College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Architectural Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Architectural Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 2

Architectural Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Architectural Engineering



Primary Advisor

Kevin Dong, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Architectural Engineering Department

Additional Advisors

Tom Fowler, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Architecture Department


The SOM High Rise Studio was a collaboration between 3rd year Architecture students and primarily 4th year Architectural Engineering students. The studio consisted of 20 weeks, with consistent check points marked by SOM partner reviews. The overall aim of the collaboratory nature of the studio was to expose each discipline to the decision-making process of the other to better facilitate understanding of the overall system and narrative of the high-rise tower.

Each quarter had a distinct goal that was the focus of submittals and reviews. Winter Quarter was primarily focused on the form finding aspect of our design through means of precedent studies, physical modeling, and simplified studies on tall building behavior analyses. At the end of Winter Quarter, teams had the general structural system for their tower set and had begun looking at massing for wind mitigation and programming.

Spring Quarter was more focused on specific components of the tower, though the exact components differed it can be generalized as performative envelope studies, structural connections and compatibility, tower behavior, and simplified member sizing for idealized wind and seismic conditions. At the end of Spring quarter, teams were expected to have a functioning performative envelope, both architecturally and structurally, details showing working connections, and a functioning computer model.