ARCH 405 Graduate Architecture Design Studio II



Faculty Assigned
M W F 2:00pm - 6:00pm (Great Space)


Catalog Description

Architectural design studio with emphasis on building and facade typologies, the development of architectural promenade and sequence, public and/or civic infill buildings dependent upon the architectural promenade, and urban housing types of varying densities. The architect's obligations to urban context are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, and physical. 

Goals and Objectives

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the semester students enrolled in this course will:

  • Be able to manually and digitally diagram, draw, represent, and model architectural propositions utilizing standard graphic conventions.
  • Be able to design architectural space(s) utilizing representational and abstract concepts of space-making.
  • Be able to design  spatial sequences, promenades, and movement patterns that support both the poetic and prosaic dimensions of architecture.
  • Be able to design responsively to the physical and cultural contexts in which a design proposition is situated.
  • Be able to integrate basic tectonic principles such as structure, basic building methods, and architectural materials into design propositions.
  • Be able to design propositions that respond to performative dimensions of a project such as building type, program, codes and regulations, the environment and sustainability.
  • Understand the range of challenges associated with the design of dwelling units of varying densities in an urban context.
  • Understand the role of iterative exploration, abstraction, representation and diagraming in design processes
  • Understand the need to develop and articulate a clear conceptual agenda / formal strategy / research process.
  • Understand the critical context of architecture through team as well as individually authored processes.




Minimum grade of C- in ARCH404. Must be in Architecture (Master's) program.


Recommended Texts and Readings:

Allen, Edward and Joseph Iano, The Architect's Studio Companion, Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design.  New York: Wiley.

Ching, F.D.K., Architecture: Space Form and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold.
Dennis, Michael, “Display and Retreat: The Rococo Hôtel,” Court and Garden, From the French Hôtel to the City of Modern Architecture.
Dennis, Michael, “Le Corbusier and the City of Modern Architecture,” Court and Garden, From the French Hôtel to the City of Modern Architecture. Dennis, Michael, “Architecture and the Cumulative City,” “Excursus Americanus,” Court and Garden, From the French Hôtel to the City of Modern Architecture.
Ford, Edward R., The Details of Modern Architecture. (Vols 1-2), Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Hegemann, Werner and Elbert Peets, The American Vittruvius Handbook of Civic Art.
Hodgden, Lee, “The Interior Façade,” The Cornell Journal of Architecture, 3, Ithaca, NY, Fall 1987
Hurtt, Steven, The American Continental Grid: Form and Meaning,” Threshold, Journal of the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago “America,” 1983.
Kreiger, Alex, “The American City: Ideal and Mythic Aspects of a Reinvented Urbanism,” Assemblage 3.
Martinez, Benjamin and Block, Jacqueline. Visual Forces - An Introduction to Design. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.
Moneo, Rafael, “On Typology,” Oppositions 13. Summer 1978
Nesbitt, Kate. Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture. New York; Princeton Architectural Press.
Perez de Arce, Rodrigo, “Urban Transformations and the Architecture of Additions,” Architectural Design/4/78, April 1978.
Peterson, Steven Kent, “Urban Design Tactics,” Architectural Design Profiles 20 -- Roma Interrotta. ©1979.
Peterson, Steven Kent, “Space and Anti Space,” in Harvard Architecture Review 1980
Rowe, Colin, “Chicago Frame,” Mathematics of the Ideal Villa and Other Essays, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Rowe, Colin, “Program vs. Paradigm,” Cornell Journal of Architecture 2
Rowe, Colin and Robert Slutzky, “Character and Composition,” Mathematics of the Ideal Villa and Other Essays.
Rowe, Colin and Robert Slutzky, “Transparency: Phenomenal and Literal,” Mathematics of the Ideal Villa and Other Essays.
Schumacher, Thomas L., “The Scull and the Mask: Modern Architecture and the Dilemma of the Façade,” The Cornell Journal of Architecture, 3, Ithaca, NY, Fall 1987
Schumacher, Thomas L., “The Palladio Variations,” The Cornell Journal of Architecture, 3, Ithaca, NY, Fall 1987
Schumacher, Thomas L., “The Outside is the Result of the Inside: on the origins of some modern prescriptions concerning facades,” Journal of Architectural Education, 56:1.
Schumacher, Thomas L., “Contextualism: Urban Ideals + Deformations,” Casabella 359-360, 1971.
Vidler, Anthony “The Idea of Type,” Oppositions 8: Spring 1977

NAAB Student Performance Criteria Addressed (2014 Conditions for Accreditation)

The following NAAB SPC (2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation) are introduced, though not mastered in this studio:
A.1 Professional Communication Skills
A.2 Design Thinking Skills
A.3 Investigative Skills

A.4 Architectural Design Skills
A.5 Ordering Systems
A.6 Use of Precedents

A.7 History and Global Culture
B.3 Codes and Regulations
B.4 Site Design
B.5 Structural Systems
B.7 Envelop Systems
B.8 Building Materials and Assemblies