This course introduces the incoming graduate student to a working knowledge of the factors and issues that underlie the translation of human needs and purposes into significant architectural form. Course objectives are:
to establish a base of design concepts and knowledge with an introduction to references and ideas to foster independent inquiry;
to develop skills in environmental analysis and concept formation;
to familiarize students with exemplary architecture and design drawn from various times and cultures.
Lectures present analysis of individual projects relating their form and conceptual ambitions to relevant theoretical premises and historical contexts. The course aims to reveal and make available to students design strategies found in historically significant and varied examples of architecture while instilling a critical understanding of all of these projects.