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    IntroARCH: Graduate Preparatory Course

    July 29 - August 12, 2013

    This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate architectural studio sequence at IIT. It is highly recommended for students embarking on the 3-year professional Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees (those without prior architectural studio experience) and is recommended for students embarking on the 2-year M.Arch with Advanced Standing (especially those who have not recently completed their undergraduate studies). The course is also open to those who are not currently seeking a degree but are interested in pursuing architectural graduate studies in the future.

    The emphasis of the course is on the fluid integration of manual and digital modes of representation into a cohesive process – a skill set essential for navigating the architectural studio. Concepts and techniques covered will be the foundational skills of the architect; the various modes of freehand drawing, imaging, descriptive and analytic orthographic projection; and architectural model-making.

    The course is comparable to a design studio in sequence and rigor. It will give inexperienced students a working familiarity with the strategies, concepts, and techniques that form the backbone of architectural design studio work, and refresh the skills of the experienced. Individual instruction will accommodate each student’s level of expertise.

    The course is built around a series of design studio projects that integrate skills workshops, drawing and discussion sessions, concept and process tutorials, and reviews with visiting critics. Supporting components of the program include visits to local architectural offices, faculty guest lectures, and field trips exploring Chicago’s rich architectural milieu.

    Schedule: July 29 - August 12, 2013
    Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm, Thursday evenings until 7 pm.
    View 2013 course schedule (PDF)

    Program Fee: $1,000
    Fee covers course instruction, some drawing/modeling supplies, and events (with meals).

    IntroARCH application (PDF)

    Leslie Johnson,
    M.Arch, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
    B.Arch, Illinois Institute of Technology
    Leslie Johnson teaches undergraduate studios at IIT and is a practicing design architect in Chicago.

    Lukasz Kowalczyk, kowalczyk@iit.edu
    B.Arch, The Cooper Union
    Lukasz Kowalczyk teaches digital photography and studios at IIT and runs a design/fabrication shop in Chicago.

    For more information, contact:

    Stephen Sennott
    Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
    College of Architecture
    S.R. Crown Hall
    3360 South State Street
    Chicago, IL 60616
    (312) 567-3260