Walking through the Computer Labs in an Architecture School

This WRNS Studio model is a frequent image these student bring to class to ask about integration issues.

This WRNS Studio model is a frequent image these student bring to class to ask about integration issues.

I team-teach Project Integration Studio. By mid-semester, these students model structure, ducts, and lights to be integrated harmoniously with the floors, walls, and ceilings of their (otherwise) typical studio projects.

That’s a lot for an architecture student fresh out of Design II. That’s why the studio fosters┬áteams of three or four students per project.

Teamwork is hard. Miscommunication is costly in a group. But, each year, the students arrive with more robust modeling abilities. Each year, they are quicker to get it all in the computer.

That’s why it is a pleasure to walk through the school computer labs and quietly listen to these teams work through their problems. They point to the model. They generate new views to visualize the issue. They talk spatially.

I tell my students “It is a fantastic time to become and architect.” because of these new tools. Those with sharper ears probably see the other meaning: “Its a fantastic time to be architecture professor.”