Courses

To pursue any field of knowledge one must first begin with the basics. By learning the "language" of architecture one can explore the foundations of the architectural profession through interactive and experiential learning.

Introduction to careers in architecture. A Young Scholars Program course, offered during the summer only. Students learn about careers in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. Architecture faculty teach basic design principles that students use to complete their own design project in a design studio environment.

Introduction of conceptual, perceptual, behavioral, and technical aspects of the built environment, and methods of analysis, problem- solving, and implementation.

Survey of architectural history from prehistory through the year 1000 CE.

Survey of architectural history from 1000 to 1800.

Survey of architectural history from 1800 to present.

The study of drawing as a learned skill with emphasis on observation, documentation, analysis, and synthesis. This introductory course immerses students in the conventions of architectural drawing (orthographics, isometrics, axonometrics, and linear perspective) primarily through freehand drawing.

Case studies and hands-on design projects ranging in scale from a product to a building to give students insight into the process by which architects work both individually and collaboratively to put disciplinary knowledge and expertise into practice to shape our built environment.

An introduction to the four disciplines represented in the School: architecture and urban design, community planning, historic preservation, and real estate development, that work to create a more sustainable environment for the future to create a more sustainable environment for the future using our interpretation of the quadruple bottom line: socio-cultural, economic, environmental, and design sustainability. Students will be provided with an understanding of the fundamental scholarship and processes of each of these disciplines and examine the intersections between them. Additionally, they will learn by applying the approaches of the four disciplines through a series of field studies.

Explore the ways and the degrees to which UMCP campus master planning and operations incorporate principles of sustainability including smart growth, LEED and other building rating systems, higher education rating systems, sustainable agriculture and transportation planning. Among other subjects, students will learn about the Campus and the City of College Park and survey the relationship between local, national and global sustainability concerns. Students will learn about the University's Climate Action Plan and the roles, and extent to which, the campus Office of Sustainability and other campus units are helping develop a carbon-neutral and resource-efficient campus infrastructure and will tour selected facilities on campus.

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 242 or permission of department. Development of media technique (including color pencil, pastel, graphite, ink, and watercolor) as vehicles for investigating color, composition, and abstraction. Exploration of historical and contemporary issues of representation in architectural visual communication.

No Catalog description available.

Introduction to architectural design with particular emphasis on conventions and principles of architecture, visual and verbal communication skills, formal analysis, design process, spatial composition, architectural promenade, basic program distribution, and elementary constructional and environmental responses.

Continuation of ARCH 400 with introduction to building typology, urban and contextual issues, design of the vertical surface, and architectural interiors.

Introduction to architectural design with particular emphasis on conventions and principles of architecture , visual and verbal communication skills, formal analysis, design process, spatial composition, architectural promenade, basic program distribution, and elementary constructional and environmental responses. Offered fall only.

Investigations into the relationship between the man-made and the natural world including introductory issues of assembly and material value. Design of the site and the building are combined into an integral process delimiting and probing the boundaries of each and exploring their reciprocal relationship. The architect's obligations to the natural and urban contexts are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, environmental, and physical.

Introduction to architectural design with particular emphasis on conventions and principles of architecture , visual and verbal communication skills, formal analysis, design process, spatial composition, architectural promenade, basic program distribution, and elementary constructional and environmental responses. Offered fall only.

Architectural design studio with emphasis on building and facade typologies, the development of architectural promenade and sequence, public and/or civic infill buildings dependent upon the architectural promenade, and urban housing types of varying densities. The architect's obligations to urban context are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, and physical. Offered spring only.

Investigations into the relationship between the man-made and the natural world including introductory issues of assembly and material value. Design of the site and the building are combined into an integral process delimiting and probing the boundaries of each and exploring their reciprocal relationship. The architect's obligations to the natural and urban contexts are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, environmental, and physical.

Studio problems and theories concentrating on urbanism and urban design techniques. Issues and sites range from high-density urban in-fill to suburban and greenfield development in American and other contexts. Studio theories explore such topics as Contextualism, Neo-Traditional design, Transit Oriented Development, density, sustainable development, building typology, and street design.

First course in a four course sequence which develops the knowledge and skills of architectural technology. Addresses climate, human responses to climate, available materials, topography and impact on culture. Principles of assembly, basic structural principles and philosophies of construction.

Second course in a four course sequence. Building construction processes and terminology; use and performance characteristics of primary building materials; principles of structural behavior related to the building systems; equilibrium and stability, stiffness and strength, types of stress, distribution of force and stress, resolution of forces, reactions, bending moments, shear, deflection, buckling.

Third course in a four course sequence. Design of steel, timber, and reinforced concrete elements and subsystems; analysis of architectural building systems. Introduction to design for both natural and man-made hazards.

Final course in a four course sequence. Theory, quantification, and architectural design applications for HVAC, water systems, fire protection electrical systems, illumination, signal equipment, and transportation systems.

No Catalog description available.

Studies metrics of sustainability as included in rating standards, including LEED. All students will take the LEED GA test.

American architecture from the late 17th to the 21st century.

Survey of Greek architecture from 750-100 B.C.

Survey of Roman architecture from 500 B.C. To A.D. 325.

Thematic introduction of a variety of skills, issues, and ways of thinking that bear directly on the design and understanding of the built world. Offered fall only.

Selected historical and modern theories of architectural design.

Special topics in the history of architecture.

No Catalog description available.

Architecture of western Europe from the early Christian and Byzantine periods through the late Gothic, with consideration of parallel developments in the eastern world.

Renaissance architectural principles and trends in the 15th and 16th centuries and their modifications in the Baroque period.

Architectural history from 1750 to World War II, with emphasis on developments since the mid-19th century.

Architectural history from World War II to the present.

Architecture of the western hemisphere from the Pre-Classic period through the Spanish Conquest.

Theories of analysis and design related to vertical surface. Exercises include documentation, analysis, and design of facades.

Investigation of the relationship between drawing from life and architectural drawing, the conventions of architectural drawing and the role of architectural drawing as a means to develop, communicate, and generate architectural ideas.

Study of visual principles of architectural and urban precedents through graphic analysis. Exercises include on-site observation, documentation and analysis. Focuses on the development of an architect's sketchbook as a tool for life-long learning.

No Catalog description available.

This special topics course focuses on facilitating the transition between observational and speculative drawing and the development of architectural tectonic ideas encountered in the studio environment, and establishing architectural communication as being founded on fluid and dynamic graphic and verbal processes. This course builds upon previously encountered graphic and compositional skills via traditional hand-drawing multiple media and introduces students to architectural diagramming and color theory thereby providing students with a strong foundation to commence the architectural studio sequence.

Introduction to city planning theory, methodology and techniques; dealing with normative, urban, structural, economic, social aspects of the city; urban planning as a process.

Case studies of urban development issues, dealing primarily with socio-economic aspects of changes in the built environment.

Theories and history of urban design, planning, and the design of urban spaces, building complexes, and new communities.

Case studies from a selection of the great cities of the world.

Principles and methods of site analysis; the influence of natural and man-made site factors on site design and architectural form.

Strategies of sustainability as related to the broader context of architectural problem solving.

Introduction to computer utilization, with emphasis on architectural applications.

Introduction to economic factors influencing architectural form and design, including land economics, real estate, financing, project development, financial planning, construction, and cost control.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

The role of the architect in field archaeology and the analysis of excavating, recording, and publishing selected archaeological expeditions.

Participation in field archaeology with an excavation officially recognized by proper authorities of local government.

Comprehensive building and site design. Course content bridges the gap between design and technology, between practice and education, in a studio setting. Explorations include the integration of conceptual and technical aspects of architectural form and assembly, highlighting the ways in which multiple layers of a building design are developed, coordinated and resolved.

Topical architectural design studio with concentration on advanced theoretical, programmatic, contextual, and/or technical issues, with topical inquiry addressing but not limited to: architectural competitions, housing, sustainable design, collegiate architecture, regional architecture, classicism versus modernity.

Technology in design of buildings. Application of technological issues in building design; integration of technology in architecture; technology as a form determinant in architecture; other conceptual and philosophical issues related to the application of technology in the design, construction, and use of buildings.

Advanced investigation of historical problems in American architecture.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

Advanced investigation of historical problems in modern architecture.

Advanced investigation into the history, and practice of urban design, planning, and development.

Advanced investigation into problems of analysis and evaluation of the design of urban areas, spaces, and complexes with emphasis on physical and social considerations; effects of public policies through case studies. Field observations.

Comprehensive use of computer technology in the design process. Use of digital versus analog modeling to study design alternatives. Methods of representation to best convey concepts and integration of technology. 

The idea of type and typology, its implications for theory, scholarship, and practice in architecture and urban design.

Comprehension of major themes in the development of architectural building techniques and culture value systems in architecture are developed through lecture, discussion and analysis of seminal readings and buildings.

Regional characteristics of culture, climate, and landscape as determinants world architecture.

Recording and analysis of significant architectural complexes in situ.

No Catalog description available.

This course explores architectural practice methods related to integrated project delivery. The course explores topical issues of architectural design concept, collaboration, process and technique related to Building Information Modeling that contemporary architectural practitioners must employ to prepare for digital practice that is based on a modeled construct of architectural assemblage and simulation that transcends previous definitions of convention in design, construction and professional representation. Saturday sessions  to be held in the Ayers Saint Gross Baltimore Office. The Final Review will take place in the Ayers Saint Gross Baltimore office on the final class from 1-6pm.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

Studio problems and theories concentrating on urbanism and urban design techniques. Issues and sites range from high density urban in-fill to suburban and greenfield development in American and other contexts. Studio theories explore such topics as Contextualism, Neo-Traditional design, Transit-Oriented Development, density, sustainable development building typology, and street design.

Project management, organizational, legal, economic and ethical aspects of architecture.

Directed research and preparation of thesis program.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

An introduction into the theories of the everyday with the context of the American built environment. The course focuses primarily on the American experience of underrepresented, minority and immigrant communities, both historical and contemporary. The course attempts to challenge what is meant by "American" in describing the American everyday built environment. (Previously HISP619E)

An introduction to the wide range of ideas underpinning the practice of preservation covered through readings, discussions, presentations, class projects and field trips. 

An overview of common research methods and documentation tools used in historic preservation. Introductions to graphic documentation, building investigation, historical research, socioeconomic data collection and analysis. (Previously HISP 619Q, HISP 610).

Proposed work must have a faculty sponsor and receive approval from the student’s advisor.

This course provides an opportunity to look in depth at the national historic preservation program—that is the federal, tribal, state and local (city and county) public sector preservation activities being undertaken in accordance with public policy set by laws, regulations, standards and guidelines. (Previously HISP 619M)  

This seminar course examines the broader social and ethnic dimensions of historic preservation practice that have impacted the field since the “culture wars” of the 1990s. Through weekly case studies of local, national and international sites, students will explore these issues and apply newly emerging methodologies to their final case study project. (Previously HISP 628E) 

Introduces students to legal, advocacy and public policy issues in the field of historic preservation. Student activities will be designed to teach basic working knowledge of relevant legal subjects, including historic preservation ordinances, state and federal preservation statutes, and important constitutional issues. (Previously HISP 619C) 

This course will introduce students to issues related to archaeological resources and preservation. Topics will include method and theory in American archaeology, archaeology in support of architectural history, archaeology and the NHPA, archaeological site preservation and conservation, and curation and collections management. Students will have a chance to work at an archaeological site to experience field excavation techniques and challenges, and will visit other archaeological sites and curation facilities in the area. (Previously HISP619A)

Students carry out a group preservation project in a local community, from inception and problem formulation through completion. Guided carefully by a faculty team, students will conduct research, interact with communities, perform analyses, and propose solutions for an issue or problem of direct relevance to a local community and client group.

This course will explore the history, theory and practice of vernacular architecture studies. Looking at the "common buildings of particular regions and time periods," the course will prepare students for studying and documenting these buildings in terms of both analysis and documentation, as well as thinking about the patterns and meanings of their use at both the individual and community level. Vernacular architecture studies draws on a broad theoretical perspective that engages many disciplines and critical approaches.

Students will secure a summer internship with an organization engaged in historic preservation work (this can be a public agency, nonprofit or private firm). The student will formulate a plan of work and a series of pedagogical goals to satisfy both the practical needs of the project and the academic requirements for the course.

This course introduces students to the analysis of historic buildings, building systems and materials. The overall emphasis is on assessing the condition of a building and its parts, and formulating a preservation strategy based on it. Conservation methods will be discussed through the introduction of philosophies and specific techniques. (Previously HISP619T)

This course introduces students to a range of economic theories, methods, and issues that must be considered in the practice of historic preservation. Case studies related to community economic development, adaptive reuse, tax credit programs, project finance and land use will be presented in this course.

This course provides students in the Certificate Program with an opportunity to develop a portfolio of their work, to include research and seminar papers from each of their preservation courses. In addition, students will prepare an overview essay articulating how the content they have learned in Certificate courses has helped shape their work and reflect on preservation issues and philosophical approaches related to their work.

Part 1 of independent applied research project investigating the preservation of a particular site or a specialized issue in historic preservation. The course includes several group seminars during the semester to discuss project development and research strategies, and prepare a proposal and annotated bibliography.

Part 2 of independent, applied research project investigating the preservation of a particular site or a specialized issue in historic preservation. The course includes group seminars during the semester to discuss project progress, and concludes with a presentation/defense of project and presentation of final paper.

An introduction to sustainable real estate development with emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation, and experiential learning.

RDEV 630 Fundamentals of Real Estate Development and Finance (3)

This course provides an introduction to real estate finance and development. Students learn the basic financial analytical methods (IRR, discounting, compounding, etc.) and apply them to real estate transactions.  The course is taught in a Socratic method, with frequent visits from guest speakers from various segments of the real estate finance and investment industry.  After taking this course, the student should have a good foundation in real estate finance and should be able to create basic pro forma projections as well as being able to value a variety of property types.

 

RDEV 635 Capital Markets & Real Estate Investments for Developers (3)

The objectives of RDEV 635 are: (1) to acquaint students with the capital and municipal bond markets and provide them with the fundamentals of those markets; (2) to provide students with a basic introduction to the public capital market sources of financial capital for real estate; (3) to have a familiarity with alternative methods of financing real estate development; (4) to have an understanding of basic concepts of the following types of financing:  multifamily mortgage revenue bond financing, tax increment financing, payment in lieu of taxes financing, special assessment financing, low income housing tax credits, REITS, CMBS, LISC financing, capital fund financing, commercial bank financing, and industrial revenue bond financing; (5) to enhance each student's analytical and presentation skills; and, (6) to provide a foundation for further study of all aspects of real estate development financing.   The course methodology incorporates homework assignments, in-class examinations, student presentations, guest lectures and site visits.

 

RDEV 650 Essentials of Design and Construction Management for Development Professionals (3)

This course presents the fundamentals of: (i) architectural design process, administration, and approvals; (ii) project delivery methods and requests for proposal; (iii) pre-construction services and bidding; (iv) construction management and field administration; (v) construction materials, equipment and systems; (vi) LEED and sustainable design; (vii) technology tools; (viii) code compliance such as the Americans with Disabilities Act; and (ix) and ethical considerations in the design and construction process.

 

RDEV 688A Development Law, Process, and Ethics (3)

This course will acquaint students with an overview of the real estate development industry - the process, parties, politics and wide variety of development types and companies as well as develop a facility with the vocabulary and concepts of real estate law.  Students in this class will acquire an understanding of basic concepts of the following areas of law:  real        property, contracts, administrative law, constitutional law, environmental law, corporate organizations, tax, bankruptcy, and insurance.

 

RDEV 688D Principles of Property Management for Developers (3)

This course when offered  as a corporate property management course,  concentrates on the demand side of commercial real estate focusing on the tenant/user perspective, but with the dynamics of a dual viewpoint: (A)the Corporate Real Estate Professional's (CRE) objectives and constraints; along with planning and analysis, reporting and internal approval functions, all of which impact transactions. (B) And the Owner, Investor who markets to and negotiates with the CRE, and as a consequence must understand these issues for successful design, marketing and deal making.  Coursework will include guest lectures, case study and group project work, with an emphasis on interactive participation in the classroom.

 

RDEV 688E Resolving Conflict and Negotiating Agreements (Also PUAF 752) (3)

This course is designed to enhance the student's negotiation and leadership skills for managing differences between individuals and groups.  The students will study the nature of conflict, learn how to handle two and multiparty conflicts.  It builds on work of Roger Fisher at the Harvard Law School and co-author of Getting to Yes.  The course will be a blend of skill building exercises and theory discussions about the behavior of individuals to understand the negotiation dynamics. 

 

RDEV 688G Planning Policy, Practice, and Politics for Real Estate (3)

This seminar course is designed to introduce and familiarize real estate graduate students and graduate students in related professions with the planning, zoning, and other entitlement processes and requirements that can influence development.  It will also look at the roles planning and politics have in shaping the built environment and the development process.  The course has three primary objectives, those being (1) Develop an understanding of how planning shapes the development process; (2) Develop an understanding of zoning, historic preservation, and other regulatory and entitlement processes and requirements applicable to development; (3) Develop an understanding of how to address neighborhood issues and concerns that can affect the development process.

 

RDEV 688I Capstone Course in Real Estate Development (3)

This is the culminating course styled as an independent study course, directed by a faculty member, that will provide two alternative options; a) Practice Based - marketing feasibility analysis of a proposed project, its schematic design and cost estimation and complete financial analysis that may be in a studio format or independent study, or b) Research Based - an approved analytical or theoretical paper to explore a relevant development topic or problem with a real estate professional.

 

RDEV 688L Essentials of Commecial Leasing (3)

Through a hands-on look at commercial real estate leases, lease provisions, and current market activity, students will learn: (1) the role commercial leasing plays in the development process; (2) the terminology of commercial leasing; (3) the principal parties and participants in the leasing process and their roles; (4) the various lease types (e.g. office versus retail) and lease structures (e.g. full service, modified, triple net); (5) the economic drivers of a lease and their pro forma impact; (6) critical analysis of leases for acquisitions; (7) the negotiation process; (8) relevant statutory and case law; and (9) essentials for a down market.

 

RDEV 688R Affordable Housing - Roots and Rudiments (3)

The course consists of an examination of public policy and private actions to promote the development and operation of affordable housing for lower income families.  This embraces an historical and analytical survey of key challenges to the enterprise, focusing on approaches - failed and successful - designed to ameliorate such problems, and includes broadly related aspects of community development.  The course utilizes an assigned textbook, two or three leading court decisions, contemporary academic reports and analyses, and expert practitioner guest lecturers.

 

RDEV 688X Introduction to Principles, Practice and Process of Real Estate Development (3)

The course provides an overview of the real estate development process from entitlement to site and financial analysis.  Through the prism of market analysis and valuation, we will explore the factors of supply and demand for a variety of residential and commercial land uses.   The course includes guest lecturers representing a variety of professions engaged in the real estate industry including practitioners in development, law, finance, brokerage and analysis.  Team projects include conducting market and valuation analysis of actual projects within the Washington Metropolitan area.

 

RDEV 688Y Practical Issues in Sustainability (3)

This is a practical issues course addressing the business impacts and drivers of sustainability.  Students taking this class will receive broad-based business issue exposure to a wide range of sustainability-oriented topics and be challenged to think about the business issues and impacts of sustainability across numerous subject matters.  The goal is for students to apply macro insights gained from this class to their ongoing curriculum, coursework class assignments, and professional careers.

 

RDEV 689B Financing and Investing with Historic, Low-Income and New Market Tax Credits (3)

 

Many new income producing real estate projects as well as many rehabilitation projects meet the criteria for various tax credits (federal, state and local) making tax credits a potential equity source for a wide variety of projects.  To qualify for tax credits, a developer must understand the various tax credit programs, their application, impact on the project and project structure, the monitoring and reporting requirements, and the syndication and investment markets to turn credits into equity. This course provides an understanding and, through various spreadsheet exercises, practical application on how the rehabilitation tax credits (historic), low-income housing tax credits, and new market tax credits - are used to enhance equity.


RDEV 689F Advanced Real Estate Finance: Real Estate Repositioning (3)
Real estate companies, banks and investment firms face strategic challenges during rapidly changing economic cycles. This course will focus on strategies in analyzing markets, repositioning troubled assets/debt, cost control techniques and managing internal change and conflict during uncertain times.  The course incorporates lectures, class discussion, case studies and guest lecturers. The guest lecturers include; real estate transaction workout/bankruptcy attorneys, bankers, finance executives, real estate developers, market analysts and strategic planners. Topics include:
*       Evaluating financing sources and structures
*       Monetary and non-monetary loan default resolution
*       Developing an asset or portfolio plan
*       Purchasing and selling real estate in a credit constrained market
*       Bankruptcy and consensual workouts
*       Developing and implementing workout plans and alternative strategies
*       Evaluating your overall position within the market
*       Strategic planning in a rapidly changing economic environment


RDEV 689K International Development Challenges and Practices (3)
This course will acquaint students with the international real estate development industry, and its process, etiquette, particulars between internal regions within a state and illustrate a broader understanding of regulatory differences between foreign and US practices.  Understand the motivations and the cultural differences encountered by US developers overseas as well as the nature of development, regulatory, political and economic perspectives in the global arena.  Explore legal issues and ethical choices with oversight provided by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  The course will give a basic understanding to the student who is considering a career in international development.


RDEV 689L Risk Management for Real Estate Developers (3)
This course focusses the students' attention on pure risk (as compared to speculative or transactional risk).  The course includes a visit to a local shopping center to understand property and liability hazards, guest lectures on habitational risk issues and  environmental risk issues and a final project that requires the students to apply conceptual and practical risk management strategies to a fictional real estate portfolios.


RDEV 689P; 689Q, 689R Public Private Partnerships (1)
The series of 1 credit courses is designed to introduce and familiarize students with the predevelopment process for Public/Private Partnerships.  Students will assess the attractiveness of multiple RFQ/RFPs for different project types including downtown redevelopment, new town centers and transit-oriented development. Students will also apply market demand theory, complete site capacity models and complete mixed-use developer pro formas to determine financial feasibility.  Students will prepare public economic impact models to determine job creation and tax revenue impact of real estate development.  Students will also learn about different public funding sources including the application of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) to assist in gap financing.   Includes lecture, hands-on lab assignments (Financial Modeling) and site visits to notable public/private developments around the Washington DC area.


RDEV 690 Capstone Project/Thesis in Real Estate Development (3)
This is the culminating course styled as an independent study course, directed by a faculty member, that will provide two alternative options; a) Practice Based - marketing feasibility analysis of a proposed project, its schematic design and cost estimation and complete financial analysis that may be in a stuido group format or independent study, or b) Research Based - an approved analytical or theoretical paper to explore relevant development topics or problems.

An introduction to real estate development and the foundational concepts of finance and particular financial measures in underwriting real estate projects. Quantitative analyses and financial modeling comprise the main focus.

 

Restriction: Must be in Real Estate Development (Master's) program; or permission of ARCH-Real Estate Development. Credit only granted for: RDEV630, RDEV688B, or URSP664. Formerly: RDEV688B.

An introduction to real estate development and the foundational concepts of finance and particular financial measures in underwriting real estate projects. Quantitative analyses and financial modeling comprise the main focus.

 

Restriction: Must be in Real Estate Development (Master's) program; or permission of ARCH-Real Estate Development. Credit only granted for: RDEV630, RDEV688B, or URSP664. Formerly: RDEV688B.

An advanced course in real estate finance focusing on capital markets and complex financing mechanism in the public and private markets for raising capital for development of public, private and public/private projects.

Essential terminology, process and substantative knowledge needed by development professionals to effectively move a project through the design and construction process; includes environmental and ethical considerations throughout the process.

 

Restriction: Must be in Real Estate Development (Master's) program; or permission of ARCH-Real Estate Development. Credit only granted for: RDEV650 or RDEV688C. Formerly: RDEV688C.

This course will acquaint students with an overview of the real estate development industry - the process, parties, politics and wide variety of development types and companies as well as develop a facility with the vocabulary and concepts of real estate law. Students in this class will acquire an understanding of basic concepts of the following areas of law: real property, contracts, administrative law, constitutional law, environmental law, corporate organizations, tax, bankruptcy, and insurance.

 

For RDEV majors only or permission of department.

This seminar course is designed to introduce and familiarize real estate graduate students and graduate students in related professions with the planning, zoning, and other entitlement processes and requirements that can influence development. It will also look at the roles planning and politics have in shaping the built environment and the development process. The course has three primary objectives, those being (1) Develop an understanding of how planning shapes the development process; (2) Develop an understanding of zoning, historic preservation, and other regulatory and entitlement processes and requirements applicable to development; (3) Develop an understanding of how to address neighborhood issues and concerns that can affect the development process.

This is the culminating course styled as an independent study course, directed by a faculty member, that will provide two alternative options; a) Practice Based - marketing feasibility analysis of a proposed project, its schematic design and cost estimation and complete financial analysis that may be in a studio format or independent study, or b) Research Based - an approved analytical or theoretical paper to explore a relevant development topic or problem with a real estate professional.

This is the culminating course styled as an independent study course, directed by a faculty member, that will provide two alternative options; a) Practice Based - marketing feasibility analysis of a proposed project, its schematic design and cost estimation and complete financial analysis that may be in a studio format or independent study, or b) Research Based - an approved analytical or theoretical paper to explore a relevant development topic or problem with a real estate professional.

Through a hands-on look at commercial real estate leases, lease provisions, and current market activity, students will learn: (1) the role commercial leasing plays in the development process; (2) the terminology of commercial leasing; (3) the principal parties and participants in the leasing process and their roles; (4) the various lease types (e.g. office versus retail) and lease structures (e.g. full service, modified, triple net); (5) the economic drivers of a lease and their pro forma impact; (6) critical analysis of leases for acquisitions; (7) the negotiation process; (8) relevant statutory and case law; and (9) essentials for a down market.

The course provides an overview of the real estate development process from entitlement to site and financial analysis. Through the prism of market analysis and valuation, we will explore the factors of supply and demand for a variety of residential and commercial land uses. The course includes guest lecturers representing a variety of professions engaged in the real estate industry including practitioners in development, law, finance, brokerage and analysis. Team projects include conducting market and valuation analysis of actual projects within the Washington Metropolitan area.

Many new income producing real estate projects as well as many rehabilitation projects meet the criteria for various tax credits (federal, state and local) making tax credits a potential equity source for a wide variety of projects. To qualify for tax credits, a developer must understand the various tax credit programs, their application, impact on the project and project structure, the monitoring and reporting requirements, and the syndication and investment markets to turn credits into equity. This course provides an understanding and, through various spreadsheet exercises, practical application on how the rehabilitation tax credits (historic), low-income housing tax credits, and new market tax credits - are used to enhance equity.

No Catalog description available.

Also offered as URSP118R. Credit will be granted for one of the following: RDEV150 or URSP118R.

An exploration, through an interdisciplinary approach, of a number of issues related to making cities more sustainable in terms of environmental protection, economic opportunity, and social justice. The course assist students to develop skills in critical analysis and systems thinking and to use those skills in analyzing sustainability related problems and potential solutions, and to expand students' understanding of the political implications of crafting and moving towards a sustainable urban future.

No Catalog description available.

Exploration of the different needs of diverse economic, racial/ethnic, and gender groups that live and work in cities, the historical background of differences, the impact of societal structures and group cultures, and how public and private policies do and can affect different groups.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

Techniques in urban research, policy analysis and planning. Survey of methods and practices associated with data collection and analysis. Computer use expected.

Use of measurement, statistics, quantitative analysis, and micro-computers in urban studies and planning.

 

Land use concepts and definitions: legal context for planning; markets and planning; planning for housing, community services, employment, utilities, and transportation; zoning; subdivision regulations; growth management; plan implementation.

 

Legal framework for U.S. planning; approaches to the planning process; tools and technology; systems thinking; defining problems and issues; soliciting goals and values; developing and making good presentations; public participation; developing and evaluating alternatives and scenarios; plan evaluation; developing RFPs.

 

Examination of key, selected major events and issues in U.S. planning history and the development of the planning profession; exploration of major themes in planning theory and practical applications of them; and analysis of the relationship of history and theory.

 

Fundamental concepts and principles in microeconomics (such as utility, demand and supply, elasticity, opportunity cost, and substitution); b) economic theories such as consumer theory and production theory; c) market failures; d) theoretical and empirical understanding of urban functions, intra-metropolitan location of activities, and the role of metropolitan planning in a market economy; e) conceptual and analytical framework for studying the function and structure of metropolitan areas.

The interrelationship between transportation and land use. What are the impacts of various transportation modes on land use patterns, and how can land use solutions influence travel demand. The integration of transportation into master planning and site impact analysis. Using quantitative methods to understand the land use and transportation linkage.

 

 

Examines selected, key topics associated with growth management, defined as policies and strategies by which governments attempt to control the amount, location, pace, pattern and quality of development within their jurisdictions.  The course places growth management in the context of domestic and international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve environmental quality, preserve critical land resources and wildlife habitat, promote “sustainable development”, and address social equity issues.

Spatial patterns of employment and populations, and models of urban and regional growth and decline. Focus on application of economic theory and urban planning techniques to issues of local economic development and planning.

Planning, Architectural and Public Policy students are introduced to the real estate development process primarily from the point of view of the private entrepreneurial developer. It will include the steps in undertaking a real estate development from the initial concept to the property management and final disposition, the basic financial and tax concepts underlying real estate development, a review of national housing policy,including public-private partnerships, and solving specific real estate development problems using financial spread-sheets.

Analyses of planning approaches and methods that can help communities – particularly low income communities – become stronger, more cohesive, and more capable of serving their interests. Examines urban poverty; urban politics; history, concepts and practice of community development; and community development approaches and methods.

 A graduate seminar investigating the problem of building a more sustainable future for the Baltimore-Washington Region.  Students will work on independent projects of their choosing in fields such as energy, demographics, sustainability, transportation, and housing, relating their project to the problem of creating a sustainable future.  Guest lecturers present on a variety of subjects, covering demographic and economic modeling, land use analysis and modeling, and environmental issues.

Practical training in the use of such urban design software as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, AutoCAD and SketchUp.

An introduction to technologies that are vital for contemporary planners. With a strong emphasis on practical skills, the course will provide students with fundamental concepts, hands-on experience and real-world applications of such urban planning technologies as web publishing and tools, search engine optimization, blogs, Twitter and social networking, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data visualization, 3D modeling, mash-ups, digital design tools, web surveys, photo/video sharing (web/video conferencing), and crowdsourcing

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

Intensive community planning group field work, typically five days a week for four weeks. Often outside the USA. Application of class work to actual planning and policy challenges. Students seeking to meet the URSP studio requirement must also take URSP 706.

Intensive analysis and report-preparation of work completed in URSP 705 Held in College Park. Students seeking to meet the URSP studio requirement must also take URSP 705.

The studio course simulates the practice of planning in a real-world setting. It provides an opportunity for students to learn through doing, with faculty providing guidance rather than instruction, building on the students' previously-acquired knowledge, skills, and ability. Additional learning-which may include invited speakers, discussions, and library research-may be needed to further the project, but the format is more like on-the-job training than a lecture, seminar or laboratory class.

Because each studio deals with dynamics outside the classroom, and because it involves group interaction, each is a unique experience. Even with the most careful preparation, unanticipated things may happen in the course of a project; learning to deal with them is part of the studio experience.

Formerly: URSP703. Credit will only be granted for one of the following: URSP703 or URSP709.

Formerly: URSP703. Credit will only be granted for one of the following: URSP703 or URSP709.

Formerly: URSP703. Credit will only be granted for one of the following: URSP703 or URSP709.

An advanced faculty-guided seminar for students preparing their final research projects.

An advanced faculty-guided seminar for students preparing their final research projects.

Directed research and study of selected aspects of urban studies and planning. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits if the topics are significantly different.

Directed research and study of selected aspects of urban studies and planning. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits if the topics are significantly different.

Directed research and study of selected aspects of urban studies and planning. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits if the topics are significantly different.

Directed research and study of selected aspects of urban studies and planning. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits if the topics are significantly different.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

Directed thesis study.

Directed thesis study.

Directed thesis study.

Relations between theory and practice in planning. Ways of developing and using knowledge in collective action. Challenges to organizing for planning, finding knowledge useful for planning and balancing social attachments with free inquiry.

Addresses fundamental aspects of research desing for Ph.D students in urban planning and policy-related fields. Topics include principles of research design, formulating a feasible hypothesis and identifying appropriate methodology for testing hypotheses eg. qualitative methods, quantitative methods, survey research. Writing of proposals and dissertation. Publication, presentation, and funding.

Introduces Ph.D. students to current metropolitan issues. Focus is on the historical development of the issue, problem definition, methodological approaches to its study, methodological dilemmas, and the ways that different conclusions are translated into policy. Topics vary from semester to semester but include such topics as the spatial mismatch hpothesis, the impact of urban design and form on travel behavior, the impact of technology on urban form, the justification for historic preservation, and sustainable development.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.