“The most important factor here is that you understand that a room is a matter of opinion.” -- Fran Lebowitz, A Manual: Training for Landlords.

Simultaneously the expression of building systems, the manifestation of material ecologies, the articulation of formal languages, and the instantiation of the architect’s conceptual aspirations, a single room is like an interpretive key to the building, unlocking its ambitions on a small scale. Through a highly focused design investigation, this studio will explore the myriad possibilities of architectural design and theory through the disciplinary conceit of ONE ROOM.

Over the course of the semester students will engage a number of Representational Techniques and Tectonic ambitions all explored through the design of ONE ROOM.

Additionally, students will be expected to develop clear positions and disciplinary grounding regarding the ambitions of their individual projects. There will be no specific programmatic overlay for the studio simply the overly determined constraint of ONE ROOM.

“For myself, I can’t think of anything in the world that is better than a nice room.” --Gustaz Flaubert




This is an exploration of the relationship between lines and a room. What if a space is made out of lines? In the first triptych, different types of lines are being translated in the process from unpacking toreconstructing then flattening. The lines are recalling our visual perception of room elements such as the opened door; the vertical straight lines can explicitly define a door and the dark space behind it. The axon drawing represents lines and performance. The actors implore the audience to momentarily suspend their disbelief. The viewer can understand the stage from multiple perspectives.

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