Northeastern University’s Summer Design Studio offers rigorous coursework to students considering a career in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and to students in other fields of study who seek to immerse themselves in design culture and explore its practice firsthand.
The course combines seminars and small-group discussions with studio time, in which students will explore the construction of an “urban pavilion.” Downloadable PDFs of exercises and readings, videos, and other materials will offer a chance for Cool Spaces! visitors to follow along with the coursework at their own pace.
The Summer Design Studio does not have any required readings, but all incoming NEU School of Architecture freshman are expected to have read Paul Goldberger’s Why Architecture Matters. Perusing various architecture reading lists — including one created by Goldberger — reveals a number of books that are expected to be a fundamental part of every architecture student’s knowledge, from Vitruvius to Corbusier to Jacobs to Venturi, Brown, and Izenour to Ching.
What the Summer Design Studio bases its coursework on.
ARCH 1030: Introduction to Architectural Education, Practice and Culture
How can designers frame problems and develop effective solutions for the communities in which they live and work? This course takes as its focus the question of how architects and designers work as problem solvers on a variety of scales, and in collaboration with a variety of disciplines. An introduction to the culture of design education, culture and practice, the course will teach students how architects and designers frame problems, iteratively test options, and implement solutions that are both practical and creative.
ARCH 1050: Introduction to Architectural Design
This course gives students the opportunity for hands-on investigations in the design process. Using Boston as a laboratory for investigation, the course begins with instruction on representational techniques such as drawing and sketching, model-making, diagramming, and collage. Individual and group design work will encourage the development of skills in critical thinking, leadership, collaboration and graphic communication, emphasizing a solutions-based approach to design problem solving.
These are the tools that all incoming NEU School of Architecture freshman require. Not all will be used for Summer Design Studio work, but anyone interested in pursuing an architecture education should definitely become familiar with them.
- 1 hardcover wire-bound sketchbook (9”x12”)
- 1 stainless steel T-square (24”)
- 1 cutting mat (18”x24”)
- 4 drawing pencils (2B)
- 1 metal 2-hole pencil sharpener
- 1 X-Acto knife & #11 blade bulk pack (100 count)
- 1 swing-arm 100W lamp & bulb
- 1 modeling clamps (2/pkg)
- 1 white vinyl eraser
- 2 black fine-line marker2 black Pentel sign pen
- 1 Elmers Glue (1.25oz)
- 1 cork-back ruler (12”)
- 1 metal triangle (45 degree, 6”)
- 1 push pins aluminum 1/2” SS point (100pc)
- 1 compass (non-inking)
- 1 White Trace 12” x 50yd
- 1 White Trace 18” x 50yd