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.
Objective: To 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.