(arc) Architecture Courses


(3 credits)  ARC 102 - Graphic Communication for Architecture
Corequisite: ARC 121
A lecture/studio course aimed at developing architecture students' graphic communication skills. Analytic and descriptive drawings of buildings, everyday objects, trees, plantings, and people are rendered using pencil, pen and ink, as well as through an introduction to digital imaging and computer-aided design software. 1 lecture / 4 laboratory hours

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(3 credits)  ARC 104 - Computers in Architecture
Prerequisite: ARC 121
Corequisite: ARC 123
Introduction to the use of the computer in architecture as a three-dimensional design/drawing tool. Students build 3-D models using parametric modeling software and manipulate three-dimensional forms, scenes, colors, textures, lighting and cameras to design effective compositions. Applicable to Windows-based computers. 1 lecture / 4 laboratory hours

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(3 credits)  ARC 105 - Architectural Basic Design I
Corequisite: ARC 102 or divisional permission
Explores fundamental principles and elements of design: form, space, composition, systems, context, imagery, as well as functional and structural organizations. Solutions to architectonic design projects explored through critical analysis, sketching, process drawings, and study models. Traditional and digital media tools are used as a means of communicating architectural ideas. [Fall offering] 1 lecture / 4 studio hours

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(3 credits)  ARC 122 - History of Architecture
Survey of the development of architecture from ancient civilizations to 1860. Social, religious, economic, technological, and aesthetic factors are explored to understand fully their influence on the development of buildings and cities. 3 lecture hours

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(5 credits)  ARC 123 - Architecture Basic Design II
Prerequisite: ARC 121 with a minimum C grade
Further study of the fundamental principles and elements of architectural design through a series of projects having increased complexity and depth of expression using more advanced presentation graphic techniques. Emphasis continues on the development of process drawing and model-building skills to explore design ideas. [Spring offering] 1 lecture / 8 studio hours

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(3 credits)  ARC 124 - History and Theory of Modern Architecture
Explores the social conditions and major personalities that influenced architectural developments from the Industrial Revolution to the present. 3 lecture hours

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(3 credits)  ARC 125 - Architecture and the Environment
Introductory course exploring the various relationships between the man-made world and the natural world. Human perceptions of the physical environment are studied relative to their effects on architectural design and human behavior. Analysis of the urban environment reveals the impact of architecture on quality of life. 3 lecture hours

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(3 credits)  ARC 134 - Building Construction Systems
Corequisites: ARC 227, sophomore standing in Architecture or divisional permission
Introductory survey of general concepts of sustainable design as they relate to building construction. Includes site, structural, environmental, envelope systems, materials and building systems. Focus is primarily on low-rise wood and steel structures. 3 lecture hours

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(3 credits)  ARC 140 - Field Studies in Architecture and Urban Planning: America
Prerequisite: ENG 101 and approval of instructor
Investigation of architectural characteristics and urban planning patterns in select regions. Extended travel in groups creates an "immersion experience." Students study/draw buildings, analyze physical characteristics of different environments, and consider the built environment's impact on quality of life. [occasional offering]

General Education course Diversity and Global Perspective
(3 credits)  ARC 141 - Architecture and Culture: International
Prerequisite: ENG 101 and approval of instructor
Exploration of the history, culture, technology, and quality of life as revealed and understood through the architecture and town planning in selected regions overseas. Travel to the selected region is a major component of the course, providing the student with the opportunity to experience the subjects introduced in the lectures prior to the trip. [occasional offering] 24 lecture / 21 lab (overseas) hours

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(5 credits)  ARC 227 - Architecture Design I
Prerequisite: ARC 123 with a minimum C grade
Sophomore-level design course emphasizing the exploration and development of architectural design concepts and their translation into physical form. Three to four major design problems challenge the student's preconceptions about architecture and stimulate the growth of an architectural vocabulary. [Fall offering] 1 lecture / 8 studio hours

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(5 credits)  ARC 228 - Architecture Design II
Prerequisite: ARC 227 with a minimum C grade
Corequisite: ARC 124
Builds on the foundation of ARC 227. More advanced design challenges help the student to sharpen design skills and to continue expanding an architectural vocabulary. [Spring offering] 1 lecture / 8 studio hours

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(3 credits)  ARC 285 - Special Studies in Architecture Design
Prerequisites: ARC 228 with a minimum C grade and divisional permission
Opportunity for students who have completed regular course offerings to continue their studies at advanced levels. Individual students and faculty develop a project contract that sets forth objectives, standards of quality, evaluation guidelines, and deadlines. [occasional offering] 3 lecture hours