Syllabus

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Arch 652: Professional Design Practice II: Spring 2019: 6 Credits / Department of Architecture (DoArch): South Dakota State University

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1:00 – 5:00pm: AME Studio
Federico Garcia Lammers, Assoc. AIA. Assistant Professor. DoArch. SDSU AME 366: Office hours: Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, Thursday 2:00pm – 4:00pm, or by appointment.

Email: federico.garcia-lammers@sdstate.edu. Website: doarchforensics2019.wordpress.com / http://www.forensics-studio.org

The Forensics Studio is the final studio in the Master of Architecture program in the Department of Architecture (DoArch) at South Dakota State University. The studio focuses on investigating a range of architecture projects completed by the leading architecture firms in the state of South Dakota. During their last semester of study student teams collaborate with one participating architecture firm to research the firm’s methods of work and to unfold the critical workflows of that practice.

The work of the studio centers on making visual narratives from invisible and seemingly dull professional processes. How could we describe and understand the development of a building through the study of meeting minutes, requests for information, emails, and other ubiquitous tasks that consume our professional world? Theorizing about professional practice by intellectualizing and visualizing these under-examined processes is at the center of this academic project.

The primary vehicle for making these processes visible is the collaborative design and development of several Forensics Books. The narrative of these books happens at the intersection of precedent study, professional practice, and speculative research.