Methods and Materials


Start Date





DMC D004 (Woodshop)

End Date


Meeting Day

Mondays and Wednesdays



Students are immersed in the nuts and bolts of architectural craft and construction technology practice. Through design sketch problems, hands-on demonstrations, and readings, students focus on the most common methods of constructing building systems in wood, masonry, steel, and concrete. Constructing a full-scale model of a wood-framed structure brings the theory to life. Open to students entering MassArt’s graduate program in architecture. Others are admitted with instructor permission. Read chapters 1-5, 8-11, and 13-15 of Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods (Edward Allen) prior to class.

This class meets in person on campus in the DMC (Design and Media Center) Woodshop.

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Jussi Silliman

Jussi Silliman received a BA from Tufts University, studied sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and California College of Art and Design. He recently studies Art, Culture and Technology at MIT and will receive an M.Arch at MassArt in May 2023. His interests include regenerative farming, whole-ecosystem design, traditional and … Read more