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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 Rules

Studio Materials

Material Suppliers

Wiki Help

Wiki Sample Student Page


Studio Documentation

Student Handbook

University Catalog

Academic Integrity

University Writing Center


Project 0

Project 1

Project 2

Project 3


Section 002

Section 003

Section 004

Section 005

Section 006

Section 007

Section 008

Section 009


Morning Teaching Assistants

Alexander Bingham

William Trotty

Jigga Patel

Cade Hammers

Michael Obot

Afternoon Teaching Assistants

Travis Shappell

Lucas Robinson

Greg Everett

Stephanie Bunt

meta Teaching Assistants

Corinne Sutton


Josh Nason

Chris Taylor


Review Schedule

ARCH 1412 Review schedule has been posted at: 2012 Spring Final Reviews - 1st Year

Details for other reviews can be found at: 2012 Spring Final Reviews

--Chris Taylor 02:15, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Comprehensive Review

Students it is coming to the end of the semester and that means that you are going to be very busy. With that here are a few key dates to remember so you don't miss anything.

April 27: Application, Statement of Intent, and Strong Interest Inventory Cover page due

May 1: Project 3 Due

May 3: Project 3 Critique/Review

May 7: Portfolio Due

You can find the time line here Timeline

You can find the Portfolio Template and Requirement here Portfolio Guidelines

If you have any questions ask your TA or one of the Academic Advisers on the 10th floor

You guys have a busy week ahead of you finish the semester strong.

Good Luck to you all

Greg Everett 20:22, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

CoA YouTube Page

If you were unable to attend past lectures/events you can view them on the | CoA YouTube page.

Watch. The. Videos.

Corinne Sutton 19:56, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

Crazy Days of Happenings

The next two days are full of happenings for you all to enjoy. Of course, these are good opportunities for a Project 0, but beyond that they are just great opportunities to learn and be engaged. Notice that each event has a link to its specific informational page on the wiki. For other future CoA goings-on go to the events page here.

Tomorrow (Thursday, April 12th) we are fortunate to host two lectures:

At 11am Mark Humphreys will be lecturing to the college in Gallery 101.

Then, at 5.30pm Jenny Sabin will be lecturing in the same space.

The lectures will be very different in nature but both should prove beneficial.

Then on Friday (April the 13th) we have two more happenings:

At 5.00pm, in Gallery 101, the next installment of CoA Dialogues will take place. This time, Sustainability will be the topic about which three informed faculty panel members will engage in lively critical debate. It should be good.

Right after that, at 7pm, the college will hold the 2nd Annual CoA PechaKucha night, where an impressive collection of Architecture faculty members will each present (in rapid-fire mode) some ideas in a set of 20 slides. Links are below. Make it to as many of these as you can.

And, Finally, I think that's it - for now.

| You're Welcome.

Joshua Nason 21:28, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Speaking The Language

One of the objectives of the 1412 Studio is to initiate your understanding and development in speaking the language of architecture. You need to be able to internally analyze designs and translate your interpretations into constructive criticism. Architecture programs are well know for being physically and mentally demanding but are equally so emotionally. The process of designing is intimate in every aspect because you are attempting to convey your unique perspective in a manner readable to others, a consequence of this is the ease in which criticisms are negatively perceived and responded to defensively. Therefore, it is important that you construct your statements so they leave little room for misinterpretations. It is something we are all learning and will continue learning throughout our professional careers.

Corinne Sutton 20:28, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

CROP03 Book Orders and Book Release

Today is the last day to purchase the CROPo3 book. Please visit Maria Jeffery on the 9th floor to purchase one. It costs $40 and it will be taken out of your print account or purchased with a credit card.

[Get involved and purchase one. Buying the book is a great opportunity to see the work being done at this school and is a useful tool for scoping out potential studio II options....]

You may be wondering how to get the book after you purchase it. Well, you can pick up your book at the CROPo3 Book Release.

The CROP03 Book Release will take place at The Combine on April 20th, 6:00 PM. Even though food and non-alcoholic drinks (think: green) will be provided, it’s a BYOB event. Come take a break, get your book, socialize with faculty and students, and celebrate the success of the TTU CoA!

--Will Trotty 11:06, 04 April 2012 (UTC)

Happy Birthday Mies

Google Doodle is celebrating the 126th anniversary of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's birth. The building depicted in the doodle is S.R. Crown Hall— which houses the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

-- Corinne Sutton 09:12, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

The Drawing Hand

It is crucial to explore readings beyond the assigned text to ascertain an understanding of said concepts and how they apply to the world around you. I've complied a list of links pertaining to The Drawing Hand, which the other TA's and I hope you will take the time to investigate. These links can be found on the The Drawing Hand References page located in the Tutorials section.

Remember: To be an Architect is to be a learner for life.

--Corinne Sutton 08:57, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Wang Shu the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

Here is a quick article, from the Los Angeles Times, about Wang Shu and his approach to architecture. I highlighted aspects that directly relate to Project 0c1's reading in chapter two of The Thinking Hand.


--Corinne Sutton 11:34, 6 March 2012 (UTC)


It was recently brought to our attention that people have been building models in the library and today that cutting was occurring directly on the library tables. This is unacceptable. WE SHOULD NEVER CUT DIRECTLY ON ANY TABLE SURFACE IN THE BUILDING. The Library has a policy of prohibiting model construction to avoid any future damage to furniture. It is critical that we do not damage or vandalize furniture within the building in the process of making our work. At the beginning of the term we discussed the importance of using a cutting pad and it is included on the studio material list at 2012 ARCH 1412 Studio Materials. Use of a cutting pad, even if it is a piece of scrap chipboard, will insure the table surface is not damaged and it will allow your blades to remain sharp.

Remember, craft is first a measure of our intentions and then our actions. This should effect both what and how we produce our work.

--Chris Taylor 22:14, 28 February 2012 (UTC)


Truisms Reminder

It is clear that many of you have forgotten the studio truisms. This is evidenced by the use of electronic distraction devices in class, the playing of loud music at night, the state of some of the work spaces (and surfaces in the studio space and a couple of tell-tale signs. Please revisit the Truisms wiki page for a reminder. Following these will not only assist the maintaining of the proper studio environment, but will also help to develop and enrich studio culture. Some people in the class seem to be drifting a bit in attentiveness and in investment in their work. Let's all get plugged in to the course, please. This will help everyone involved tremendously.

--Joshua Nason 18:40, 24 February 2012 (UTC)

Wiki Documentation


Please visit the Wiki Corrections tutorial and update the documentation on your wiki pages accordingly.

The level of quality to which you document produced work should be approached in the same manner as 'craft' is with modeling and drawing. This is especially true for any and all work posted to your individual page on the COA Wiki site. These individual pages are a tool to help us maintain an understanding of your progress in the studio, so we are capable of advising and evaluating you justly, while simultaneously acting as a 2012 ARCH 1412 archive with unlimited access. Consequently, the work as it is presented on the individual wiki pages is a reflection of: you, the 2012 ARCH 1412 studio, each of the TAs, Professor Taylor & Professor Nason, and every member of the TTU College of Architecture community.

Respect yourself and your status as a COA student by documenting your work in the fashion it deserves.

--Corinne Sutton 08:15, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Project Requirements


You are all individually responsible for knowing the requirements given in each project statement. This information is discussed in class by Professor Taylor and Professor Nason (I highly recommend noting their comments in your sketchbook to avoid confusion later) and is available on the Project 1 wiki page.

For future reference: links to all project statements can be found in the side column under the PROJECTS section.


--Corinne Sutton 18:14, 29 January 2012 (UTC)

Retaining and Preserving your Work

Do not discard any of your work for this class before the end of the semester. It is essential to understand that you need to begin retaining and preserving your creative work as evidence of your professional craft. Even after submitting assignments and having them returned, you need to keep, catalog and care for each article of your projects. Just as the digital pieces will remain on the wiki for viewing, reference and grading purposes - you need to store all physical copies of your work in a portfolio or other carrying case to ensure their safe keeping. In fact, we recommend that you keep your work organized and cataloged even after the semester has concluded for future portfolios, interviews, possible exhibitions or as weapons should civilization end and hungry zombies attack your residence in search of their last meal. Wow, I'm tired. I should stop now.

--Josh Nason 22:44, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Creating your Student Page

To complete Project 1a everyone will need to create their own student page as we discussed in class. To do this open two browser windows. One with 2012 ARCH 1412 Sample Student Page and the other with 2012 ARCH 1412 Section Rosters (or you could open your individual section roster). Locate your name on the roster page once you are logged into the wiki. Click the red (or blue if you've already begun editing your page) link for your name. Select the option to edit the page. Move to the other browser window with the Sample Student Page, select edit to see the wiki source, select all of the wiki source and copy. Toggle back to your page and paste all the content into your page from the Sample Student Page. After reading the note delete it and edit the information as necessary so the links are correct. If the links to file names or pages don't match exactly they will not work. Verify all your links are working prior to completing the assignment.

--Chris Taylor 23:30, 22 January 2012 (UTC)


Greetings and welcome to the official web page for 2012 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 150 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 24:00, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

2012 ARCH 1412 Announcement Archive