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Courses - Fall 2019
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
GenEd: DSSP
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
GenEd: DSHU
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
Cross-listed with 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: 1 - 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.
ARCH418B
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architectural Technology; Potentials of Earth Construction Technologies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Earth structures have been a part of our architectural language for as long as we can trace human occupation. Sustainable by nature, beautiful and easily accessible for labor, this building technique has been on the rise in the last decades. This seminar will look at past and present earth construction techniques in order to propose potential future effects. Students will research construction methodologies from around the world with techniques including, but not limited to, sod, rammed earth and compressed stabilized earth blocks (CSEB). Students will project the possibilities and propose positive spatial effects through investigations of aberrant techniques and processes.
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.
ARCH427
Theories of Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARCH426; or permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (B.S.) program.
Survey of architectural theories - theories of architectural design, representation and urban design from antiquity to the present day.
ARCH428C
Selected Topics in Architectural History; City Beautiful Architecture & Urbanism in USA
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH428E
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Global Renaissance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: permission of department. The course 'Global Renaissance' explores the architecture and urban cultures that flourished under the wide-reaching concept of the Renaissance, during the period ranging from 1450 to 1700. The Renaissance is a term that we usually associate to northern Italy, where it originated. However, the phenomenon of the Renaissance coincided with an age of global exploration, commerce, trade, and colonialism, allof which expanded the ideas of the Renaissance to every corner of Europe, the Mediterranean, the New World, and beyond. During the course we will workwith UMD s MITH (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities), in order to create a digital humanities platform (a web page) in which we will showcase the work you will produce throughout the course. The main characteristicof the digital humanities is to employ technological tools to present humanities subjects under new light. In this case, the work will take the form of 3-D architectural models, use of GIS tools, image editing, or other digital-technological tools in order to produce a public pedagogical resource on the subject of the Global Renaissance.
ARCH428N
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Medieval Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARCH225 and ARCH226. Jointly offered with ARCH628N. Credit only granted for: ARCH428N or ARCH628N.

Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean produced a unique building culture in which design was flexible and deeply grounded in the act of construction. In this class, we will trace the diversity of Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque and Gothic architecture through select case studies.Students will learn to unravel buildings in terms of phases of construction, relate each phase to a different social or political context, and describe the structural technologies that medieval masons rightly flaunted.
ARCH428O
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Construction Archaeology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARCH225 and ARCH226. Jointly offered with ARCH628F. Credit only granted for ARCH628F or ARCH428O.

The archaeology of buildings was born as a specialized interest of 19th-century architects and restorers, but has now matured into a fascinating method of discovering how buildings were built. By simply looking closely at the physical fabric, one can parse historic construction techniques, reconstruct the sequence of building, and reveal the conflicts and drama of a layered history. Focusing on the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, the victim of a tragic fire earlier this year, we will apply a range of archaeological principals and techniques, such as stratigraphy,elevation drawings, plan overlays, photogrammetry, and the analysis of 3-D scans. Your analyses will informa course-concluding roundtable discussion of whether and how to restore or conserve Notre-Dame.
ARCH428T
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architectural History; American Building Typologies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines key public, institutional, commercial, and residential building types since the founding of the nation to 1980. Such an approach to American architecture facilitates in-depth studies of like-purposed buildings, focusing on function and design through time. Categories could include state capitals, jails and prisons, places of worship, libraries, art academies and cultural institutions, railroad stations, banks, stores and so on. Students gain additional persepctive by examining the buildings' historical, cultural, and social contexts.
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.
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.
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
ARCH628E
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Global Renaissance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The course 'Global Renaissance' explores the architecture and urban cultures that flourished under the wide-reaching concept of the Renaissance, during the period ranging from 1450 to 1700. The Renaissance is a term that we usually associate to northern Italy, where it originated. However, the phenomenon of the Renaissance coincided with an age of global exploration, commerce, trade, and colonialism, allof which expanded the ideas of the Renaissance to every corner of Europe, the Mediterranean, the New World, and beyond. During the course we will workwith UMD s MITH (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities), in order to create a digital humanities platform (a web page) in which we will showcase the work you will produce throughout the course. The main characteristicof the digital humanities is to employ technological tools to present humanities subjects under new light. In this case, the work will take the form of 3-D architectural models, use of GIS tools, image editing, or other digital-technological tools in order to produce a public pedagogical resource on the subject of the Global Renaissance.
ARCH628F
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Construction Archaeology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Jointly offered with ARCH428O. Credit only granted for ARCH628F or ARCH428O.

The archaeology of buildings was born as a specialized interest of 19th-century architects and restorers, but has now matured into a fascinating method of discovering how buildings were built. By simply looking closely at the physical fabric, one can parse historic construction techniques, reconstruct the sequence of building, and reveal the conflicts and drama of a layered history. Focusing on the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, the victim of a tragic fire earlier this year, we will apply a range of archaeological principals and techniques, such as stratigraphy,elevation drawings, plan overlays, photogrammetry, and the analysis of 3-D scans. Your analyses will informa course-concluding roundtable discussion of whether and how to restore or conserve Notre-Dame.
ARCH628N
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Medieval Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Jointly offered with ARCH428N. Credit only granted for: ARCH428N or ARCH628N.

Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean produced a unique building culture in which design was flexible and deeply grounded in the act of construction. In this class, we will trace the diversity of Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque and Gothic architecture through select case studies.Students will learn to unravel buildings in terms of phases of construction, relate each phase to a different social or political context, and describe the structural technologies that medieval masons rightly flaunted.
ARCH628T
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architectural History; American Building Typologies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Examines key public, institutional, commercial, and residential building types since the founding of the nation to 1980. Such an approach to American architecture facilitates in-depth studies of like-purposed buildings, focusing on function and design through time. Categories could include state capitals, jails and prisons, places of worship, libraries, art academies and cultural institutions, railroad stations, banks, stores and so on. Students gain additional perspective by examining the buildings' historical, cultural, and social contexts.
ARCH629
(Perm Req)
Graduate Independent Studies in Architectural History
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARCH678B
(Perm Req)
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Health Scores: Community Design for Mattaponi, Maryland
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARCH678T
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Ecological Design Thinking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Open to all disciplines; subject to instructor approval.

The etymology and definition of "ecology" contain aspects of house, of relationships and reciprocity, 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, dynamic whole. We will confront difficult truths, negotiate contradictions, and find ways to be an effective advocate and change agent.
ARCH678Z
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Sensing Architecture: Body and Place
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course is a graduate level seminar that investigates issues of perception, the senses, and a phenomenological approach to architecture and the built environment. Themes from the readings are centered on a sensual approach to engaging the environment. The structure of the course consists of seminar discussion, presentations, research, and a series of creative projects that include visual and tactile compositions in a variety of media that actively engage the ideas and texts of the seminar.
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
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.