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Architecture Program Course Catalog

The following list includes undergraduate and graduate courses that have been approved as of June 2010. Courses added after that date do not appear in this list. Courses eliminated after that date may still appear. Not every course is offered regularly. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.  Graduate Students should take note that courses taken below the 400 level will not count towards the M ARCH or MS in Architecture degree.

 

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ARCH 101 Foundations in Architecture (1)

Grade Method: REG/P-F. Prerequisite: UNIV100 or permission of department. Restricted to students with less than 60 credits. Freshman standing. 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. Course offered spring semester.

 

ARCH 150 Discovering Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. 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. A Young Scholars Program course, offered during the summer only.

 

ARCH 170 Introduction to the Built Enviroment (3)

General Education DSHU. Introduction of conceptual, perceptual, behavioral and technical aspects of the built environment, and methods of analysis, problem solving and implementation.  Course offered fall and spring semesters.

 

ARCH 225 History of World Architecture I (3)

Sophomore standing. Survey of architectural history from prehistory through the year 1000 CE.  Course offered fall semester.

 

ARCH 226 History of World Architecture II (3)

Sophomore standing. Survey of architectural history from 1000 to 1800. Course offered spring semester.

 

ARCH 227 History of World Architecture III (3)

Sophomore standing. Survey of architectural history from 1800 to present.  Course offered fall semester.

 

ARCH 242 Basic Architectural Drawing (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 170 or permission of department. 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.  Course offered in fall and spring semesters.

 

ARCH 270 Design in Practice (3)

General Education DSSP, SCIS. 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. Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 271 People, Planet, and Profit: Building Sustainable Places (3)

General Education DSSP. 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. Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 289I Sustainability at College Park (3)

General Education DSNS or DSSP, SCIS. 

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.  Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 343 Intermediate Architectural Drawing (3)

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. 

 

ARCH 386 Experiential Learning (3)

Prerequisite: Learning Proposal approved by faculty sponsor and student's internship sponsor. Junior standing.

 

ARCH 400 Architecture Studio I (6)

ARCH majors only. 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. Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 401 Architecture Studio II (6)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 400 with a grade of C or better. Continuation of ARCH 400 with introduction to building typology, urban and contextual issues, design of the vertical surface, and architectural interiors. Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 402 Architecture Studio III (6)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 401 with a grade of C or better. 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 building's obligations to its urban context are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, and physical. Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 403 Architecture Studio IV (6)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 402 with a grade of C or better. 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. A building's obligations to its natural and urban contexts are explored in many dimensions including historical, typological, environmental, and physical. Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 404 Graduate Architecture Design Studio I (6)

For Master of Architecture majors only. 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. Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 405 Graduate Architecture Design Studio II (6)

Prerequisite: ARCH404 with a grade of C or better. For Master of Architecture majors 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. Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 406 Graduate Architecture Design Studio III (6)

For Master of Architecture majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH405 with a grade of C or better. 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. Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 407 Graduate Architecture Design Studio IV (6)

For Master of Architecture majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH406 with a grade of C or better. 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.  Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 410 Technology I (4)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisites: MATH 220, PHYS 121 & one of the following: BSCI 205, GEOG 140, GEOL 120, GEOL 123/METO 123/GEOG 123, or PHYS 122; Co-requisite: ARCH 400/404. First course in a four-course sequence that develops the knowledge and skills of architectural technology. Addresses climate, human responses to climate, available materials, topography and impact of culture. Principles of assembly, basic structural principles and philosophies of construction.  Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 411 Technology II (4)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 410; Co-requisite: ARCH 401/405. 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. Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 412 Technology III (4)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 411with a grade of C or better; Co-requisite: ARCH 402/406. 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.  Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 413 Technology IV (4)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 412; Co-requisite: ARCH 403/407. 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. Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 418 Selected Topics in Architectural Technology (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different. 

 

ARCH 418M Selected Topics in Architectural Technology: Measuring Sustainability (3)

Studies metrics of sustainability as included in rating standards, includng LEED.  All students will take the LEED GA test. Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 419 Independent Studies in Architectural Technology (1-4)

Proposed work must have a faculty sponsor and receive approval from the Curriculum Committee. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different. Independent Study Proposal Form

 

ARCH 420 History Of American Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. American architecture from the late 17th to the 21st century. 

 

ARCH 422 History Of Greek Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. Survey of Greek architecture from 750-100 B.C. 

 

ARCH 423 History Of Roman Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. Survey of Roman architecture from 500 B.C. to A.D. 325.

 

ARCH 426 Fundamentals of Architecture (3)

ARCH majors only. Restricted to students entering the three and one-half year M.Arch. program. Thematic introduction of a variety of skills, issues, and ways of thinking that bear directly on the design and understanding of the built world. Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 427 Theories Of Architecture (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 426 or permission of department. Selected historical and modern theories of architectural design.  Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 428 Selected Topics In Architectural History (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Special topics in the history of architecture. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different. 

 

ARCH 429 Independent Studies In Architectural History (1-4)

Proposed work must have faculty sponsor and receive approval of the Curriculum Committee. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different.

 

ARCH 432 History Of Medieval Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. Architecture of western Europe from the early Christian and Byzantine periods through the late Gothic, with consideration of parallel developments in the eastern world.

 

ARCH 433 History Of Renaissance Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. Renaissance architectural principles and trends in the 15th and 16th centuries and their modifications in the Baroque period. 

 

ARCH 434 History Of Modern Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. Architectural history from 1750 to World War II, with emphasis on developments since the mid-19th century. 

 

ARCH 435 History Of Contemporary Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. Architectural history from World War II to the present. course synopsis ARCH 436 History Of Islamic Architecture (3) Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. Survey of Islamic architecture from the 7th through the present day.

 

ARCH 437 History Of Pre-columbian Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. Architecture of the western hemisphere from the Pre-Classic period through the Spanish Conquest.

 

ARCH 442 Studies In The Vertical Surface (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 401 or permission of department. Theories of analysis and design related to vertical surface. Exercises include documentation, analysis, and design of facades.

 

ARCH 443 Visual Communication (3)

ARCH majors only. Restricted to students entering the three and one-half year M. Arch. program. Co-requisite: ARCH 404. Investigation of the relationship between drawing from life and architectural drawing; the conventions of architectural drawing as a means to develop, communicate, and generate architectural ideas.  Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 445 Visual Analysis Of Architecture (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 400, or permission of department. 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.

 

ARCH 448 Selected Topics In Visual Studies (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different. 

 

ARCH 448D Selected Topics in Visual Studies for Architects (3)

Exploration of analysis and representation techniques.  Offered as a prelude to architectural design studios. Offered in summer session.

 

ARCH 450 Introduction To Urban Planning (3)

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

 

ARCH 453 Urban Problems Seminar (3)

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

 

ARCH 454 Theories Of Urban Form (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Theories and history of urban design, planning, and the design of urban spaces, building complexes, and new communities.

 

ARCH 456 Great Cities (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Case studies from a selection of the great cities of the world.

 

ARCH 460 Site Analysis And Design (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 400 or permission of department. Principles and methods of site analysis; the influence of natural and man-made site factors on site design and architectural form. Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 461 Sustainability In Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 401 and ARCH 410 or permission of department. Strategies of sustainability as related to the broader context of architectural problem solving.  Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 470 Computer Applications in Architecture (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 400 or permission of department. Introduction to computer utilization, with emphasis on architectural applications. Course offered in fall and spring semesters.

 

ARCH 472 Economic Factors in Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 401 or permission of the department. Introduction to economic factors influencing architectural form and design, including land economics, real estate, financing, project development, financial planning, construction, and cost control.

 

ARCH 478 Selected Topics in Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different. 

 

 

ARCH 478C Selected Topics in Architecture: Careers in Architecture (3)

Restricted to ARCH majors. Provides an overview of the career development process (assessment, exploration, decision-making, and planning) as it relates to careers in architecture. It will reveal the various careers in architecture, including those within the architectural profession, related disciplines such as engineering, construction, and interiors as well as disciplines of historic preservation, development, and others. Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 478Q/678Q Selected Topics in Architecture: Bridge Design (3)

Seminar focusing on bridges, their design, theory, technologies, and opportunities for discovering sustainable design strategies. 

 

ARCH 479 Independent Studies in Architecture (1-4)

Proposed work must have a faculty sponsor and receive approval of the Curriculum Committee. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different.

 

ARCH 481 The Architect in Archaeology (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. The role of the architect in field archaeology and the analysis of excavating, recording, and publishing selected archaeological expeditions. course synopsis

 

ARCH 483 Field Archaeology (3)

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

 

ARCH 600 Comprehensive Design Studio (6)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 403 or equivalent. Co-requisite: ARCH 611. 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.  Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 601 Topical Studio (6)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 600. 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. Course offered in spring semester.

 

ARCH 611 Advanced Architecture Technology Seminar (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 413. Co-requisite: ARCH 600. Technology in the 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. Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 621 Seminar in History Of American Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 221 or permission of department. Advanced investigation of historical problems in American architecture.

 

ARCH 628 Selected Topics in Architectural History (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to six credits, provided the content is different. course synopsis Syllabus

 

ARCH 629 Independent Studies in Architectural History (1-4)

Proposed work must have faculty sponsor and receive approval of the Curriculum Committee. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different.

 

ARCH 635 Seminar In The History Of Modern Architecture (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 427 or permission of department. Advanced investigation of historical problems in modern architecture. course synopsis Syllabus ARCH 654 Urban Development and Design Theory (3) Advanced investigation into the history, and practice of urban design, planning, and development.

 

ARCH 654 Urban Development and Design Theory (4)

Advanced investigation into the history and practice of urban design, planning, and development. Course offered fall semester.

 

ARCH 655 Urban Design Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 654 or permission of department. 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. Course offered in spring semester. 

 

ARCH 670 Advanced Comprehensive Computer Technology In Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 403 and 470 or equivalent. Comprehensive use of computer technology in the design process. Use of digital vs. analog modeling to study design alternatives. Methods of representation to best convey concepts and integration of technology. Course offered spring semester.

 

ARCH 672 Architecture and the Idea of Type (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 402 or permission of department. The idea of type and typology, its implications for theory, scholarship, and practice in architecture and urban design.

 

ARCH 673 Building Culture (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 403 or equivalent. Comprehension of major themes in the development of architectural building techniques and cultural value systems in architecture are developed through lecture, discussion and analysis of seminal readings and buildings. Course offered spring semester.

 

ARCH 674 Seminar In Regionalism (3)

Prerequisite: ARCH 600 or permission of department. Regional characteristics of culture, climate, and landscape as determinants of world architecture.  Course offreed fall semester.

 

ARCH 676 Field Research In Architecture (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 600 or permission of department. Recording and analysis of significant architectural complexes in situ.

 

ARCH 678 Selected Topics In Architecture (3)

Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different. 

 

ARCH 678I Selected Topics in Architecture: Building Information Modeling in Professional Practice - Visual Communication and Collaboration (3)

This course explores architectural practice methods related to integrated project delievery. The course explores topical issues of architectural design concept, collaboration, process and technique related to Building Information Modeling in 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. Course offered in summer session and winter term.

 

ARCH 678Q Selected Topics in Architecture: Bridge Design (3)

Seminar focusing on bridges, their design, theory, technologies, and opportunities for discovering sustainable design strategies. 

 

ARCH 678Z Selected Topics in Architecture: Sensing Architecture: Body and Place (3)

Seminar focusing on the role of non-visual senses in the creation of architectural form.

 

ARCH 679 Independent Studies In Architecture (1-4)

Proposed work must have faculty sponsor and receive approval of the Curriculum Committee. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different.

 

ARCH 700 Advanced Urban Design Studio VII (6)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 600 or permission of department. 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.  Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 770 Professional Practice (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 601 or permission of department. Project management, organizational, legal, economic and ethical aspects of architecture. Course offered in fall semester.

 

ARCH 797 Thesis Proseminar (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisite: ARCH 601. Directed research and preparation of thesis program. Course offered in fall and spring semesters.

 

ARCH 798 Thesis In Architecture (3)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisites: ARCH 797, permission of department and 3.0 GPA overall; Co-requisite: ARCH 799. Complements the research of ARCH 799, with presentation of the design research to student's thesis committee. Course offered in fall and spring semesters.

 

ARCH 799 Masters Thesis Research (1-6)

ARCH majors only. Prerequisites: ARCH 797, permission of department and 3.0 GPA overall. Co-requisite: ARCH 798. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits, provided the content is different. Development of masters thesis.  Course offered in fall and spring semesters.

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

Survey of architectural history from 1000 to 1800.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Selected historical and modern theories of architectural design.

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.

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.

No Catalog description available.

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No Catalog description available.

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

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.

No Catalog description available.

Advanced investigation of historical problems in modern architecture.

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. 

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.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.

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)

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 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)

Students will gather samples of their work and craft a synthetic statement on their experiences in their HISP certificate courses (for example, picking up on themes such as community involvement, diversity of practice, affordable housing, or sustainability), and the ways in which they have integrated historic preservation into their thinking and practice in their home discipline.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

Problem formulation, goal setting, generating and assessing alternatives, implementation. Group and organizational settings in which planning takes place. Working with committees and communities, conducting meetings, making decisions, and making presentations.  Credit only granted for: URSP604, URBS656, or URBS604. Formerly: URBS604

Resource allocation in a market economy, the nature of market failures, and the justifications for public sector intervention. The limits and possibilities for planning in a market economy.

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.

 

Credit only granted for: URSP631 or URSP688L. Formerly: URSP688L.

Topics associated with growth management, defined as policies and strategies by which governments attempted to control the amount, location, pace, pattern and quality of development within their jurisdictions.

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.

Planning programs and policies in health, education, and social welfare. Strategies for organizational and community change and development.

 

Credit only granted for: URSP673, URBS683, or URBS673. Formerly: URBS673.

No Catalog description available.

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.

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.

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.