Discipline: Architecture / Interior Design / Landscape Architecture
Year Level: Advanced Interdisciplinary
Cory Olsen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Interior Design
The studio was designed around three primary goals: gaining a depth of material knowledge, approaching ethics in craft and making, and designing for the human body. Through readings, precedent studies and built exercises, students challenged their understanding of ergonomics and comfort. They fabricated their own adjustable chair fitting jigs to do full scale testing of different geometries across a range of user percentiles.
There was an additional focus on an ethic of making in wood and better understanding the material. Each student milled rough lumber from a variety of hardwood and softwood species and used those surfaced materials in smaller scale exercises. They sharpened their own hand tools and worked with chisels, spokeshaves and planes.