333: Architecture Summer Studio

3 critics / 3 weeks / 3 credits

Instructors: Mauricio Soto + Sean Ahlquist + Julian Lienhard
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.

Week 1: July 28-August 1
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.

Week 2: August 4-8
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.

Week 3: August 11-15
Julian Lienhard received his Diploma in Civil Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in 2007. In April 2014 he completed his doctorate summa cum laude for his dissertation on ‘bending-active structures’ at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), supervised by Prof. Jan Knippers. At the ITKE he played an active part of the academic environment between 2007 and 2013, engaging in research and teaching, where he was leading the German ministry funded research project ‘Pliable Surface Structures on the basis of biomietic principles’ awarded the Techtextil Innovation Prize 2011, the Bionic Award 2012, and the Gips-Schüle-Forschungspreis 2013. He was also involved in the ‘ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion,’ awarded the DETAIL Prize 2011.

Along with a number of different design studios, Lienhard is teaching the ‘Principles of Membrane Structures’ course at the University of Stuttgart. Since 2011 he has been a visiting lecturer for the Masters of Engineering Program at the Technical University of Vienna. He is a co-author of the Construction Manual on Polymers and Membranes, having written the chapters on form-active structures as well as material properties and construction methods with foils and membranes.

In 2008, Lienhard founded the engineering and design practice studioLD now str.ucture GmbH. Previously, he worked as a Structural Engineer at SL-Rasch in Stuttgart, focusing on the structural design and form-finding of large membrane structures, such as the convertible umbrellas of the Madinah Piazza Shading Project.

Managing Director str.ucture GmbH Stuttgart, Germany

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:

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