Design Integration Laboratory

Architecture 422/522 & 610/Matthews

Architectural Computer Graphics

Instructor: Kevin Matthews, Asst. Professor
Office Hours, W'96 - Tu/Th, 6.00-7.00pm

Elective intermediate level course in digital media and design process for continuing undergraduate and graduate architecture students. Prerequisite: Architecture 222 or permission of instructor.

Meets 12:30 to 1:50pm, Tuesday and Thursday, at Room 278 Lawrence Hall

CRN -- Arch 422: 21221. Arch 522: 21274. Arch 610 (2 credits): 26622.

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This course will build on the skills and knowledge introduced in Architecture 222, to build proficiency and sophistication in the use of the Macintosh personal computer as a tool for architectural illustration, drafting, and design. It is intended primarily for students who have already completed one or more computer-integrated design studios.

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  1. Context Modeling -- Choices and Techniques

  2. Integrative Design Process using 3D Computer Models

  3. 2D/3D Integration for Design, Documentation, and Presentation

  4. Introduction to Advanced Rendering and Lighting Simulation

  5. Multimedia and other Digital Media Presentation Techniques

The course will address design process issues, project organization, document interchange, integration of traditional and modern media, and it will introduce advanced architectural rendering techniques. For example, generative and developmental design work using drawings and images extracted from three-dimensional models will be explored in detail.

Software used will include ClarisWorks, an integrated program with word processing and page layout capabilities, Adobe Photoshop, an image manipulation program, PowerCADD, a sophisticated but straightforward drawing/drafting program, DesignWorkshop, a powerful design-oriented three-dimensional modeling program used in Macintosh-based design studios, and Radiance, a highly accurate lighting simulation application which also produces beautiful architectural renderings, and possibly a professional version control and project management application.

Required text: Digital Design Media, 2nd Edition, by William Mitchell and Malcolm McCullough. (Available through the UO Bookstore.)

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