Big Sky Mid-Mountain Lodge

This semester the studio design project will address similar issues to those we explored last fall but the level of complexity will increase as we also consider a fuller range of building concerns. Site, as you have already seen in the warm-up project, will not be flat, urban and empty, the use-program and consequent analysis and manipulation will be more complicated, and, in concrete we’ll be dealing with a material that is much more complex. And, of course, you will be including mechanical inputs that align with the course work in mech/elec.

 The twelve-week studio design project will be for a lodge at the Big Sky Resort in Montana which has served as the site for the warming hut. The mid-mountain lodge site will be lower on the mountain but the site conditions are only slightly kinder. The use-program (11F_A306_Mid-Mountain Lodge Space Program) asks for around 9,000 sq ft of conditioned space and captures a group of disparate and loosely affiliated functions serving multiple user groups. The material about which the project is centered is concrete, and we will seek to exploit its potentials and qualities in the same way we approached steel last semester.

 The project outline will feel very familiar but we will engage the project in a more layered way. The primary objective of the studio is for each student to develop strong competencies in the material topic: concrete. Other important goals are mastery of the workflow process demanded by a comprehensive building design project, ability to conduct research across multiple fronts and methods, ability to analyse a site and then design your way into it, ability to formulate a rich response to a use-program, and the ability to synthesize space, materials, finishes, fittings, and light into the alchemic world of place-ness. Oh, and be able to talk about all that too.

 Successful projects will be those that navigated the project trajectory in a thorough and comprehensive manner, developed meaningful interactions and spatial relationships with a demanding site, mastered the complex use-program, manipulated space, light, color, and materials to create compelling spaces and sequences, fully engaged the topic of concrete, exhibited mastery of the structural principles surrounding the scheme, and deployed all the skills and techniques required to take a vague idea from conception to final review.

 The project will launch on Monday 31 January. The mid-term review will be conducted on Monday 28 February (please note the change from the current calendar published on the blog), with the 85% review being held on Monday 11 April. All the work from the semester will be collected in 11×17 booklet format at 5:50 pm on Friday 29 April.


‘warm up’ competition

The ‘warm up’ hut competition will be held tomorrow afternoon, Monday January 1st, in the lower level of crown hall.  The competition will be juried by several guest critics beginning at 2:00pm, and winners will be announced around 3:30 pm in lower core, at the conclusion of the review.   The jurors will be selecting a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners as well as honorable mentions as they see fit.  You will also be responsible for jurying the competition, awarding winners in three categories for Best Project, Best Model and Best Boards. 

We will need you to pin-up your projects in your assigned location between 1:30 and 2:00pm.  All projects MUST be pinned up by 2:00pm for the jurors to begin their review as several of them are taking time from their own studios to participate.  If this presents a problem for you, please ask a friend for their assistance.   To fit all 135 projects, we will be pinning up in the east and west studios, the hallways of Crown and in lower core.   Attached here (WARM UP COMP_PIN UP LOCATIONS) is a roster that assigns you a pin-up location number as well as a layout of the lower level identifying the general pin-up locations.  This document will also be displayed on the doorways to the east and west studios at 12:30pm tomorrow afternoon.  If by mistake your name does not appear on this roster, please either contact me by email ( or see me tomorrow for a spot. 

As we have discussed, you will be assigned a 2′ wide vertical column of space to pin-up your 11×17 drawings.  Up to 4 boards may be presented along with your final model and any relevant study models.    As always, please show respect to the space, the building and your neighbors.  As we will be pinning up in the hallways as well, please take care to mount your material over the top of the existing announcements, etc, so that when we take down, we leave the space exactly as we found it.  Additionally, if you have your own material pinned to any of these walls currently, please remove it prior to the pin-up time tomorrow so that the person assigned to that space doesn’t have to remove it. 

At 2:00pm tomorrow, please see your studio professor for guidelines on selecting the ‘audience’ awards.  Selected projects will be moved to lower core for final review by the jurors and we can gather studio wide in lower core around 3:30-4:00 for final announcements.   After the winners have been announced, please be responsible for taking your projects down from their location and returning all of the spaces back to as you found them. 

Good luck on the home stretch and see you tomorrow!

homasote safety

Prof. Rick Nelson who oversees the College’s facilities was quite clear in communicating that there was to be no cutting, shaping, sanding, or even storing of homasote in Crown Hall. So cut the model bases in the shop, glue them up in the shop, sand them in the shop and ONLY bring them to Crown Hall when they are finished.

He was very imaginative in describing the wrath that will be visited on anyone who is caught working with homasote anywhere in Crown.

You have been warned – your third year faculty will be unable to come to your rescue if you get busted.

And I would strongly urge you to wear masks when dealing with the stuff as it makes some pretty nasty dust.

study abroad decisions

A little late but I have received the final approval from the COA and the following students have been approved for study abroad programs next year. If your name does not appear here please contact me directly. For those accepted into the Paris Program we will be developing a timeline for coordination with Andrew Schachman who will be teaching in Paris next year.

Anyone who has been accepted for external or partner programs can now visit the Study Abroad office in main Building to begin the second round of applications.

Paris Program Fall 2011

Bailly, Jordan

Banaszak, Mike

Brown, Anthony

Kanvinde, Rukmini

Kim, Sean

Kolanowski, Kristen

Kudo, Michael

Lim, Sarah

Ostrowski, Maciej

Parker, Gwendolyn

Paris Program Spring 2012

Ahn, Yoona

Crockett, Stephanie

Chlebek, Alicia

Khermouch, Angela

Lee, Bobae

Lee, Jingyu

Mocarski, Karoline

Pointer, Tenesha

Shpak, Katsiaryna

Wissman, Lauren

External and Partner programs


Bizaca, Tina

Brann, Josh

Brask, Anne

Breedlove, Kyle

Burke, Kevin

Buscaglia-Pesquera, Javier

Chan, Elton

Cho, Jungmin

Danielson, Shaun

Eni, Mircea

Erwin, Elaine

Giulio, Alessandro

Gordon, Michaela

Janacek, Colin

Koehn, Ryan

Malolepsza, Wioletta

Oskierko-Jeznacki, Evan

Phylactopoulus, Penelope

Shillingford, Jonathan

Troufanov, Nikita

Tuz, Oleg

Yan, Dihua