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College of Architecture
Texas Tech University
Mail Stop 42091
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Phone 806-742-3136
Email: architecture@ttu.edu

Instructors: Josh Nason // Chris Taylor (coordinator)



Course Syllabus

Course Schedule

Course References

Truisms~Studio Ethics

Studio Quotes

Studio Materials

Material Suppliers

Wiki Help

Wiki Samples


Studio Rules

Studio Documentation

Student Handbook

University Catalog


Project 0

Project 1

Project 2

Project 3


Section 002

Section 003

Section 004

Section 005

Section 006

Section 007

Section 008

Section 009

Section 010

Section 011

Section 012


Morning Teaching Assistants

Jigga Patel

Rene Hoelker

Cade Hammers

Michael Obot

Richard Klaja

William Trotty

Celeste Martinez

Afternoon Teaching Assistants

Adrian Larriva

Sunny Tang

Amador Saucedo

Greg Hemmelgarn

Corinne Sutton

Royce Perez

Ryan Woods

Researcher Assistant

Alexander Bingham


Josh Nason

Chris Taylor

Project 3 grading schedule



As we did for project 1, any current grades of zero for Project 2 can be resubmitted for half credit. In order to get credit for this, you must ensure that all files are properly uploaded to the wiki and that the links are functional and accurate according to our posted rules for the semester. Once this is done, email your TA with each project number that needs to be reevaluated. This must all take place by the same time that the disc of your work is due, by sunrise on Wednesday morning. After this, nothing will be reevaluated.

As a reminder, there will be no such reposting opportunity for Project 3. One would be wise to ensure that all wiki links for Project 3 are complete, accurate and ready to be graded by that same time. So, as you are fixing all of your links for Project 2, just make sure all is well for 3, as well.

I want to echo Chris' words in my congratulating you all for a challenging and fruitful semester. It has been a pleasure to work with you all and I look forward to continuing that working relationship with many of you in the near future. Our reviews went very well yesterday and our guests were encouraged by your work, engagement and focus. Great job! Now, get some rest, tie up these few last loose ends by Wednesday and do well on anything you are doing in your other classes.

Best wishes.

--Josh Nason 22:29, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Final Documentation

Congratulations everyone for a very productive review today. Your efforts all semester long were clear in the responses from the critiques and in your presentations and responses to questions. The agency we see in your ability to describe your work through writing, drawing and modeling is impressive and we hope you continue to nurture the momentum established this semester. Remember the Studio Truisms into the future.

To preserver the archival record of the studio we need to collect all the electronic documentation of your work. We are interested in the source resolution image files (not the compressed web sized files) and ideally this operation should be as simple as burning folder of all the properly named files you already have. This is not meant to be an onerous or additional burden of proof for the studio, however we do want electronic documentation of your work in the best form possible. Burn to a DVD or CD as required. Early work that was saved in PDF form can be submitted in that form. For any work created in other applications (Illustrator or Photoshop) please save a copy as a high resolution JPEG file to they can be printed if need be. The disc should be organized in the following way:

Project 0 Folder: containing all Project 0 assignment documents properly named in pdf or jpeg format.
Project 1 Folder: containing all Project 1 assignment documents properly named in pdf or jpeg format.
Project 2 Folder: containing all Project 2 assignment documents properly named in pdf or jpeg format.
Project 3 Folder: containing all Project 3 assignment documents properly named in pdf or jpeg format.

Be sure all your file names follow the studio naming convention that was listed on each assignment page. Also be sure to label your disc(s) with your name, section number, and 2011 ARCH 1412. Ask your TA if you have any questions or issues compiling this information.

Disc(s) are due to your TA before sunrise on Wednesday 4 May 2011. Be sure to coordinate with your TA how and where you will deliver your disc to them. As Josh mentioned in class today. This disc is essential to both our grading of the studio and it's archival record. So, if you do not submit a disc your grade will not be submitted for the course. Please don't let this happen as it won't be pleasant for any of us.

Again great work this semester and keep the momentum burning. Looking forward to seeing you all in and around the other final reviews.

Travel well,

--Chris Taylor 00:11, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Final Review

This image is the layout for tomorrow's final review. The positioning of your work depends on the placement of your TA. Some sections will need to pin up half of the section then after a short break we will rotate & pin up the second half.

--Celeste Martinez Ryan Woods 00:33, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Missing Work We have received another report of work that has gone missing from the studio. This cannot happen any more. All work must be returned to the original authors immediately. If we do not have work to show on Thursday it will reflect poorly on us as a community. we have no time for and will not tolerate ANY acts of thievery, vandalism or other means of maliciousness. Please be conscious and respectful of your classmates and leave their work unharmed and intact, just as you would expect them to leave yours unharmed and intact.

--Josh Nason 22:45, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

Comprehensive Review Application There was a question yesterday about how to complete the portion of the Comprehensive Review Application asking for grades for courses you are currently enrolled in. Leave blank the fields for courses you are currently taking. Once the official course grades are completed they will be automatically entered and factor into the admissions process. Let us know if you have any questions.

--Chris Taylor 21:08, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

Big Paper for the Big Axon

As many of you have figured out the local art supply stores do not carry 24" x 36" watercolor paper as was specified in the description of assignment 3g. Due to this, a slight change needs to be made to the instructions for the assignment. the largest sheets available seem to be close to 22" x 30" (some brands are even a bit smaller at about 20" wide instead of 22"). These smaller sheets will work. The actual drawings will measure approximately 20" wide by 30-31" tall. This means that your drawing will basically fill the page, requiring your careful attention when placing the drawing on the page. If it so happens that a piece of the drawing will be clipped off by the edge of the sheet then plan carefully in order to minimize the clipping of important elements within the drawing. For example, if the bottom corner of the drawing holds a vital part of the model then be wary of clipping off any of that portion. On the other hand, if the top corner is home to a vital part of your project then shift the drawing down slightly in order to not cut off anything important. If you have any questions regarding this, then please contact your TA.

Best of luck!

--Josh Nason 05:35, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

Comprehensive Review -- Admission into the Architecture Program

During the beginning of studio on Thursday 24 March 2011 we will discuss the Comprehensive Review that leads to admission into the professional degree program in architecture. There will be a presentation from Dr. Kathleen Gillis from the Texas Tech Writing Center about the essay portion of the process. We will also have people from the academic advising office within the College of Architecture to answer questions and describe the process. In preparation of these presentation it is strongly encouraged that you review the information on the Comprehensive Review page, in particular the Comprehensive Review Portfolio Guidelines. Also not that there will be several opportunities within the college to receive guidance and feedback about creating an application portfolio. The first is happening this weekend and is sponsored by the Knights of Architecture. Information online at KOA Portfolio Workshop.

--Chris Taylor 03:31, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Project 0 Clarification

I would like to clear up a bit of confusion about Project 0 for this week. There is only one installment due on Thursday... not two. However, there is a subtle difference from what is usually due. This week you need to show an image of a work of architecture that you experienced over spring break. Then, you write your 150 word brief about that space, detail or overall project and why you chose to focus on this work. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

--Josh Nason 18:13, 22 March 2011 (UTC)


This is just a friendly reminder that today [Tuesday, March 8th, 2011] is the final day to submit work previously graded as a zero for half credit. To be considered for such credit, the work must be properly uploaded to the wiki at which point you need to email your TA with the assignment numbers that you want looked at. Then, the TA's will compile master lists of such assignments, send them to chris and I and we will take it from there. To be considered, the work must be uploaded and the email must be sent to your TA no later than 6pm on Tuesday.

--Josh Nason 00:10, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

Model Storage

Yesterday Michael Martin told that he noticed a 2011 ARCH 1412 model in room 501A, on the floor, with evidence that the table has been used for cutting and knife points had been discarded in the trash (instead of the SHARPS disposal boxes in the studio). He was concerned that the custodians might consider the model trash since it was on the floor and out of the context of our studio. He also recommended that if we are running out of space to work in the 4th floor studio that there is plenty of room and light in the Model Shop. The big concern here is work getting damaged or going missing because it is left unattended or undeclared. So place everyone make an effort to look after your work, clean up after yourself properly, and take care to respect others work.

--Chris Taylor 01:39, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

Project 1 Grade Distribution

Project 1 Grading is now complete. The graphs above show the grade distribution across the studio as a whole. The evaluations reflect the growing standard of development in the studio and the evolving work. We continued to be encouraged by the progress.

As we discussed in class today if your evaluation contains zeros for assignments not submitted online and/or physically they can be resubmitted for half credit. To have your re-submittals evaluated post them to the wiki and email your teaching assistant with a clear listing of projects---with project numbers. All this must happen by 8 March 2011.

--Chris Taylor 17:52, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

Tools and Methods in Architectural Scholarship and Research

As many of you know, this weekend the college will be hosting a faculty symposium featuring many of the professors in our school presenting how they do research. The point is not to present the research, but in stead the tools and methods used in the development of their scholarship. This is a chance to get introduced to many of the faculty here at the college. This event will build the culture of discourse within the school as well as show you some of the research interests that may possibly interest you. This would be a great opportunity to be a part of the growing momentum in the college. You can also use this event as a great setting from which you can develop an installment for project zero. We encourage you all to attend. You can find more details on the posters throughout the building as well as on the wiki at: Tools_and_Methods_in_Architectural_Scholarship_and_Research

--Josh Nason 19:23, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

Conflicting Category Links

Finding several people are overloading their personal wiki pages with redundant category tags that are causing the page to crash because the banner image viewer is choking on making sense of all the category tags. The category tags listed in the assignments are to be included in the image uploads --- not in your individual page where you list the works. If your page stops loading, click on my contributions in the gray side bar, locate the page, click on the history link and undo the last edit to purge the error creating addition.

--Chris Taylor 02:43, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

Project 0 Update

To remove the confusion of this project we would like everyone to consider these questions while working on your Project 0. These points are not necessarily applicable to every cultural event but they should encourage you to critically analyze a variety of environments.

01_Analyze the cultural interaction amongst the individuals that are involved with this event.

02_Describe the architectural interaction between people and the space.

03_Describe your role within the context of the scene that you have described.

--Ryan Woods 14:03, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

We should strive for the same rigor, precision, and concrete definition in Project 0 as we are seeking in the language we use to discuss and describe Project 1. Remember we should focus on relationships between people, places, materials, and environmental forces--the building blocks of architecture. Synthesize our observations and develop the new conceptual territory revealed by the process. This is an assignment about reading the world, be smart about how you focus your attention. Use the listings in the Lubbock Culture Calendar as a base selecting venues and topics that engage topics relevant to architectural investigation. Find the calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=j12dqil41p13on8t62jqt7dq0k@group.calendar.google.com

--Chris Taylor 23:42, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Participation / Engagement / Endurance / Attendance

We noticed that a handful of students in the afternoon session checked out early today. This is not acceptable. The morning sections run from 9.30am until 12.20pm and the afternoon sections take place 2.00-4.50pm. All students are expected to be present, active and engaged for this entire time. Showing up late and/or leaving early is not going to be tolerated. Such actions are deemed as absences and will be recorded as such in accordance with the Attendance Policy. The same goes for just being a warm body in the room. You need to not only be present, but also be alert, prepared, supplied and ready to participate. Not having your work complete or the necessary and requested tools and supplies needed to work in class also counts as an absence.

The professors and TA's for this course all work diligently to ensure that this foundational studio is the best that it can be. We take pride in the responsibility with which we have been entrusted to get you all going in a positive and productive direction. Because of this, we expect you to really "be here" in both person and effort during class. Six hours per week is a limited amount of time in which we have much to do and so we are adamant that that time is used effectively. It is vital that each of you take part in this and we will hold you responsible as such. If you are willing to do this, then you will get much more from this class and therefore be better prepared for whatever follows it.

--Josh Nason 16:25, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Email Communication

It has come to the attention of some of the teaching assistants that not all of the students are checking their email regularly. Part of the course requirement is to remain connected to the conversation of the studio. This website is the first step in that process and the second is email to the address you have on file with the university---for most your ttu.edu email. It is imperative and productive to be sure you receive all communications sent via email. It is part of your responsibility in the studio. Therefore there are no excuses that you didn't receive the email your TA sent out clarifying details of an assignment. If you prefer a different address be used make that change to your university profile and notify us of the new address. This will ensure you remain in the loop with all developments.

--Chris Taylor 01:05, 21 January 2011 (UTC)


There are many ways to insight hierarchical values when composing something with lines, words or space. Here are just a few rules of thumb to help you understand and thus be able to communicate and use [| hierarchy] in your work. This is not a canonical list of every aspect and facet of defining hierarchy, so may very well evolve subtly as Chris and I add to it in order to help clarify some things for you all. It may help if you check back to see if anything has been added or illuminated in some way. Having said that, here are a few rules of thumb to help you understand it a bit better.

Hierarchical emphasis can be heightened by:

01_Centrality on the page, or in a space [something in the middle of an open area gains prominence]

02_Simplicity/Complexity of form or boundary [either a simple element in a complex system or a more complex moment in a field of simplicity will stand out]

03_Sizing of something in relation to other things around it [bigger or smaller draws attention]

04_Contrast of a particular element in relation to dissimilar elements around it [a variable amidst constants]

05_Color differences [a specific form of developing contrast]

06_Connection to or Separation from its surroundings [how does something relate to its context]


--Josh Nason 11:11, 18 January 2011 (UTC)


We know that many of you still may be sorting out the details of life at the beginning of the semester, however we must underscore the importance of being present in class and the College Attendance Policy. As we discussed on the first day it is a serious policy with very clear repercussions. It would be terribly unfortunate if a well intentioned student's role in the studio becomes compromised by missing too many classes. Everyone should note that being tardy---arriving later than 15 minutes after the start of class---constitutes an absence. Our standard protocol each class period will be for the TA's to take attendance right at the beginning of class. If you arrive after they have called role and before the first fifteen minutes of class it is your responsibility to communicate your presence to them. If you arrive later than fifteen minutes you will be marked absent for the day. As we discussed on the first day it is always better to attend part of class, even if you are marked absent, than to bag the whole day because you miss the beginning. If you want to succeed in this studio you must overcome any obstacles that prevent you from arriving on time with completed work---complete work is also a stipulation of being present. Read and follow the Attendance Policy

--Chris Taylor 00:28, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Locker Use

There are roughly 150 usable lockers available for all of you to use in order to store your materials and tools. These lockers are located throughout our studio and lecture space as well as in the hall just outside of our rooms. Feel free to use these to store you things, but please be courteous of your classmates in only occupying one locker per student. We are already short a number of lockers and cannot not afford multiple lockers for any one student. If you have other means of storing your things, such as a rolling, lockable trunk, you can bring those into the studio space for your use, but please ensure that they are not located in an obstructive or dangerous place.

--Josh Nason 16:25, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Also, evidently there are other lockers in the building that can be moved up the 4th floor (in addition to the lockers in the hall). If we get to the point of filling all the available locker space and would like to request additional lockers please let us (your TA, Josh and I) know so we can put in the request. And, as several of you inquired this afternoon we are hoping for some additional chairs in the room. That request has already been placed. Don't let any of this prevent you from advancing your work.

--Chris Taylor 00:28, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Wiki Log In

For those of you having trouble with logging in to the wiki, the issue is that access to the site log in is limited only to people in the architecture community. It seems that some of you are not yet in that group due to your major declaration or other issues. This is not a problem as you can be quickly added to that group by emailing Denny Mingus <DENNY.MINGUS@ttu.edu> with your eRaider username and a note that you are in ARCH 1412. He has a copy of the master roster for verification and then will add you to the group. Once added you will be able to log in with your eRaider credentials. Please keep your TA's informed about any issues and know that today is a university holiday so Denny won't be in the office.

--Chris Taylor 16:59, 17 January 2011 (UTC)


Greetings and welcome to the official web page for 2011 ARCH 1412. This is a very unique and important course within the College of Architecture as it marks the threshold of the professional degree program. It will be a very intense and demanding course where you will learn the rigors and grace of studio culture and if you are as Samuel Mockbee once said Snake Bit by the pursuit of architecture. Building a great school of architecture requires determination and focus in the studio, in what we make, and how we communicate. There are over 200 students in this studio divided between a morning and afternoon section, there are two professors, and fourteen teaching assistants. You will learn from everyone in this studio, including your classmates, and ideally everyone in the building. This class is performance based and will be assessed by your production and engagement on a day to day basis. We all look forward to working with you and getting this freight train moving.

--Chris Taylor 00:55, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

2011 ARCH 1412 Announcement Archive