Request for Proposals (RFP), posted on November 7, 2017
Responses due by January 9, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
The WSU Master of Architecture degree program within the School of Design and Construction seeks proposals from architectural design professionals to instruct a seven-week Summer Immersion Studio. The aim of each studio is to provide students with a concentrated studio experience focusing on a particular issue relevant to the profession of architecture at the local, regional, or national scale.
Each studio will include between eight (8) and eighteen (18) WSU M. Arch. graduate students during the WSU summer session, for a period of seven weeks (see dates below). A studio can be situated in any location within the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana), either in the design professional’s offices or other arranged facilities. All studio activities must take place within the United States. Proposals should minimize material costs to the students. Students will provide their own housing.
Proposals will be evaluated based on their creative blending of theoretical issues with contemporary architectural practice in relation to a particular focus issue.
Focus issues might include:
• architectural design in urban or rural contexts, in niche communities, or involving infrastructure
• pro bono design and advocacy, marginalized client populations, socio-cultural concerns
• integrated project delivery, ecological design, public health
• material craft and fabrication
• digital design modeling and computational design
Qualifications, Timetable, Compensation, and Responsibilities
The M. Arch degree is the minimum educational qualification for studio instructors. One or more professionals may instruct a studio. Proposals must be based on twenty (20) hours minimum instructor-student contact hours per week (a studio meeting schedule of at least three days per week is preferred). The studio must occur over seven consecutive weeks, from May 15, 2017 to June 30, 2017. The total contract amount for a studio is $10,000, paid as salary to the instructor, or divided among multiple instructors. Successful applicants will be required to sign a Facilities Use Agreement generated by WSU. Current, full-time, WSU faculty members are not eligible for paid participation in the Summer Immersion Studios. A formal final review or equivalent is required for all students. Electronic documentation of all final studio work and representative process work in PDF format must be submitted within one week of the end of the studio. Physical models must be retained through September. At least one instructor from each summer studio must participate in a late-afternoon symposium and exhibit in Carpenter Hall, Pullman, Washington, on a Friday in September following the summer studio (exact date to be arranged according to mutual availability). Symposium travel costs will be covered by the instructor(s).
A complete proposal will contain, in one PDF file:
• A thematic studio title and 300-word overview describing the goals of the studio, issues to be investigated, studio location, facilities, training resources, activities, methodology, significance to students and the profession, public outreach if any (e.g. public exhibition), and format of final documentation.
• A studio syllabus including: additional studio description as needed, all projects and assignments, a weekly calendar of activities, deadlines for all deliverables and reviews, expectations for student research and production, assignment evaluation procedures, grading methods, and final deliverables.
• Resume and contact information for each instructor outlining expertise in the proposed studio topic area.
• A professional portfolio and/or teaching portfolio representative of relevant experience.
• Estimated costs to students for materials and local travel not covered by the instructor(s).
• Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Proposals for the 2017 Immersion Studio are due on or before January 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Proposals must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please e-mail any questions in advance of this deadline to Prof. Matt Cohen, email@example.com. Proposal selection will be announced on Friday, January 27, 2017.