Bachelor of Architecture Specializations

The global practice of architecture invites students to develop an extensive background in related areas of expertise. Within the required curriculum, Bachelor of Architecture students may select from studios and architecture electives to satisfy an area of specialization. Working with their academic advisors, students are encouraged to identify a specialization in their second or third year of study in order to plan the appropriate sequence of courses. Credit requirements for each specialization are met by a combination of required core courses, advanced studios, and architecture electives. Prior approval for electives is required. 


Architectural History and Theory (9 credit hours)

In addition to the required History/Theory courses list below:

AAH 119: History of World Architecture I  
AAH 120: History of World Architecture II  
ARCH 321: Contemporary Architecture
Required Architectural history elective

Students must also take three elective history of architecture courses (AAH, ARCH, or LA) approved by the advisor:

ARCH 445:  The Prairie School
ARCH 446:  History of Landscape Architecture (same as LA 502)
ARCH 454: Contemporary Chicago Architecture: Case Studies
ARCH 456: Topics in Modernism
ARCH 470:  Image City: Mediation of Space
ARCH 473:  Conflict and Time
ARCH 481: Materiality in Architecture
ARCH 497: Topics vary. By approval of History/Theory Strand Director
ARCH 500: Global Moderism
ARCH 502: Advanced Topics in History and Theory I
ARCH 503: Advanced Topics in History and Theory II 
LA 497: Special Projects (History/Theory). By approval of History/Theory Strand Director
AAH 380. Topics vary. By approval of History/Theory Strand Director


Design/Build (9 credit hours)

In addition to the required design build studios listed below: 

ARCH 417: Architecture VII
ARCH 418: Architecture VIII

Students must also take three elective design/build courses approved by their advisor. 


ARCH 421: Energy Conscious Design I
ARCH 448:  Furniture Design/Build
ARCH 465: Construction and Project Management
ARCH 447:  Architecture Furniture
ARCH 467: Advanced Materials Workshop
ARCH 480: Materials and Construction
ARCH 497: Special Projects (Design/Build). By approval of Design Director.

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Digital Design (9 credit hours)

In addition to the required Design Communication courses listed below: 

ARCH 107:  Design Communications I
ARCH 108:  Design Communications II
ARCH 207:  Design Communications III
ARCH 208:  Design Communications IV 

Students must also take three elective Digital Design courses approved by their advisor:

ARCH 428: 3D Animation in CAD
ARCH 429: CAD Programming
ARCH 430: Web Technology
ARCH 433: Introduction to Digital Fabrication
ARCH 434: Advanced BIM Strategies
ARCH 435: Digital Fabrication
ARCH 436: Advanced Modeling
ARCH 438: Design Visualization
ARCH 497: Special Projects (Digital). By approval of Design Communication Director


Landscape Architecture (9 credits)

In addition to a Landscape Cloud Studio (ARCH 419 or ARCH 420), students must also take three elective landscape courses approved by their advisor. Students pursuing this specialization should take at least two seminar/lecture courses prior to enrolling in a landscape studio.

Choose 3 electives from the following:

ARCH 443: Ecology, Sustainability and Site
ARCH 445: The Prairie School
ARCH 446: History of Landscape Architecture (same as LA 502)
LA 497: Special Projects (Vernacular Landscape, Urban Agriculture, etc.) By approval of Master of Landscape Program Director.
LA 501: HTC I:  Landscape Architecture Theory (same as ARCH 505)
LA 502: HTC II:  Landscape Architectural History (same as ARCH 446)
LA 565: Ecology and Materials Workshop I: Plants and Planting
LA 566: Ecology and Materials Workshop II: Earthworks and Infrastructure