This class was tough.
This course continues to explore design issues raised in ARPL 501 while introducing more complex studies of program, structure, site and material with advanced concepts of form and meaning of the built environment. Studio work is augmented by discussion of theory and history of architecture. ARPL 502 is the second architectural design studio for graduate students in the M.Arch 3 program. The course is intended to build on the skills and thinking developed in summer and fall as well as introduce new skills, design methods and knowledge necessary in the practice of architecture. Specifically, complex building programs, and site analysis.
This course was very collaborative and involved. Group participation was a must and was enforced during the course to further our learning. What I learned in the course was to speak up when I knew something (from my own experience or read somewhere) so that other students in the course would learn too. Since this was an architectural course I was taught a lot about taking elements from pre-existing infrastructure in the city when designing a new structure. Additionally, I learned about site analysis and building codes.
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My advice I would give to students is to come to this class prepared to work day and night. During conceptual stages of design, have a willingness to explore different ideas during the course and don't get stuck on just one. Additionally, participation is very big in the course and speaking about your own experiences.