eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Kristopher Palagi

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ARCH321, Fall 2013
ARCH541, Fall 2013
ARCH201, Spring 2013
ARCH320, Spring 2013
ARCH321, Fall 2012
ARCH541, Fall 2012
ARCH101, Summer II 2012
ARCH320, Spring 2012
ARCH342, Spring 2012
ARCH490, Spring 2012
ARCH101, Fall 2011
ARCH341, Fall 2011
ARCH100, Spring 2011
ARCH101, Spring 2011
ARCH320, Spring 2011
ARCH100, Fall 2010
ARCH101, Fall 2010
ARCH320, Spring 2010
ARCH342, Spring 2010
ARCH101, Fall 2009
ARCH551, Fall 2009
ARCH415, Summer II 2009
ARCH522, Summer II 2009
ARCH541, Summer II 2009
ARCH543, Summer II 2009
ARCH690, Summer II 2009
ARCH490, Summer I 2009
ARCH690, Summer I 2009
ARCH320, Spring 2009
ARCH490, Spring 2009
ARCH526, Spring 2009
ARCH551, Spring 2009
ARCH690, Spring 2009
ARCH101, Fall 2008
ARCH320, Fall 2008

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH321, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 321 - Intro to Arch Systems B Crn (Section): 75118 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.33 24 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (67%) 8 (33%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.95 24 0.21 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 21 (88%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 24 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 20 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 24 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 5 (21%) 15 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 24 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (25%) 17 (71%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 24 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (29%) 16 (67%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 24 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 3 (13%) 16 (67%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 24 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 5 (21%) 16 (67%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 24 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 2 (8%) 7 (29%) 12 (50%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 24 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (29%) 3 (13%) 14 (58%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 24 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (25%) 5 (21%) 13 (54%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Tries to get us to think from different perspectives. Things aren't always as black and white as they seem
Understanding the factors of landscape and how it corresponds with architecture design.
THE INTRICATE IDEAS AND INSTILLED MEMORY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE.
Some essay were intersecting such as Cradle to Cradle and the Case studies projects.
All of the materials that was taught was all valuable.
Group Discussions.
Learning how read and interpret and analyze readings
I liked the reading and how I was able to apply the knowledge learned in the class to my other architecture classes
Ecology Learning famous designers/authors, works, and books that all architecture students are supposed to know
i found the readings to be the most valuable aspect of this course because its readings that bring up complex issues.
Reading skills and picking out what was important and relevant
I found the material presented and the readings given very valuable. If you just take what it is as face value then it would be a different case. But, taking the time and reading the material was by far the greatest asset gained from this course.
finding examples of the topics outside of the assigned readings
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None
Having to present an essay every other day we met.
PRESENTING BUT RATHER THE GROUP GATHERINGS.
Dont understand the importance to present in class when the grading is on the content of the essay
EVERYTHING IS VALUABLE!
Every thursday getting into groups discussing vocab: waste of time (Maybe the tuesday class can be read our readings and also share our vocab, I just felt like thursdays could have been used more efficiently)
I liked how we talked to other classmates about the reading but i wish we hd discussed more as a class so I could better understand each article
I found that those who did not even bother to read the material least valuable. I actually valued those that contributed to the discussion and had a relative opinion.
I understand that the earlier essays were essential for our understanding of the topics taught in class, but many of the first few essays felt redundant, repeating more or less the same ideas
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 24 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 20 (83%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 24 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (38%) 13 (54%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 24 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 5 (21%) 17 (71%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 24 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 21 (88%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 24 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 8 (33%) 15 (63%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 24 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 8 (33%) 14 (58%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 24 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 5 (21%) 5 (21%) 12 (50%)
21. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 24 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 8 (33%) 13 (54%)
22. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 24 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 2 (8%) 7 (29%) 12 (50%)
23. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 24 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (21%) 18 (75%)
24. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 24 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 6 (25%) 15 (63%)
25. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 24 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 6 (25%) 15 (63%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 24 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 6 (25%) 16 (67%)
27. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 24 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 7 (29%) 13 (54%)
28. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
wealth of Knowledge
Learning different vocabulary within the reading assignments.
THE INTERACTION THAT HE STRESSED THE BELIEF OF HIS IDEALS.
Case study projects
The reading that we have done and the presentations that the students gave.
Reading famous and noteworthy articles and essays.
The readings he provided correlated to studio work, very helpful.
He gives information very straight forward and in a way i can relate it to real life examples and problems
i find that Palagi is very passionate about this course and always tries to stimulate discussion by considering the other side of the argument.
His personal stories help ! He has good examples of each concept he wants us to know so it makes it easier to understand.
I find his knowledge and opinions about the topics valuable. If he agrees or disagrees with a specific topic he can easily provide reasons to reinforce his statements. In addition, providing PDF files of our readings was a big convenience.
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
None
Nothing
NONE
Class presentaion and too much reading.
Nothing
Vocab thursdays (thumbs down)
There is nothing bad I can say about Kristopher Palagi.
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
None i liked the free discussion aspect of the class. Limited structure made it feel fun
For improvements, class should group up and share thoughts by creating a design concept based on the landscape.
Learn more about actual construction methods and connection details, and drawings that relate to environmental design and sustainability.
Maybe some hands on projects to experience the work.
Please don't show that really long video again, or at least shorten it.
The constant reading got boring. I got the impression the readings were only for the first portion of the class. I've had Kris before and I like how he is able to break down concepts and ideas into simpler words so students are able to understand them. I look forward to his unique teaching methods, so I was a little disappointed to read essays for the entire semester, instead of learn about building systems. However, I heard the ARCH 321 course is going to be change into an Ecology class for the Masters in Landscape Architecture. But since I am not working towards a Masters in Landscape Architecture, I'm worried about struggling the graduate level structures and building systems because I feel like I didn't learn more about systems than what I learned from ARCH 320 a few years ago.
i think the course should still include the readings
- Shortening Group Discussion Time - This teaching method is preferred.
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.7 24 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (21%) 17 (71%)
32. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 24 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 9 (38%) 13 (54%)
33. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 24 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 5 (21%) 17 (71%)
34. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 24 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (29%) 3 (13%) 14 (58%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 24 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (21%) 17 (71%)
36. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I enjoyed the in-dept discussions about the subject matter, it made me realize more about how humans impact the world, but more importantly it raised my interest in designing for a greater cause- to restore nature and create a more sustaining environment. Kris is great instructor for the course content, besides being a great instructor and inspiring mentor, Kris is very well-rounded in his subject matter. A particular aspect that was important to this class was his vast knowledge on current or recent events that contributed to our discussions.
excellent
I've learned so much terminology and how it is useful for me to use in my other classes.
GREAT HOWEVER I WISHED TO CREATE A DEBATE WITHIN SMALL GROUPS OVER THE INTRINSIC QUALITY OF DESIGN WITHIN LANDSCAPE AND HOW IT CAN TIE IN WITH ALL ASPECTS OF ARCHITECTURE. BUT ALSO, TAKE THE CONCEPTS OF DESIGN AND RELATE NOT ONLY TO THE READINGS BUT WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE THESE CONCEPTS INTO CONSIDERATION AND HOW SOME COULD BE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE SITE.
A lot of interesting material contents that made me want to learn more about the technical side of sustainable design
Great Class.
I enjoyed the class because of the way it was formatted. I liked that we had people present their opinions on the readings that we had each week.
I enjoyed it.
It was an informative class. Interesting case/precedent studies.
It was a great course!
this class made me critically think about how to design effectively
Good. I found it helpful and actually relevant and applicable to our designs.
It was helpful in a way that most readings were related to studio projects.
it is a great course. It provides architecture students an opportunity to considered an open-mind. I no longer take things as face value and see things outside of education very differently.
great
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I would wish that before our reading assignments we would have a small discussion about the material instead of just after having read it. Although a minor adjustment, this would help me get a better grasp of the ideas being discussed and help me to point out key points. After having Kris as an instructor in the past, I know that these sorts of discussions bring better clarity and new knowledge to the table.
The course should be more interactive and collaborative with group projects.
Reduce the essays in half, no presentation (make it optional), and more hands-on projects
Readings on different subjects. Small projects can be distribute.
It can be improved by having a more specific topic to write about each week to have more consistent essays.
An in-class hands on miniproject.
Better use of class time. Or maybe if this class is continued the way it is being taught, it can be reduced to a once a week class.
this course could be improved by watching more videos
Have more technology involved: showing video examples Hands on projects: More drawings and quick hand model construction (applications of readings and experimenting individual design)
38. Other comments:
I've gain so much knowledge in the field of Landscape and relative sources that are related.
GREAT
highly rated professor
Nothing.
Maybe a bit more in-depth with the Case Studies
None

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH541, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 541 - Arch Studio II Crn (Section): 77069 (003)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%) 2 (25%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
conceptual work, structural understanding
In class exercises were useful for Kris to provide strong feedback geared to the individual.
Kris sat us down a couple of times and personally showed the studio how a professional does a few things. For an example, he sat us down and quickly drew a structural axon that quickly derived information to the drawer and potentially to the client. I personally learned a lot from a quick 20 minute drawing because I got to see how quickly structure can be researched and understood. There were a bunch of times when Kris would describe the process he used to undertake to figure out things such as occupational code and staircases. A lot of small demonstration goes a long way. The importance of diagrams in the first half personally showed me how graphically information can be quickly understand, almost obsolete in capturing and gaining attention and forcing information to the reader.
Developing concepts & experience.
The allocation of class time to go through each of our studio structures was helpful in understanding how structures actually work.
The most valuable aspects of the course was how Kris let us steer our own projects. He kept emphasizing that he wanted us to present with our own strengths. He didn't set presentation requirements down to the knitty gritty things, instead he took the proactive approach and told us what was required but we got to choose how we wanted to present it. I thought that was a good point of his how he related it to the real world. I wouldn't present to a client a skill I haven't mastered. Kris was always there for consultation which I was very happy for.
i really valued the creative aspect of this course and palagi's way of teaching he seemed very knowledgeable about the topic, and very experienced. i have taken a class with him in 2009 and i felt a huge difference in his teaching experience his passion and dedication was a great aspect in this course i learned a lot
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The first segment of the projects were too long and left too little time to execute the actual project goals.
More needed to be expected.
The classes production of a city block at 1/4" scale is slightly ridiculous. It was nice that he made and ardent effort to point out more efficient methods of production for the model, but I don't believe that it needed to be at that size. I realize that this was a task required by the structures class but it still seems ridiculous.
The least valuable aspects was when he caught us working on other classes, he would tell us why are we working on that - studio is the most important class. And this was not even during class hours. I felt like what I decide to do with my time was my business.
none
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 8 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 2 (25%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 8 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
21. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 8 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
22. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%) 2 (25%)
23. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
24. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
25. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
27. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
28. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Took time to help develop my ideas, provided a variety of perspectives of a project, challenged process
helping each student develop individual instead of exacting a single method for everyone.
Kris quickly can dissect the thought process and ideas in a studentâ??s head and quickly can give routes for the student to progress. It is up to the student to evaluate the comments and direct themselves toward said direction or gain a new understanding and create a new route for themselves. Ultimately the goal is to keep producing and moving forward instead of becoming stagnant. Kris is also very knowledgeable in the subjects so can quickly give specific structural details, as well as strong concept suggestions.
His enthusiasm and availability outside of class time. I felt like he had a good eye for observing and could articulate what areas I needed to work on. It was also nice to not worry too much about working in computer applications
Kris was always there for consultation and guidance, even not during class hours. He came in at random times to check on us, which I guess in the end pushed me to have work to show. Most of the time, he was positive. The way he gives us guidance is nice, he starts off complimenting and THEN giving his point of view. I noticed that he pushes different students to different levels. Which COULD be good. But I always find myself in this debate -- is it good for a professor to hold all his students to the same standards, or should a professor alter his expectations based on the students experience and drive.
easy to talk to, very helpful, very artistic and have passion for teaching i like that he meets with you after the project is due and talk about it which was so helpful for me to know what i need to work on.
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
second half of the semester, having a mini presentation discussing with the entire class as opposed to one on one critiques.- used up class time without getting much direction.
Sometimes he is too non-directive when students are seeking direction.
This is not so as least valuable but Kris is passionate. And there are times when it comes off as condescending. While I personally don't mind, I could see it deteriorating a few students psyche.
Least valuable... Kris telling us how to deal with our time with our other classes.
I couldn't happen to feel like he does not help everybody in class at the same level, and i couldn't understand why, in the fist project i felt like i got a lot of feed back and help. in the second project he didn't even sit with me for couple times, just looking at what i was doing while standing, i couldn't understand why, it just didn't feel fair. or i didn't know if i did good or bad or if i didn't need help, maybe i should have talked to him about it, i guess i will find out when the grades come.
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Desk Crits were extremely helpful- learned much more individually than with a group.
I think a lot of students can not handle or grasp the creative approach and get lost in translation.
Expect more. Push harder.
The time spent on the site analysis for the first project was long compared to the time we had to develop something
I liked the fact that he didn't baby us. But I can see that some of my classmates needed to be babied in order to get things done.
i think setting equal time to discuss projects with student so others don't feel left out and that each student gets the same treatments in class time. i also feel that it was one of the most creative studios that i took so far, with the three concept apprach we should have a creative juries one of the juries was so stiff and have no talent what so ever,his feed back was not helpful at all, he only looked at the logic and what is logical for him, it would have been helpful if he brought more talented people for this talented project to get significant or even helpful feedback that makes sense.
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
32. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
33. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%)
34. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 8 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 2 (25%)
36. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Fun course!
good for fostering a deeper understanding of the building aspects and scale.
I learned a lot more in this studio than almost any other studio but mostly because there was a lot more..... structure and code emphasis. The conceptual/scale process was interesting. I understand the value of it, and I agree. But it wasn't as successful as I believe the instructor wanted as well as me. Personally I do believe it was the classes... lack of output that deterred this "method" but the methods are usually judged by the production. I learned a lot from just listening and watching. I personally wish every class started with a: forget about your project we have 5 hours in this class, watch me teach you something new. Kris has an overwhelming amount of knowledge that I don't believe I personally absorbed enough of. I feel as if my time was underutilized and what could have been.
above average
good. I'm thankful for being in Palagi's class.
very good i would recommend his studio, and i would like tot thank him for his hard work and passion towards architecture, bringing books and materials to class, talking to students , encouriging hand drawings
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I don't think the scope of the project was neutral enough to get everyone engaged.
Course could be improved by harder workers, my self included. Could have been improved by more lessons rather than critiques.
We used a lot of time to produce 3 concept studies, when I think one study might have been enough. It is an interesting and artistic way to view and perceive our project. Unfortunately I think that we could have done one well and that would have been sufficient. I did enjoy the opportunities to refine our concepts as well as his opened mindedness when looking at materials and different exhibition methods. I also feel that his opened mindedness to each individuals way of producing is good for the students.
treat your time equally with students crits which would seem more fair, if one gets more help in one class give the other person more help, other than that it was a great class and a great knowledge that i gained very happy with my learning outcome.
38. Other comments:
great class thanks for being so creative and talented

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH201, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 201 - Arch Studio Crn (Section): 87842 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.89 9 1.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Studio
I believe learning about the process of producing a product was very important because there are steps needed to fully understand in order to move on and make sure youre on the right path. Also, learning through people's process and mistakes were important so that we dont follow their footsteps.
The Time spent talking with the masters.
All of it was important to us as aspiring architects
The ability to think about design in other ways than steriotypical walls and floors
This course really helped me develop an understanding of the design process and the way in which I personally work.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
.
I believe having our feelings put into our project was least valuable. Like in the beginning how they asked us to having a memory corresponding to our project. I feel like you can have any feeling and be able to produce a great project.
The time spent in class with the depression and drama from other students, ignorance to the Nth degree.
The smaller groups we got into on Wednesdays, I feel like the general mood of Wednesdays were that they were work days, and having just had the bigger presentations/discussions on Monday, I think they were just more of an inconvenience than beneficial.
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 9 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
21. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
22. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
23. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
24. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
25. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
27. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 9 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
28. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He selectively tells me what I need to know, and doesn't fill my head with confusing spiritual bullshit.
Most valuable and helpful about Palagi is his way of explaining things. It makes it more understandable compared to Longhi or Houng Tou. He also has good advice to improve our projects and he knows what would help. In addition, I find his way of dressing is good. He doesnt have to wear a suit and tie like the other professors and it still makes him look intimidating and shows that he knows what hes doing.
His personality is of a real master, and his ability to inspire people at a moments notice, on his vast knowledge of materials and systems this was the most impressive teacher i have studied under in a long time.
Each teacher was very different but worked together very well. That helped us tremendously because we have different strengths and weaknesses that could be complemented very well by one of the teachers advice.
He was almost always available to discuss projects with students.
Having 3 instructors was helpful for the variety of insights and opinions.
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He stresses me out sometimes
I find out that he gives advice to us to not follow, but go further than what he expects. Which makes it harder but then again, it is good for our thinking to go beyond what he wants us to produce
I wish he lived on campus.
long speeches that kept students from getting work done
Nothing specifically, there was just a lot of talking between the three instructors
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
this class was pretty much perfect
I believe some lectures are inappropriate because rather than meeting up, we could be using that time for doing work
The desk in studio and the way the classroom was setup. the space was more of a problem.
Give more precise directions
I enjoyed how we went about the semester, maybe just a bit more work time in class
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 9 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
32. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
33. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
34. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
36. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I had so much fun, and learned to much, i wish every class was this awesome.
This course was overall a great experience. It helped my work ethics and improved my way of thinking and just being able to exercise my mind in going beyond what anyone else could of thought of. It helped my growth in building and creating things and got me ready for the next studio
good
It was a great course. I learned a lot about myself, and with that knowledge i can use in architecture and any other aspect of my life.
It is all about the process
Different, but interesting and successful
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
nada
This studio could be improved by having more desk space
better Classrooms , and desk, and students.
Give more individual time between students and teachers instead of class discussions.
More work time
38. Other comments:
keep doing what you're doing Palagi
Having Air condition is really good.
Aloha
Thank You
My favorite studio so far
I'm sure that the skills I've learned especially in this studio will carry on the rest of my life, the three make a great trio, thanks luis, palagi, and hongtao.

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH320, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 320 - Intro to Arch Systems A Crn (Section): 85436 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.47 38 0.76 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 23 (61%) 9 (24%) 5 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 38 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 36 (95%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 38 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (18%) 30 (79%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 38 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 9 (24%) 27 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 38 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 10 (26%) 27 (71%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 38 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 13 (34%) 23 (61%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 38 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 14 (37%) 20 (53%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 38 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (32%) 10 (26%) 16 (42%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 38 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 11 (29%) 24 (63%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 38 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 7 (18%) 13 (34%) 16 (42%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 38 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 17 (45%) 20 (53%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning the jargon that we will need to use on site and knowing the different building techniques and materials was good for us to know.
Going out and looking at construction and buildings definitely helped me understand certain concepts which were not fully or clearly understood from what the book provided
Field trips were helpful
Structures
lots of information to learn, taught in a way easy to follow. most important information focused on.
Learning to be able to identify how a building was built, just by looking at it.
Everything
Listening to lectures, touring the campus for live examples of material covered.
Buying the book was most valuable so we could see the pictures for more understanding and going on mini field trips were a good way to learn about the buildings better
The basic understanding of structure and materials to not only do the normal basic construction, but to develop ingenuity of structural systems, connections, and materials.
The content and definitions.
All information regarding materials.
Palagi made the class interesting and was knowledgeable of the courses topics.
I really found the word maps that he sent out online very useful.
Learning how different things that were the foundation of construction worked.
When we went on field trips were helpful so that we could see the things in real life instead of just in the books
The aspects of the course that were most valuable were the discussions pertaining to readings assigned previously.
We were able to learn the basics of architecture and the different challenges we are faced in the profession.
Learning about the properties of building materials and the process of construction.
I mean it's basically the skills we need to draw construction documents.
knowing the vocab
Sometimes, we would go outside and see a nearby construction. Looking at how the building is being built in reality is the best way to learn visually.
Learning how to draw and understand section cuts with the various methods and materials.
Pictures, diagrams, making the truss
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I don't think that anything we did in the class was not valuable, we learned important things everyday and the lectures given by guests gave us insight on what we would be doing in the real world.
None
I hate 830 classes
I dont think any of the course wasn't helpful for me as a professional.
None
staying in the classroom
The review sessions before the section tests were unprepared and could have incorporate games/activities to prepare for tests
The quizzes.
None.
I found everything really helpful in the course and didn't find anything wrong with the way he taught.
None.
I found the lectures to be least valuable.
nothing
N/A
The tours.
I think everything he has done in class were important in the teaching method.
daily quizzes.
Long readings
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 38 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (18%) 30 (79%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 38 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 11 (29%) 26 (68%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 38 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 14 (37%) 23 (61%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 38 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (16%) 31 (82%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 38 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 11 (29%) 26 (68%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 38 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 13 (34%) 22 (58%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 38 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 14 (37%) 18 (47%)
21. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 38 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (16%) 13 (34%) 19 (50%)
22. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 38 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 15 (39%) 22 (58%)
23. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 38 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 11 (29%) 23 (61%)
24. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 38 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 12 (32%) 22 (58%)
25. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 38 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 12 (32%) 23 (61%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 38 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 13 (34%) 24 (63%)
27. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 38 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 13 (34%) 24 (63%)
28. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I found his knowledge and first hand experience of working on a real job site helped us learn more of the stuff that we should know and nothing that we wouldn't need.
He has personal experience with construction and could thus give insight into terminology and how thing work in the real world along with the technicalities of the subject.
Enthusiasm
Palagi is really good at communicating what we need to know
very clear, easy to understand knowledgeable VERY HELPFUL
He made the material engaging and he explained things well.
He emphasizes how important it is to know the material that's being covered
He explained the course materials in an effective and clear way for someone who has no knowledge to understand.
That he was available to talk after class for questions or just listening to his knowledge and having him update the daily notes
The immense knowledge of structural systems and materials
Learning the content. In the end that all that matters not matter the grade.
All information is helpful and valuable.
He is very enthusiastic about the material and well versed on the subject matter.
His overall attitude is enjoyable and he is extremely knowledgable
He was very enthusiastic in the lessons he taught.
You can tell he is passionate about what he does which makes what he says more interesting.
He always keeps your attention and speaks in a manner that makes you listen
Enthusiasm.
His knowledge in the field of construction and the way he is able to communicate effectively both through visual and auditory methods were very helpful.
His use of a variety of teaching methods to get his students to fully grasp the subject.
It's Palagi.
Palagi seems to know what he's talking about. I appreciate the effort of bringing in special guests to discuss their experience in construction.
His background in construction and verbal skills made it easy for him to explain and teach us the material.
Reviewing quizzes and material prior to exams
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I didn't find anything that wasn't valuable.
nothing
His beard
.
nothing
None
That he would skateboard home right after class and not come to the studio to check out my progect
Grading system is unclear in laulima.
The timing of the quizzes. I feel that the reading material should have been reviewed in class first then the quiz should be distributed. Most times there are a bunch of unclear information and definition in the reading that should be clarified first.
Nothing.
I didn't find anything that was not helpful at all.
Nothing.
his sass
N/A
I felt the way he organized the course could have been a little more organized.
N/A
Pictures
I can't think of anything that was "least" valuable or helpful.
Lots of lectures and less hands-on learning
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
I think having more "field trips" around campus or other places can be helpful so that we can actually see what we're learning about because looking at drawings in a book don't always make sense.
I think going by topics would be more understandable than going by materials, other than that it was good as was
Interactive class work?
Keep up the good work
maybe having more class field trips to look at construction.
Have none
Be able to experience buildings more
Organization of course material could be rearranged.
Keep the same teaching style...but I recommend you give the daily quizzes toward the last 15 minutes of class.
I would suggest we have more field trips to show.
lectures weren't as helpful.
I think I would've understood more of the material if we had more hands-on projects in class. For example, I think everyone in the class would've understood how to build a truss better if we had gone a little more into depth on it in class.
He could give us homework that involves hands-on projects. The only thing that conflicts with this suggestion is that we also have studio class.
I enjoyed his teaching style.
More organization
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.82 38 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (16%) 28 (74%)
32. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 38 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 17 (45%) 18 (47%)
33. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 38 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 8 (21%) 26 (68%)
34. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 38 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 13 (34%) 20 (53%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 38 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 15 (39%) 22 (58%)
36. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I think this course was helpful and that I learned a lot of valuable information in this class.
Very informational and straight forward
Great
Very good
Its a great course that is very important for anyone interested in building design and construction.
it was great
Very informal and important in order to further my learning and understanding in my field of study.
This course was fun and informative
satisfactory
Great course but very reading and memorization intensive.
Perfect!
Very interesting and informative. I believe this is one of the most beneficial classes I have ever taken. Class terms and vocabulary were always highlighted in lecture, and provided. Everything about this class was very smooth and efficient.
The course was extremely valuable
The class was really good but the quizzes was hard.
Excellent.
very helpful and useful
Very good, not the most exciting part of architecture but necessary.
I find this course to be highly important in architecture career. I'm glad that he takes this seriously.
It was a good course that taught me a lot.
I learned a fair amount and Palagi does his best in attempting to make the information stick to our heads.
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
It could be improved by having a more structured course schedule because I feel that we could get through more information in the time that we had.
We should make it later in the day.
lie to us and pretend the daily quizzes count, then at the end make them worth nothing.
with a bunch of technical details, i have had a hard time retaining all the information just by reading the books. the drawing assignments helped me to understand things better, not only that but every time palagi drew on the board it made things so much easier for me to understand. there's a connection that is made seeing someone draw it that is different from seeing it all laid out in a textbook.
cant think of anyway the course could be handled better.
Go out to mini field trips around school to learn buildings
Teaching assistant either came in late or was absent, could have been more proactive. Also, the time of the class is too early, 930 am preferably
No adjustments needed.
I think there should be more drawing involved in more assignments. With more drawings, it will help us better understand the connection between the materials.
Larger weight on tests. Organization on teaching material
organization of the order of the way the material was introduced
More building projects.
Perhaps the course should include the analysis of an existing building.
Doing more drawings/ looking at more drawings to understand how everything interacts and works as a whole in buildings.
In the future, I would recommend more in-class activities like the truss and curve structure assignment to better understand materials. Though, not all the time because there are a lot of materials to cover in a limited amount of time.
38. Other comments:
None.
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n/a

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH321, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 321 - Intro to Arch Systems B Crn (Section): 75587 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.35 35 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (63%) 12 (34%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.94 35 0.24 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 33 (94%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 35 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 10 (29%) 23 (66%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 35 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 18 (51%) 13 (37%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 35 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 12 (34%) 19 (54%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 35 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 15 (43%) 15 (43%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 35 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 11 (31%) 18 (51%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 35 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (17%) 12 (34%) 16 (46%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 35 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 7 (20%) 13 (37%) 12 (34%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 35 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 10 (29%) 12 (34%) 11 (31%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 35 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 7 (20%) 13 (37%) 13 (37%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The books required were full of great information.
Being exposed to the different techniques of designing sustainable and thinking critically to improve design for the environment.
The most valuable aspect of this course was the information on sustainability.
readings
The broad range of different types of systems learned. EX: Air Conditioning, Green Roofs, Cradle to Cradle Concept
Program was designed well which help us understand the materials in a time line fashion.
The Area of living systems, I found were most interesting. Rather then a physical model project itself. I wish we could have researched different systems and formulated it into a form of a report.
The textbooks were valuable because they contain information about various projects focusing on architecture systems.
Learning about projects that were actually implemented.
All aspects of sustainable, living systems. These technologies and design techniques are absolutely vital for our future as local Architects.
The textbooks were great resources
Being introduced to the various techniques and systems and their applications proved to be the most valuable aspects. This course forced me to critically assess our mentality in regards to "Sustainable" systems.
-LIVING SYSTEMS = GREAT FOR INSPIRATION FOR STUDIO PROJECTS; LEARNED ABOUT INNOVATION THAT IS HAPPENING ALL OVER; OVERALL INTERESTING
The exposure to different sustainable systems.
content of relativity to real world applications
The readings were very helpful and the topics were relatable to modern design problems.
Learning sustainable systems
Just the lectures.
The case studies on existing "green" development.
It was all really interesting.
living systems book: it provided actual examples to look at for 341 leed vs breem area was veryhelpful for infomational purposes
I found the readings to be most valuable.
Learning about the sustainable systems used in landscape architecture and understanding environmental issues
Text books are very help to project
During the period of going over sections in Living Systems were most valuable in my opinion because it gave me a better insight on understanding a few topics such as : various ways of tackling a problem, the technicalities of systems that involve landscaping, and sustainability.
Things that is actually used and practiced in the real world, not just conceptual thinking. A lot of important tools introduced in this class.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Some of the quizzes could have been returned for study material
With the title of this course being "systems," I thought we would learn about more structures that we learned about in 320. It was good to learn the stuff we had, just thought we would learn technical stuff leaning towards structure.
The least valuable how we spent 3 weeks on thesis statements.
HW assignments that were not readings
Learning about city of Leon Almost no connection between learning green roofs and air conditioning systems
The higher emphasis on things outside of construction systems was too focused on. I appreciate our investigations in to various green designs out of the textbooks but I found myself wanting more in terms of understanding the structural systems.
None. Everything addressed was important and interesting.
Despite being introduced to the subject matter, I felt that we lacked the "technical" knowledge, that is the construction of the systems.
The lack of in-depth understanding of the structure of the systems. Topics are constantly changing, fast paced, brief explanations.
thesis writting
None
The tests
the "green" development
learning how to write a thesis for a system's class.
thesis section
n/a
quiz...
Although Kris meant well, I believe that integrating theses were unnecessary.
The part where we go into groups, because people usually end up talking stories and get out of subject.
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 35 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 13 (37%) 21 (60%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 35 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 8 (23%) 22 (63%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 35 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 10 (29%) 22 (63%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 35 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 8 (23%) 24 (69%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 35 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 5 (14%) 27 (77%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 35 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 13 (37%) 16 (46%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 35 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (20%) 12 (34%) 15 (43%)
21. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 35 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (29%) 11 (31%) 12 (34%)
22. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 35 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 10 (29%) 10 (29%) 11 (31%)
23. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 35 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 8 (23%) 12 (34%) 12 (34%)
24. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 35 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (23%) 9 (26%) 16 (46%)
25. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 35 1.02 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 8 (23%) 9 (26%) 14 (40%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 35 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (17%) 13 (37%) 14 (40%)
27. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 35 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (17%) 16 (46%) 13 (37%)
28. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
His teaching style.
Very energetic about the topics in class. Always giving opinions about how things should be done and ways we're able to process our thinking to end with satisfying results.
His way of teaching the material keeps everyone interested.
his jokes
When a question is asked he not only answers them thoroughly, but I feel that I always learn more information. Excellent energy for every lecture given.
Very helpful after class, always explained him self very well. He is easy to understand and is able related to the materials is cover in class.
His advice when were discussing in groups how we compare each systems differently. The positive and negative.
He was available for discussions after class about the material he presented. I also enjoyed learning about different sustainable systems around the world, which helped broaden my view of what sustainable architecture is about.
He is passionate about sustainable and living systems and wants to pass that enthusiasm on to the students. He is clear and straightforward and doesn't tiptoe around anything or contradict himself. Excellent instructor.
Very knowledgeable and easy to approach
Palagi is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the course material and very engaging during class.
- UNDERSTANDS STUDENTS AND HOW WE THINK; THEREFORE, IS ABLE TO COMMUNICATE SO THAT WE CAN ALWAYS EASILY COMPREHEND THE MATERIAL - PUSHES US TO MAKE IT ON TIME TO CLASS
Ability to explain how the systems work and how they can be applied to different situations. Challenges students to think critically.
His enthusiasm =) as always
He is very concise in his explanations and is always willing to help.
The way he repeats what he says if we didn't get it
His insight on the subject at hand
His willingness to go beyond expectations when asking for help on a confusing matter.
He is very informative and knowledgeable.
he addressed a variety of content in sustainability such as the livings systems and architecture and understanding what is LEED and BRREAM
I like the fact that he gives us a chance to develop our own critical eye.
Very enthusiastic about what he's teaching. He makes sure you know the content with mini quizzes.
He can deliver the knowledge really well
Kris has the ability to have provide various solutions to the same problem and is always available to answer questions.
He helps us dig deep into our thinking and formulate good work.
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Nothing
The idea of buying many books in a limited amount of time.
his jokes
N/A
Nothing. Great instructor. People who think otherwise obviously don't care about these systems and their importance to Hawaii's built environment.
Slight inconsistency in the time he starts class.
none
Attitude
Our grades throughout the semester was vauge to the point where I have no idea how I am doing in the class.
didnt seem prepared in class. I think we could go further in architectural systems
N/a
No field trips:)
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
His quizzes could have been more beneficial if he returned them for students to review.
Include additional short essay papers that not only include a thesis statement and an argument, but talking about different sides to the positives and negative of designing sustainable.
stick to a syllabus.
Wanted to learn more about how a structure can stand up through working systems but course was suddenly changed to sustainability topics
No improvements needed.
There should be more images that show architecture systems and the course should focus on that because then the students who are only staying for 4 years have a better grasp of structural systems than now.
Clearer syllabus or assignments. Other than that, no complaints.
More videos and slide show presentations
Deliver quiz questions more slowly and review them slightly slower.
Pick a couple of systems and do a in-depth analysis. Explain the constructional of the structural systems. Provide more informational lectures.
need some hand on projects
Improve on how you talk to your students
Organized agenda, and more guest lectures.
mini projects, and have a feel how connections works. Actually learn what is system is.
It seemed a little disorganized. I just feel like it was a little mix matched content wise. I think to improve is to really have an outline of the topics of the course.
continue with the teaching of architecture systems than sustainable systems to undergraduates
I believe that his teaching style and methods should stay the same.
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.43 35 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 12 (34%) 19 (54%)
32. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 35 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (17%) 15 (43%) 13 (37%)
33. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 35 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 4 (11%) 10 (29%) 19 (54%)
34. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 35 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 12 (34%) 10 (29%) 11 (31%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 35 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (23%) 13 (37%) 14 (40%)
36. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Great course
Good. Good teachings of broadening our knowledge of how to design using natural resources and fighting of how things that were done were correct or not.
A good class that respects the busy schedules of architecture students.
Fun
Recommend any student to take his class.
quizzes were the majority of this course which I found most helpful. It helped you to understand and study the concepts a whole lot more.
Excellent with room for improvement.
Excellent course. Far more valuable than simply studying AC function/Mechanical systems. Living and sustainable systems are without a doubt the future of our field and we as Architects have a responsibility to utilize them. The days of concrete and glass boxes being pumped with AC/Heat and artificial lighting are over. We need to focus on Passive Design and Sustainability. Designing structures that are not only beautiful and dynamic, but functional and environmentally responsible.
This class was excellent and I would recommend it to others
This was a very enriching course.It helped me flesh out and define the various terms frequently thrown around by those not educated in such material. This courese forced me to think critically in about the subject matter.
GOOD CLASS. I LOVED THE LIVING SYSTEMS PART OF THE COURSE. THE PROJECTS FOUND IN THE BOOK INSPIRE ME FOR FUTURE PROJECTS AND KEPT ME INTERESTED DURING CLASS TIME.
The content of the class provides an outline for environmental design. The course addresses the problem, different designs attempting to solve the issue, and basic understanding of certain systems.
Didn't know what to expect with the system change to environmental emphasis, but overall learned some of the 'system' things in detail, required for further understanding of architecture as a whole.
that all the information helped me to think more critically and relate more to problems that we designers face.
Great. Very interesting and valuable to building inputs and sustainability
It was ok
Its a pointless course and the fact that we are forced to learn about sustainability before structure disgust me. It seems like priorities aren't being set right in the current system.
Not great, I was hoping to learn what is systems and how things work with connection with materials. All we did was learn how to write a thesis statements, and have mini quiz about books we read in class. I felt this class was a waste of my time because I didn't learn anything about systems and how this connected or even works. All I can say is that we learn how to write a thesis, and learn ing about green roofs. I wish we had mini projects, the mini project helps me understand how things work. I get to see and figure out how to build and even solve the problem if things are wrong.
I enjoyed this course. I now I acquire two great ebooks I plan to reference and utilize in future projects.
This course was a good introduction to sustainable systems and environmental issues in landscape architecture. However, application how the technical issues cane be applied for the undergraduate studios.
Very interesting, however not what I was expecting from a systems course. I have stopped using plastic bags at the grocery store and I've been scared away from disposable water bottles, but I don't know how to make a building stand up which seems a bit more important to an architecture student.
This systems class was good, but in comparison to 320 (which I took in the previous semester) I think that it was lacking a bit learning wise. In 320, there were mini-projects assigned giving us the hands-on experience of learning the material. And for some people, such as myself, learning hands- on is very helpful because not all of all absorb the material the same way. I'm not saying that Kris, should assign mini-projects for the next 321 course, but keep in mind that there are different types of learners :).
A great class!
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I feel having a requires assignment of the registration process for LEED would be very beneficial.
Include more essays to incorporate analyzed thinking. Include two mini projects that will summarize the course.
have one main book.
The course should focus more on structural systems. Images of architecture design placing an emphasis on structural systems being part of the design should be presented with the systems information.
Clarification as to course content and assignment overviews. Also, assignment clarification. Once again, I feel this course was invaluable, it just needs to be solidified and assignments need to be clearly outlined.
More videos and examples
This is the Systems B course, however in the course we were merely introduced to the various techinical, "sustainable" systems. We did not learn about their construction nearly as much as I would have liked.
A GRADE UPDATE PERIODICALLY WOULD BE BENEFICIAL AND APPRECIATED.
This course could be improved by having some hands on projects.
Assignments, projects to help us understand the course material
Eliminated from the required program and moved to an elective.
Explain how many points are the daily quiz worth. maybe provide visuals or presentations in class
I stated it in the previous question.
I like the way it is.
38. Other comments:
Keep up the good work Palagi!
Kris is a great instructor that focuses on the material that actually matters and doesn't force non-sense down the throats of his students.
N/A
Only complaint is that we never received any sort of grade check or midterm standing. To this day I have no idea as to my grade/standing. But it seems that this is more and more common in the SoA (Dont know why...) Im not here for the grades. To be honesty I'd happily take a B in a course where I learned more than one where I received an A with little educational benefit. But grades dictate our academic standing/financial aid/scholarship status. Something I cannot afford to lose! Im just asking for the SoA faculty to think about that. Aloha.
I enjoyed this course very much and find myself strangely disappointed in that there is no longer a Systems C course. I would like to further be instructed in the proper use for various systems.
None
n/a
maybe this classe should be renamed? 371 : intro living construction system
I appreciated the lack of projects interfering with studio.
The class is great. I'm glad Kris is teaching it because he has a way of stimululating the class at times.
Kristopher Palagi is an awesome instructor.

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH541, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 541 - Arch Studio II Crn (Section): 75526 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (93%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 12 (86%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (57%) 4 (29%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The ability to adopt another project and develop a liking for it. I understood that the more attached you get the more effort and time you put into it.
Ability to think positively when put in a difficult situation
Weekly discussions helped lead us down the correct path in considering different aspects of our project. For example, code requirements turned from a burden into a design aspect.
I really enjoyed how he pushed us. Taking our designs one step further forward. And learning how to do parts of design I had never done before
everything, this is including the extra notes and magasines.
The most valuable aspects of this course is learning how to design architecture based on experience instead of what looks good such as a birds eye perspective. This course gave me an introduction of the important details that is to be expected in the real life situation (i.e. design changes, IBC, ADA). I learned that as architects we are able to design at all scales. (i.e. site perspective, floor plan perspective, door/window/wall/etc. connections). Another aspect that was valuable is to be optimistic about things, and finding what I like of things that I created and making them better.
The design approach methods and settling on design statements as our goals.
I felt that this course gave me a lot of real world situations. I thought that switching projects half way through this semester was a bad idea, but in reality thats what actually happens in the working world. Also we focused on building codes and structure which I felt was very necessary because up until now I haven't had any experience in that.
- one on one critique of my work - pointing out work that are successful as guides for the rest - different approach to design other than the traditional working with a concept... i mean, what we discovered from line drawings lead us into the concept after - emphasis on "refinement" - emphasis on filtering and show only important stuff
The professor's knowledge of a specific topic is extensive.
The most valuable fact about the SoA's regulation is, that the course was split into two parts. That has the following reasons: Instead of a full semester, there is only half the time available to make a design. The advantage is, that the student has to focus in a shorter amount of time on a project and it doesn't get as boring as if one has to do a design for 4 months. The other reason, why I think it is a good decision, is because there were different focusses on the two parts: The first one was about hand drawing, creating study models with the aim to make a preliminary design. The second one was to take a preliminary design and further refine it, which means to make the building "real": Building details, sections, questions about envelope, materiality structure or light came up. Also, the legal side of architecture was covered: Building codes, regulationsâ?¦etc.
I felt that the studio was great in pushing us to think outside of the box. Kris encouraged us to think of new possibilities in how and what architecture is.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Lack of consistency and poor leadership
Some of the presentations we did could have been more time-efficient and more conducive if we presented to each other in smaller groups and then gave suggestions to each other on how to improve.
So many concept models. I don't work well in that way so it was hard to develop ideas that way
nothing really
There was nothing that was least valuable.
Sometimes he seemed sort of all over the place, especially if he started talking about his own projects.
I thought that we took too long on the conceptual parts of the projects, i think i would have gained more if concepts and designs were limited to 2 weeks.
- not emphasizing students to have a floor plan for their final presentation - switching projects, i was looking forward to developing what i learned from the mid-term presentation (however it was stimulating though)
Although this knowledge is extensive, I struggled with the layout of the class and how that information was disseminated. I think there could be a bit more rigorous investigation into how much time is spent on each portion of the curriculum.
What I consider least valuable is the fact, that the course is Mondays and Fridays, which means, that one has to work a lot on the weekend for next class. If it was Mondays and Wednesdays, there would be less time between Monday and Wednesday, but between Wednesday and Monday there would be way more time to work on the project. It would also be possible to have a more flexible time management, especially when there is a lot of work to do for other classes, too.
I don't think any part of the course was least valuable but I do wish we would spend a bit more time on the cOnstruction and detail portion of the second half. It was interesting to figure out different connections and I would have loved to explore it a bit more in studio with the aid of the professor
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
21. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 8 (57%)
22. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
23. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 14 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 4 (29%)
24. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
25. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 8 (57%) 5 (36%)
27. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
28. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Most valuable from Professor Palagi was the attention to detail, I kind of understood of what he wanted at the end of the project. But the importance of detail was hardly touched on in other studios. He at least tried to make us become aware of it.
Professor Palagi is always willing to talk about my project and offer really helpful suggestions and advice.
Same
he is very energetic and have great ideas. always around even when there is no studio
Kristopher Palagi was always available for feedback and enthusiastic about improvement, moving forward in a design, and making it better.
Kris always has ideas about your projects to share with you so you can see things in a new light and realize that no, you hadn't boxed yourself into a corner.
I found that Kris was always in and out of studio on non studio days which made it easy for students to ask him for help.
- creative approach to design such as deriving a concept from line drawings - emphasizing the idea of refinement - his feedback challenged me to better understand design and be more creative
He is an intelligent and passionate individual.
Professor Palagi was very interested in developing a student's own individual style. He quickly analyzed what a student was passionate about and wanted to make that the foundation of the design process. The result of that approach is, that the student has fun with working and designing, because one is working on something about one is passionate about. Professor Palagi encouraged and inspired me to continue with my design and to trust my own ideas. Why I think Professor Palagi did an excellent job, is because he taught me a new approach of design. With the SAE statements, I was forced to design on three different scales: Relation of building (material) to site, building to user and building to material. At the same time, I was forced to think about the importance of the envelope, the structure and the light in the building. The idea was to design the actual atmosphere in a certain space and how the user experiences the space. In a lot of studio projects I did before, there was just one of the three scales further developed . I have never designed with this approach and I realized, that the approach with those threee scales only enriches the design of a building/ space. Another fact is, that Professor Palagi set up a good time management for the studio. There was definitely enough time for the different assignments. The assignments were challenging and expected all my creativity, but it was definitely possible in the amount of time he gave us. Furthermore, the creation of a lot of study models improved our designs. In no other class/studio before, I had to make so many models. Most of the time, there was just a model to be done for the final presentation, which had to be perfect. The big advantage of those study models is, that one can get better spatial relationships, a better understanding of the created space and it is fun to make those. There is also space for experiments. Additionally, the idea of working with real materials instead of just cardboard, gave a very good understanding of the connection and handling of those materials, which wouldn't have been possible, if we would have just designed on "the paper". Another point I want to stress is how we learned how to make better and more vivid hand drawings. My last point is the relation to the professional world. Switching student's projects, having to give away the own project and getting another person's project is challenging. To make the best out of it, is also important in the real world.
His enthusiasm. It is nice to see how excited a professor gets about a project or your work because it in turn pumps you up to do your best.
He always give to me good advice.
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Maybe a little lenient on myself.
Often left class early, long before class time was finished. Rarely stopped by studio for a significant time outside of studio hours. Poor choice on project selection for second half of the semester. Focused too much on composition and did not allow for a deeper understanding of the project.
Certain aspects of studio were geared heavily towards graphic representation rather than design.
Same
n/a
He's a little in love with himself. But that might just be how his confidence comes off.
none
- not making sure that students have a solid grasp of their concept and its manifestations in the design
I think your passions are very strictly focused. This is not a bad thing, the only recommendation I have is at the graduate level, perhaps it is important to allow the student's specific passions be evoked and even if it is not a strong interest of yours, please allow us to pursue it anyway. As an example, I will use a trivial topic of SketchUp. You personally despise SketchUp and jokingly (or perhaps not) mentioned that if we used SketchUp this semester you would fail us. I think that is an acceptable concept in undergrad as students are still learning how to operate effectively in arch school but in grad school, please let us be big kids and make our own decisions. If you are willing and able to facilitate our learning whatever the focus, you will be a wonderful graduate level professor, but until then, you are still treating us like first year students. We are far more developed than that.
Sometimes, Professor Palagi is a little bit impatient at desk crits, even when there were still some reasonable questions.
I think at times the help was a little abstract. By this I mean that we went from being a bit more constrained and realistic with projects to being highly creative so at times we were a bit confused as to what was being asked of us. It's not quite a negative thing as it did propel us to think on a different level it was just a bit stressful at times. But isn't that architecture anyways haha
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
I think for me what would have helped if we had class on Wednesday or adding a third day, so that we could spend more time with the professor.
Towards the end of the course, we began signing up for one-on-one sessions which was very helpful to know what day and what time we were going to check- in with him on our process. If this was implemented from the beginning of the semester, that would have been great.
None
As students, I feel that we could use a set time to practice sketching styles.
If he says say, that we're going to meet in X classroom in 10 min, or talk about something in an hour, don't then start early. I know I would go to print or go to the bathroom or something and come back and he'd started getting into things 20 minutes early.
I think that if Kris wants us to focus more on using revit he should have held a class on making revit families because I think a lot of us took a lot of time trying to teach ourselves through videos.
- put greater emphasis on a "concept" as the driving force for the design - explain from the beginning that design can be inspired from anything, even the line drawings we started off with.. it was interesting toward the end of mid-term but i wish there was much emphasis on it from the beginning.. such as Jon Utzon's church inspired by the waves at northshore... it's one of my favorite prescedent whenever i think of manifesting my concept in my design..
My only suggestion would be a mini crash course on presentation and drawings. I believe students would benefit from having a quick lesson on how to present work and what to present.
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.36 14 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
32. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
33. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
34. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 5 (36%)
36. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It was challenging because it focused more on structures and codes compared to other studio classes.
Poor
This class was challenging but not overwhelming.
Very good
i really like this course, I was surprised when we changed project, but overall I learn to just move forward with what I like the best about it.
This course went above and beyond, taking my skills to a new level and picked up a few new skills along the way.
I thought this course was great. I learned a lot about structure, how materials can be used, and building codes. I also learned and was able to focus on design through connections.
- a great step that deepened my understanding of architecture...
... very high. Professor Palagi provided a studio of very high-level of quality, which was challenging on the one hand and very creative, inspiring, individual and a lot of fun on the other hand.
I really enjoyed this class. I like designing building and make model. Studio is always helpful for architecture student. But I really want to study more about detail.
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Instead of requiring conceptual models, it would have been interesting to have the requirement be up to each student's discretion. For example, some people may be able to represent their concept in a different art form; hand sketch, photoshop illustration, painting, etc.
The most difficult part is the models but helping the students balance their time would also be good because some students don't know when to stop designing and start producing finished work
This course could be improved by having the students sketch the experience of spaces.
Use less time on concepts and try to reduce design time. Then I think students can focus on detailing their work more.
- start class at 12 30 (class ending at 6 pm was always kind of late for me)
Design Structure
38. Other comments:
I think this professor would be better suited for an undergraduate course, I do not think he is qualified to teach graduate level.
Awesome class!
Nonr
n/a
none
my lap top was broken two weeks before the final presentation and was never able to be fixed up to now... i lost all my work even in my other classes so i had to start all over in most parts... for studio, i still had my ideas in my head and i borrowed friends lap tops and used the computer lap back and forth for renderings as my friends lap tops were slow and never had some important programs installed.. lucky i had some friends who helped me out with installation of rhino, v-ray and grasshopper... i don't complain so that's why i never let my professor know but i just feel like that it's needed to inform the teacher about this... i'm just saying i could have had a better outcome for my presentation... thanks

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH101, Summer II 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 101 - Basic Arch Studio Crn (Section): 4210 (341)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.75 9 1.16 Freq(%) 5 (56%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.88 9 0.35 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 9 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%) 2 (22%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Every project was clearly outlined with its expectations and intended learning outcomes. Continuation and layering of the projects helped to bring forth deeper understanding of the process and of design concepts.
the one on one was always good.
The hands-on crafting projects developed an understanding of concepts such as a realistic look at objects, composition, the use of lighting and shadows, threshold, etc.
Building the human clone and all the different models helped me understand the fundamentals of the different art forms that architect need to create, develop, and refine ideas to create buildings.
The fact that we all got to work together, though it was only 9 of us instead of a regular 60-student studio, we all shared some ideas.
Learning concepts and skills that i never used before.
The most valuable was to enhance my skills such as making model and thinking positive, negative space.
I believe that the way that he introduced each assignments and had us fight through the techniques and understanding of what was needed help us developed skills in decision making and pushing ourselves to our true potential.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
What exactly was wanted in the outcome was not always clear, though with time and practive an understanding developed.
Using the clay didn't help relate to understanding threshold. If you instructed the class to build using the cardboard with the triangles, that would have been far more effective.
class size was too small, and projects were rushed because of the summer schedule. Oh, and the class was too long, 6 hours in the afternoon and staying til 6pm is too long. We should have this studio in the morning time.
none
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 9 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
21. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
22. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
23. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%)
24. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
25. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
27. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
28. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
KrisP is evidently very knowledgeable about his area of expertise, a good reference for questions about the field or, and extremely helpful in class. Importantly, he is very enthused about his work, other's work and architecture in general, his attitude not only creates a atmosphere of engaged learning but it also tends to make students feel just in the same. Good resource, ask him questions about everything. including everything you want to know about chuck taylors.
Kristopher Palagi helped to let everyone express theme selves in a constructive and organized way. patient non-violent person and he tells you what type of person he is from the beginning of class so the level of understanding is established earlier than in any other normal class here at uh manoa where you typically dont know who or what the intentions are of the instructors until its already too late to adapt.
Really into the subject, easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable.
That he made the class constantly making models. The more models I did the greater understanding I found on the subjects he was teaching.
he was able to guide us to evolve in every project that we had done instead of keeping the same idea the whole way, so that we were able to change and pick out one specific part of our composition that we liked or that worked and evolve from that.
Helped share his experiences in the field of architecture in a realistic way. Helped me improve my projects to make it work.
What I found to be the most valuable and helpful thing for me with Mr. Palagi was the fact that I can express my opinion and what I believed in to him and he showed me how I can use what I liked about my work and also grow and develop further skills and view points in which help me expand my horizons and challenge and push myself further.
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Criticisms, recomendations, and comments of work were sometimes confusing
Nothing in particular.
he could have been more approachable and not be so critical with out own design compositions.
Sort of unorganized and we spent a lot of money useless supplies for class.
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Having taken this course during the summer session, the press for time is something heavily taken into consideration. Most often class time was spent working on projects, etc. Several times class was spent in an highly interactive environment where palagi would guide us through some exercises. I don't know what else to say besides it. helped. a. ton.
he likes coffee.maybe a coffee machine .
Pretty good course overall, had fun
Try to talk to the students more about their project and see whats on their mind. If he would just stop by and strike up a conversation I could have gotten more ideas on where to go on the project.
be more understanding of our own opinions of what our designs should be like. Or put our own signature in it.
more organization and being more prepared.
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
32. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
33. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%)
34. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
36. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Course was excellent, learned a lot, 2500 characters will not do justice. Perspective of architecture and outlook on the world around us is constantly changing and this course has helped lead that perspective into an even more empowering and delighted viewpoint. K-P is the man.
perfect
awesome
Overall, as my first architectural class, it was interesting and enlightening. Mr. Palagi would tell the class how it was to be an architect and what we would be getting into. The projects seemed rush or quick but it made scene since this was a summer school course.
This is a great way to test your design skills and how you can communicate your work to your classmates and teacher.
It was fair and it made me see architecture in a different way and i was able to pick up new sills that i didn't know i had.
I had a good time. In fact,I never have studied architecture programs. Though this time, I was too interesting and I had enjoy time. Also, I made many projects by using materials such as basswood, museum board-white, and foam core-black. Based on my clone, I have studied many concepts and meanings. Also through the course, I want to study more detail program in advanced class. But I had troubles in class. English was not my first language. Therefore, it was too difficult to understand project, meanings, and what I should do. Before I start project, i have to see and look project which my classmates are making. Because of the reason, I could not make my creative model and i did not have enough idea to design buildings. But through change to take this class, I decided to study more method of design and architecture. Thank you for your teaching.!
I enjoyed the assignments and learning new things and working with different materials.
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Class exercises with the instructor was helpful. Summer courses for architecture studios could possibly be extended? A few more weeks perhaps? There are several pros and cons to having taken studio in the summer. Again lots of pros but some negatives included having to little time to reach the full extent of a project, and other things that revolve around time. I feel that an even more in-dept understanding could have been reached in some areas, but the summer school route always come with these trade-offs so no argument here.
maybe a better use of the parking structure so that more students that pay for tuition at uh manoa and cant get a parking permit , can find decent parking.
The summer school course could be improved if you would further explain consents he would like us to develop. Not using the clay as an excursive to understand threshold would be better to use cardboard.
We should have this class offered in the morning instead of late afternoon. The hours should be shorten from 6 hours to at least 3 hours.
Being organized.
More examples of models
38. Other comments:
A surround sound system for the studio. nice. and can someone please look into installing snack vending machines in the arch bldg. please. ugh.
fix the parking problem. i already pay tuition and all kinds of other fees i shouldnt have to pay for parking system to maintain something that is apart of the school.during the summer there was plenty of room for the 4 people who were in my class and had a car.
Fun course, its hard, stressful, and agonizing but i enjoyed it.
Overall, good class.
Don't leave for trips during class days because i could have really used your help.

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH320, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 320 - Intro to Arch Systems A Crn (Section): 86003 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (30%) 19 (70%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (30%) 19 (70%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 8 (30%) 18 (67%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 27 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 7 (26%) 18 (67%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 27 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 9 (33%) 16 (59%)
6. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 27 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 9 (33%) 13 (48%)
7. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 27 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (33%) 18 (67%)
8. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 27 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (7%) 9 (33%) 15 (56%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 27 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (37%) 16 (59%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
all lessons especially about concrete, wood, and steel and how to use the materials
Class time and field trips
how we went around campus and saw real life examples.
Lots of new things to learn each class.
the whole course, this is basically the material understanding of all future projects we wish to design.
the projects and his explanations in class about how materials and force, etc works. visual learners like me find this very easy to understand.
The project throughout the course were very valuable. It was a good, hands-on way of understanding the materials being discussed.
everything
The walking tour during the class time really showed the class object and helping student to understand the object
Palagi made it very easy to understand the subject. Everything was very clear and to the point.
I felt most involved when walking around campus. Its nice to see the content covered on the field.
Learning about the construction materials of wood, concrete, and steel/metal and actually experimenting through project exercises their strength and capabilities.
Learning about different connections and structures.
Physical model building projects were very valuable
The lectures were most valuable.
The flexibility of being able to play with the materials.
The hands on projects and campus walk around lecture was most valuable.
I think that the in class lectures were the most valuable in this class. They were very informative and helped increase my knowledge of the material a great deal.
Kris' lectures about each of the following materials: concrete, wood and steel. He was very detailed about it.
doing the models for each part of the course was a great hands on approach for understanding each material
Field trips around campus showing visually the systems that we're learning about.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
none
Projects
having assignments that wern't part of our grade
None.
N/A
nothing
The movie been showed is not really valuable
n/a
Midterm was very difficult and not what I expected
the minimized amount of assignments for each material
Non was least valuable but longer time needed to learn structural materials. Its most important when your out working for a firm.
I think that the campus walks were the least valuable aspect to the course. I thought they were harder to follow and more difficult to see what the professor was talking about.
None?
12. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 27 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (33%) 18 (67%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 27 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (37%) 16 (59%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 27 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (41%) 16 (59%)
15. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 26 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 21 (81%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 27 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (26%) 20 (74%)
17. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 26 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 7 (27%) 17 (65%)
18. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 27 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 9 (33%) 14 (52%)
19. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 27 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (19%) 7 (26%) 14 (52%)
20. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (30%) 19 (70%)
21. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 26 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (12%) 11 (42%) 11 (42%)
22. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 27 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (52%) 13 (48%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 27 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 11 (41%) 15 (56%)
24. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 26 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (38%) 16 (62%)
25. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 27 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (44%) 15 (56%)
26. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He's very thorough in his lessons
His teaching techniques are enjoyable
his enthusiasm and he would try to make sure you understood the concept if you had questions
Very knowledgable and easy to talk to.
he's on a social level with me. easier to learn from someone you talk to, rather than someone who's just lecturing.
he is enthusiastic and knowledgeable, he explains how the material works through drawings and visual aids.
His enthusiastic take on the course material made it easier to grasp.
His incite in each material. And the way you could design with it.
he communicate with us clearly.
He walks around the class alot and involves the students though communication to individuals.
Always available for help
His knowledge in the course material
Palagi's lectures were extremely helpful.
His in tuned feedback on each project. The comments were always elaborated with concepts that would never arise unless a project is presented. Especially in projects that stepped outside of the usual boundaries of what was expected.
When sample of work online suggest how to construct the project
I think that Kristopher Palagi's enthusiasm about this course was the most useful. It helped me to be more interested in the course material and want to learn additional information.
His knowledge
his enthusiasm for the course and the students
27. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
he teaches at a fast pace
He's vague and likes to be sneaky on tests
sometimes he wasnt very clear about what he wanted from us in the assignments. Sometimes we had no idea what he was expecting from us.
none.
N/A
not all of what he explained had a visual aid, could have had more or prepared certain items that would show how a space frame, for example worked and under what circumstances they would fail.
not enough depth of the material
cannot manage class time very well
Starting the class early
Non
I can not think of any negative things about Kristopher Palagi.
None
28. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
teach adn makes sure everyone knows it before moving on
all around the class was pretty great. No real big complaints.
Don't make those tests again with the huge sheet of paper and a bunch of definitions/words on one page!! It made it super confusing.
N/A
have some more visual aids, take projects that did well from previous classes and show what is a "f" grade and what is a "a" grade.
greater depth of wood steel and concrete not in the structural but what we could create with it. But if it can't be explained let us expressively create the limits of each material
None
Perhaps taking more outside tours which require students to come to class more often.
Longer time period of class
I think that a little additional homework would be helpful in broadening course knowledge.
None
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 27 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (33%) 18 (67%)
30. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 27 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 12 (44%) 14 (52%)
31. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 27 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 11 (41%) 11 (41%)
32. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (37%) 17 (63%)
33. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 27 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (37%) 16 (59%)
34. My overall evaluation of this course is...
it was very stimulating
Fun, learned a lot
good class
Good course to expand architecture thinking.
really enjoyed it.
a good introduction to systems, i am intrested but wish i could learn more.
This is a great course, with a great professor.
awesome course was a blast. however i just wish it was slightly longer i could have learned alot more
It a good course. worth to taken
I learned alot through this course though I feel that six months isn't enough time to fully grasps the concepts covered thought the course.
Great interesting course projects help you to understand the material better
Good course providing very useful information
Superb
excellent
I think that this course was very helpful and helped me gain a great deal of knowledge.
Great
great course, I learned a lot and enjoyed it too
35. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
It could be improved by stating grading policies better, knowing what we are going to do and when.
more real life examples, maybe excursions or maybe even more hands on stuff
A little more field trips to see more variety of buildings/styles. Possibly off campus field trips.
i enjoyed the class, maybe only the time was a problem. I'd rather it have been later.
read above comments
More depth of materials
perhaps if the course involved some field trips to sites around Oahu.
Have a study guide for midterm. Use specific chapters in the textbook.
Perhaps more assignments in being able to play with each materials would have been nice. About 1 assignment for each material in the Wood, Metal, and concrete would have really forced the students to get to know the materials better. I was able to play with the material, but it was very self directed and personally because I wanted to spend more time on the material, i learned a little more.
The course could be improve by assigning more hands on projects and tour walk around campus. Another would be a longer class, maybe over an hour or so.
I think that this course could be a little more helpful if there was a little more work to help broaden knowledge and help understand the information better.
Brief handouts for each lecture maybe?
36. Other comments:
Hope to have palagi again.
None
Overall, great feedback was given for each product of each project.
None

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH342, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 342 - Int Arch Studio B Crn (Section): 85783 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
6. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
7. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%)
8. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Everything discussed in studio were clear and helpful. The projects were definitely a different way of tackling a project which I enjoyed.
photoshop tutorials and passive system reviews
It was valuable that the projects we did this semester contributed to the design portfolio and met a lot of the portfolio standards.
Designing in section
I really liked the idea of designing in section. I felt the exploration of spatial sequencing was very very interesting. It taught us to think in a different dimension and to get away from designing strictly in plan.
I found that in this course we had to design in section rather than plan which i benefited from, because we have not done this in the past three years of this school.
I enjoyed looking back at the progress I made (study models, drawings)
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Triangles!
The practicality of this exercise was not what I expected for a third year studio. It is justifiable on the basis that this was just our 4th design studio and that the principles of the project will add to our design skills and process. However, I expected a more comprehensive and complex project. One that dove into the introduction of structure, material, enclosure systems, and so on. On the other hand it's nice to have stayed away from the more boring aspect of architecture LOL. Stick to the more amusing side that is designing.
I found the program of this project to be the least valuable. As it was un- original.
I wish there were other things we could've done. It felt like we were working on one big project where we did the same thing over and over again.
12. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
15. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
17. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
18. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
19. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
20. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
21. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%) 2 (29%)
22. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
24. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
25. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
26. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He sits down and talks about what the student is thinking of in their project and suggests what the student can do improve or implement the idea.
always around on campus. Always has good comments and suggestions on the direction of the project
He helped each person individually with our project and gave specific ideas for improvement of our projects.
That he was avaliable outside of class hours to help us
He is always here and willing to help, even during non class hours. Goves good suggestions and ideas.
He takes the time to talk to you one on one and help you in a constructive and positive way.
27. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Somewhat too conceptual.
Nothing
N/A
He strongly knows what he wants and sometimes the student feels like they need to do what he wants and are unable to explore more than that.
28. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Maybe tell the student ahead of time of ideas they can use rather than a few days before the project needs to be turned in so the student becomes stress during the last minute rush.
Illustrator.
N/A
I enjoyed the desk critiques but more group critiques are good too. Students should be able to critique other students' school work.
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
30. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
31. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
32. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
33. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
34. My overall evaluation of this course is...
This was very intensive and really challenges our design process and thoughts. I enjoyed doing the projects though at first I thought it was tedious but soon I found it to be very useful.
This course was my favorite studio by far. The material was not overwhelming, so I felt like I could do a really good job on the projects and look at a lot of details that I otherwise would not be able to. The material that we covered was beneficial to my learning and I feel like I've grown in this studio more than any other. It helped that the projects we did were supposed to contribute to our portfolio.
I would've never predicted the direction of the course at the beginning of the semester. I felt that in where we went, we took our projects to a very complex and comprehensive level. And I enjoyed that. Refining something to a point of such definition. I'd much rather take a project a specific direction and have a complex and comprehensive outcome than having a large project that is not complex or comprehensive in any direction.
B
35. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
using other mediums other than physical models and photoshop. (hand renderings, rhino, 3ds?)
more variety in activities we do in class. get more in depth into details and systems.
36. Other comments:
Triangles.

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH490, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 490 - Special Topics Crn (Section): 85465 (003)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
6. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
7. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
8. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
All of it, Palagi showed us a great many new programs, new ways for approaching design, new ways of thinking. As always he is unconventional and very effective.
The most valuable aspects of this course is learning how to use new programs to help develop ideas faster.
Learning to use photoshop to effectively communicate designs. Experimentation with rhino commands and paneling tools to help broaden design skills.
Gaining the knowledge of photoshop, rhino, and unity was very valuable. All are great tools for presentation, selling ideas, and getting people to visually understand, feel, and experience your projects.
Great way to learn about new ways to use technology! Learned how to really develop my skills using computer-based graphics and mediums.
I found that the application of alternative methods of presentation were very strong in this course. The skills learned in this class help to build a base understanding in programs that architects generally outsource. Knowledge of this material helps to make us more desirable in the job market
skills learned from variety of programs and their application to presenting
Learning all the different programs available to architecture majors or anyone. I wish these programs had been taught before.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
hmmmm.....not sure, all of it was pretty freakin relevant.
n/a
None
I think most of the information was valuable, i cant really remember what i found to be useless.
I did not find any parts of this course to be valueless. I learned something from every aspect of the course taught.
Playing with rhino. I felt that more projects could have been utilized in Photoshop and 3ds max.
the paper crumpling/ form finding exercise.
Certain projects didn't have enough time or certain aspects were difficult to understand in class.
12. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
15. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
17. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
18. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
19. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
20. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
21. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 9 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%)
22. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
24. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
25. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
26. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He has a deep and abiding will to learn more and expand what he knows about what he's already good at. Seems intensely curious in anything that might further our abilities to express ourselves, because HE'S deeply interested in that himself.
Kristopher Palagi was always available to answer questions. He also demonstrated that he was able to show the class different ways to do the same thing.
He teaches you design tools to enhance your end product
His passion for architecture and the presentation of architecture is very strong. With that, it gets you pumped to learn the things he is pumped about and makes it easy to come to class. He knows how to diverge from the herd and stand out weather it be scholastically, professionally, or architecturally.
He is a great professor who is personable, knowledgeable, and excellent at helping us reach further in our potential to design and use the different programs available to us.
He has a character that is very easy to approach, understanding, and willing to help.
Palagi introduced programs that we did not know of that greatly enhanced our ideas of presenting a subject as well as showing us stimulating material to get our creative process going.
Good knowledge of all the different programs
27. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
nothing was least helpful. Every class really let us go over something and practice. He even loosened up the expected stuff a bit when our projects in studio were coming due.
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Hes knowledgeable with the programs he teaches
Everything is pretty good.
There was nothing that did not have some value at least.
He does seem a little erratic in organization, but nothing that can't be managed or tolerated
A little quick when teaching certain programs
28. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
BUY UNITY PRO FOR THE ARCH STUDENTS That's it.
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More rhino projects
Perhaps having more lessons about unity and rhino would be good, i think in the future we might need a revit lesson or something. Being that its supposedly the future of architecture.
The fact that the structure to the course was pretty lax actually ended up making the learning atmosphere much more valuable. We all were able to share our creations and knowledge in a beneficial format that was easy to relate to one another and gain a better understanding on the capabilities we each had within the different programs. Overall, I think the course was a great way to approach exploring computer medium.
I believe that the photoshop and alternative programs are more important than the series of rhino work we did. I would have liked more focus on those projects, as those are programs we little knowledge in.
Take a little more time and maybe have exercises in class available to do.
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
30. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
31. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
32. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
33. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
34. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Amazing, really furthered my computer design skills and idea's regarding expression of intent.
This course is awesome. Everyone who needs help learning design should have take this course.
Great class would recommend to other students
The course was a great addition to my presentation knowledge. Great course for architecture for sure.
Great! I really feel it helped me to further develop my computer graphics skills and provided valuable knowledge for compiling graphic presentations of my design work. The course also helped to get me to explore new ways of designing.
A-
i recommend it
really helpful, will improve your design skills and design thinking in relation to presenting. recommend this class for student who believe they are already strong "designers" to see how you can push/improve yourself.
Great class for computers, but stay on your toes with the speed.
35. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I got nothing for this.
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Teaching of rendering program twinmotion and more in depth use of 3ds max. Material mapping in 3ds max
The course itself was great, i think if we spent more time in unity and more time in rhino it would have been a little better. The photoshop lessons were great. Maybe in the future add some revit and we are good.
More assignments....that is a double-edged sword.
- More focus in projects in alternative programs - Organized layout of projects and material
this course could be very effective as a summer class.
Have exercises that can be done in class
36. Other comments:
Palagi rules!
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None
Good course
Thanks Kris for offering this course, very valuable on many levels, not just for architecture but also for building my skills in how to make presentation grade materials for other courses and later for me professional career.
Great class!

Kristopher Palagi: ARCH101, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 101 - Basic Arch Studio Crn (Section): 70167 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 40 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 12 (30%) 26 (65%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 40 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 19 (48%) 18 (45%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 40 0.97 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 11 (28%) 14 (35%) 13 (33%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 40 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 18 (45%) 17 (43%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 40 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 3 (8%) 14 (35%) 20 (50%)
6. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 40 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 12 (30%) 22 (55%)
7. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 40 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 4 (10%) 18 (45%) 14 (35%)
8. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.95 40 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 12 (30%) 15 (38%) 12 (30%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 40 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 13 (33%) 23 (58%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning about cross sections and the concept of designs.
Learning how to problem solve, time management, and prioritizing.
Learning what i like and why i like things in a composition.
I believe this class gives you some insight on what its like to be an architect.
I think that the most valuable aspects of the course we're the amount of self interpretation we had to use in ever project and the concept we applied to each project.
I believe crafting, and technique and a deeper understanding of this major was made clear durnig this course.
I believe the projects he assigned to us were obviously the most valuable aspects of this course. It has taught us in many ways which improved our knowledge, as well as our personal characteristics (time management, etc.)
Learning composition and the placement of objects in a model to make them more interesting.
I feel that the idea of defining a space and making a space interesting really helped me to gain understanding of the difference between architecture and drafting. At first, I thought architecture was solely about floor plans, but after taking this course I was able to broaden my understanding of it much more. I also feel that although assigning the clone at the beginning of the school year was stressful on us, it was extremely appropriate as a first project and taught me how to time manage.
Learning the many subtitles of what makes something pleasing to someone. It challenged my time management skills and also forced me to improve my craftsmanship.
It's great that we are able to work through the whole class period. Palagi and the T.A.'s stay in throughout the whole class period to offer help, answer questions, and clarify things. I feel Mike and Liz were awesome T.A.'s.
He always encouraged us to think outside the box. He wanted us to really go beyond what you ever think you could do. It was very exciting. I was amazed at the projects I created.
I liked getting suggestions and help from the TAs. I found the rotation of 2D to 3D very helpful because it would make me think about my projects in a different perspective each time.
I decided that this is not the major for me and am switching majors.
I thought that starting the course with the clone project helped set the tone for the class from the start and showed everyone what this class would be like for the rest of the semester. Being able to work on your projects at anytime of the day way convenient and having TA's and a professor to give multiple perspectives on your project while you work was very helpful.
Knowing that I had the potential to do work I never thought of doing before. Being able to understand how to really think about projects and planning them out repeatedly to get it to only near almost satisfied
Building the second topo was the project where I learned the most.
-learning what was intended -learning from others -time management
the biggest outcome of the course was to earn how to be patient and manage time.
The projects were challenging and each one developed new forms of thinking and adressed different concepts.
The goals of this course were presented in an unexpected and effective way that made me think critically and uniquely about the things I perceive and the way I takle a project.
The projects were interesting and unique compared to other freshman studio courses. Every project from the beginning to the end related to each other.
The principles of design and the process of design; being able to look at ones project with a ability to revise every decision and knowing why you made such a decision, never settling with what you have in front of you till the very end.
Design concepts Beginner's Craftsmanship Basic Drawing Skills
The short, simple introduction to each project. Going over finished projects that had 'successful' elements. Abstract projects that provide the foundation of architecture design and techniques rather than just pure model-making. The helpfulness and availability of the professor and TAs.
The projects. They were character-building!
I think the first project is the most valuable because we got lots of things out of that project. We learn to compose the size and where exactly it suppose to go. If I can do it again, I am sure i can make it better and bring it to perfection.
Palagi was very knowledgeable and he gave great input.
I really think challenging ourselves to push the boundaries of what was asked of us for different projects.
Any project we did Palagi directly tied to a practice done in the field, which I apreciated.
The most valuable aspects of this course was learning how to design effectively. Learning how to do a composition of a 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional model.
Unfamiliar and time consuming projects that forced students to grasp new concepts and learn time management 24/7 access to studio Varying TA input giving students multiple views on projects that may or may not contradict the professor's view Projects stemming from one to the other, showing progress and how everything relates to something else
I thought the general broadness of the projects themselves were effective in demonstrating the basic skills needed in design.
The process of learning and refinement. I've never been put into that sort of mental rigorousness before to understand and create something. Gaining that mentality to go through it will undoubtedly make us students successful in architecture as well as other aspects of our lives.
learning and finding a unique composition
Everything.
Learning how to use time management
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Having mid-point due dates of projects.
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Our instructor is inconsiderate, plays favoritism and is generally quite obnoxious.
I would say that all aspects of the course were valuable and helped me gain a better understanding of the course and the concepts of architecture.
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I think presentations in front of the class was the least valuable to me because it was really difficult to suggest how to improve when you are having a hard time already. Also, people don't want to say anything, fearing their own suggestion might lower the classmate's grade.
Jumping right into making such a large model in the very beginning of the course.
The only project I feel was kind of confusing and out of place was the 2D composition project we did after the clones.
I feel like every project helped me see one way or another to make my designs better and the variety of approaches to the many different types of projects was helpful. (so nothing)
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The parti project maybe could have been explained a little better.
Cutting cardboard.
I didn't find anything that would make you not want to take this class.
Knowing which days were work days because all days should be work days
All aspects of this course were well planned out, there was no part that wasn't valuable to me
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I found everything in the course to be a valuable lesson.
Sometimes it feels there are not enough time to fully comprehend the material.
The mid point markers of each project weren't as important as Palagi made them seem, however everything we did in Arch 101 were valuable, including finishing 1 composition by Thursday when 3 were due a week later for example.
i don't really think i learned much from the project were we took our silhouettes from the clone and added a background and line. it was more of just a crafty project.
While the handouts did little to explain the project, it forced the student to pay careful attention to instructions and tips given at the beginning of class.
Nothing.
All of the things we did are very valuable, every project has its own goal where we have to meet and exceed. Palagi always told us to make things more dynamic which helped us and guide us throughout the design process.
The way that the course is graded is a little too harsh, but I guess its understandable.
None, everything in this class is very useful for us future architects to have.
I was able to grasp overall concepts fairly quickly, so we could have fit in more projects if he shortened some of the existing ones.
The least valuable aspects of this course would not be knowing what materials would be needed. Also there was a 2D project that I found to be unbeneficial to our class.
The two-dimensional parti seemed slightly disconnected and random in comparison with the other projects.
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None.
12. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 39 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 14 (36%) 23 (59%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 39 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 12 (31%) 24 (62%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 39 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 1 (3%) 18 (46%) 18 (46%)
15. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 39 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 12 (31%) 26 (67%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 39 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 6 (15%) 15 (38%) 15 (38%)
17. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 39 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 9 (23%) 11 (28%) 13 (33%)
18. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.95 39 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 8 (21%) 10 (26%) 16 (41%)
19. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 38 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 13 (34%) 11 (29%) 10 (26%)
20. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 38 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (21%) 17 (45%) 13 (34%)
21. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 38 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 9 (24%) 9 (24%) 15 (39%)
22. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.79 39 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 10 (26%) 14 (36%) 11 (28%)
23. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 38 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 19 (50%) 16 (42%)
24. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 39 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 8 (21%) 15 (38%) 13 (33%)
25. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 38 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 9 (24%) 24 (63%)
26. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I thought he was helpful in a way where he clearly improved my understanding design.
He was very helpful when I was stuck or confused about what I had to do or how to do something. He didn't "fix" the problem for me, but he did explain different ways to experiment on how to fix the problem.
His vocabulary.
Mr.Palagi is very knowledgeable
He is very intelligent and will take time out of his schedule to come down and offer advice.
I think his understanding of the subject (architecture) was obvious from the start of the course. His organization of the class and course material was straight forward and clear. Over all I had a great experience in the class, it challenged me intellectually and helped me gain experience in architecture.
Hes knowlegeable, and clear, and wierd. I like it because hes usually straight up about things unless hes being vauge.
His architectural views were pretty amazing. Sometimes, he would go up to us and ask what would happen if the project was changed this way or another. This made us have different views on our project and had to critically think again. This is probably the most effective way of experiencing architecture to a satisfying extent.
I think it's helpful that since he seems to live nearby he sometimes comes in on his off days and come around and give advice like he would during a class.
Whenever I needed help with something, he would answer my questions without giving me a direct answer on how to fix it. He would give me suggestions on how I could start something, and that would trigger me to think of something. I feel that this helped to change the way I think.
He was very helpful when it came to how to generally improve all projects and how to improve your specific project. He was easy to approach and very direct with his instruction while leaving us space to interpret his advice in our own way.
With every project, he always has something to say in regards of improving the project.
He is very passionate about architecture and that rubs off on everyone else in the class. He is very good at explaining projects that are due by giving various examples both verbally and physically.
He's always there to give suggestions and will tell you when you're doing something wrong or right, especially when it comes to technique.
Showing us examples.
I found that his critiques were helpful because he would show you how your project could be improved and explain why that would make your project more dynamic.
He knows what he is talking about so his advice is very useful in explaining what he expects of us in our projects
He explains all the projects in a vague, open ended way. It results in more creative solutions
Offers good ideas. Constantly walks around class to check on progress. often chooses projects and explains what is working and what isn't.
he is very inspiring and give very good critics for the projects
Kristopher Palagi has immense knowledge of the materiel and gives substantial insight into every project. He is extremely capable of giving advice to individuals that enables them to create better projects through their own ability.
He challenges the class to look beyond their initial preconceptions to push themselves refine their work. I found my end result to be greater than what I imagined and it is because of Palagi's teaching and guidance.
His level of experience and knowledge as a teacher and as a knowledge architect was very valuable.He has an amazing grasp of design as well as being a great communicator when discussing concepts and ideas as a class.
Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful, but very challenging. He possesses a very new school approach.
hes always willing to offer help or advice to better your project
Begins to challenge us to think in ways we never would have on our own. Pushes us to refine our projects continuously so that it more accurately reflects our abilities. Provides individual attention to most students based on their skills and work. Sets recommended goals/timelines before a deadline to ensure that we're on track.
He is very knowledgable in the subject, so his opinions were valued by everyone in the class. His ideas always work!
Palagi helped us in ways of saying things that will lead you to do things in a unexpected way. He uses "what if you put it here, then all of a sudden...things changes in multiple ways" which led me beyond my thinking and it often gave me inspirations when I am stuck on something.
He knew what he was talking about and was very helpful and very knowledgeable.
He was willing to help us, and criticize our projects so we can see it from another perspective.
his ability to notice your strengths and weakness' and what to say, and demonstrate, in order to enhance those.
I think that his creativity as a architect is very high. I liked learning about composition of the piece and how it can change if done slightly different.
gives only enough information to explain what is being asked of in a project, leaving students confused at first, forcing them to experiment and develop their individual styles Strict grading system, allowing students to realize that achieving simply what was asked makes for only an average project
He obviously is passionate about the course material, which is beneficial in an instructor. Some of his criticism was constructive and inventive, and I valued some of his input.
That he pushes us to go beyond what is asked for and also that he encourages us to bring out our own individuality in each project.
He sometimes comes around and gives tips
His way of teaching.
He is very enthused about all of the projects and lets people know if he likes their project or not
27. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I thought he was least helpful when he would just walk pass as I did my project without asking about my project.
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He can easily make a student feel very inferior.
Some of advice between and TA's and Palagi were contradicting and hard to interpret.
I like how childish he is sometimes but i noticed that he does it usually when hes bored, looking at your project, and wants to say something but doesnt say it. Thats the only bad part. Just say it. I also didnt very much want to talk to him, because he makes me nervous, but sometimes I would like his input. I just was too bugged by how eccentic he is to ask. I think his oddness is funny though.
I do appreciate Palagi coming to the studio on his own time, but I don't like how he brings his dogs with him. It kinda creates a sense that he is having fun, while we are sitting here working hard.
Sometimes instructions were just a little unclear.
The only thing that I find least helpful about Palagi is that it was kind of hard to approach him if he wasn't walking around. Other than that, I feel he was helpful.
The air of superiority that he projects making it seem that he is better than everyone at everything
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A lot of times he would not go up to someone unless they initiated they need help. I think every class he should interact with everyone at least once to ensure they are on the right track for the project due.
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He mainly focused only on the students that did great work. Did not talk a lot about projects or go into deep detail. Unsure what he was looking for.
I found that he played favorites a lot and that he wold always pick work that would match his own style as work that he felt stood out and what the other students should aim for when working on their own projects.
That he leaves us hanging on what materials we should be using to create a good project. Though, thats what makes us think more. Which makes us more curious. Which makes us more indecisive
I wish I could have gotten more help from him, but he only seems to help the kids with the good looking projects. The students that need more help have to get it from the TA's.
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Kristopher Palagi is all around an irreplaceable projessor. The belt buckle was pretty intense though...
Kristopher Palagi is a god. When he gives me advice, angels sing. It drowns out his words sometimes.
He wasn't always there to work with individuals one on one during class sessions enough.
Projects a personality that intimidates many students (initially) from approaching him with questions. "I wanna ask him, but I'm scared to..." Lessens after a few weeks/months into the semester.
Sometimes he could seem unapproachable, or I was afraid to ask for help because I felt so architectually inferior to him. His knowledge is intimidating.
Overall Paiagi is a cool guy and he is willing to help you when you need help. He is a very helpful person!
It was very difficult to impress him with your work and it was rare for him to come and give me his input. I feel like he could have balanced his time in class to visit every student, or almost every student, to help them. I felt like he always gave input to a certain few students.
Sometimes his information is somewhat vague? but for the most part its not too bad.
He does a really good job at zeroing in on specific design ideas that work, then explaining why.
I think the availability of the teacher is a big issue. But his TA's were helpful because they had a lot of time to help us.
a bit intimidating at times
I thought he was really vague in almost all grading criteria. He would tell us there are minimal rules and to let our minds run free with ideas, but then criticize our work or mark them down when we didn't present a project that was exactly what he wanted to see or conducive to his own personal style. I understand this courses purpose is to instill fundamentals of design; however, I felt like the ultimate result was almost creating identical, cookie-cutter architecture students, with very little wiggle room for innovation.
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He has a lot of favortism in which he only helps the same students.
None.
He can be very blunt and it is sometimes very hard to guess how he will react to something
28. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
I suggest more one on one help.
I can't think of anything. Sometimes he makes us do random things/projects that might frustrate us and make us think "what does this have to do with arch?", and then he connects what we learned from those projects to architecture. Very good teaching style.
go over more projects and show what not to do, and why we should not do it.
Be more understanding of students and they're personal issues Less aggressive and snarky less vague
I don't have suggestions, I enjoy the way the course is currently run.
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Although the classmates constantly complain about how our due date is so "short," I do believe it is quite beneficial since it improves our time management skills. As an architect, the project due dates are strictly followed, and a single mistake could end your career. However, I think Palagi should do something with his "breaking" habits. Seeing our own projects break before eyes is too painful (in my opinion).
Come in out of class a little more often or try to let students know a little ahead of time if you plan to come in so more people are aware.
One thing I would suggest is to make sure all of the T.A's know exactly what the project is. I was confused once, and I asked two different T.A's to explain what the project was. I got two different answers and didn't know who to listen to.
Make the grading system a tiny bit more lenient
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The parti project is the only project I would want him to change. Maybe he could assign a more interesting project demonstrating parti lines.
I personally don't like how he doesn't tell us all parts of the project in the beginning, but I can understand why he tells us bits and pieces then near the end tells us the entire project requirements.
I don't know.
I think that he should be clearer when giving the guidelines of an assignment and to grade on a more understandable scale rather than asking students to create amazing work because amazing could be interpreted differently by others.
Continue to remind us ways to improve and what we can do to fix yourselves
I wish he would use a more visual style of teaching. He only teaches us just by describing with his words. I wish there were pictures to go with what he was saying.
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I am thrilled with Kristopher Palagi's teaching style and methods. I recommend that he continue business as usual.
Palagi could improve on working with individuals one on one. He does such a great job communicating to the class as a whole, but it would be very helpful to have continuous input from his throughout projects he assigns. Also he hasn't clearly defined this grading criteria.
Very strongly opinionated with what he likes and dislikes, which at times MAY clash with what a student would naturally design vs. what they would do to get an "A." Nevertheless, he still remains open to ideas and lets the student experiment with different methods/styles.
My suggestion would be to offer help to students who seem to be struggling, since sometimes we're just too scared to ask for help.
Even though the projects are insanely hard and we only have a short period of time to finish it, if i were to choose again, I will still take his class and spend more time on my projects. The only thing that I think need improvement is to show us more example of different projects because I am visual person and by looking at examples, I can use it as a reference.
He can improve his course more if he balanced his time in class by giving his input to every student.
Assignment sheets could get to us the first day the we do a project, and not towards the end.
Bring us food to eat!
I think to improve this course, project dates need to be more clear.
Perhaps be more open-minded with students' designs; or, contrarily, present more specific grading goals and instructions so we aren't blindsided by the grade he gives us on an assignment that he said "had no rules." There was also one instance in particular that I found the instructor to be especially unprofessional - when construction workers were dismantling the APEC wood presentation boards in the courtyard, Palagi essentially trash talked the workers for being imprudent with their placement of nails. While I appreciate his concern for the safety of the students, I felt him stressing that "architects never ever talk to the workers, and those guys out there are idiots" was an inflated, egotistical comment in regards to architects in general, and was especially harsh and improper to tell to a group of impressionable first year students.
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Help students who seem to be struggling not only those who are succeeding. Just because they are doing poorly does not mean they are not trying. Make instructions clearer. Print out a rubric and stick with it. We as students are always unsure of sticking to the rubric or not.
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 38 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 15 (39%) 21 (55%)
30. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 39 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 18 (46%) 18 (46%)
31. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.59 39 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 18 (46%) 13 (33%) 6 (15%)
32. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 39 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 18 (46%) 18 (46%)
33. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 39 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 9 (23%) 15 (38%) 9 (23%)
34. My overall evaluation of this course is...
My overall evaluation of the course is that it was really helpful and a great start up for the architecture program.
This course was very frustrating and time consuming. I was sleep deprived and grouchy, and I'd have to consciously remember to do work for other classes because this class took up most of my brain space. It's a hate/love thing though, because I learned a lot of great things through this class that can be used for the rest of my time in college and life (problem solving, time management, prioritizing, thinking out of the box, open to peer evaluations and constructive criticism, standing up for what you believe in despite the rules as long as you can justify your reasons, letting yourself be creative). I realized that I could create/do a lot more then I knew I was capable of. I think that my work was better because the teacher was hard on us but was still there to help out. Good course (but not recommended to those who don't LOVE to create things).
It is generally good, the TAs are nice.
It was a wonderful experience, challenging and fun.
Good course. Worth it.
My overall evaluation is that Palagi should teach again in the future.
This course was a little rough in the beginning but it leveled off nicely as the semester went on so it wasn't too unbearable.
IF I were to rate this course from 1-10, I would give it an 9 because as a first year architecture student, I felt that this course really prepared me for years to come. However, there were some improvements that could be made.
Even though I spent a copious amount of time in the studio and was hard pressed to get all of the projects done on time I learned more in this class about design and architecture than I ever ever expected to.
it's an important part of the school's Architecture program. Although I am still a freshmen, I strongly feel that this class is an important foundation to the rest our career. The difficulty of this class will build students to be stronger to-be Architects.
I feel Palagi is a great instructor because he knows the subject material and gives great tips for us to use when we enter our profession. He really wants everyone to succeed as long as they put forth the effort to learn the concepts taught and apply them to the projects.
B+
Not for me.
I thought that this course was very good because of the variety of projects that we worked on throughout the semester. The projects that were assigned were challenging yet fun to work on & helped us understand the principles of design and composition.
Time consuming, brain chalenging, yet Very beneficial
This course was the most challenging thing I have ever done.
Very intense course. Time consuming, costly. Learned interesting concepts.
this class was very challenging and fun in many ways at the same time. the ta s could be a liitle bit more inspiring .
It is EXCELLENT.
It is very helpful in the understanding of composition and underlying themes of design.
This class was challenging, but stimulating. The pressure throughout the course was no joke. Overall, I enjoyed this class and I learned a lot.
One of hardest yet thought provoking and rewarding classes. I highly recommend that Arch 101 is continued and Palagi is teaching Arch 101. Although it was extremely challenging, it was easily my favorite class this semester.
While the class is very stimulating, and students are enthusiastic about the course, it seems to move very fast. This does not allowing students to fully grasp the design aspect, and rely on the instructor and the TA's for design guidance. However, this may be a positive since there may not be enough time in a semester to fully understand basic design concepts.
i really enjoyed it. it was fun to be creative and making things
A perfect professor for first year studio...uses unorthodox teaching methods to lay down the foundation for what architects will need throughout the seven years in school (and even in our future career). Challenges all students to seriously think about their reasons for entering architecture and whether it is right for them.
I think this was an excellent class to start off my schooling in Architecture. I gained so much knowledge from the assignments, and even though they were the most challenging assignments I've ever encountered, they taught me how to manage my time and be a self-directed learner. I almost dropped the class because the first project was such a challenge, but I stuck it through and I am glad I did. I truly feel that I am a better person because I pushed myself way out of what I am familiar and comfortable with. I've gained so much confidence in myself having found this ability to actually complete these projects. I feel well prepared for the next level, and this class has changed my attitude towards seemingly impossible things. I'm ready to try anything Architecture throws at me!
So far this class is the class that I did the most projects in! And I loved it! I rather spend my time doing projects rather than doing homework because projects are more fun to do! Even though the projects are complicated, but as long as I learn something for it then I think its worth it.
The course was a great foundational/introductory course.
It is very time consuming, but I enjoyed every minute of rattling my brains.
An A
The projects were educational and helped get the overall learning goals across, but often times, the instructor's grading principles were unclear or misleading.
The course is extremely difficult, due to the immediate assignment of projects. Projects quickly cause students to realize how demanding the course is, resulting in some withdrawals. Those that stay are greeted with more and more projects that each relate to the one before it. I found this class to be a good experience. It forced me to see things in ways that I never did before and allowed me to learn about the design process. This course is probably not for students that like to enjoy a lot of free time.
Most of the projects themselves were effective teaching tools. However, I would've liked an overall calendar displaying assignment due dates, etc., to better plan my semester (with the exams and projects from other courses). My neutrality - or even slight dissatisfaction - was the only issue I had with the course. I think not just saying we have open-ended projects, but actually enforcing the freedom of design, would be beneficial in promoting design innovation and imagination, while still promoting the basic principles intended by this course.
Palagi was always enthusiastic when presenting a new project. But would always change the rubric throughout class until the project was due. He is also unclear as to what he would want. He praises those who have done not followed the rubric. This makes it confusing and very hard to understand what he wants to see and how he is grading. But I enjoy working on most of the projects and i understand the underlying message of how it relates to Architecture.
Great. Learned A LOT in regards to the course, and Architecture Major in general.
I enjoy the class and love working on the projects, but the amount of work expected can, at times be a little overwhelming. Palagi also expects a lot out of projects and the grades he gives out show it. It is a very hard class to get an A in but if you manage to get that A you know you truly deserve it.
35. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
This course can be improved if the students had more working space. Also, if the teacher assistants had more one on one help with the students.
There could be more direction from the professor. (Although I think that we learned more because he let us figure things out for ourselves) There should be a couch in the studio!
I wish that Mr.Palagi would stop acting so high and mighty, he's not the head of the department. If he can fix that attitude then it would become a great class.
I'm not sure how the course could be improved. I enjoy the way this course is currently run.
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The projects can be improved by relating them to more of an actual building design process. The projects he assigned to us were sort of irrelevant, but it shows HOW we tackle on the problems.
Start with a project that isn't as crazy. A couple more pointers in the beginning couldn't hurt either.
- Make it mandatory for people to clean their desks.
The fact that the projects stacked upon each other meant that if you did one project poorly you would be hard pressed to make the next one up to standard. And in some people's case, if you failed to do one project it made it impossible to the do the next one. So, I did like the way that they stacked upon each other but maybe make it so that one project didn't require the previous project to complete.
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More teacher assistants.
I think that projects could be described and explained more thoroughly. Actually tell the students what he is looking for. Give every student suggestions instead of only the same few.
This course could be improved by giving students more warning of how much money we would have to spend on this course.
Discussing more clearly on what he wants to see so the students dont misinterpret what should be done
More work space.
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the biggest thing i will suggest is the way the projects were announced as far as the requirement should be little mor clear for the first studio. i understand that the school is trying to find out the real dedicated students, BUT by doing that a lot of good students with pasion for architecture would just give up cause they would fail to find their strongest side of their working skill. school should inspire students right?
The materials/assignments could be explained in a clearer manner. Sometimes it feels like we are just thrown under the bus.
Maybe making more projects equal weight rather than two that are very important.
Make design concepts more clear and straight forward.
Devote more time to explaining different architecture tools and how to use them (properly). More group discussions that help a student 'consciously' explain WHY they made their design decisions and what is successful in their own project.
Again, if Palagi was a little more approachable I feel I could've got so much more out of this course. He was very helpful when I asked for help, I just didn't want to most of the time because I didn't really know what I was doing. I didn't even know what question to ask. Also, if he handed out rubrics for each project, I think the class as a whole could've benefitted from it.
Show more examples in some of the complex projects.
I think a list of ALL of the materials that would be needed in the class should be listed, so that students don't have to constantly go to a store for more material.
I think we should have newer desks, and again have our assignment sheets ready on the first day of our projects.
I think more two-dimensional drawing projects would have been beneficial for a well rounded course. I think clearer grading guidelines and instructions are needed. I think more positive criticism is necessary to improve morale.
Overall calendar for assignments. Increased acceptance for alternative design styles by the instructor.
Clarify if we have to follow the rubric or NOT. Give us the all the instructions of the project at one time. It gets confusing when the rubric is constantly changing.
Have better Teacher Assistants.
36. Other comments:
Palagi has a great sense of humor which lightened up the studio when we were going NUTS! Coffee should be on the list of required things for the class.
Regarding the TAs... Liz I found most helpful. Mike was insightful, but odd. Keep him. Graham was a flirt. Dee was just... annoying sometimes. But shes just doing what shes suppose to. Personally I dont like TAs around me putting in their two cents if I didnt ask for them. But I guess thats just their job.
I like to guess what kind of color your Converse shoes is going be the following day. Anyways, because I have a job, it has taught me how to manage time wisely which will help me prepare for the next 6-7 years of this academy.
Hi Palagi, Mike was a big help when it came to giving good advice and pushing me to do better. Ohh, and sorry for blasting country music I know it's not your favorite.
Sadly, Liz is graduating this semester. If she wasn't, she should be hired again! Mike should definitely be hired. With his crazy perspective on things, he has helped me to view my projects from different views.
Thank you Palagi for an amazing semester!
"Dynamic!" And more desk space.
Cant wait for the next studio...
Liz was an extremely helpful TA. She helped me the most throughout the course. Offered her own ideas and always would talk to every single person about their project.
pout of all the Ta i found mike was the only one really inspired. not claiming other ta a were bad , but mike really can give students better suggestion other than pointing out problems. other Ta s are very helpful too. but Palagi is on of the best when it comes to helping students and mike was awesome as a Ta.
Graham Hart was an excellent T.A. He gave the most logical and applicable advice. His advice was also very constructive and direct; however, he managed to ensure that he wasn't telling a student "what to do" or "how to do it". Furthermore, Graham was present in the studio outside of class time on countless occasions.
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I liked this class, and I appreciate the fact that we are given creative liberty with each assignment.
Keep Palagi. All the TA's were extremely valuable except for Dee. She was very quiet and didn't make a huge effort to communicate to students.
Out of the four TA's, Liz and Michael, were very beneficial to the class. Both challenged us and knew what the instructor was looking for. They were very friendly, helpful, and were very knowledgeable. By mid-semester the entire class knew that these were the two people to ask advice. Not only were they serious with their jobs, they also made the students comfortable. I would view them more as mentors, helping the students with class projects and university problems.
D was not a very good TA. every time that i asked her questions about something she gave me bad advice. specifically when i asked if we could do something in a project and she said yes when actually we weren't supposed to be doing it at all
Having four TAs in addition to Palagi greatly helped...since all five of them had their own styles and opinions, a student could take their advice, pick out aspects that impressed/satisfied them, and incorporate it into their design decisions. TA's really made the effort to get to know each student beyond simply a student-mentor relationship. This made it easier to approach them with questions about projects and architecture in general.
The TAs were helpful: Graham: I think Graham was the most knowledgeable TA out of the four, he was very helpful. Definitely hire him again. Dee: I think Dee tried her best to help the students, which she did give helpful suggestions, but I feel like she was a little unsure at times. Michael: He gave great advice when he would talk to me. Liz: Liz gives great suggestions and is really helpful and knows what she's doing.
Very good class
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The TAs were this course were generally extremely helpful. Liz, especially, gave the most constructive criticism and helped inspire creative design ideas. Michael, too, gave interesting alternative perspectives on the projects at hand, and gave helpful critiques of our work. I didn't have many - or any - conversations with the other two TAs, so perhaps more interaction among the different sides of the room would've been beneficial.
Thank You!
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Kristopher Palagi: ARCH341, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 341 - Int Arch Studio A Crn (Section): 78860 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
6. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
7. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%) 4 (33%)
8. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 11 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%) 2 (18%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I liked the remofo because it was restricted to the programs we were given
Learning that process through development is very important
Learning about proper presentation, cutting the fat off the design process, and getting a greater review of sections/plans and potential photoshop processes. As always our inherent ability to design improves, if only through sheer practice, but a fantastic class with pelagi always.
I like that we were given our first real opportunity to look at floor plans and how they interact level to level, I think that being able to look at section details was incredibly helpful in understanding building components. I wish that there was a lecture class which included a lab where we would be taught the formalities of drafting section cutting etc. When asked palagi was incredibly helpful, but I feel that it's such a vast amount of knowledge that we need to learn and learning it while trying to apply it created difficulties. I like that he stressed to us the value of our own devotion toward our learning by encouraging us to take the initiative and look at architecture in magazines and around the world.
Utilizing more efficient methods to both develop and convey an architectural concept. Establishing a better personal understanding of hierarchy with regard to different aspect of our projects. ex. a focus on main architectural "moments" over the overall design completion of lesser elements. Gaining a broader understanding of the pros and cons of different presentation elements, and understanding that leaving out certain aspects of the building can actually be more effective in a presentation. ex. conceptual sketches & renders vs. plans and sections. Concepts depict a concise design idea without the burden and distraction of adjacent spaces, while plans give a more detailed understanding of how all the spaces work together.
The way we went from small vignettes, then broader ideas on the final project, to more developed concepts, this method really helped develop our sense of progress and how each stage should reflect a finished product. It also illustrated to us that "finished product" can mean many things, but most importantly it shows a sense of creativity and is successful at being stimulating both graphically and is informational to those who view the projects.
The attention to the different design vignettes throughout the semester and the random selection of resident artists helped to create inspired design rather than designing until there is inspiration.
1. How things were communicated in plan drawings. 2. The weekly "presentations".
the small project, its about trial and error but understanding
Learning a lot about presentation Focusing on spacial arrangements and feeling of user
I found that the approach to the project was valuable because it taught me to analyze each part of the building function as separate entities. I found that to be a very good way to look at the design as a whole.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I am dissapointed at how other arch classess require to build models taking away PRECIOUS time from our studio time, where OUR design skill gets developed.
developing through Rhino
I felt that our initial month of project design led me through valuable steps in creating a presentation, but it was approached in such a way that my final product lacked the interest I usually desire in my work. I remade the entire thing into something more appropriate, but it took several days. Really that's not a "least valuable" at all, just a bit more encouragment to play with space would have helped.
I wish that this class was separated into two sections, maybe one day a week would be spent lecture format, where the formalities and technicalities of drafting would be shown. The other 2 class periods would then be spent applying what was learned in lecture to our projects. It is difficult processing what needs to be learned intermixed with the design aspects. I feel that often times because of this our quality of design didn't go as smoothly as it otherwise could have.
While the course demanded a lot of time, a lot of the requirements were actually fairly versatile and open ended. Many of the assignments could have benefited from more examples and effective studies to guide and set standards . For example, the sunlight diagrams required students to completely figure out everything for themselves and as a result, each student ended up with an entirely different diagram. With examples or samples of different effective approaches to sunlight diagrams, I believe students would have gained a better understanding of how to approach.
Maybe more hard deadlines set.
The course is vital to our education as Architecture students and everything covered is important to our education.
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3 hour long classes only for 4 credits
The timing of the project deadlines in the beginning of the semester seemed a little slow. Then it really picked up towards the end.
12. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
15. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
17. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree