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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.

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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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House Studies ︎ Graduate Studio One



ARCH 583
Fall 2019 ︎

Los Angeles


Instructor
Heather Flood




Work by M.Arch student Emily Rose Vanags




The aim of ARCH 583: Graduate Studio One is two-fold: 1. to introduce students to the discipline and the profession of architecture, and, 2. to provide a technical foundation for engaging in the practice of architecture. The content of the studio will be shaped by an understanding of architectural history as it is filtered through contemporary technology.


The term discipline implies that Architecture is a living body of knowledge with discrete techniques, histories, and theories that propel forward into an ever-expanding terrain of possibilities. Disciplinary outcomes, to be understood as intelligence derived from the discipline of architecture, can and are applied to wide range of social, cultural, and political conditions through the form of buildings, drawings, writings and other mediums. The term practice implies that Architecture is an activity that can be improved upon over time by the honing of skill. Skills require a mastery of technique which allows someone to achieve a difficult task well. Techniques must be ‘practiced’ repeatedly before they become a skill. The working methods in this studio are iterative in nature. Techniques will be introduced and then repeated in various ways with the ambition of developing intellectual and technical skill.





Work by M.Arch student Meruzhan Karapetyan


Graduate Studio One introduce students to the discipline and practice of architecture through the careful analysis and design of a single-family residence. Using the Case Study homes as precedents, each student was asked to document an example of stud frame construction in model, drawing, and text form.  The goal of the assignment is to sensitize students to logics of material assembly that exist in practice. Unlike case studies, which are simply meant to facilitate understanding, a precedent project is meant to be a springboard for future action. The precedent facilitates an understanding of material construction so that as the semester continues, common construction practices will evolve into uncommon architectural forms. Tectonics was the primary lens for developing an understanding of spatial, formal, structural, and material layers of architecture. Tectonics is to be defined as ‘of or relating to building or construction’. In other words, how buildings are made and what they are made of. Within the discipline of architecture, tectonics should be understood to mean the way that the elements of a building come together in support of a spatial, formal, and/or aesthetic agenda. In Studio Two students  are expected to demonstrate an understanding that architectural form is not monolithic, but rather, is the nesting of multiple interdependent parts.




Catalog Description

The foundation graduate design studio prompts a phenomenological understanding of architectural space through an introduction to design methodologies across multiple media and within nested scales. Students explore the manipulation of two and three dimensions through skills development in drawing, material exploration, and modeling.