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Studio Preference Request

Please submit your preferences for Spring 2022 sections of ARCH 4/554

Placement in architectural design studios is based on student preference, student performance in previous studio experience, and availability. Every effort will be made to place students in one of their top choices or in a studio that best meets their academic needs.

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Friday, Nov. 5

Spring 2022 Studios:

This studio will be focused on the 2022 ACSA Student Design Competition, specifically the Habitat Competition: Climate Positive Concrete Housing.

From the competition program: “In response to the simultaneous crises of Housing, Climate and Equity, this competition challenges students to envision the ideal Habitat home in one of seven North American regions. The competition is a partnership between the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and Habitat for Humanity International, Inc., and is based on the Habitat for Humanity U.S. Construction standards for affordable, resilient, sustainable & accessible homes. The competition challenges students to design affordable multi-unit housing in one of seven North America regions. The need for affordable housing types has never been greater. Populations are fluctuating, given the cost of living, change to commuting, and a range of quality-of-life options. Today’s housing problems are difficult, but architects are in a unique place to envision innovative solutions to the housing crisis that affects us all.”

This studio will collaborate with landscape architecture design studio to provide an interdisciplinary learning experience to study the complex interactions of the human users and the urban realm (both natural and built environment) with the focus of urban resilience, public health and ecological urbanism. This studio will stress the use of mapping and diagrams based on Geographic Information System (GIS) data and other site-oriented analyses to suggest design decisions.

The two studio projects will focus on the development of a real-world mixed-use urban environment by treating “site” and “programs” not as a given but as value-laden constructs that are shaped by multi-scalar and multivalent systemic linkages of human society. The urban contexts of the studio projects will be the laboratory to rethink, reshape and regenerate the new urban landscape and environment in the 21st Century.

Idaho Design Build is a critical exploration of architectural design through the lens of design-build methodologies. The primary exercise is a real-time project from inception to construction , complete with budget development and management, pecifications, permitting, scheduling, coordination, multiple client presentations, design documenta- tion, and construction.

Involvement in the Idaho Design Build Studio requires in-person attendance on the Moscow Campus, regular travel to the project site during the semester, including an extended build period, with all students potentially living and working on-site for the duration of construction. All work in the course will be completed collaboratively, under tight schedule constraints, with design progressing via critical input and consensus of the full group, and approval of project stakeholders. Prospective students should be aware of the fast-paced, physically demanding and time-consuming nature of this course, but also the benefits of working directly with clients, vendors, and consultants, expanding on skills developed in traditional studios, and seeing a project through from inception to its reality as a benefit to the community.

In preferencing for design build, students acknowledge they will be required to enroll in a 3 credit Summer 2022 404/504 seminar.


Architecture Program

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2451 Moscow, ID 83844-2451

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9428

Urban Design Center

Mailing Address:
322 E. Front Street
Suite 390
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-885-6781

Urban Design Center