Studio learning is a unique experience that calls upon the student's ability to make judgments regarding their own investigations. Because architecture is a visual discipline, the studio setting was developed to afford the student an opportunity to create and observe their work relative to a field of similarly distinguished investigations. The notion of comparison and contrast is critical to the successful implementation of studio-based learning and is therefore at the heart of the School of Architecture learning objectives.
The studio environment is intended to offer a venue for shared learning through adjacency and common objective. The notion of a Studio Culture implies a shared atmosphere for learning, and because design and artistic creation do not conform to the traditional class schedule format, the studio is made available at all times of the day. It is intended to offer a place for investigative academic pursuit equipped with the resources and infrastructures needed to perform the rigorous exploration of ideas.
The faculty encourages students to take advantage of the open nature of the studio environment with the understanding that great ideas don't always come between 8 and 5. This being said, the students themselves are responsible for their conduct and use of the environment as a shared space for learning.