Architecture

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Knowledge

Upon completion of the architecture major students will understand:
  • Basic design principles underlying two- and three dimensional design.
  • The relationship between aesthetic, social, cultural, historical, behavioral, environmental, and technical aspects in synthesizing design solutions.
  • A basic visual vocabulary of cities, buildings and landscapes in their historical, cultural, social, philosophical, political, and religious contexts.
  • Fundamentals of building sciences including basic: physics of structures, properties of materials, construction processes, and building systems.
  • The science and practice of sustainable design
  • Basics of architectural practice concerning ethics, client relations, regulatory factors, and contracts.

Skills

Upon completion of the architecture major students will be able to:
  • Apply design principles and theories, synthesizing concepts into architectural forms
  • Gather and analyze information about human needs and behavior to inform the design process.
  • Investigate appropriate materials and building systems for their designs.
  • Analyze, research, and question how the built environment relates to a social, cultural, historical, religious, and political context.
  • Apply basic principles (qualitative and quantitative) of sustainable design to analyze the environmental impact of their design solutions.
  • Analyze simple structural problems and communicate with structural engineers.
  • Employ and express design solutions using conventional and state of the art visual graphic media.
  • Communicate architectural ideas in written and oral form.
  • Collaborate and communicate with colleagues, clients, and others.
  • Create an on-going portfolio of individual architectural work.

Values

Upon completion of the program students will be disposed to:
  • Promote the value of aesthetics or beauty in our society.
  • Encourage the growth of communities within a social, historical, and cultural context.
  • Employ and promote principles and practices of environmentally sustainable design in architecture, urban planning, and their daily lives.
  • Embrace teamwork and collaboration in all settings.
  • Engage in service to their communities through design.