Comprehensive Integrative Design 

ARCH 573 | Fall 2013
Professor Michael Kim 

Comprehensive architectural studio with emphasis on holistic integrative design for maximum value creation  under  the  realistic  temporal,  technical,  legal,  and  budgetary  limitations.    The  subject projects are technologically demanding and functionally complex buildings such as Tall Buildings, Hospitals, Research  Labs, and Air Terminal  Buildings.   The projects are typically the real ones that are  being  designed  by  internationally  prominent  firms.    On  a  rotating  basis,  the  firms  serve  as Teaching Offices with their Executive  and Senior Members  of the real project team serving as the Expert Consultants as well as the “Clients.” To acquire the skills for successful project execution, the projects are executed collaboratively through project teams under strict time-­‐budget and project requirements  that  can  best  maximize  value  creation.    A  full-­‐day  trip  to  Chicago  (or  St.  Louis)  is required for the Project Kick-­‐off   Meetings   and   Lecture/Presentations    by   the   Teaching   Offices as   the   Clients/Expert Architects. 

ObjectiveTo increase the ability for comprehensive  building design  as well as for efficient project execution for successful delivery of the buildings that can best accomplish the desired project goals within the limited  means  and  constraints  through  synergistic  design  integration  and  successful  team collaboration.

Strategy: The studio setting simulates an office practice with the instructor overseeing the projec t processes of each design team.    The projects are executed in Two Phases:   Concept Design Phase and Schematic Design Phase.   Concept Design is formulated during the first half of the semester by the teams of 4 students each.     This is presented and discussed at the Mid-­‐semester Review to the “Clients,” represented  by  the  Teaching  Offices.     During  the  second  half  of  the  semester,  the  Approved Concept Designs are developed  into Schematic Designs reflecting all the comments  and feedback from  the  clients.        These  are  done  by  the  teams  of  2  each,  sub-­‐teams  of  the  original  4,  and presented to the clients for the Final Review at the end of the Semester. 

The instructional  setting  in the Concept  Design  Phase  is in two  modes:  Seminar  and Independent Studio.   The seminar sessions are either for the lecture/discussion  on the Relevant Topical Issues of more general nature or the Specific Design Issues in the context of the design in progress.   Studio sessions   are   where   the   design   ideas   that   have   emerged   through   the   seminar   sessions   are developed, their viability tested, and further developmental possibilities explored. 

Instruction  in the  Schematic  Design  Phase  is also  in two  modes,  but  different  from  the  Concept Phase: Individualized Design Consultation for and Independent Studio.  In this Phase, individualized development of the concept design into the schematic design is facilitated through individualized or small group Design Consultation.