An image of a few small, wooden models on a windowsill.

An image from Echo: A Site-specific Installation and Architecture Exhibition.

Studio Culture Statement

AIADO Studio Culture Statement

The Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design Objects is committed to the interdisciplinary practice of design while providing opportunities for deep disciplinary focus; supporting the intellectual freedom and the individual creative practices of students and faculty; and encouraging the open exchange of ideas within a culture of critical thinking and rigorous making. In studio culture, we value technique, process, and the rigors of making; we expect intellectual and innovative engagement with the city and the world.

The department’s studio culture policy is intended to give students agency, foster trust and respect, and encourage creative risk-taking. Our definition of studio extends beyond the boundaries of our Department and manifests in our community at large through the willingness from students and faculty to engage and explore.

“Studio” can be:

  • Class; with a syllabus, assignments, a schedule, and a critique; part of a curriculum, with clear communication and full agency that ensures that students get the most out of the learning experience.
  • Space; both a room and a community, investing in trust and respect among students, faculty, staff, and visitors ensuring the creation of a space and series of activities reflective of our values.
  • A practice; a mode of doing; also a personal mode: a headspace, a mobile state of inquiry. Studio is a state of openness to new ideas and challenges; a willingness to take risks; an understanding of the importance of focus and rigor.

Studio Culture Statement Review Guidelines

  • The Department will open an annual invitation to produce a creative work that interprets and manifests the Studio Culture Policy. This invitation will be managed by the Graduate Student Representative Committee. 
  • The written Studio Culture Policy will be made available for continual comment from the community.
  • Graduate Student Representative Committee and the Faculty will review the document regularly for accuracy and consistency with School and Department values. 

Members of the SAIC community may leave comments or feedback on the AIADO Studio Culture Statement.

May 2017