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CEE 33Q: Studio 1: Architecture - Space, Light, and Movement

General Education Requirements

Not currently certified for a requirement. Courses are typically considered for Ways certification a quarter in advance.

Units: 5

Tues Thurs 1:30-4:20PM

Newly added to Spring! Please note, catalog number and weekly schedule pending as of Feb 15.

Course Description

This introductory architectural design course in the studio core sequence leads students through a series of spatial design exercises. Students will explore the fundamental principles of architectural design through drawing, model making, analysis, craft, organizational systems, narrative, movement, light, form, and scale. Students will also explore architecture on campus, taking their personal experience as a point of departure for the design investigations. 

We build models exploring spatial arrangements and configurations, learn to draw plans, develop craftsmanship building models, visit buildings around campus, and design a house for a visiting scholar. Most importantly we learn to engage and foster creativity. Many of the best architects and designers maintain a child-like sense of wonder. We all have it, but sometimes this may get de-emphasized as one moves along in their journey of education. We work together to spark and engage that curiosity to design dynamic spaces that relate to the human body.

The course is 5 units and requires a significant amount of time. That said it is fun and engaging experience.

Meet the Instructor: Ethen Wood

"I am Associate Director of Stanford’s Sustainable Architecture + Engineering Program.  I have been at Stanford since 2013 where I teach design studio and co-teach Japanese Modern Architecture. I was born and raised in San Francisco and my personal areas of interest are in Bay Area and California residential Modernism. Architecture is my passion and I enjoy sharing it with students and introducing them to ideas of spatial thinking, design, and its connection to a larger continuum of architecture history."