Architecture & Design
Architectural Design (+ see more)
Focusing on the analysis of the Roman urban stratification (Palimpsest), the students attending the University of Arkansas Rome Center develop a series of critical works within complex urban conditions and scales of urban space. Sites are selected to address the issues of design within the layered cultural and historical context of Rome and to address the question of significance within the process of contemporary design.
The course engages the study of urban ideas, documentation, analysis and synthesis through observation and drawing, with specific reference to place-based learning and experience. Topics discussed include typology, mapping, neighborhoods, streets, urban spaces and fundamental issues of urban dwelling and design that shape the contemporary Roman city. Through the development of adequate skills in drawing, sketching, and watercolor, special emphasis is placed upon the craft of making as a method of recording and analysis.
By studying urban and architectural spaces at different scales, the students are encouraged to use their analytical work as a tool to understand the existing relationships between urban and architectural forms, and as a means to address the public realm of architecture and its role in expressing epistemological values within a given society.
Architecture of the City (+ see more)
For the visitor and scholar, Rome represents an opportunity to understand the numerous stratifications that human evolution has left on urban history. The aim of this course is to accompany the student through the layering that composes Rome’s urban form and to offer a necessary basis of the historical and theoretical information, in order to take full advantage of the experience as students at the Rome Center. With Rome and its environs as the laboratory, we will cut a series of paths through the city, through its layers of material culture and time, and we will unearth its structure.
Using drawing and observation as the primary methods of investigation, we will study the great spaces of Rome, uncoupling the image of form from its organizing structure and resulting space. Each week, the student produces a series of drawings in which these observations are recorded, extracting lessons about space, rhythm, change over time, and hierarchy.
Early Modern Architecture and Interiors
This course chronicles the impact of Enlightenment thinking and shifting definitions of modernity on architecture and interior design by tracing the transition from Historicism to the International Style. New notions of progress and evolution, industrialization and urbanization, and debates concerning the role of the machine and the meaning of ornament are set against major technological advances. Students examine key theoretical texts and perform archival research on a historic building located in Rome.
Graphic Design Studio - Studio VI Corporate Identity
This course will build on previously learned fundamental design principles; it will focus on the understanding and application of Corporate Identity through a systems approach to design with application to various printed collateral. A high degree of conceptual, aesthetic and technical ability will be required for successful completion of this course.
History of Italian Design
Design is a fundamental component of the culture and the economy of Italy. Since the beginning of the 20th century until the present day, the different activities of this multi-faceted discipline have played a significant role in the local and international scenario. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with this vast field and to expose them to some of the most important events, projects and products in the fields of industrial design, fashion design and, lately, web and digital design.
Interior Design Studio - Design 5 for Interiors
This interior design studio challenges students with increased complexity of three-dimensional interior space, program, concept, and design process in the context of community oriented commercial/retail design. Students will translate their design thinking into comprehensive solutions that address place making, branding, construction technology, materiality, lighting design, human factors, furniture selection/planning, building codes and standards. This studio incorporates some collaboration to enhance understanding of teamwork in design practice.
Neighborhoods of Modern and Contemporary Rome - 1870 > Present
This course will examine the transformation of Rome from the capital city of the Papal States to the present through a series of neighborhood case studies. Housing is the central theme of the course and also the subject of the term project where students are asked to consider Principles of Intelligent Urbanism including accessibility, creating a sense of place through design and sustainability – environmental, technical, and social. These ideas will be critically applied to analyze such diverse neighborhoods as historic Trastevere, ethnic areas including Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, and planned communities around the shopping mall Parco Leonardo. This course will address theories of utopia, modernity and urban design; the effect of industry on city planning; and the relationship between national identity, historical context, and the modern artistic movements of art nouveau, regionalism, rationalism, and futurism, transition from Historicism to the International Style. New notions of progress and evolution, industrialization and urbanization, and debates concerning the role of the machine and the meaning of ornament are set against major technological advances. Students examine key theoretical texts and perform archival research on a historic building located in Rome.
Preservation of Historic Buildings (+ see more)
This course aims to educate architects to assume leadership roles in historic preservation design and planning. While the programs will expose students to a broad spectrum of architectural preservation practices, the curriculum emphasizes the preservation of mid-20th century architecture, an emerging issue of concern in the discipline.
This course focuses on the design student’s ability to draw and analyze in three dimensions and across different scales. The student will acquire these skills through drawing exercises, on-site analysis, home assignments and daily drawing practice. In this way, the student will learn how to understand the physical environments that surround us.