Fall 2021 ARC Electives

Any 500 level or higher graduate course at UB can count as an elective in the M.Arch program. If a student wishes to take a course outside of the Department of Architecture, they must work with the departmetnt offering the course to register. The courses below are offered by the Department of Architecture. Note that many of these courses have limited seats because they are dual listed with an undergraduate course. 

Additional technical methods and intellectual domain seminars can also be used as electives in the M.Arch program. 

ARC 521 Special Topics: Global Practices in Design (Ken MacKay)

This course will be taught as two parallel narratives regarding Global Practices in Design. The first narrative will be a class by class overview of important movements in art, architecture and design over the past century. Key movements will be examined in relationship to the social, political and economic factors which either played a role in its formation or which was reacted against. The intent of this approach to instruction is to provide students with a framework by which to recognize the societal forces which have an impact on the production of art, architecture and design.

The second narrative of the course will survey small, cutting-edge architecture firms across the globe. We will begin with a review of the theory of 'critical regionalism' proposed by Kenneth Frampton in the 1980's and follow that up with several readings that reinforce and/or question the validity of this theory. Students will then focus on the work of architects and artists working in different countries across the globe. The intent of the course is to facilitate students understanding of the design process used by various architects and to critically examine the relationship of this design process to the particular social, political and cultural milieu of the region in which each architect is generating the work.​

ARC 548 Building Project: Small Built Works (Brad Wales)

Course description pending 

ARC 549 Architectural Materials- Annette Lecuyer

This seminar will focus upon the tectonic, the convergence of poetry and technique in architecture. The course will explore innovative uses of materials through the examination of a series of contemporary buildings by distinguished international architects. It will seek to develop an understanding of how technical decisions in the deployment of materials, construction systems and details can be directed towards conceptual and cultural ends.

ARC 584 Professional Practice 2 (TBD)

Examines early career development in the profession of architecture. Develops awareness and understand the various professional trajectories available, and develop knowledge as to the necessary steps needed for career advancement and ancillary opportunities. Through presentations, readings and weekly discussions, students will examine both traditional and alternative career paths in architecture and architectural design. Includes lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

ARC 590 Shinohara (Georgios Rafaildis)

Over the last year, we all spent a lot of time at home!

In this course, we will take a closer look at domestic space by engaging with the work of the Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara. He was arguably the most influential architect of modern Japan despite the fact that most of his built work (35 out of 42) consists of houses, most of them of small to modest scale. Shinohara is a rare example of a notable architect who was as committed to investigations of domestic space. His work can be described as puzzling and enigmatic and can yield very different readings. In this course, we will endeavor to find out why his work has been so influential within architectural discourse. We will aim to develop our own idiosyncratic interpretation of Shinohara’s houses.

Students will be responsible for studying a single Shinohara house, understanding it intimately and presenting it to the class. Students will be expected to engage in weekly discussion during class.

ARC 616 Research Methods (Erkin Ozay)

The ultimate goal of the course is to guide graduate students to develop a methodological and theoretical grounding for their thesis projects. We will do this through reading assignments, writing exercises, group discussions, and peer review sessions. By the end of the semester, each student will have the opportunity to develop a high quality research prospectus. This course is less about deep theoretical discussions on research than a pragmatic, “how-to” dive into devising a specific roadmap and organizational configuration tailored to each student’s thesis work.

Class Schedule

For more specific information on courses including scheduled times, days, modality and restrictions, please see the class schedule. Instructors contact information can be found in the UB Directory