Open House Set Up TOMORROW 9am

Anyone that has items in the archive saved or upstairs in our studio space for Open House (selected by Profs) should show up at 9am tomorrow morning to help bring things to Center Core. The Professors will begin curating the Second Year work tomorrow morning. If you have exams in the morning, come after your exam or designate a friend/classmate to bring your work over. We will need some help throughout the day to help pin-up and arrange work – so please come ready to help out!

*** NOTE:? If you are helping out tomorrow – DO NOT STAND on Lower tabletop platforms – they are not stable and not meant for standing.? They are for Models only.? If you are pinning up – please move the table tops out of the way and replace after.? Please work with your professors on this while setting up.?

Phase 6 The Compilation

Phase 6? The Compilation

Collecting and Composing // Chronicled Representation

The final exercise for the semester will focus on your final portfolio. This will be a total collection of work throughout the semester and for every assignment.? It will be important to establish the objectives of the semester, the sequence of information, the hierarchy of the information to be presented, and the clarity of the format, images and text.? Pay special attention to the composition and all of the details to make sure that the project is presented in a way that it strengthens your vision and its main qualities.?

These portfolios will be reviewed by all Second Year Professors and used to establish baselines for grading across the studio sections.? The portfolios will also be used in end of the year award selections, as well as, for CoA archiving, publication and accreditation purposes.? In addition, this portofolio should also be a starting point for collecting information for your own personal portfolios that you might use for future internship applications.?

6 A // Deliverables

?The format of the portfolios should be simple and clear.? The portfolio should include every assignment/phase of the semester.? This is an abbreviated list of the assignments we covered this semester:

Phase 1.1 and Phase 1.2 // Transition | Communal + Intimate

  • Drawings + Model Photographs

Phase 2 // Considering Context and Community?

  • Select Research? (approx. 5 maps/diagrams)

Phase 3 // Healthy Living Case Study

  • Drawings + Model Photographs

Phase 4 // Midterm Proposal?

  • Select Presentation work and model photos

Phase 5 // Final Proposal?

  • Final Presentation work – all deliverables with model photos

One (1) 11” x 17” PDF landscape portfolio of your entire semester’s catalogue of work.?

    • Title page:
      • Studio title (see syllabus)
      • Your professor
      • Your name
      • Date
    • Chapter pages with title of assignment
      • Include every “Phase” assignment
  • Maximum (1) or (2) images on a sheet?
  • the ideas is to clearly document the work, do not clutter the page
  • Take quality photos
    • If you have other models which you still want to and can take photos of, use a clean backdrop (all black or white – if you use the drape – please avoid a wrinkled background)
    • Can use CoA Photo booth in 3410
  • Labels for type of drawing or image
  • Package the portfolio as a PDF?
    • Use high resolution photos, but…
    • For large files (larger than 10MB), compress file by using the “Reduce File Size” button in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Can include project statements for each assignment or overall project
    • Keep statements concise and focused on the main ideas of the project
  • Use “spellcheck” before you submit
  • Template for reference:

6B // Issue Date | DUE DATE:

Issue Date: Monday, April 24, 2023

DUE DATE: Sunday, April 30, 2023 at midnight.

Upload Portfolio in PDF form to location as directed by your Sectional Professor.

TA News + Updates Congratulations

Hey Everyone! Studio final is checked off and congrats for finishing~ Rest well and eat well. Still two more weeks (including exam week) until we end classes.

I will TA on Monday at 1-2 PM before studio. I will have to cancel Thursday TA hours at 3-4 PM. If there is anything that comes up and you’d like to talk, send me email and we can zoom! I am flexible with time.

Field Trip, ALL Studios – Monday

Arch 202 Studios:

I hope this BLOG post finds all of you well rested after our Final Review on Friday.

On Monday we have scheduled a Field Trip. You will see parts of a NEW large scale mixed use project in Chicago’s West Loop ….. and at the conclusion of our tour we will have some Q & A with the Architect / Developer. See the address of the Project below.

In order for the trip to be a success we need your very best effort to at the Site by 2 PM on Monday, and please remember to travel to and from the Site in groups of at least two students.

Your studio Professor will email you the required release form for this Field Trip directly and soon. Ensure this form is returned to your Professor via email prior to Monday’s trip.

Field Trip Information:

  • Address: ?Fulbrix Apartments.?160 North Elizabeth, Chicago. 60607.
    • Fulton Market ( Northwest Corner of Randolph and Elizabeth )
  • Students must arrive at 2 PM ( professors too )
    • Lunch IS NOT provided, sorry.
  • Hard hats and supportive PPE?are not?required.
  • 2 PM – 3 PM ….. intro by TRA Architects + student tours of levels 1 – 6
  • 3 PM – 4 PM ….. Q & A session
    • Tom Roszak, Jen Park, Reed Kroloff, Ernie Iseminger
    • Additional student Q & A
    • Photo
  • 4:15 PM ….. finish ( see your sectional professor at this time for attendance ).

See you on Site!

Final Presentations Tomorrow!

Tomorrow we will have our Second Year Final Reviews in Crown Hall starting promptly at 2pm.? A few things to note about the set up and schedule for tomorrow:


  • Please arrive early by 1pm to begin setting up for your reviews.? You will find your section map for where to pin-up below.? You can coordinate with your section professors for exact set up location.??
    • Consider pre-taping your sheets or making a hidden pre-rolled stockpile of tape to use quickly.??
    • Work with your studio professor on alignments – again – more sheets are harder to align, maintain margins, ect.??
  • If you have been asked by your Prof to bring?Precedent models – bring those by 1:00pm to Crown Hall and help to bring up long model stands from lower core.? They will be exhibited for our reviewers to see our past explorations.??
  • If you are finished pinning up work – please either help another student pin-up or help me to set up chairs in each section, set up precedent models or assemble tables and food.?
  • DO NOT ARRIVE LATE!? If you arrive after 2pm (whether you are in the first group or not) , you will NOT be able to present your work for reviews.? That is the standard for ALL Sections.?
    • Prints and models have already been checked.? ?New material for the review will NOT be accepted.?
  • After reviews are done, I need everyone not only to take your own work back to studio, but to also help CLEAN UP Crown Hall.? This means put chairs back on the rack, clean up the food and garbage on the table and on the floors, make sure walls are clean and free of extra tape, model stands are returned back to original areas (each stand has a particular location).? I assured Mark Osorio that we would leave Crown Hall perfectly clean after we were done with reviews, so please help me make that happen.?


  • Prepare ahead of time what you intend to say and practice it a few times so you’re comfortable.? This will prevent you from rambling on and on or losing your train of thought.
  • Start with the Big Ideas.. then delve into details.? Don’t start in the middle of your design like walking them through the plan without giving your audience some overall goals/direction/concepts.?
  • Stick to your presentation time limits – the more you talk, the less feedback time.? You don’t want get cut off for talking too long.?
  • When you get feedback, these are ideas for you to consider.? Be accepting of the thoughts, not everything needs to be defended.??
  • Everyone is expected to stay for the full review and be attentive and wake!? Please limit your lingering at the food table.? Your attention to the review is a matter of RESPECT to your fellow peers and our invited guest reviewers.?

Looking forward to seeing the great work tomorrow!

Midterm Review layout-01


Park (3 First Half /4 Second Half)

  • Linda Chavez, Future Firm
  • Drew Smith, Latent Design
  • Kelly Moynihan, HPZS
  • Tom Jacobs, KPS (2-4)

Glynn (3 Full)

  • Steve Mihelich, Williams Architects
  • Steven Karvelius, New Office (2-5)
  • Natalie Clemens, Williams Architects

Calabro (4 Full)

  • Elliott Riggen, New Office
  • Kathy Nagle, IIT
  • David Rader, Perkins+Will 
  • Luis Medina, Studio Gang (2-4)
  • Morgynn Wiley, Baker Barrios (4-6)

Shelly (4 Full)

  • Elyse Agnello, DAAM
  • Yuyi Zhou, SOM
  • Zubair Bhaidani, GREC 
  • David Mulder, ParkFowler Plus (2-4)
  • Sharon Xu, Studio BeckerXu (4-6)

Venckunaite (3 First Half /4 Second Half)

  • Laura Garcia, Laura Garcia Design
  • Ola Odukoya, SOM
  • Annabell Ren, New Office (2-4)
  • Robert Becker, Studio BeckerXu (4-6)
  • Ellen Grimes, SAIC (4-6)

Brackeen (3 First Half /4 Second Half)

  • Sofia Linares, Urban Works Architecture
  • Joyce Vela, Canopy-Chicago
  • Trent Fredrickson, IIT (2-4)
  • Leslie Johnson, IIT (4-6)
  • Abiola Sagbohan, IIT (4-6)

Messner  (4 Full)

  • Monika Thadhani, MoNa Architecture
  • Hannah Barnes, Optima
  • Craig Stevenson, Open Architecture
  • Kelly Bair, BairBalliet (2-4)
  • Kevin Kosciulek, bKL Architecture (4-6)

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TA Newsletter

Hello Everyone! Hope everyone had a great restful weekend and enjoyed the weather. We are 3 to 4 weeks before summer break! Keep grinding.

Wednesday, April 12 // Studio Gang Rooftop @6-8PM –LGBTQIA + Alliance Spring Social hosted by Studio Gang. Click here for more information

Friday, April 14 @10-11AM // ZOOM meeting — Interior Architecture Knowledge Community in April Meeting. Click here for more information

Friday, April 14 @12 – 1:30 PM // Webinar –BEC Chicago Webinar Series: Condensation in Low-Slope Roof Systems During Cold Weather. Click here for more information

TA Newsletter

After your studio finals and if anyone is interested to take a well deserved break, check this out!
April 28, 29, 30 — One of a Kind — A spring show and sale at the Mart! Many artists and designers will be here! Check them out here. Tickets are available to purchase

April 22 — Pullman National Park @11 AM — It is Free RSVP in person grand lecture hall. More Information here.

Tuesday, April 25 –Talking Timber: Can Wood Save Us? @5:30 PM. Free RSVP and zoom or in person. More Information here