This studio offers an introduction to the essential properties of a wide range of materials and their dynamic engagement with the material, corporeal and non-physical qualities of space. Via lectures, research, field trips, and studio projects, students will explore the physical properties of numerous materials - in all of their complexities and intersections. In tandem, the students will analyze spatial properties, interior systems and develop an interpretive vocabulary enabling an innovative discourse of spatial and material experiences. Students delve into how spaces, materials, social events and cultural rituals intertwine to form an enriched and informed dialogue. The class acquires the fundamental skills associated with material exploration, model-making and representing spatial ideas with study models. The students will learn that as designers they invest materials and spaces with cultural meaning and the significance of their ability to understand and engage these choices enriches their impact as future designers.