Today's Reviews Include:

Design VI: Intermediate John Blood + Yvonne Boudreaux
Advanced Studio Ed Ford
Advanced Comprehensive Michael Garrison
Design IV: Intermediate (Interior Design) Tamie Glass
Vertical Studio Mell Lawrence + Morgan Slusarek
Design II (Landscape Architecture) Phoebe Lickwar
Advanced Studio Juan Miro
Design IV: Intermediate Suhash Patel + Kevin Sullivan
Vertical Studio Igor Siddiqui
Design IV: Intermediate Nichole Wiedemann


Links to watch the livestream will be added to this page at 10:00 a.m., once the review has begun. Each review will be broken up into three sessions:

  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Design VI Intermediate - Architecture and Film

Instructors: John Blood + Yvonne Boudreaux

The medium of film relies on visual imagery to tell stories and powerfully convey emotion and meaning. Film designers, whether they be directors, cinematographers or production designers utilize the same elements as architects: composition, space, scale, light, color, texture, materiality, etc. with the primary difference being that all decisions are made in service of the story. This studio studies the language and method of visual film design in an effort to enrich and inform the approach and process of designing architecture.


Advanced Studio - The Joint Studio

Instructor: Ed Ford

We all design the same way. We begin with the large and go to the small. We begin with the ecosystem and work our way down to the detail. We decide on the form then we select the material. We solve all the big problems and then we figure out how to put in columns and beams and what to make them out of and how to join them together. Could you design a building in the opposite direction? Could you begin with the small and go to the large? Could you begin with a material and determine the form? Could you begin with a joint and grow a building out of that joint? The intent of the semester exercise is to do the latter: to study a joint, to study the material through the joint, and to determinate the building out of both.

Advanced Comprehensive Studio - Haven for Hope

Instructor: Michael Garrison

Students will design a new a new campus program for Haven for Hope, a transformation center engaging the homeless population in Austin, Texas. The challenge for this project is to create public spaces that evoke a campus feeling. Three new structures will be located on a site in central Austin to accommodate diverse functions that include housing, meal service, child care, job-training, and the delivery of medical care, educational programs, and behavioral health services. The building design problem investigates the evolution of shelter designs for the homeless -- moving away from shelters that warehouse residents in temporary spaces, towards a more holistic, comprehensive and inspiring facility that will address the underlying causes of homelessness.


Design IV (Interior Design) - The West End School

Instructor: Tamie Glass

At the heart of this semester's project are a restoration and the returning of a 100-year-old schoolhouse located in Taylor, Texas back to its community. Revived and repurposed, it will be a model for improving health and wellness through community engagement and primary care. The studio's approach is to determine a proposal that takes into account the existing structure and its defining characteristics while addressing the need to modernize it to accommodate today's way of life and a new program. Mirroring this on-the-boards project, the studio will adopt the progressive attitude and directives of the Lone Star Circle of Care, a nonprofit serving the primary and behavioral health care needs of individuals regardless of insurance status or their ability to pay. As the driver of the project, LSCC, in collaboration with the City of Taylor and various donors, will develop this new community space combining primary care services with social services, while also integrating additional community partners to maximize its full potential and impact.


Vertical Studio - The Prosaic and the Numinous

Instructor: Mell Lawrence + Morgan Slusarek

This semester’s studio work concerns itself with the purposeful inquiry of the duality of the prosaic and the numinous in several forms, contexts and scales. We address access and confinement - the explicit or implied ability to cross a physical or notional boundary - and separation - a physical or conceptual boundary between elements that emphasize their differences - all in the pursuit of degrees of intimacy. The final project investigates a contemporary learning environment rich in academic and cultural diversity in a consortium of independent theological schools, centers and affiliates committed to collaboration with one another in a Theological Institute. Programs address the individual and the collective -- to reside, study, and gather -- all for the purpose of a commitment to interreligious education and dialogue.


Design II (Landscape Architecture)

Instructor: Phoebe Lickwar

This studio investigates the regenerative potential of spatial tactics that shape the land while developing fluency in compositional principles and site planning. The focus of research and design in this studio is the application and adaptation of agroecological systems to the designed landscape for the purposes of climate change mitigation, ecological health, cultural value, and long-term land stewardship. The first module introduces students to methods of site research, culminating in a series of analytical diagrams and maps of Bassett Farms Conservancy, a cultural landscape recently acquired by Preservation Texas. The second module delves into the forms and systems of carbon farming to provide students with a vocabulary for shaping the land that is architectural and regenerative. The third module speculates on possible futures for Bassett Farms, as center for history, agriculture, and regenerative practices, with students developing individual design proposals at the site scale over the second half of the semester.


Advanced Studio - Studio Mexico: The Vertical City

Instructor: Juan Miro

A global destination both for business and culture, Mexico City is truly one of the great metropolises of the world. Mexico City also faces the familiar challenges of large cities in developing countries. Unable to control its growth during the second half of the 20th century, more than half of the metropolitan area is now covered by informal settlements, and the city faces challenges of environmental degradation, inadequate transportation and growing inequality. The solutions to address these problems must respond to the particulars of each city: from their very specific nuances to the general understanding of the urban trajectory that has shaped them—their urban DNA. Studio Mexico offers an opportunity to reflect on the urban character of Mexico City in general, and will explore issues of density and sustainability that are putting pressure on cities to grow vertically with high-rise buildings.  


Design IV: Intermediate - Discrete Lumber Futures

Instructor: Suhash Patel + Kevin Sullivan

Students speculate, not only on an architectural intervention, but on a world in which their architecture exists. They will be asked to describe visually, as well as in narrative, the conditions that influence their architecture. As a framework and overall exploration for the studio, we work within an invented, but potential future in which building resources are scarce and dense urban infill is required. As a constraint to this studio's speculative explorations, students are limited to linear timber members as the sole building material for their urban infill interventions. This studio challenges students to develop in tandem, both an architectural intervention, as well as an immersive narrative that supports and drives the novel formal resolution of their architecture.


Vertical Studio - In Color

Instructor: Igor Siddiqui 

In this studio, we consider color as central to the design and experience of buildings that we inhabit. We will consider color as a material as well as materials as color; we will explore color’s capacity to order, organize, define, and inhabit buildings. We will work with color as a design tool for exploring spatial organization, spatial experience, as well as in architectural representation. We will privilege the interior as a site of exploration. The final and most complex project of the semester is the design of a new headquarters for the Institute of Color. The program includes a gallery, offices, research labs, archives, and researcher-in-residence facilities. The site is an urban infill in a high-density context like that of Manhattan. The priority will be to design from the inside out with color as a generative tool; we will focus on developing a rich sequence of spaces, vertical circulation, a sense of compression and expansion, light and dark – the aim is to embody through an architecture of color the values of the Institute.


Design IV: Intermediate - STITCH

Instructor: Nichole Wiedemann

Austin’s I-35 is considered one of the most congested corridors in Texas. The planning (and purchasing of right of ways) was underway for I-35 starting in 1946. Aligned with the former East Avenue, the completion of the interstate in 1962, and an upper deck in 1975, served to magnify (cement) the boundary that isolated East Austin residents, predominately Mexican Americans and African Americans, from the rest of the city. After suffering the repercussions of the 1928 “redlining” that segregated people and wealth within the city, East Austin now faces rapid gentrification. Austin continues to see a decline in the African American population, specifically in East Austin, while also being the fastest growing major metropolitan area in the country for the last eight years. This Intermediate Studio grapples with the complexity of Capital Express project in order to present other futures for downtown Austin. Students will explore infrastructure, in a multivalent manner, in order to address the consequences of the rapid growth of a city, including concerns for housing and the public realm, through design.

*All listed studio descriptions are subject to change