Architecture Graduate Seminar

Course Syllabus

Spring 2018

Instructors
Eric Peterson

ARC6910 : 3 Credits

Meeting time
Tuesdays and Thursday 19:30-12:30 and by appointment (see Schedule)

Catalogue Description
Coursework under the direction of faculty in preparation for a master’s thesis or master’s project in
architecture.

Prerequisite
ARC 6947

Corequisites
ARC 6356

Course Objectives
Addresses the study of architecture and the urban environment for Architecture and
Landscape Architecture students studying in Genoa, Italy. Students will draw, diagram, and analyze urban places,
spaces, and architectural works in order to understand the role of historic context and its transformation over
time. Students will engage in both analytical and interpretive studies in order to discover and develop design
strategies and methods useful for contemporary design projects. A wide variety of media will be explored including
graphite on paper, digital compositing, digital modeling, and computer rendering.

Fieldwork in Genoa and other cities visited during academic travel will introduce analytical photography and on-
site drawing and documentation techniques to study significant works of contemporary, modern, and pre-modern
architecture. In-class exercises will explore questions of representation and interpretation to help support a
developing understanding of urban site and context.

Students can expect to develop an awareness of the multiple ways and scales in which a city supports the activities
of its various inhabitants materially, spatially, politically, socially, and culturally. By analyzing and interpreting the
city, students will come to more deeply understand concepts of urban fabric and morphology, infrastructure and
urban space, and architectural typology and urban grain. This will enhance the development of a more sensitive
architectural vocabulary that responds to the particularities of urban place.

Attendance Guidelines
The FIU Department of Architecture Study Abroad program in Genoa has no provision for unexcused absences;
attendance and class participation are required at all class meetings (see Course Schedule). Three (3) unexcused
absences will automatically result in a failing grade for the course. Every day that you are late to class, you will
receive half (1/2) an absence. An acceptable excused absence is defined by the student having missed class due to
extraordinary circumstances beyond his or her control and must be accompanied by written documentation. In the
event that you have missed a class, you are responsible for all the material covered.

Course Evaluation
Students will be evaluated in four areas using both quantitative and qualitative measures:

Sketch book 25%
Mapping 25% Genoa, Venice, Verona, Rome, Florence
Urban space analysis 25% P.d. Ferrari, P. San Lorenzo, P. Monumentale, P. Soprana, Porto Antico
Building detail analysis 25% San Lorenzo, San Stefano, Gesu, P. Monumentale, P. Soprana, P. Vaca

While a satisfactory grade in the course may be attained by the completion of all required assignments,
individual initiative and investigation of design and research issues that extend beyond the basic
requirements are strongly encouraged.

94-100= A
90-93= A-
87-89= B+
84-86= B
80-83= B-
77-79= C+
74-76= C
70-73= C-
67-69= D+
64-66= D
60-63= D-
0-59= F

Student Work
The School of Architecture reserves the right to retain any and all student work for the purpose of record,
exhibition and instruction. All students are encouraged to photograph and/or copy all work for personal records
prior to submittal to instructor. The furniture prototypes will be donated to Miami Green Lab at the conclusion of
the course.

Students Rights and Responsibilities
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain, become familiar with and abide by all Departmental, College and
University requirements and regulations. These include but are not limited to:
-The Florida International University Catalog Division of Student Affairs Handbook of Rights and
Responsibilities of Students.

-Department Curriculum and Program Sheets

-Department Policies and Regulations

Student with Special Needs
Students who may need auxiliary aids or services to ensure access to academic program should register with the
Office Disability Services for Students.

Civility Clause
Students are expected to treat one another with a high degree of civility and respect. Students can and should
expect the same from the instructor. If a student fails to act responsibly or disrupts the class or impedes
instruction he or she may be asked to leave the class and will be held responsible for all the information missed
through this absence.

Course Schedule
Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Please contact appropriate offices for verification
and updates. This calendar does not include Official University holidays. Faculty are encouraged to make
accommodations for students who wish to observe religious holidays. Students should make their request known
at the beginning of the semester.

Course Schedule

Week 1 CONTEXT ANALYSIS

Assignment: Walking and sketching and walking and sketching

Week 2 CONTEXT ANALYSIS (VENICE and VERONA)

Assignment: How geography, politics, and social forces shape infrastructure

Week 3 CONTEXT ANALYSIS

Assignment: Understanding urban structure as armature

Week 4 CONTEXT ANALYSIS

Assignment: Growth, texture, and change

Week 5 CONTEXT ANALYSIS (ROME and FLORENCE)

Assignment: Graphic techniques for mapping the city

Week 6 URBAN SPACE ANALYSIS

Assignment: Using your body to measure the city

Week 7 URBAN SPACE ANALYSIS

  Assignment: Inversion and Explosion as tools for seeing urban space

Week 8 URBAN SPACE ANALYSIS

Assignment: Composite drawing and digital montage as analytical tools

Week 9 URBAN SPACE ANALYSIS

Assignment: Composite drawing and digital montage as analytical tools

Week 10 URBAN SPACE ANALYSIS (MODERN EUROPE)

Assignment: Photo montage

Week 11 ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL ANALYSIS

Assignment: The size of your hand and the inertia of a human body in motion

Week 12 ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL ANALYSIS

   Assignment: Diagramming organizational and proportional systems

Week 13 SPRING BREAK

Week 14 ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL ANALYSIS

    Assignment: Composite drawing sketching on renderings

Week 15 ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL ANALYSIS

Assignment: Drawings Due

Week 16 FINAL SUBMISSION

Digital sketchbook due

Advertisements