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Design Criticism as Insight and Potential

This class is presented in partnership with ARCADE. ARCADE’s mission is to reinforce the principle that thoughtful design at every scale of human endeavor improves our quality of life.

All Levels | This workshop will seek a new approach to design criticism—one with less judgment and more insight. Writers will learn to develop narratives that open up alternative ways of understanding and relating to the designed world, from buildings to works of industrial art. No prior design or architecture experience required. Come with an interest in understanding and writing about the designed world around you. This class has a lunch break. ARCADE produces a publication and programs inspired by the myriad forces and disciplines that shape design.


Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Ayad Rahmani

Class Type: 2 Sessions

Start Date: 06/01/2019

End Date: 06/02/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$211.50 Member Price:
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$235.00 General Price:

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Ayad Rahmani

Ayad Rahmani is a professor of architecture at Washington State University where he teaches courses on design and theory. He is the author of two books, the last on Kafka and architecture titled Kafka’s Architectures, published in 2015. He writes widely on subjects related to art, architecture and literature, currently as the architecture critic for the Moscow Pullman Daily News. He is currently working on a new book on Frank Lloyd Wright and Ralph Waldo Emerson, examining the American project through the lens of architecture and literature.

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