UWM School of Architecture Studio Culture

The architectural design studio should demonstrate a positive and respectful learning environment that encourages the fundamental values of optimism, respect, sharing, engagement and innovation between and among all members of our faculty, student body, administration, and staff. The school encourages students and faculty to appreciate these values as guiding principles of professional conduct throughout their careers.

An important responsibility of a professional academic institution such as SARUP is to provide its members with the ethical foundation for appropriate behavior in the architecture and urban planning professions. This document will help you reflect on the needs of others and reassure you that your personal right to a studio environment appropriate to the pursuit of scholarly excellence is being respected.

This document is not a set of rules; rather, it contains guidelines derived from the expressed needs of students, staff and faculty, who have collectively outlined proper standards of behavior. Please note that punitive procedures are limited to those outlined in University regulations.

The following reflect the general concerns and needs of all School members and should be respected. The Code is reviewed each year for appropriateness and effectiveness in serving the needs of the SARUP community.

SARUP’s Core Values:

  • We are an urban laboratory
  • Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, innovation and relevance
  • Supportive of professional ethics and social responsibility

Every member of SARUP is expected to appreciate and endorse these values through their actions and words.

Diversity & Religious Observations
The University encourages and supports the diversity of our community, and has provided guidance for any potential for conflicts involving academic activities and personal religious observation. Any concerns about lack of attendance or inability to participate fully in the course activity should be fully aired at the start of the term. Constraints on participation that conflict with adequate participation in the course and cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the faculty and the student need to be identified prior to the drop/add date for registration. All work and review missed must be completed according to the terms clarified by the individual instructor.

Equal Standards for All
The studio is a space that you should feel comfortable in. Each studio member is entitled to use the allotted space quietly and comfortably, and to be respectful of their surroundings and fellow students. Sound levels, language and humor should reflect an awareness of the sensibilities of others who are present.

Respect for the Physical Environment
Treat the workspace and surrounding studios with respect. Careless or mindless mistreatment of the building in the form of graffiti, defacement of property, or vandalism cannot be allowed if the high quality of this building is to be maintained. Destruction of property could necessitate monetary deposits by all students. With your cooperation, we can avoid this.

Do not spray any aerosol products (especially spray-glue) in the building- its studios, stairwells or hallways as this can negatively impact both you and your neighbor’s health and will be considered defacement of school property. If you are using spray paint or spray mount anywhere outside, always use brown paper and/or a drop cloth so that there is no over spray on the ground or work surface.

Mixing of concrete, plaster, or resins in the studios, hallways, stairwells, or walkways is not allowed and will be considered defacement of school property.

When cutting large boards or working on large models, open tables may be used but you must use cutting mats to protect the tables or the concrete floor. The tables then must be cleared and cleaned prior to class times.

Studio Schedule and Attendance
Studios are scheduled from 1:30-5:20 pm three afternoons per week. Students are expected to attend studio during scheduled hours.

Out-of-Studio Work
Students should plan on a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work for each hour spent in class. This represents a minimum outside time commitment of 24 hours per week in addition to the 12 hours of studio time. Faculty should be aware of this when setting deadlines. To alleviate simultaneous turn-in dates, especially at midterm and finals, studio coordinators should coordinate exam and project due dates with those of other required courses.

Assignments
Presentation requirements for final project reviews should be made available to students in writing. Daily assignments may be given verbally and may differ from section to section. All assignments are non-negotiable; full completion of assignments is mandatory.

Studio Reviews
Full participation is required at all reviews. Students are expected to be attentive and stay to the end of all reviews. The instructor will know who is interested enough to participate fully and this can impact a final grade.

Studio Hours, Security & Safety
In order to safeguard life and property while offering access into building 24/7, a high quality pass key and security systems are in place. Your cooperation in the responsible use of these systems is essential. Under no circumstances shall anyone disable or compromise the security of the building or studio. Do not permit entry of anyone you don’t know into studio. AUP's exterior doors must not be propped open; tampering with the security system diminishes everyone's safety and may also cause major damage. Contact campus security immediately if you see anyone suspicious. Also, should you get injured in studio, contact UWM Emergency if you immediate medical attention.

Cleanliness in Studio
Please respect your surroundings and maintain a respectable level of cleanliness when disposing of empty food packaging, trash, etc.

Respect for Staff/Cleaning Services Personnel
Respect the role of the cleaning staff to maintain cleanliness within the studio. Do not disrespect their position or scope of service.

Digital Technology
Printers, computers and all digital technology must be treated with respect and care. If students are waiting to use a computer, do not use it for personal reasons. Do not waste paper in studio printers. Respect current school policy and methods of use for the plotters, laser cutters, and 3D printers.

Recycling
Practice principles of sustainability in daily actions. Dispose of materials properly and safely.

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