Texas Tech University, College of Architecture

ARCH 3502-Architecture Design Studio V

(Edited 01 18 2012)(Aranha)

Spring 2012 Studio Professors

Joseph Aranha, Professor (Arch 3302 Coordinator), Room 701

Office: 1002 E, Office Hours: MWF 11:00- 12:00

David Driskill, Associate Professor, Room 702

Urs Peter Flueckiger, Professor, Room 706

Glenn Hill, Associate Professor, Room 707

Elizabeth Louden, Professor, Room 704

Dustin White, Visiting Assistant Professor, Room 703

Victoria McReynolds, Visiting Assistant Professor, Room 708

General course calendar for Arch 3502 Spring 2012

Interim due dates for assignments, dates for field trips and other studio activities will vary in each section. Please check with your studio professor

Syllabus - Spring 2012

TTU On-line Catalogue Course Description

3502.* Architectural Design Studio V (5:2:8). Prerequisite: ARCH 3501. Building systems. Teaches design skills centered on the building as a technological system and ecological device. Considers site and building details.

Course Structure

ARCH 3502 Architectural Design Studio V (5:2:8).
Prerequisite: Arch 3501
Credits: 5 semester credit hours
Meeting Times: MWF 01:00-4:20 PM

All students in all sections of Arch 3502 are required to attend three lectures at the beginning of the semester. The lectures will be held in Engl/ Phil 001 at 3: 30 pm on MWF of the second week of classes (see calendar). In all sections of Arch 3502 design studio there will be two design projects and several assignments (including precedent analysis). There will also be other requirements (such as field trips) as determined by individual studio professors.

Educational Objectives 

  • To introduce concepts of building/envelope skin as response to climate, day-light delivery, thermal comfort and energy issues

  • To engage in the creative process through active studying, learning, reflecting and thinking.

  • To understand how design informs and affects daily living in a larger context.

  • To analyze architectural design precedents so as to understand building form, layout and building envelope details and systems as responses to climate. 

  • To apply and demonstrate an understanding of basic architectural design principles in response to thermal comfort, day-lighting and climate.

  • To develop the ability of giving/taking feedback (critique) to/from fellow students graduate/undergraduate assistants and the instructor, without taking it personally.

NAAB Criteria  to be addressed in Arch 3502

A.3. Visual Communication Skills

Ability to use appropriate representational media, such as traditional graphic and digital technology skills, to convey essential formal elements at each stage of the programming and design process.

  • This  requirement will be demonstrated through drawings (digital and analog) appropriate to each stage of design process

A.7. Use of Precedents

Ability to examine and comprehend the fundamental principles present in relevant precedents and to make choices regarding the incorporation of such principles into architecture and urban design projects.

  • Each section will do precedent studies and analysis assignments (determined by instructor) with emphasis on buildings as technological systems and ecological devices. The precedent analysis may be a part of the requirements of the design projects or separate assignments which will be carried out simultaneously with design projects.

B. 8 Environmental Systems

Understanding the principles of environmental systems design such as embodied energy, active and passive heating and cooling, indoor air quality, solar orientation, daylighting  and artificial illumination, and acoustics, and including the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.

  • This requirement will be addressed through two design projects that will require students to apply basic climate responsive architectural design principles  to issues such as thermal comfort, day-lighting, solar orientation, wind, precipitation, humidity and other climate related factors.

B. 10. Building Envelope Systems

Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies relative to fundamental performance, aesthetics, moisture transfer, durability, energy, and material resources.

  • This requirement will be met  through student design project solutions that demonstrate understanding of these issues through building form, layout, structure, orientation, materials selection, passive energy systems, etc.

B. 12. Building Materials and Assemblies

Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components, and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse.

  • This requirement will be met through the requirements of the studio design projects, precedent analysis assignments and large scale wall section drawings or wall section models showing envelope materials and details.

Optional but strongly encouraged

B. 4. Site Design

Ability to respond to site characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation, and watershed in the development of a project design.

Recommended texts

The following books are recommended as reference texts to be used in the studio:

Lechner, Norbert, Heating, Cooling and Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, 3rd. Edition, Wiley, 2009.

Allen and Iano, The Architect�s Studio Companion, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2002.

Ching, Francis, D. K., Building Construction Illustrated, 4th Edition, Wiley, 2008.

Ching, Francis, D. K., & Winkel, Steven, R., Building Codes Illustrated, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2012. 

General Methods

Arch 3502 is a design class that requires substantial dedication and investment of student time, skill, and critical thought both during and after official studio hours. As a part of design studio instruction, students are required to participate in all lectures, discussions, and field trips, as well as group and individual critiques of assignments and projects. Dedication and productivity are essential in this architectural design studio. Specific drawings and study models will be required at various stages during the course of each design project. Studio often begins with a group pinup, followed by assignments, lectures, presentations, discussions, or individual critiques on the project as needed. While digital media may be a means of exploration of design ideas, hand drawn sketches and diagrams will also be required. Students are expected to have tracing paper and pencils or pens available at all times during class and will be required to produce hard copies of digital drawings for all class pinups.

Course Policies

Office hours are for the student's benefit. If a student has questions regarding assignments or any other concerns about the class he/ she should schedule a meeting during the studio professor's office hours.

All assignments are generally due at the beginning of class on the day specified on the attached class schedule. Assignments submitted late without prior knowledge of the Instructor will receive a grade of F. Late assignments will only be accepted with prior written permission from the studio instructor or, in the case of an emergency, telephone permission followed by a written statement, or with proper documentation as required by current University policy.  However, any late submission grade may be reduced by at least one letter grade as a penalty for being late.

Criticism

Students are expected to have committed analog and digital exploration and representation of a completed thought for each studio day. Superficial or minor changes to a project and individual phases, or merely verbal descriptions will not be critiqued. Students must have adequate graphical documentation to back up ideas and a significant amount of new work must be displayed each studio period in order to receive criticism.

Studio Culture

Expect to spend a significant amount of time working on your studio project outside of class time. In class contact time is 3 times 3.5 hours. The outside time is expected to be a minimum of 2 times the class contact time. It is strongly suggested that you get into the habit of working in the studio after hours.

Assignments

All assignments are due at the specific time and date listed in the calendar . Assignments submitted late without prior knowledge of the instructor will receive an F. Late assignments will only be accepted with prior written permission from  the instructor, or, in the case of an emergency, telephone permission followed by a written statement, or with proper documentation as required by current University policy. Any late submission  may have a drop of  one letter grade or more. Check with individual studio professor for details.

Studio Attendance

Studio will meet promptly each M/W/F 1:00 to 4:20 pm in the College of Architecture Building in the room assigned to the course. habitual tardiness, working on material other than studio work or taking frequent breaks from studio and leaving early can all be considered as absences from attending class. Generally, four absences will result in a student receiving a W, WF or an F for the class. Students must check with the  studio professor about absence policies for their particular studio section.  The student bears the responsibility for keeping track of your own attendance. TTU absence policies are described on page 75-76 of the University Catalogue.  

COA and University Attendance Policy

All studios meet in the assigned studio spaces.  The College of Architecture follows the class attendance policy set out in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, 2005-2006, page 118.  The college supports the definition of four absences as being excessive and constitutes cause for having the student drop the class or receive a grade of 'F'. The student must bear the responsibility for keeping track of his/ her own attendance. Absence policies are described on page 50-51 of the University Catalog.

Students in the college are expected to attend all scheduled class meeting times and activities (lectures & lab/studio sessions). Absences in excess of those stipulated in each individual course syllabus will result in an F. Refer to the university policy, procedures, and dates on dropping a course. Consult an academic advisor for additional information.

Absence due to officially approved trips: The Texas Tech University Catalog states that the person responsible for a student missing class due to a trip should notify the instructor of the departure and return schedule in advance of the trip.  The student may not be penalized and is responsible for the material missed.

Department chairpersons, directors, or others responsible for a student representing the university on officially approved trips should notify the student's instructors of the departure and return schedules in advance of the trip. The instructor so notified must not penalize the student, although the student is responsible for material missed. Students absent because of university business must be given the same privileges as other students (e.g., if other students are given the choice of dropping one of four tests, then students with excused absences must be given the same privilege).

Grades

Final course grades will be calculated according to the formula provided by each individual studio instructor.

Grading is a certification that the student has clearly demonstrated a level of expertise as required in each design project or exercise.

"A" indicates that the level of expertise is superior (excellent work.)

"B" indicates the project task or problem is clearly resolved but lacks in-depth study or resolution in one or two areas.

"C" indicates the level of work is satisfactory; perhaps somewhat mediocre.

"D" indicates the level of expertise is minimal and weak. (This is a passing grade for the University; however, a minimum grade of "C" is required to proceed to the next design level.)

"F" grade indicates a failure to respond adequately

Plus and minus marks may be used to indicate higher and lower ratings in each grade division for the purposes of averaging progress reports and final grades.  A student who has shown her or his clear successful improvement throughout the semester may be given the advantage in the case of borderline final grade averages.

Grade Equivalencies

A+= 98-100; A= 94-97; A-= 90-93; B+= 87-89; B= 84-86; B- = 80-83; C+= 77-79; C= 74-76; C-= 70-73;   D= 65-69; F= Below 65  

Final Documentation

All models as well as digital and hand produced drawings must be documented in high quality digital forms for the end of the semester.

Student Work

The College of Architecture reserves the rights to retain, exhibit, and reproduce work submitted by students. Work submitted for grade is the property of the college and remains as such until it is returned to the student. For exhibition purposes keep all material available for the instructor at the end of semester.

Computers

Latest student computer minimum specifications are available at http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Computer_Requirement Technical difficulties, viruses, crashes, server and print bureau problems, or corrupted files will not be accepted as legitimate excuses. ALL WORK SHOULD BE CONTINUOUSLY SAVED AND REGULARLY BACKED UP. All work must be printed before class to be considered timely. Class time will not be used for printing. 

Equal Opportunity and access to facilities/ Students with disabilities

"The University is committed to the principle that in no aspect of its programs shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of race, creed, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. If you require special accommodations in order to participate, please contact the instructor. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services Office, 335 West Hall. 

Ethical Principles

Texas Tech University is committed to the values of mutual respect; cooperation and communication; creativity and innovation; community service and leadership; pursuit of excellence; public accountability; and diversity.

For more detail information regarding the above three items please refer to the following link: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Syllabi_Addendum

Classroom Civility

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, minimally, in a request to leave class.  Students whose behavior is in conflict with maintaining an environment conducive to learning during a lecture class or discussion section will be asked to leave the classroom. Re-admittance is at the instructor's discretion.

Academic Integrity

It is the aim of the faculty of Texas Tech University to foster a spirit of complete honesty and a high standard of integrity. The attempt of students to present as their own any work that they have not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense and renders the offenders liable to serious consequences, possibly suspension.

The instructor in a course is responsible for initiating action for dishonesty or plagiarism that occurs in his or her class. In cases of convincing evidence of or admitted academic dishonesty or plagiarism, an instructor should take appropriate action. Before taking such action, however, the instructor should attempt to discuss the matter with the student. If cheating is suspected on a final exam, the instructor should not submit a grade until a reasonable attempt can be made to contact the student, preferably within one month after the end of the semester. See the section on 'Academic Conduct' in the Code of Student Conduct for details of this policy.

'Scholastic dishonesty' includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor) or the attempt to commit such an act.

"Cheating� includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Copying from another student's test paper.

Using materials during a test that have not been authorized by the person giving the test.

Failing to comply with instructions given by the person administering the test.

Possessing materials during a test that are not authorized by the person giving the test, such as class notes or specifically designed 'crib notes'. The presence of textbooks constitutes a violation only if they have been specifically prohibited by the person administering the test.

Using, buying, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of an un-administered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program.

Collaborating with or seeking aid or receiving assistance from another student or individual during a test or in conjunction with an assignment without authority.

Discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the examination.

Divulging the contents of an examination, for the purpose of preserving questions for use by another, when the instructor has designated that the examination is not to be removed from the examination room or not to be returned to or kept by the student.

Substituting for another person, or permitting another person to substitute for oneself to take a course, a test, or any course-related assignment.

Paying or offering money or other valuable thing to, or coercing another person to obtain an un-administered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program, or information about an un-administered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program.

Falsifying research data, laboratory reports, and/or other academic work offered for credit.

Taking, keeping, misplacing, or damaging the property of the university, or of another, if the student knows or reasonably should know that an unfair academic advantage would be gained by such conduct.

'Plagiarism' includes, but is not limited to, the appropriation of, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means material that is attributable in whole or in part to another source, including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, other expression and media, and presenting that material as one's own academic work being offered for credit. Any student who fails to give credit for quotations or for an essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines, Internet documents, reference works or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student is guilty of plagiarism.

'Collusion' includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit or collaboration with another person to commit a violation of any section of the rules on scholastic dishonesty.

'Falsifying academic records' includes, but is not limited to, altering or assisting in the altering of any official record of the university, and/or submitting false information or omitting requested information that is required for or related to any academic record of the university. Academic records include, but are not limited to, applications for admission, the awarding of a degree, grade reports, test papers, registration materials, grade change forms, and reporting forms used by the Office of the Registrar. A former student who engages in such conduct is subject to a bar against readmission, revocation of a degree, and withdrawal of a diploma.

'Misrepresenting facts' to the university or an agent of the university includes, but is not limited to, providing false grades or resumes; providing false or misleading information in an effort to receive a postponement or an extension on a test, quiz, or other assignment for the purpose of obtaining an academic or financial benefit for oneself or another individual; or providing false or misleading information in an effort to injure another student academically or financially.

As per College and University policy, plagiarism may result in an "F" grade for the semester.

Print Resources

The College of Architecture has very good printing resources. See: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Print_Bureau. There are about 740 architecture students enrolled and all of them typically have some printing to do.  So plan ahead, especially during midterm reviews and at the end of the semester. Become familiar with printing hours and don't wait until last minute to print work.

Shop Use

During the semester you will most likely use the ARCHITECTURE SHOP on the courtyard level of the College of Architecture Building. Prior to entering the shop, it is mandatory that students read the TTU-College of Architecture-Shop Rules and sign the required forms and permissions. Shop - TTU College of Architecture

Eye Protection

Per OP60.10 in the TTU Operations Manual, all architecture students must use eye protection (goggles) when using Xacto knives or other sharp objects.  In addition, these must be disposed of in appropriate containers clearly marked as containing 'sharps'.  See the following for more information: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/opmanual/OP60.10.pdf

Tobacco and Aerosol Use

Smoking or other uses of tobacco, the use of spray paint or aerosol products of any kind are not permitted anywhere in the Architecture Building.  There is a designated smoking area outside in the courtyard near the bridge.  The stairwells are not to be used for smoking or painting.


Arch 3502 Calendar Spring 2012                                                         Aranha

wk

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

00

15 Jan

16

MLK Day

17

18

19
TTU Spring classes
Begin

20

1st  Class for Arch 3502

21

01

22

23

Lecture

Engl/Phil 001, 3: 30 pm

Flueckiger- Sustainable Cabin

24

25

Lecture

Engl/Phil 001, 3: 30 pm

McReynolds- Materiality & Envelope

26

27

Lecture

Engl/Phil 001, 3: 30 pm

Hill- Daylighting/  general  design principles 

28

02

29

30

31

1 Feb

2

3

4

03

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

04

12

13

14

15

16

17

All section mid project review day

18

05

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

06

26

27

28

29

1 Mar

2

3

07

4

5

6

7

8

9

Proj#1 due

10

 

11

12
Spring Break

13
Spring Break

14
Spring Break

15
Spring Break

16
Spring Break

17

08

18

19

20

21

22

23

24
 

09

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

10

1 Apr

2

3

4

5

6

7
 

11

8

9
No Class

10

11

12

13

14

12

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

13

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

14

29

30

1 May

2

3

4

Proj#2 due

5

15

6

7
Arch 3502 final reviews

8

9
Individual
Study Day

10
Final
Exams

11
Final
Exams

12
Final
Exams

 

13

14
Final
Exams

15
Final
Exams

16

17

18
Commence-
ment

19
Commence-
ment