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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

Arch 5901 Course Website



Glenn E. Hill, Associate Professor Office: 505C, Architecture Building Mobile 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. New NAAB criteria have been released recently (August, 2014) and the College of Architecture has adopted the following Student Performance Criteria as the Education Goal and Learning Outcomes for this course.

Educational Goal:Integrated Architectural Solutions.

Graduates from NAAB-accredited programs must be able to demonstrate that they have the ability to synthesize a wide range of variables into an integrated design solution. Student learning aspirations for this realm include

Comprehending the importance of research pursuits to inform the design process.

Evaluating options and reconciling the implications of design decisions across systems and scales.

Synthesizing variables from diverse and complex systems into an integrated architectural solution.

Responding to environmental stewardship goals across multiple systems for an integrated solution.