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Johnson, Betsy Holt Instructor

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  • I am a licensed architect with an array of built commercial and residential projects under my belt. My work focuses on sustainable, environmentally sensitive building practices. In my teaching, I stress the importance of site, culture, and client as integral parts of the design process. I am inspired by the complexities of building systems and draw from my construction oversight experience in the classroom.

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  • ARCH 4100 - Studio 3: Capstone in Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    The capstone of the studio sequence, this course investigates building technology, structural systems, user experience, and environmental sustainability. Studio options may include a client-based community engaged project, real world applications, and/or result in a physical product. Outcomes include well developed structures designed with a high level of craft, resulting in sophisticated and exhibit-worthy presentations.
  • ENVD 1010 - Studio 1: Introduction to Environmental Products of Design
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    The first of four introductory studios introduces students to concepts and techniques related to the design of products at a human scale. In an immersive project-based studio environment students develop the foundation of design communication and thinking through a series of hands-on projects with physical outcomes.
  • ENVD 1020 - Studio 1: Introduction to Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    The second of four introductory studios introduces students to strategies and techniques of architectural design and communication in a hands-on studio environment. Students design a small-scale architectural project that responds to environmental, contextual and programmatic needs while developing the necessary skills for iterative design processes.
  • ENVD 1052 - Design and Communication 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Using both lectures and drawing exercises, this class extends understandings of the representational conventions used by the design professions through its introduction to the possibilities offered by emerging digital techniques for the depiction of designed artifacts and environments, allowing students to extend and enhance their understandings of advanced practices for design visualization, representation and communication. Recommended corequisites: ENVD 1004 and ENVD 2001.
  • ENVD 1102 - Design and Communication 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Using both lectures and drawing exercises, this class extends understandings of the representational conventions used by the design professions through its introduction to the possibilities offered by traditional techniques for the advanced practices for design visualization, representation, and communication. Recommended corequisites: ENVD 1104 and ENVD 2003.
  • ENVD 2120 - Environmental Design Studio 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Exposes students to a sequence of design investigations that lead to the development of design concepts for critical evaluation and discussion. The intent of this introductory design studio is to expose students to the fundamental design practices that are common to the disciplines of environmental design, planning, urban design and landscape design - that share the responsibility for shaping the designed environment. Recommended corequisite: ENVD 3115.
  • ENVD 4919 - Teaching Assistant
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    By special arrangement with instructor. May be repeated up to 99 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: 3.00 GPA.
  • ENVD 4979 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Working with an advisor, students prepare, complete, and defend an honors thesis project, either written or creative.

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