New York City College of Technology – City University of New York

300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Department of Architectural Technology

ARCH 2310 Architectural Design III Spring 2017

Class times: Mondays (V834B) and Wednesdays (V812) 8:30pm-11:25pm

Instructor: Prof. Severn Clay-Youman, AIA



Office Hours: TBD

Course Description: This course is an exploration of abstract architectural design theory

in the expression of three-dimensional space. The creation of comprehensive architectural design projects are developed following a building program and incorporating elements of site, enclosure, structure, material and technology. Design concepts and vocabulary are introduced and strengthened through design projects. A juried presentation will take place at midterm and at the completion of the final project.

Course context: This course is the first semester of design after students have had two semesters of design foundations. Students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge acquired in ARCH 1210 and ARCH 1291 in this course.

Prerequisites: ARCH 1210 and ARCH 1291 both with a grade of C or higher

Pre- or co requisite: ARCH 1250

Suggested Text: Ching, Francis X. Form Space & Order. John Wiley and Sons, 2007.

Attendance Policy: No more than 10% absences are permitted during the semester. For the purposes of record, two latenesses are considered as one absence. Exceeding this limit will expose the student to failing at the discretion of the instructor.

Course Structure: This course is a design studio. There will be lectures, a combination of one on one desk critiques, small group reviews and presentations. Students will be responsible for working in class and for completing their work outside of class hours. There will be three projects during the semester.

Grading: Project 1 15%

Project 2 85%

A final grade of C or higher is required in this course to use it as a prerequisite for subsequent courses.

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.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Understand the impact horizontal and vertical circulations have on the perception of architectural space and apply it to design. (Knowledge)

  2. Demonstrate an ability to design based on a concept. (Knowledge)

  3. Develop parti concepts and diagrams into schematic level drawings. (Knowledge)

  4. Understand the difference between solid and void and positive and negative spaces and apply it in 2D and 3D designs. (Knowledge)

  5. Distinguish between media and determine the appropriate method and media required to complete a drawing or model. (Gen Ed)

  6. Communicate ideas and information both verbally and through writing. (Gen Ed)

  7. Research and practice information literacy skills by researching precedents. (Gen Ed)

  8. Apply quantitative analysis to design. (Gen Ed)

  9. Produce orthographic, axonometric, perspective, and architectural vignette drawings. (Skill)

  10. Utilize analogue and digital media to create drawings and models. (Skill)

  11. Synthesize site circulation, zoning, urban context, and views to design. (Skill)

  12. Synthesize construction types, hierarchy, and light to building design. (Skill)


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.

  3. Review students’ written descriptions of design work and feedback.

  4. Review students’ ability to incorporate circulation paths and plan organizations into a design.

  5. Review students’ ability to incorporate a concept into their design work.

  6. Review students’ accuracy with applying quantitative information to a design scheme.

  7. Review students’ ability to synthesize circulation, zoning, urban context, and views into a design.

  8. Review students’ ability to synthesize construction types, hierarchy, and light into building design.

Extent and Duration of projects

Project 1

  • 3.5 Weeks

  • Single-family Dwelling Precedent Study

Project 2

  • 5.5 Weeks

  • Senior Cohousing – Part I

Project 3

  • 6 Weeks

  • Senior Cohousing – Part II

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