Project Briefs

The Forensics Studio is organized around developing clear and inquisitive methods of Forensic research that can evidence the implications of a specific architectural practice. Throughout the semester students develop a series of digital and physical drawings, diagrams, images, and models, and mixed-media that document and expand the constructed parameters of each built work and their corresponding professional workflows.

Students are the Mediators between the building, or Subject. They will use the studio and each corresponding architecture firm as the Forum through which to present their work. It is the relationship and exchange between these three participants that give voice to the Forensic research performed in the studio.

Below is a preliminary outline of the criteria that frames the work of Steps 1-3, outlined on page 2 of the syllabus, and in the work section of this website. Each category is fluid and not mutually exclusive.

CAT-1. Form, Structure and Materials. Physical and digital modeling analysis of structure and criteria that leads to selection of primary building material technology and its relationship to form.

CAT-2. Project Workflow and Team structure. Document and diagram existing methods of information exchange and use of tools and technologies associated with the development of the project.

CAT-3. Phenomena and Performance. Digital simulation analysis and speculative transformations of existing lighting, acoustical and energy conditions. Digital and physical models of existing conditions and exploratory range.

CAT-4. Project Procurement and Economy. Document and diagram the immaterial systems that shape the circumstances of the building. This will include a comprehensive project time-line and methods of delivery as well as financial structure.

CAT-5. Media and Representation Digital imaging analysis of the representation and technology used to graphically communicate the project and its narrative. Speculative image and media development expanding the project’s visual narrative.


Each student team will present weekly reports of their research findings and schedule timely presentations at each architecture firm. Each firm will be asked to contribute a short written reflection of the studio’s research at three points in the semester.

Each student team will work on one comprehensive research publication throughout the semester. The construction of this publication is analogous to the development of the research project. Building a research book is a slow process based on consistent reflection. The design and construction of the book is a reflection and clear synthesis of the semester’s research.

Each student team will design and maintain a public online platform, such as a website, through which their work can be publicly disseminated. Building a website is a fast process that requires consistent reflection. Weekly presentations, site visits, writing, references, etc. should be organized on the website. The design and operation of the website reflects the day-to-day aspects of the research.