APEC 6300 Architects and Social Engagement

A critical perspective is presented in relation to theories, goals, strategies, and skills needed to successfully develop criteria upon which buildings are planned, designed, evaluated, and modified across their life. Topics covered include the assessment of occupant and organizational needs, ethical concerns in architecture, imperatives for social engagement, the influence of culture and society, methods for involving clients and other constituencies in the development of performance criteria, the determination of square foot requirements, and conceptual narratives. Other topics covered include site and master planning, design guidelines, trade offs, pre-manufactured FEMA housing for disaster victims, post-occupancy evaluation (POE), strategic planning, sustainable design as it relates to social accountability in architecture, and the stewardship of the built environment as a finite resource.