Housing Matters
Core Undergraduate Studio

Housing Matters was the third studio in the undergraduate core sequence at the University of Virginia, introducing fundamental concepts, strategies, tactics, and practices associated with the design of domestic spaces in the mid-sized American city. The course is the first introduction, among the foundation studios, to the complexities of the urban condition, confronted through the design of a small housing development in Richmond, VA that creates new opportunities for individual users while accommodating a collective, meeting specific institutional pressures, and serving the city at large.

Departing from the studio’s title and play of words, Housing Matters, the studio asked students to rethink matters of housing and domesticity relative to the city, while making a larger claim that housing, indeed, matters to architecture today.