Undergraduate Studios

The Studio Progression Undergraduate Students

Introductory Studios (ARCH 200-300 level courses) Architecture and Interior Architecture Students

After being admitted into Architecture or Interior Architecture program, students begin introductory studios.

Year 1

  • All first year Architecture and Interior Architecture students are placed in ARCH 283 during their second term (Winter term year 1).
  • Upon successful completion of the first studio, all students are then placed in ARCH 284 (Spring term year 1).

Year 2

  • In the Fall, Architecture and Interior Architecture students are placed in ARCH 383 (Fall term year 2).
  • In the Winter, Architecture students are not in studio, but taking other required classes, while Interior Architecture students begin Intermediate studios.
  • In the Spring, Architecture students are placed in ARCH 384 (Spring term year 2).

Studios graded as “No Pass” must be repeated before advancing to intermediate studios. Since they are term-specific, this will result in a delay in studio progression.

Introductory Studio Registration:

  • Notification of the studio placement will be emailed to students prior to registration.
  • Registration will depend on pre-authorization.

Intermediate Studios (ARCH 484 Courses) Architecture Students (IARC 484, IARC 486 Courses) Interior Architecture Students

After satisfying all introductory studio requirements, students will be part of the preferencing process. “Preferencing” was created to provide a way to self-select between studio options as well as distribute participants evenly. Often referred to as “vertical” studios, intermediate studios combine a broad spectrum of students from different places in their program (i.e. graduate vs. undergraduate, year and experience).

  • Architecture students are guaranteed two intermediate/vertical studio placements per academic year
  • Fall studios are expected in years 3 and 4
  • Placement in Winter and Spring studios depend on beginning letter of last name (between A-K or L-Z in alternate years –
    • 2018-19: A-K Fall/Winter; L-Z Fall/Spring
    • 2019-20: L-Z Fall/Winter; A-K Fall/Spring
    • 2020-21: A-K Fall/Winter; L-Z Fall/Spring
    • 2021-22: L-Z Fall/Winter; A-K Fall/Spring
  • Additional Eugene-based ARCH summer studios are available and preferencing may be required
  • Interior Architecture students are not restricted in number of studios per academic year within IARC studios, but are preferenced lower when wanting an ARCH studio
  • Many students explore summer studio options both in and outside of the School of Architecture and Environment. International options can be found through Global Education Oregon

Intermediate Studio Registration Pre-Preferencing:

  • Architecture and register for the ARCH 484 Architecture “phantom” studio course during their registration window.
  • Interior Architecture students will register for the IARC 484 Interior Architecture “phantom” studio during their registration window.
  • The phantom course can be identified by the large number of maximum seats in the course schedule (other ARCH 484 studios will noticeably be limited to 17 students).
  • Registration in the phantom studio is required to participate in preferencing.

Studio Preferencing:

  • Architecture and Interior Architecture students receive an email with studio options along with a link to a survey where they will order their preferences.
  • Architecture and Interior Architecture students have two weeks to find out more about the studios, visit with instructors, and to complete the survey.
  • Studio preferencing options will include a combination of Architecture and Interior Architecture studios.
  • Typically, Interior Architecture students are preferencing IARC studios, and Architecture students ARCH.
  • If selecting studio choices within their major, students prioritize ARCH choices in the top 3 (if Architecture) or IARC choices in the top 3 (if Interior Architecture).
  • Both Architecture and Interior Architecture students can elect to take one studio outside of their major (including one in Landscape Architecture). All are dependent upon department approval.
  • If opting to take a studio outside of their major, students place that studio as their top choice, followed by studios within their major.
  • The department will accommodate placing students in studio if preferencing step is missed as long as space is available. You may be limited in your options based on availability.

Intermediate Studio Placement Post-Preferencing

  • Architecture and Interior Architecture students are placed in a studio based on the results of the survey after committee review. The department encourages diversity of instructors and topics.
  • After being given their placement, Architecture and Interior Architecture students will be instructed to drop the “phantom” course, and add the correct CRN (sent in an email) for the assigned studio.

Requirements for intermediate studios are:

  • Successful completion of ARCH 383 (Interior Architecture), ARCH 384 (Architecture).
  • A grade of “No Pass” will required repeating the studio, which will delay studio progression.
  • A grade of “Marginal Pass” will result in a Gate Review (see below) before advancing to intermediate studios.

Studio options are also posted on the board outside of Lawrence Hall 210 and on the first “Studio” page of this website as soon as they are available.

Intermediate IARC Studio Working Drawings (IARC 487) Interior Architecture Students

IARC 487 “Working Drawings” studio is an “intermediate studio” exception, as it is not part of the preferencing process. Please refer to curriculum guide to see the suggested time to take this course. As with other intermediate studios, you take this after satisfying all introductory studio requirements.

Advanced Studios (ARCH 485 & ARCH 486) Architecture Students

After successfully satisfying all intermediate studio requirements, students will take a two terms of studios (often called terminal studios). They will be part of a separate preferencing process and students will be assigned to a studio based on survey results.

Advanced Studios (IARC 488 & IARC 489) Interior Architecture Students

After satisfying all intermediate studio requirements, students will take IARC 445 Comprehensive Preparation in the Fall term of their final year. During the Winter and Spring terms, IARC students then register for IARC 488 and IARC 489 Interior Design Comprehensive Project as the culmination of their studio progression. This does not require the preferencing process.

Studio Course Grades

Pass
  • Met learning objectives in the studio description or syllabus and on the department’s studio performance evaluation form
  • Demonstrated consistent design inquiry and engagement in projects and assignments
  • Participated thoroughly in design reviews, in-class discussions and peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • Showed significant growth as a designer and thinker

Pass – Marginal

  • Marginal performance in introductory studios implies that the student has worked diligently to meet the minimum
    requirements of the course, but there remains a significant question as to the student’s aptitude for design and the
    appropriateness of the major as a career direction. The designation of “marginal” in the intermediate studios refers to the
    student’s rate of progress toward the level of competency required to enter the advanced studio sequence. The level of
    achievement in an individual studio may be regarded as passing, while overall progress is considered marginal.

No Pass

  • Did not meet one or more learning objectives
  • Did not demonstrate adequate design inquiry or engagement in projects and assignments
  • Did not participate adequately in design reviews, in-class discussions and peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • Did not show significant growth as a designer and thinker

Written Evaluations
In addition to the recorded grades of “pass” or “no pass,” studio faculty complete a written evaluation of each student at the end of the quarter using the department’s studio performance evaluation form. This provides all students with personalized feedback on their effort, achievement and growth. The form for intermediate and advanced studios includes 22 specific criteria and an overall summary, each scored on a five point scale ranging from strong to weak. Completed forms are placed in students’ academic files and students receive a copy.

Studios Gate Reviews

Intermediate Studio Entrance Evaluation GATE (ARCH 484, IARC 484 and 486)
Students required to participate in the Intermediate Studio Entrance Evaluation GATE are not eligible to enter intermediate before the evaluation has been completed and continuation has been recommended.

The Intermediate Entrance Evaluation is required if:

  1. the student receives any grade other than “pass” in any term of introductory design
  2. the student’s design progress is evaluated as “marginal” in terms of preparation for ARCH 484
  3. on the advice of the instructor’s written evaluation, even though the grade “pass” is awarded

After discussion, the faculty present will decide whether the student shall be admitted to ARCH 484. The criteria for evaluating satisfactory performance are developed by faculty teaching in the introductory and intermediate architectural design studios and, in general, stress comprehensive and integrative accomplishment and understanding of the design issues explored by the studios, accompanied by adequate media capabilities.

Advanced Studio Entrance Evaluation GATE (ARCH 485 and IARC 488)

Students required to participate in the Advanced Studio Entrance Evaluation GATE are not eligible to enter ARCH 485 or IARC 488 until the evaluation has been completed and continuation is recommended. The process of evaluation is parallel to that for ARCH/IARC 484 entrance as described above.

The Advanced Studio Entrance Evaluation is required if:

  1. the student receives any grade other than pass in any term of intermediate design studio;
  2. the student’s design progress is evaluated as marginal in terms of preparation for ARCH 485 or IARC 488 even though the grade of “pass” is awarded.

Incompletes in Design

A student will be permitted to enroll in design studio after receiving an incomplete at such time as the work is completed and a passing grade change has been officially entered on the student’s permanent record by the Registrar’s Office.

If the work is not successfully completed and a passing grade hasn’t been assigned within the agreed upon time period for removal of the incomplete, a SAM is required before the student is permitted to continue. If the “I” is not removed, it is counted as a non-passing grade and may cause the student to be disqualified from design. A student is not allowed to be working on requirements for two studios simultaneously.

Design Studio Disqualification

A student who withdraws with a “W” and/or earns a non-passing mark (N, I, Y) in two design studio courses will be disqualified.

Disqualification means the student is prohibited from taking additional design courses offered by the department.

A “W” in design may not place a student in jeopardy of disqualification if the withdrawal is necessitated by a medical or personal emergency, as verified by the Design Committee.

Students who are not making satisfactory progress towards a degree in architecture or interior architecture according to the standards determined by the University’s Academic Standing Policy will be disqualified from design studio.

A student who has been disqualified from design studio may apply for reinstatement after one year by supplying evidence of experience during the ‘year away’ that would better prepare the student to profit from additional design coursework. Petitions for reinstatement must be made to the department’s Design Committee. After three years, the student forfeits their major status and must apply for re-admission to the program.

Questions about studio registration? Contact: archadvisor@uoregon.edu