second year lab
The sophomore year is a constellation of courses with the studio (IDS 2015) at its core.
The courses surrounding the studio work hand-in-hand to support the focus of those projects.
Students in the first semester of their second year take their first module, a required Workshop (IDS 3224)
taught by staff in the wood and metal shops of the School of Architecture + Design.
Studio professors oversee the intersection of workshop exercises and studio projects.
The Computer-Aided Industrial Design (IDS 2304) and Design Visualization (IDS 2065)
classes center coursework on the projects in the studio. The focus of this design laboratory,
considered the Form Studio, is fluency in form language, which is spatial and comprises grammar (syntax and morphology) and semantics.
The spring semester bridges the form work with form products, such as primitive hand tools and some not-so-primitive,
like hand dispensers and then more advanced, wireless communication devices that also involve a module in APP development.
The Seat-Surface-Storage project, a 12-year tradition in the sophomore year, designed by alumnus and architect, Tom Shiner, is also a key component in spring term.