2nd 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)]
LA 567 (3 credits)
Ecology & Materials Workshop III: Planting Design and Construction
Advanced understanding of planting typologies, the history of plants in design, and the preparation of planting construction documentation augmented by frequent investigations and analysis of built landscapes in the Chicago region. Open only to Landscape Architecture and Architecture majors.
ARCH 502 (3 credits)
Advanced Topics in History & Theory I
Intended to build on the knowledge and abilities gained in the foundational architectural history and theory courses. This seminar focuses on advanced topics in history, theory, and criticism. Students select from varying and diverse topics such as urbanism, sustainability, design methodology, aesthetics, ethics and law, history of technology, and architecture in relation to other arts. Seminar may also offer intense focus on particular architects, periods, regions, or movements. Critical reading and writing skills will be emphasized. In addition, the advanced seminar will teach research skills, will expect the students to formulate and pursue original research topics, and will expect oral presentations of these projects. These abilities will be evaluated through in-class presentations and research papers. Open only to Architecture majors.
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.
2nd 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 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)]
LA 514 (3 credits)
Professional Practice of Landscape Architecture I: Entrepreneurship and Practice
Develop expertise in professional practice. Lectures, research assignments, and case studies will investigate practice models, proposals and contracts, schedules and budgets, project phases, project and client types, project team structure, the role of competitions, professional development, and licensure. In addition, the role of landscape architects, urban planners, real estate trusts, government agencies, developers, and others in directing the economic, professional, political, and socio-cultural concerns and responsibilities to initiate and manage landscapes will be investigated. Open only to Landscape Architecture majors.
LA 568 (3 credits)
Ecology & Materials Workshop IV: Constructing the Urban Environment
Techniques and technologies to analyze, construct, remediate and/or restore urban sites including those that have been subjected to complex human disturbances such as landfills and brownfields. Includes special needs construction practices such as structured soils, phytoremediation, green roofs, and rooftop gardens. Open only to Landscape Architecture and Architecture majors.
ARCH or LA DC elective (3 credits)
ARCH or LA Design Communication elective
The ARCH Design Communication sequence is ARCH 506, 507, and 508. The LA Design Communication sequence is LA 525, 526, and 527. Please discuss your DC elective options with our advisor. Refer to the online course catalog for course descriptions.