The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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Summer Courses 2013


Time and Place: MTWTHF 800 - 1230P GOL 3.124
Instructor: Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram
The projects and exercises explored during the course of this term are intended to provide the student with a foundation in the perceptual, conceptual and manual skills necessary for subsequent design work in architecture / interior design. Sequentially linked projects will begin by introducing a question, tested through a series of variables and end with a possible design response. Projects have been devised to encourage many avenues of inquiry with students taking responsibility in framing their own investigations.


Time and Place: MTWTHF 100P - 400P GOL 3.124
Instructor: Judith Birdsong

ARC F368R, ARC F388R

Time and Place: TWTH 1230 - 300P BTL 101
Instructor: Cleary, Richard
In 18th-century Europe and its colonies, many governmental administrators, designers, and members of the educated public viewed cities and landscapes from the dual vantage points of utility and embellishment believing both could be mastered through reason. In terms of utility, reason provided the framework for advancements in the planning of healthier and more economically efficient cities and the mapping and inventory of the natural world. In terms of beauty, reason guided the transformations of medieval cities regarded as ill-formed into works of art and of rural landscapes into bucolic vistas. Alongside the traditional devices of classical composition inherited from the Renaissance and reinspired through recent excavations of ancient sites, designers applied new aesthetic theories of the picturesque and the sublime. Their legacy lingers in approaches to the design of cities and landscapes today.
This lecture/discussion course will examine case studies of redeveloped cities, such as Paris and Bath, and new cities, such as Savannah; the development of the picturesque garden; land surveys, such as the mapping of France and the Public Land Survey System in the United States; and representations of cities and landscapes in art and literature. Assignments will include discussion topics, a midterm examination, and a research paper.

ARC F350R, ARC F381R, ARC F386M

Time and Place: TWTH 130P - 400P SUT 1.110
Instructor: Marla Smith
This course will explore the use of building information modeling (BIM) in the design and documentation of buildings. The course will use Revit (TM) software from Autodesk and will focus on building a strong foundation of comprehension and skills. Restricted to Architecture and Engineering students. Open to other majors with instructor's consent.

ARC f350R, ARC f386M, LAR f388

Time and Place: MTWTHF 330P - 500P BTL 101
Instructor: Steven Moore
The seminar will be conducted in both summer sessions: The first session will serve three groups of students: (1) those enrolled in the second summer session PID Externship to San Francisco; (2) those who are enrolled in the PID summer design/build studio with Prof. Coleman who wish to assess the social reception of their work, and; (3) those with a general interest in the empirical assessment of planning, architectural, and landscape projects. It is not required to be enrolled in both the design/build studio and seminar, but overlap is welcome. The first summer session is a prerequisite for the second, but students are not required to take both. The second summer session, or “Externship,” will take place in San Francisco.

LAR s380

Time and Place: MTWTH 900 - 1200 GOL 4.114
Instructor: Hope Hasbrouk
An introduction to the fundamental components of landscape architecture and graphic communication. Students are introduced to basic drawing and representational skills. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

ARC s310L

Time and Place: MTWTHF 800 - 1230P GOL 3.124
Instructor: Michael Benedikt

ARC s351R, ARC S381R

Time and Place: MTWTHF 900 - 1200P GOL 1.108
Instructor: Mark Macek

ARC s386M, ARC s350R
Time and Place: TWTH 100P - 330P SUT 4.102
Instructor: Alan Knox
This course is a project-oriented design seminar offering opportunities to make original architectural components while concurrently exploring intellectual and professional issues inherent in the transformation of ideas into material reality. All assignments require students to tangibly realize individual designs by forming materials using the digital production resources at the school.

ARC s311L

Time and Place: MTWTHF 100P - 400P GOL 3.124
Instructor: Joyce Rosner
Many artists, writers and designers absorb the world through ‘notes,' whether image or text, that are made everyday from their experiences. Often stored in drawers or boxes, these small and rigorous productions rarely see the light of day unless they become the foundation for a greater work. These notes are artifacts of a practice, a habit or repeated actions, to improve one's own overall performance. Borrowing this approach, this course will make a practice of drawing -a series of explorations rather than singular conclusions- for the semester.

ARC s381R

Time and Place: MTWTHF 830 - 1230P GOL 4.114
Instructor: Joyce Rosner
The Summer Visual Communications Workshop is intended for entering graduate students in the School of Architecture. This introductory workshop focuses on developing graphic and basic design skills for the purpose of describing and communicating architectural ideas and form. The course will expose you to a diverse range of approaches involving freehand drawing, architectural graphic conventions, 3-dimensional modeling of ideas, and an introduction to the design process.

ARC W386, ARC W351R

Time and Place:MTWTHF 800 - 1200 GOL 3.126
Instructor: Coleman Coker

ARC w560R, ARC w69, LAR w696

Time and Place: MTWTHF 800 - 1200 GOL 4.130
Instructors: Kory Bieg, David Heymann
The architectural competition is one of the only platforms that we have as architects to be radical and extreme. They provide a way to innovate, question, provoke and propose. Competitions have changed politics, cities, neighborhoods and people. Architects have lived and died by competitions. The future of architecture is determined through competition.
At the core of every competition is the entry. Often distilled to just a few boards, the production of a successful competition entry requires a level of clarity and appeal that must be carefully tuned to the requirements of the competition and an acknowledgement of audience. This studio will critically evaluate different approaches to producing not only a successful building design and idea, but the representation of an idea within the limitations of competition guidelines.
Students will design an innovative skyscraper for the annual Evolo Skyscraper Competition.

CRP s395C
Mexico Summer Practicum in Sustainable Community Development

Time and Place: TWTH 330P - 600P SUT 2.102
Instructor: Patricia Wilson
A two-week summer field project in Mexico, departing August 3 and returning August 17, affords the opportunity to engage a community in central Mexico in participatory planning for sustainable development. In partnership with two local universities and the regional river basin planning commission, we will engage a peri-urban community in addressing water and waste issues. The action project will involve participatory GIS and other collaborative learning tools. The follow-up course in the Fall will focus on project deliverables and a workshop on campus with project partners from Mexico. The Mexican university will provide lodging, food, and local transportation; UTSOA will provide $400 each towards airfare for up to ten CRP and SOA students registered in the course. Participation in the summer course before the field trip will be on-line except for one face-to-face session on August 1.
Eligibility: open to graduate students; permission of the instructor is required; limit 10 students


Instructor: Ming Zhang
The objective of this practicum is to study land use-transportation integration issues, with a focused interest in mass rapid transit in the international setting. A 12-day planning workshop in China is the core part of the summer portion of the practicum (CRP S395C). The workshop will take place in late July/early August in the client city, Wuhan (Hubei Province), which is located in the midpoint of the 1,200+ mile high-speed rail line between Beijing and Shenzhen/Hong Kong. Before and after the workshop, practicum participants will take self-guided tours in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzhen and/or other transit metropolis, learning from experiencing, observing, and critical thinking. During the workshop, the participants will team up with faculty/students from the host university to study Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) associated with different types of transit technologies, namely high-speed rail, commuter rail, subway, light rail, and bus rapid transit. The workshop will pick four TOD cases and focuses on understanding the technological features of different transit systems, local development context, and individual/institutional behavioral characteristics. In the fall semester (CRP 395D), participants will draw lessons from best-practice precedents around the world and develop planning/design/policy proposals for the selected cases in Wuhan. The end product is guidelines to X-TOD, where X refers to various types of transit technologies. Due to funding and logistical constraints, the class size is limited to 12 participants. Contact Ming Zhang (zhangm@austin.utexas.edu) for more information.