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.

Survey of non-western architectural history, including prehistoric and vernacular; ancient civilizations and the Indus valley; the Islamic world; Hindu and Buddhist traditions of Asia; and pre-European Africa and the Americas.

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.

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.

Building Scandinavia: Craft & Culture is a graduate visual analysis course that explores place making in Scandinavia, and the relationship between form, craft, and culture. A central goal of the course is an exploration of the role that culture, geography, and history contributes to architectural form through the investigation of the built and natural environment in the region known as Scandinavia.

Education Abroad

Learning Places in Scandinavia is a graduate visual analysis course that explores urban places in Scandinavia, and how we learn from place. Central to this exploration is an examination of learning through experience; or encounters with the physical environment that challenge one to consider the knowledge one holds in the new context presented by the place. The city and the landscape will be the main text and classroom. The course will explore what can be learned from the urban design of the city, and the patterns of life the design of the city supports.

The class focuses on the architecture of the Lycian, Greek, and Roman periods in southwestern Turkey (400 BCE to 400 CE). Among the objectives will be the study of building typology, principles of construction, and recording building remains on archaeological sites.

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 computer utilization, with emphasis on architectural applications.

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.

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 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.

No Catalog description available.

Credit only granted for: URSP603, URBS680, or URBS603. Formerly: URBS603.


Basic techniques for regulating the use and appearance of land. Legal framework, social implications, planning approaches, communicating land use information.

Credit only granted for: URSP612 or URSP688M. Formerly: URSP688M.


An introduction to GIS and its application to urban planning. Topics include: thematic mapping, GIS data structure, spatial analysis, Internet GIS, using census data to study urban areas, and examples of urban GIS application. Weekly laboratory and project work use ArcGIS software.

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.

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

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.

Directed thesis study.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.