Bachelor of Architectural Design Studio, 2014


STUDIO LEADER: sean mcmahon


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The primary area of examination in this studio will be the role and place of ornamentation in the current architectural condition. How we might employ ornament, how we might use techniques of decoration/ornamentation to generate architecture will be key areas of investigation in this studio.

Within the framework of this discussion we will consider the place, use of and potential for imagery as the generator of architectural form and for aesthetics. We will explore the potential of the relationships between imagery and ornament, it is how students might use the seemingly non-architectural to generate the architectural that this paper will attempt to investigate/analyze.

How images can be invented, considered, configured and reconfigured in the production of an architecture will be a central theme/process for students to develop and use to inform their own designs, providing the opportunity to expose and scrutinize alternative methods to bring an architecture into being.

This programme will ask students to look at various strategies for developing their own methodologies for inventing the exterior and interior of architecture.

Programme: Design a library.

Production: The use of traditional plan, section, elevation and 3D drawing will be expected to convey design intentions. The use of any graphic medium that will aid in developing ideas and for conveying design intentions will be strongly encouraged. Key to the project will be the extensive use of modelling as a tool to develop ideas. A finished model will be expected as part of the final submission.

Explore: Alternative approaches and theories on how architecture can and has addressed ornament and the outer membrane of buildings, this will include disciplines outside of architecture. The role and place of ornamentation and what it might mean to openly attempt to decorate.

Objective: To develop student’s awareness of the different paradigms that have informed architecture. To better understand how to generate architecture. To address and investigate individual approaches to design and design generators.

Aim: To attempt to help/encourage students to become aware of and understand how it is that they personally go about making architecture. To enable them to embark on a reflective and critical process on how they think about architecture through the process of creating architecture. To address contemporary issues of design with regard to the treatment of the exterior of buildings.