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Arch 454/554 Studio Request

Please submit your preferences for Fall 2023 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, April 14, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Fall 2023 ARCH 454/554 Studios:

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, specifications, permitting, scheduling, coordination, multiple client presentations, design documentation 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 the 6-credit Fall 2023 Studio, Idaho Design Build, students acknowledge they will be required to enroll in both a 6-credit Spring 2024 IDB studio, and a Summer 2024 404/504 build seminar (3 credits).

Studio Description

This studio will focus on architectural designs in urban and/or community scales and contexts. The main project that we will work on this semester will be a multi-phase neighborhood design
in a high dense urban area.

Studio Description

The studio will explore how Well-Being concepts in the emerging field of Positive Psychology can be incorporated strategically into a historic downtown center. The class will explore how architecture and landscape can activate engagement, community, meaning, and sense of place, positive emotions, and community achievement in a downtown setting.

Studio Description


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