Course description

This course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course’s scope and content. For precise content, please see the Architecture Department webpage.


ARCH 1501 and ARCH 2502, or permission of instructor.

Summer 2024: Ithaca campus

Section ID:ARCH 4509 101-SEM
Topic:Contextural Representations (drawing out)
Session:Summer 3-week 3
Class dates:July 15-August 2, 2024
Final exam/project due:Friday August 02, 3 PM - 6:10 PM / TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:MTWR 3 PM - 6:10 PM / Sibley Hall 140
Mode of instruction:In person
Max. enroll:10
Notes:Fulfills requirements of a minor in Architecture.
Related:Co-offered with : ARCH 6509 101-SEM

This 3-week design seminar will challenge students to create tactics of visual representation that are both intentional and relational; where “drawing out” is an intellectual position in constant relation to ideas in the world.

Students should arrive at the seminar with textual fragments in mind that they will be in conversation with for the 3-week term - this list could be introductory and evolving. They will then develop, explicate and illuminate a response to their readings through the medium of architectural drawing, where the terms and categories of this might offer competing opportunities for rhetorical manifestations: can an architectural section help us conceive of a historical moment in a new way? Or, could different axonometric projections offer contradictory understandings that challenge pre- and misconceptions? The seminar will constantly turn to, interrogate, disrupt and (hopefully!) reinvent techniques of architectural drawing in the service of drawing out arguments and ideas about things out in the world.

To enroll:

See Register and Dates & Deadlines for enrollment information.