STUDIO CULTURE


The “deep thoughts" area of Section Cut, including Sage Counsel and How To workflows for designers on the rise, Giant Interviews with notable figures, Choice Cuts through our collection, and engagements with Academies for teaching and workshops.

PRO STUDIO STARTER KIT

You've made it through new student orientation— now welcome to studio. This place operates on a whole other level, and you’re going to need some s...

PREPARE TO MAKE

SAGE COUNSEL Insights into preparing the form and formats of your life and work this coming semester. OK Go Welcome back...

PENNYSAVERS & CHEAPSKATES

Need some OOMPH added to your design library, but your liquid assets are running on fumes? We kick off our Weekly Section Cut series with a com...

DIY BOTTOM-UP WOODSHOP

Awhile ago, I assumed management of the Boston Architectural College woodshop. Our facilitie...

MONEY TALKS: NEGOTIATING SALARY

Negotiating is scary. Unsuccessfully negotiating compensation literally affects your entire lifetime salary, as it sets a baseline fo...

SEAN RILEY @ SC LIVE!

THE KIWI Recorded at SC Live June 16, 2015 Workbar in Central Square, Cambridge, MA, USA The Kiwi is at the very beginning of it...

NEGATERS GONNA NEGATE

The final review is the well-known, cautiously anticipated endgame for the student of architecture the lonely gazelle step...

AMY WHITESIDES @ SC LIVE!

Recorded at SC Live June 16, 2015 Workbar in Central Square, Cambridge, MA, USA Amy Whitesides, a sen...

MARILYN MOEDINGER @ SC LIVE !

FIVE DIRTY WORDS: MESSINESS FROM THE TRENCHES Recorded at SC Live June 16, 2015 Workbar in Central Square, Cambridge, MA, USA <...

CALEB DEAN @ SC LIVE!

CALEB DEAN THE FOUR-FOLD WAY Recorded at SC Live June 16, 2015 Workbar in Central Square, Cambridge, MA, USA Caleb is Managing Director of ...

HOW TO: OPTIMIZE YOUR INDESIGN PORTFOLIO

OPTIMIZE YOUR INDESIGN PORTFOLIO We’ve all been there – it’s the 11th hour before your final work submission, the InDesign file is bloated, files are missing links...

FIFTY SHADES OF GREEN

What’s it mean to be green? In architectural practice, the greening of buildings has become a banality. In academia, green walls and roofs are too ...

NO “I” IN TEAM

I spent 2014 working with 15 other young architects from around the state of Virginia on a partially hypothetical project without a program, goal or budge...

GIANTS! #9: NADER TEHRANI

is professor of architecture at MIT, where he served as the Head of the Department from 2010-2014. He is also Principal ...

RETHINKING GLOBAL SYSTEMS

There are times when designing to solve particular problems will not be enough, simply because the paradigms under which solutions are generate...

START SMALL, THINK BIG

I was recently awarded the 2015 Haile Fellowship by People’s Liberty to design and implement two net-zero affordable tiny homes in the Over-the-Rh...

HOW TO: FACE YOUR FRANKENSTEIN

AKA: Manage an Efficient Design Practice When You’re Your Own Boss “For what we are about to see next, we must enter qui...

GIANTS! #8: ETIENNE TURPIN

is a philosopher he studies, curates, and writes about complex urban systems, the political economies of data and infrastructu...

GIANTS! #7: JOHN QUALE

is Director and Professor of Architecture at the [University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Plann...

GIANTS! #6: KIM TANZER

GIANTS 6 Kim Tanzer completed her five-year term as the Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture at University o...

ARTIFACTS OF ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTION

Diamonds, Diagrams, Drawls, and Drodels The following texts, focusing on aesthetic analysis and perception, are selection...

EMBEDDED INTELLIGENCE

We’re Media Sponsor’s for The Architectural Association Visiting School’s Workshops Stuck trying to figure out ma...

CULTIVATING AGENCY

As an artist, designer, social activist, researcher, and business owner, I am dedicated to the process of design – one that inspires dialogue across d...

META-COLLECTION

Collecting is a universal compulsion. There is power in it. We all collect, to various extremes and through various media: physical objects, digital file...

HOW TO: MAKE A SPEAKERBOXXX

Having long since become the norm in industry, digital fabrication is now a standard practice across much design education. This How To walks y...

HOW TO: HOP BETWEEN GRASSHOPPER AND REVIT

No software does it all, which is why interoperability has become such a hot topic. In this How To, I’ll show you how the power o...

GIANTS! #5: ALEXANDRA LANGE

is an architecture and design critic. Her essays, reviews, and features have appeared in Architect, Domus, Dwell, Medium, Metr...

GIANTS! #4: WES MCGEE

Today we speak with , who is an Assistant Professor in Architecture and the Director of the FABLab at the University of Michigan’s Taubman ...

HOW TO: CONQUER THE ARE!

So you’re considering starting the Architect Registration Exam [ARE]. Or maybe you’ve already started, and wondering how others are getting th...

HOW TO: LIGHT IT UP WITH PHOTOSHOP

This tutorial explains diagrammatically represent interior light using the Adobe Creative Suite. But wait, you don’t really under...

ROB ARCH 2014

The adoption of digital fabrication in the creative industries continues to accelerate as the potential for innovation and creative expression using ...

HOW TO: MAKE AN EXPLODED AXON MAPPING

While cartography in its most primitive form has been around for millennia, ‘mapping’ is the term employed by James Corner in his can...

GIANTS! #3: LUIS CALLEJAS

Today we interview 2013 Young Architect Award winner and recent Pamphlet 33 author , a Colombian architect currently teaching la...

GIANTS! #2: MALCOLM MCCULLOUGH

is professor of architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, where ...

HOW TO: DESCRIBE DATA GRAPHICALLY

The alphabet was a founding technology of information. The telephone, the fax machine, the calculation, and ultimately, the compute...

HOW TO: ARCHIVE LIKE A PRO!

“my computer crashed,” is no longer an acceptable excuse. As discussed in the post, we designers create a lot o...

GIANTS! #1: RAHUL MEHROTRA

is an architect, urbanist and educator who is the Founder Principal of RMA Architects and is Professor of Urban Design and Planni...

CONQUER THE FINAL REVIEW (PART 2)

PART 2 – CRAFTING THE PRESENTATION Welcome back sleep deprived, overly caffeinated designers We at Section Cut hope Part 1 of Conqu...

CONQUER THE FINAL REVIEW (PART 1)

PART I – PRESENTATION STYLES As a pedagogical tool, the final review provides not only an opportunity for the student to receive fee...

UNDERSTAND ALGORITHMIC DESIGN

Still wondering what those battery things are in Grasshopper? In recent years, algorithmic and parametric design processes have become a mains...

HOW TO: MAKE A SEXY RENDERING

We’ve all been there. You spend a ton of time building a digital model, but after clicking ‘render,’ you end up with a bunch of white bo...

HOW TO: CONDUCT SITE ANALYSIS

When it comes to accessing cutting-edge technology, architecture tends to be at the slower end of spectrum. But we can start to change that r...