Arch 510 Graduate Seminar
raduate Project Preparation

Fall 2020

Instructor: Bruce Haglund   

5:00-6:15pm Tues & Thurs, Vis ZOOM

Office: AAS 306
Phone: 885-6781

Course Description

1. Why

If today is a typical day on planet Earth, we will lose 116 square miles of rainforest, or about an acre a second. We will lose another 72 square miles to encroaching deserts, as a result of human mismanagement and overpopulation. We will lose 40 to 100 species, and no one knows whether the number is 40 or 100. Today the human population will increase by 250,000. And today we will add 2,700 tons of chlorofluorocarbons to the atmosphere and 15 million tons of carbon. Tonight the Earth will be a little hotter, it's waters more acidic, and the fabric of life more threadbare.

2. Requirements

This course serves as preparation for Arch 556 Graduate Project for MArch candidates and as a seminar for MS candidates. During the semester students will develop an evokative architectural project through readings, discussion, building analyses, research, and writing. Each MArch student will be responsible for developing an editorial view of her/his project, programming the project that will serve as a means of inquiry into their project's theme, analyzing and presenting a case study building that has been recognized as an exemplar for his/her project, proposing an initial schematic design, and writing an integrated project book. During the spring semester documentation that describes the design phase will be added and the integrated project book will be completed.

3. NAAB 2020 Student Performance Criteria

This course aims to develop each student's approach to articulating an architectural problem, developing a question and methodology to address the problem, and outlining  the steps needed to solve the problem. The outcome of the course will be an articulate and beautiful narrative of the semester's work in book form.  

Section 4800 of the University of Idaho Faculty-Staff Handbook, "LANGUAGE SKILLS."
A. The hallmark of an educated person is the ability to speak and write well: simply, clearly, observing the standards and conventions of English usage, and consciously suiting tone to audience. Every member of the UI faculty and professional staff is expected to demonstrate this ability. Moreover, it is society's reasonable expectation that the demonstration of such ability will have been required of each candidate who is recommended by the faculty for a degree bearing the name of the University of Idaho.
B. The responsibility for guiding students in acquiring this ability rests with every member of the UI faculty and professional staff, including teaching assistants. UI's responsibility cannot be discharged in its entirety by requiring a specific number of English courses, nor can it be shouldered solely by the language specialists in a single department or by the members of a few departments. In a very real sense, it is shared by all who have occasion to observe the spoken and written expression of students. Though not every faculty and staff member can be an expert in language skills, all UI professional appointees are encouraged to foster an atmosphere--inside and outside the classroom--in which they demand appropriate standards of usage, correct gross errors, discourage carelessness, identify unacceptable performance, and reward those who speak and write well.

4. Grading

Each phase of work will be considered in the final grade. Drafts are important steps in effective writing. Generally, at least six drafts are needed for high-quality, publishable work. Each student will use at least two peers from the class to act as editors for his/her work and will edit two peers’ work. All materials will be submitted in electronic format. Each student should have two places on different media (at least!) dedicated exclusively to Arch510. “The computer ate my data,” is not an acceptable excuse. Back-up your files diligently.