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The pedagogical objectives of this interior design, design-build project, aimed to demonstrate the importance of tectonics in developing design work, while at the same time, demonstrating the relevance of basic design principles in built work. A goal was to explore how a design idea, 'parti', or lessons learned in basic design, such as transparency, proportion or the golden section, could remain valid and informative while a project is developed, from schematic design through construction, with the realities of program and structure. This project built upon lessons learned on two earlier design-build projects undertaken at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and at the University of Texas at Arlington. Taking time to reflect upon these two projects informed the third project at Texas Christian University.