First Semester Group (FSG)
First semester GROUP
Prof. Johan Bettum
Guest Professors: Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley
teacher: yara feghali
The First Semester Programme at SAC is common to all the students of the M.A. Architecture course and aims to introduce them to select theoretical and practical aspects of the contemporary architectural milieu. During this year the foundation is laid in terms of a conceptual, methodological and technical expertise for the research based, thesis work in the second year.
The intensive, one-semester long training equips the rich collection of students from all over the world with the knowledge and executive ability to critically engage and deal with contemporary issues in architectural design. Personal interests of the students are contextualised and concretised.
The programme thus arms the next generation of architects with advanced design techniques, methods and strategies, the critical capability to see emerging and relevant design and project opportunities within their own work and the wherewithal to strategically use their imagination and personal interests to drive their design work; thereby becoming part of and furthering the discourse of the school and consequently the discipline of architecture at large.
The first semester programme draws in part on the respective thematic areas that the three, second-year Master specialisations present; thereby fully integrating the streams of knowledge within the school but also helping students in choosing their respective specializations for their second semester at the school.
Each academic year FSG engages with a specific overall theme. This guides in part the theoretical readings and discussions as well as the practical work. The overall theme embraces generic as well as specific or context dependent aspects pertaining to contemporary architecture and frequently pits its students against societal as well as cultural topics that are as engaging as they are perplexing.
The students go through a manifold training comprised of various sets of theory seminars and design and experiment workshops. The results are accumulative as each separate module is designed to coordinate with all parallel modules. The semester ends with the students being presented with an architectural design brief that lasts about six to eight weeks. The final architectural design serves as a proof-of-concept for each student with respect to her or his portfolio of research and experimental results. The End-of-semester presentations are held in front of a jury panel consisting of invited guests and faculty members.