Curriculum: M.Arch., 90-Credit Track

See Curriculum for Track II – 2-Years, 60-Credits

Major Requirements

Master of Architecture, 90-Credit Track Credits:
ARCH 601 M.Arch Studio 1 6
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Admission to the M.ARCH program Corequisite: ARCH 611, ARCH 641, ARCH 661

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of design and visual communication for architects. Focused objective exercises in two and three dimensional design build on one another in increasing complexity. There is an emphasis on critical design thinking, drawing conventions, and modeling techniques.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 602 M.Arch Studio 2 6
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH-601, ARCH 611, ARCH 641, ARCH 661 Corequisite: ARCH 621, ARCH 644, ARCH 665

This studio builds on the introductory design skills acquired in ARCH 601. Students continue to develop critical design thinking skills and a language of effective visual communication through the fabrication of drawings and physical models. The theme of this studio is the examination of the anatomy of architecture through the critical analysis of canonical precedents. The first part of the semester is devoted to in-depth analysis of canonical buildings. The second part involves the students in devising a design intervention that engages the studied precedent. All exercises consider the translation of spatial concepts into physical design proposals. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 2-6-6

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 611 Introduction to Architectural Structures and Technology 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Accepted into the Master of Architecture program Corequisite: ARCH 601

This course introduces the basic theoretical trajectory of structures and architectural technology and its simulation of the built environment. Architectural "elements" and "assemblies" are explored abstractly in terms of their structural, material, and environmental concerns. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 621 Building Systems I 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ARCH 601, ARCH 611 Corequisites: ARCH 602

This course introduces the basic theoretical trajectory of structures and architectural technology and its simulation of the built environment. Architectural "elements" and "assemblies" are explored abstractly in terms of their structural, material, and environmental concerns.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 641 Architectural Visual Communication I 3
This course will introduce the computer as a medium for making and visualizing design decisions in architecture. This course will utilize a diverse computing environment based on multiple platforms, software, and data format exercises, intended to aid students in the initial comprehension of the construction, manipulation, and representation of information related to architectural design. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 644 Architectural Visual Communication II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 641

This course introduces advanced two and three dimensional CAD/CAM (computer aided drawing and modeling systems), presentation drawing and diagrams, rendering and post production techniques, and animation using various software platforms. Students experiment with interpretive and analytical drawing types in two, three, and four dimensions. Time, atmosphere and sequence of spatial propositions are described using rendered image stills, animated clips, and a variety of cinematic editing and cutting techniques along with advanced real-time simulations in virtual reality. With continually emerging software and rapidly evolving implementations in practice, students learn to work collaboratively and intelligently between traditional and emerging platforms to generate comprehensive, holistic projects that are thorough in both design process, production and in representation.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 661 Global History of Architecture I 3
This course provides students with introductory knowledge of global history of architecture from the Late Stone Age until the end of the Sixteenth Century. A selection of critical themes and topics is used to identify patterns of cultural and spatial growth, architectural histories, and urbanistic developments in Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Near East, and Asia. Special attention is given to the impact that the world’s major religions and belief systems have had on the development of rituals, buildings, and art forms. A variety of constructed monuments, vernacular structures, and indigenous, local, and regional settings are discussed with regard to cultural, technological, economic, environmental, and social conditions. Students are exposed to a variety of canonic writings in architectural theory, including the enduring relevance of the past in contemporary architectural debates. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 662 Global History of Architecture II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 661

This course explores the global history of architecture from the beginning of the Seventeenth Century through the early Twenty-First Century. Select themes and topics are used to identify patterns of cultural, intellectual, behavioral, urban, and artistic trends changing over time around the world, focusing on the local and regional specificities of cultural and spatial contexts. Special attention is paid to the secular shift in western modernity and its impact on art, architecture, city planning, and construction methods in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Seminal writings on the parallel and divergent histories and theories of architecture alongside the rise of capitalism, nationalism, regionalism, technological modernization, and revolutionary political ideologies help to better understand current issues regarding cultural diversity and social equity. Relevant buildings, city plans, drawings, manifestos, and artistic movements from diverse global locations are discussed in close detail, as these are shifting conceptions of ornament, structure, architecture, beauty, nature, progress, utopia, values and truth. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 704 M.Arch Studio 4 6
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 602 or Track II status Corequisite: ARCH 722, ARCH 741

Students explore public architecture through the design of a medium-scale institutional building of moderate spatial complexity, for a local urban site. Students are challenged to integrate design ideas into a meaningful spatial strategy that considers site, program, circulation, structure, enclosure systems, and environmental issues. Phased exercises will demand a variety of representation techniques and design methods including sketches, drawings, diagrams, and physical models.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 705 M.Arch Studio 5 6
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ARCH 704 Corequisites: ARCH 727, ARCH 772

This studio is a semester-long comprehensive design of a building of moderate complexity with at least one space requiring long-span structural components. Its scope includes adjacent outdoor space and development and integration of structure, building enclosure, systems, materiality and sustainability to an increasingly plausible level of detail and specificity.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 722 Building Systems II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 772 Corequisite: ARCH 705

This course will place emphasis on the relationship between building design and all the building systems required for successful architectural project. This course acts as a companion course to the M.ARCH design studio ARCH 705, and all assignments are related to the project in the studio course; as such how to integrate system into the architectural design process through a holistic conception of architecture continues the main goal of the Systems course sequence. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 723 Material Tectonics I 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ARCH 602 or M. ARCH Track II status Co-requisites: ARCH 704

This course is an introduction to contemporary materials and material practices used in the design, construction and performance of architectural components and projects. Beginning with an overview of material component systems in architecture, and advancing through the design and specification of assemblies, this course culminates in the crafting and fabrication of scaled building component elements and their combinations and assemblies.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 724 Material Tectonics II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ARCH 704 Corequisites: ARCH 705

This course is a continuation of Material Tectonics I, and develops research and design skills in the uses of materials and material practices in the design, construction and performance of architectural projects. Students develop and experiment with the composition and performance of systems based on the module designed in Material Tectonics I. This course culminates in the crafting and fabrication of scaled building component elements, their combinations and assemblies.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 727 Construction Documents 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 704, ARCH 722

In this course, students will study modern methods of construction drawing development, purpose and organization through the use of computer- aided design and drawing. Topics in this course include emerging methods/ documents used in projects delivery. The focus of this course is directed and guided in the preparation of a complete set of drawings: plans, sections, evaluations, details and schedules. All new topics introduced will support the development of these documents. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 772 Site Planning 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 621 or Track II status Corequisite: ARCH 704

This course will place emphasis on the relationship between site design (including green systems and universal accessibility) and building design and the building systems required for successful lighting design (daylighting and artificial), basic fire protection, vertical transportation. This course acts as a companion course to the M.ARCH design studio ARCH 704, and all assignments are related to the project in the studio course; as such how to integrate system into the architectural design process through a holistic conception of architecture continues the main goal of the Systems course sequence.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 741 Architectural Visual Communication III 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 644 or Track II status

This course introduces the key relationships that exist among various methods of drawing, three dimensional form making, and technologies of full-scale fabrication and construction. The course also focuses on integrated, relational and ecological design thinking through interpretive, analytic, and generative uses of digital media, design computation logics, and parametric design methods. With continually emerging software and rapidly evolving implementations in practice, students learn to work collaboratively and intelligently between traditional and emerging platforms to generate comprehensive, holistic projects that are thorough in both design process, production and in representation.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 801 M.Arch Studio 6 6
Students choosing this option will work in teams of three to four people design and design development documents for a project of medium complexity. Simulating an office environment, students will utilize Building Information Modeling techniques to document and organize their work. They will understand local and international building codes to address zoning and site related issues with respect to building massing, schematic design, and design development including egress, fire rating, construction and ADA requirements. Standards of professional practice will be referenced through use of the AIA agreement between the Owner/Architect b141 as a course organizing document. In addition students will be expected to integrate structure, mechanical electrical, HVAC and materials strategies into their design. Sustainable practices will be emphasized through reference to LEED and other evolving standards throughout the semester. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 2-6-6

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 802 M.Arch Studio 7 6
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 801, ARCH 821, ARCH 862 Corequisite: ARCH 882

This studio is organized around the fulfillment of clearly articulated integrated design goals at a scale and scope of work determined by research conducted in previous semesters, specifically in ARCH 801. Projects may range in scale from that of urban design and related spatial and infrastructure systems, to that of sustainable and integrated building design, down to product design, material systems, and responsive environments considering innovative architectural details and components. This studio serves as the capstone studio for the M.ARCH degree.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 821 Building Systems III 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 722

This course supports an advanced investigation of architectural technology in various topics related to the concurrent design studio. Advanced research in extreme building types, extreme program types, physical simulation environments, financial simulations, and advanced fabrication technologies are supported. Technical documentation and/or physical fabrication output is required. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 880 Practice Models and Strategies 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: ARCH 705

This course presents an understanding of why the practice of architecture is, as it is today, and what are the possibilities for the future. The course expends the point of view of architecture practice to include that of the owner, developer, and entrepreneur. New business models and project delivery methods are explored. The organization and administration of a building project is examined in detail, from schematic design, to design development, to contract documents, to bidding and negotiation, through construction administration, and commissioning. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH XXX Architectural History or Theory Option 3
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Architecture Electives Credits:
    Total: 6 Credits
 
General Electives Credits:
    Total: 3 Credits
 
Total Required Credits = 90