This graduate class investigates architectural design processes and methods through comparative analyses, both theoretically and
practically. The overall premise is that every design process occurs within a general methodology that (pre)determines its ideology,
universe and mode of inquiry (i.e., questions, strategies and tactics), knowledge base, representation techniques, goals, and expectations.
During the first part of the semester, the focus is on understanding the fundamental nature of the design process whereas the second
(and longer) part is devoted to study a variety of architectural design methods. In addition to readings and lectures geared to establish a
conceptual framework, the course uses short, hands-on assignments and case-studies. A final project asks students to demonstrate the
insights collected throughout the semester
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