Thick Skinned: An Architecture School of Engagement, Interaction, and Encounters, 2016

Paranjpe Memorial Prize

 

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The thesis seeks to reconsider spatial configurations of ‘creative spaces’ within design education as a way to foster opportunities for critical engagement and the exchanging of ideas. Design studios of the pre-digital era were arranged for maximum desk capacity within a singular room. These rooms of production were messy, dense, and highly social spaces.

 

 

 

 As education turned towards the implementation of digital tools, be it for drafting, fabrication, etc., pedagogy adapted as well. However, the spatial configuration of the design studio remained, for a large portion of schools, static. This thesis looks to furniture as a catalyst for social and production-based changes, while equally dispersing support program within and around studio spaces as a way to make certain tools more accessible to students and professors.