Provides an understanding of the fundamental principles and language of architecture. Instructs in the design principles that inform classical architecture which are found in the order, proportion, archetypal geometry, and patterns found in nature and the cosmos. Creates a solid foundation for learning and applying architecture’s vocabulary and syntax to compose poetic and meaningful buildings.
Introduces the classical theories of architectural language, design, and craftsmanship in a hands on studio setting. Focuses on the classical vocabulary of the built environment. Investigates the forms, spaces, and ordering systems of design. Produces hand drawings in orthographic, perspective, and axonometric views. Illustrates light through shade and shadows. Applies understanding of classical building forms in the design of increasingly complex projects, Develops skills in traditional rendering and presentation techniques.
Exposes students to architectural site analysis and the process of evaluating a particular locations physical, historical, and cultural characteristics to inform design. Develops a building project of significant merit by measuring and documenting a selected site. Analyzes the complex elements of a site such as varying topography, watercourses, vegetation, habitats, weather patterns, and historical data to guide design decisions. Researches elements to determine the building placement, orientation, form and material selection.
Prepares for the Construction Documents Technician (CDT) industry certification using standard software to complete working drawings for the architectural, civil, MEP, and structural industries. Develops a project manual and outline specifications, which coordinate with the working drawings of a commercial design.
Immerses students into the architecture studio culture and a design thinking environment. Emphasizes the fundamental design skills with attention on site and precedent. Requires research of a site and program necessary to develop cultural, theoretical, environmental, and historical contexts. Follows a Project based approach with a final presentation to a professional jury.
Enables the student to confidently communicate design ideas to others. Includes involvement in producing complex 3D models and renderings of various project types. Combines traditional drawing techniques and contemporary software to complete assignments and projects.
Explores the modern building codes and how they affect building design and construction. Examines written specifications and the various jurisdictional requirements for architectural works. Provides in-depth information about the preparation and content necessary for a set of construction documents. Defines and explains the several types of construction contracts, bidding requirements, methods of specifying, substitutions, instructions, and warranties.
Engages in the essential pre-design processes of a project type. Includes the assessment of client and user needs, space analysis, and examination of project site. Follows a project based approach with a final presentation to a professional jury.
Examines the principles of environmental systems design and the building envelope's affect on occupant comfort. Investigates passive heating and cooling strategies, natural ventilation, solar geometry, daylighting, climate considerations, thermal comfort, and mechanical systems.
Explores the history of architecture and urbanism from a global perspective, beginning with the first settlements to roughly 1700 AD. Analyzes buildings and their surroundings through different methods of interpreting history. Presents that architecture is the result of complex interrelationships dealing with aesthetic, cultural, contextual, symbolic, religious, social, economic, political, technological, behavioral, and ecological issues.
Produces an architectural design as part of an interdisciplinary team. Integrates a complex architectural program and associated needs of a user. Utilizes collaboration between disciplines such as mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering. Follows a project-based approach with a final presentation to a professional jury.
Investigates the principles of environmental systems design and the building envelope's affect on occupant comfort and life safety. Investigates HVAC systems, indoor air quality, lighting, communication, security, fire protection, acoustics, vertical transportation, electrical, and plumbing systems.
Explores the history of architecture and urbanism from a global perspective beginning with the first settlements since 1700 AD. Analyzes buildings and their surroundings through different methods of interpreting history. Explores architecture’s complex interrelationships dealing with aesthetic, cultural, contextual, symbolic, religious, social, economic, political, technological, behavioral, and ecological issues.
Immerses students in the design of an architectural work to fulfill a community need. Encourages networking with community leaders and citizens. Employs project components such as client interviews, research methods, and interdisciplinary study. Explores a complex architectural program and associated needs of the community.
Introduces modern architectural materials, methods of construction, and building enclosures including steel, concrete, curtain walls, high-performance materials, and thermal and moisture barriers. Evaluates the inclusion of sustainable systems to save energy and reduce the carbon footprint in building construction.
Applies investigative, pre-design, and research skills towards an independent capstone project. Integrates critical thinking while developing an architectural building program, assessing client-user needs, selecting a project site, analyzing environmental and climatic concerns, understanding building code requirements, analyzing the immediate site context and historic fabric, and planning for site specific zoning regulations.
Applies design skills through an architectural work which integrates critical and abstract thinking. Researches building systems, life safety considerations, building envelope, financial, cultural & environmental balance, and construction documentation skills.
Surveys contemporary architectural thought and theory. Focuses on key figures, movements, and texts. Provides an overview of the principal theories that have informed or undermined architecture of the past four decades. Considers the changing role of theory with respect to practice. Provides a set of questions, techniques, and tools for criticism and self-reflection.
Examines the relationship between architecture, culture, history, economics, and humanity. Explores varying cultures and human behaviors and how they represent and manifest themselves in the built environment.
Examines the fundamentals of running and managing an architectural firm including project management, finances, working with consultants, stakeholder considerations, and ethical issues. Prepares for the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE).
Provides exposure to emerging technologies, techniques of design and construction, and the craft of building lasting high quality structures. Varies each semester with a different topic. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits towards graduation.
Applies design skills through an architectural work which integrates critical and abstract thinking. Researches building systems, life safety considerations, building envelope, financial, cultural and environmental balance, and construction documentation skills.