Each summer, the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning conducts the Summer Institute for Architecture (SIA) featuring numerous undergraduate and graduate level courses. Among these are design studios and elective courses, including history of architecture, graphics, furniture design, theory, and computer-aided design/fabrication.
The Summer 2014 HYBRID SCALE: A scale suggests a point of reference to understand the space of a situation, the constraints of a circumstance, or the limits of a context. Scales can be dynamic and multi-dimensional. They establish an extent, a magnitude, a size. As architects, we seek to exploit many balances to yield the speculative tensions between the figural and the literal; between past and future histories; between opposing dialectics. We consider the multiple meanings of measure, from the literal to the poetic. The rhythm or cadence of a structural logic imparts a sense of scale to an overall construct. The module of a material logic renders a unit of measure on a surface. The insertion of a building logic can amplify the fine and coarse grains of a city fabric. A textured surface marked by the passage of time makes present the scales of inhabitation within its folds. The slow filtering of light reveals a memory of the making process. The perceptual impact of a place is extended via phenomenological and figural extensions of the ideas. This circumstance is bigger or smaller than it seems. The senses of scale establish a point from which spatial understanding can emerge.
The 2014 Summer Institute will offer two incredible studio opportunities.
Since 2012, the SIA has included several successful new initiatives including the following:
Summer 2012: Architectural Design Studio, led by Ben Gilmartin (Diller Scofidio + Renfro); a Traveling Studio to NYC with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and Boston with Stoss LU; and "Reclaim + Remake" a Design-Build Studio in Hopewell, Ohio. The Summer Institute also hosted a successful speaker series with Steve Vogel (University of Detroit Mercy); June Williamson (City College of New York); Billie Tsien (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects); and Ben Gilmartin (Diller Scofidio + Renfro). The publication from the 2012 SIA can be found here.
Summer 2013: the NADAAA Design Studio (directed by Nader Tehrani); a travel workshop to Turkey; the Spirit of Place studio with Travis Price; as well as a successful speaker series with Mark Sexton (Krueck + Sexton); Rhett Russo (Specific Objects); Nader Tehrani (NADAAA); Lyn Rice (Rice+Lipka); and Andrea Leers (Leers Weinzapfel Associates). A publication is currently under production with an anticipated release date in early 2014.