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First Year Exercises


Arch/Larch 2310  is the introductory design studio in the KSA curriculum. Projects are varied across the semester in an effort to expose the tools and tactics of design at both the 2D and 3D levels. Drawing, modeling and thinking are developed through a series of exercises that incorporate analysis, composition, formal development, volume-making, and conceptual development. The studio culminates in the development and design of a recreational Bath House complex and landscape on a prototypical site.

Artist Pavilion Expo

A House for X


Filtrated Expanses

Sierra Club Headquarters

The design prompt calls for a regional headquarters to be located in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Sierra Club, an environmental protection agency and lobbyist organization.  Students were asked to propose design solutions beyond conventional “green” strategies.  Using the primary tools of an architect—design—the studio's work focused on how architecture can create a positive and innovative dialog between climate change, nature, and civilization all within an urban context.

Sierra Club Headquarters

The junior studio undertook the design of the mid-western Headquarters for the Sierra Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. The program includes roughly half office space and half public outreach and education spaces (a library, an auditorium, and galleries). Founded in 1892 by Jon Muir after successfully campaigning to create Yosemite National Park, the Sierra Club is committed to educating the public through positive campaigns combining education, lobbying and litigation to effect change today rather than in the future.

Aggregate Midrise

Our focus on the mid-rise is twofold, to explore verticality and repetition while exploiting, volumetric voids such as atria, courtyards, and rotundas (volumetric and geometric tools for wrestling the box). The project also acknowledges that in today’s economic climate, as the architect faces considerable pressure to solve an array of issues, we will prioritize the value of spatial innovation, aiming to return the architect as visionary problem solver.

Sierra Club Headquarters

This urban infill problem provided the opportunity to produce a public symbol in Cincinnati for one of America's oldest and
most widely recognized environmental advocacy agencies. Approximately 70,000 square feet of interior rooms were linked to
outdoor areas with attention to current climate demands. The most successful proposals organized complex internal
sequences of public and layered private functions with developed sensibilities of daylight, views and façade compositions.


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