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Proceedings of the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

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Architectural design -- Study and teaching, Architecture -- Curriculum, Architecture -- Human factors


Two years ago, long deliberations, the Archrtectural Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln formally adopted a significant programmatic change: it restructured its curriculum from a 4+2 curriculum to a 2+4 curriculum. In the same time the status of the program was redefined as a 'professional' program similar to other professional programs, such as Law and Medicine. These changes enable the program to adopt a more autonomous position in the University. As part of the restructuring process a number of essential changes were introduced, two with a significant impact on our current discussion: [a] the two first years were incorporated as a Joint pre-architecture subprogram between architecture and interior design. The design component of this subprogram focuses on visual literacy and basic design. [b] Each design studio of the third and fourth year received a topical focus whose theoretical aspects became the subject matter of an adjunct course, attached to each design studios. In this context, the fall semester studio of the third year became the opening design studio of the architectural professional program. Its assigned topic is the human dimension and its programmatic representation.


Presented at the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. March 14-16, 2002.

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