Summer with Arch 100 Aug27


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Summer with Arch 100

Every summer, ARCH 100 offers students a glimpse into the world of architecture. The course is designed to accommodate undergraduate students who plan to apply to the architecture major and students already holding bachelor degrees from other disciplines who intend to apply to architecture graduate programs. Included in the nine-week, intensive program are a variety of activities that introduce the range of skills, experiences, and subject matters that entail contemporary architectural education. The studio becomes the primary site for learning: there, students immerse themselves in the architectural design process, including honing their skills of idea generation, representation, presentation, and reflection.

Week 1, measuring the Henry Art Gallery pavilion;

As in years past, the core studio project this year called for redesigning a waterfront site along Portage Bay. In just four weeks, students were challenged to resolve complex programmatic requirements, while designing for spatial and environmental considerations. True to any conventional studio design process, significant emphasis was placed on the power of collective modes of architectural representation—sketches, diagrams, hardline plans and sections, and cardboard models—to convey a design concept with conviction. But beyond production, time and energy also went towards site analysis, self-criticism, and the development of a coherent graphic and verbal presentation. Prior to the final project, other studio assignments included documenting and drafting the Henry Art Gallery pavilion, a one-day design-build challenge in Red Square, and designing and modeling a conceptual light space.

Week 4, review of the Design-Build Challenge in Red Square


Week 5, photographing daylighting models

Other aspects of ARCH 100 complemented and reinforced the studio components. This included lectures from faculty in the College of Built Environments and field trips to some of the finest architecture projects in Seattle.

Field trips are an important aspect of ARCH 100, as they offer students the chance to experience successful architecture first hand. On this year’s docket were guided tours of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Seattle University’s campus, as well as the recently completed Bullitt Center. Other field trips included visits to the Museum of History and Industry and the Center for Wooden Boats in South Lake Union, the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Frye Art Museum, the Seattle Central Library, Seattle City Hall, Suyama Space, and the Greg Kucera Gallery. Visiting these projects is confirmation that there really is no substitute for a bodily encounter with architecture: it supplements, concretizes, or challenges insight into the perception of space, light, and form that remains somewhat abstract and decontextualized when digested through monitors and projection screen.

Week 7, field trip to the Bullitt Center

Back in the classroom, students were exposed to some of the College’s finest thinkers, makers, and speakers. Lecture topics included the design process, representation modes and techniques, Seattle architectural history, materials, structures, spatial composition, design-build, architecture and landscape, architectural theory, participatory design, professional practice and licensure, and the study abroad experience.


Week 8, final review preparation in Gould Court

In the final week of the course and a new addition to the curriculum, students participated in a portfolio workshop that covered layout suggestions, software tutorials, and a critique of their ARCH 100 project spreads. The workshop was a great asset for those students planning to apply to the program.

ARCH 100 was taught  by Judith Swain, Tom Maul, and Chad Robertson

GSAs for the class were Jennifer Kim, Jay Ranaweera, James Thompson and Queena Yi

Written by James Thompson, PhD Candidate, College of Built Environments and a GSA for this summer’s Arch 100


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