A Travelers' Inn

ARCH 572 | Fall 2013
Professor Emeritus James Warfield 


In recent years, UNESCO has identified a number of vernacular environments and cultural landscapes as World Heritage sites. While this designation was intended to protect global patrimony, the effect has been to attract international visitors to these sites. How architects and developers acknowledge, respect, and sensitively relate to such treasures is a charge to the design profession.

This studio will focus upon a semester long investigation of a special building type, a 24 unnit lodge for the off-the-beaten-track traveler. Each individual student will select a location at which such an inn might provide access to a cultural, natural or historic point of interest (e.g. the Amana colonies in Iowa; the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador; the Berber ksars in Tunisia; the rain forests on Vancouver Island). Design at all scales form furniture to room to building to neighborhood to site will be explored. Emphasis will be placed upon professionally developed verbal, graphic, and model presentations. Design studies will require freehand sketching as well as computer drawings and study modes. Evaluation will be based upon regular studies and reviews approximately every 10 days. Scheduled studio attendance in mandatory. 


The search for ideas  

The development of critical and creative thinking

The translation of ideas into built form 

The understanding of human scale  

The design of quality living environments worthy of treasured site