Just in case anyone is so delirious from lack of sleep that they have forgotten, Final Reviews are tomorrow in Upper Core and North Core of Crown Hall from 2-6pm.  As always, in order to afford everyone as much time as possible, please begin pinning up as early as possible so that we can start promptly and smoothly.  We will review in the same locations as we did for midterm, and that map is posted for your convenience below.


After your reviews, please return all materials to 3410 and be responsible for cleaning Upper Core. Please help in cleaning up the center tables and removing trash.  Chairs should be placed back on the racks neatly, and all model bases neatly positioned against the walls.  Please pitch in and be responsible for more than just your belongings so that we can leave Upper Core in better condition than we found it.

Two more notes:

First, Friday is a normal studio day.  Come prepared to clean like crazy and then party.  More information will follow, but after we clean the studios on Friday, we will head out to the north side of M&M for our last social and annual Pot-Luck Barbeque.  The grills will be going, the pizza oven will be roaring and with your assistance we’ll have plenty of food and drink for everyone.

Secondly, go to bed.  Like now.




The lecture scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled to assure we spend the most time possible in studio working towards the completion of the IDEAhaus project.

Please take a moment to search the blog for the word ‘presentation’, and feel free to spend more time that we can imagine perusing the countless images that have been posted on the topic over the last several years.

Deliverables_Final Review

DUE:  April 29th, 2pm, Upper Core Crown Hall.  

Further details will follow, but reviews will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, April 29th, in Upper Core Crown Hall.


A term you have come to know.  But to us, more important than the quantifiable list of goods is your ABILITY TO DELIVER.  (“Delivering” means resolving and finishing the project, not just working continuously toward the deadline.)  The ability to deliver a well crafted and clearly communicative idea or proposal is almost always our highest objective, and never more so than at a final review.  Be clear of your intent and objectives as you work towards your final review, and use this list not as a checklist but as a reference tool.

 As always, the specific instructions you receive in your own studios take priority over this list, but armed with this guidance, use the next two weeks to see beyond a list of deliverables, and instead, deliver a presentation that exhibits understanding, meaning and depth using all means of technique and craft.

Neighborhood Understanding :

Areas of Interest Maps, site models, GIS mapping, site images, precedent Images, site drawings, and diagrams across multiple scales that describe your relevant research and analysis of the city, the neighborhood, the site, the program.  Ideally, your final proposal is “thick” –  aligning with the criteria developed from this process, but where there is divergence, be sure to edit/curate this work to support your project proposal.  Revisit, where necessary, and establish a wider reading of your project.

Proposal (Criteria/Agenda/Objectives/Parti):

Diagrams, sketches, drawings and study models that explain your design intent, design process and design criteria. Clearly composed, carefully edited, and titled/annotated with concise verbiage defining and supporting the big idea of your project.

Architectural Development (Plans/Site Plans/Sections/Elevations):

Developed orthographic drawings that fully describe your proposal through its various architectural systems, regulating systems and design logic(s) at scale.  Every project should have fully detailed plans and sections that describe the significant spaces and uses of your project using the detailed graphic conventions that we know and share.   Think about your project in orthographic section as a means to dissect and expose the behaviour of your building as an assembly and an actor.

Your plans should make clear the character of structure, envelope, circulation, apertures, thresholds between interior and exterior, material shifts, scale, use, building’s relationship to site, etc.  Building sections should contain parallel information and also explain connection to site and environmental context.

Additionally, all projects should present larger scale sections which show both assembly and spatial detail through several key areas. These drawings may be composites of wall sections, connection details, and vignettes.  The presentation scale should be appropriate for the presentation of technical assembly and spatial characteristics and quality.

Experiential views (Inhabitant’s Eye): 

Section perspectives, vignettes, sketches, model photographs, rendered elevations, etc. The techniques for these can be hard-lined, computer generating views, loose but carefully considered hand drawings, or an intelligent combination of media.  The type of drawings you choose should reinforce your ideas and the essence of your project as well as your methods of delivering your story.

Use the experiential views to communicate the experience of the IDEAhaus within and in relation to its place.  Consider this request carefully, and use it as a test and critique of your design.  How does the IDEAhaus (its organization, ambience, site relationships, architecture) activate or encourage new behaviors once in operation?

Situational Views (God’s Eye):

Site plans, site sections, aerial perspectives, aerial axonometrics, site history narratives, sequential  panels, etc.  These expose the project as an actor within the neighborhood situation; organizational changes; how the project reshapes, extends, or alters site conditions; a vision of new metropolitan life.

Final Models: 

  • 3/32” to 1/8” final model, with site relations.
  • 1/4” to 3/8” scale sectional/spatial competition model.
  • All relevant study and process models (See process artifacts).

The final model should include necessary site features to communicate materiality, scale, structure, frame, experience.  Think carefully about what each scale of model is able to describe and allow different scales to convey complementary information.

Process artifacts:

Although most of your sketches, working diagrams, study models, etc should be woven into the proposal, its useful to discuss how you controlled a design process, directed research into solid criteria, established project controls (drawing systems, project geometries, modeling systems), generated iterations, evaluated them and made decisions.

Include all relevant process/study work to communicate critical developments in the design process  – edited, curated, and assembled in relation to the final..

Project Description: 

Project descriptions are encouraged but not necessary deliverables.  Written text which describes the intent and condition of your project will help you more than reviewers to consolidate the essential ideas of your project.  This is not a chronological recounting of your entire process, it is a description of the essence and substance of the project in its “realized” state. Consider how this text frames your oral presentation and choreographs your presentation of your deliverables.


Please consult with your individual professors for details regarding your specific presentation instructions.  That said, your presentations should be well considered and well composed.  Composition is an ethic that is paramount to our profession and craft.   All drawings should be sequenced, not necessarily chronologically, but in an order most relevant to the appropriate reading of your proposal and with the intent of establishing the most legible and compelling presentation of your project.

Lastly, the materiality of your drawings can, and should, be as evocative as the materiality of your models, and the experience of your buildings.


The EMBODIMENT model competition will be held tomorrow afternoon in Upper Crown Hall.  Starting at 2:00pm (or before), you will be asked to place your models by their assigned number in the locations indicated by post it notes around Upper Crown Hall.   Model number assignments can be found in the attached document here – S15_ARCH_306_EMBODIMENT MODEL COMPETITION #.   Model locations are generally noted in the diagram below.


If by mistake your name does not appear on this roster, please either contact me by email (atinucci@iit.edu) or see me or Professor Glynn tomorrow for a spot.

Instructions and rules for setting up are simple.  Please place your model directly below or adjacent to the corresponding numbered post it note, leaving the post it note in place.  Please do not place any names on your model, and please take care to leave the post it notes in place.   Please begin to collect model bases sooner rather than later as there are not enough model bases for all 100 of us. We would encourage you to make your own model bases, but if no model bases are available, please simply place your models on the ground.

At 2:45, please convene in Upper Center Core.  The competition will be juried by several guest jurors beginning with introductions at that time.  The jurors will be selecting a shortlist of projects for final review (blue dot), and you will be asked to participate by nominating winners for Best Project.  Please note, if you are a current 4th or 5th year student reading this post and would like to participate, please find a Professor for a colored dot so that you can make your votes.

At 3:30-3:45 pm, all projects in North Center Core should be taken down from their locations, and those projects with blue dots should be moved to North Center Core for final judging.  Please remember to also bring your post it number designation with you so we have record of which projects belong to who.   All of us will reconvene in lower core at 4:15pm, along with the jurors, for final reviewing, commentary and awarding of final winners.

Space is tight and models are large, so please work together to get everything on display.

After the winners have been announced, it is your responsibility to carefully remove your models from their displayed locations and return Upper Crown Hall to the condition we found it. Model bases should be returned to their homes, and all models should be brought back to 3410.

Good luck on the home stretch and can’t wait to see the work tomorrow!