The discipline dealing with the principles of design, construction, materials, and the ornamentation of fine buildings and environments with consideration to their aesthetic value. Architects design buildings/shelter of modest to complex form with careful study and consideration of the surrounding landscape, public spaces, large scale infrastructural, and urban systems. It also involves an emphasis on the ecological, technological, political, and economic processes as it relates to design (homes, office, schools, libraries, museums, hospitals and retail stores are a few examples).
Our effort this year centers on sustainable design and those aspects of architecture that affect the sustainability, materials, and design of a project. Sustainability has a myriad of topics/solutions as it relates to materials, the natural environment, recycling, and the overall way a structure is used. Students will discover how a building can be designed with the environment in mind as they chose a program, materials, site, and shape the overall “Life Cycle Cost” of a building in an effort to DO SOMETHING NATURAL.