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The Structures – Design Studio LinkTeaching structures to architects is a juggling act between the technical and the creative. It is notenough to teach statics and strength of materials. Architects are creators of space and as suchthey must also understand the inherent strength and weaknesses of the vast array of structuralsystems at their disposal. There are three topics often debated between structures educators. Thefirst is the question of what should be taught first. Can one understand structural systemswithout first understanding the fundamentals of forces, load tracing, stress, and deflection? Onthe other hand, can one readily grasp the fundamentals of analysis and component design withoutunderstanding the concept of a structural system as an assembly of components working togetherto transfer all loads safely to the ground? The second topic of debate, stemming frominterpretation of NAAB requirements and differing philosophies of architecture education ingeneral, centers on the question of how much structural knowledge the architecture student reallyneeds. The third topic is the integration of structural design in the architecture design studio.It is not so much a question of if the integration should occur as of how the student is expected toapply newly learned structures knowledge to projects in the design studio.This paper posits that the application of structural knowledge in design studio is essential to anintegrated design approach and as such, the structures curriculum should be directly linked toindividual studio projects. Through analysis of the structural debates listed above, the paperdiscusses flexible curriculum components and multiple half-term courses to suit the needs ofindividual student schedules and correspondence to design studios. It also discusses strategiestoward developing studio links that reinforce the design of structural systems from the conceptphase of a project.
Becker, H. H. (2013, June), The Structures - Design Studio Link Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22620
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