Course Descriptions

Architecture and Interior Design
(ARC-Fine Arts)

ARC 504, 505, 506 Seminars (1-3)

Courses in three of the primary curricular areas: communication process; history and theory; environmental systems. Offerings vary. May include: housing, contemporary architecture theory and practice, vernacular architecture, urban studies, architectural theory, exploration of graphic media, advanced work in building systems, etc. Seminar descriptions available at departmental office during preregistration each semester. Non-majors encouraged to seek course work in their area of interest.

ARC 510 Statics & Strengths of Materials (3)

An introduction to two dimensional engineering statics and mechanics of materials. Topics covered include the study of rigid bodies in static equilibrium and the study of the mechanics of materials with emphasis on stress and strain relationships.

ARC 511, 512 Structural Design (3, 3)

Development of basic applied knowledge in the design of structural elements and systems using common constructional materials in accordance with relevant code requirements. Prerequisite: ARC 410/510.

ARC 513 Environmental Systems I (3)

Understanding of the basic principles that inform the design of environmental systems, with an emphasis on the building envelope and energy-efficient systems, heat gain and loss, alternative energy systems, the design and integration of climate control systems (heating, ventilating, air-conditioning), and plumbing and fire prevention systems.

ARC 514 Environmental Systems II (3)

Understanding of the basic principles that inform the design of environmental systems, with an emphasis on lighting and power/data systems. Course topics include acoustics, life-safety systems, and building service systems.

ARC 517 Architectural Materials (3)

Introduction to materials and criteria for selection in architectural structures. Prerequisite: ARC 212.

ARC 518 Construction Methods (3)

Systematic approach to construction. Investigation of systems, concepts, and system building. Prerequisite: ARC 417.

ARC 524 Seminar on Modern Architecture in Latin America (3) 

The course combines general background readings on the subject with specific readings on a selected group of countries, architects and projects based on a thematic organization. The faculty presents introductory lectures, while class members will present the results of individual and team research and analysis as assigned. Some of the analysis will be graphical, some will be written; all presentations will require illustrations of the work(s) in question.

ARC 526 Architecture and Society (3) MPC

Examination of the relation between design professions and varying social-economic orders, with special emphasis given to the effect of this order on theory and practice of architecture.

ARC 527 The American City Since 1940 (3) MPT

Examination of the American city and its physical transformation since 1940. Studies how different experiences of the city are conditioned by issues of class, race, gender, culture. Cross-listed with BWS.

ARC 535 Theory and History of Landscape Architecture (3)

Examination of the role of the landscape architect in the environmental design process through discussion of history, methodology, and practice of contemporary landscape design.

ARC 541 Professional Practice (3)

Awareness of current legal problems and professional ethics relative to handling building projects from feasibility studies through development drawings, contract documents, bidding, and construction observation. Prerequisite: fourth year standing.

ARC 551 Modern and Contemporary Architecture (3)

Survey of stylistic technical and ideological development in architecture in late 19th and 20th centuries.

ARC 552 Recent Architecture Theory (3)

This seminar is designed to give students an understanding of the theory underlying contemporary architecture and its forms and to develop critical thinking about the relationship between history, form and the philosophical climate which gave rise to the ideals of Modernism and its legacies.

ARC 581, 582, 583, 584 Design Studio for M.Arch. Graduate Students (6, 6, 6, 6)

ARC 590 Independent Studies (1-3)

ARC 601/602 Architectural Design Studio (6, 6)

Professional-level architectural studio; variable topics.

ARC 612 Graphic Media I (2)

Begins the graphic media sequence for 500 level graduate studio students. Demonstrates 2-D hand based graphic tools and 3D techniques as design strategies that encompass creative expressivity, design analysis and representation through analytical, orthographic, and speculative drawings, media, and models. In addition to skill based learning objectives, introduces architecture design communication based in design history and contemporary theory. Concurrent registration in ARC 581 or approval of instructor required.

ARC 613 Graphic Media II (2-3; maximum 3)

Objective includes the full breadth of design communication techniques such as hand-based processes, digital 2D processes and 3D modeling and introduces modeling software, as well as time-based processes such as video, animation and web presentation techniques. In addition to skill based learning objectives, ARC613 supports architecture design communication based in history and contemporary theory. The graphic media sequence of ARC 612, ARC 613, ARC 614 encompass creative expressivity, design analysis and representation through analytical, orthographic, and speculative drawings, media, and models. Concurrent registration in ARC 582 or approval of instructor.

ARC 614 Graphic Media III (2-3; maximum 3)

Course completed in Spring in conjunction with ARC583 studio. Objective continues the full breadth of design communication techniques such as hand-based processes, digital 2D processes and 3D modeling and modeling software, as well as time-based processes such as video, animation and web presentation techniques. In addition to skill based learning objectives, ARC614 supports architecture design communication based in history and contemporary theory. The graphic media sequence of ARC 612, ARC 613, ARC 614 encompass creative expressivity, design analysis and representation through analytical, orthographic, and speculative drawings and models. Concurrent registration in ARC 583 or approval of instructor.

ARC 621 History of Architecture I (3)

Thorough and systematic survey of the history of architecture, interior design, and planning from Greece through the 17th Century, concentrating on the mainstream of Western traditions.

ARC 622 History of Architecture II (3)

Thorough and systematic survey of the history of architecture, interior design, and planning from the 18th to the 21st Century, concentrating on the mainstream of Western traditions.

ARC 634 Architectural Theory (3)

Introduction to techniques and procedures involved in methodical architectural research. Each student undertakes research project on a particular aspect of design. Open to majors only.

ARC 636 Design & Research Methods (3)

Essentials of architectural and cultural theory and possible research methods in support of theses and scholarly activity.

ARC 690 Independent Study (1-3)

ARC 700 Thesis Coursework (1-9)

Students in the M.Arch. II and M.Arch. III programs are required to develop a thesis that contains both a written and a design component. Students pursue this research independently in the context of a committee that typically includes a chair and at least one reader during the summer between the ARC 600 and ARC 700 studio levels and into the fall term. ARC 700 serves as an independent study research course directed by the student’s thesis mentor leading toward the development of a professional journal format paper and design project reviewed by a jury of professionals.

ARC 701 Architectural Pre-Thesis Design Studio (6)

Comprehensive, professional-level architectural studio with visiting critics. Students engage in design issues facilitated through a series of thesis preparatory problems during the first half of the term. Preparatory problems are conducted when possible with visiting scholars and may involve travel to engage significant scholars and design problem settings. The second half of the term involves the presentation of the written thesis research document to a panel of nationally recognized critics and a final end of the semester presentation focusing on the student’s thesis program and site design. Open to majors only.

ARC 702 Thesis Design (6)

Students select a major field of interest and pursue in-depth study and research into special areas of concentration, such as architectural design, environmental controls, architectural structures, or urban and regional planning. Open to majors only.

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