Architecture and Design

Course Description: What Is This Class About?

Architecture and Design is a Marking Period course worth 1.25 credits. Researching, brainstorming, creating, assessing, improving, and presenting: are all part of the design process. Well will use this process to solve problems in our community.

Rationale: Why is it Important To Learn This?

Architects and designers create the environments in which we live, work and play. From homes and cars to the products that we buy- everything is designed by somebody. Architects and designers must learn to take into account “other peoples needs” as part of their creative process.

Course Goals:What Are We Going To Do In This Class?

Over the duration of the Marking Period we will be: making architectural models, doing some urban planning, designing logos, and creating sets for the drama show. In addition to making art: we will be looking at exemplary works of design, and analyzing how choices made by the designers effect how people interact with their designs. The study of technical processes will include: architectural model making, 3-D computer modeling, and screen-printing.

Course Concepts: What Will I Learn In This class?

Architecture How to draw a floor plan.
How to make an architectural model.
How to modify a design to suit the needs of a client.
Master Plan How design effects the way people interact with each other.
How to make a 3-D model on the computer.
Logo design How form and concept interact to create identity.
How to make a screen print.
Set Design How to design an interactive space.
How to create a piece of installation art.


Students will be expected to turn in 4 completed projects by the end of the Marking Period. As part of the learning process, students are given a self-evaluation rubric for each project. Criteria for getting an “A” are listed on the rubric. Students are expected to assess their own artwork based on these criteria. This process allows students the opportunity to continue to refine their artwork until they feel it meets the standard set out in the rubric. Writing about their artwork allows students the opportunity to earn extra-credit.