Furniture Studio explores the origins, methods, results, and influence of the unique and highly successful furniture design and fabrication studios offered by the University of Washington Department of Architecture. The furniture program, initiated by Andris Vanags, is an immersion into the role of materials, design, and making in architectural education. Students directly engage the physical properties of materials, and the knowledge gained through this engagement enriches the design and fabrication process. The experiences of its graduates reveal that the studio fosters creative thinking that truly integrates design and making.
Ochsner presents historical background to shop-based courses, including furniture studio; traces the careers of four representative graduates of the program; and suggests implications from this program for architectural education and individual achievement beyond the University of Washington. Eleven students and the projects they created in the winter 2009 studio are profiled, and the book contains a fully illustrated catalogue of exemplary student projects from 1989 to the present. Illustrations and descriptions throughout the book showcase the heirloom-quality projects created by the students, many of which won awards in competitions.
Jeffrey Karl Ochsner is professor of architecture and associate dean for academic affairs, College of Built Environments, University of Washington. He is the author of Lionel H. Pries, Architect, Artist, Educator and coauthor of Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H. H. Richardson.
Preface and Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: The Reality of Making 2. Origins: Building a Program 3. One Quarter: Winter 2009 4. Interpreting a Pedagogy: Furniture and Architecture 5. Examples of Excellence: Selected Projects, 1989-2009 6. Beyond the University: Continuing Influence 7. The Future: Furniture Studio after 2009 Appendix A. Furniture Fest, 2009Appendix B. Award-Winning Projects, 1990-2010 NotesGeneral Background Reading Index