Remembrance and Representation


ARCH 3250-002

First Half

2 credits

Tu/Th afternoons

Instructor: Aaron Marx




This design workshop provides students an opportunity to explore memory in architecture through a variety of foundational and advanced representation techniques including: sketching, diagramming, axonometric projection, hybrid drawing, collage, montage, digital drawing and photographic manipulation.

Considering acts of making not as a means to an end, but as a tool of proposition and discovery, this course will challenge students to consider drawing and creation as a universe of information and memory that resists the all-too-pervasive simplistic reductionism of contemporary architectural representation.

Considering the relationship between various modes of drawing, iterative design strategies and making situated around memorialization, this course explores the potency of two-dimensional drawings in the design process and speculates on ways to consider memory as a powerful influence in architecture. By considering making as a method of discovery, students will be asked first to discover and represent memory, remembrance, and the role of memory in the built environment by analyzing extant memorials and lost historical structures. Structures will then speculate on a design intervention that projects “remembrance” into the future using a multitude of both analog and digital tools.


Aaron Marx is a media artist, architectural designer and educator focused on intersections of science and art, new modes of human-digital interaction and exploring social issues through creative practice. Marx has taught numerous BDA workshops on memory in architecture, as well as on model making, digital fabrication cultural identity, street art and digital design.