Dream, Design, Build: The UW Architecture Student Drawing Collection, 1914-1947

Dream, Design, Build: The UW Architecture Student Drawing Collection, 1914-1947

Design Projects

Jack Sproule
Jack Sproule
A Gateway to an Artillary School, 1931
Sophomore design project: gouache/watercolor
with graphite and ink on paper.

The sophomore studio, Architectural Design Grade I, focused on portions of buildings or small free standing structures, and grew more complex during the year. On the first day of class, Pries and Gowen would arrive at the studio at 2:00, hand out copies of the assignment, and require that each student's esquisse (sketch) was due at 10:00 p.m. This sketch would form the basis for each student's design. Students prepared their sketches in the studio, working independently, and thus learned to efficiently develop possible solutions to design problems. Students spent the next few weeks refining their designs and receiving individual critiques from Pries and Gowen. The critiques involved discussion, written comments, and often sketches drawn by the instructors, all aimed to motivate the student to produce the best work possible.

Junior year marked the beginning of Architectural Design II, taught by Arthur Herrman and Henry Olchewsky. The design studio, which emphasized the development of the practical design and a workable plan, covered the entirety of a student's junior year and would often extend into the senior year.

Architectural Design III was the culmination of the architecture program, which did not require a terminal project or thesis. The class, typically undertaken in the fourth and fifth years, required the completion of several large and complex problems. The problems assigned included both the pragmatic and the fantastic.

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Elizabeth Ayer
Elizabeth Ayer
State Dining Room, 1919. Design project: gouache/watercolor with graphite and ink on paper.
Flora Allen
Flora Allen
Frontier Air Station, ca. 1930-31 Design project: gouache/watercolor with graphite and ink on paper.

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