Exploring Freshman Work with Cal Poly Pomona’s Architecture Foundation Design Studio | Features
ARC 1011A studio project by B.Arch student Raneem Awad. Studio coordinator: Robert Alexander. Associate coordinator: Claudia Wainer. Image courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture (CPP ARC).
Let’s continue with our new Archinect Studio Pin-Up Series, we feature work from Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Architecture (CPP ARC) freshman spring studio. The ARC 1011A Foundation design studio is led by studio coordinator Robert Alexander (CPP alumnus and coordinator of the architecture department’s freshman design studio) and associate coordinator Claudia Wainer (CPP ARC lecturer and senior associate in architecture at OWUI).
This course provides students with an “introduction to the design process through studio projects addressing the role of process in the development of form. Focus on drawing and model building as a means of seeing and understanding”.
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Summary of the workshop: “Cal Poly Pomona’s first-year core curriculum spring studios typically see students further integrate and develop their knowledge of tectonics, building organization, and analysis that they began at the autumn while continuing to develop their digital representation and design. This semester’s project was divided into two parts, the first part of which focused on the analysis of the context, materials and landscape of the campus in and around Building 7 of our College, designed by Los Angeles architect Carl Maston, a small campus building for the college.”
“The students used photography and drawings as well as their own research on buildings of similar typologies to come up with a new 12,000 square foot ENV library/archive and design for the plaza adjacent to the existing building. The studio’s goal was for students to begin working with the basic design tools of site analysis, to understand the elements of landscaping, and to create projects that had a strong relationship to the existing context and topography of the campus.
“It was important at this early stage in the education of design students that their proposals incorporate lessons learned from previous lectures and courses dealing with materiality and tectonics and, most importantly, that they are able to demonstrate a clear organizational strategy for the construction program and its components.”
Students working in the studio
Workshop teachers: Robert Alexander (studio coordinator) and Claudia Wainer (associate coordinator)
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