Graduate-level studio design courses, characterized by architectural problems of increasing scale and complexity, are usually one semester in length and require solutions that are thorough in their conception, development, and execution. Approximately eighteen studio sections are offered per regular term, each with a unique focus, but all dedicated to comprehensive architectural design. Examples include: aesthetic and symbolic issues, comprehensive building design, facilities planning, housing, community design, urban design, historic preservation and conservation, the architect as developer, structure, energy systems and conservation, professional practice and management, computer applications to design, and honors studio. Detailed course descriptions for each section are posted during registration. Many sections require that specific 500/600-level architecture lecture/seminar courses be taken prior to or concurrent with the design studio.
The Wallenberg studios are named after the University of Michigan architecture and urban planning alumnus Raoul Wallenberg and are conceived around a common theme to be explored collectively and individually, through diverse methods, agendas and interests of the faculty team. The studios are coordinated as a competition to be juried at the completion of the term by a panel of invited guest jurors.
As the final undergraduate studio, it is expected that students will develop individual design proposals within the parameters of the respective studio frameworks. The studios are intended to bridge the more prescriptive studios already taken with the type of interest-driven work one may expect to undertake at the graduate level. In this sense, a high value is placed upon the formulation and execution of personally determined ideas and their means of development and presentation.
Studio Policies and Culture
Studio based education is intense and both physically and emotionally taxing. Taubman College is committed to a positive and respectful learning environment through the encouragement of the fundamental values of optimism, respect, sharing, engagement and innovation between and among the members of its faculty, student body, administration and staff. Key to a healthy and productive learning environment is the establishment of an efficient daily routine that balances the well being of the individual student with high academic standards. Taubman College encourages students and faculty to appreciate these values as guiding principles of professional conduct throughout their careers. We are sharing these policies for your benefit. There are consequences for violations of these policies. For more, click here.