Focus Studio

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The Fifth-Year Focus Studios are intended to introduce the student to design research and its application, while adhering to creativity, critical thinking, processes of making, and constructability. The annual Focus Studio is an intrinsic part of the professional core of the Architecture Program and is designed to foster a strong relationship between the program, our students, and the profession as a whole. All qualified fifth year students have the option to select a studio critic who will broaden their area of interest in a subject-based studio.

Submittals for teaching Focus Studios are open to all design professionals and educators. The ideal candidate is one who is currently engaged in an innovative body of work that informs architectural design. The successful prospectus is one that engages the educational forum as a means of advancing research toward its eventual application in practice. KSU Department of Architecture recognizes that such critical research is broad and diverse in scope and may include innovative approaches in specific or multidisciplinary areas of design.

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    • Mostafa W. Alani

      AIA International Association, LEED Green Association
      Focus Studio: Dynamic Environments
      • Marcel Cadaval Pereira

        Focus Studio: The Cultural Work of Architecture

        • William Carpenter

          FAIA, PhD, LEED AP
          Focus Studio: Architecture and Film

           

        • Kennesaw State University, Department of Architecture, located in the Atlanta metropolitan area, is currently seeking proposals of up to two (2) Fifth-Year Focus Studios for the Fall semester of 2018. The Fifth-Year Focus Studios are intended to introduce the student to design research and its application, while adhering to creativity, critical thinking, processes of making, and constructability. The annual Focus Studio is an intrinsic part of the professional core of the Architecture Program and is designed to foster a strong relationship between the program, our students, and the profession as a whole. All qualified fifth year students have the option to select a studio critic who will broaden their area of interest in a subject-based studio.

          Submittals for teaching Focus Studios are open to all design professionals and educators. The ideal candidate is one who is currently engaged in an innovative body of work that informs architectural design. The successful prospectus is one that engages the educational forum as a means of advancing research toward its eventual application in practice. The KSU Department of Architecture recognizes that such critical research is broad and diverse in scope and may include innovative approaches in specific or multidisciplinary areas of design. The 2018 call for proposals invites members of the design community to propose how such research can be critically applied in an architecture studio.  

          • 2018 Focus Studio Forum + Exhibition

            Studio work will be discussed at the 2018 Focus Studio Forum and displayed at the Focus Studio Exhibition in the KSU Architecture Gallery at the end of semester. Selected work will also be featured in the departmental publication.

            • Eligibility

              Studio Critics eligible for selection must hold the terminal degree of Master in Architecture or higher. Foreign nationals must hold valid U.S. work visas prior to hire. Priority will be given to applicants with successful record of applicable design + research with practice and/or academic experience.

              • Position Description

                Applicants selected for the part-time faculty position of Focus Studio Critic will be offered compensation of $7,000.00 for the semester. The Focus Studio will be scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm for sixteen consecutive weeks.

                • Selection Process

                  All interested design professionals and educators are invited to submit their Phase 1 Application to the Focus Studio Committee by January 26th, 2018. This will be the first of two phases in the selection process; the first set of documents will be reviewed by the committee and shortlisted for the Phase 2 Application to develop course proposals.

                  Phase 1 Application

                  Please submit:

                  1. A current resume
                  2. A two-page (maximum) letter of intent that introduces your design research work and interests. The letter of intent should also include a clear statement defining the project proposal to be developed as a Focus Studio.
                  3. A three-page (maximum) portfolio illustrating examples of professional and/or academic work you have been engaged in. Examples may include, but are not limited to, built projects, competition designs, prototypes, student work and installations. If submitting work that was part of a collaborative project, please list your collaborators and clearly state your role in the project.

                  Please upload the Phase 1 Application in PDF format to the ARCH Pool here.

                  Note: the Unofficial Academic Transcripts are not part of the requirements at this stage.

                  For further information and questions about the Focus Studio position, please contact the committee chair Dr. Pegah Zamani at pzamani@kennesaw.edu.

                 

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