Integrative Studio emphasizes architecture as a tectonic expression. Projects are expected to address the full range of potential issues embodied in an architectural design; however, aspects that directly impact how projects exist in the physical environment, including site relationships and materiality/construction, will be a particular concentration. Therefore, the studio will have a strong focus on the design implications of technical issues, particularly their potential for design generation and as a repository of meaning. In addition, the thoughtful design and craftsmanship of presentation documents at all phases and scales will be emphasized.
Issues of construction and assemblies are framed within a set of concerns that are present in any type of construction, such as expansion & contraction, moisture infiltration and evacuation, ventilation, primary and secondary structure, logic of connections, differential settlement, etc. Particular attention will be given to the nature of detail drawings and the final product produced by the students will result in a presentation package that will be comprehensive in content and scale.