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General Bulletin 2004-2006

Courses of Instruction


Note: Unless otherwise indicated, courses in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design are open to all university students with proper prerequisites. Nonmajors note ARC 188 Ideas in Western Architecture and courses in environmental systems, history and philosophy, landscape architecture, and urban design.

101-102 Architectural Design Studio (5,5)

Introduction to spectrum of influences which determine environmental form. Emphasis placed upon development of understanding and appreciation of our man-made environment. Methods of communication and development of visual vocabulary capable of understanding and expressing three-dimensional form and space emphasized. Open to majors only.

113-114 Methods of Presentation, Representation and Re-Presentation (2,0)

Introduction to various graphic media as tools of environmental design. Emphasis is placed on use and integration of traditional and digital media as tools of 3-dimensional analysis and synthesis in design process and representation. Includes orthographics, perspective, sketching, drafting, photography, rendering, and web design. Prerequisites: ARC 113, ARC 101. Open to majors only. Concurrent course: ARC 102.

MPF 188 Ideas in Western Architecture (3)

General survey of the history of Western architecture and an introduction to the elements of visual thinking as exhibited in architecture. Primarily intended for nonmajors. IIA, B, H. (Does not meet departmental requirements)

201-202 Architectural Design Studio (5,5)

Design of the environment as a creative process requiring a language and methods similar yet distinct from other arts. Design projects in man-made environment at different scales, and in natural and man-made environment interface. Introduction to paths in the environmental design curriculum and career opportunities. Prerequisite: ARC 101-102. Open to majors only.

203-204 Interior Design Studio (6, 6)

Introductory problems in interior design integrating aesthetic, social, technical, and graphic communication requirements. Emphasis on design theory, process, programming, and human factors. Focus on residential and small-scale commercial building types. Prerequisite: ART 111, 171 and ARC 113, 114 or approval of instructor. Open to interior design majors only.

211 Introduction to Landscape and Urban Design (3)

Introduction to principles and elements of the larger environment: landscape and urban design. Corequisite for environmental design majors: ARC 201; corequisite waived for nonmajors.

MPF 212 Principles of Environmental Systems (3)

Prerequisite for environmental design majors: ARC 211 and concurrent registration in ARC 202; corequisite and prerequisite waived for nonmajors. V.

213 Graphic Media III (2)

Introduction to the use of graphic media as tools of architectural design. Emphasis placed on the integration of traditional and digital media in the design process. Includes CAD, rendering techniques, perspective, sketching and modeling. Prerequisites: ARC 113 and ARC 114. Concurrent registration in ARC 201 or 203 required.

214 Graphic Media IV (2)

Introduction to the use of graphic media as tools of architectural design. Emphasis placed on the integration of traditional and digital media in the design process. Includes 3-D modeling and rendering software, advanced rendering techniques, perspective sketching and modeling. Prerequisites: ARC 113, ARC 114, and ARC 213. Concurrent registration in ARC 202 or 204 required.

MPF 221, 222 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (3,3)

Thorough and systematic survey of the history of architecture and urban design from prehistoric times to present, concentrating upon the mainstream of Western traditions. Nonmajors welcome. IIA, B, H.

225 Design and Human Behavior (3)

Study of perception and psychological response to the built environment. Emphasis on cultural differences, design for special populations, ergonomics, and anthropometrics.

301-302 Architectural Design Studio (6,6)

Study of design processes and methods of implementation in the solution of architectural and other environmental design problems at an intermediate level of complexity. Prerequisite: ARC 201-202; open to majors only.

303-304 Interior Design Studio (6, 6)

Intermediate problems in interior design integrating aesthetic, social, technical, and graphic communication requirements. Emphasis on retail, institutional, hospitality, and preservation and reuse project types. Prerequisite: ARC 203-204 or ARC 201-202. Open to architecture majors with approval of instructor.

309 Furniture Design and Construction (3)

Exploration of the process of designing, detailing, and constructing furniture and millwork. Introduction to the materials of architectural millwork and the technologies of construction. Studio exercises provide experience in both design and execution of furniture and millwork. Prerequisite: third-year standing or approval of instructor; required for interior design majors; open to nonmajors with approval of instructor.

312 Principles of Environmental Systems (3)

Statistics and strength of materials as an introduction to structural design. Prerequisite: ARC 212.

321 History of Interiors (3)

Thorough and systematic survey of interior design from prehistoric times to present. Emphasis on the social and cultural influences on the design and evolution of interior environments. Prerequisite: ARC 221-222.

335 Landscape: Inquiry and Experience (3)

Course is an explanation of cultural and physical landscape concerns through field walks, theoretical and poetic writings, and technical and design exercises.

336 Landscape: Construction Methods and Design (3)

A companion course to ARC 335 which focuses on the technical construction and manipulation of landscape form through grading (landform), materials, and architectural form.

343 Advanced Architectural Graphics (3)

Development of advanced skills in delineation and drawing supportive in architectural design. Prerequisite: ARC 114 or permission of instructor.

401-402 Architectural Design Studio (6, 6)

Study of design processes and methods of implementation in the comprehensive solution of complex environmental design problems. Prerequisite: ARC 301-302; majors only.
MPC 402.C Senior Studio Capstone Experience (6)

403 Interior Design Studio (6)

Comprehensive studio integrating all programmatic, technical, and professional requirements of a complex project. Emphasis on space planning, systems furniture design, and the preparation of construction drawings and specifications for a commercial office project. Prerequisite: ARC 303 or 304 and senior standing. Open to architecture majors with approval of instructor.

404/504, 405/505, 406/506 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. Nonmajors encouraged to seek course work in their area of interest.

405.C Typology and Regionalism (3)
MPT 405.E Renaissance Architecture (3)
MPT 405.G Gothic Architecture (3)
405.Q Housing Case Studies (3)
MPC 405.U Urban Field Experience (3)

MPC 408 Interior Design Studio (6)

Summative studio integrating liberal learning and specialized knowledge in a single, complex project of the student's choosing. Prerequisite: ARC 403; open to interior design majors only.

411/511-412/512 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 312. Offered infrequently.

413/513 Environmental Systems (3)

Introduction to natural phenomena of luminous, thermal, and acoustical environments and principles of the design of man-made environmental controls. Emphasis given to energy-efficient lighting, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems.

414/514 Environmental Controls (3)

Mechanical and electrical systems design with emphasis on the building envelope, energy codes, and design of energy-efficient buildings. Systems include typical heating and air conditioning systems, heat pumps, active solar systems, and architectural lighting and electrical distribution systems.

417/517 Architectural Materials (3)

Introduction to materials and criteria for selection in architectural structures. Prerequisite: ARC 211-212 for architecture majors; ARC 212 for interior design majors.

418/518 Construction Methods (3)

Systematic approach to construction. Investigation of systems, concepts, and system building. Open to majors only.

419 Materials of Interior Design (3)

Exploration of the various materials and finishes available to the interior designer, their inherent characteristics, and the ways in which they can be combined into construction assemblies. Emphasis on interior finish materials and textiles. Prerequisite: ARC 417 or permission of instructor.

421/521 Seminar in Architectural Philosophy (1-3)

In-depth explorations into 20th century architectural philosophy. Explores connections between philosophical texts and architectural theory. Important philosophical trends, sociocultural forces, and personalities examined. Prerequisite: ARC 221-222. Offered infrequently.

MPC 426/526 Architecture and Society (3)

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.

MPT 427/527 The American City Since 1940 (3)

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.

428/528 Japanese Architecture (3)

Survey of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design of Japan from prehistoric to modern times. Offered infrequently.

430 Plants in Design (1-2)

A workshop-style sprint course that investigates the basic ideological, conceptual, and technical issues that affect and influence planting designs. Prerequisite: BOT 155 or BOT 241 or permission of instructor.

435/535 Principles of Landscape Architecture (3)

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

441/541 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 supervision. Prerequisite: fourth year standing.

444 Professional Practice in Interior Design (3)

Investigation of processes, practices, and ethics involved in interior design profession. Course emphasizes integration of specifications, cost estimating, office and project management, and contract writing into the design process. Prerequisite: fourth-year standing or approval of instructor.

445/545 Vernacular Architecture (3)

Environmental qualities of ordinary environments studied cross-culturally to determine relevance in contemporary architecture. ARC 445 cross-listed with AMS 445. Offered infrequently.

446/546 The Visual Manifesto (3)

Examination and production of the architectural manifesto in written, graphic, and multimedia form. Involves the integration of text, traditional graphic media and computer software. Prerequisites: Open to Junior, Senior, and Graduate majors only.

450/550 Environmental Futures (3,3)

A survey of current and historic theory about the future of the built environment, including the work of futurologists, visionary architects, and professional forecasters. Offered infrequently.

451/551 Modern Architecture (3)

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

490 Independent Reading (1-3)

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

590, 690 Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)

601-602 Architectural Design Studio (6, 6)

Professional-level architectural studio. Shorter problems interspersed with nationally known visiting critics. Open to majors only.

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.

701 Architectural Design Studio (6-12)

Comprehensive, professional-level architectural studio with visiting critics. Open to majors only.

702 Thesis Design (6-12)

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.

735 Thesis Seminar (3)

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