Master’s Project Studio

Course Syllabus

Fall 2017

Instructors
Eric Peterson

ARC6970 : 6 Credits

Meeting time
Tuesdays and Thursday 14:00-18:00 and by appointment (see Schedule)

Catalogue DescriptioN

ARC 6970 Master’s Project (6). Coursework under the direction of faculty for the completion of project by
candidate for the degree of Master of Architecture.

Prerequisite
ARC 6910.

Course Objectives
ARC6970 / LAA6656 is a cross-listed architecture and landscape architecture design studio in Genoa, Italy that
proposes analysis and intervention within a complex urban context. Students will analyze and document an urban
site using a variety of advanced conceptual and analytical tools in order to develop an urban and architectural
proposal that operates as an integrated response to the needs of contemporary collective urban life. The course
will introduce design methods and strategies appropriate to an intricate urban capstone project.

By the conclusion of the course students will be expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of the historic
context within which they are operating. Architectural and urban proposal will exhibit a clear strategy based on
cogent site analysis, research into relevant precedents, and thoughtful analysis of programmatic requirements as
they relate to site and context. It is expected that all work will be timely, complete, and well documented
according to pre-established deadlines.

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
Urban space analysis 25% Piazza TBD
Building detail analysis 25% Scarpa

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 in writing.

Course Schedule

Week 1 CONTEXT ANALYSIS

Assignment: Mapping and sketching, site drawings – site plans and sections

Week 2 VENICE AND VERONA Trip

    Assignment: Concept development

Week 3 SITE ANALYSIS

  Assignment: Graphic presentation of geographic, hydrologic, and environmental data

Week 4 PROGRAM ANALYSIS and PRECEDENT

Assignment: Diagramming and Precedent studies

Week 5 ROME and FLORENCE TRIP

Assignment: Speculative drawing and Detail studies

Week 6 CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

Assignment: formal and conceptual framework, writing and sketching

Week 7 VOLUMETRIC DEVELOPMENT

Assignment: Volumetric studies

Week 8 SCHEMATIC DESIGN

  Assignment: Plans and sections

Week 9 MODERN EUROPE Trip

Assignment: Design Development – First formal pin-up

Week 10 ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL DEVELOPMENT

  Assignment: Three materials/One assembly

Week 11 DESIGN DEVELOPMENT – Detail

  Assignment: The language of architectural detail – drawings and diagrams

Week 12 DESIGN DEVELOPMENT – Modeling

Assignment: 3d model

Week 13 SPRING BREAK

Week 14 DESIGN DEVELOPMENT – Graphics

Assignment: Graphic Layout – Fourth Formal Pin-up

Week 15 DESIGN DEVELOPMENT – Justification

    Assignment: Diagramming and writing

Week 16 FINAL REVIEW

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