Curriculum: Architecture, Urban & Regional Design, M.S.

Major Requirements

Term 1 Credits:
ARCH 843 Digital Software Module I 1
Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design (MAURD) students are required to learn specific and continually evolving digital software for urban research and design. This module-based course will provide students the software skills required for Urban Design Studio (ARCH 701) and Digital Modeling for Urban Design (851.) Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 0-1-1
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-1-1
ARCH 701 Urban and Regional Design Studio I 6
Design studio problems focus on both theoretical and real contexts, utilizing required skills of architectural design to address broader issues of the form of cities, suburbs, and their regional inter-relationships. 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 721 History of the City and Region 3
Survey the historic development of cities as artifacts of concentrated human settlement and its related regions.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH XXX Elective 3

    Total: 13 Credits
 
Term 2 Credits:
ARCH 844 Digital Software Module II 1
MAURD students are required to learn specific and continually evolving digital software for urban research and design. This technical course will provide students the software skills to succeed in Urban Design Studio (ARCH 702.) Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 0-1-1
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-1-1
ARCH 702 Urban and Regional Design Studio II 6
Continuation of Urban and Regional Design Studio I. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 2-6-6
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 701
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 725 Theories of Urbanism and Suburbanism 3
An examination of theories of urbanism, suburbanism and regionalism from its early history to the present, making the relationship of historical material to recent ideas and the problems and practices of today.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH XXX Elective 3

    Total: 13 Credits
 
Term 3 Credits:
ARCH 703 Urban and Regional Design Studio III 6
Continuation of Urban and Regional Design Studio II. This course constitutes the "capstone" demonstration of ability at the level of a Master's of Architecture Degree. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 2-6-6
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 702
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-6-6
ARCH 726 Case Studies in Urbanism/Suburbanism 3
Critical analysis of canonical urban and suburban design precedent, in terms of form, operations, and policy as carriers of meaning. Seminar format.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 884 Independent Urban Design Studies 1
Students are encouraged to pursue independent academic research, within the mandate of the MAURD program. During their third (and final) semester, these students will be permitted on a case-by-case basis to conduct independent research under faculty and/or external supervision. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 0-1-1
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 701
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-1-1
    Total: 10 Credits
 
Electives (select from the following) Credits:
ARCH 824 City and Regional Resources and Infrastructure 3
A historical survey and review of contemporary applications of attempts to organize systems of communication, commerce, movement, settlement, etc. at both local and regional scales of operation.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 841 Digital Modeling for Urban Design I 3
Introduction to modeling techniques for city and regional design using computer aided design methods and technologies. Application to simple urban and regional design problems.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-2-3
ARCH 842 Digital Modeling for Urban Design II 3
Continuation of Computer-Aided Design and Planning I. Advanced modeling of urban and regional design using input from remote sensing geographic information systems and new techniques of dynamic mapping and spatial simulation.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARCH 841
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-2-3
ARCH 861 Social, Economic, Legal and Political Issues of Urban and Regional Design 3

ARCH 871 Housing: Urban, Suburban, and Rural 3
Analysis of the forms of residential buildings and neighborhoods at all densities in urban and suburban regions. Study of the relationship between architecture and public policy.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-1-3
ARCH 881 Issues of Practice 3
Students, either individually or in groups, will work with a community organization or planning agency on projects, attend meetings, make presentations, and produce a final report.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
ARCH 882 Externship 3
Students will work 12-16 hours per week at externships with government agencies, community associations, or architectural practices involved with urban design. Students will meet and report regularly with the Program Director on their work and the employer will make a final report to the Director. Students shall submit final written reports or project presentations. The externships will be developed and/or approved by the Program Director. Paid Internships that provide a stipend to cover the cost of three credits of tuition may be permitted with approval of the program director. International students must also have approval from the international student advisor.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-12-3
 
Total Required Credits: 36