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Architecture

Learning Outcomes

Skills

LO 1: Technical Competency

Students will demonstrate competency in reading and producing architectural drawings; making physical models; and/or producing 2D and 3D digital models. They will demonstrate proficiency in communicating their ideas using techniques and conventions of architectural representation.

 

Knowledge

LO 2: Understanding

(1) From a selection of sketches, diagrams, drawings, models and oral presentations students will demonstrate an understanding of the interplay of form, structure and function in 3D space; an ability to analyze architecture by dividing it into its organizational, structural, functional, and experiential components; an understanding of sites and contexts of architecture in scales ranging from that of human body to the city. (2) From a selection of short essays, papers and oral presentations students will demonstrate an understanding of select works of architecture; an ability to interpret the works by placing them in their historical, social and artistic contexts; an understanding of the symbolic meanings and social consequences of architectural and urban intervention in history and the present.

 

Critical Thinking and Social Responsibility

LO 3: Critical Thinking

From a selection of essays, research papers and graphic presentations, students will demonstrate an ability to engage critically the enduring concerns of the discipline of architecture. Students will demonstrate an ability to identify the salient points of a text in architectural theory; to use different theoretical positions to interpret and critique works of architecture; to formulate a research question; to collect, select and present relevant information; to compare and contrast others’ points of view and positions; distinguish their authorial voice from that of others and that of their information; to draw a conclusion or a thesis which conveys the complexity of the researched topic and takes a position; substantiate their position by deploying evidence; present their position in a clearly organized and persuasive prose and/or graphic presentation.

LO 4: Social Responsibility

From a selection of essays, research papers or graphic / design presentations, students will demonstrate (1) an ability to understand the social and political implications inherent in architectural interventions, (2) and take responsibility for their design choices and judgments.

 

Creative Synthesis

LO 5: Creative Production / Design

Students will produce a creative project responding to a specific or typical program. The project may consist in a design solution or an original contribution to disciplinary knowledge. The creative project should demonstrate a synthesis of student’s learning and competencies; and take risks by considering alternative solutions.; to articulate a critical claim and defend their project in front of a public of peers, professors and/or invited jurors.