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    IntroARCH: Graduate Preparatory Course

    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 UG studies). The course is also open to those not currently seeking a degree at IIT 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: August 4 - 18, 2014
    Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm, Thursday evenings until 7 pm.

    Program Fee: $1,000
    Fee covers course instruction and faculty led tours, sketchbooks, drawing paper, some modeling supplies, and group events with meals. Please note – IntroARCH students will need to supply their own drawing and modeling tools/supplies (an approximate total cost of $300). A materials/supplies list will be issued prior to the beginning of the course.


    Leslie Johnson, johnsonl@iit.edu

    Lukasz Kowalczyk, kowalczyk@iit.edu

    Course Overview (PDF)

    Course Schedule (PDF)

    Application (PDF)

    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