Today's Reviews Include: 

Advanced Urban Design Studio Dean Almy + Juan Miro
Architecture Design IV Kevin Alter
Vertical Studio Michael Benedikt
Architecture Design VI Danelle Briscoe
Integrative Studio Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla
Interior Design Core II Lysa Janssen
Advanced Studio Adam Miller
Advanced Interior Design Studio Clay Odom
Architecture Design VI Nichole Wiedemann

Links to watch each studio's live stream 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.


Advanced Urban Design Studio

Instructors: Dean Almy + Juan Miro

A joint studio, co-taught by Profs. Miró and Almy focused on the spatial, social, and structural implications of the Landscape City. The landscape city is rooted in the history of the Americas—from Native Americans to the pioneers, from South America to North America—where the relationship between nature and human settlements resulted in a different approach to the built environment than in Europe. Beginning from a program of research intended to cut across a range of scales, students will be expected to develop and test visionary proposals that project the future potential of the urban structure, mobility systems, ecological infrastructure, social and economic mechanisms, and housing patterns that might comprise a reconsidered paradigm for the expanded urban landscape.


Architecture Design IV - Nobody's Home: Envisioning a Green West Campus

Instructor: Kevin Alter

In an effort to provide badly needed off-campus housing to a student population that continues to grow, the West Campus neighborhood has witnessed an explosion of development in the past seven years. Driven in large part by developer and policy-driven strategies foregrounding densification, the rapid revamping of West Campus has so far precluded any kind of plan that might have considered the inclusion of more collectively driven concerns as public space and parks. This studio is intended to introduce you to many of the challenges and issues architecture confronts when it operates at the scale of the city, using West Campus as our laboratory.


Vertical Studio - Design and Evolution: Growing a House

Instructor: Michael Benedikt

For our final project this semester, students were asked to design an addition to a contemporary house chosen from a group of five published houses: one by Schwarz/Silver in New York, one by Edward Ford in Virginia, one by Denison/Luchini in Michigan, one by Steven Erlich in California, and one by Olson/Sundberg/Kundig in Washington. Each addition had a different program provided by the instructor. The idea was to bring what students had learned about geometry and proportion, reproduction with variation and selection, growth and transformation, and the relationships of objects and spaces, to considerations of style, practicality, and delight in real architecture.

Architecture Design VI - Deep Eddy: Urban Beach

Instructor: Danelle Briscoe

For this studio, we will consider opportunities afforded by the urban context and environmental conditions of Eiler Neighborhood Park, or Deep Eddy as it is more commonly called. This Austin neighborhood holds great historical significance as it contains the first swimming pool in Texas, and a direct connection to Lady Bird Lake, linkages to multi-modal transportation and potential for future housing development. This studio will challenge you to consider and design at the scale of the city. This project will respond to the local context whereby a multiplicity of design issues to do with transportation, landscape, place making and community intersect. The sectional site condition will also create opportunities for favorable connective opportunities both internally and externally to the neighborhood.


Integrative Studio - Memory for the City: Old and New Integration

Instructor: Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla

This Integrative Studio will focus on the property located at 500 Montopolis Street, which is an African American historic landmark in the city of Austin. This studio will ask you to re-imagine an existing site with a historic structure in East Austin, focusing on the interrelationship between cultural development, housing, healthy, early childhood education, and climate change. The goal is to develop a project that is vibrant and presents a vanguard model of cultural diversity for the future of the city. Embracing new structural and ecological possibilities of construction, you will design a mixed-use complex that includes a museum, an educational facility, a culturally-oriented facility, artists residence and a programming component of your choice. All the components will be interlaced with an existing vernacular building that is historically significant to the community and the city at large. You will be challenged to propose construction systems in scenarios that draw optimally on the performance characteristics of a variety of technologies, and you will be encouraged to think about the site as a testing ground for socially, materially, and environmentally progressive and innovative models of sustainable urban activities.


Interior Design Core II - Tactile Sensibilities: Color, Material, Texture, Light, Form

Instructor: Lysa Janssen

For this studio, we will be using the work and writing of Anni Albers as our guide to explore and inspire the use of color and textiles in interior design and architecture. In 1951, Anni Albers was invited by Florence Knoll to collaborate with the Knoll Textile Department, which eventually led to a 30-year relationship that helped direct and define the company’s iconic brand. Similarly, students in this studio will use the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile in Milan – the world’s largest showcase for furniture and design innovation – as the setting for the studio, developing their own collaborative textile, lighting, and furniture lines, a “soft pavilion” installation, and finally designing an exhibit space.


Advanced Studio - Inside-Out: Public Parts in Private

Instructor: Adam Miller

We have some trouble with our private parts. This is an opportunity to unpack the construction of the public-private binary, and its presumed gendered split between the public masculine exterior and private feminine interior. We will design for an interior domestic landscape suited for the public parts—from the inside-out—while considering the gendered and racialized implications of our rituals and of our spaces. Students will investigate the public/domestic across scales: from the design of furniture, to an interior space, to publicly-oriented housing that incorporates landscape and/or urban design. We will ask: should we design for a public domesticity? How can the interior become a landscape for both our public and private identities?


Advanced Interior Design Studio - Living Systems: Designing Relations for a Layered World

Instructor: Clay Odom

In a world increasingly characterized by social, economic, and political fragmentation, global pandemic, and environmental fragility, new interior concepts that celebrate and promote human and non-human life must be developed and projected as alternatives to current models. As a critical situation within which to explore the ecologies of place, space, environment, buildings, people, and non-human living things, our current moment has become increasingly important and vital to actively engage. In this studio, we will take a position on interiority as a fundamental urban state, and will seek to use that position to explore alternatives to how we live in and understand the city today and in the future.


Architecture Design VI - Stitch 2: Austin

Instructor: Nichole Wiedemann

Austin’s I-35 is considered one of the most congested corridors in Texas with an estimated quarter of a million cars each day. With about a 1000 people moving to Texas daily, and an average net migration of 100 persons per day to Austin, demand for mobility continues to increase for the foreseeable future. Like many other cities around the country, TxDOT is weighing the costs of the expected reconstruction of an interstate highway system that is aging and nearing the end of its lifespan. For many, this is an opportunity to increase the capacity –“bigger is better”– to facilitate more cars moving faster to greater distances. This Intermediate Studio will grapple with the complexity of Capital Express Project in order to present other futures for downtown Austin. Students will explore infrastructure, in a multivalent manner, to address the consequences of the rapid growth of a city, including concerns for housing and the public realm, through design.