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[ARCH 3101] Architectural Representation: Abstraction

December 15, 2018

Schwartzman, Madeline Silver_nugget
[ARCH 3101] Architectural Representation: Abstraction

Oh boy was Madeline the worst professor I had in my two years of school. She picks favorites, and her biases seep through everything she says. During reviews with guest critics (critiques) she will defend students she likes and discuss their projects while simply glossing over others. She will take into consideration everything you do and not just your final project, meaning that if you had any mental block with your creative process throughout weeks of work, she will hold it against you. She's also very wishy washy and can change requirements last minute. People who like Madeline's class do so because it's very creative, but that doesn't necessitate her being a good professor.

Workload:

A lot, but definitely manageable especially in relation to other architecture professors.

April 19, 2010

Rouhe, Todd Silver_nugget
[ARCH 3101] Architectural Representation: Abstraction

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Todd can be a little square--especially in comparison to Madeline Schwartzman--but he's a fantastic intro studio professor. In his class you will learn the basics of hand drafting, something that I feel is often overlooked in the intro studios of other professors. He can be very nit-picky about craft, line weight, and specificity of material and form but I really appreciated that rigor. It returns so much of the architectural discipline to a program (Barnard+Columbia architecture) that leans heavily towards the experimental and abstract. You will not learn any computer programs in this class and I get the feeling that Todd generally dislikes renderings anyway.

He is very careful about giving everyone the time that they deserve. He can be painfully slow at getting around to everyone in class but if he doesn't get to you in one class, you will most definitely be one of the first people he sees in the next class. He won't leave your desk until you are both satisfied with the discussion of your work. He is very encouraging and never snarky. He also makes efforts to defend students when the critics attack. When he critiques your work, he remembers everything you two have discussed and really tries to see your work from your own perspective. It's easy to get discouraged in this department with the heavy workload, sleepless nights, and creative frustration but the things you learn in Todd's studio and his guidance make the architecture major worth it.

Workload:

Be prepared to pull many all-nighters on the days before studio. You also MUST put in studio time over the weekend. You get two large projects that are completed in 3 or so parts. He is pretty strict about deadlines so if he says something is due... you better have it completed.

November 04, 2009

Schwartzman, Madeline Silver_nugget
[ARCH 3101] Architectural Representation: Abstraction

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She seems uncertain about her comments which leads to a huge communication gap with the students. Sometimes she makes rude comments, whether or not she realises it. Her projects are interesting but she tends to impose her views on students.

Workload:

Very heavy

August 21, 2009

Schwartzman, Madeline Silver_nugget
[ARCH 3101] Architectural Representation: Abstraction

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Madeline is one of a kind. She is extremely intimidating at first and you will never really know what she is asking you to do, but at the end you finally realize how much you have grown as a designer in her class. If you aren't willing for late nights and frustrating classes don't take her, but if you are willing to put in the time, so is she, and you will take a lot away from it! Plus there is usually snack time, and sometimes she brings in her cute twin girls!

Workload:

Lots! She expects a lot of new material every class period, and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, but she can also be flexible with due dates.

July 07, 2009

Rouhe, Todd Silver_nugget
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Todd is an amazing person. Do not get discouraged if you had him for the Perceptions lecture (I know, BORING) but his studio course is his baby and he is incredibly approachable and understanding. Obviously you have to work hard (it is studio) but after having Madeline you will be so grateful for Todd. Work hard, show up on time and have fun with it.

Workload:

Sleepless nights before critiques and as much work as you are willing to put in. Unless you love what you are doing you should not stay it is not worth it, but if you love camaraderie and surprising yourself with artistic abilities you did not even know you had then stick with it and you will benefit greatly. Good Luck!

October 27, 2005

Yao, Kimberly
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I had Kim Yao Spring Semester of 2005 and I was surprised to find no one had written a review of her. I suspect that is because Kim is very very good, but might not inspire a fan base. Kim is thoughtful and attentive at desk crits, well organized, and fair in her critiques. She's not trying to push bounderies and shock students into or out of architecture like may professors who seem to feel the need to assume an "uber-maven" persona. She was always understandable and there was very little bullshit, if she lapsed into jargony arkhitectur-speak she usually was self-effacing about it and laughed it off. That was a tremendous breath of fresh air and I hope I have professors like her in grad school.

Workload:

Firm but fair. The minimum required workload was substantial, but you could easily spend 30 hrs a week in the studio if you wanted to. She was very easy going with due dates, however, and would give ample time to tweak projects post-review.

January 16, 2005

Rouhe, Todd Silver_nugget
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Todd's studio class is top notch; he has this strange, opaque way of speaking that often makes it difficult to understand exactly what you're supposed to do, but he really does know what he's talking about and once you figure it out the semester really does start to make sense. He is indeed very opinionated, which means that he didn't always agree with the equally opinionated TA, but as long as you can come up will a reason for your artistic decisions he will give your work the respect it deserves. Perhaps his most redeeming quality is his willingness to defend students work to attacks by guest critics. He really does remember the crap you made up to defend your project and will kindly explain it to the incredulous guest critics (a particularly memorable moment of the semester was when he got into a battle with his wife, our first guest critic, over our work). Still, while I found him to take our work very seriously, class was pretty laid back. He has a very dry sense of humor that definately made classtime more enjoyable. Overall, a very safe bet for first year architecture.

Workload:

Intense. Students all put different amounts of time into their projects, but the effort (or lack thereof) that you put in really does show. There are something like four projects, but they are all due in different stages, so unless you manage your time a whole lot better than most people you can expect to pull at least 5-6 all nighters just before a deadline during the semester. Still, we seemed to do a bit less work than Madeline's class.

January 11, 2005

Rouhe, Todd Silver_nugget
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Overall, I enjoyed this class and thought Todd was a good professor to have for my first studio course. At the beginning he and the Sam, the Swiss TA, will ask if you can draw or do this or that, and then they'll say, "Oh, don't worry. We'll teach you." Well, no, they don't. You don't have to draw much anyway, and sketches are allowed to look crappy in the world of architecture. So don't worry, you'll be fine. One thing that bothers a lot of people is you have no idea what grade you will get in the course until the semester is over. I think Todd looks for progress in quality and ideas as the semester goes on. It's often your first time working with mylar and chipboard and such, so just get used to it. Everyone puts in tonssssss of hours and he knows that.
As far as critiques, Todd and Sam, the Swiss TA, gave various ideas along the way. For the in-class project critiques, I thought Todd was very fair and defensive of students' ideas whether successful or not (he is certainly more positive than most of the guest critics.) All in all, good class. The key to this class is time management skills, which apparently, no one had. Oh, Sam is Swiss, not French.

Workload:

5 Projects or so. You will do more work for this class than any other you have. Buy some coffee, maybe some No Doze (or brand x Stay Awake pills)

January 10, 2005

Rouhe, Todd Silver_nugget
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Todd has been my best Columbia professor. He has a good sense of humor and really cares about his students' work. The projects that he assigns are designed for students who care equally as much about their work, a quality which seems to get students ahead. He cares about both effort and talent, so if you find yourself lacking one, you can find hope in the other. Todd gives wonderful advice during both desk crits and pin-ups, and if you want honesty (which you'll get in a euphonized version no matter what), tell him to give it to you straight. I definitely recommend him for a first year studio course.

Workload:

Studio course, so lots of work. Todd expects around an hour a night, so if you're not planning on committing so much time, work quickly.

January 04, 2005

Rouhe, Todd Silver_nugget
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Although Todd is a bit dull at times and often presents terms and architectural jargon without supplying definitions, those are grievances that can easily be dealt with. He does not spend a lot of time lecturing, so boredom in the Abstraction class only lasts for a brief time. As for not defining terms, one can always ask him about them or just look them up after class. The main problem with Todd, I would say, is his lack of respect for students and their work. Often times, he will offer advice that he will later call into question or criticize during pin-ups. Additionally, he does not allow for creativity, choosing instead to offer so much advice and "suggestions'' to the point that you find yourself working on a drawing or model that does not reflect your ideas in any way. And that you don't quite understand how to make, either.

Todd is good at coming up with wry, sarcastic comments regarding your work though. So, on the bright side, you won't only be buiding models of "negative space" until three in the morning, you'll also receive a complimentray lesson in humility.

Workload:

5... 6 projects? Something like that. He gives you plenty of time to work on them, but, more likely than not, you'll leave it to the night before along with the rest of the class.

January 21, 2004

Gray, Maria
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not a good prof! she is laid back, but can get nasty. effort not taken into consideration, and she is not that helpful. she did not seem that interested and was not encouraging.

Workload:

its a studio so expect to spend a lot of time there, not as much as some of the other studios, but defnitely was my most time-consuming class.

November 16, 2003

Schwartzman, Madeline Silver_nugget
[ARCH 3101] Architectural Representation: Abstraction

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Madeline is awesome. Her critiques are helpful, if a bit difficult to process. You may not do as many projects--she only does 2--as you do in other studios but there's a lot of work for those two projects. Where you might do a single drawing and model in one studio for each project, Madeline will take you through several sets of drawings and one or two models for each project. She expects a lot of non-final work leading up to each final product. You will work a lot, but at the end of the term students in the less demandings studios will be jealous of your work and your experience.

Workload:

2 projects (lots of final drawings, some computer work, and one or two models each). All final products will require extensive non-final work to be presented during desk crits. You will feel extremely rewarded by your efforts.

September 01, 2003

Rouhe, Todd Silver_nugget
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Todd is, in my opinion, easily the best first-level studio teacher. He treats your work very seriously, not skipping a beat in remembering the general goal and concept behind your project (in other words, you needn't make yourself a little blurb to parrot every time he comes to your desk). Oh, and he offers very RELEVANT criticism; he also understands the difference between a well-executed project and overly meticulous flim-flam (ahem). Plus, he will often stand up for you during pinups when guest critics who have never seen your project before give stupid advice. He is certainly opinionated, but if you know your stuff and honestly care about the material you can have a great discussion with him.

Workload:

Varies: some projects involve many drawings, and some seem deceptively easy (but he is much more brutal about those). In other words, he keeps a close enough eye on your work to spot cut corners, both in the finished object and in the conceptual development.

August 09, 2003

Davis, Felecia
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A visiting instructor from Cornell, this person simply lacked dedication and basic teaching skills that Columbia studnets normally expect from their professors. Her desk crits were inconsistent and her comments were never concrete enough so students were often left hanging in the air all confused and mystified. Classes always lagged behind the schedule and the quality of work produced was abysmally below standard compared to what was going on in Schwatzman's studio in the next aisle (ALL students, WITHOUT exception, appeared to produce portfolio-quality work in Schwatzman's studio). In short, avoid this professor at all costs; you will learn so little for so much that you pay.

Workload:

Demanding but unfair compared to the very little that the professor dedicates to teaching

March 30, 2003

Schwartzman, Madeline Silver_nugget
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Madeline is great. She pushes students to think differently than they have ever thought. However, she expects a LOT from you. She is really nice if everyone has done their work. If she says to get something done for the next calss, you better have it done or she will not be happy. (Avoid making her unhappy at all costs.) If you do your work and put in the effort the calss will be great. If you want to be challanged, Madeline is the teacher for you. If you dont want to work, get out of the class.

Workload:

Neverending. There is always something that HAS to be done.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction 2013 Spring TR / 9:00-11:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Richard Rouhe 2012 Fall TR / 9:00-11:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Diana Martinez 2012 Fall MW / 9:00-11:50 AM 2
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Nicole Robertson 2012 Spring TR / 9:00-11:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Nicole Robertson 2011 Spring TR / 1:10- 4:00 PM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Madeline Schwartzman 2010 Fall MW / 10:00-12:50 PM 2
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Richard Rouhe 2010 Fall TR / 9:00-11:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Kimberly Yao 2010 Spring TR / 9:00-11:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Madeline Schwartzman 2009 Fall MW / 10:00-12:50 PM 2
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Todd Rouhe 2009 Fall TR / 9:00-11:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Nicole Robertson 2009 Spring TR / 1:10- 4:00 PM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Richard Rouhe 2008 Fall TR / 9:00-11:50 AM 2
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Madeline Schwartzman 2008 Fall MW / 10:00-12:50 PM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction 2007 Fall TR / 9:00-11:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Todd Rouhe 2006 Fall TR / 9:00-11:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Madeline Schwartzman 2005 Spring TR / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Richard Rouhe 2004 Fall TR / 9:00-10:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Madeline Schwartzman 2004 Spring MW / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Kimberly Yao 2004 Spring MW / 9:00-10:50 AM 2
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction 2003 Spring TR / 9:00-10:50 AM 2
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Richard Rouhe 2003 Fall TR / 9:00-10:50 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Madeline Schwartzman 2003 Spring MW / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Madeline Schwartzman 2002 Spring MW / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Faculty Faculty 2002 Fall TR / 9:00-11:00 AM 1
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Marc Rosenbaum 2002 Spring TR / 9:00-10:50 AM 2
ARCB / ARCH ARCB ARCH V3101: Architecture Reprsentation: Abstraction: Arch.Reprsentation: Abstraction Faculty Faculty 2001 Fall TR / 9:00-10:50 AM 1