Architectural Studies 105 - Space and Design: Introduction to Studio Architecture

Space and Design

Gretchen Rabinkin

TU/TH | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Amherst College
Chapin Hall Room 011

(Offered as ARCH 105 and ARHA 105) This hands-on design studio will foster innovation as it guides students through the development of conceptual architecture. Through a series of experimental projects that build on each other, students will develop their own design language and experiment with architecture at several scales - from a space for sitting to a dynamic built structure and its integration into a site. We will work through photography and light studies, both hand-drafted and computer aided drawings, as well as physical model-making to understand space and to explore the representation of plan, section, and elevations as well as diagramming and concept models. Guest critics will attend a review, and students will present their work to design professionals and professors.

No prior architecture experience is necessary, but a willingness to experiment and a desire to learn through making are essential.

This course may be taken either before or after ARCH 301, Space and Design: Advanced Design Studio.

Admissions with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester: Visiting Instructor Gretchen Rabinkin.


How to handle overenrollment: First priority to ARCH majors, then ARHA majors, then sophomores, first-years, juniors, seniors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Creative problem solving, research on green building technologies and implementation of the concepts in their own designs, 3D modeling, sketching, and physical model making. Assessment is based on level of exploration, quality of craft, openness to feedback and willingness to pursue multiple iterations of their designs.

Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.