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  • Semester 2 2021-2022

    Jan 12, 2022 - April 29, 2022 For Member Schools Register
  • Summer 2 2021-2022

    July 5, 2022-Aug 22, 2022 For All Students Registration closed
  • Semester 1 2022-2023

    Aug 31, 2022-Dec 16, 2022 For Members Registration closed
  • Semester 2 2022-2023

    Jan 11, 2023-April 28, 2023 For Members Registration closed

Course Overview

In this course, students build an understanding of and apply skills in various aspects of architectural design. While gaining key insights into the roles of architectural analysis, materials, 3D design, and spatial awareness, students develop proficiency in architectural visual communication. We begin by learning the basic elements of architectural design to help analyze and understand architectural solutions. Through digital and physical media, students develop an understanding of the impact building materials have on design. At each stage of the course, students interact with peers from around the globe, learning and sharing how changes in materials, technology, and construction techniques lead to the evolution of contemporary architectural style and visual culture. The course culminates with a final project in which each aspiring architect will have the opportunity to work towards a personal presentation for the GOA Catalyst Conference. Students will, through a variety of outcomes, present an architectural intervention that they have proposed as a solution to an identified need, one emanating from or focused within their own community. Throughout the course, students will refer to the design process and will use techniques to track, reflect, and evidence their understanding of architecture.

UC-approved course

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