Professional design projects advance through a sequence of design phases, each an iterative progression culminating in a project submittal.  The course assignments are referred to as submittals and the course schedule, project scope and submittals are sequenced so as to approximate a "real world" project process and setting. The course submittals are sequenced around five of the eight or nine inter-related design phases encountered within a site-scale professional project.  These include:

Phase 01 Research and Project Understanding. This phase of the project consists of the exploratory research necessary to quickly establish a working understanding of the project site, context and program in their past and present conditions.  In the professional office this work may occur during the proposal phase or concurrent to programming and programming analysis. For this course, the work of Phase 01 will consist of a combination of traditional forms of research as well as critical mapping.

Phase 02 Programming (or programmatic analysis) identifies the existing and anticipated spectrum of program development for the site. The programmatic analysis is often combined with the initial project visit once a project is underway and includes not only site reconnaissance to document existing site conditions, but also client meetings, stakeholder interviews and local research (library, government offices, etc).  For this course, your programmatic analysis will include precedent research into international examples of post-industrial sites and how they were re-programmed and successfully re-purposed in combination with a site visit. 

Phase 03 Conceptual Design includes the identification of potential programmatic and operational trajectories, the analysis of these trajectories against pertinent site data, and the initial exploration and synthesis of conceptual strategies that identify the primary proposed site systems, moments and program. The work is intentionally exploratory and expansive in breadth of alternatives. In this phase your work will emphasize rapid iteration, through gestural and diagrammatic representations, to establish a range of conceptual strategies. Here, ideation is favored more heavily than precision (though the work must be accurate). For this course, conceptual design will utilize methods of assemblage and systems diagramming to project alternate futures for the site.

Phase 04 Schematic Design is the portion of the design process where a preferred conceptual strategy (or stategies) is advanced into a site specific design proposal. The schematic design is identifiable by an increased measure of site-scale precision that delineates the initial dimension and extent of proposed site programming and operations. This is also the phase of the project where a variety of investigative design representations-study models, sections, perspectives, etc- are initiated to examine, test and refine the design proposal. 

Phase 05 is Design Development serves as transitional phase between a preferred schematic design proposal and construction (or contract) documents.  This phase of work includes "locking down" the site design through additional refinement and precision of selected portions of the preferred design scheme (schematic).  The work is intentionally expansive in its depth so as to achieve significant design specificity relative to layout, earthworks, materials and supporting systems. In addition, work in this phase includes new specificity of selected portions of the project so as to advance key portions of the design proposal (for example, design study of pavement). This advancement may take the form of enlargements, continued modeling or other more precise modes of examination and representation.  


In general,  All submittals will be due at 11pm the day prior to the day of presentation, unless otherwise noted.  

The overall course grade is based upon the following:

Phase 01: 15 points

Phase 02: 20 points  (Part I and III, 10 points each)

Phase 03: 15 points

Phase 04: 25 points

Phase 05: 25 points

Total Points: 100 points


All submittals are to be uploaded to the course folder in the respective Submittal Folder. Your PDF should be named in the following format:

“YEAR_DATEMONTH Submittal 1_LASTNAME”  i.e. 2015_1006-Submittal 1_Tucker