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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 510Structural Analysis for ArchitectureElementary structural analysis for architecture students covering statics, strength of materials and approximate methods of analysis, including historical examples.
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 548The "Work" of Architecture: History, Theory, Criticism, and DesignThe seminar will study selected architectural projects and buildings in the context of their critical and historical reception, and their active influence on theory and design from the Renaissance to the present. The case study approach will allow for understanding the work in relation to the theoretical (and sometimes philosophical) intentions of the architect/artist, its reception, its fortunes in criticism and history, and its implications for contemporary interpretation and design.
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.
ARC 575Advanced Topics in Modern Architecture: Building a new New World: Amerikanizm in Russian ArchitectureWithin the phenomenon of Americanism, a system of cultural transfer characteristic of modernity and modernization, the most paradoxical relationship is the one between Russia and the United States in the 20th century. Every conjuncture in Soviet history was characterized by a configuration of Americanism. The seminar aims at a comprehensive analysis of a phenomenon often limited to the late Stalinist high-rise buildings. Interpretation will develop through the prism of architecture and urban design, relying on the analysis of discourse, designs and buildings. Politics, art, literature and technology will also be involved in the discussion.
ARC 577/MOD 577Topics in Contemporary Architectural Theory: Creative SpaceCreative Space is a double agent. On the one hand, it constitutes a new corporate vernacular that uses stock architectural motifs for commercial gain and operates precisely counter to the typical concerns of advanced architectural thought. On the other hand, Creative Space realizes the concept of `art into life' and vindicates the strain in modernist thought that maintained architectural space could positively transform the subjects it contained. This seminar investigates the emergence of contemporary Creative Space by focusing on the history of spaces of production, theories of creativity and the relation of tools and their users
LAS 505/ENG 506/ARC 540/HUM 505/URB 505Conflict Shorelines I / Amazonia: A Botanical Archaeology of GenocideThis course explores the relations among colonial history, contemporary conflicts, and climate change by examining the political, legal, epistemic, and aesthetic challenges this kind of violence initiates. Reading colonial and urban histories against meteorological and climate data, we use environmental modes of detection and imaging in order to reveal tropical forests to be archaeological resources in which patterns of human intervention and violence can be read. The Amazon is not only an ecological threshold, but also a political one, and it continues to bear the traces of the deadliest land conflicts in Brazil.