333: Architecture Summer Studio

3 critics for 3 projects in 3 weeks

Instructors: Mauricio Soto + Sean Ahlquist + 1 visiting architect TBA
SF / 15 sessions / ARCHT–444 / MARCH–604
Prerequisite: Undergraduate: completion of at least one year of Architectural studies; Graduate: permission of graduate department chair
July 28-August 15, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

333 is an intensive architecture design studio that brings leaders in the field to work with students in a laboratory–like environment at CCA. 333 emphasizes exploration and innovation with cutting–edge methods, materials and technology. 333 capitalizes on the rich geographical, social and cultural features of the San Francisco Bay Area as resources and catalysts for experiments in architecture and urban design. CCA’s digital fabrication labs and shops will be available for the duration of the course.

Mauricio Soto is an assistant professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he teaches comprehensive building design studios, building technologies and seminars related with lightweight and membrane structures. He is also a founding partner of the Studio for Lightweight Design, a multidisciplinary firm that specializes in the design, manufacturing and installation of lightweight, membrane and deployable structures. Soto’s research focuses in the intersection between architecture, structural engineering and environmental design. He considers issues regarding tectonics, structures, materials, manufacturing and installation methods not as problems that need to be solved, but as creative elements that should re-enforce the conceptual basis of any architectural proposal.

Sean Ahlquist is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning developing research on the topic of Material Computation and co-directing the Master of Science in Material Systems program. He is a part of the Cluster in Computational Media and Interactive Systems which connects Architecture with the fields of Material Science, Computer Science, Art & Design and Music. Currently, Ahlquist is completing his Doctorate (Dr.Ing) at the University of Stuttgart Institute for Computational Design (expected 2014). Ahlquist's research agenda is directed at formulating computational design frameworks, which place materiality as an a priori agent in the organization of architectural systems and their spatial tectonics. In particular, the research explores technologies in the design and fabrication of variegated textile and fibrous material assemblages.

This course satisfies 3 units of Advanced Studio, a Studio Elective, or a BT Elective for BArch students; for MArch students, this course satisfies an architecture Elective or BT Elective.

The following summer study abroad courses also satisfy Architecture Studio Requirements:

Argentina
Seeing Rome