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Graduate Courses

ARC 501Architecture Design StudioDesign Studio
ARC 503Integrated Building StudiosExplores architecture as a social art and the spatial organization of the human environment. Projects include a broad range of problem types, including individual buildings, groups of buildings, urban districts, and landscapes.
ARC 505AArchitecture Design StudioVertical Design Studio
ARC 505BArchitecture Design StudioVertical Design Studio
ARC 507Thesis StudioThesis studio
ARC 513Contemporary Facade Design, Procurement and ExecutionThe course introduces students to the current state of facade design and engineering as an emerging integrated discipline and for students to develop an understanding of the global facade industry. Discussion focuses on the multi-faceted and changing role of the architect in enabling and leading the necessary collaborative process that is required to collectively achieve common goals in a discipline that is both essential to the artistic expression of building and which is highly technical in every regard.
ARC 514The Environmental Engineering of Buildings, Part IThe first part of a sequence taught over two terms that provides a broad introduction to Building Systems, Environmental Control and Energy Conservation. Sustainable design themes and environmentally responsible practices are stressed throughout and form a backdrop to all the instructional material provided. The fall course focuses on fundamental concepts and provides an introduction to Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Lighting, Acoustical and Life Safety systems. ARC 515, taught in the spring, considers the design process and the integration of these systems into buildings.
ARC 521Elemental Building FunctionThis course will build a discourse encompassing the many aspects of building function to try to rediscover the best role of the architect. We will attempt to discover what level of functional system knowledge is appropriate for the architect today. A palette of potentially complex topics will be provided to explore building function, but to avoid the seminar becoming overly technical, it will be grounded in the basic elements of function that one might imagine: Aristotle's Air, Fire, Earth, and Water. Air: space and comfort; Fire: energy and operation; Earth: materials and construction; Water: flow and systems
ARC 530M.Arch. Thesis SeminarThis course will support students in the development of a broad range of thesis topics optimized to the faculty of the SoA. A series of exercises will guide students to identify the primary questions that currently structure the discipline and those extra-disciplinary concerns which architecture must engaged today. Throughout the work, analyses of these issues will be linked to contemporary architectural production. All work will be conducted by small teams and will harness the dynamic feedback between specifically architectural problematics and the general logic of contemporary culture in preparation for future thesis work.
ARC 545The Philosophy of Urban HistoryThe class introduces students to the branch of the philosophy of history that specializes in cities. Cities are social entities that exist at an intermediate scale between the micro-level of individuals and the macro-level of society as a whole. Social science has tended to focus at those two extremes, while the intermediate meso-level has been neglected. The philosophy of urban history aims at remedying this situation, stressing not only the role of cities as historical actors, but also the role of other meso-level social entities from local communities and institutional organizations to urban regions and provinces.
ARC 547Introduction to Formal AnalysisIntroduction to the primary projective systems that form the foundations of architectural representation and serve as essential tools of formal analysis and design. Coursework will be derived from a structured examination of key primary sources by Gaspard Monge, Brook Taylor and Girard Desargues.
ARC 562Introduction to the Architecture ProfessionThe carrying out of architectural services goes beyond design and involves an obligation to the public, to clients, to peers and employees. This course deals with the contracts, specifications, technical documentation, project management and construction administration phases of the architectural services.
ARC 571/ART 581/MOD 573/LAS 571Research in ArchitectureThis advanced pro-seminar explores architectural research techniques through collaborative investigation of a specific issue facing the field. Rather than study research methods in the abstract, students are asked to actively carry out detailed research in teams and reflect upon its limits and potentials. The research project of each semester is carried through to realization in the form of a book, a conference, or an exhibition organized by the students in subsequent semesters.
ARC 574Computing and Imaging in ArchitectureThis course on digital media infrastructure will explore breaking technologies of fabrication, modeling and design based on production pipelines pioneered by the film and gaming industries--pipelines we will author in CATIA, McNeel's Rhino/Grasshopper, and Bentley's Generative Components. A series of formal experiments will be carried out each culminating in the fabrication of rapid prototypes using the CNC mill and the InVision 3D printer, explicitly challenging conventional modes of practice and seeking insight into new forms of organization, techniques and operative procedures.
WWS 533/ARC 535Planning Theory and ProcessIntroduction to the theory and practice of planning. Analysis and discussion are devoted to planning models, planning decisions, and alternative planning roles. Focused study of comprehensive and strategic planning, community participation, new urbanism concepts, equity concerns, and planning at local, regional, and state levels.