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Introduction to the fundamentals, principles and current assessments relative to responsible, sustainable design as applied to the built environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Prereqs: Admitted to Professional Architecture Program
ARCH 210 is 'Letter grade only'.
Introduction to architectural design through reflective and projective techniques. Divergent and convergent approaches focus on fundamental ways in which user(s), matter, and environment inform architecture.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 211, ARCH 310, HORT 467
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 210.
ARCH 211 is 'Letter grade only'.
Consideration of multiple parameters including structure, organization, and material acknowledging their potential to inform each other. Exercises will engage a student’s ability to effectively and persuasively communicate design positions with regards to appropriateness.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 310
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission to the Architecture Program.
This course is a mini course, not a semester-long course.
Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its application for design. An overview of the capabilities of BIM  for 3D modeling, information tracking, documentation, and collaboration.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission to a professional program in the College of Architecture or permission.
Introduction to the concept of structure as integral and essential to architectural design.  Exposure to basic physical principles and structural systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission to a professional program in the College of Architecture or permission.
Introduction to materials and assemblies with an emphasis on design implications and contemporary practices.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 331
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Survey of the development of architecture from prehistory to the mid-eighteenth century.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 341
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5, 7
Survery of the history and theory of architecture from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 262, ARCH 341
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 7
Prereqs: Admission to a professional program in the College of Architecture, or DSGN 110 and ARCH 241.
Introduction to spatial organizations as related to architectural programming and the design process. Exposure to common types of organizational configurations, the forces that shape them, and their consequential affects.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 210, ARCH 211.
Architectural design creating a complex programmatic and spatial organization. Creation/critique of design program; the proposal of plausible structure, material and their expressions; and the exploration of analytical and expressive potentials of representation.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 311, ARCH 360
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 310.
Architectural design creating effective and appropriate relationships with manmade/natural environments. Selection/critique of site; the analysis and documentation of contextual conditions; and the incorporation of structure, material, and their expressions into design.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 410, ARCH 430, ARCH 443, DSGN 410
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: DSGN 123
Introduction to parametric and related basic computational concepts for design.  Explorations in specific parametric modeling software techniques.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 232 Materials and Assemblies or admission into the Construction Management degree program
Introduction to various external force systems, and their resulting internal forces and deformations, which act on structural elements.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 332
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 331 Structural Mechanics
Optimization of key properties of elemental components and systems of building structures: force, geometric, and material.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 430, AREN 809
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 333
Prereqs: PHYS 151 or permission.
Characteristics and performance of buildings with respect to thermal and psychrometric environment in buildings related to human comfort, heat gain/heat loss, ventilation, natural energy systems and sustainable design principles, and plumbing and life safety systems in the Built environment.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 430, ARCH 536, AREN 809
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 334
Prereqs: Admission to the third year architecture or Interior Design Program.
Architectural lighting and acoustical systems of buildings for non-engineers. Fundamentals of light and vision, lighting equipment, requirements for building lighting, fundamentals of sound and hearing, room acoustics, noise control, and basic design methods for both architectural lighting and acoustics.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 430
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 240 and 241.
ARCH 341 is organized thematically.
Architectural theory. Written accounts on what architecture should be and why. Compare a number of positions on particular issues that have persisted through the history of architectural theory.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 347/547
African Architecture Crosslisted as ETHN 347, AHIS 366
Prereqs: Sophomore standing.
Survey of the architectural traditions of the African continent, from pre-historic times to the present day. Buildings-famous and typical-theories, and approaches that are appropriate to the specific cultural environments.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 310 or permission.
Investigation of the interrelationship among the physical context as created by nature and humanity, the various design professions concerned with site development and architectural ideas. Site analysis, research, selection, and development projects along with practical exercises form the basis of the lab experience.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 410, ARCH 430, ARCH 461
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
Group investigation of a topic in architecture originated by the instructor.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
Individual investigation of a topic in architecture.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: DSGN 410, or by permission.
Continuation of complex problems as it relates to the integration and consideration of environmental stewardship, technical documentation, accessibility, site design, life safety, environmental systems, structural systems, and building envelope systems and assemblies, emphasizing technological considerations as formal and organizational determinants.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 531, ARCH 632
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
ARCH 417/617/817
Product Design Crosslisted as IDES 417
Prereqs: Junior standing or permission.
Practical investigation in the use of materials and their fabrication process with emphasis on wood, plastic, and steel. Generate a design from conception to a finished product.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
The shifting relationship between conceiving and making through hands-on, collaborative experience with actual design-construct projects in which students play a decisive role in all aspects of research, design and construction of the commission.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Course Format: Lab , Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 311, 332, 333, 334, 360. Parallel: ARCH 411.
Integrative study of structural, building technology, and environmental technology systems in a building within the context of ARCH 410: Architectural Design, Tectonics. Emphasis on the role structural, mechanical systems, and assemblages play in the evolution of an architectural design project. Students illustrate an understanding of the principles which underlie each of the technical systems and demonstrate the ability to apply those principles to the design project.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 410, ARCH 411
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission to the BSD or Interior Design Program.
Development of a set of construction documents for a small residential or commercial space. Set includes demolition plans, reflected ceiling plans, power and communication plans, finish plans, elevations, sections, details and schedules.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 5, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 440/540/840
Prereqs: ARCH 341 or permission.
Focused study of architectural theory and problems of practice and physicality examined in the context of the architectural detail.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 311 or by Permission.
Explores architectural practice relative to representational communication both internally within the design process as well as with an external audience. This course also investigates the impact of tangential techniques appropriated to the practice. Readings, discussions, and projects will focus on issues of perception and projection relative to these systems and how they impact the practice of architecture in a contemporary context. Course structure is both a theory seminar addressing the position of representation through readings, as well as a laboratory for investigating their application.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 458/558/858
The Changing Workplace Crosslisted as IDES 458/858
Survey and integration of theory, methods, research and findings from the social, behavioral, and managerial sciences as they relate to the design of work environments. Factors effecting change in the contemporary workplace.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 461/561/861
Urbanism Crosslisted as LARC 461
Prereqs: For ARCH 461: ARCH 360 or permission. Prereq for LARC 461: LARC/NRES 487; parallel DSGN 410. For ARCH 561/861: Admission to a professional program in the College of Architecture or permission.
ARCH/LARC 461/561/861 is "Letter grade only'.
Issues of contemporary urbanism and the processes of urban design. Experiential nature of cities, role of public policy, ideology, genesis and development of urban form and space.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 411, ARCH 461
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 466/566/866
Prereqs: Permission.
Community-oriented design studio. The design process and its relationship to the environmental development process.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 467/567/867
Planting Design Crosslisted as HORT 467, LARC 467
Prereqs: HORT/LARC/NRES 212; ARCH 210 or HORT/LARC 266.
Design processes, principles, and elements as applied to the use of native and ornamental plant materials. Aesthetic, functional, and micro-climatic arrangements of plant material in parks, on commercial property, on home grounds, along roadways, and in urban open spaces. Develop a palette of plants and graphics for designs.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 469
Senior Landscape Design Crosslisted as HORT 469
Prereqs: HORT 341 and/or permission.
Capstone course.
Capstone course for the landscape option. Students work individually on real-world projects with actual clients. They select the project location and scope in consultation with the instructor prior to the semester this course is taken. The project must reflect evidence of a design process, design articulation and communication understandable to the client and provide in depth drawings, details needed to carry out the implementation of the design.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Studio 8
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
ARCH 481/581/881
Women in Design Crosslisted as IDES 481
Prereqs: Admission to the BSD program or permission.
Intensive study of particular historical and contemporary contributions by women to the design professions related to the built environment. Evaluation of design work by and about women seen in their aesthetic and intellectual context. Examinations of the roles and values of women in design and their impact on the assumptions and issues currently held by the profession.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 482/582/882
Advanced Color Theory Crosslisted as IDES 482/882
Prereqs: Admission to the third year in architecture or Interior Design Program; or permission.
Advanced color theories and their application to the Built environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 489/589/889
Design Research Crosslisted as IDES 489/889, LARC 489
Comprehensive overview of the complementary and contributory relationship between research and design, with a particular emphasis on design research as a projective activity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
Selective studies of contemporary problems in design and practice.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 497/597/697/897
Prereqs: Permission.
Group investigation of a topic in architecture originated by the instructor.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 498/598/898
Prereqs: Permission.
Individual investigation of a topic in architecture.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission into the 3 Year Master of Architecture program or permission.
Introduction to architectural design through spatial and formal projects using representational techniques. A series of collaborative and individual projects introduce design process, iteration, tectonics, representation, and structure as fundamental aspects of design that relate architecture to the human subject.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 501
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 500 or permission.
The studio extends the methodologies from the preceding studio to include outside influences such as site, urbanism, program, culture, and materiality. Projects increase in scope and complexity and integrate a wide range of inputs through research and analysis.
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: 5th year standing, professional program
Vertically integrated 5th and 6th year studio.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 613
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: 5th year standing, professional program
Vertically integrated 5th and 6th year studio.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 699
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 516/816
Prereqs: Permission.
ARCH 516/816. Modern Craft. (3 Credit Hours) Seminar / Lab course that explores the role of Craft in the 21st century. Lectures, reading discussions and lab activities are anchored in the study of Craft, both as its own discipline, and its application to others. Of particular interest shall be aesthetic issues and production methodologies for new craft objects requiring the deliberate manipulation of materials such as wood, metal, plastics and fabrics at a 1:1 scale. Students shall discuss readings, and design / assemble a series of craft objects that escalate in both physical scale and functional performance.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 526/826
Prereqs: Permission.
Examination of the theory and application of the file-to-factory design process. Exploratory case study projects include small fabricated architectural models of forms, surface and structure.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 411
Analysis and design of structural systems, including mass, vector systems, rectangular and curvilinear frames, surface systems, seismic and wind forces, and current structural developments. Individual investigations and model testing.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission
Introduction to basic seismic design principles. Making critical decisions concerning the overall performance of a building during an earthquake.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 536/836
Prereqs: ARCH 333 or *430
Integration of daylighting strategies with building energy performance. Use of physical modeling to depict lighting excellence (quality or lack thereof) and computer modeling to perform energy analyses. Drawing a direct connection between the use of natural light in buildings and buildings’ energy consumption.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission into the graduate portion of the professional program in architecture or permission.
Exploration into the relationship between the evolution of urbanism and the cultural, economic and scientific advances made by civilization.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 563/863
Prereqs: Admission into the graduate portion of the professional program in architecture or permission.
Comprehensive review and examination of territorial relationships between spatial development, engineering, ecology, and architecture. Focuses on emerging factors affecting urban, suburban, and rural communities and spatial configurations beyond the binary of city and country.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: 6th year standing, professional program
Vertically integrated 5th and 6th year studio.
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: 6th year standing, professional program
Vertically integrated 5th and 6th year studio.
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Studio
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 510/*810, submission of a statement of intent and a contract with a faculty mentor
Advanced architectural design. The first part of a year-long design project initiated by the student and developed in conjunction with a faculty mentor. The first course in the sequence consists of initial studies that are further developed and completed in the following semester. These initial studies lead to a written and visual proposal that sets the parameters and the agenda for detailed formal design explorations in the following semester.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 614
Credit Hours: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 613/913
Advanced architectural design. The second part of a year-long design project initiated by the student under the supervision and guidance of a faculty mentor. The second course in the sequence develops the formal expression and representation of a specific architectural project as described in the previous semester’s work.
Credit Hours: 6
Course Format: Studio
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 411
Research projects concerning architectural structures.
Credit Hours: 2-6
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 680/880
Orientation to professional practice through a study of the architects’ and the contractors’ relationships to society, specific clients, their professions, and other collaborators in the environmental design and construction fields. Ethics; professional communication and responsibility; professional organizations; office management; construction management; legal and contractual relationships; professional registration; and owner-architect-contractor relationships.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 550/850
Lecture/seminar/research studying architectural programming/evaluation methods and leading toward the development of an architectural program and statement of design intent for the final studio problem to be done in either ARCH 913 or ARCH 914.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH 550/850 and permission
Contemporary problems in design and practice.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 695/895
Prereqs: ARCH 550/850 and permission
Exposure to the architectural profession through office application including job promotion, client relations, data collection, design, production drawings, estimating, specifications, bid documents, and quality control.
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: ARCH *810, *812 and 911, and approval of the faculty
Research and programming in preparation of master’s thesis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 699/899
Prereqs: ARCH *896; any two of ARCH 511/911, 612/*812, or 613/913; admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
Projects to place special emphasis upon a major field of interest. Design problem or written thesis.
Credit Hours: 6-10
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MArch/MCRP dual degree candidate
Coreq: CRPL 990. Advanced architectural design. Initial investigation into the parameters and agenda leading to a proposal for the terminal studio project.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Studio
Course Delivery: Classroom
ARCH 885
Research methods employed by the diverse specializations within the disciplines of architecture and interior design. Methods which contribute to a theoretical and informational body of knowledge as well as those contributing directly to design application.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom