Comprehensive Architecture Studio
The 6-credit comprehensive design studio focuses on the design of a public building crafted with a commitment to climate change for an architecture that is experimental, while critical and plausible. The Studio will be led by highly regarded local practitioners and supported by local visiting critics and WashU faculty who join for mid-term and final reviews.
The course follows NAABS’ call for Ecological Knowledge and Responsibility: instilling a holistic understanding of the dynamic between built and natural environments, and enabling future architects to mitigate climate change responsibly by leveraging ecological, advanced building performance, adaptation, and resilience principles in their work and advocacy. The Studio is led by highly regarded local practitioners and is supported by local visiting critics as well as WashU faculty who join for mid-term and final reviews. The spring 2022 studio was taught by Bet Capdeferro and Ramón Bosch, the semester’s Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professors, of the Girona-based firm bosch.capdeferro.
Urban Issues Seminar
A Critical Path Towards Sustainable Urban Solutions—a 3-credit seminar taught by Barcelona architect, planner and educator Maria Buhigas—familiarizes students with urban concepts, themes, and development trends, such as urban form, scale, public realm, urban grain, density, mix uses, zoning, gentrification, thematization, brownfields, adaptive reuse, and urban renewal. The spectrum of themes is examined through field visits, theoretical sessions, debates, and practical exercises, with Barcelona as an example and a living laboratory. Students receive essential tools to describe, analyze, and articulate proposals in urban contexts.
Building Visits Seminar
Building Visits is a 3-credit seminar where students experience exemplary contemporary architecture conceived through environmental and social considerations. The seminar is divided into two parts: the first focuses on case studies; the second features a spring break architecture travel experience.
The case studies portion offers a series of lectures delivered by prominent guest practitioners. Each lecture focuses on a single work in or near Barcelona, followed by a visit to the building with the architect. Through on-site drawing analysis and other exercises, students uncover the diverse design logics embedded in the buildings (urban, landscape, energy, material, tectonic and social) to grasp the works holistically.
In spring 2022, the seminar included lectures and building visits by instructors Bet Capdeferro and Ramón Bosch, Ignacio Paricio, Roger Tudó (Harquitectes), Claudi Aguló (DATAAE), José Toral (Peris +Toral) and Eva Prats (Flores & Prats).
The second part, a spring break travel itinerary, similarly engages with exemplary built works and offices within Europe. In fall 2022, students traveled to Porto, Lisbon and surrounding areas in Portugal, led by Barcelona architect and educator Josep Garriga.