Calibrations is the School of Architecture and Urban Planning’s publication of student design and research. Produced both as a means of presenting student work and a means of gauging the progress SARUP has made in the past few years, Calibrations is the most comprehensive representation of the school’s design work and pedagogical identity.

Following is an excerpt from this year’s editors:

Four years have passed since the last publication of Calibrations at UWM SARUP. Much has changed amongst the student and faculty body: undergraduates are now graduates, graduates are now practicing architects. Among the faculty, there are many new faces revising curricular approaches and establishing contemporary practices and research agendas. SARUP has established an Architecture Fellow program as a way to invite new theories and techniques to our school. Senior faculty continue to solidify SARUP’s reputation as an award-winning design school with three NCARB prizes, numerous national awards and publications, and substantial research dollars to the PhD and Masters programs. The Marcus Prize and Urban Edge Awards have made it possible for our students to study with renowned international architects practicing at the vanguard of the discipline.

Our sponsored studios leverage expertise from the professional community in unique partnerships that benefit students at SARUP. Over half of the studios represented in this publication have received external support. This funding provides access to lecturers, guest critics, student travel, and manufacturing facilities.

Even with all of these changes and events occurring, SARUP remains steadfastly committed to a tectonic conception of architectural practice in much of its curriculum. Students know how to put a building together and how to derive formal poetics from anticipating assembly. Constituting the backbone of SARUP’s curriculum, this passionate commitment to tectonics is complemented by many avenues of experimentation and research that challenge orthodoxy. Many of the thesis projects, elective studios, and seminars propose alternative practices and theories for architecture: thermodynamic form, cultural inclusion, speculative envelopes, digital prototyping, human agency, new ecological and programatic compositions for water management, and many other queries make for a diverse and dynamic academic environment.

Besides illustrating the vibrant and varied design culture at SARUP, this catalogue of student projects considers seven topics central to architectural processes. The chapter headings: discursive, element, generative, macro, technics, use, and vernacular refer to predispositions in courses at SARUP; latent interests that permeate the school and in the context of this publication, act as a post facto disciplinary measuring stick. Grouping projects in this manner has uncovered tendencies that cut across the hierarchy of the school as each category contains projects from all program levels. The range and breadth of work on these pages is indicative of the well-rounded architectural education students receive at SARUP. Twenty-two thesis projects, twenty-eight elective studios, and a variety of examples from core courses, lectures, and PhD level work round out the content of the curriculum represented.

For a copy of Calibrations4, please contact the School.

-Kyle Reynolds, Karl Wallick, Mo Zell