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

Instructor: Victoria McReynolds

Architecture Design Studio V


Course Coordination

Course Statement

Course Syllabus

Course Schedule

Course References

Wiki Help

Student Handbook

University Catalog


Project Program

Exercise 1 - context

Exercise 1 - program precedent

Exercise 2 - code


Almaguer, Alexandria

Ammons, Leslie

Bradshaw, Taylor

Evans, Joshua

Garcia, Flavio

Iglesias, Luis Carlos

Jia, Zepeng

Pacheco, Andrew

Pellacani, Will

Serna, Edward

Sprinkle, Zack

Swetman, Amanda

Taylor, Ian

Walker, Patrick


Project Perspectives

Create at minimum four project perspectives that serve to provide a provocative view: two perspectives of your project interior, two perspectives of your project and city. Draw and montage your perspective by combining your a project model photo and construction lines. Make sure to provide a perspective position appropriate to either interior or exterior. On the Interior, frame the view to where the camera is inside the project, for example at eye level or near to this. For the Exterior, the view frame can range from eye level to birds eye depending upon the context you wish to emphasize. Reference Lewis Tsurmaki Lewis drawing, particularly from Pamphlet Architecture 21, for strategies.

Edit the periphery of your project photo and at times edit out areas on the interior of the photo so the photo better relates to the drawn conditions of the project enclosures. Utilize the line work to complete the room or space, provide a section, and include envelope description of unit to units, apertures, assembly information.

--Victoria McReynolds 10:19, 29 April 2014 (CDT)

Final Project Requirements

Seattle Imaging: spatial, cultural, climatic
Seattle Field Notes
Seattle Photo Series

(1) concept statement
(1) project diagram: interior | exterior
(1) 1/16” concept model
(1) 1/16” mass + void model
(1) 1/16” site force model
(1) 1/16” program model

(1) 36”x10” longitudinal composite drawing
(1) 6”x10” cross section composite drawing

(1) 1/16” program longitudinal section, on trace
(1) 1/16” program plan, on trace

(2) 1/8” Threshold Models: western avenue + elliot bay

(1) 1/8” project model
(x) 1/16” project plans drawing: alaskan way, western ave., roof plan, minimum
(1) 1/4” wall section model
(1) 1”=1’ wall section drawing

(x) project perspectives: at minimum four: two on the project interior, two of the project and city

--Victoria McReynolds 12:45, 28 April 2014 (CDT)

Wall Section and Plans

Develop the wall section to demonstrate your solution for three relationships: light, water, and thermal transition. Treat the drawing as an opportunity to develop your design developed in your model and simultaneously as an opportunity to test connection and assembly ideas at a level more refined than available in the model. Complete your model to refine continuity of materiality and assembly connection to resolve the building enclosure.

Create at minimum three plans that demonstrate program and enclosure relationships at the Alaskan Way, Western Avenue and Roof level. Should you have additional floor plans above Western Avenue provide drawings for these levels as well. Use the plan drawings as a way to provide clarity of horizontal orientation and various enclosure across the entire project. Provide description of various enclosure types.

Wednesday (4/16)
(1) 1/4" Envelope Materiality Models, roughly 16'x60'
(1) 1"=1' Schematic Wall Section Drawing, ~ 48"x17"
(3) 1/16" Building Plans, at minimum three: Alaskan Way, Western Ave., and Roof top

--Victoria McReynolds 18:56, 20 April 2014 (CDT)

Model and Section

Iterate your cross section models to refine the materiality study. In addition demonstrate thickness, connection to secondary system, secondary system to primary system, and unit sizing. At minimum two completed cross section models are required for Wednesday.

Provide a 1" to 1' schematic wall section drawing. Identify a vertical building edge from your cross section model that runs the length from the roof to the ground. Create a schematic section drawing of the wall condition showing an exterior face, interior face, and structure condition as you have modeled in your cross section. All material is to be drawn with two lines to illustrate the material thickness. Do not poche the section in order to add detail information in the air space between the exterior material to the interior material. Wall assembly is to be no greater than 16' deep. Provide floor height call out notation that identifies the measure elevation off from the ground plane.

Wednesday (4/16)
(2) 1/4" Envelope Materiality Models, roughly 16'x60'
(1) 1"=1' Schematic Wall Section Drawing, ~ 48"x17"

--Victoria McReynolds 22:44, 14 April 2014 (CDT)

Cross Section Envelope Study

Utilizing your precedent envelope layering, test materiality performance of your project enclosure through a 1/4" model of the agreed upon rough 16' x 60' section. Test variations of material reflection, translucent, transparent, texture, resistance, opening sizes, opening frequency - all with the intention and demonstration of effecting the space(s) on either side of the envelope. Discovered materiality effect will drive the choices of envelope application and refinement for your project.

Monday (4/14)
(3) 1/4" Envelope Materiality Models, roughly 16'x60'

--[Victoria McReynolds]] 15:55, 13 April 2014 (CDT)

Building Envelope List

Alex > Takanezawa / Kengo Kuma
Leslie > Copper House 2 / Smiljan Radic
Taylor > Museum of Hiroshige / Kengo Kuma
Joshua > Spidernetherwood / R&Sie(n)
Flavio > Ninetree Village / David Chipperfield
Kako > Steilneset Memorial / Peter Zumthor
Zepeng > Harpa Concert Hall / Henning Larsen Architects
Andrew > Pavilion in Amsterdam / Steven Holl Architects
Will > Naturum Kosterhavet / White Arkitekter
Edward > McCormick Tribune Center / OMA
Zack > De Young Museum / Herzog & de Mueron
Amanda > Brandhorst Museum / Sauerbruch Hutton
Ian > San Sebastian Cultural and Congress / Rafael Moneo
Patrick > Venice House / Kevin Daly Architects

Material Infographic

This exercise is in conjunction with ArchDaily with the intuition of having the material information and graphics you create be included in their new Materials section. From the assigned project precedents you are trace the life of the material from a raw state to the building envelope. Given this document is intended for internet view it is important you remain concise and clear with the content presented, meaning you will most likely edit more than add from your research. Refer to existing ArchDaily infographics, for example Building of the Year, as a reference for information clarity.

Utilize the material data sheet as a content guide to direct relevant physical, chemical, material, manufactured information to include as you source from raw state to building envelope. Include at minimum in the info graphic a title, building profile, wall section, unit to unit condition, and unit to structure condition. Utilize a single color and graphically organize information in a figure ground image. Complete Material Infographic is due Monday, April 7 @ 1pm.

Wednesday (4/3)
Complete Material Datasheet
Infographic Outline: include title, building profile, wall section, unit to unit relationship

--Victoria McReynolds 23:49, 31 March 2014 (CDT)

Project Model

Complete 1/8" project model with all program defined spaces, accessible circulation, site organization, and defined materiality enclosure. Interior offices and restrooms are to be built out, do not model counters or cabinets (fixtures, furnishings, and equipment).

Rewrite your statement describing your observations of the site, your project position, and how your project realizes these relationships through examples found in your project model.

Monday (3/31)
(1) Final 1/8" project model
(1) Revised project statement

--Victoria McReynolds 19:26, 29 March 2014 (CDT)

Project Revision

Complete first testing with successful results as you outlined in your project review summary for Monday, March 24.

--Victoria McReynolds 15:02, 15 March 2014 (CDT)

Seattle Waterfront Plans

Courtesy of Peter Raab and Chris Taylor: Recent content on Seattle's Waterfront renovation from the design and implementation sides -

Architectural Record, James Corner and Miller Hull Have Big Plans for Seattle Waterfront

NPR, Sand Grinds WOrld's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt

Seattle Times, Bertha's Big Troubles Started in Japan

--Victoria McReynolds 18:56, 13 March 2014 (CDT)

Review Summary

Provide a summary of your mid-project review from Wednesday afternoon. Include four paragraphs: first - summarize the comments from your reviewers, second - describe your project intention and what architectural language you will utilize to achieve this, third - outline the tests of architecture language you wish to investigate, fourth - outline the goals for how you imagine the project envelope will achieve your intention(s).

Friday (3/14)
(1) Review Summary - 1.1 line spacing, 10 pt font, four paragraphs, minimum one page

--Victoria McReynolds 18:46, 13 March 2014 (CDT)

Threshold Models

Develop threshold models are due Friday, 3/7, with refined craft, various material types, true base condition to align with site model, and articulated enclosures. Thresholds models are to demonstrate materiality, detailing, and translucency variation. Deal with accessible and code conditions, retain the water front master plan circulation across the site, and determine specific program allocation.

Friday (3/7)
(2) 1/8" threshold models that bracket the site

--Victoria McReynolds 19:32, 5 March 2014 (CST)

Vertical Port - mid project review

content due Monday, 3/10 @ 12:45

Seattle imaging triptych
4"x11" Concept description
8.5"x11" Interior / Exterior diagram

Seattle impressions : field work
Study Models: Mass + Void @ 1/16"
Study Models: Forces @ 1/16"
Study Models: Program @ 1/16"
Concept Model @ 1/16"
Composite Sections: longitudinal and cross @ 1/16"

Threshold Models @ 1/8"
Program Model @ 1/8"
Program Sketches: section and plan @ 1/16"

--Victoria McReynolds 19:25, 5 March 2014 (CST)

Program Study

You are organizing spaces for residence and people that guard lives. Create a short narrative extending your concept ideas defining the program role, for example what type of residence does this accommodation serve and what sort of lives are these people guarding? Develop three program organization studies for the vertical port based upon your concept model, study model, and code understandings. Determine circulation spacing along with the program organization. Provide one 1/16" longitudinal section outlining program floor space and height paying particular attention to horizontal site alignments. Provide a 1/16" plan study defining program organization for each floor. Organization can be layered on one plan or separate according to floors.

Friday (2/28)
(1) 1/16" program longitudinal section: trace
1/16" program plan: trace

--Victoria McReynolds 22:00, 26 February 2014 (CST)

Code Presentation

Wednesday, 2/26, be prepared to present you code presentation either digitally or physically. Presentation format will depend upon timing and room availability.

--Victoria McReynolds 04:13, 25 February 2014 (CST)

Concept Text + Model

Provided a printed statement of your concept text describing your position of departure. Revise both longitudinal and cross section composite images so that one larger strategy becomes visible through the three layers of information used. Allow content from one layer to inform elements on a separate layer. Edit, modify, or remove components to better visualize your concept through the sections. Continue to revise the three layers until each layer is in support of the others. Once completed build a single concept model that materializes your idea.

Wednesday (2/19)
(1) concept statement
(1) 1/16" concept model
(1) 36"x10" Revised Composite Drawing: longitudinal
(1) 6"x10" Revised Composite Drawing: cross section

--Victoria McReynolds 21:46, 17 February 2014 (CST)

Study Models + Composite Image

Provide three consolidated study models, one for each of the following conditions: mass + void, site forces, and program orientation. Develop one composite image consisting of four layers: existing site section and three modified model documentations. Each modified model documentation is to be a composite of your model, regulating lines, identified territories, and articulated thresholds. Remove the background in your model photograph, include regulating lines both behind and beyond the observation plane, mask out territories using only one color, set hierarchies with various opacities, articulate thresholds with various line configuration.

Monday (2/17)
(1) 1/16" model: Mass + Void
(1) 1/16" model: Site Forces
(1) 1/16" model: Program Orientation
(1) 36"x10" Composite Drawing: longitudinal
(1) 6"x10" Composite Drawing: cross section

--Victoria McReynolds 22:05, 14 February 2014 (CST)

Study Models

Materialize ideas of site organization through three conditions: mass + void, site forces, and program orientation. Build three models of each condition only studying ideas of that particular relationship. Each model is to be at 1/16" scale with a minimum 3" base. Mass + Void model must begin with a single solid mass in which you remove material to reveal the voids. Use only wood or foam for the Mass + Void studies. When modeling Site Forces study relationships that act on the site. Work to materialize forces that are transit and effect the site. For Program Orientation address issues of sizing and grouping, give particular attention to program proximity, connections, and materiality.

Friday (2/14)
(3) 1/16" model: Mass + Void
(3) 1/16" model: Site Forces
(3) 1/16" model: Program Orientation

--Victoria McReynolds 00:27, 13 February 2014 (CST)

Seattle Impressions

Provide contact sheets of all appropriate images taken during the Seattle trip. Include field work notation from the printed documentation set you brought for comparison on site. Include prints of additional sketches and notes recorded while in the city.

Provide a series of selected photographs that conclude your impression of Seattle and convey the position from which you will engage the project. These photos are to specifically illustrate material and spatial scenarios found in Seattle. You are welcomed to use studio mates photos if appropriate authorship is sited.

Arrive to studio Wednesday with modeling materials (etc. chipboard, mat board, piano wire, basswood, and cardboard) and modeling tools ready to build quick volumetric models.

Wednesday (2/12)
(x) 8.5"x11" contact sheets
(x) field work notation and documentation
(1) 4"x36" Seattle photo series

--Victoria McReynolds 21:43, 10 February 2014 (CST)

Program Sections & Seattle Preparation

Refine precedent sections to demonstrate program understanding by drawing critical material relationships of connections and assembly as it informs the intended program. Clean up line weights and line types to better articulate materiality and edge conditions as it relates to the cut plane. Water surface datum must be present at minimum as a horizontal line. Maintain same graphic scale and include entire building profile for both sections. Sections are to demonstrate size changes between communal and personal spaces.

>> Arrive in Seattle with your individual print set of content drawings, maps, model photos, and selected Waterfront Plan for field work comparison. Have camera, measuring tape, and sketch books to best document the city and site.

Tuesday (2/4)
1/8" Site Model complete and located in Studio

Wednesday (2/5)
Individual print set of Seattle Content
(2) Revised Precedent Sections posted to individual wiki page

--Victoria McReynolds 00:20, 4 February 2014 (CST)

Program Precedents

Embarcación Amereida

Almaguer / Evans / Pacheco / Serna / Sprinkle / Swetman / Taylor / Walker


Ammons / Bradshaw / Jia / Garcia

Miss Rockaway Armada

Iglesias / Pellecani

Monday (2/3)
Group Project Background Content
Individual Diagram Analysis
Individual Drawing Section

--Victoria McReynolds 03:45, 2 February 2014 (CST)

Final Context Content

Friday marks the competition of Seattle models, drawings, and mappings. Develop content based on studio discussion Wednesday. Have all final work completed and pinned up by the start of studio at 1:00pm.

Friday (1/31)
Maps: Circulation, Weather, Sun, Program
Model: 1/8" City to Sea context model
Drawings: 2 site plans, 2 cross sections, 2 longitudinal sections

--Victoria McReynolds 15:43, 30 January 2014 (CST)

Context Content and Completion

As a team determine who is going to take ownership of Context Work presented today and post to your individual wiki page your primary contributing work. Apply refinements as discussed in studio today, for example demonstrate graphic clarity, additional context information, reformat mapping boundary frame, focus detail information to urban street zone.

Begin to work into printed drawings and maps. Only reprint if analog modifications can not provide the necessary correction, for example reformat mapping boundary frame or new scale condition.

Wednesday (1/29)
Wiki post presented Context Content
Developed Context Content
Print Revise Seattle Imaging

(1) 8"x24" spatial images
(1) 8"x24" cultural images
(1) 8"x24" climatic images

--Victoria McReynolds 23:16, 27 January 2014 (CST)

Context Development Teams


Ammons / Bradshaw / Garcia / Iglesias / Swetman


Almaguer / Pellacani / Serna / Taylor / Walker

Physical Model (1/8")

Evans / Jia / Pacheco / Sprinkle

Seattle Imaging

Revise all Seattle imaging as discussed today during the studio review. Maintain consistency of one theme across each tryptic. Develop color technics and strategies that reinforce your larger position. Build into images an understanding of place. Post revised images to your individual wiki page before Wednesday, Jan. 22 @ 1:00pm.

Wednesday (1/22)
revised tryptic images
(1) 8"x24" spatial images
(1) 8"x24" cultural images
(1) 8"x24" climatic images

--Victoria McReynolds 05:56, 18 January 2014 (CST)

Concept / Context

As an introduction to the City of Seattle and Elliott Bay investigate the three categories of spatial, cultural, and climatic conditions as they relate to the project site. Build three images for each category that answers the question, "What are critical features to engage?" Utilize the tryptic as a format for describing variations on a single category, such as scale for space, time for culture, and type for climate. Implement technics of collage, diagram, section, and/or plan to assemble a clear image that conveys an understanding gathered through your research.

Refer to this studio Course Reference page for links to direct you to useful Seattle content and a starting place from which to build your observation.

Friday (1/17)
(3) 8"x8" spatial images
(3) 8"x8" cultural images
(3) 8"x8" climatic images

--Victoria McReynolds 01:41, 16 January 2014 (CST)