• Welcome to Architecture & Spatial Design!
  • This page is designed to present a quick overview of the types of projects and activities students encounter in this class.  Each of the actual assignments is described in full on the Google classroom page for this class at the time the work is assigned. 

    • To get to Google classroom, open your browser window and on the URL line type:  https.classroom.google.com 
    • Use your school Google account information to log-in. 
    • If you don't know the class code to open your page, send me an email (click here) and I will send you the information.

    Classwork / Research / Reading / Writing (25%)

    • Daily "Do Now" assignments:  These are designed to take no more than 5 minutes at the beginning of class time.  Most often these assignments provide an introduction to new concepts and/or new architectural terms that will be reinforced during the other class activities for that unit.
    • Presentations:  These are usually group projects.  Instead of the teacher lecturing about a topic, students divide into groups and research the topic then present their findings to the class.  The benefits of group presentations are numerous, but the best benefit is that the groups are encouraged to teach the material in the ways that they enjoy learning new information.
    • Textbook activities:  The textbook for this class is a great resource for students that provides a wealth of information.  Various types of activities are designed to make use of this resource.
    Sketch-Up and other Hands-on Type Projects (50%)
    (Note:  There are often useful web links (including links to video tutorials) on the instruction sheets.  Students are encouraged to use them to help understand each stage of the project.)
    • First Project - Chairs tutorials
    • Ancient Temple Complex (planning & designing public spaces / introduction to architectural terms)
    • Queen Anne Style House (exterior only / introduction to exterior design elements)

       

    • Ranch House (introduction to construction & framing)

    • Client Home Remodel Project

    • Geodesic Dome Challenge - Create a residential home interior design for a family with two parents and two teen-aged children that uses space efficiently and effectively inside a geodesic dome.

     Study Guides / Information Review

    Enrichment Projects

    • Enrichment projects are designed to acknowledge the extra curricular activities and experiences students already enjoy and do outside of the classroom. The purpose of enrichment activities is to provide extended learning opportunities and challenges, develop skills beyond the basic curriculum, and encourage students to pursue learning in their own areas of interest and strengths.
    • For this class, enrichment projects are often offered in the form of extra credit activities.  Below is one example.

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     Can you identify this Middletown Township building that features Ionic style columns?
    Extra credit project:  Photograph other buildings in Middletown that have architectural features that we discuss in class.

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Quizzes / Tests
    The larger proportion of student progress assessment will be from project work; however, this class does have quizzes and tests, including a Quarterly exam at the end of each marking period.
     
    Grades  (Please see my Grade Policy page for more complete details.)  
    • Class Participation / Research / Reading / Writing Tasks - 25% of marking period grade
    • Hands-On Projects - 50% of marking period grade
    • Homework - 5% of marking period grade
    • Quarterly Exam - 20% of marking period grade
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