ARC 502Architecture Design StudioPart two of a two semester sequence in which fundamental design skills are taught in the context of the architect's wider responsibilities to society, culture and the environment. Students acquire a command of the techniques of design and representation through a series of specific architectural problems of increasing complexity. Both semesters are required for three-year M.Arch. students.
ARC 504Integrated Building StudiosIntegrated design studios approach architecture from a synthetic perspective. Considerations of structure, environmental technology, building materials and systems, exterior envelope, and site design are integrated directly into the design process through the participation of technical faculty and outside advisors in critiques and reviews. Projects are developed to a high level of detail. At least one course is required for professional M.Arch. students.
ARC 506AArchitecture Design StudioVertical Design Studios examine architecture as cultural production, taking into account its capacity to structure both physical environments and social organizations. Projects include a broad range of project types, including individual buildings, urban districts and landscapes.
ARC 508Thesis StudioThe Master of Architecture Thesis is an independent design project on a theme selected by the student. The student begins with a thesis statement outlining an area of study or a problem that has consequences for contemporary architectural production. Marking the transition between the academic and professional worlds, the thesis project is an opportunity for each student to define an individual position with regard to a specific aspect of architectural practice. As an integral part of the design process, it is intended that the thesis project will incorporate research, programming and site definition.
ARC 509Integrated Building SystemsAn introduction to building systems and the methods of construction used to realize design in built form. First half of the course will be an overview of the primary systems, materials and principals used in construction of buildings and the fabrication of elements, through lectures and accompanying lab sessions. The second half will be an explanation of the means by which information is communicated from designers to fabricators, current standards in the practice of architecture, and practice's relation to changes in methods of fabrication and project delivery.
ARC 511Structural DesignIntroduction to the design of building structures of steel, timber and reinforced concrete.
ARC 515The Environmental Engineering of Buildings, Part IIStudy and evaluation of mechanical and electrical system applications for different building types, including air conditioning, electrical, plumbing and telecommunications. Emphasis on design integration with architecture and structure within the construction process including sustainable design and energy conservation. Introduction to vertical transportation, life safety systems, and intelligent buildings. Emphasis on a conceptual approach using case studies and field trips.
ARC 520Questioning Post-Medium Specificity in ArchitectureThis course explores post-medium specificity in architecture and the potential consequences for architectural thinking (a.k.a. the quote-unquote discipline) through representation. This is a design seminar with an emphasis on experimentation and the integration of diverse analytical methods. The results are hardly predictable. The format of the course will combine a seminar and design workshop - our readings/discussion are in the service of hands-on experimentation.
ARC 536Architecture, Cities and NatureThe seminar looks at the history of the city from the 19th century to the present through the lens of landscape and nature. This includes material on the history of landscape and theories of nature as well as the literature of urbanism. Topics covered include reactions to industrialization in the 19th century, the City Beautiful and the Garden City movements, the modernist city, landscape architecture, post-war suburban development, the rise of the environmental movement, and the emergence of Landscape Urbanism in the late 1990's. Close readings of plans, projects and buildings complement readings and in-class discussions.
ARC 546Ohms, Environments: Architecture, Resistance and Media TechnologyThe seminar explores articulations of environment in post war architecture through new technologies of communication, production and reception. It tracks media and environment as they intersect through a broad range of practices, pedagogies, technologies and social theories. It considers environmental design as a response to perceived complexity, as the site of liberatory expansiveness and as resistance to architectural conventions. It assesses environmental failures from urban violence to ecological distress and examine the extent to which contemporary architecture has tuned in to or resisted postwar environmental strategies.
ARC 563Founding, Building, and Managing an Architectural Practice: Business and Legal Issues in Architectural PracticeReview and analysis of the dynamics and process inherent in starting, developing, managing and operating an architectural practice, including marketing, finance, human resources, project process, liability, insurance, and general management. Areas of particular emphasis include project accounting, public presentations, and the development of a business plan.
ARC 572/ART 582Research in ArchitectureThis course is an advanced pro-seminar that will examine the spatial histories and representational forms of the modern city. Students will read architectural, urban and theoretical texts and conduct individual research on how spatial theory affects the manner in which cities and architectural forms have been written about, envisioned and built.
ARC 576/ART 598/MOD 502Advanced Topics in Modern Architecture: Manifesto ArchitectureThe history of the avant-garde (in art, architecture, literature) can't be separated from the history of its engagement with the media. It is not just that the avant-garde used media to publicize its work. The work did not exist before its publication. This seminar will explore the key role played by manifestoes in 20th century architecture and ask what happened to such calls for action in the digital age.
ARC 588Dynamical Logics in ArchitectureThis course is designed as a workshop in architecture derived from material logics. Students will engage in a series of intensive design projects organized around exploring the new implications of the relationship of the part to the whole, force integration, analogue modeling, mass customization, the generic, etc. Ultimately, each project will work through the architectural performance of the complex interplay between material organization, program and form. The primary emphasis of the course will be the development of individual design/research projects, supplemented by background readings.
ARC 596Embodied ComputationComputational design is often presented as a problem solving tool for design implementation rather than as an integral part of design conceptualization and exploration. This seminar focuses on approaching computational design from the conceptual design direction extending existing or defining novel models of design along the way. A strong emphasis is put on prototyping as a mode of design iteration using both computational prototypes and computationally generated physical prototypes as embodiments of the design process.