Sophomore studio reconnects students with their architectural past

Student work compiled into collections.

Work presented by sophomore students for mid-term reviews. Photo by Yifan He

Published March 7, 2019

Through a series of introspective design exercises, undergraduate architecture students in the 2019 spring sophomore studio are generating new design ideas by exploring the fragments of their architectural past - those ideas that are typically omitted from their history, and left out of a polished portfolio of their best finished work.

These projects take strange forms are interactive with the human body.

At about the midpoint of their undergraduate education, this studio is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences in architecture school thus far by unearthing and resuscitating forgotten, dismissed or repressed situations.

One project is shaped like a cubic wood cage for a person's head.

Students are challenged to apply the Situationist understanding of architecture as an experimental space and as a provocation to a collection of architectural material. Such processes allow students to remark on the possible outcomes of a design fashioned from the casual fragments of everyday life.

This student project is shaped like a tall hat covered in very fine points.

The spring 2019 sophomore studio is lead by Joyce Hwang, associate professor and associate chair of architecture, and Mustafa Faruki, the school's 2018-19 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow.