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

E-mail address:glenn.hill@ttu.edu



Glenn E. Hill, Associate Professor Office: 505B, Architecture Building Phone: 806-438-4181 Email: glenn.hill@ttu.edu

Course Description

Design of a comprehensive architectural project based on a building program and site that includes an understanding of structural and environmental systems, building assemblies, and principles of sustainability. 9 Credits, Graduate.

Course Information

ARCH 5901 Comprehensive Design Studio (9:0:18) Prerequisite: admission to the professional program Credits: 9 semester credit hours Meeting Times: MWF 1:00-4:50 PM and TT 2:00-4:50 PM

Glenn Hill’s Architecture Philosophy:

My theoretical position about architecture I call integral architecture. This position fundamentally draws from the science of general systems theory and the philosophical works of Ken Wilber. The architectural roots of integral architecture are based on Vitruvius’s position, a complete work of architecture is essentially always concerned with “ firmitas, utilitas, venustas ” ( firmness, utility and beauty ); Frank Lloyd Wright’s position “form and function are one”, and Buckminster Fuller’s concept of synergy – the behavior of whole systems are indeterminate by the behavior of their parts taken separately.

Glenn Hill’s Pedagogy:

This studio will take Glenn Hill’s position the design of architecture is an integral process of composition where the designer must synthesize the Aesthetic, Tectonic, Sociological, and Cultural attributes of design. The educational goal and objectives of ARCH 5901 require the student to show design ability to produce a comprehensively designed work of architecture. The instructor will base the learning process on active learning and critical thinking principles and methods of instruction. The primary modality for learning will be a series of short active learning assignments, which will build the students understanding of the impact of the Aesthetic, Tectonic, Sociology and Culture of comprehensive design. These assignments will develop into an architecture project, which will require the student to integrate the knowledge from the previous assignments into complete work of architecture. The students will use writing, diagramming, digital graphics, and physical modeling as media for learning.

Course Goals & Outcomes:

The following NAAB criteria (http://www.naab.org) establish the Educational Goal and Primary Learning Outcomes for this course. The student must present physical and visual evidence these criteria are addressed.

Educational Goal:

B. 6. Comprehensive Design: Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates each student’s capacity to make design decisions across scales while integrating the following SPC:

Primary Learning Outcomes:

A.2. Design Thinking Skills: Ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test alternative outcomes against relevant criteria and standards.

A.4. Technical Documentation: Ability to make technically clear drawings, write outline specifications, and prepare models illustrating and identifying the assembly of materials, systems, and components appropriate for a building design.

A.5. Investigative Skills: Ability to gather, assess, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within architectural coursework and design processes.

A. 8. Ordering Systems Skills: Understanding of the fundamentals of both natural and formal ordering systems and the capacity of each to inform two- and three-dimensional design.

A. 9. Historical Traditions and Global Culture: Understanding of parallel and divergent canons and traditions of architecture, landscape and urban design including examples of indigenous, vernacular, local, regional, national settings from the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern hemispheres in terms of their climatic, ecological, technological, socioeconomic, public health, and cultural factors.

B. 2. Accessibility: Ability to design sites, facilities, and systems to provide independent and integrated use by individuals with physical (including mobility), sensory, and cognitive disabilities.

B. 3. Sustainability: Ability to design projects that optimize, conserve, or reuse natural and built resources, provide healthful environments for occupants/users, and reduce the environmental impacts of building construction and operations on future generations through means such as carbon-neutral design, bioclimatic design, and energy efficiency.

B. 4. Site Design: Ability to respond to site characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation, and watershed in the development of a project design.

B. 5. Life Safety: Ability to apply the basic principles of life-safety systems with an emphasis on egress.