Balancing Composition and Construction: Exploring Architectural Structures at Clemson’s Fluid Campus

By Bernhard Sill.

Published by The Design Collection

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This article is proposing a different approach in teaching of architectural structures. Starting with an introduction of the two terms, inherent in architectural design: composition and construction, they are initially defined in juxtaposition. The aim of the paper is to search to balance them with the understanding of structural design as a contribution to architecture. This approach is applied to an academic abroad program, presented on the basis of student work.

Keywords: Architectural Structures, Academic Education, Architectural Design Studio, Composition, Construction

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.323-350. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 27.226MB).

Bernhard Sill

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

since 2008: Assistant Professor of Architecture, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA, teaching architectural structures and design studio; 2009-2010: Professor in Residence at the Clemson Architecture Center Genoa, Italy; 2003-08: Lecturer, Technical University Berlin, Germany, Architecture Department, teaching architectural structures and design studio; 2001-03: structural engineer at Conzett Bronzini Gartmann, Chur, Switzerland; 1999-2001: structural engineer at RFR (Peter Rice, Martin Francis, Ian Ritchie), Paris, France; 1992-99: Studies of Civil Engineering, Degree: Dipl.-Ing., University Stuttgart, Germany; 1997-99: Studies of Architecture, University Stuttgart, Germany.

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