The Form Studies programme at the Delft Faculty of Architecture is primarily concerned with the furthering of fundamental insights, skills and knowledge on the level of Composition and Perception in architecture – in education as well as research.
On an educational level, the Form Studies group plays a recognisable and meaningful role within the faculty’s BSc curriculum, particularly in an active, design driven formal study programme, running through the first year of study as a whole.
Furthermore, Form Studies is involved in several specific study applications; including a full-semester BSc Minor entitled House of the Future (together with the Architecture and Dwellings chair) and a variety of MSc courses (including an integral Form and Presentation module and a series of targeted composition and visualisation study projects (in collaboration with the Architecture and Materialisation Chair).
In research, the focus is primarily upon the explorative study of formal phenomena in architecture, making active use of a variety of (digital and physical) modelling applications.
Form Studies is closely linked to the faculty’s Modelling Techniques facilities, for which it is responsible.
The state of the art modelling workshop has a central position within the faculty as a whole, and in the Form Studies programme in particular. These facilities are used extensively by the faculty’s student population and especially by MSc diploma students.
Apart from more or less traditional workshop facilities, the computer aided modelling opportunities of the faculty’s CAM-lab play an increasingly important role in education and research (notably in an explorative Form Studies course entitled Ornamatics and the Minor Advanced Prototyping).
Furthermore, modelling applications play an important role in several composition and materialisation studies and exhibitions.
Since the spring of 2009 the Form and Modelling Studies cluster is housed in the centrally located, transparent Southern Atrium of the BK City complex.
Jack Breen, Form and Modelling Studies BK