1st Year Fall
ARCH 543 (6 credits)
Architectural Studio III - Neighborhood
In the third semester students move beyond the single building and elements that make up the home to consider the spaces between buildings, infrastructural elements, and neighborhoods. More complex sites and programs are introduced through the study of mixed-use buildings with hybrid structures and projects comprised of multiple building elements. Research of neighborhood typologies culminate in an urban design study that becomes the basis for individual building designs. The introduction of sustainable design concepts and material selection increase the students understanding of the building as a whole and are precursor to the comprehensive building design studio. Finally students explore the architect’s role in the making of a neighborhood and end with a project considering the neighborhood of the future. Open only to Architecture majors. Prerequisite(s): [(ARCH 542)]
ARCH 508 (3 credits)
Digital Design Communications III
An exploration of digital design applications and techniques as a means of architectural information expression. This class will look at the elaborate toolset of digital design in architectural practice with a primary focus on Building Information Modeling. Utilizing BIM and Parametric modeling, the students will generate 3D building models for use in design, energy analysis, estimating scheduling and renderings. BIM provides continuous immediate feedback for the student and, through utilizing this model, the student will also be aware of this new efficient way for multi-disciplines to work collaboratively. Open only to Architecture majors. Prerequisite(s): [(ARCH 506)]
ARCH 485 (3 credits)
Structures I: Structural Analysis-The System
Basic understanding of the system involves forces, vectors, equilibrium, statics, supports with free body diagrams, material properties, stress, strain, and deformation (force or temperature). Simple structural systems will be analyzed using simple statics and free body diagrams. The latter part of the course will concentrate on structural typologies. Load paths will be analyzed for several different types, construction materials, and structural systems. Principles of deflection will be presented along with vertical and lateral displacement issues.
ARCH 500 (3 credits)
During the last one hundred years, a number of cultural, economic, and social changes have moved architectural discourse and practice into a global network. This survey course focuses on the rise of new educational, financial, geo-political, professional, and technological scenarios that transformed architecture and urbanism from the end of World War One to the present. Canonical buildings and sites are discussed within the context of global modernism.
ARCH 513 (3 credits)
Mechanical & Electrical Building Systems for Architects I
Selection and design of building support systems: heating, ventilating, air conditioning, water supply, sanitary and storm drainage, power distribution, lighting, communications, and vertical transportation. Systems are analyzed for their effect on building form, construction cost, and operating efficiency.
1st Year Spring
ARCH 544 (6 credits)
Architectural Studio IV - Institution
This studio is the last of the four milestones of the curriculum, consisting sequentially of Element, House, Neighborhood and Institution. As a bridge between the concerns of the neighborhood and the metropolitan scale issues to be encountered in the subsequent Cloud Studios, this semester will deal with problems, programs and contexts that are unique to institutional architecture within the city and will challenge students to create forward-looking strategies for renewed civic and cultural development. Because this studio is the only required comprehensive studio for the Master of Architecture degree program, all students must demonstrate that they are capable of producing a single building project demonstrating the synthesis of ecological planning, programming and code analysis, structure and building systems. Students will research and produce a building program based on the themes introduced in the studio sections consisting of all necessary code research, context documentation and analysis, building theme research and logistics research. Project will vary by studio section. Open only to Architecture majors. Prerequisite(s): [(ARCH 543)]
ARCH 501 (3 credits)
This course investigates the state of contemporary architecture as represented by significant practices, buildings, theories, and criticisms. Themes to be considered include globalization, the role of digital design media, the ethics and aesthetics of sustainability, contemporary urbanism, new approaches to materials and structure, and recent interests in ornament and pattern-making. Current conditions will be related historically to postwar reactions to modernism and contextually to the social and technological shifts of recent decades. With a focus on primary readings and building documentation, the course places an emphasis on the great complexity of social, political, intellectual, and technological forces affecting design. Critical reading and writing skills will be emphasized. Open only to Architecture majors.
ARCH 486 (3 credits)
Structures II: Building Design
A comprehensive investigation of building design viewed through the mechanics of elemental forces. The focus of the class will be the understanding and reduction of complex building concepts into understandable components of the detail, the element, and the system. Topics include lateral resisting components, diaphragms, moment frames, shear walls, and braced frames in historical and current precedents. Prerequisite(s): [(ARCH 485)]
ARCH 568 (3 credits)
Lectures and practical problems dealing with specifications, specification writing, administration of construction, contracts, building law, and professional practice.
ARCH 514 (3 credits)
Mechanical & Electrical Building Systems for Architects II
Selection and design of building support systems: heating, ventilating, air conditioning, water supply, sanitary and storm drainage, power distribution, lighting, communications, and vertical transportation. Systems are analyzed for their effect on building form, construction cost, and operating efficiency. Prerequisite(s): [(ARCH 513)]