Advanced Studio, Spring 2010: Koster

  • Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
  • Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.
    Work for advanced studio taught by Don Koster, Spring 2010.

Advanced Studio, Spring 2010
U HOME – UNIVERSITY CITY

Don Koster, Senior Lecturer

The Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, in partnership with Arcturis and Green Space Construction, responded to an open request for proposal (RFP) from the City of University City for the design, development, and construction of five sustainably designed, LEED Platinum homes in the Sutter Heights neighborhood. The project was awarded to the team based on a unique project delivery concept that involves identifying and securing qualified individuals homebuyers through modern information delivery systems, innovative student design, and professional knowledge of affordable sustainable home construction.

Students in this comprehensive studio design the homes under the supervision of the professional design and construction team. The qualified homebuyers are ushered through the design process and provided a unique opportunity for personal input at this price point, with homes priced from $120-200K, depending on final design decisions.

After a brief period of research and review of the design parameters, each student has an opportunity to present a schematic vision for a select Sutter Heights site. The design team then selects the strongest concept(s) for continued development by the studio. The homebuyers are encouraged to engage the design team through a guided process to personalize their individual home design. In addition, students are responsible for the LEED for Homes documentation and submission process; involvement in this project allows participants to fulfill the new USGBC LEED project participation prerequisite for LEED AP testing.