GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2008

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Courses taught by Spiro Pollalis

07411: Design and Development: from Concept to Implementation (PRO 0741100)

Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday 3:00 - 6:00   Gund 109

Instructor(s)
Spiro Pollalis, Andreas Georgoulias

Course Description

This course examines the design and development process, from the first idea and the original conceptual sketch to the creation of real assets. The focus is on the organizational, managerial, financial, and strategic issues of this complex but fascinating process, where the designer collaborates with other agencies, having specific roles, expertise and capabilities in design, construction, and development but also different incentives and goals. The course provides students with a thorough understanding of the role of each entity and describes how risks and rewards are created and distributed amongst people and organizations at the value chain of the real estate development process.Centering on the needs of the developer-owner, this year's topics include:-Analysis of value creation and distribution in the real estate development process;-Selection of the architect, consultants and contractors based on quantitative (e.g. price) and qualitative factors;-Strategies for successful negotiations; -When and how designers should invest in the projects they design;-Selection of the appropriate project delivery method;-Identification of tools for efficient project management;-Working in mega-projects spanning multiple countries;-Management and allocation of risks and handling uncertainty;-Handling innovation and pushing the frontiers of what is feasible.Case studies provide the framework for exploring the different aspects of the course, and the case studies together with skill-based lectures and workshops, presentations from prominent guest lecturers, and the assigned readings constitute the basis for class discussions. Students are expected to prepare the assigned case study before each lecture and discuss it in class. Moreover, students will build specific skills on negotiations, budgeting and scheduling through short assignments and in-class simulations. A final project on topics directly related to the course and each student's specific interests will bring together all topics presented throughout the semester.


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07440: Leading the Design Firm (PRO 0744000)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 109

Instructor(s)
Brian Kenet, Spiro Pollalis

Course Description

This course introduces GSD students to the business side of the design industry and attempts to highlight both the ways in which a design firm is a business like any other as well as its unique cultural, strategic, and financial characteristics. Topics to be addressed this year include:Module 1: Starting A New Firm A) The Basics StepsB) Pitching, Pricing, and Negotiating Your First CommissionC) Delivering Your First Design Commission: Integrated Project Delivery and Risk ManagementModule 2: Managing A FirmA) Firm Growth and Diversification: What Kind of Firm Do You Want to Be?B) Good Design is Good Business: Design Excellence and Economic ViabilityC) Understanding the ClientModule 3: Advanced TopicsA) Integrating Design and StrategyB) Firm Culture, Creativity, and InnovationC) Sustainability as a Design Market DriverThe course will offer a combination of Lectures, Case Studies, and Group Exercises and include guest lectures by the leaders of prominent firms that offer professional services in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, construction/project management, and/or environmental consulting.Student work will be comprised of short team assignments at the end of each module and a final project at the end of the semester. Examples of student assignments include:A) Pitching, pricing, and negotiating your first design commissionB) Prepare and present an integrated project management plan to a hypothetical client.C) Analyze and describe, with examples, the culture of a firm you have worked with or research a firm of your choice.D) Prepare a short business plan that explains step by step how you will start and fund your new firm.Teaching Fellows: Andreas Georgoulias & Richard Jennings


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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Brian W. Blaesser, Marco Cenzatti, Preston Scott Cohen, Felipe Correa, Gareth Doherty, Stephen Ervin, Susan Fainstein, Richard T.T. Forman, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, K. Michael Hays, Sanford Kwinter, Anne McGhee, Michael Meredith, Farshid Moussavi, Richard Peiser, Spiro Pollalis, Peter Rowe, Allen Sayegh, Laura Solano, John Stilgoe, Kostas Terzidis, Matthew Urbanski, Bing Wang, Christian Werthmann, T. Kelly Wilson, Gary Hilderbrand

Course Description

Students may take a maximum of 8 credit units with different instructors in this course series.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Candidates may arrange individual work focusing on subjects or issues that are of interest to them but are not available through regularly offered course work. Students must submit an independent study petition and secure approval of their advisor and of the faculty member sponsoring the study.


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09502: Independent Study by Candidates for Doctoral Degrees (ADV 0950200)

Landscape Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Spiro Pollalis, Peter Rowe

Course Description

Under faculty guidance, the student conducts a reading program and formulates a thesis proposal. The course is intended for doctoral students.


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09504: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950400)

Architecture
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, Joan Busquets, Margaret Crawford, Niall Kirkwood, Antoine Picon, Spiro Pollalis, A. Hashim Sarkis, Daniel Schodek, Thomas Schroepfer

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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09506: Thesis Extension in Satisfaction of Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950600)

Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Richard T.T. Forman, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Richard Peiser, Spiro Pollalis, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Daniel Schodek

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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