3 Curriculum

ARPL 601, 603, 701 Concentration Studios

Design Studios vary from semester to semester but all emphasize issues related to Design Technologies. Studios are not intended to be sequential, rather they are topical/thematic in nature and are determined by the studio instructor each semester.

ARPL 553 Digital Design and Fabrication

This course explores the history, theory, and practice of digital design and fabrication through Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) fabrication. Architectural practice is undergoing a radical transformation in response to developments in these fields. CAD/CAM is quickly evolving as new digital tools open vast new aesthetic territories. The ¿digital native¿ designer who controls these design and fabrication tools has an unprecedented opportunity to work at the cutting edge of design and/or construction.

ARPL 555 The Parametric Model

This course explores parametric thinking, applications and environments. These environments are quickly being adopted throughout the building industry for use in all project phases. Characteristics of parametrics will be explored, including modeling, authoring operations and database structures necessary to support information modeling. Case studies will be presented that demonstrate how information and data can be captured, shared and integrated to develop generative logics, geometry, building form and ultimatley, informed decision making. A variety of topics related to how parametrics can be incorporated into practice, its influence on practice, and how they can be shared between stakeholders (owner, architect, engineer, structural, mechanical, fabrication and construction) will also be examined. Industry guest speakers will be invited to represent their individual viewpoints and cite their own examples of BIM use in their respective organizations. Specifically, this course will introduce students to the theory and techniques of parametric design using McNeel’s Grasshopper plug-in for Rhinoceros, various ancillary Grasshopper plug-ins, the Arduino in/out and Autodesk’s Revit Architecture.

APRL 655 Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication

This advanced workshop will focus on the use of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing) and CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) technologies in the design and fabrication of architectural spaces and constructs. Students enrolled in the course will focus on the design and development of full scale prototypes using digital techniques for analysis and fabrication focusing on the transition between computer modeling and its materialization. Students will be expected to utilize various software applications necessary to generate three dimensional models and CNC machine instructions as well as confront the physical properties of materials and details. Lectures will be accompanied by software tutorials, machine demos, and lab sessions that engage both the digital / virtual and physical / analog realms of design. Students are expected to complete a full scale design-to fabrication project during the course of the semester. This course will make use of the CNC fabrication laboratory at the School of Architecture, as well as an off-site fabrication facility

ARPL 536 Material Matters

This course explores emergent materials. Students research a number of new and innovative materials in an attempt to develop new architectural implementations by recognizing that any given material can be pushed beyond its current limitations by understanding its properties and the process through which it is produced.