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Courses - Fall 2018
ARCH
Architecture Department Site
ARCH170
Design Thinking and Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU
Examines conceptual, perceptual, behavioral, and technical aspects of the built environment, and methods of analysis, problem-solving, and design implementation.
ARCH171
Design Thinking and Making in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program.
Examines iterative design processes and critical thinking skills through active learning and design thinking methodologies to solve problems and apply design as a lens of inquiry and exploration. Students will understand Design Thinking through interactive and experiential learning.
ARCH201
(Perm Req)
Elements and Principles of Architecture
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program.
Survey of fundamental elements and principals of architecture and architectural education. Frames study of architecture as a profession, discipline and critical practice.
ARCH226
History of World Architecture II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Post-1500 - History of Architecture survey course - History of Architecture structured to develop critical thinking and visually literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of design thinking and building innovation in architecture
ARCH270
Design in Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Case studies and hands-on design projects ranging in scale from a product to a building to give students insight into the process by which architects work both individually and collaboratively to put disciplinary knowledge and expertise into practice to shape our built environment.

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ARCH271
People, Planet, and Profit: Building Sustainable Places
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Also offered as: RDEV250.
Credit only granted for: ARCH271 or RDEV250.
An introduction to the four disciplines represented in the School: architecture and urban design, community planning, historic preservation, and real estate development, that work to create a more sustainable environment for the future to create a more sustainable environment for the future using our interpretation of the quadruple bottom line: socio-cultural, economic, environmental, and design sustainability. Students will be provided with an understanding of the fundamental scholarship and processes of each of these disciplines and examine the intersections between them. Additionally, they will learn by applying the approaches of the four disciplines through a series of field studies.
ARCH300
(Perm Req)
Design Media and Representation II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARCH200; or permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program.
Study of architectural representation in physical and digital design media. Examine visual communications and speculative visual studies through applied drawing, modeling and making to explore expanded roles of representation in design and design thinking.
ARCH386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Restriction: Must have learning proposal approved by faculty sponsor and student's internship sponsor; and sophomore standing or higher; and permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Learning experience tied to internship of specified duration with targeted learning outcomes.
ARCH401
(Perm Req)
Architecture Design Studio II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ARCH400.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (B.S.) program.
Continuation of ARCH 400 with introduction to building typology, urban and contextual issues, design of the vertical surface, and architectural interiors.
ARCH403
(Perm Req)
Architecture Design Studio IV
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSOC
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ARCH402.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (B.S.) program.
Investigations into the relationship between the man-made and the natural world including introductory issues of assembly and material value. Design of the site and the building are combined into an integral process delimiting and probing the boundaries of each and exploring their reciprocal relationship. The architect's obligations to the natural and urban contexts are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, environmental, and physical.
ARCH404
(Perm Req)
Graduate Architecture Design Studio I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: For 3 1/2 year graduate students only.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (Master's) program.
Introduction to architectural design with particular emphasis on conventions and principles of architecture , visual and verbal communication skills, formal analysis, design process, spatial composition, architectural promenade, basic program distribution, and elementary constructional and environmental responses. Offered fall only.
ARCH406
(Perm Req)
Graduate Architecture Design Studio III
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ARCH405.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (Master's) program.
Investigations into the relationship between the man-made and the natural world including introductory issues of assembly and material value. Design of the site and the building are combined into an integral process delimiting and probing the boundaries of each and exploring their reciprocal relationship. The architect's obligations to the natural and urban contexts are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, environmental, and physical.
ARCH419
Independent Studies in Architectural Technology
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH426
(Perm Req)
History of Architecture II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Credit only granted for: ARCH226 or ARCH426.
Additional information: Graduate architecture history course requires additional recitation section and additional coursework tied to survey lectures.
Post-1500 - History of Architecture survey course - History of Architecture structured to develop critical thinking and visually literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of design thinking and building innovation in architecture. Structured to nurture critical thinking and visually literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of architecture. The work in the course will involve the evaluation of sources and arguments in reading architectural history. Architecture will be framed relative to ways of thinking, religious beliefs, cultural heritage, and cultural values.
Offered fall only.
ARCH428C
Selected Topics in Architectural History; City Beautiful Architecture & Urbanism in USA
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH428N
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Medieval Building Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as ARTH489P. Credit only granted for ARCH428N or ARTH489P.
ARCH429
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies in Architectural History
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
ARCH430
(Perm Req)
Measuring Sustainability in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ARCH430 or ARCH418M.
Formerly: ARCH418M.
Studies metrics of sustainability as included in rating standards, including LEED. All students will take the LEED GA test.
ARCH443
(Perm Req)
Visual Communication For Architects
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Corequisite: ARCH400.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (Master's) program; and must be in the 3.5 year M. ARCH program.
Investigation of the relationship between drawing from life and architectural drawing, the conventions of architectural drawing and the role of architectural drawing as a means to develop, communicate, and generate architectural ideas.
ARCH449
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies in Visual Studies in Architecture
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
ARCH459
Independent Studies in Urban Design
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH460
(Perm Req)
Site Analysis and Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Principles and methods of site analysis; the influence of natural and man-made site factors on site design and architectural form.
ARCH462
Methods & Materials of Building Construction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program; or must be in Construction Project Management Minor.
Credit only granted for: ARCH410 or ARCH462.
Building Construction methods and materials are examined through case studies to explore the means and techniques applied to the material execution of buildings and BIM. Focus on an understanding of the organization of the design and construction process and awareness of building and zoning codes, material systems and types.
ARCH464
Architectural Structures I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program.
Credit only granted for: ARCH411 or ARCH464.
This course covers the basic principles of architectural structures, including the influence of geometric, sectional, and material properties related to flexure and shear in beam and framed systems; vector mechanics with application to analysis of trusses, catenaries, and arches; diagrammatic analysis of beams for bending moment, shear, and deflection as well as the study of structural framing systems for vertical and lateral loads.
ARCH466
Environmental Systems in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program.
Credit only granted for: ARCH413 or ARCH466.
Environmental systems in architecture presents the theory, quantification, and architectural design implications for heating ventilating and air conditioning, water and waste, fire protection, electricity, illumination, acoustics, and vertical transportation.
ARCH467
(Perm Req)
Integrated Project Delivery
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program; or must be in Construction Project Management Minor.
Integrated Project Delivery is examined from design to implementation through an exploration of building construction, architectural design and construction management perspectives.
ARCH470
(Perm Req)
Computer Applications in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARCH400; or permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (B.S.) program.
Introduction to computer utilization, with emphasis on architectural applications.
ARCH472
Building Information Modeling Communication and Collaboration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program; or must be in the Construction Project Management Minor.
Credit only granted for: ARCH678I or ARCH472.
Formerly: ARCH678I.
Building Information Modeling is explored as pertains to collaboration and communication in the design and construction of buildings and building systems. Practical and empirical learning using BIM software and case studies of real world projects and construction scenarios.
ARCH478J
Selected Topics in Architecture; Adaptation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARCH478T
Selected Topics in Architecture; Ecological Design Thinking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The etymology and definition of ecology contain aspects of house, of relationships, of the living environment and of systems. We will engage with all of these concepts in this course. Design thinking is a form of systems thinking, in which many variables and scales, requirements and ideas interact to form a coherent whole. We will ask WHY a lot. We will ask WHY a lot. We will discover ways to confront difficult truths, negotiate contradictions, and still be an effective advocate and change agent.
ARCH478X
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architecture; Building Abroad: Research & Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Building Abroad: Research & Practice explores Haitian culture and sustainable design in developing countries. Faculty and student participants will co-lead this seminar course. After identifying critical topics, students will research related issues and compile research into two presentations and a series of booklets which will be used as the basis of design for Roots Home & Abroads design in Haiti. The goals and strategies of the class will embody Root's mission to educate and empower communities, both home and abroad, to create a sustainable quality of life.
ARCH479
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies in Architecture
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
ARCH489
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies in Architectural Preservation
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
ARCH600
(Perm Req)
Integrated Design Studio V
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Corequisite: ARCH611.
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Integrated and comprehensive building and site design. Course content bridges the gap between design and technology, between practice and education, in a studio setting. Explorations include the integration of conceptual and technical aspects of architectural form and assembly, highlighting the ways in which multiple layers of a building design are developed, coordinated and resolved.
ARCH611
(Perm Req)
Advanced Architecture Technology Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Corequisite: ARCH600.
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Technology in design of buildings. Application of technological issues in building design; integration of technology in architecture; technology as a form determinant in architecture; other conceptual and philosophical issues related to the application of technology in the design, construction, and use of buildings.
Offered fall only.
ARCH628
Selected Topics in Architectural History
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARCH628C
Selected Topics in Architectural History; City Beautiful Architecture & Urbanism in USA
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARCH628N
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Medieval Building Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This seminar considers medieval strategies of design and construction, in which episodic and evolving projects were the norm. This course will provide a foundation in the analysis and interpretation of construction chronology, as well as engage with theoretical discourse on building and time.
ARCH629
(Perm Req)
Graduate Independent Studies in Architectural History
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARCH678C
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Architecture and Cinema: Place and Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A graduate level seminar that investigates architecture and the idea of place within the context of film media. Seminar based themes are developed from critical source viewings and assigned texts centered on an approach to engaging the environment. The structure of the course consists of seminar discussions of texts and paired films, research, presentations, and a series of creative projects that actively engage the themes of the seminar.
ARCH678G
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Low Heat Lab: Design-Weave-Build, Takoma Park, MD
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A graduate level hands-on seminar where students will participate in the design and construction of a small-scale, site-specific installation built with Low-Heat materials. Research into vernacular and contemporary architectural projects that incorporate the craft of binding, weaving, rolling, and knotting will structure course discussions. Paper modeling will be used to explore preliminary design ideas for the installation and solicit feedback from our client.
ARCH678J
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Adaptation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Exploring adaptation as philosophy and practice. We delve into case studies and theoretical writings, as well as practical aspects of adaptive reuse, renovation, and rehabilitation. Topics include memory and the artifact; building as palimpsest; obsolescence and renewal; materials and weathering; adaptation and sustainability; new architecture in historic contexts; and recovered landscapes.
ARCH678L
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Destruction, Memory and Renewal
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
In this course, we'll explore motives for the destruction of historic monuments and sites - and how these objects and places are remembered and renewed, as societies struggle to recover and rebuild.
ARCH678T
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Ecological Design Thinking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The etymology and definition of ecology contain aspects of house, of relationships, of the living environment and of systems. We will engage with all of these concepts in this course. Design thinking is a form of systems thinking, in which many variables and scales, requirements and ideas interact to form a coherent whole. We will ask WHY a lot. We will ask WHY a lot. We will discover ways to confront difficult truths, negotiate contradictions, and still be an effective advocate and change agent.
ARCH678X
(Perm Req)
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Building Abroad: Research & Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Building Abroad: Research & Practice explores Haitian culture and sustainable design in developing countries. Faculty and student participants will co-lead this seminar course. After identifying critical topics, students will research related issues and compile research into two presentations and a series of booklets which will be used as the basis of design for Roots Home & Abroads design in Haiti. The goals and strategies of the class will embody Root's mission to educate and empower communities, both home and abroad, to create a sustainable quality of life.
ARCH679
Advanced Independent Studies in Architecture; Independent Study in Architecture
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARCH700
(Perm Req)
Urban Design Studio VII
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Studio problems and theories concentrating on urbanism and urban design techniques. Issues and sites range from high density urban in-fill to suburban and greenfield development in American and other contexts. Studio theories explore such topics as Contextualism, Neo-Traditional design, Transit-Oriented Development, density, sustainable development building typology, and street design.
ARCH770
(Perm Req)
Professional Practice of Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Project management, organizational, legal, economic and ethical aspects of architecture.
ARCH797
Thesis Proseminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ARCH601.
Directed research and preparation of thesis program.
ARCH798
(Perm Req)
Thesis in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARCH799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Restricted to ARCH majors only.
Contact department for information to register for this course.