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Courses - Spring 2020
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.
ARCH200
Design Media and Representation I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program.
Study of architectural representation in physical and digital design media. Examine visual literacy and visual communications through applied drawing, modeling and visual making to explore the role of design media and representation in design and design thinking.
ARCH225
History of World Architecture I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Pre-1500 World Architecture survey course - History of Architecture structured to develop critical thinking and visually literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of design thinking and cultural production through architecture
ARCH271
People, Planet, and Profit: Building Sustainable Places
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
Cross-listed with RDEV250. Credit granted for ARCH271 or RDEV250.
ARCH289I
Sustainability at College Park
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: IE
GenEd: DSNS or DSSP, SCIS
ARCH400
(Perm Req)
Architecture Design Studio I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program; and permission of ARCH-Architecture 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.
ARCH402
Architecture Design Studio III
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ARCH401.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (B.S.) program.
Architectural design studio with emphasis on building and facade typologies, the development of architectural promenade and sequence, public and/or civic infill buildings dependent upon the architectural promenade, and urban housing types of varying densities. The architect's obligations to urban context are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, and physical.
ARCH405
Graduate Architecture Design Studio II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ARCH404.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (Master's) program.
Architectural design studio with emphasis on building and facade typologies, the development of architectural promenade and sequence, public and/or civic infill buildings dependent upon the architectural promenade, and urban housing types of varying densities. The architect's obligations to urban context are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, and physical. Offered spring only.
ARCH407
Graduate Architecture Design IV
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ARCH406.
Restriction: Must be in Architecture (Master's) 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.

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ARCH408
Special Topics Architecture Design Studio
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH419
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies in Architectural Technology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH420
History of American Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: ARCH221; or permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
American architecture from the late 17th to the 21st century.
ARCH423
(Perm Req)
History of Roman Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Survey of Roman architecture from 500 B.C. To A.D. 325.
ARCH425
(Perm Req)
History of Architecture I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Credit only granted for: ARCH225 or ARCH425.
Additional information: Graduate architecture history course requires additional recitation section and additional coursework tied to survey lectures.
Pre-1500 World Architecture survey course - History of Architecture structured to develop critical thinking and visually literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of design thinking and cultural production through 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.
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.
ARCH428F
Selected Topics in Architectural History; History of Modern Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARCH428U
Selected Topics in Architectural History; A Survey of the History of Latin American Architecture and Urbanism in Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH428W
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Writing Architecture in Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH429
Independent Studies in Architectural History
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH445
Visual Analysis of 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.
Study of visual principles of architectural and urban precedents through graphic analysis. Exercises include on-site observation, documentation and analysis. Focuses on the development of an architect's sketchbook as a tool for life-long learning.
ARCH456
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Case studies from a selection of the great cities of the world.
ARCH461
(Perm Req)
Sustainability in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Credit only granted for: ARCH418S or ARCH461.
Formerly: ARCH418S.
Strategies of sustainability as related to the broader context of architectural problem solving.
ARCH463
Sustainable Systems in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program.
Sustainable systems in architecture examines the nature of the global problem, environmental economics, understanding the local environment, bioclimatic design, solar control and shading, solar access zoning, residential scale energy design issues, commercial scale energy design issues, and urban scale energy design issues.
ARCH465
Architectural Structures II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARCH-Architecture Program.
Credit only granted for: ARCH412 or ARCH465.
The basic principles of elastic behavior for different materials such as wood, steel, concrete, and composite materials and compares the properties and applications of materials generally will be covered. It investigates cross sectional stress and strain behavior in flexure and in shear, and torsion as well as the stability of beams and columns. The qualitative behavior of combined stresses and fracture in materials is also covered.
ARCH470
(Perm Req)
Computer Applications in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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
(Perm Req)
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.
ARCH478C
Selected Topics in Architecture; Careers in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ARCH478N
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architecture; Weaving Objects, Weaving Buildings, Weaving Drawings
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course aims to bring a team of students together to study the deep histories of weaving in human culture through precedent research, and to investigate the underlying orders of woven objects (hats, baskets) and structures (courtyard houses, stadiums and arenas, religious spaces, huts, nests) through the creation of two-dimensional drawings/diagrams.
ARCH478O
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Architecture; Three-Dimensional Digital Documentation: Using Laser-based Measurement Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ARCH678O, ANTH448R, ANTH632, and HISP619O. Credit only granted for: ARCH478O, ARCH678O, ANTH448R, ANTH632 or HISP619O.

This course focuses on the fundamentals of documenting components of the built environment and the landscapes in which they are located. It focuses on the use of lasers to calculate 3-D measurements at various scales, from objects, to buildings, and landscapes. It will cover data management and archiving, field documentation processes, and post-processing of scan point clouds. This includes the production of deliverables for clients or project partners, such as plans, elevations, orthoimagery, and cleaned exported point clouds in formats that are compatible with Autodesk software and other CAD or rendering software platforms. This course is intended for students working in fields that rely on accurately documenting components of the built environment in three dimension, including architects, engineers, preservationists, archaeologists, or digital designers.
ARCH478Q
Selected Topics in Architecture; Gender, Sex, and Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
During this discussion seminar, we will use intersectional feminist theory and critique to unpack how cultural norms around gender and sex are built into architecture via government regulation including laws and code, conventional wisdom, and unconscious bias. Through the examination of cultural artifacts such as literature, art, and film, we will uncover social notions of gender and sex, and trace parallels of how changing notions of sex, sexuality, and gender has been represented or not in the architecture. Analysis of a wide range of architectural typologies and styles will aid in the investigation of how the built environment reflects and shapes our ideas about gender and sex. Scholarship will be undertaken to elaborate on the central questions of: What would gender equitable architecture be like? What would sex-positive architecture be like?
ARCH478T
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.
ARCH601
(Perm Req)
Topical Design Studio VI
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Topical architectural design studio with concentration on advanced topical inquiry addressing but not limited to: architectural competitions, sustainable design, theoretica/conceptual issues, programmatic, contextual, and/or technical issues.
Restricted to ARCH, URPD or ARCP majors.
ARCH628W
Selected Topics in Architectural History; Writing Architecture in Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARCH635
Seminar in the History of Modern Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ARCH427; or permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Advanced investigation of historical problems in modern architecture.
ARCH654
(Perm Req)
Urban Development and Design Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Advanced investigation into the history, and practice of urban design, planning, and development.
ARCH655
Urban Design Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ARCH654; or permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Credit only granted for: ARCH451 or ARCH655.
Formerly: ARCH451.
Advanced investigation into problems of analysis and evaluation of the design of urban areas, spaces, and complexes with emphasis on physical and social considerations; effects of public policies through case studies. Field observations.
ARCH670
Advanced Computer Applications in Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Credit only granted for: ARCH678C or ARCH670.
Formerly: ARCH678C.
Advanced use of computer technology in design. Use of digital design processes and conceptual methodologies to study design alternatives and realization. Methods and techniques of digital design representation, simulation, or fabrication to explore and test concepts and integration of digital technologies into the architectural design process.
ARCH678B
(Perm Req)
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Health Scores: Community Design for Mattaponi, Maryland
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARCH678N
(Perm Req)
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Weaving Objects, Weaving Buildings, Weaving Drawings
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course aims to bring a team of students together to study the deep histories of weaving in human culture through precedent research, and to investigate the underlying orders of woven objects (hats, baskets) and structures (courtyard houses, stadiums and arenas, religious spaces, huts, nests) through the creation of two-dimensional drawings/diagrams.
ARCH678O
(Perm Req)
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Three-Dimensional Digital Documentation: Using Laser-based Measurement Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with ARCH478O, ANTH448R, ANTH632, and HISP619O. Credit only granted for: ARCH478O, ARCH678O, ANTH448R, ANTH632 or HISP619O.

This course focuses on the fundamentals of documenting components of the built environment and the landscapes in which they are located. It focuses on the use of lasers to calculate 3-D measurements at various scales, from objects, to buildings, and landscapes. It will cover data management and archiving, field documentation processes, and post-processing of scan point clouds. This includes the production of deliverables for clients or project partners, such as plans, elevations, orthoimagery, and cleaned exported point clouds in formats that are compatible with Autodesk software and other CAD or rendering software platforms. This course is intended for students working in fields that rely on accurately documenting components of the built environment in three dimension, including architects, engineers, preservationists, archaeologists, or digital designers.
ARCH678Q
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Gender, Sex, and Architecture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
During this discussion seminar, we will use intersectional feminist theory and critique to unpack how cultural norms around gender and sex are built into architecture via government regulation including laws and code, conventional wisdom, and unconscious bias. Through the examination of cultural artifacts such as literature, art, and film, we will uncover social notions of gender and sex, and trace parallels of how changing notions of sex, sexuality, and gender has been represented or not in the architecture. Analysis of a wide range of architectural typologies and styles will aid in the investigation of how the built environment reflects and shapes our ideas about gender and sex. Scholarship will be undertaken to elaborate on the central questions of: What would gender equitable architecture be like? What would sex-positive architecture be like?
ARCH678T
Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Ecological Design Thinking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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.
ARCH688C
Advanced Selected Topics in Architectural Technologies; Construction Automation & Robotics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with ENCE622. Credit only granted for ENCE622 or ARCH688C.
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.