Architecture

Courses

100 Level

  • ARCH 101 Introduction to Architecture
     

    ARCH 101

    Introduction to Architecture
    This course introduces students to the theories and profession of architecture and encourages creative and analytical thought. By considering the entire scope of the discipline and the profession, the course focuses on developing an ability to ask appropriate questions in relation to decision making regarding the built environment. Students explore the abstract, spatial, social/cultural, environmental and tectonic concepts that affect the built environment.

200 Level

  • ARCH 241 Construction Technology I
     

    ARCH 241

    Construction Technology I
    This course provides an introduction to building materials and their use in wood and masonry construction. The course also promotes an understanding of the various constructed assemblies—both structural and nonstructural—that, when combined, form a complete building. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 101 or INDS 110, and DRAW 115.

300 Level

  • ARCH 301 Architecture Design Studio I
     

    ARCH 301

    Architecture Design Studio I
    This course is the first in a sequence of architectural design studio courses designed to develop students’ abilities to create meaningful architectural design solutions. In this course, students solve simple architectural design problems. The course concentrates on the ways in which basic human factors affect and inform architectural design. Lectures include topics such as behavioral aspects of design and human aspiration. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 241, ARLH 206, ARLH 208, ARTH 110, COMM 105, DSGN 225, ELDS 225, ENGL 123, MATH 201, PHYS 201.
  • ARCH 302 Architecture Design Studio II
     

    ARCH 302

    Architecture Design Studio II
    This studio course concentrates on the ways in which a building’s site and environmental context influence architectural design. Students conduct simple site analyses and make design decisions on that basis. The ability to create meaningful design solutions and fulfill simple programmatic requirements also is emphasized. Lectures include topics such as environmental and site issues and the meaning of places. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 301.
  • ARCH 303 Architecture Design Studio III
     

    ARCH 303

    Architecture Design Studio III
    This studio course concentrates on the ways in which the nature of structural systems, including long-span structures, affects and informs architectural design. Students design projects that address tectonic and structural issues. Lectures include topics such as structural systems and the tectonic language of architecture. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 302.
  • ARCH 313 Gender in Architectural Theory and Practice
     

    ARCH 313

    Gender in Architectural Theory and Practice
    This seminar course introduces students to the achievements, contributions and evidence of women in the male-dominated field of architecture in order to explore the theoretical and professional impacts of gender in the field. Through exploration of this less represented group, students of all genders understand the importance of the contribution of all groups, both major and minor, to the advancement and future of the profession of architecture.
  • ARCH 319 Structures: General Structure
     

    ARCH 319

    Structures: General Structure
    Basic principles of strength of materials, applied mechanics and structural theory are used for design and analysis of simple frames and simple beams for wood and steel building structures. Prerequisite(s): MATH 201, PHYS 201.
  • ARCH 341 Construction Technology II
     

    ARCH 341

    Construction Technology II
    This course builds upon information introduced in Construction Technology I by emphasizing the various existing and emerging technologies, materials, assemblies and their characteristics. The influences of building codes, industry standards and programmatic requirements on the selection of both structural and nonstructural elements are discussed. The course also introduces students to construction drawings and detailing, and develops an understanding of the relationship between drawings and specifications. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 241.
  • ARCH 361 Environmental Control I
     

    ARCH 361

    Environmental Control I
    This course introduces students to the basics of environmental control systems for buildings and focuses on the thermal control of the built environment. Topics include energy sources, climate, human comfort and heat flow through building components. Students are introduced to the design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as passive heating and cooling systems. The principles of energy economics and their implications for architectural design also are addressed. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 201.

400 Level

  • ARCH 403 Story Savannah: Designing Relationships
     

    ARCH 403

    Story Savannah: Designing Relationships
    Savannah contains fascinating, unique stories that articulate an architecture of people and what they achieved during challenging periods to construct racial justice, preservation and neighborhood empowerment in Savannah.  Key "constructive protagonists" in Savannah meet with students to tell their story.  Oral histories are conducted, then transformed/materialized/visualized into a design in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative class context. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, DRAW 100.
  • ARCH 404 Architecture Design Studio IV
     

    ARCH 404

    Architecture Design Studio IV
    This studio course concentrates on the issues raised by creating new architecture in existing high density urban contexts with complex social and cultural characters. The course focuses on creating well-developed and meaningful solutions to complex architectural problems in the urban environment. In addition to performing in-depth analysis of the urban site and the functional program, students prepare formal building type analyses as a way of understanding the tradition of building in the city. Students learn how to design buildings with vertical circulation systems and understand the issues related to multi-story architectural solutions. Lectures include topics such as urban context; social and cultural issues related to dense urban settings; vertical circulation systems; and analytical methods for understanding the urban setting. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 303, ARCH 319, ARCH 341, ARCH 361, ARLH 211, social/behavioral sciences elective.
  • ARCH 405 Architecture Design Studio V
     

    ARCH 405

    Architecture Design Studio V
    This studio course addresses complex architectural problems in large non-urban and natural sites with topographic variation. Projects include a variety of building types with complex functional programs and structural systems. In addition to performing in-depth analysis of the natural site and functional needs, students develop building programs as a way of understanding the relationship between analysis, synthesis and communication throughout the design process. Students are expected to apply LEED design guidelines to their projects. Lectures include topics such as methods for site and program analysis; topography; design methods and processes in natural or rural sites; global environmental issues and sustainable architecture. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 404.
  • ARCH 406 Architecture Design Studio VI
     

    ARCH 406

    Architecture Design Studio VI
    This studio course focuses on building systems analysis and integration. It involves adaptive reuse of existing structures and work with a real client to develop a program of moderate complexity that responds to project objectives and exceeds the client needs. Students are required to make decisions relative to the client’s needs and desires and respond to the various requirements of users, stakeholders and the public domain. Students are expected to develop the ability to make theoretical and technical judgments with confidence and produce sophisticated design solutions. Lectures include topics such as the client’s role in architecture; materiality; environmental control systems; building service systems; adaptive reuse; and community and social responsibility. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 405.
  • ARCH 414 Parametric and Generative Design Strategies for the Building Arts
     

    ARCH 414

    Parametric and Generative Design Strategies for the Building Arts
    In this course, students explore parametric and generative modeling through associative geometry using advanced applications in building design. The course focuses on simulating behavioral and formal responses to design constraints and limits and rules as a framework for understanding their implications as applied to building form. These responses range from conceptual form-finding strategies to structure and envelope systems. Prerequisite(s): ELDS 225.
  • ARCH 421 Advanced Architectural Presentation
     

    ARCH 421

    Advanced Architectural Presentation
    In this studio course, students explore traditional and contemporary methods of advanced graphic presentations as a means of communication in architectural design. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 101, DRAW 115.
  • ARCH 428 Architectural Craft and Tectonics
     

    ARCH 428

    Architectural Craft and Tectonics
    This course develops an understanding of the relationship of architecture to the sticks and stones of which it is made. The logic of construction is sought by analyzing the creation of architectural form. Exercises explore the design and fabrication of architectural elements, connections and entire structures. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 341, ARCH 404.
  • ARCH 435 Site Plan Design and Development
     

    ARCH 435

    Site Plan Design and Development
    The basis of this course is to provide site development and design from the conception of a project through to the final site stage. The course begins with site selection and progresses through sediment and erosion control requirements, building location, parking and ADA requirements, storm runoff, and landscape requirements. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 352, ARCH 461.
  • ARCH 436 Applied Structures
     

    ARCH 436

    Applied Structures
    This course introduces students to a variety of structural systems and gives them the tools to help them select appropriate systems for their designs. Students learn how to approximate structural member sizes and gain a broad understanding of material behavior to prepare them to make structural design decisions. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 341, ARCH 352.
  • ARCH 438 Urban Issues Seminar
     

    ARCH 438

    Urban Issues Seminar
    The seminar investigates the city as a specific power to affect people, materials and the relationships between the two. Use, form and social values of the city are analyzed to decipher relationships between morphology and the logic of change. Because classical urban studies involve accurate transpositions of the city by means of either physical or socio-economic descriptions, both physical and socio-economic factors are integrated into the course. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 101.
  • ARCH 461 Environmental Control II
     

    ARCH 461

    Environmental Control II
    This course is complementary to ARCH 361 and focuses on the visual and acoustical aspects of the built environment and on other building service systems. The course covers illumination and lighting systems, day lighting, lighting design, electricity and electrical systems, architectural acoustics and building noise control, water supply and waste systems, and fire protection and fire alarm systems. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 201.
  • ARCH 465 Sustainable Design
     

    ARCH 465

    Sustainable Design
    This course provides an overview of critical developments in sustainable building design strategies by examining environmental problems and possible solutions through design. Readings, lectures, guest speaker presentations and class discussion introduce students to the need for and possibilities of becoming effective green builders and architects. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 461.
  • ARCH 490 Portfolio Preparation and Presentation
     

    ARCH 490

    Portfolio Preparation and Presentation
    This course focuses on the development and production of professional materials, from the initial contact piece to an effective portfolio. The letterhead and mailing package, business card and résumé are discussed, as are ways to make the portfolio economically feasible and reproducible for mailing and tips on personally presenting the portfolio. A series of exercises explores the available media and design possibilities of packaging, graphic documentation of a student’s project and similar topics. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 303.
  • ARCH 495 Special Topics in Architecture
     

    ARCH 495

    Special Topics in Architecture
    The selected topics of this course vary from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of architecture and offers the student an opportunity to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

700 Level

  • ARCH 703 Advanced Story Savannah: Designing Relationships
     

    ARCH 703

    Advanced Story Savannah: Designing Relationships
    Savannah harbors many fascinating and unique stories that articulate an architecture of people and what they achieved during challenging periods to construct racial justice, preservation and neighborhood empowerment in their community.  In this course, key "constructive protagonists" of Savannah meet with students to tell their stories. Advanced levels of oral histories are conducted and transformed/materialized/visualized into a design within a multi-disciplinary, collaborative class context.
  • ARCH 706 Architectural Practices
     

    ARCH 706

    Architectural Practices
    This course presents a study of professionalism and ethics as they relate to design professionals. Students conduct detailed analysis of professional practices, including office and corporate structure, administration, public and client relations, consultant and contractor relations, project administration and procedures, and compensation.
  • ARCH 713 Gender in Architectural Theory and Practice
     

    ARCH 713

    Gender in Architectural Theory and Practice
    This seminar course introduces students to the achievements, contributions and evidence of women in the male-dominated field of architecture in order to explore the theoretical and professional impacts of gender in the field. Through exploration of this less represented group, students of all genders are able to understand the importance of the contribution of all groups, both major and minor, to the advancement and future of the profession of architecture.
  • ARCH 714 Advanced Parametric Design and Generative Modeling Strategies for the Building Arts
     

    ARCH 714

    Advanced Parametric Design and Generative Modeling Strategies for the Building Arts
    Students in this course explore advanced parametric design and generative modeling through associative geometry using advanced applications for building design. The course focuses on simulating behavioral and formal responses to design constraints, limits and rules as a framework for understanding their implications as applied to structural and envelope systems. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.
  • ARCH 715 Construction Management
     

    ARCH 715

    Construction Management
    This course provides graduate students with the skills and knowledge to plan, estimate and prepare working budgets and contracts, as well as schedule and manage construction projects. The course places a major emphasis on the ability of an architecture student to provide architectural supervision before and during the construction phase of building projects.
  • ARCH 717 Graduate Architecture Studio I
     

    ARCH 717

    Graduate Architecture Studio I
    This studio course investigates sustainable strategies for the neighborhood, city and mega-city. Students consider historical patterns of urban settlement and form-making, contemporary forces impacting cities worldwide, and the legal and financial framework of urban development retrofitting the city for ecological solutions. This study includes development of strategies ranging from publicly funded infrastructure, including application of landscape, through privately funded development of public space. Student teams analyze and diagram both physical and social contexts to develop typologies and plan concepts portrayed through master plan and perspective scenarios.
  • ARCH 719 Structures: Lateral Forces
     

    ARCH 719

    Structures: Lateral Forces
    In this course, students are expected to solve complex structural problems and make informed selections from structural system alternatives. Structural problems involve steel and reinforced concrete systems in large, complex and/or multistory buildings. Special emphasis is given to designing structures to withstand lateral forces.
  • ARCH 721 Landscape Design for Urban Design
     

    ARCH 721

    Landscape Design for Urban Design
    Students are introduced to the study of exterior spaces as they relate to and complement building design. Through lectures, studio problems and field trips, the course explores the historical background of landscape design, theory, site analysis, environmental issues and plant materials.
  • ARCH 727 Graduate Architecture Studio II
     

    ARCH 727

    Graduate Architecture Studio II
    This studio course emphasizes holistic and integral architectural design. The course reinforces the conceptualization process introduced in earlier studios and integrates knowledge gained in other architecture courses. The studio requires students to advance their architectural design skills to include the highest achievable level of detail in a moderately complex architectural problem. Students are expected to develop the ability to make theoretical and technical judgments with confidence and produce highly sophisticated design solutions. Lectures include topics such as programmin,; materiality, details and connections, building systems integration, energy simulation and construction cost control. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 717.
  • ARCH 728 Architectural Craft and Tectonics
     

    ARCH 728

    Architectural Craft and Tectonics
    Students in this course develop an understanding of the relationship of architecture to the sticks and stones of which it is made. The logic of construction is sought by analyzing the creation of architectural form. Exercises explore the design and fabrication of architectural elements, connections and entire structures.
  • ARCH 729 Real Estate Financing and Development
     

    ARCH 729

    Real Estate Financing and Development
    This lecture course introduces the facilitation of private development for the city through finance, real estate, historic certification, equity structuring, legal structuring, debt financing and property management. Public/private partnerships and cooperative development tools involving grants and funding are explored. Prerequisite(s): URBA 715.
  • ARCH 730 Architecture Design Management
     

    ARCH 730

    Architecture Design Management
    Design management—the consideration and allocation of resources through design—is a critical skill for architects in today’s construction industry. Examination of the building design process, construction process, design management principles and case studies are employed to develop and apply design management skills.
  • ARCH 735 Site Plan Design and Development
     

    ARCH 735

    Site Plan Design and Development
    This course teaches site development and design from the conception of a project through to the final site stage. The course begins with site selection and progresses through sediment and erosion control requirements, building location, parking and ADA requirements, storm runoff and landscape requirements.
  • ARCH 736 Applied Structures
     

    ARCH 736

    Applied Structures
    This course leads students into an in-depth study of a variety of structural systems and gives them tools to help them select appropriate systems for their designs. Students learn how to approximate structural member sizes and gain a broad understanding of material behavior to prepare them to make structural design decisions.
  • ARCH 737 Graduate Architecture Studio III
     

    ARCH 737

    Graduate Architecture Studio III
    This course is a continuation of Graduate Architecture Studio II and requires successful completion of the preceding studio. This studio course emphasizes holistic and integral architectural design. The studio requires students to continue the development of a design that includes the highest achievable level of detail in a moderately complex architectural problem. Students are expected to develop the ability to make theoretical and technical judgments with confidence and produce highly sophisticated design solutions. Topics include programming, materiality, details and connections, building systems integration, energy simulation and construction cost control. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 727.
  • ARCH 743 Algorithmic Form
     

    ARCH 743

    Algorithmic Form
    The course provides a survey of algorithmic techniques that generate structures of specific interest to architects.  The structures include, but are not limited to, those derived from the use of recursion (fractal curves), surface (2-D Sierpinski carpet) and spatial (3-D Menger sponge) subdivision, mappings of time based phenomena to 3-D geometry and the application of shape grammars, such as L-systems. The Maya Embedded Language and Python are the principle scripting environments in which students explore and evaluate the architectural merits of a variety of algorithmic methods. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 709 or ELDS 750 or ITGM 721 or VSFX 708 or permission of the department chair.
  • ARCH 745 Graduate Seminar in Architecture
     

    ARCH 745

    Graduate Seminar in Architecture
    This seminar course serves as a workshop for focused thesis topic formulation and development through an investigation documented in an in-depth formal research paper. This research paper is incorporated into the thesis text. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 706, ARCH 719, ARCH 737, ELDS 727, directed elective, 500- to 700-level HIPR or URBA elective.
  • ARCH 747 Graduate Architecture Studio IV
     

    ARCH 747

    Graduate Architecture Studio IV
    This studio course centers on a variety of topics within or related to the School of Building Arts. The focus studio builds upon selected student electives in architectural history, digital design, design management, historic preservation, interior design, sustainability, architectural history or urban design. Possible focus areas for the studio may include architecture and topics from students' selected area of elective coursework. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 706, ARCH 719, ELDS 727.
  • ARCH 754 Architecture Seminar
     

    ARCH 754

    Architecture Seminar
    This seminar provides graduate architecture students with an opportunity to investigate and understand new and emerging issues in the field of architecture. Such issues may include new research in computer-aided design. Architectural technologies, sustainability, design method and urban design. In addition to actively participating in the seminar, all students are required to conduct an in-depth investigation of one emerging issue. Attendance at related professional conferences is strongly recommended.
  • ARCH 755 Comprehensive Structural Design
     

    ARCH 755

    Comprehensive Structural Design
    The basis of this course is to structurally design a building starting from the concept phase and completing with structural design drawings. The course begins with site layout and analysis and continues with use and occupancy requirements and final structural design, including foundations, floor, roof, walls and lateral bracing. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 719.
  • ARCH 760 Sustainable Design
     

    ARCH 760

    Sustainable Design
    This course provides an overview of critical developments in sustainable building design strategies by examining environmental problems and possible solutions through design. Readings, lectures, guest speaker presentations and class discussion introduce students to the needs and possibilities of being effective green builders and architects.
  • ARCH 765 Emerging Urban Issues
     

    ARCH 765

    Emerging Urban Issues
    This seminar examines pressing contemporary technological, cultural, theoretical and economically driven issues relevant to urban design and development. Emerging issues for the 21st century include the sociological impact and infrastructure needs attendant to vast ethnic migrations, the rapid growth and sprawl of mega cities, and the creation of new cities.
  • ARCH 769 Hybrid Media Presentation in Architecture
     

    ARCH 769

    Hybrid Media Presentation in Architecture
    This course explores advanced architecture design expression and presentation. It examines the traditional methods of architectural graphics and visual communication and the digital methods of computer aided architectural design. This course includes traditional design presentation techniques and advanced digital presentation with different media.  
  • ARCH 770 Graduate Architecture Portfolio
     

    ARCH 770

    Graduate Architecture Portfolio
    This course focuses on the development and production of an economically feasible and reproducible portfolio and supports graduate digital portfolio construction.
  • ARCH 772 Master Builder
     

    ARCH 772

    Master Builder
    Beginning with a guided design project, students collaboratively design a building considering cost analysis and feasibility of construction while producing detailed architectural drawings that are used to build the project. After concluding the design phase, students work on selection and acquisition of materials, prefabrication of building components and the final construction of their design. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair.
  • ARCH 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    ARCH 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • ARCH 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    ARCH 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • ARCH 780 Special Topics in Architecture
     

    ARCH 780

    Special Topics in Architecture
    The selected topics of this course vary from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of architecture and offers the student an opportunity to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
  • ARCH 781 Landscape Design
     

    ARCH 781

    Landscape Design
    Students are introduced to the theory and study of exterior spaces as they relate to and complement building designs. Through lectures, research, studio problems and field trips, the course explores the historical background of landscape design, theory, site analysis, environmental issues and plant materials.
  • ARCH 798 Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis I
     

    ARCH 798

    Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis I
    This studio course is the first part of the two-quarter long architectural design thesis. Students select a topic and prototype, which has been approved by the thesis committee prior to the beginning of this course. The content, scheduling and college requirements for the architecture thesis are delineated in the thesis guidelines. This course is dedicated to development of the concept, context, site, program and schematic design of the architectural design thesis. Students entering this course must have completed a research paper in support of the thesis premise and context. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 745, ARCH 747.
  • ARCH 799 Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis II
     

    ARCH 799

    Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis II
    This studio course is the second of a two-quarter long architectural design thesis. The content, scheduling and college requirements for the architecture thesis are delineated in the thesis guidelines. Prior to the beginning of this studio, students must have developed an architectural project to the schematic design level. This studio is directed to refinement, detailed design development, presentation and exhibition of the architectural thesis design. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 798.