Architecture Course - EXPLO


Jump start your career in architecture and land development with a studio course that teaches you the techniques of the trade as well as the ideas influencing modern design.

This course will start with examining some of Yale’s iconic buildings from the Sterling Memorial Library to the recently renovated Beinecke Rare Books Library with its marble “windows.” Dive into experiential exercises, hard-lined scale drawings, and the creation of ¼ architectural scale models — the studio fundamentals you will use as part of a real world project that will give you an understanding of design and building, as well as the challenges of real estate development. As part of a design team, take on a challenge from an architectural firm to prepare a proposal for a new building. Participate in rounds of formal critiques as you refine your work, developing a design and building scale models to use in a final presentation to company executives.

Who Should Take This Course?

You see potential in the spaces around you: an empty plot of land can become a beautifully designed home; natural features can become focal points of a building design. In this course, you will plan and design structures, focusing on the skills of spatial design and land planning in order to produce a finished structure. No previous architecture experience is required.

Advisors + Past Speakers

  • Tony Green, Managing Partner, The Pinehills
  • Bob Borson, Architect, Podcaster
  • Stephen Willrich, Principal Architect, Stephen Willrich Design
  • Tessa Smith, Architect, Principal, Artisans Group

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Course Highlights

  • 3D Modeling

    Design, measure, cut, fold, and glue complete scale models of your architectural designs, using foamcore, carpenter’s squares, X-ACTO knives, and glue syringes.

  • Building Tours

    Examine historic designs such as Beineke Library, Sterling Memorial Library, Ingalls Rink, and the Yale Art Gallery up close.

  • Career Exploration

    This course is a great introduction to architecture as a career, but also associated careers in real estate development, civil engineering, project management, and contracting.

  • Design Proposals

    Prepare a professional presentation and portfolio of your final designs including scale models, line drawings, and perspective photographs.

  • Materials

    Explore different building materials and learn to recognize the relationship between material properties and building atmosphere and purpose.

I want to learn as much as possible about architecture. Before coming here it was a passion I pursued from afar. I never really got seriously involved, but with this architecture class I am doing things I used to admire others doing -- and that has to be one of the greatest things to happen to me so far.

Advisors + Past Speakers

Tony Green

Managing Partner, The Pinehills

Tony Green is the Managing Partner for the New England Development The Pinehills, a 960-acre development outside of Boston that offers custom homes. The Pinehills has received numerous awards, including “Home of the Year” and “Best Home in the Northeast.” A dual degree graduate of Harvard University, Green has owned and operated his own building firm for 17 years and serves on the Board of the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative.

Bob Borson

Architect, Podcaster

Bob Borson, FAIA, LEED, is a principal architect of Malone Maxwell Borson Architects, an award winning full-service firm based in Dallas, Texas. The firm specializes in the design of commercial projects as well as single and multifamily residential design. Borson was named Young Architect of the Year in 2009 and writes and maintains the architectural website and podcast

Stephen Willrich

Principal Architect, Stephen Willrich Design

Based in Marin County, California, Stephen Willrich Design provides the full range of architectural services tailored to the project, the client, and the environment. Willrich, a principal architect is a dual degree graduate of University of California at Berkeley, spent years working for prominent Bay Area architectural firms before starting his own company. He brings experience in resort and hospitality design, urban planning, residential development, and more.

Tessa Smith

Architect, Principal, Artisans Group

Tessa Smith is a principal at Artisans Group, an award-winning Pacific Northwest-based architecture, design, and sustainability firm. Known for innovation combined with environmentally sound practices, Artisans designs both custom homes, remodels, and commercial spaces. Smith is a lead architect “dedicated to stunning and sustainable design.” Her work has been featured in Dwell, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Houzz, and more.