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General Bulletin 2008-2010

Courses of Instruction

ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN (ARC-Fine Arts)

101/102 Architecture 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, 2)

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 three dimensional analysis and synthesis in design process and representation. Includes orthographics, perspective, sketching, drafting, photography, rendering, and web design. Open to majors only.

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 non-majors. IIA, B, H. (Does not meet requirements for major in architecture or interior design).

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 (5, 5)

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(s): ARC 101-102. Open to 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 architecture majors: ARC 202; corequisite waived for non-majors.

MPF 212 Principles of Environmental Systems (3)

Understanding of the basic principles that inform the design of environmental and structural systems and their integration into building design. Corequisite: ARC 211 and concurrent registration in ARC 201 or 203; corequisite and prerequisite waived for non-majors. 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. Non-majors 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 non-majors with approval of instructor.

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.

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; open to majors only.

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(s): ARC 303, 304 or ARC302. 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. Non-majors encouraged to seek course work in their area of interest.

405C Typology and Regionalism (3)

405E Renaissance Architecture (3) (MPT)

405G Gothic Architecture (3) (MPT)

405Q Housing Case Studies (3)

405U Urban Field Experience (3) (MPC)

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.

410/510 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.

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 410/510.

413/513 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.

414/514 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.

417/517 Architectural Materials (3)

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

418/518 Construction Methods (3)

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

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.

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. Cross-listed with BWS.

428/528 Japanese Architecture (3)

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

430/530 Plants in Design (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 the 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 observation. 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.

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. Offered infrequently.

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 and Contemporary Architecture (3)

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

452/552 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.

458/558 Cities of Difference (3)

Feminist geographic perspectives on urban theory and on the construction, use, and transformation of urban space. Prerequisite: GEO 201 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ARC 458/558.

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

490/590 Independent Studies (1-3, 1-3)

601/602 Architectural Design Studio (6, 6)

Professional-level architectural studio; variable topics.

613 Graphic Media I (2-3; maximum 3)

An introduction to various graphic media as tools of environmental design. Emphasis is placed on the use of traditional media as tools of 3-dimensional analysis and synthesis in design process and representation. Includes traditional media exploration, an introduction to ways of seeing to gain visual knowledge through freehand sketching and life drawing followed by an introduction to basic orthographic, paraline, and perspective drawing principles.

614 Graphic Media II (2-3; maximum 3)

An introduction to various graphic media as tools of environmental design. Emphasis is placed on the use 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.

615 Graphic Media III (2-3; 3 maximum)

An introduction to computer drawing/drafting and 3-D modeling software to investigate the computer as a design tool. The course encourages experimentation with mixed media, building upon the traditional skills of drawing, model building, and rendering. Continued studies in perspective and orthographic drawing as well as rendering techniques involving watercolor and marker will be integrated as an additional focus throughout the course.

616 Graphic Media IV (2-3; maximum 3)

An introduction to computer 3-D modeling software to investigate the computer as a design tool. The course will also explore mixed media as an advanced course in traditional wet media (marker and watercolor) and their integration with digital media as a powerful design and graphic tool. Continued studies in perspective and orthographic drawing as well as highly advanced rendering techniques involving watercolor, marker, and the computer will be emphasized.

621 History of Architecture (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.
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.

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.

636 Design & Research Methods (3)

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

690 Independent Study (1-3)

700 Thesis Coursework (1)

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.

701 Architectural Pre-Thesis Design Studio (6-12)

Comprehensive, professional-level architectural studio with visiting critics. Open to majors only. (6) 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.

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.


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