Course Descriptions

Architecture course descriptions table

Course Offerings for Academic Year 2019-2020

Core Courses:

ARCH-100 Architecture Freshman Seminar (3 crs.)
A seminar course which introduces first year students to a range of areas of interest, expertise, and career paths within the architecture profession.

ARCH-160 Foundations in Design 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-161 Foundations in Design 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.
PREREQUISITIES: ARCH-003, ARCH-011 and ARCH-151 or ARCH-160 and ARCH-161.

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 explores the impact of function, structure, construction, site conditions and climate on architectural form.

ARCH-202 Design IV (6 crs.)
Continuation of Design III. Explores 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 with emphasis on exploration and development of architectural expression through integration of various aspects of architectural design within cultural and site contexts.

ARCH-270 Digital Tools in Architecture (3 crs.)
Introduces architecture students to computer applications to architecture. Provides computer literacy for both business and graphic computer applications and systems management.

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 work of the Arab-world, 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 the 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.)
Further explores the issues from Materials and Methods I, analogy and specific issues related to assemblies in building construction and design. Steel and concrete constructions are also 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-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 systems, vertical transportation systems, electrical supply and distribution systems, lighting, and acoustics and their integration with architectural design.

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. This course is not intended 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-651 Principles of Urban Design (3 crs.)
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.)
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 The Black Architect: A Historical Perspective (3 crs.)
Seminar/independent research course that focuses on the history of Black architects and
architecture in the United States to introduce students to an overview of the history, practice and influence of Black architects from the antebellum years through reconstruction, modern and present contemporary periods.

ARCH-232 Women in Architecture and Design (3 crs.)
Lecture course that focuses on the contribution of women to architecture and design. Focuses on African American architects in the United States and also introduces a broader context of practitioners around the world.
PREREQUISITIES: Successful completion of first year.

ARCH-311 South Asian Art and Architecture (3 crs.)
An introduction to the art and architecture of the South Asian 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 to the sociological, economic and religious (Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist) issues, explorations of the climatic and environmental influences on its art and architecture.

ARCH-506 NOMAS Design Competition I (2 credits)
Focuses on developing design ideas for entry into the 2019 NOMAS design competition in Brooklyn, NY. This 2-credit course will be taught in conjunction with a 1-credit course taught 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 team-skills building (through collective critiquing, research and collaboration).
PREREQUISITIES: Third or fourth year standing; ARCH 203 or ARCH 204; ARCH 511 and ARCH 513 or ARCH 518.

ARCH-507 NOMAS Design Competition II (1 credit)
Continuation of ARCH 506, NOMAS Design Competition I. Students will further develop the design from ARCH 506 for entry into the 2019 NOMAS competition. Presentation boards and models as well as all other competition requirements will be completed.
PREREQUISITIES: Third or fourth year standing; ARCH 203 or ARCH 204; ARCH 511 and ARCH 513 or ARCH 518.

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

ARCH-515 Imagineering Design for Entertainment (3 crs.)
Involves the development of architectural, engineering and storytelling skills to conceptualize, organize, write and illustrate specifications to construct and create material for digital and virtual experiences. Focuses on the development of a product with emphasis on industry methodology (workflow) for the development of entertainment concept design. 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.

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

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-662 Tropical Architecture and Urbanism (3 crs.)
Studies severe environmental constraints that 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.)
Focuses on providing a working understanding about roles, responsibilities, and opportunities available to the young architect in urban settings in the creation of affordable housing amidst the rapidly increasing gentrification of urban neighborhoods and communities. Students will 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: Third 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.)
Students work closely with an instructor or the department chair on a designated project within the Department of Architecture, faculty research or other initiative. Required guided independent study at the advanced level.
PREREQUISITIES: Department chair approval. ARCH-204; ARCH-701.

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


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