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Architectural Design 1


Start Date





Tower 405

End Date


Meeting Day

Tuesdays and Thursdays



This course provides an introduction to architectural design as a social art that emphasizes form relevant to use, and design with an appreciation of site, landscape, and materials. The course is foundational, using observation of existing built environments to support basic design skills through families of form, attending to the relationship of a building within a place, and using construction frameworks including stick frame and post and beam. Students tackle design programs that include a variety of sizes engaging realms of public and private that focus on interior and exterior built places. All students interested in developing knowledge in architectural design are welcome.

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This class is now in progress. Registration is no longer available. Fall registration will be available soon. Please contact

Patricia Seitz is an AIA  Architect, Professor and Chair of Architecture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is President of Seitz Architects, on the Board on the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), and co-Chair of the BSA Knowledge Committee: Global Design Initiative (GDI) for Refugee Children. She is also an Overseer for the … Read more