ARCH - Architecture Course Descriptions

ARCH 61001 Digital Techniques

Introduction to digital technology. Through lectures and laboratory assignments, students learn the basics of digital drawing, modeling, and rendering. Focus on software such as Rhino, AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Credits

3

Materials Fee

$50

Contact Hours

4 hr./wk.

ARCH 61003 Independent Study

Repeatable 4 times.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61100 Architectural Studio 1.1

The first in a sequence of four core design studios, this course is based around a series of skill-building exercises which train students in architectonics, spatial composition, diagramming techniques, architectural theory, passive solar design and principles of materials and fabrication. All exercises are designed to develop the student's abilities to translate spatial concepts into physical design proposals.

Credits

6

Materials Fee

$50

Contact Hours

8 hr./wk.

ARCH 61201 Survey of World Architecture 1

This is the first of a four-semester sequence that examines the physical forms of world architecture and related arts. It analyzes the built environment in response to place, politics, culture, and the people who use it. This semester students will study architecture from the Neolithic period to the 14th century in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Two lectures and an advanced seminar are required.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61301 Materials/Construction L

An investigation into the systems, techniques, and materials employed in the making of architecture. Focus on case studies in concrete, steel and other construction materials. 

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61388 Case Studies in Sustainability

Case Studies in Sustainability

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61510 Topics in History of Architecture and Society

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61520 Topics in Architecture and the City

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61530 Topics In the History of Landscape, Infrastructure, and the Environment

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61540 Topics in the History of World Architecture

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61550 Topics in Design and Methods

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61560 Topics in Technology

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61570 Topics in Visual Studies

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61580 Topics in Computational Studies

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61590 Topics in Professional Studies

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 61600 Topics in Sustainability

Course number should be repeatable up to 10 times and also able to be taken simultaneously in a semester – different topics/sections will fulfill requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 62001 Visual Studies

Building upon the lessons learned in Digital Techniques, students sharpen their critical representation skills with a series of multi-media drawing and model-making exercises.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ARCH 61001.

Contact Hours

4 hr./wk.

ARCH 62100 Architectural Studio 1.2

The second core studio builds upon the experience of the previous studio through a series of increasingly complex design problems. Using Manhattan as a laboratory, students are introduced to the urban context and explore a range of building types with nuanced and complex programs. Through the rigorous study of building precedents and site visits, students address the role of architecture in the public realm.

Credits

6

Prerequisites

ARCH 61100.

Materials Fee

$50

Contact Hours

8 hr./wk.

ARCH 62201 Survey of World Architecture 2

This is the second of a four-semester sequence that examines the physical forms of world architecture and related arts. It analyzes the built environment in response to place, politics, culture, and the people who use it. This semester students will study architecture from the 15th to the 18th centuries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Two lectures and an advanced seminar are required weekly.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ARCH 61201.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 62301 Materials/Construction S

An investigation into the systems, techniques, and materials employed in the making of architecture. Focus on case studies in wood, masonry, and other construction materials. 

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 62401 Structures I Introduction to Structures

Basics of structures including Structural stability, statics of basic structural elements such as beams, columns, frames, and trusses. Rules-of-thumb for structural systems and elements. Introduction to strength of materials.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 71301 Building Modeling

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 73100 Architecture Studio 1.3

The third core studio focuses on sustainable housing. In turn, the emergent scales and patterns of sustainable housing become the operative means to address and examine larger urban design concerns. Students work in teams and consider socio-economic factors, urban density and morphology in the design of housing solutions in complex and multi-layered urban contexts. Emphasis is placed on the research of urban and building precedents as well as on the use of environmental modeling and visualization tools to measure and integrate complex data into housing solutions.

Credits

9

Prerequisites

ARCH 62100

Materials Fee

$50

Contact Hours

12 hr./wk.

ARCH 73201 Survey of World Architecture III

This is the third of a four-semester sequence that examines the physical forms of world architecture and related arts. It analyzes the built environment in response to place, politics, culture, and the people who use it. This semester, students will study architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. Two lectures and an advanced seminar are required weekly.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ARCH 62201.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 73401 Structures 2 – Design of Structural Elements

Introduction to structural materials including steel, concrete, and wood. Basic principles of analyses and design with respect to various materials.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ARCH 62401

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 73500 Site Design

The study of environmental context and the natural environment, including climate, geology, landform, soil, hydrology and vegetation create a basis for an extensive investigation of the relationship between building and site.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 74100 Architecture Studio 1.4

The fourth and final studio in the four-semester core sequence focuses on building systems integration, structural systems, and technical documentation. In this integrative design studio students develop a building from schematic design through design development, and finally through the construction documents phase. With an emphasis on energy efficiency, this studio provides students with an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge they have acquired in their core studies with respect to program preparation, sustainable design and building technology.

Credits

9

Prerequisites

ARCH 71301

Materials Fee

$50

Contact Hours

12 hr./wk.

ARCH 74401 Structures III Behavior of Structural Systems

Behavior of structural systems including gravity and lateral load paths in buildings; Seismic effects.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ARCH 62401

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 74501 Environmental Systems

This course will focus on the performance of buildings relative to environmental impact and operational response. Starting with the building’s skin, systems will be understood as being in contact and in manipulated exchange with the thermal, luminous and acoustic environment surrounding them, to serve the ambience and comfort of the interior.
Basic knowledge of exchange, distribution and regulation will berelated to construction and mechanical systems. The goal is to integrate structural, mechanical andspatial requirements to make appropriate choices during the design phase, allowing students to understand the building as a holistic regulated environment.


Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 85101 Advanced Studio

Students will be placed in one of an array of diverse advanced studio offerings, developed to provide students opportunity to deeply engage topics within the expansive discipline of architecture, and reflective of the expertise and interests of the full design faculty. Studio project sizes, types and sites will vary, along with pedagogical methods. Course is taken two times in sequence to meet third year M Arch program requirements. Repeatable two times.

Credits

6

Prerequisites

ARCH 74501 and ARCH 74401 and ARCH 85201

Contact Hours

8 hr./wk.

ARCH 85200 Design Seminar

This required seminar course focuses on special topics of study that support and broaden the 3rd year M. Arch. design curriculum. Repeatable 2 times.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ARCH 85201

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 85201 Survey of World Architecture IV

This is the fourth in a four-semester sequence that examines the physical forms of world architecture and related arts. It analyzes the built environment in response to place, politics, culture, and the people who use it. This semester students will study architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. Two lectures and an advanced seminar are required weekly.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ARCH 73201.

Distribution

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 85300 Advanced Computing

This new required fifth semester course builds upon the digital skills students have acquired over the 4 semesters of the core and introduces them to advanced topics in computing. Emphasis is on scripting, parametric modeling, and data visualization and covers such software as Revit, Grasshopper, Solid Works, and Ecotect.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ARCH 62001 and ARCH 71301.

Materials Fee

$50

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 85600 Professional Practice

This course introduces students to the professional practice of architecture with a special emphasis on the challenges facing architects that maintain a strong design emphasis This course covers the general organization of the profession and its relation to client, community, and the construction industry; new management techniques, information organization and retrieval, project delivery, construction and construction documents, cost control, legal surety, contracts, and financial management.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 91102 Advanced Studio

Students will be placed in one of an array of diverse advanced studio offerings, developed to provide students opportunity to deeply engage topics within the expansive discipline of architecture, and reflective of the expertise and interests of the full design faculty. Studio project sizes, types and sites will vary, along with pedagogical methods. Students complete 3 Advanced Studios to meet program requirements.

Credits

6

Contact Hours

8 hr./wk.

ARCH 91202 Design Seminar I

This required seminar course focuses on special topics of study that support and broaden the Advanced Studio design curriculum. Students complete 2 Design Seminars to meet program requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 92102 Advanced Studio

Students will be placed in one of an array of diverse advanced studio offerings, developed to provide students opportunity to deeply engage topics within the expansive discipline of architecture, and reflective of the expertise and interests of the full design faculty. Studio project sizes, types and sites will vary, along with pedagogical methods. Students complete 3 Advanced Studios to meet program requirements.

Credits

6

Contact Hours

8 hrs./wk.

ARCH 92202 Design Seminar II

This required seminar course focuses on special topics of study that support and broaden the Advanced Studio design curriculum. Students complete 2 Design Seminars to meet program requirements.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

ARCH 93103 Advanced Studio

Students will be placed in one of an array of diverse advanced studio offerings, developed to provide students opportunity to deeply engage topics within the expansive discipline of architecture, and reflective of the expertise and interests of the full design faculty. Studio project sizes, types and sites will vary, along with pedagogical methods. Students complete 3 Advanced Studios to meet program requirements.

Credits

6

Contact Hours

8 hr./wk.