Project One: Architectural Analysis
As an architect begins a design problem, it is essential to develop a complete understanding of those precedents – historic, contextual, and programmatic – which might best inform his/her design process. Through the careful study of important buildings already designed, the architect learns the principles which might, in turn, be applied to the resolution of new design challenges.
Before beginning the first design project of this course, our studio will start the semester with a project in building analysis. Each student will begin by selecting a series of historic buildings that illustrate the design principles presented in class. Then, he/she will use analytical diagrams as a means of studying those buildings and presenting the findings to his/her classmates.
Purpose of the Project
Through a guided research assignment and instruction in building analysis, students will be prepared for their first design project and the following goals will be achieved:
- Familiarity with library resources and methods of research
- Selection and analysis of appropriate precedents
- Representation of building analyses through diagramming