Architecture Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
ARCH 110 Foundation Design I

An introduction to the fundamental principles of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. With an emphasis on the visual and physical properties of shape and form, design strategies and their implications will be explored through a number of sequential studio projects. Drawing (freehand and mechanical), models, collage, and photography will serve as individual means of exploration, discovery, and presentation. Lectures and readings will supplement the studio projects.

ARCH 112 Introduction to the Designed Environment and Design Thinking

An introduction to design literacy and design processes in architecture and interior architecture, with a focus on fundamental principles of design, how they operate at different scales and contexts, and the iterative process involving ideation and reflection.

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II

Building on the design concepts and exploratory techniques of ARCH 110, this studio course emphasizes the acquisition of additional graphic skills and critical design thinking. Students will gain increased awareness of the various scales at which design principles operate. Design process and refined aesthetic judgment become integral objectives of each project. Prerequisite: ARCH 110.

Prerequisite: ARCH 110.

ARCH 124 Digital Media I

Fundamentals of digital representation in both 2-D and 3-D programs.

Corequisite: ARCH 120.

ARCH 125 History and Theory of Architecture I

History and theory of architecture from pre-antiquity to mid-17th century through built projects, drawings, and texts.

ARCH 210 Design Studio III

Introduction to Architecture as a discipline. Architecture as the interplay of the physical and the aesthetic. The role of natural and cultural forces in the shaping of the built environment. Explores the fundamental interrelationship of site, program, materials, and form and their importance in the creation of PLACE. Supplemental lectures readings will expose students to exemplary buildings and landscape designs.

Prerequisite: ARCH 120. Corequisite: ARCH 214.

ARCH 214 Digital Media II

Advanced digital media, including 3-D modeling and rendering programs; introduction to 3-D prefabrication.

Prerequisite: ARCH 124. Corequisite: ARCH 210.

ARCH 215 History and Theory of Architecture II

History and theory of architecture from mid-17th century to mid-20th century through built projects, drawings, and texts.

ARCH 220 Design Studio IV

A continuation of ARCH 210, with a greater emphasis on spatial sequence and the relationship between buildings and their physical context.

Prerequisite: ARCH 210.

ARCH 225 History and Theory of Architecture III

History and theory of architecture from mid-20th century to the present through built projects, drawings, and texts.

ARCH 310 Design Studio V

Introduces design projects in which spatial organization, along with principles of structure, materials, and site design, serve as form determinants. Aesthetic judgments based on technical concepts and applications become integral to the design process. 

Prerequisite: ARCH 220.

ARCH 312 Structures I

Introduction to basic structural theory with an emphasis on structural analysis and its application to the design and construction of buildings. Application of structural theory to the design of building components, including beams, columns, floors, roofs, and foundations. Focus on structures in timber and steel.

ARCH 313 Building Assemblies

A survey of component assemblies, construction detailing, and material properties. Focuses on the relationship of design intent to the final selection of subassemblies, details, and materials.

ARCH 320 Design Studio VI

A continuation of ARCH 310, with an emphasis on design-build team projects that explore iterative design investigations through full-scale fabrications. 

Prerequisite: ARCH 310.

ARCH 321 The Literature of Architecture

An examination of seminal writings on architecture from the Classical period to the Present. Written works that are considered significant to the history and culture of the discipline will be read and discussed. Theoretical arguments, architectural principles, and cultural critiques, along with their importance in shaping the thoughts of succeeding generations of practice, will be studied and assessed.

ARCH 322 Structures II

Further applications of principles introduced in ARCH 312 to both masonry and concrete structural systems.

Prerequisite: ARCH 312.

ARCH 324 Applied Digital Media

Advanced study in the technical and conceptual aspects of digital media applied to design processes and work-flow production.

ARCH 325 Exercises in Design Fabrication

This course is a “design build” course intended to explore projects at a scale that is manageable in both physical size and scope of work. Student projects will be limited to elements or experiences that are subservient to a dwelling whole. A critical look at domestic tools and contexts.

ARCH 410 Design Studio VII

Introduces building programs with a higher degree of complexity and requiring the application of principles of building structures, exterior envelopes, and materials selection.

Prerequisite: ARCH 320.

ARCH 411 Environmental Systems I

The impact of environmental forces on building and site design. Human comfort, thermal balance, and the principles/systems of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning.

ARCH 420 Design Studio VIII

A comprehensive architectural project based on a building program and site that includes development of programmed spaces demonstrating an understanding of structural and environmental systems, building envelope systems, life-safety provisions, wall sections, building assemblies, and the principles of sustainability.

Prerequisite: ARCH 410.

ARCH 421 Environmental Systems II

Principles and systems of water supply and distribution, electricity, lighting, acoustics, life safety, and building service systems.

Prerequisite: ARCH 411.

ARCH 450 Design Studio IX (A)

Studio projects focus on urban architecture—the relationship of buildings to one another, the street, and the neighborhood. Architecture and the creation of urban places.

Prerequisite: ARCH 420.

ARCH 451 The Art and Craft of Building I

An examination of how architecture engages natural and physical forces in both its conception and realization. Focusing on an in-depth description and analysis of key works by selected architects, the course explores the various design approaches and design methods architects employ that are specific to the discipline itself, including those dealing with program, site, materials, and construction. Includes readings of primary writings by the architects and drawing/model analyses by students.

ARCH 452 LEED Building Certification

An examination of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Certification process and its role in the design, construction, and operation of high performance “green” buildings.

ARCH 453 History and Theories of Urban Form

A survey of the geographic, cultural, political, and economic contexts of cities and their role in the genesis and alterations of urban form. Cities as ideological and physical landscapes configured in two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional form, with an emphasis on their architectural and spatial characteristics.

Prerequisite: ARCH 224.

ARCH 460 Design Studio X (A)

The capstone project for the professional degree. Students pursue an architectural design topic of their interest, construct a professional/theoretical position, and test this position through their project.

Prerequisite: ARCH 450. Corequisite: ARCH 462.

ARCH 462 Professional Practice

The basic principles and legal aspects of practice organization, financial management, business planning, time and product management, risk mitigation, and mediation and arbitration. Discusses current and future trends affecting the nature of practice, including globalization, outsourcing, project delivery methods, expanded practices settings, diversity, etc.

Corequisite: ARCH 460.

ARCH 552 Digital Media III Advanced computer application for analysis, design, and presentation. 3
ARCH 595 Thesis Research

Examines research methods to assist in the formulation of the thesis undertaken in the final design project (ARCH 610). Case studies, investigations of professional literature, and readings from primary sources serve as primary research instruments. 

ARCH 610 Design Thesis I

The terminal project in which students will be required to formulate a well-reasoned, clearly articulated position on an architectural, urban design, or technical issue based on the research pursued in ARCH 595. After developing an overall design strategy, each student is expected to thoroughly test his/her position through in-depth investigation and project synthesis in the design studio. 

ARCH 620 Thesis Documentation

After the student’s final thesis presentation to the school, each thesis project is assembled in the form of a book fully describing and illustrating the project research, the thesis underpinning the project, the design process and methodology, and the final design (the project synthesis). At the conclusion of the documentation, the book is presented to the school’s Thesis Library, where it becomes part of an expanding repository of research for all students. 

ARCH 621 Design Thesis II

The terminal project in which students will be required to formulate a well-reasoned, clearly articulated position on an architectural, urban design, or technical issue based on the research pursued in ARCH 595. After developing an overall design strategy, each student is expected to thoroughly test his/her position through in-depth investigation and project synthesis in the design studio. This course is a continuation of content explored and developed in ARCH 610.