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WSOA In-Flux is a publishing platform for architecture and interior design launched by Woodbury School of Architecture in 2020.








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.

We believe that our school is a role model for the direction in which the profession is heading – improving gender parity and ethnic diversity among its members, and reaffirming the importance of ethical conduct and social responsibility. Ours is a welcoming community for every race and orientation, and we resist acts of intolerance in favor of thoughtfulness, generosity and kindness. The economic, ethnic, and academic backgrounds of our students reflect Southern California itself. We are determined to provide a place for open debate, the respectful airing of differences, and for rich forms of expression and imagination.


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Principles & Process ︎ Studio One



ARCH 182
Fall 2019 ︎

Los Angeles


Instructors
Aaron Gensler
Baily Shugart (ID)
Cody Miner
John Going






The aim of Studio One is three-fold: 1. to introduce students to the discipline of architecture, 2. To provide a technical, conceptual, and ethical foundation for approaching architectural issues, and 3. to synthesize a collaborative studio environment that promotes synergy and provokes dialogue amongst students and faculty alike.







This studio understands architecture as a collective body of knowledge, a discipline with discrete techniques, histories, and theories that through their dialogue with one another provide a framework for generating and evaluating architectural work. Outcomes derived from the discipline of architecture respond to a wide range of social, cultural, and political conditions and are manifested in the form of buildings, drawings, writings, and other mediums. Studio One engaged the discipline of architecture in two phases. The first phase, which was completed by midterm, was understood as a disciplinary exercise that aimed to develop form-making intelligence and representational expertise. The second phase, which went from midterm until the final, applied the disciplinary intelligence derived from the first phase to a cultural condition in the form of an integrative building design.








Additionally, this studio approached the practice of architecture as an activity that can be improved upon over time by refining one’s skills. Skills require a deep understanding and mastery of techniques that allow one to execute a difficult task well – techniques must be ‘practiced’ constantly and repeatedly before they translate into skill. The first phase of the semester was iterative in nature. The faculty introduced techniques and then ask students to repeat those techniques in various ways with the ambition of developing a deepened conceptual understanding and technical skills.










Catalog Description


Studio One, Principles + Processes, provides a technical, conceptual, and ethical foundation for approaching architectural issues. Students learn fundamental skills for generating, representing, and archiving three-dimensional form with precision and clarity using a wide range of tools. Students are introduced to fundamental media used to generate, produce, and represent three-dimensional form and space. Qualitative issues surrounding mass, space, and circulation are foregrounded in the production of a 1,000 square foot building proposal.