ARC 549 / ARC 449

ARC 549 / ARC 449– Material Matters

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Course No.: 10106

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2018 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 327

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 8:10AM - 10:50AM

Faculty: Lecuyer

Faculty: Lecuyer



This seminar will focus on the tectonic, the convergence of poetry and technique in architecture. The course will explore innovative uses of materials through the examination of a series of contemporary buildings by distinguished international architects. It will seek to develop an understanding of how technical decisions in the deployment of materials, construction systems and details can be directed towards conceptual and cultural ends.


This exploration of making and meaning will be pursued through studies of buildings that demonstrate a strong relationship between concept and construction together with a high level of integration of architectural, structural, services and enclosure systems. These studies will examine ways in which digital design, production techniques and sustainability are changing the understanding of material optimization and producing new concepts of order.


Students will present these studies using words, images and models. The seminar will foster the understanding of both the conceptual basis of buildings’ design and their execution.