Our bodies and movements are in constant interaction with the environment; the world and the self inform and redefine each other constantly.

The Eyes of the Skin
Juhani Pallasma

A series of exercises in Stage 1 focus on body, memory, emotion and space; proceeding into the first architectural exercise – My Secret Place: designing small spaces for solitude, intimacy and congregation in a subterranean site.

For our house is our corner of the world….it is our first universe, a real cosmos…
An entire past comes to dwell in a new house…

Poetic of space
Gaston Bachelard

Stage 2 focuses on the home as a repository of memory, emotions & experiences. Through a set of exercises the student will revisit her childhood home, represent it through various mediums and in the process re-member it. These exercises and the design from stage 1 will feed into the second architectural exercise – A Home of Memories: a place for living, working, play and learning.

Transformations in the built environment in terms of extensions, revitalization & repurposing are both a necessity as well as an opportunity. Stage 3 of the studio unit looks at architecture transcending its function: the home needs to grow into an institution. Through a series of exercises and the design from stage 2 the studio proceeds into the final architectural exercise – A Place for Community: diversity within living, working, playing and learning.

Each stage consists of tasks with clear sets of instructions, parameters & schedule and deliverables. Each module is supplemented by inputs in the form of a lecture or workshop by a guest tutor. Reviews will be conducted weekly. The unit ends in the 16th week with presentations & reflective conversations with guest architects.

Through this studio unit, students will learn to apply the method of accessing their own experiences & memories through drawings, associational maps, collages & models and integrate these into the design process to synthesize architecture across different scales.

Students will learn to apply visual Concept Maps, Reflective Journals & Peers Reviews as critical design tools.


Students are expected to spend two and half hours per credit per week on a given subject. Considering the 14 credits for a studio unit, students are expected to spend 35 hours per week of which 28 are scheduled: 10 hours on Mondays and Thursdays, six on Wednesdays and three on Fridays.

Students may choose to distribute the unscheduled seven hours as an hour per day across the week, or seven hours on one day of the weekend or across both days or any which way they deem suitable.

However, it is strongly recommended that the seven hours are spent in documenting the studio processes which includes recording and reflection in equal proportions.

Four of the 28 scheduled hours in the week – 0830 to 0930 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings – need to be invested in Visual & Spatial Representation. Task Briefs will be duly issued for VSR-1 to 4: the first two seeking observed recordings of people, while the latter two seeking imagined recordings of spatial configurations.

The remaining 24 hours of scheduled studio time include Monday reviews and one-on-one discussions with tutors on Wednesday and Fridays. Students are advised to structure their studio time in accordance with the set objectives and prescribed processes defined within the fortnightly design and task briefs. The briefs will carry one set of exercises for intuitive engagement and another for analytical response; both need to be attempted in the first week of the fortnight and reiterated in the second week.

Studio Hours

Scheduled Hours
0830-1830: mon & thu 0830-1330: wed
0830-1230: fri

Contact Hours
0930-1230: mon
0930-1330: wed
0930-1130: fri

VSR Hours
mon, wed, thu & fri