Sean Vance is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he teaches undergraduate studios and teaches graduate courses in the Masters of Science in Design and Health. His academic research focuses on the axioms of architecture as they relate to states of health, research that analyzes the physically pathologic, from the ergonomic and environmental to the behavioral, and questions the comprehension of such mediums as architectural metric or catalyst.
By definition the Practicum is a workshop in a studio setting where students are being introduced to a variety of working constructs simultaneously in a shortened period of time. The work covers both individual and collective health issues, and is intended to critically apply regional and international guidelines towards the most basic understanding of architectural concepts in spatial manipulation, representation, and fabrication9
The work of this studio will critically discuss through making the infusion of physical activity and places of serenity into a housing project. Students will be expected to analyze issues from observations and shared thinking exercises that rationalize physical activity through physical design and space making, and subsequently synthesize into their propositions how these distinctions relate to building systems.
Every assignment provides an opportunity to attempt different approaches and learn about differing techniques. The entire class will be involved in the development and resolution of all the projects over the course of the semester through presentations, reviews and individual meetings. The Seminar and Workshop based course is understood as a collaborative lab producing individual work.