Course description

The practice of architecture fundamentally asks us to continuously engage with and re-conceptualize the world for which we are designing. As such architecture as a discipline is not only about designing buildings but also about challenging us to imagine new ways of seeing the world. This design studio course takes on the challenge through a series of design exercises focused on understanding engaging with and reimaging the urban condition. We directly confront the social political and environmental contexts that are necessarily implicated in any design process. The studio culminates in a design proposal for a site in Harvard Square. Students are given an architectural brief and produce projects that address existing site conditions programmatic space requirements and projected users of the site. Technical workshops provide all the skills required for the course and allow students to develop aptitude in architectural drawing mapping and rendering. No existing expertise or technical proficiency is necessary for this course. Students from all backgrounds are welcome; we encourage interdisciplinary thinking throughout the design research process.


Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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