Architecture

This course introduces architectural computer-aided drafting (CAD) with state-of-the-art applications. Students, through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and drawing problems, build a solid foundation of two-dimensional CAD skills and apply these skills creating architectural plans, sections, and elevations according to professional drafting standards, techniques, and practices. Fall, Spring.

Introduction to the principles of architectural design through lectures and short design exercises. Emphasis is placed on developing visual communication skills necessary and related to architectural presentation including drawing, drafting, and model making techniques. A final design project provides the framework for investigating and understanding the fundamental elements, design principles, and processes necessary to explore the creation of architectural spaces. Fall, Spring.

An intermediate course in computer-aided drafting using state-of-the art architectural drafting software. Students, through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and drawing problems, learn three-dimensional CAD skills to generate architectural design and detail drawings according to professional drafting standards, techniques, and practices. Prerequisite: ARCH 120 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Studio investigations of fundamental design concepts, principles, and elements. Projects and exercises focus on the creation of abstract architectural forms and spaces through an exploration of shape, hierarchy, organization, scale, proportion, materials, and light. Studio Design courses should be taken in sequence. Prerequisite: ARCH 180 or permission of instructor. Fall.

Studio investigations of fundamental design concepts, principles, and processes. Projects focus on the creation of both abstract and programmed architectural forms and spaces with an emphasis on formal and aesthetic values and the development of a visual vocabulary. The exercises are oriented toward the achievement of creative individual expression. Prerequisite: ARCH 230 and permission of instructor. Fall only.

Study of energy issues, sustainable building design, and introduction to building science. Focus is on energy-efficient buildings, solar energy systems, related environmental issues, and basics of building science. Projects involve energy analysis of buildings, evaluation of renewable energy options, world energy issues, critical design decisions for building, and building forensics. Prerequisite: MATH 120 or permission of the instructor. Fall.

Introduction of the processes of commercial building, including environmental and regulatory factors and analysis of foundation components and structural and enclosure building systems. Lectures, site visits, and projects present students with an array of technical challenges in building design. Focus is on analyzing and designing architectural details for a variety of building materials. Prerequisite: ARCH 260. Spring.

A study of residential construction technology systems, including the planning, materials and processes used by building contractors to build residential structures. The interrelationship of societal needs, the environment, and quality of life as they affect building design and construction practices are examined. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Fall, Spring.

Project-centered course emphasizing team approach to solving complex architectural problems. Students conduct architectural projects in the local community for a specific client and site. Involves site planning, programming, schematic design, and project management. Prerequisite: ARCH 230 or permission of instructor. Spring.

Study of a selected topic in Architecture. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites vary with topics. Fall, Spring.

Work-learning experience for which compensation may be received. Placements arranged and approved, supervised and evaluated by full-time Architecture faculty. Elective credit only (cannot be applied to credits in the major) to a total of 12 credits per program. Prerequisites: Declaration of Architecture major and permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit, normally 40 hours per credit. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

An advanced course in state-of-the-art architectural rendering, graphic, and CAD applications. Students through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and drawing problems, learn advanced visual representation skills to generate architectural renderings, presentation, and portfolio quality images. Prerequisite: ARCH 220 or permission of instructor. Fall.

Intermediate-level design investigations based upon the generation of architectural solutions with particular emphasis on formal, functional, and materialization concerns. Projects and exercises focus on the analysis and synthesis of built form with investigations into historical precedents; human factors; site, environmental, and contextual influences; and identification of materials. Prerequisite: ARCH 235 or permission of instructor. Spring.

An introduction to the history of architecture and the design concepts that are the building blocks of architectural history from prehistory to the Gothic period. The course surveys the traditional or "canonical" architectural works of Western Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. Fall.

Survey of architectural history, including built form, design theories, construction technologies, and social, political, religious influences from the Gothic period through 1960s. Examines the architecture of Western and non-Western civilizations. Lectures, exams, written reports and oral presentations serve as methods for learning about evolution of design in architectural history. Prerequisite: ARCH 350. Spring.

Designing Passive and Active Solar Systems for buildings, performance modeling, and advanced building science. Includes basic principles, performance calculations, design optimization, architectural integration of solar energy systems, air quality, and moisture control. Students design combined solar systems applying principles of advanced building science. Prerequisite: ARCH 260. Spring.

Designing mechanical and electrical systems in the context of high-performance buildings. Course applies scientific principles in designing water-supply systems, heating, cooling, electrical services, lighting, and sound control, extending the understanding of healthy buildings design. Emphasizes the principles and concepts to help students design a variety of systems while creating healthy buildings. Prerequisite: ARCH 260 or permission of instructor. Fall.

Analysis of structural systems in static equilibrium. Begins with fundamental physical laws and progresses to equations of forces and moments on rigid bodies, the analysis of frames, trusses, and internal forces and moments in beams, and loading diagrams and geometrical analysis of building loads. Fall.

Advanced architectural design of complex building programs. Emphasis on analysis and synthesis of design solutions, including aesthetic principles, satisfaction of programmatic and human concerns, integrating forms in urban or natural context, and identification of appropriate building tectonics. Research is performed on building type and relevant architectural references. Prerequisite: ARCH 330 or permission of instructor. Fall.

Preparation of an architectural portfolio for employment, fellowships, grants, and postgraduate academic opportunities. Course focuses on visual and written representation of individual studio work. Students engage in the representational process to provide a critical forum for written and visual communication in the field of architecture and their own work. Prerequisite: ARCH 430 or permission of instructor. Fall.

Culminating course in the architecture program where each senior defines and develops a complete design and set of drawings for a real client and site. The course emphasizes group interaction, peer review, and evaluation by independent architects. Prerequisite: ARCH 280 or permission of instructor. Spring.

Study of a selected topic in Architecture at an advanced level. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites vary with topics. Fall, Spring.

Sequential work-learning experience for which compensation may be received. Placements arranged and approved, supervised, and evaluated by full-time Architecture faculty. Elective credit only (normally 40 hours per credit) to a total of 12 credits per program. Prerequisites: Declaration of Architecture major and permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

Advanced independent study of various fields of Architecture through independent reading, writing, laboratory work, or field investigation. Requires a written report. May be repeated to a total of 8 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.