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Woodbury School of Architecture is distinguished by its multiple locations at the heart of the Southern California creative industries: Los Angeles, Hollywood and San Diego. Together, these sites form a critical infrastructure for architectural investigations.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students to effect positive change in the built environment, to tackle theoretical debates, and to take on architecture and interior design as critical practices. We educate our students as entrepreneurs, citizen architects, and cultural builders equally committed to professional practice, theoretical discourse, social equity and to formal and technological inquiry.

Our faculty are architects, designers, academics and policy makers practicing in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. This internationally recognized and award-winning group works closely with students to teach the skills required to push the limits of practice.




Mission

Good design is a human right. Woodbury School of Architecture produces graduates who affirm the power of design to improve the built environment and the lives of others by addressing the pressing issues of our time. We transform our students into ethical, articulate and innovative design professionals prepared to lead in a world of accelerating technological change.



Vision

The future belongs to Woodbury. Woodbury School of Architecture creates an environment that empowers our students to impact the future of the profession through meaningful built work. We imagine a world in which there are no disciplinary rights or wrongs, where diverse and sometimes contradictory values collide to generate new ideas, design innovation, unexpected practices, and the means to expand the influence of our discipline.



Woodbury School of Architecture offers a welcoming environment for students to develop their own unique design voice.  We approach the design disciplines multi-dimensionally, teaching a range of pedagogies and design methodologies. Our students leave Woodbury with the confidence to engage in local and global discourse.

Through engaged faculty-student interaction, we transform our students into innovative professionals with a commitment to the power of good design. Our students and faculty share a commitment to sustainable practices, community outreach and civic engagement.

Our School of Architecture is among the first 14 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative. Successful students will have the opportunity to have an architectural license upon graduation.

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Extreme Taxidermy: Skin Jobs, Spatial Surfaces, and Inhabitable Wrappers ︎ Degree Project Studio



ARCH 492
Spring 2020 ︎

Los Angeles


Instructors
Paulette Singley
Scrap Marshall




Work by B.Arch student Jesus Montes



Extreme Taxidermy explores building enclosure as architectural clothing, developing textile design as the starting point of the design process. Working from the outside-in on the design of a tall structure, this studio adopts the adage “form follows fabric.” The word textile relates formally to texture, tectonic, context, text, intertext, hypertext, pretext, subtext, etc. and etymologically to the Greek tecton or a builder of roofs. Students wrote and designed a material text that they wrapped around a scaffold. This is a form of architectural taxidermy, that is, the arrangement of a tectonic skin on a scaffold. As Robert Bringhurst writes (The Elements of Typographic Style): “thought is a thread, and the raconteur is a spinner of yarns—but the true storyteller, the poet, is a weaver... After long practice, their work took on such an even, flexible texture that they called the written page a textus, which means cloth.” If cloth is a textus and, according to the 19thcentury architect and theorist Gottfried Semper, textile originated architecture’s structural framework, then his bekleidungsprinzip organizes the generative argument of this studio, that we clad our buildings as we clothes our bodies as we tell our stories.





Work by B.Arch student Aaron Servera




Work by B.Arch student Micol Romano



Work by B.Arch student Miguel Ruiz




Catalog Description

Through a rigorous level of clearly resolved work, students must demonstrate the application of theoretical research and positioning, plus the ability to integrate site, program, and other design issues in a self-initiated architectural design project incorporating a high degree of critical thinking, skill, and craft.