Spring Core Courses

ARC 502- Architecture Design Studio 2

This studio will explore the increasingly complex relationship between inhabitation and built form. In practice architecture is triggered by a program, a client’s brief or a business plan. In the current economic reality however, the life span of these triggers is getting increasingly short in comparison to the life span of architecture. Retail typologies, like strip malls have an average lifespan of just 15 years. This reality leads to premature redundancy and demolition of buildings. The course is interested in the arising misalignments and dilemmas which ask for newly defined relationships between us and the built environment and for a re-evaluation of the role of time in architecture.

ARC 504- Architecture Design Studio 4

The focus of this studio is integrated architectural design - a synthesis of concept and construct addressing design strategy, program, site, construction, and technology. Students’ work will be informed by exploration of urban issues, history and culture as well as materiality and craft.  Design proposals will be expected to address structure and environmental systems, life safety, accessibility, and material assemblies.  During the semester, students will be engaged with aesthetic, technical, social, and environmental aspects of design and will consider matters ranging from the scale of the city to the tectonic detail.

ARC 512- Architectural Media 2

As the second course in the graduate media sequence, ARC 512 will expand on developing analog and digital graphic skill sets. Through a series of demonstrations, lectures, and short exercises, students will be exposed to intermediate 3d modeling techniques, basic rendering, digital / hybrid illustration, and post-processing techniques. In addition to expanding technical skills, this course will introduce modeling for multiple outcomes and discuss the link between product and methodology.

ARC 534- Architectural History 2

Introduces the fundamentals of architectural design from the theory and practice of the 1450's to the built and written manifestos of modern times. Situates the evolution of the architectural discipline within the context of social, cognitive and technological transformation.

ARC 542- Construction Technology

A structures/construction course. Emphasizes details of construction. Examines interfaces of materials and systems: foundation/wall, wall/window, wall/roof, floor/wall, etc. Investigates the effect of materials and processes on appearance and life of building components. Studies interior and exterior finishes, joints, fire protection, and specification.

ARC 552- Structures 1

Introduces the fundamentals of statics and strength of materials and the principals of structure. Provides a theoretical and scientific basis for understanding how various structural systems and structural materials work and withstand loading. Investigates the concepts introduced during the course with qualitative methods, as well as quantitative analysis. The course's scope is includes examining simple structural elements, such as trusses, beams, and columns used throughout our human designed built environment.

ARC 575- Environmental Systems 3

In this course, students will either synthesize environmental systems for one of their own studio projects or investigate how these systems operate in an existing building as part of a semester long project. As part of the analytic process, they will examine how design criteria vary with factors like geography, climate, and construction type to develop their own evaluative criteria. Using modeling or digital forensics tools, they will then develop hypotheses based on these criteria to analyze potential solutions for systems like active and passive heating and cooling, solar geometry, daylighting, natural ventilation, indoor air quality, solar systems, lighting, and/or acoustics. At the conclusion of the semester, students will be required to develop convincing representations of system function to demonstrate how their decisions could be integrated with other building systems like the structure and thermal envelope.

ARC 582- Professional Practice

Phases of management involving architects from project inception to its realization. Office organization, contractor and owner management of projects, construction-cost analysis, organization and preparation of construction documents, review of related legal papers and standardized forms, alternative patterns of construction management relations. Emerging patterns of architectural practice.

ARC 604- Architecture Design Studio 4

The focus of this studio is integrated architectural design - a synthesis of concept and construct addressing design strategy, program, site, construction, and technology. Students’ work will be informed by exploration of urban issues, history and culture as well as materiality and craft.  Design proposals will be expected to address structure and environmental systems, life safety, accessibility, and material assemblies.  During the semester, students will be engaged with aesthetic, technical, social, and environmental aspects of design and will consider matters ranging from the scale of the city to the tectonic detail.

ARC 697- Portfolio

The Portfolio is an important communication tool for architects and designers to share their own project work. During the seminar, the portfolio design process should incorporate the cultivation, selection, edited viewpoint, presentation, etc. of your work which will contribute to a personal statement about who you are. The course objective is to design a portfolio that is a culmination of student work documented in a professional format. Students will learn how to self-evaluate, organize, layout, and edit their work to allow for future maintenance of their portfolios as their professional careers develop.

Class Schedule

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