101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick

By Matthew Frederick

101 issues I realized in structure School is a booklet that scholars of structure may want to maintain within the layout studio and of their backpacks. it's also a e-book they might are looking to maintain out of view in their professors, for it expresses in transparent and straightforward language the issues they generally tend to make murky and abstruse. those one zero one concise classes in layout, drawing, the artistic technique, and presentation—from the fundamentals of ways to attract a line to the complexities of colour theory—provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy and make concrete what too usually is left nebulous and open-ended within the structure curriculum.

Like all books within the renowned and celebrated 101 issues I Learned® publication sequence, the teachings in 101 issues I discovered in structure School make the most of a distinct two-page layout, with a short rationalization and accompanying representation. A lesson on the way to draw a line is followed by means of examples of excellent and undesirable strains; a lesson on awkward ground point alterations exhibits the tv actor Dick Van Dyke in the middle of a pratfall; and a dialogue of the proportional changes among conventional and sleek constructions includes a development break up well in part among the two.

Written by means of an architect and teacher who good recollects the fog of his personal scholar days, 101 issues I realized in structure School presents useful guideposts for college kids navigating the architectural layout studio and the remainder of the structure curriculum. structure graduates, from younger designers to skilled practitioners, will flip to the ebook in addition for idea and a advisor again to fundamentals whilst fixing complicated layout difficulties.

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A parti diagram can describe massing, entrance, spatial hierarchy, site relationship, core location, interior circulation, public/private zoning, solidity/transparency, and many other concerns. The proportion of attention given to each factor varies from project to project. The partis shown here are from previously conceived projects; it is unlikely, if not impossible, to successfully carry a parti from an old project to a new project. The design process is the struggle to create a uniquely appropriate parti for a project.

Indd 42 4/25/07 1:44:06 PM An architect knows something about everything. An engineer knows everything about one thing. 21 An architect is a generalist, not a specialist—the conductor of a symphony, not a virtuoso who plays every instrument perfectly. As a practitioner, an architect coordinates a team of professionals that include structural and mechanical engineers, interior designers, building-code consultants, landscape architects, specifications writers, contractors, and specialists from other disciplines.

A space planner creates functional square footage for office workers; an architect considers the nature of the work performed in the office environment, its meaning to the workers, and its value to society. A space planner provides spaces for playing basketball, performing laboratory experiments, manufacturing widgets, or staging theatrical productions; an architect imbues the experience of these places with poignancy, richness, fun, beauty, and irony. indd 28 4/25/07 3:31:48 PM 14 Architecture begins with an idea.

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