Design Happens in the Studio

An inside look into your Fundamental Design Studio course

In Fundamental Design Studio ARCH XB100A through the Berkeley College of Environmental Design Global Access Program, you’ll work through the building blocks of space, program, form and materiality to develop design concepts and approaches. You’ll be part of a collaborative atmosphere that encourages creativity, respect and sustainability while you work through sketches, technical drawings and a final project. You also expand on your knowledge with tours around the San Francisco Bay Area (such as tech companies, museums, design firms and public-event spaces). By the end of the class, you will be able to:

  • verbally and graphically describe urban form, design processes, environmental issues and design objectives
  • critique your and your classmates’ works
  • understand how a project comes together
  • discover the characteristics of a setting and translate the relationships into a project

So take a sneak-peak into the studio with these current students working on their projects. 


Students look at designs in the studio


A student works on her designs


A student look at his laptop to focus on his designs


Two students work on a project on a laptop


A student listens to music on her headphones while working on a project


Students work together on their design projects


A student works on his project on his laptop


Students discuss a project that is displayed on the floor of the design studio


A group of students look at drawings in the studio


Students working together on a project


Can you see yourself designing in this creative space?