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Robin D. Dripps

Professor
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
Campbell Hall 417
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.A., Princeton University
M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania
Biography

Robin Dripps teaches within the studio design sequence, lectures on architectural theory, and directs a seminar on the relationship between design intent and detail manifestation. The ACSA honored her teaching with its Distinguished Professorship Award in 1992. Educated at Princeton (BA in architecture) and the University of Pennsylvania (M. Arch), she has been writing and lecturing on the structure of myth as a fundamental basis for architectural form. This work was published as The First House: Myth, Paradigm, and the Task of Architecture, where it received a Phi Beta Kappa book award in 1999. Professor Dripps recent research, writing, and teaching deals with the pragmatic and poetic opportunities of a shift in interest from the figure to the intellectual and physical grounds, fields, and other networks that give order to human action. Her essay,” Groundwork" was published by Routledge in Site Matters, an anthology on recent re-thinking about sites edited by Carol Burns and Andrea Kahn. “Notes on an Ethical Context for Fragmentation, Continuous and Multiple Grounds, and other Open Fields of Action, in The Hand and the Soul: Aesthetics and Ethics in Architecture and Art. Current research and teaching explores how parametric and generative software can extend how we work with complex field structures and how structures and surfaces can respond to external inputs. The design work of Professor Dripps, with Lucia Phinney, deals with the unobserved edge shared between architecture and landscape architecture, or between construction and ecology. Working with large scale earth works, water works, and agriculture, as well as scaffolding systems, operable shade cloth, and other lightweight materials, they have produced a body of work revealing different ways that the interior life of architecture can engage its political and natural context. This work has been published and exhibited in America, Europe, and Asia. Robin is also the designer and driver of a car that established two world land speed records.

ARCH 2020: Foundation Studio III
Credits: 6
The foundations studios involve beginning design students in thoughtful application of fundamental design principles, foundational techniques of representation and fabrication and comprehensive critical design strategies. These courses foster the development of the beginning design student's design methodology founded on thoughtful, creative, ethical and rigorous work practices in service of exploring meaningful formal and spatial propositions. Prerequisite: ARCH 2010
ARCH 3010: Research Studio I
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 2020
ARCH 4010: Research Studio II
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3020
ARCH 4011: Design Thinking Studio III
Credits: 6
This is a studio based course on Architectural design thinking with a focus on creative approaches to analyzing and solving diverse problems. Prerequisite: ARCH 3021
ARCH 4020: Independent Design Research Studio
Credits: 6
Students pursue a semester long independent design project. Prerequisite: ARCH 4010 or ARCH 4011.
ARCH 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ARCH 6120: Architectural Theory and Analysis
Credits: 3
Investigates the role that ideas play in the conception, making, and interpretation of buildings and cities, and assists students in clarifying their own values and intentions as designers. Lectures cover a broad range of topics, with special emphasis placed on contemporary issues.
ARCH 7122: Contemporary Spatial Practices
Credits: 3
This seminar will present a critical account of contemporary spatial practices and develop a theoretical framework of spatial operations enabling students to situate their own work within this new territory.
ARCH 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent Study Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8010: Research Studio 2
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Part one of a two part comprehensive design sequence. Prerequisite: ARCH 7020 or LAR 7020.
ALAR 8030: Design Studio 3
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Prerequisite: ALAR 7010 and ALAR 8010.
ARCH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Teaching Experience Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8999: Non-Topical Design Research-Masters
Credits: 1–12
Independent Design Thesis Studio. Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.