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with Misty Kaplan17 days ago

Misty is very hands-on and practical in her teaching style. Her being a practicing professional architect makes her input very valuable. You develop essential skills very quickly in this class. She teaches all the basics upfront and kind of throws students into projects but is accommodating and fosters a great environment for development. Misty is so helpful, generous, and good-natured as a teacher. It's a great intro class for architecture majors and would be fun for non-majors, though it can be a lot of work outside of class.

Misty is very hands-on and practical in her teaching style. Her being a practicing professional architect makes her input very valuable. You develop essential skills very quickly in this class. She teaches all the basics upfront and kind of throws students into projects but is accommodating and fosters a great environment for develop …Read more

Fast-PacedProject-HeavyFair Grading
6hrs / week Some difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Misty Kaplan25 days ago

This class is what you make of it. Professor Kaplan is very passionate in her teaching and critiques, and assigns projects that can be challenging conceptually but fun. Her grading is pretty lenient and is based more on effort than result. You don't have to be super artistic to take this class, but will be required to be creative and spend multiple hours outside of class to complete projects.

This class is what you make of it. Professor Kaplan is very passionate in her teaching and critiques, and assigns projects that can be challenging conceptually but fun. Her grading is pretty lenient and is based more on effort than result. You don't have to be super artistic to take this class, but will be required to be creative and …Read more

Chill and RelaxedProject-HeavyEasy Grading
6hrs / week Very difficulty High value Would take again
with Misty Kaplan7 months ago

Professor Misty is great! She is super kind and understanding. The first few weeks of the class are the hardest. Misty teaches all the basics right away so we can focus on the final project (Last 4-5 weeks of class). Typically you are assigned a project and can draw some preliminary sketches. Misty then checks in on you in a one on one where she reviews your ideas and makes sure you are on the right path. From there you can start building the model. Typically you will have to spend a few hours outside of class working on the model. Overall its a really great class, Misty does not grade on your ability to draw nor build models, but rather whether you could implement whatever the project is focused on.

Professor Misty is great! She is super kind and understanding. The first few weeks of the class are the hardest. Misty teaches all the basics right away so we can focus on the final project (Last 4-5 weeks of class). Typically you are assigned a project and can draw some preliminary sketches. Misty then checks in on you in a one on o …Read more

Chill and RelaxedProject-Heavy
4hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Misty Kaplan6 months ago

As someone who was already interested in architecture I found this course very enjoyable. I spent a lot of time on the projects outside of class but was okay with it because it was work I liked to do, model making. When I took this course it was Misty's first time teaching and that was clear through the sometimes confusing assignments but she has been using feedback to improve the course.

As someone who was already interested in architecture I found this course very enjoyable. I spent a lot of time on the projects outside of class but was okay with it because it was work I liked to do, model making. When I took this course it was Misty's first time teaching and that was clear through the sometimes confusing assignment …Read more

Fast-PacedProject-HeavyNo Exams
7hrs / week Some difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Misty Kaplan6 months ago

Misty was awesome for intro architecture, and was great at getting us to unlearn our traditional view of what architecture is and how people design/draft buildings. The lectures were often a bit unclear, but working 1 on 1 with Misty solidified the concepts.

Chill and RelaxedProject-HeavyEasy Grading
10hrs / week Low difficulty Above average value Would not take again
with Misty Kaplan30 days ago

I love Misty! She was a wonderful professor. I really enjoyed this class, and yes while the workload is a decent amount, the environment and projects we worked on were fun and engaging which allowed a lot of memorable connections to be have!

Chill and RelaxedProject-HeavyEasy Grading
10hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Misty Kaplan6 months ago

Great class and solidified my major in the department. Misty is very kind and very honest, so the critiques are very beneficial. Totally changes how you think about spaces, and now I want to be an architect.

Chill and RelaxedProject-HeavyFair Grading
9hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Misty Kaplanlast year

Misty made me declare architecture as a major, and is the best professor I have had at Middlebury, despite it being her first semester ever teaching. There was an incredible emphasis on learning to learn, rather than learning for a grade or some specific result. She taught the class with passion, and with the intention of creating a community within the class. There was a significant amount of outside work, especially towards the end of the semester, but it was all work I enjoyed. I am looking forward to taking additional classes with Misty.

Misty made me declare architecture as a major, and is the best professor I have had at Middlebury, despite it being her first semester ever teaching. There was an incredible emphasis on learning to learn, rather than learning for a grade or some specific result. She taught the class with passion, and with the intention of creating a …Read more

Fast-PacedProject-HeavyFair Grading
10hrs / week Average difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Benjamin Allredlast year

Architecture at Middlebury is centered around the study of art. This class is fun and easy, but there is virtually no discussion about functionality or the mathematics that are necessary to be an architect. I found this class frustrating because at times it was very repetitive. Ben is a very enthusiastic professor and he wants you to succeed. I think every single person who took this class got an A. It is 6 hours of class a week though, and I occasionally came into the studio to finish up a model if I couldn't in class. I don't know if I would take this class again because it was a lot of time and I didn't really get anything out of it.

Architecture at Middlebury is centered around the study of art. This class is fun and easy, but there is virtually no discussion about functionality or the mathematics that are necessary to be an architect. I found this class frustrating because at times it was very repetitive. Ben is a very enthusiastic professor and he wants you to …Read more

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingNo Exams
3hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Shelly Pottorf2 years ago

I took this class with Shelly Pottorf for j term, and it was one of the highlights of my Middlebury experience. The course is centered around modeling projects and some drafting, though there is also a significant reading component to it too. Overall I think the readings definitely contributed value to the course, and I really enjoyed our group discussions - Prof. Pottorf has very strong feelings about architecture, as do all of the professors in the department, and it definitely shows. The projects were very conceptual - the emphasis was on creating architectural experiences (don't expect to be designing buildings or using any digital technology.)

I took this class with Shelly Pottorf for j term, and it was one of the highlights of my Middlebury experience. The course is centered around modeling projects and some drafting, though there is also a significant reading component to it too. Overall I think the readings definitely contributed value to the course, and I really enjoye …Read more

Fast-PacedEasy GradingProject-Heavy
8hrs / week Average difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Misty Kaplanlast year

I had an amazing experience with Misty. She is very accommodating, passionate, approachable and down to earth. This class was very project heavy but very manageable in my experience. I found the class/projects to be more enjoyable when I gave myself enough time to complete them, but procrastination lead to very long, tedious nights. The projects are not necessarily easy. They push the boundaries about what you think you know about architecture. While she grades easily, the projects are still conceptually challenging and can take several hours to complete. Misty was blunt with her critiques but kind enough in her delivery for me to actually apply her feedback and get better results. After this class, I am considering a degree in architecture.

I had an amazing experience with Misty. She is very accommodating, passionate, approachable and down to earth. This class was very project heavy but very manageable in my experience. I found the class/projects to be more enjoyable when I gave myself enough time to complete them, but procrastination lead to very long, tedious nights. …Read more

Project-HeavyEasy GradingNo Exams
8hrs / week Low difficulty Above average value Would take again
with Benjamin Allred2 years ago

I absolutely loved intro to architectural design with Ben! I took this class as a freshman to fulfill my art credit, but ended up falling in love with architecture and becoming a minor. Ben is such a cool professor and genuine person. You will love this class if you are willing to put in the time commitment and creativity. It is so worth it, but will take quite a bit of time.

Chill and RelaxedProject-HeavyNo Exams
6hrs / week Low difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Misty Kaplan8 months ago

She is very nice as a person but as a professor she lacks teaching skills. It is understandable that she is new into teaching but she make sure students understands projects. She takes time to make class better by asking for feedbacks from students.

Fair GradingProject Exams
10hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would not take again
with Benjamin Allred2 years ago

Ben is a really nice teacher who does so much for his students, and it is so easy to end this class with an 100. He lets you redo assignments, and if you are efficient in class there is no homework in the course.

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingNo Exams
2hrs / week Very low difficulty Average value Would take again