Course Descriptions

Course Offerings for Academic Year 2017-2018

Core Courses:

ARCH–003 Environment and Architecture (3 crs.)
This lecture course examines the interrelationship between the natural and built environments. Within this framework, students are introduced to natural, cultural, psychological, technological, economic and formal factors that have shaped buildings and human settlements across space and time. The course explores the ecological impact of the human settlement; addresses current environmental issues and acquaints students with concepts of sustainable architecture and development. The course is open to the university community.

ARCH–011 Elements of Architecture (3 crs.)
Examines the elements of architecture as grouped into two major categories: (1) elements which originate from the needs of man and which are resolved in design, and (2) those elements which originate in nature and which are resolved in construction and technology. PREREQUISITIES: ARCH-003, ARCH-150.

ARCH-150 Design Communications I (3 crs.)
A studio course that introduces students to architectural representation. Orthographic projections, descriptive geometry, contours, paraline drawings, shade and shadows and model making are presented and applied.

ARCH-151 Design Communication II (3crs.)
This course develops the techniques introduced in Graphics I and introduces freehand/estimated perspective, presentation composition and basic rendering techniques.

ARCH-199 Design I (6 crs.)
This first course of the eight-semester design sequence develops principles of architecture in a studio setting. Projects explore notions of space definition, landscape intensification and transformation, space organization and elementary construction technologies.

ARCH-200 Design II (6 crs.)
Continuation of Design I. The level of complexity of the projects is increased. Issues of intention and image are introduced. Natural, suburban and urban sites are used to broaden student awareness of the environment. Ordering principles are related to function and to site conditions.

ARCH-201 Design III (6 crs.)
Reinforces the concepts introduced in Design I and II and explore the impact of function, structure, construction, site conditions and climate on architectural form.

ARCH-202 Design IV (6 crs.)
Continuation of Design III. Explores of the impact of programming function, structure construction site conditions and the environment on architectural form.

ARCH-203 Design V (6 crs.)
Reinforces work of earlier design studios and explores issues of more complex building types and urban design.

ARCH-204 Design VI (6 crs.)
Continuation of Design V. Exploration of issues of more complex building types, urban design, and building design comprehensive needs.

ARCH-205 Design VII (6 crs.)
Builds on work of previous design studios and emphasized exploration and development of architectural expression through integration of various aspects of architectural design within cultural and site contexts.

ARCH-206 Design VIII (Thesis) (6 crs.)
The final design studios and emphasizes exploration and development of architectural expression through integration of various aspects of architectural design within cultural and site contexts.

ARCH-301 Architectural History Survey I (3 crs.)
Principles of architectural history, the why and how of the study of history is presented in the context of early civilizations and their architecture. The course covers the beginning of the Arabic work, antiquity, late antiquity and post. Late antiquity persuades of Africa, Europe, Central Asia, Asia and pre-Columbian America.

ARCH-302 Architecture History Survey II (3 crs.)
This course provides clear definitions and limits of the elements of architecture as they relate to socio-cultural systems conferring significance and noteworthiness to respective historical styles, from post-renaissance period to the contemporary period.

ARCH-401 Materials and Methods I (3 crs.)
Introduces students to the technologies of light construction including wood framing, masonry, and concrete. Properties of these materials are analyzed and the problem associated with their assemblies are studied and graphically illustrated.

ARCH-402 Materials and Methods II (3crs.)
Continues the issues of Materials and Methods I, analagic and issues related to assemblies in building construction and design. Steel and concrete constructions are examined.

ARCH-501 Structures I, (Statics) (3 crs.)
Study of force composition, effect, resolution, equilibrium and the strength, mechanical and elastic properties of materials.

ARCH-502 Structures II, (Strength) (3crs.)
Elementary analysis and design of structural framing members in wood, steel, and concrete.

ARCH-511 Introduction to Computer Applications in Architecture (3 crs.)
Course introduces architecture students to the computer and its application to architecture. Provides computer literacy for both business and graphic computer applications and systems management.

ARCH-521 Introduction to Environmental Systems I (3 crs.)
Exploration of energy issues and conservation, climate, and heat loss and gain as factors in environmental design.

ARCH-522 Introduction to Environmental Systems II (3crs.)
Examination of principles and technologies of life safety stems, vertical transportation systems, electrical supply and distribution systems, lighting, and acoustics and their integration with architectural design.

ARCH-651 Principles of Urban Design (3 crs.)
To course exposes architecture students to the concepts, methodologies, techniques and attitudes of urban design. To convey an understanding of urban design in the contexts of both the micro and macro scales of the built environment and to sensitize students to the place of architectural interventions in systems of urban design.

ARCH-701 Public Issues and Architecture (3 crs.)
This course introduces students to key issues and factors linking architects to the public through an examination of historical developments, public policy, and contemporary development initiatives. An emphasis is placed on issues related to the proliferation of suburbia and the resurgence of urban centers in North America. Human settlements and buildings are shaped within processes and systems regulated by government. They are also a reflection of cultural and social values, channeled through the work of design and development professionals.

ARCH-751 Professional Practice (3 crs.)
Study of standard practices of the architectural profession, including ethics, contracts, performance criteria and fiscal management.

ARCH-891 Thesis Preparation, (3 crs.)
Research methods, analysis, and program development for thesis project.
PREREQUISITIES: ARCH-204; and within 36 credits of completion of the curriculum.

ARCH-901 Programming, (3 crs.)
Course focuses primarily on needs of students who are approaching design problems requiring a sequential structuring for analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The course covers micro to macro-environmental programming and design procedures. Considerable emphasis on development and use of appropriate communication skills with case studies.
PREREQUISITIES: Second year standing.

ARCH-951 Construction Documents I (3 crs.)
Involves the reparation of technical, professional, and legal documentation for building projects.

Elective Courses:

The program requires that students complete nine Architecture Professional Electives. Following is the current list of offerings:

ARCH-219 Contemporary Issues in Architecture (3 crs.)
Seminar course which focuses on the work and writing of contemporary “cutting-edge” architects.

ARCH-223 Black Architects (3 crs.)
A seminar/independent research course, that focuses on the history of Black Architects and
Architecture in the United States. The course, The Black Architect: A Historical Perspective,
introduces students to an overview of the History, Practice and the influence of Black
Architects from the antebellum years, through reconstruction, modern and present
contemporary period.

ARCH-303 History and Theory III (3 crs.)
The beginning of contemporary Western civilization in the Renaissance brings about new concerns. Architectural expression is presented as seen in Europe and America through the end of the 19th Century. To the beginning of the 20th century to the era post modernism, to contemporary. Autonomous developments in the architecture of Africa, Asia, China, Japan and the Americas are examined.

ARCH-305 Principles of Historic Preservation and Documentation (Elective) (3 crs.)
The course will introduce students to the history, theory and practice, design and aesthetics, laws and economics of historic preservation and the process and methods of documentation used to record historic building structures. The process and methods of documentation, research, analysis and graphic presentation utilizing a seminar/demonstration/case study approach is supplemented by seminar/lectures from specialists in the field. (3 crs.)

ARCH-308 Historic Preservation: Documentation (Elective) (3 crs.)
The course introduces students to the practice, design and aesthetics, of historic preservation and the process and methods of documentation used to record historic building structures. Familiarizes students with the methods and means of research, analysis and documentation for the restoration, and/or renovation of a historic structure.

ARCH-311 South East Asia Art and Architecture (3 crs.)
This course is an introduction to the art and architecture of the South Asia sub-continent of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The course spans the period of its early beginnings to present-day Modern Asia in a holistic cultural passage that is a window to the sociological, economic and religious (Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist) issues, explorations of the climatic and the environmental influences on its art and architecture.

ARCH-350 Survey Contemporary Architecture & Theory (Elective) (3 crs.)
The primary learning objective in this course is to become familiar with the principle current architectural theoretical ideas, their historical and cultural origins, principle protagonists and representative applications. The intellectual content comes largely from discourses arising form and responding to the so-called “Post Modern Crisis”.

ARCH-506 NOMAS Design Competition (2 credits)
This course will focus on developing design ideas and presentation boards for the entry into the 2018 NOMAS design competition in Chicago, IL. This 2-credit course will be taught in conjunction with a 1 credit course taught in the following fall semester. It will function as an inclusive studio environment where ALL students are expected to participate not only in the completion of individual design work but also in the development of other students (through collective critiquing, research, skills building, and sharing).
PREREQUISITIES: Third or Fourth-year standing; ARCH 203 or ARCH 204; ARCH 511 and either ARCH 513 or ARCH 518

ARCH-513 Advanced Computer Applications Lec/Lab (3 crs.)
Course familiarizes students with 3-D modeling and rendering and visual communication and presentation techniques. Students use the system to study mass, proportion, color, and materials to assist them in expressing the intent of their design concepts.

ARCH-515 Imagineering Design for Entertainment (3 crs.)
The course in entertainment design involves the development of both architectural, engineering and storytelling skills to conceptualize, organize, write, and illustrate specifications to construct and create material, for digital and virtual experiences. Students gain experience in industry concepts and technology, to understand and develop special effects and exhibit development for the entertainment field, including, museums, historic sites, and amusement parks. The focus of this course is on the development of a product rather that how to use computer applications and will stress an industry methodology (workflow) for the development of entertainment concept design.

ARCH-518 Advance Design Technology and Applications (3 crs.)
This course will explore the use of advanced software and plug-ins that will enable students to: freely explore design ideas without limitation, develop design ideas with a heightened level of complexity, and produce quality representation narratives.

ARCH-525 Innovative Computer/Design Research (3 crs.)
This course will explore many aspects of research through design competitions and innovative proposals. Students will participate in various design competitions that challenge them to develop ideas that address the needs of today and tomorrow. Competitions include, but are not limited to: Evolo - Vertical Design Competition; NOMAS - Community Design Competition, Metropolis - Workplace of the Future, Disney - Imaginations.
PREREQUISITIES: Third or Fourth-year standing; ARCH 511 and either ARCH 513 or ARCH 518

ARCH-530 Introduction to Sustainability (3 crs.)
This introductory course will examine the meaning, history, sources, context and strategic approaches towards sustainability as viewed through a design lens. To approach an understanding of sustainable design however, one must first explore what it means to be sustainable and why it is of primary importance in today’s world, especially in architecture and design. Through a series of lectures, readings, field trips, student presentations, projects and film, this course will serve as a launching pad for responsible action and thoughtful design. This course will take a macro approach toward sustainability by casting a broad net on what the operating principles and strategies of sustainable design should espouse. It is not the intention of this course to create a detailed analysis of specific projects or energy models for high performance buildings. It is meant to introduce students to a number of sustainable strategies and to inculcate the necessity for their inclusion in all design. No software is required for this course and it is open to all students, regardless of program or year.

ARCH-652 Urban Design Case Studies (3 crs.)
The main components of Urban Design are the square, the street and the buildings that make up the public face of towns and cities. The subject matter of the course details the meaning and role these elements play in urban design and the ways in which they are arranged and designed.

ARCH-656 Introduction to Community Planning (3 crs.)
Course enables students to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the planning, policies, and programs which shape our communities. Using the case study method, students will be introduced to basic planning skills, research, analysis, critical thinking, strategies for conflicts resolution, program planning, design and development. The course is open to the University community.

ARCH-662 Tropical Architecture and Urbanism (3 crs.)
Studies of severe environmental constraints tropical zones place on architectural design and planning development. Emphasis on indigenous design and planning practices and solutions in addition to technologically advanced contemporary approaches and achievements.

ARCH-664 Design for Low Cost Housing (3 crs.)
The focus is on providing a working understanding about roles, responsibilities, and opportunities available to the young architect in urban settings in the creation of affordable housing in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods and communities. To study the impact of market forces, land cost, zoning, building codes, construction, development finance, public-private partnerships, and architecture/urban design in community development.
PREREQUISITIES: Lower junior standing in CEA and university-wide

ARCH-682 Tropical Architecture and Urbanism (Case Study Seminar) (3 crs.) Continuation of ARCH-662 with an emphasis on the analysis of specific building and urban planning case studies.

ARCH-752 Business of Architecture (3 crs.)
This course will provide students with a broad understanding of the real estate development industry, real estate finance and the architect's role in a development deal. Students will track an affordable housing deal from beginning to completion, while concurrently learning about issues surrounding site selection, land use and zoning, finance, ownership structure, construction documents, relationships of parties, and sustainability. The course will include an analysis of project pro forma, the financial relationships of the parties, risk and liability, as well as financing tools. By the end of the course students will have a firm grasp of the anatomy of a real estate project and understand how to evaluate potential projects using the triple bottom line metric.

ARCH-756 21st Century Global Entrepreneurial Practice (3 crs.)
Exploration of the challenges and opportunities that face businesses in today’s climate.
PREREQUISITIES: Fourth or fifth-year standing.

ARCH-803 Independent Study (3 crs.)
Independent study in the area of the student’s professional interest. Students must complete an Independent Study Proposal and have it signed by their major advisors as well as the Department Chair.
PREREQUISITIES: Fourth or fifth-year standing and approval of the faculty and Department Chair. ARCH-204; ARCH-701.

ARCH-811 Directed Studies (3 crs.)
Independent study at the advanced level in the area of the student’s professional interest. Prereq: Approval of the Department Chair.

ARCH-902 Design Portfolio and Marketing (3 crs.)
This class teaches students how to present and communicate their own design abilities through quality design portfolios and enhanced marketing strategies. A design portfolio (hardcopy, digital, or web-based) is the most influential item in assessing who a person is as a designer/architect. This is an essential item when applying for career or graduate school opportunities. Students will be required to: refine graphic/imagery skills through redevelopment of existing projects; create a compiled portfolio document; develop communication tactics that effectively presents student work as it aligns with individual talents and abilities.

ARCH-909 Advanced Delineation (3 crs.)
Study and application of rendering techniques in various media.

ARCH-998 Internship (3 crs.)
Students are placed on a part-time basis with practicing firms, municipal and governmental agencies to participate in the actual organizational functions.
PREREQUISITIES: Fourth year standing. Permission of the faculty.


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