Introduction to architecture model

Introduction to Architectural Design

This course enables students to explore both the conceptual and practical realms of architecture through a series of studio projects, with supporting lecture content. Discussions focus on how experience, daily use, culture and aesthetics influence the field of architectural design, while studio projects develop a creative yet rigorous design process through drawing, model making, and critique. Initially, students complete design exercises that develop understandings of three-dimensional form, material properties, architectural scale, and spatial experience. As the course progresses, students apply these principles to a site-specific design project with programmatic needs. Individuals with or without design experience are welcome, as projects are suitable to each student’s background.

RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head or major advisor using the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Form. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

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  • This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
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Course #0221
Nathan Friedman

Online Course
June 22–July 31, 2020

Tuition $2,200
3 Credits


Nathan Friedman

Nathan Friedman is an architect and co-founder of Departamento del Distrito, a new design-research practice based in Mexico City. His research linking architectural theory and geography has been recently published in MAS Context and Scapegoat, and will be featured in the upcoming issue of Manifest, “Bigger than Big.” He is a former editor of MIT’s Thresholds, and has previously worked for Eisenman Architects, SMAQ Berlin, and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, focusing on a contemporary art museum in the heart of Moscow’s Gorky Park. Friedman holds a Master of Science in history, theory and criticism of architecture and art from MIT and Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.