Students interested in material assembly and fabrication may elect to spend the latter half of the fall semester producing mock-ups and prototypes for details such as shutters and lighting fixtures. This may involve hands-on shop construction with welding and woodworking, computer-generated CNC milling, or a combination of multiple techniques. This phase of the semester offers students an opportunity to pursue their interests in material and technological research by experimenting with and testing the physical properties of real construction materials and the potential outcomes of developing construction technologies.
“We are training students to be inventive professionals. The making of a house is simply a vehicle to a series of larger educational experiences. We are preparing professionals young architects to enter into the world and deal with obstacles of different scales.”
– Byron Mouton, Director, URBANbuild