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Thesis Seminar & Project Studio
RISD Architecture
Fall 2022 /
Spring 23
This course supports thesis students in their research and exploration phase prior to the Spring Thesis Studio. It provides space for the deepening and sharpening of independent, critical thought on urgent questions in architecture.

The course material exists at the intersection of the material (objects, architecture, cities, environments, natural features) and the seemingly immaterial (media, politics, knowledge networks, legal boundaries, economics, infrastructure). While broad in framework, this intersection helps us examine forms and sites through their ‘soft’ relations and values — and to ask what has to change in this picture if we were to imagine a more just, less extractive future.

Thesis Seminar & Project Studio
RISD Architecture
Fall 2021 /
Spring 22
Just as infrastructure seems “invisible until it fails,” climate change tends to be imperceptible until it erupts in flashpoints of disaster. The recent swell of floods, droughts, heatwaves, and fires around the world momentarily make this plain. But anthropogenic change and its systemic inequalities are actually long-drawn processes of extraction and accumulation, inscribed into that liminal crust of the earth we call the built environment. What does climate change?

This year-long thesis sequence calls for designers to think beyond the conventional timescales of a building project. The 24/7 climate-controlled interior, the 30-year mortgage, the 100-year floodplain zone, the just-in-time order of Miesian marble... These obsolescing forms of building time may no longer hold in a wetter, warmer future. The criteria for what constitutes architectural work and what makes a building must change — after Virilio, in order to design the ship, one also designs the shipwreck.
Graduate Representation Course
RISD Architecture
Spring 2022
This course centers around the digital model as a multivalent medium for architectural discourse, and as representation of built form. It approaches the model as a sample, system, and database, and continually interrogates translational relationships between model, drawing, image, and physical object.

The contemporary digital model is delimited and constrained by architectural software. This course recognizes the importance not only of skills across digital modeling software—from Rhino to Building Information Modeling (BIM)—but also skills to manipulate, undermine, link, automate and hack the media that dominate the discipline of architecture.

Sophomore Studio
RISD Architecture
Fall 2021
Fall 2022
This introductory studio in a three-semester core undergraduate sequence introduces architecture majors to vocabularies and acts of space-making, through the exploration of form, structure, materiality, site, and occupation. Shade, shadow, and shelter serve as general themes.

The studio connects acts of design and representation with rights to air and shade, in conversation with broader environmental concerns and social infrastructure in the city.

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Advanced Topics Thesis
Rice Architecture
Spring 2021
This senior thesis studio looks to contest, diversify, hybridize, and rethink existing norms, biases, and conventions in architectural typologies and urban systems. In the Fall seminar, students select a typology of interest to research and draw, from the general to the specific. Typology, writ large, can be an ordering system, building program, or architectural element.

What does a typology afford, delimit, or exclude? What alternate types and new narratives might be imagined? Holding typology, equity, and infrastructure together, and drawing from an initial pool of research and readings, students developed new hybrid typologies for an independently selected site in Houston, Texas.

Student Awards
_Xueyuan Wang, First Place, William Ward Watkin Award 2021 Community College x Childcare
_Justin Fan, Second Place, William Ward Watkin Award 2021, ON/OFF Enfilade (see also Texas Ark” walkthrough)
_Ruizi (Zee) Zeng, Third Place, William Ward Watkin Award 2021, & Talinn Architecture Biennale 2022 Contributor
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