery and invention. Major elective 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 Cost of Materials: $55.00 Major requirement; ARCH majors only Registration by Architecture department. Course not available via web registration.
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.
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. Estimated Material Cost: TBD (base on Model Shop Fee Structure) Also offered as TEXT-4705. Register for course in which credit is desired. Open to Sophomore and Above.
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.
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.
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 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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