2nd Year Fall
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)]
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. Open only to Architecture majors. Prerequisite(s): [(ARCH 201 and ARCH 202)]
Structures II: Design of Wood & Steel
Analysis, design and detailing of tectonic systems (steel and wood). Design of compression, tension and flexural members. Design of timber beams and columns. Design of steel beams and columns. The behavior of structures under static and dynamic loads. Analysis, design and detailing of concrete and masonry systems. Theory of reinforced concrete applied to beams and slabs. Prerequisite(s): [(ARCH 485)]
Digital Applications in Design
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)]
Principles of Urban Planning & Design
An immersion in the history, discourse, and culture of cities in the modern era with an emphasis on Chicago and a focus on the needs and influences surrounding urban growth, development, and culture. Readings, lectures, case studies, film screenings, field trips, and discussions will provide a basic set of conceptual and theoretical resources for understanding the origins and development of cities. Although the more disciplinary concerns of urban design will be covered in the concurrent Arch 545 studio, this course will also develop a context for understanding the role of design in shaping the urban environment. Open only to Architecture majors.
2nd Year Spring
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)]
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. Open only to Architecture majors. Prerequisite(s): [(ARCH 403)]
Advanced Topics in History & Theory II
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.
This course will focus on 3D modeling of complex geometric components in architecture and design. Concepts explored will concentrate on the advancement of digital design as an iterative process. Various modeling types covered are (1) Explicit Modeling, (2) Nurbs Surface Modeling, (3) Parametric Modeling, and (4) Generative Components and Response Modeling. Output will utilize digital fabrication methods as support of the iterative design process. Prerequisite(s): [(ARCH 427) OR (ARCH 508)]
Architecture students may choose from a variety of courses within the architecture course catalog to meet minimum credit-hour requirements and to further their training for specializations and/or personal interest. Students should consult their academic advisors to confirm which classes are available and applicable to fulfill their degree requirements.