Level 2 will be driven by specific thematic rather than existing typologies.
In another words, the Level 2 is not about “Buildings” per se, but rather about
ideas of architecture independent to a specific building type. The
architectural design process is a method of investigating specific issues and
transforming abstract ideas into specific strategies in the discipline in
architecture. The design approach is to have a particular focus and emphasis
that demonstrates research on particular issues related to architecture.
The Studio is made up of four projects that focus respectively on Material, Atmosphere, Structure and Inhabitation.
The projects emphasize, respectively, the understanding of the material
through the act of making and tectonic strategies, the architectural development
of natural and artificial atmospheres, the production of structural system, and
finally the re-invention of the ritual and social inhabitation related to work.
These four topics that cover basic concerns in architecture are the basis for
the fundamental framework where students initiate and develop architectural
research. Secondary criteria related to site, program and details will be
issued by each tutor will direct students to a certain investigations within
the overall framework of the Level 2 program. Each tutor will also propose a
specific focus and methodology for developing the studio’s work within the
larger pedagogical framework of the Level 2 program.
Based on this belief, the Level 2 Studio (AR2101 and AR2102) will conduct
investigations both interior and exterior to the normative modes of
architectural production. The term investigation means a close analysis on a particular
issue related to material, social convention, architectural theory, atmosphere,
structure and so forth, while such investigation must be operated and expressed
by visual material including models, diagrams, and drawings rather than by
words. These visual materials are the important tools for the disciplined
research and development of the design.
The development of the investigation should be integrated with the basic idea
on structure, material, light, and atmosphere. Although the driving force of
the project may not relate to the concept of structure and material, the student
should at least understand and anticipate the effect of the architecture that he
or she has designed.
primary objectives of the architectural design modules in Level 2 (AR2101 & 2102)
is to cultivate students’ ability:
1. to transform abstract ideas into the body
of architecture through rigorous design investigations.
2. to develop architectural design through a
3. to make a practice of drawing, making and
reflecting in the process of design development.
4. to develop structural and material ideas as
a part of design.
handle CAD, 3Dmodeling, hand drawing and model making concurrently
draw an appropriate strategic drawings and to make an effective models for the
presentation in order to communicate the intent of the project.