Architecture Student Learning Outcomes
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.
LO 2: Understanding
- 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.
- 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;
- to 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;
- to substantiate their position by deploying evidence;
- to 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 an ability
- to understand the social and political implications inherent in architectural interventions, and
- to take responsibility for their design choices and judgments.
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.