Taubman College

Course List

Term Fall 2011
Class ARCH 506
Class Title Unpracticed: Generating New Professional Territories
Description For the student nearing graduation, the “how” of a successful practice is much more meaningful than the “why.”

Situated in the territory between the comprehensive professional practice course and the technology/technique course, “Unpracticed” challenges students to synthesize authored and strategic contexts for the realization of immediate and near-term career goals. The objective is to empower students to not only negotiate, but to direct, the first five to ten years of their professional activity.

The term “architectural practice” no longer has a standard persona. Our education provides us with a formidable base by which we can pursue and endless wealth of possible career choices.

An inversion of studying architectural practice via its processes of production and delivery, the course will be structured topically. The seminar is not exclusively building- or practice-centered: it is designed to expose students the breadth of unorthodox (and transformative) territories of architectural practice.

Young practices and practitioners who have distinguished themselves in their early careers will present to the students how they have used concrete strategies to address the ambiguous and complex landscape of current practice in order to create an impact in various fields: Building professions, policy making, curation, journalism, graphic design, among others.

Students will then work to articulate their own concrete strategies through a series of responsive projects. These creative and generative charrettes will not only result in a physical product, but also the formation of new territories for architectural expertise.

Topics will stem from these primary drivers:

Methods : Software, presentation, representation, fabrication
Collaboration : Team, consultants, internship, short-term/long-term
Design : Competitions, building, portfolio, presentations
Designer : Individual, group structure, funding

Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Tuesdays 9:00am-12:00pm 1221 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty ihwang
Syllabus not available