New York City College of Technology ‚Äď City University of New York
300 Jay Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Department of Architectural Technology
Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Technology


Jill Bouratoglou

Lia Dikigoropoulou

Course Description: This is an Advanced Design studio where the significance of public housing will be examined.

The studio will research, evaluate analyze and investigate multi-family housing and urban redevelopment, and propose an exploratory approach to the planning and delivery of housing. The final project will consist of designing high density mixed ‚Äďuse housing and public space with community amenities.


Course context: This course is the sixth semester of architectural design.  The students will have a clear understanding of housing as a set of building typology with social and historical implications.

Students will analyze the existing settlement patterns, architectural character, environmental factors, transportation, use, history, demographics and other concerns affecting the areas of study.

Prerequisites: ARCH 3510 or ARCH 3511 with a grade of C or higher

Recommended Text:  Clark, Roger H. (2004) Precedents in Architecture: Analytic Diagrams, Formative Ideas, and Partis.  John Wiley & Sons; 3rd edition [ISBN # 0471479748]

Suggested Reference:

Density: New Collective Housing by Javier Mozas

Housing Design: A Manual 2nd ed. Edition  by Bernard Leupen  (Author), Harald Mooij (Author)

Floor Plan Manual 4th Revised and Extended Edition Edition

by Friederike Schneider  (Author), Oliver Heckmann  (Author)

Attendance Policy: No more than 10% absences are permitted during the semester. For the purposes of record, two lateness are considered as one absence. Class lectures and in class work are critical to student success.

Academic Integrity: Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting and citation of sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the college recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion.

Suggested Text:   Texts will be assigned according to the subject covered that day.

Course Structure:  The studio will be organized as a research studio with one design project. Research papers, 2D and 3D drawings, and physical study models and final models will be utilized in program development, design and presentations.


40%          Project research and development, Site Visit and Analysis, Precedent studies,                   and Program development

50%          Design Concept and Development, Presentation, Completion and Resolution

10%          Attendance and participation in class discussions

Learning Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course the student shall:

  1. Develop schematic design into design document level drawings. (Knowledge)
  2. Apply knowledge of building codes pertaining to egress and fire protection/suppression to design without compromising design aesthetics. (Knowledge)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of different societies’ values regarding space and its social implications. (Knowledge)
  4. Distinguish between media and determine the appropriate method and media required to complete a drawing or model. (Gen Ed)
  5. Generate talking points for persuasive presentation of design. (Gen Ed)
  6. Research precedents and implement information literacy. (Gen Ed)
  7. Apply quantitative analysis to design. (Gen Ed)
  8. Collaborate on group projects. (Gen Ed)
  9. Critique written reports and oral presentations of fellow students. (Gen Ed)
  10. Produce orthographic, axonometric, perspective, and architectural vignette drawings. (Skill)
  11. Synthesize site circulation, zoning, urban context, and views to design. (Skill)
  12. Analyze and reduce complex media (print, visual, sites) to component parts. (Skill)
  13. Show ability to contribute actively by applying knowledge to the identification and analysis of societal and professional problems to enact solutions. (Gen Ed)


To evaluate the students’ achievement of the learning objectives, the professor will do the following:

  1. Review students’ creative process (initial sketches through to the final project) by means of frequent pin-ups.
  2. Assess the students’ use of professional vocabulary during oral presentations and written work.
  3. Review students’ ability to incorporate a concept into their design work.
  4. Evaluate students’ ability to write descriptions of both existing spaces and their own designs effectively.
  5. Evaluate students’ participation in class discussions regarding students written and oral presentations.
  1. Review students’ accuracy with applying quantitative information to a design scheme.
  2. Evaluate students’ application of design precedents and product specifications.
  3. Review students’ ability to synthesize circulation, zoning, urban context, and views into a design
  4. Review students’ ability to synthesize construction types, hierarchy, and light into building design.
  5. Review students’ ability to incorporate environmental systems and sustainable concepts into their design work.
  1. Review of group projects will be based on the completeness of the work as well as the

effectiveness of the group’s team work and communication skills.

  1. Evaluate students’ ability to diagram complex media.

Weekly Course Outline:

WEEK 1                     Introduction to course content. Typologies of Housing

Precedent research + Analysis Typology of Housing

WEEK 2                     Introduction to the specific site.  Discussion about approach, sun orientation, traffic, slope, zoning and other restrictions.   Site visit and Data gathering. Site model.

WEEK 3                     Pin-up: Precedent research and analysis

WEEK 4                     Pin-up team presentations: Site analysis

Building Code and Zoning analysis.

WEEK 5                     Programming and Space planning.

Complete the program of your building determining uses, location and rough sizes of floor areas. Consider the use carefully: how is it appropriate to the site and check whether allowed by zoning.

WEEK 6                     Formulation of site strategies and design Principles (parti ideas)



WEEK 7                     Introduction to Individual Residential Unit.  Interior planning design concepts and requirements. Discussion of furniture layout, space planning.

WEEK 8                     Mid-term review 

WEEK 9¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Design development ‚Äď your building and public space


WEEK 10                  Plans, Sections and Massing of Unit and Flooring Selection. Exterior connections.

WEEK 11                  Interior space development

WEEK 12                  Exterior Elevations; material glazing. landscaping and Exterior spaces.

WEEK 13                  Desk Crits

WEEK 14                  Layout of final presentation

WEEK 15                  Final Review

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