Design II: Foundation

Francisca Aroso | Michael Benedikt | Uli Dangel | Joyce Rosner | Clay Odom

The main topic of this semester is ENSEMBLE, where all the parts of a thing are considered not just individually, but also in relation to each other and the new whole they create. This is a form of Gestalt where parts and wholes are in dynamic, generative relation.

In architecture and interior design, it is essential to be sensitive not only to objects and forms, but also to how they relate to one another, to the forms and qualities of the spaces between them, the layers of material that compose them, the spaces that we inhabit within and between them, the transitional spaces and the sequence or procession of these spaces. 

Exploring the idea of ensemble through design requires a synthesis of technical, conceptual, ethical, and critical thinking. How do we use design to relate multiple scales of objects, spaces, people, programs, materials, other living things and environments to each other to positively generate and affect the whole? This semester, Design II students have been looking at ensembles of components, forms, spaces, and human programs and how formal design operations -- as well as environmental and contextual forces and experiential elements -- impact their design decisions at multiple scales.


  • 9:00 - 10:20 a.m. - Charlton Lewis, T. Andrew Stone

  • 10:20 - 11:40 a.m. - Kory Bieg, Piergianna Mazzocca

  • 11:40 - 1:00 p.m. - Danelle Briscoe, Vince Snyder