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Architecture & Landscape Design

Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ARC-4046
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

The notion of place is a core concept for designers. In this course, we build the idea of place by first understanding the historical meaning of being in a geographic location, exploring latitude and longitude, and how they affect choosing the right spot. Through a series of exercises, we analyze different terrain conditions, their cyclical yearly changes and relationship to unforeseen weather patterns, and how closely they relate to the selection of construction materials. Human interaction leaves a mark on the landscape, and we will explore layers of information, transit grids, transportation methods, frequency of use, etc. Toward the end of the course, we'll explore sustainability concepts and their impact on local sourcing of materials, access to local energy, place-as-home and the fulfillment of basic human needs.

Applies to: ID-E

Prerequisite: Drafting + Rendering for Interiors or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ARC-4047
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

The architectural scale model has a unique function during the design process: It is the most effective tangible representation of a building, allowing both trained and untrained viewers to perceive complex spatial relationships from multiple vantage points. This course introduces students to the design and construction of architectural models used to explore and communicate design concepts. Students learn about the different types of models while considering scale, level of detail, use, budget, construction techniques and materials, including the importance of photographing them, preparing them for travel or for further transformation. Each student designs a simple project, builds a scale model of it and produces photographic material to add to their portfolio. This course is a great complement for anyone interested in architecture, interior design, animation, illustration, scenic design or landscape architecture.

Applies to: AN-E, ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Marcela Staudenmaier (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Apr 22 - May 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ARC-4050
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Immerse in an exploration of an extraordinary city of sublime beauty with a historian and photographer who has walked it, studied it and recorded it with a camera for over 25 years. Architecture, urban design, gardens, literature and engineering all converge in the City of Light. This course looks at Paris as a complete work of art, the product of centuries of design and cultural forces shaped by monarchs, artists, revolutionaries and visionaries. See Paris as you have never seen it before through period photographs, film clips and the art, buildings and squares created by its legendary inhabitants.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, May 5 - 19 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ARC-4051 ( Class is almost Full )
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

This series of walking tours with an architectural and urban historian explores the historical evolution of Providence from its colonial streets and landmark buildings to Victorian industrial sites and the changing face of Providence today. For those who took the "Exploring Providence" course in Fall 2018, this walking tour series delves even further into the sunny spaces and dark corners of the city's urban plan.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 24 - 28 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-0452
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

Inspiration for design is everywhere, from the natural world around us to common objects, creatures and phenomena we see every day. Architects channel this inspiration when building designs that must be responsive to nearby surroundings, human inhabitants and the specific use of the finished structures. In this course, students engage in idea generation, sketching, drafting and model making. This concept-to-design-to-build process begins in RISD's Nature Lab, where students investigate various natural structures. They then explore personal, societal and cultural needs (and wants) as they begin transforming these ideas into drawings and handmade architectural models.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 29 - Aug 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CHILD-0535
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Architecture in the most extraordinary place is the topic of this course where young designers develop ideas, plans, drawings and models for an arboreal dwelling (that's a treehouse!). The process starts with consideration for the site, which is the tree itself. Students are introduced to the plant science that might suggest a tree species ideal for structural enhancement. While they're laying the foundations, kids learn how to manipulate space, materials and style through exercises that combine drawing and thinking, making, and the scale model reality of a fantasy treehouse.


Instructor
  • Name: Michael DiMucci (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 19 - 23 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CHILD-0535-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Architecture in the most extraordinary place is the topic of this course where young designers develop ideas, plans, drawings and models for an arboreal dwelling (that's a treehouse!). The process starts with consideration for the site, which is the tree itself. Students are introduced to the plant science that might suggest a tree species ideal for structural enhancement. While they're laying the foundations, kids learn how to manipulate space, materials and style through exercises that combine drawing and thinking, making, and the scale model reality of a fantasy treehouse.


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 12 - 16 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-0452-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

Inspiration for design is everywhere, from the natural world around us to common objects, creatures and phenomena we see every day. Architects channel this inspiration when building designs that must be responsive to nearby surroundings, human inhabitants and the specific use of the finished structures. In this course, students engage in idea generation, sketching, drafting and model making. This concept-to-design-to-build process begins in RISD's Nature Lab, where students investigate various natural structures. They then explore personal, societal and cultural needs (and wants) as they begin transforming these ideas into drawings and handmade architectural models.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Chloe Wessner (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 29 - Aug 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-1765-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

Sculptural trees, multi-textured greenery, exploding palettes of floral color. Exotic locations? Royal palaces? Not necessarily! Designed landscapes -- including gardens -- are art and design, using nature as the palette. They can be as formal as a city park, or familiar as a back yard. Designing a successful garden, whether vegetable, floral or container, involves all the principles of art and design so that the ultimate creation transforms a space in a truly magical way. In this course, students learn basic concepts and processes of garden and landscape design, including an exploration of potential materials, hands-on site exploration, and the use of such architectural or sculptural elements as fences, arbors or garden benches. Students complete the course with a plan for their own hypothetical garden.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Kurt Van Dexter (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 8 - 12 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-3701-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

This course serves as an introductory experience for students interested in exploring the exciting field of architecture -- where innovative design, aesthetics, practicality, cost and materials all intersect. Topics to be covered include directly relevant issues such as the design process, design development and presentation preparation, as well as secondary issues such as protecting and enhancing the fabric of the community, working with recycled materials and using cutting-edge "green" approaches. The careers of notable architects are presented to enrich students' learning experience, and to help provide a sense of context. As students create their own structural design projects they become familiar with the discipline's vocabulary, stylistic history and material science, which are all included in the presentation of their final projects.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Kurt Van Dexter (Bio)