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    Tectonic Operations in Architectural Design

    Monday, May 20, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT


    $5, Student / $10, Members



    This final review of first-year undergraduate project work from the Academy of Art University traces students' developed design processes based upon identified 'actions' that are explored through solid/void, light/shadow and material tectonic studies. The semester culminates in their first foray into designing a small, live/work structure for a variety of artesans in the North Beach neighborhood, integrating their previous studies and tectonic language into a hybrid building proposal. Come join as curious observer or prospective critic!

    Course Instructors

    Eva Chiu, B.Arch. First-Year Coordinator & Design Studio Faculty
    Academy of Art University

    Eva Chiu is a long-time faculty member at the undergraduate architecture department of the Academy of Art University, where she has taught and helped coordinated first-year onsite and online course curriculum. Matriculating from MIT and the GSD, Eva completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Hong Kong as well as tenures at Meier & Partners and SOM SF before establishing her independent practice in Oakland - CLAD studio - with husband and partner Antonio Lao. Their work ranges from single-family to small-scale multi-family residential and commercial projects and has been recognized with local design distinctions.

    Archer Firouzi, Founder

    Arash Archer Firouzi is an Iranian-American architectural designer, artist, and educator. Archer is the founder of ARCHIFFECTS LLC, founder of ZESHT Art and Design and architecture studio instructor at the Academy of Art University. Through the combination of his academic research, architecture projects and artistic exploration, Archer’s approach to design is a multidisciplinary and holistic design process. Archer holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Academy of Art University and a Master of Architecture degree from the Architectural Association of London. His portfolio encompasses projects of varying scales and functions, from notable endeavors like The Newport Beach City Hall and The Sidney Poitier Film School with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architecture, to midsize projects such as the Tustin Luxury House under his own practice Archiffects LLC, and smaller endeavors like art installations at SF City Hall and the SF Chinese New Year parade float.

    Student Presenters

    - Alicia Culci

    - Chris Pedersen

    - Cindy Estevez

    - Citlali Navarro

    - Donovan Guillen

    - Haoze Li

    - Kayla Hampton

    - Mackenzie Dowd

    - Sophie Cabrera

    - Talyn Fordham

    This program is in collaboration with the Academy of Art University School of Architecture, Studio 2.


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    Monday, May 20, 2024
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
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    Center for Architecture + Design
    140 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94104
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    AIA San Francisco
    Academy of Art University