ARC 490/ARC 590

ARC 490/ARC 590– Expanding Practices

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Course No.: 10268

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2017 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 328

Meeting Day(s): Monday

Meeting Time: 6:00PM - 8:40PM

Faculty: Hwang

Faculty: Hwang



Today we find an increasing number of architects and designers that are expanding their practices beyond the conventional structure of architect-client-contractor relationships, and actively cultivating collaborative partnerships with not-for-profits, granting agencies, educational institutions, and other public organizations. The emergence and proliferation of these new, dynamic relationships have influenced contemporary design practice in various ways, from shaping and enabling the practice itself to influencing design processes and instigating new agendas of research within the work of architects.


This seminar will explore these emerging models of contemporary design practice in two distinct ways; first by looking at specific case studies of design offices and practice models, and second through a “hands-on” approach to exploring different modes of sponsorship, including grant-writing, crowdfunding, artist residencies, and forming productive collaborations.