MAKING + MEANING
During this intensive summer program, college students and inspired professionals will meet leading thinkers in design and architecture, create a rich portfolio and engage in open dialogue delving deep into the city of Los Angeles' abundance of experimental architecture.
A platform for individual learning in a collective environment, Making+Meaning is an introduction to the discipline of architecture as engaged by SCI-Arc's design culture and community. The program derives its strength from the diverse backgrounds of its students-from those gauging their interest and curiosity in architecture, to those beginning an architectural degree, to those looking to expand their skills in the tangent fields of education, film, industrial design and the fine arts.
Making+Meaning students survey and challenge the discipline's boundaries through a progression of object-building exercises that sequence drawing, making and constructing. Methodologies range from material experimentation to compositional strategies; from imagination to inhabitation.Back To Top
Throughout these explorations, students learn to balance intuitive responses with the need to clearly present their work to a jury and peers. With a faculty to student ratio of 1:12, the program seeks to provide a thoughtful and engaged guidance of the creative work and its continual development.
The creative curriculum is supported by a series of focused seminars exploring technology and fabrication techniques, architecture history and critical thinking, design methodology and contemporary architectural production. Details and highlights include:
+ Design laboratoryStudents are exposed to diverse design methodologies while experimenting with and exploring the properties of different materials. Notions of spatial composition, scale and inhabitation are introduced as week-long assignments and presented in reviews at the end of each week.
+ Visual Studies laboratoryStudents explore diverse modes of two-dimensional representation as generative methodologies in architecture. Ranging from gesture to observation, the Visual Studies Laboratory offers a mirror onto spatial investigations disclosing alternative ways of seeing and understanding.
+ ResourcesSCI-Arc resources and facilities are available to enrolled Making + Meaning students. Those include computer labs and digital storage, fabrication shop, photography studio, the Kappe Library, as well as SCI-Arc’s Lecture Series and symposiums.
+ Exploring Los AngelesWeekly guided tours connect students with LA's most innovative architecture, both historic and contemporary, providing a comprehensive survey of architectural ideas and expressions in the built environment.
+ Visiting architectsEach week a principal from a leading Los Angeles architecture firm visits the class for a question and answer session with students. Participating firms include: Eric Owen Moss Architects, Griffin Enright Architects, Hodgetts + Fung, Jones Partners, Michael Maltzan, Morphosis/Thom Mayne and Xefirotarch.
+ Portfolio developmentFocused workshops introduce layout design and material formatting compilation strategies. Faculty and teaching assistants are available for advice, critique and counseling on the development of a creative portfolio.
+ Project developmentOutside of classes, students develop their projects individually and/or collaboratively. The Making + Meaning studio is open to enrolled students every day, 24 hours a day.
+ Group Exhibition & Final PresentationAt the end of the term, students produce a Group Exhibition open to the public, in which notable Los Angeles architects and jurors critique and contribute to the dialogue in a daylong review session.
+ Certificate of completionUpon successful completion of the course, students receive a Making + Meaning certificate.
+ Class hoursMaking + Meaning meets Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Field trips are conducted on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Back To Top
Alexis Rochas, SCI-Arc faculty member and architect, directs Making + Meaning with other SCI-Arc faculty members and graduate students teaching different aspects. The course includes guest lectures by faculty from throughout SCI-Arc as well as by professionals from outside the school. Topics include history, tectonics and the culture of architecture.
Participating faculty include Herwig Baumgartner, Betty Kassis, Heather Flood, Dora Epstein-Jones, Darin Johnstone, Elena Manferdini, Marcelo Spina, Devyn Weiser and Andrew Zago.
Each week, Making + Meaning invites a principal from a leading Los Angeles architecture firm to visit the class for a question and answer session with students. Past participants include Eric Owen Moss Architects; Griffin Enright Architecture; Hodgetts+Fung; Jones, Partners: Architecture; Michael Maltzan; Morphosis/Thom Mayne; and Xefirotarch/Hernan Diaz Alonso.
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Admissions to Making + Meaning is on a rolling basis until the program begins. Early application is recommended to secure a place in the program.
A $275 enrollment deposit is required upon acceptance. Remaining tuition balances are due three weeks prior to the start of the program.
Interested in enrolling into Making+Meaning-Summer 2014?
Send supporting materials by mail to:
SCI-Arc Admissions Office
Making + Meaning
960 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
SUMMER 2014July 14-August 15, 2014
– Completed application form
– $25 application fee (non-refundable)
– Statement of interest
– Two samples of creative work. Submissions must not exceed 8.5 x 11 inches. Send only reproductions of your work.
– Resume or curriculum vitae – TOEFL/IELTS score (for international students only)
– Scholarship Statement (to be considered for scholarship)
– Official Academic Transcripts (to be considered for scholarship)
FACULTY Alexis Rochas
Participating faculty include:
Jones: Partners, Architecture
Darin Johnstone Architecture