Architectural Design Studies

At a Glance

  • Prof. Christopher Abrams
  • Summer 2014, 9 weeks, June 2 - August 1, 2014
  • 12 credits
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The Justice Brandeis Semester in Architectural Design Studies offers students a unique opportunity to explore architectural design as a process and profession. The program will introduce students to the basic issues and techniques of architectural drawing and design, with close study of architectural precedents, culminating in the construction of a modest structure designed and implemented by students, working individually and in collaboration.

Through intensive, studio-based instruction and close observation of local and regional architecture, students will develop a better understanding of architectural design as a process. The program will explore the development of an architectural concept from sketches to final construction, and will examine how the drawing and model making processes influence the development of a spatial concept into an existing structure.

The program includes a course in Architectural Drawing, a survey course examining architectural precedents and examples, and a studio course in light construction. Students will learn the language and techniques of architectural drawing as a means of understanding and communicating structural and spatial concepts, and pair this study with close observation and analysis, in drawings, models and writing, of existing structures. Students will then employ these new skills in a unique opportunity to design and implement a modest, temporary structure.

The Architectural Design Studies program is aimed at those students who wish to develop hands-on skills, and to explore architectural design as a further course of study. The program will assist students in building a comprehensive, unique portfolio for application to graduate-level study, built on the unique character that distinguishes Brandeis.

FA23bj Architectural Drawing and Design
Survey course (new course; pending approval)
Studio/Light Construction (new course; pending approval)