Immerses students into the architecture studio culture and a design thinking environment. Emphasis is placed on 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 students with 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.
Familiarizes students with numerous applications of computer-aided manufacturing in architectural design. Emphasizes both the subtractive and additive fabrication methods, various material assemblies, and advanced techniques in digital design software.
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.
Examines how climate, passive design strategies, and heat flow fundamentals affect contemporary building design. Investigates both traditional and alternative heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems. Analyzes design of water supply systems, building sanitation, sewer, and plumbing systems.
Examines structural design and analysis of horizontal and vertical members as applied to architectural works, basic statics, moment and shear of rigid bodies and architectural forms. Explores strength concepts using stress and strain assessment. Investigates alternative materials and applications for an architecture design solution.
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.
Analyzes how the careful selection and design of architectural lighting systems, material selection, and acoustical analysis affects building space. Examines electrical systems integration, fire protection, computer network wiring, and emergency signal systems. Evaluates the inclusion of sustainable systems to save energy and reduce the carbon footprint in building construction.
Studies the differences in design for structural elements in wood, steel, masonry, and concrete. Explores environmental conditions including water, snow, wind, soil, and seismic loads. Analyzes multiple structural systems, building systems, diaphragms, and structural connections. Includes structural engineer and architect communications.
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. Supplies students with 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.
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.