Date of Submission

Summer 5-9-2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture

Department

Architecture

Primary Advisor

Jeffrey Collins

Abstract

This thesis proposes a new design for an architecture school that looks beyond the verbal and formal way of teaching, engaging students with multiple modes of learning to help them understand the fundamentals of architecture. The thesis looks at the positive impact of this new learning style - providing spaces that visually teach the construction and concepts of building, the foundation of architecture. This research explores visually providing various types of structures in the same space that students learn, strengthening the learner’s understanding and enabling a broader perspective of the content. It also can lead to better solutions for design and construction problems. Truly seeing the skeleton of their design, students can determine if their ideas are achievable and viable by providing a real-world testing ground. Students gain a better assessment of their ideas through a simulated testing process, which offers opportunities to streamline processes and shorten development times, perhaps reducing project costs. As Albert Einstein says, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it enough.” What if an architect’s education doesn’t just explain it verbally but shows it visually - would that enable clearer understanding, creative innovations, shorter timelines, and ultimately more well-versed professionals in the field of architecture?

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