Fundamentals of Design

Creativity is a quality but also a process that can be developed, expanded, and strengthened. Inspired by the methods and exercises utilized by renowned designers and design teachers Josef Albers of the Bauhaus school and Yale’s Robert Engman, groundbreaking architect Dave Sellers lead class participants through a series of exercises to challenge the mind and the eye as they investigate the limits of simple materials and the essence of form. Drawings, sketches, and models utilizing a variety of conventional and unconventional materials will be used as vehicles for exploration, as students develop the ability to think intuitively and creatively and, ultimately, open the avenues of invention necessary to see connections and relationships that lead to the development of creative design solutions. Participants will then be tasked with applying those solutions to an architectural design challenge.


AIA Credit Courses, Whole Structure Design/Build


Beginner, Intermediate


  • Sterling College: 2 Continuing Education Units ($260 additional)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): 35 HSW Learning Units

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