Morphosis Launches DesignClass on Model Making, Technology and Leadership

Morphosis joined DesignClass, an expanding collection of online classes featuring innovative leaders from design, architecture and creative leadership. Each class is designed to inspire future generations of creative professionals by fostering curiosity and creativity. The new class explores design logic and architecture. It focuses on how ideas can be transformed into dynamic architecture using one of today’s leading practices.

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DesignClass outlines that participants will examine the logic, emotion, and process behind Morphosis architecture using the Dallas Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s case study as a deep dive. This class will cover everything, from hand-made models to advanced programming, and how to respond to client needs and an ever-changing urban context. DesignClass hopes to grow into an international platform that allows people from all walks of the design world to learn from each other and to inspire future generations.

Joshua Sanabria, DesignClass CEO, spoke about the importance of this new addition to their course offerings. “The Morphosis collaboration has been a long time in the making. The desire of the firm to give back to the community, and to showcase some rising leaders, led to all of it. Morphosis is often associated with Thom Mayne. However, he is not the only one who can be referred to as the “figurehead” of the company. There are many talented and driven individuals within the firm. Our collaboration was focused on revealing the design process and hopefully demystifying the company a bit. The model shop chapters are my favorite part of this class. They discuss how model making has been an integral component of the Morphosis design process over five decades. It becomes clear that models are not valuable objects, but necessary tools to create amazing spaces.

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Each section of the DesignClass features a different leader from the firm. Eric Meyer discusses the model-making process and study model process, which helps clients and designers understand complex forms, construction and design. Kerenza Harris explains how technology enabled the firm’s visions to become a reality. Participants are challenged to think different about technology and understand how it affects decision-making. Arne Emerson also shares his direct interaction with clients and designers to ensure that a building works for all. Arne is focused on leadership and bringing projects to life.

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Joshua was asked his advice for architects/designers who are interested in learning in different formats. He stated that architecture is a self-driven profession that depends on each individual to seek knowledge and expertise. Unfortunately, access to this knowledge is often restricted and locked away at elite architecture schools. Kerenza Harris is also a Sci-Arc professor. Many of her DesignClass lessons are based on what she teaches. This class is part a larger vision to encourage curiosity and creativity in a new generation.