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Overview

ARCH 601, the advanced fall options studios, known as “Totalization" and taken by both B.Arch. and M.Arch. students,  recognizes that architecture is generalist, collaborative, and unpredictable, and that architectural innovation only happens when that messy totality is nimble enough to accommodate contingencies.

Totalization sees the architect as the negotiator at the center of a diverse team of collaborators. Projects are understood to be contingent and evolving – a totaling up that is never fixed or finite.

Our Totalization semester coordinates all of our advanced fall studios in order to emphasize design’s intrinsic relationship to other fields, ranging from finance to fabrication. Nationally-recognized consultants (Robert Heintges, Nat Oppenheimer, Mark Malekshahi, among others) are embedded in our Totalization studios, advising students on facades, structure, MEP and other factors. 

Each studio focuses in depth upon a single, fundamental, research topic engaging materials, techniques, technologies, elements, or markets. For example, what is the structural and symbolic role of the roof today? Exposure to additional critical realms takes place in required seminars and lectures attended by all Totalization studios and addressing further considerations, such as accessibility, fire safety, environmental controls, construction document delivery, and development financing.

Depth and breadth: Totalization’s unique organization, which coordinates and synthesizes its multiple studios and multiple consultants, means that the specific research topic in question is developed within architecture’s broader scope. 

Totalization Studios

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Friends Included

Changes in zoning code, growth of adult single households and co-living arrangements, and the proliferation of life-management apps have led to an explosion interest housing typology.

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Naturally Synthetic

Naturally Synthetic builds upon the research undertaken in prior iterations of the course, examining the status and potential for plastic in architecture.

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Open Plan

This studio's design research agenda will focus on combining three distinctly different programmatic types into a single high-rise structure located on the site of New York’s former Hudson Yards.

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Inhabiting Infrastructure

The goal of the studio is to explore the implications, challenges and opportunities of architectural scale in large urban infrastructures.

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