Architecture

333: Architecture Summer Studio

3 critics for 3 projects in 3 weeks
Instructors: Brian Price, Andrew Atwood, Anna Neimark
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 27-August 14, 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.

Mountains are full of wonder. They are primordial symbols of time, glacial time, but also a record of the subtle fluctuations in seasons, changes in the sky. They are wild, stochastic, unpredictable. They have no discipline. They have no referent.

On the contrary, a house is rarely wonderful. It is mostly a mundane composition of windows, walls, doors, and floors. It is willful, determined, controlled. Necessarily positioned at some distance from nature, it is regulated through architectural conventions.

This summer studio designs a house in the mountains. It draws inspiration from its natural context and the disciplinary predicament of translating the mountain’s formless mass into domesticated form. The house in its vernacular simplicity serves as a model for investigating experimental theories and techniques from the broad history of formalism and abstraction.

Students build awareness for critical analysis with the technical processes of rendering, modeling, and drawing. Representational techniques are discussed in lectures and tutorials to define and critique conventions associated with shade and shadow, line weight, color, and material construction. In addition to developing precise and rigorous building designs, student projects focus on building precision and intentionality in architectural production by developing a critical sensibility to the inherent bias of various mediums of representation.

This three-week summer course is taught by Andrew Atwood (First Office and UC Berkeley), Anna Neimark (First Office and SCI-Arc), and Brian Price (Price Studio and CCA), who will work together to develop assignments that will steer the projects from wild mountain shapes to geometric compositions to house forms. (3 credits)

Andrew Atwood’s creative work is situated in contemporary digital techniques and technologies to expand on existing methods of architectural representation, in effect creating new forms, visualizations, and processes for architecture. He designs and builds digital machines to explore design and building processes. Atwood's work and teaching demonstrates a sophisticated knowledge of historical precedents, representational theory, construction and digital fabrication. The machines and their products inventively conflate two- and three-dimensional representation, as well as the digital and physical, and make evident his capacity to design across scales, from architectural details to buildings to regional landscapes.

Atwood has received critical acclaim from respected architectural publications, including: Architectural Record, Perspecta, Project and ThinkSpace Pamphlet Series, and Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production.

Atwood teaches architectural design at UC Berkeley.

Anna Neimark is a principal of First Office, co-founded in partnership with Andrew Atwood in Los Angeles. Built projects include a collaboration on the Pinterest Office Headquarters in San Francisco, a Dome stage in Afghanistan, a temporary Screening Room at the MAK Center for Art in Architecture in Los Angeles, and a rehabilitation of a Shotgun House in Lexington, Kentucky. Neimark has published essays “On White on White” in Log and “The Infrastructural Monument” in Future Anterior, as well as texts co-authored with Atwood in Perspecta, Project, Think Space Pamphlets, and the forthcoming issue of the Cornell Journal for Architecture. A selection of essays and projects, Nine Essays by First Office, has just been published by Graham Foundation’s Treatise: Why Write Alone. Neimark is faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Prior to joining the faculty at SCI-Arc, she taught at the University of Southern California and worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam and New York.

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:

China:Stitchlink
Vienna/Madrid