Office of the Dean
Main Building, Room 202
110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G8000
Austin, Texas 78712-1509
Phone: 512-475-7000 | Fax: 512-475-7068
Design VI is a comprehensive studio during which students conceptualize the development of a building while considering structural, mechanical, electrical, and site integration needs. An understanding of how systems work independently, as well as a whole, is critical to the creation of a working building, and ultimately, an exemplary work of architecture.
During the spring of 2012 this studio focused on the design and development of a new Rowing Center on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.The project explored the spatial, material, and tectonic relationship between land, water, and the human body. The static nature of the land, dynamic quality of the water, and obligatory movement of the body served as a basis for design exploration. Through research, students learned about the site, architectural precedents, the history of rowing, and the technology and craft of rowing shell construction, with the hope that a thorough investigation of these issues would inspire alternative production processes and generate unconventional design solutions.