Silvina Lopez Barrera

Silvina Lopez Barrera has recently joined the Architectural Studies Program at Middlebury College. Previously she was a Lecturer of Architecture at Iowa State University where she taught design studios. Silvina is a licensed Architect in Uruguay and she holds a Master of Architecture degree from Iowa State University. Her current academic interests include a multidisciplinary approach to space, informal urbanism, public interest design, sustainable alternatives for rural-urban communities and food systems, and trans-nationalism particularly in finding linkages between Latin America and the U.S. She is a member of Uruguayan Society of Architects and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. Silvina was on the Education and Programs Committee of Iowa Women in Architecture and contributed to the publication “Best Practice Recommendations for the Design Profession”

 

Courses

Course List: 

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HARC 0120 - DesignLab: Creating Innovation      

DesignLab: Creating Innovation
In this course students will explore the fundamental principles of design thinking and creative innovation. We will pursue all aspects of the design process, from discerning opportunities and researching solutions to developing concepts and generating prototypes. We will explore design approaches from the renowned Bauhaus to those offered today by digital development and fabrication, including 3-D printing. Students will participate in workshops, conduct individual projects, work in teams, and make presentations on implementing their designs. We will also engage in discussions of how their designs affect the environmental and ethical aspects of our increasingly global and digital world. 3 hrs. lect ART

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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HARC 0130 - Intro. to Architectural Design      

Introduction to Architectural Design
Are you fascinated by buildings and interested in trying your hand at architectural design? This course will introduce you to principles of architecture and teach you the skills architects use to explore and communicate design ideas. We will consider urban and rural settings, sustainability, energy efficiency, functionality, comfort, and the role architecture plays in shaping community. Classroom instruction by a practicing architect will provide hands-on drawing, model-making, and materials research as well as field trips to see innovation in the works, including house tours (both in construction and finished). Students will work in teams and individually to analyze existing buildings and design their own. Students seeking to improve their understanding of the built environment are encouraged to take this course. No prior experience is needed. ART

Spring 2016

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HARC 0231 - Architecture & Environment      

Architecture and the Environment
Architecture has a dynamic relationship with the natural and cultural environments in which it operates. As a cultural phenomenon it impacts the physical landscape and uses natural resources while it also frames human interaction, harbors community, and organizes much of public life. We will investigate those relationships and explore strategies to optimize them, in order to seek out environmentally responsive architectural solutions. Topics to be covered include: analysis of a building's site as both natural and cultural contexts, passive and active energy systems, principles of sustainable construction, and environmental impact. Our lab will allow us to study on site, "off-the-grid" dwellings, hay-bale houses, passive solar constructions and alternative communities, meet with "green" designers, architects, and builders, and do hands-on projects. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab. ART

Spring 2016

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HARC 0330 - Interm. Architectural Design      

Intermediate Architectural Design
This studio course emphasizes the thought and method of architectural design. Members of this studio will be involved in developing their insights towards cultural value systems and their expression in the environments they create. Participants work primarily in the studio space and rely heavily on individual instruction and group review of their work. The course provides a foundation for more advanced study in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, and other fields related to the design of the built environment, and an opportunity to work with the Cameron Visiting Architect. (HARC 0130) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab ART

Fall 2016

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HARC 0530 - Independent Architect. Design      

Supervised independent work in architectural analysis and design. (Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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HARC 0731 - Arch Studies Research Thesis      

Thesis in Architectural Studies: Research
This studio course constitutes the first part of the two-term senior design project in Architectural Studies. Pre-design research includes precedent study, programming, site analysis, and formulation of a thesis to be investigated through the design process. Preliminary design work begins with conceptual studies, and culminates in a coherent schematic design, to be developed further in Senior Architectural Design, Part II. Students present their work in graphic, oral, and written formats. (HARC 0330 or equivalent) 6 hrs. sem.

Fall 2015, Fall 2017

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Department of History of Art & Architecture

Eliza Garrison, Chair
Michaela Davico, Department Coordinator

Mahaney Center for the Arts
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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753