This introductory studio frames architecture as a discipline through a set of short problems that examine the relationship between formal and spatial ordering, technical and material concepts, and issues of use and program, culminating in a small synthetic project. Permission Required: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Rice Architecture.

This studio seeks to build up the rigor and fluidity necessary for the practice of design. Rigor is necessary in order to develop sets of rules that will allow us to articulate a project and also to assess the effect of those rules. Fluidity, on the other hand, is necessary to accept the unexpected, to keep the rules in check and to determine where and when to depart from them or reformulate them. Taking from this idea, this studio seeks to establish a series of testing grounds as it introduces different architectural concepts, each of them becoming the point of departure for a collective conversation.

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