Design Studio VIII

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Design Studio VIII

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Design Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Studio 8 is a continuation Studio 7, aiming to complete the students? Graduation Project. As in
    the previous semester the student was expected apply all developed design skills during four
    years at school in the development of a complex program project of clear urban meaning, in this
    final stage he must apply in an integrated way all learned architectural design, critic and
    technological tools in the architectural project. Under the title ?Seoul Urban Acupuncture?, Studio
    7 project was based on the application of learned analysis and critic methods to Seoul, to
    identify specific sites and find out their problems, advantages and potentials of improving the
    urban environment. Based on that, the students proposed an architectural program for a public
    building or building complex that would add to the construction of the city and energize whole
    areas through very specific and limited architectural interventions. Design was to be developed
    to schematic design.

    2014 Fall Semester Syllabus, Studio VIII-03
    In Studio 8 work will start with a recapitulation of the design proposal output of last semester,
    applying individual and collective critic, in order to fix weak points and complete underdeveloped
    parts of the project. Then, all technological issues of structure, building systems, safety,
    accessibility and sustainability already outlined will be detailed and integrated for a final
    adjustment of design and material-detail development at constructive scales. As expected in the
    previous semester, even when we encourage design and language freedom, a reasonable
    constructive realism and economical and communal sustainability sense must be a basic
    As a feature necessary for graduation and further career development, additional work will be
    done also to complete each student individual portfolio of their selected design in their five
    school years. Graphic design and digital publishing technologies will support the complete
    design and presentation skills of the student.

    As in the previous semester, the student must demonstrate the acquisition of skills on city
    analysis and understanding with an open constructive critic mind, and the proposal and
    development of architectural programs (functional, constructive, symbolic, formal, constructive,
    environmental, etc) as suggested by the findings of the analysis and critic.
    Furthermore, Studio 8 will stress the correct understanding and analyzing of the urban context
    and the relation of the building with the urban environment; the human aspect of the user needs
    and expectations (as individual and as a social group, including accessibility and equal
    opportunity) and its correct expression in the program development and formal language; the
    understanding of the structural nature of the building, and the correct analysis of the structural
    needs for a suitable selection of a structural system according to the project concept; the
    understanding of the envelope technology and suitable application for an optimum interior
    environment, exterior urban image, caring at the same time about the material and constructive
    logic and detailing; interior space environment, materiality and visual quality and detailing; the
    basic understanding and integration of the safety and service systems in the project. All of that
    with a clear sense of understanding of the wholeness and unity of the architectural object, even
    within its inherent complexity.
    The way the initial concept becomes a well developed idea and finally an architectural reality is
    achieved with a clear process, from the urban scale to the construction detail. We stress here
    that the design is the result of a process in which the results are shaped step by step. The
    student should be conscious of this process and should be able to express and explain it
    2014 Fall Semester Syllabus, Studio VIII-03
    clearly. A clear, solid, well documented and convincing process will be much more
    significant than good looking final results without a process behind.
    Process and results should be correctly documented expressed through texts, diagrams,
    graphics and drawings are required a a basis for the professional architectural work. Digital
    tools as CAD and especially BIM are required as part of the workflow. Non conventional media
    as video, animations, digital and mixed multi media art are encouraged although not strictly
    required. Students are also required to explain the essentials of motivation and intent, concept,
    process and proposal in a short essay in English.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations