ISBN-10:
0262062666
ISBN-13:
9780262062664
Pub. Date:
08/31/2007
Publisher:
MIT Press
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

by Matthew Frederick
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Overview

Concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation, from the basics of “How to Draw a Line” to the complexities of color theory.

This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation—from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory—provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum. Each lesson utilizes a two-page format, with a brief explanation and an illustration that can range from diagrammatic to whimsical. The lesson on "How to Draw a Line" is illustrated by examples of good and bad lines; a lesson on the dangers of awkward floor level changes shows the television actor Dick Van Dyke in the midst of a pratfall; a discussion of the proportional differences between traditional and modern buildings features a drawing of a building split neatly in half between the two. Written by an architect and instructor who remembers well the fog of his own student days, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School provides valuable guideposts for navigating the design studio and other classes in the architecture curriculum. Architecture graduates—from young designers to experienced practitioners—will turn to the book as well, for inspiration and a guide back to basics when solving a complex design problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262062664
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/31/2007
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 84,925
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matthew Frederick is an architect and urban designer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including Boston Architectural College and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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Roger K. Lewis

Matthew Frederick offers a wide-ranging assortment of architectural pearls of wisdom that every architecture student should understand, consider and embrace or perhaps rejectwhen first learning the daunting process of design. Encompassing both theory and practice, and illustrated with often witty drawings, 101 Things is an eclectic itemization of architectural philosophies, compositional strategies and tactics, design conventions, drawing and presentation techniques, and even tips about how to behave as an architect.

Theodore C. Landsmark

101 Things de-mythologizes the jargon that obscures the real meanings of what is taught in design schools. Designers too often write in obtuse terms that make relatively simple concepts difficult to comprehend. But understanding how we perceive, experience, and interpret the spaces we inhabit should not make us feel dumb, or left out. This readable and graphically clear book is a great introduction to design terms, principles, and concepts. Anyone interested in design will learn much from this terrific book.

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Matthew Frederick offers a wide-ranging assortment of architectural pearls of wisdom that every architecture student should understand, consider and embrace or perhaps rejectwhen first learning the daunting process of design. Encompassing both theory and practice, and illustrated with often witty drawings, 101 Things is an eclectic itemization of architectural philosophies, compositional strategies and tactics, design conventions, drawing and presentation techniques, and even tips about how to behave as an architect.

Roger K. Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland, author of Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession

From the Publisher

101 Things de-mythologizes the jargon that obscures the real meanings of what is taught in design schools. Designers too often write in obtuse terms that make relatively simple concepts difficult to comprehend. But understanding how we perceive, experience, and interpret the spaces we inhabit should not make us feel dumb, or left out. This readable and graphically clear book is a great introduction to design terms, principles, and concepts. Anyone interested in design will learn much from this terrific book.

Theodore C. Landsmark , President, Boston Architectural College, President 2006-07, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

Matthew Frederick offers a wide-ranging assortment of architectural pearls of wisdom that every architecture student should understand, consider and embrace or perhaps rejectwhen first learning the daunting process of design. Encompassing both theory and practice, and illustrated with often witty drawings, 101 Things is an eclectic itemization of architectural philosophies, compositional strategies and tactics, design conventions, drawing and presentation techniques, and even tips about how to behave as an architect.

Roger K. Lewis , Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland, author of Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession

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101 Things I Learned in Architecture School 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School' is a book for professionals and for the interested bystander. Each lesson is presented in a two-page format: art and text. The book is written in direct and unpretentious style, and the drawings are wonderful. In format, approach, and information, this book reminds me of Norton Juster's forgotten 1963 classic 'The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the book says, it's something good to sit on your desk. It shares some basic principles, diagrams, & ideas that each architect should think about at the beginning of their career & projects. Keep it & look through from time to time. Good to share with some architects that have lost their inspiration or have been producing products for to long with no concept or aspect of architecture. The only thing it needs is blank pages to add notes & other items picked up over the years.
fsmichaels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this - a pithy way to find out what kinds of things people learn in architecture school without paying all that tuition.
ChefDor More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my best friend in the world who last month applied to the school of architecture at NCState and was not accepted. She was really sad. I thought this would cheer her up.
bookworx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is actually an understated gem! Surprisingly operative advice, delivered in uncharacteristically humble non-archi-speak. Talk about value! All he leaves out is a flipbook doodle in the corner to to entertain during lectures.
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