Architecture Courses

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ARCH 150 - Discovering Architecture (3)
Introduction to architecture and design studio education. The course examines fundamental design principles and skills related to architecture. The design studio projects apply ideas and concepts introduced in lectures, readings and onsite visits. The design studio projects are both analytic and synthetic in nature. The explicit goals of the course are: To explore the discipline of architecture; To promote visual thinking and representational skills; To develop analytic design thinking skills; To learn some of the conventions of architectural representation; To enhance cultural awareness of architecture and design.

 

ARCH 170 - Design Thinking and Architecture (3)
Examines conceptual, perceptual, behavioral, and technical aspects of the built environment, and methods of analysis, problem-solving, and design implementation.

 

ARCH 171 - Design Thinking and Making (3)
Examines iterative design processes and critical thinking skills through active learning and design thinking methodologies to solve problems and apply design as a lens of inquiry and exploration. Students will understand Design Thinking through interactive and experiential learning.

 

ARCH 200- Design Media and Representation I (3)
Study of architectural representation in physical and digital design media. Examine visual literacy and visual communications through applied drawing, modeling and visual making to explore the role of design media and representation in design and design thinking.

 

ARCH 201 - Elements and Principles of Architecture (1)
Survey of fundamental elements and principles of architecture and architectural education. Frames study of architecture as a profession, discipline and critical practice.

 

ARCH 223 - History of Non-Western Architecture (3)
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.

 

ARCH 225 - History of World Architecture I (3)
Pre-1500 World Architecture survey course - History of Architecture structured to develop critical thinking and visual literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of design thinking and cultural production through architecture.

 

ARCH 226- History of World Architecture II (3)
Post-1500 - World Architecture survey course - History of Architecture structured to develop critical thinking and visual literacy with regard to the legacy of design thinking and cultural production through architecture.

 

ARCH 270- Design in Practice (3)
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.

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A General Education I-Series (SCIS) and Scholarship in Practice (DSSP) course. 

 

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

 

ARCH 289I - Sustainability at College Park (3)
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 300 - Design Media and Representation II (3)
Study of architectural representation in physical and digital design media. Examine visual communications and speculative visual studies through applied drawing, modeling and making to explore expanded roles of representation in design and design thinking.

 

ARCH 386 - Experiential Learning (3 - 6)
Learning experience tied to internship of specified duration with targeted learning outcomes.

 

ARCH 400 - Architecture Design Studio I (6)
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.

 

ARCH 401 - Architecture Design Studio II (6)
Continuation of ARCH 400 with introduction to building typology, urban and contextual issues, design of the vertical surface, and architectural interiors.

 

ARCH 402 - Architecture Design Studio III (6)
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.

 

ARCH 403 - Architecture Design Studio IV (6)
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.

 

ARCH 404 - Graduate Architecture Design Studio I (6)
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.

 

ARCH 405 - Graduate Architecture Design Studio II (6)
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. 

 

ARCH 406 - Graduate Architectural Design Studio III (6)
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.

 

ARCH 407 - Graduate Architecture Design IV (6)
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.

 

ARCH 408 - Special Topics - Architecture Design Studio (6)
Design Studio course to examine topical problems in architecture and urban design.

 

ARCH 420 - History of American Architecture (3)
American architecture from the late 17th to the 21st century.

 

ARCH 422 - History of Greek Architecture (3)
Survey of Greek architecture from 750-100 B.C.

 

ARCH 423 - History of Roman Architecture (3)
Survey of Roman architecture from 500 B.C. To A.D. 325.

 

ARCH 425 - History of Architecture I (3)
Pre-1500 World Architecture survey course - History of Architecture structured to develop critical thinking and visually literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of design thinking and cultural production through architecture. Structured to nurture critical thinking and visually literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of architecture. The work in the course will involve the evaluation of sources and arguments in reading architectural history. Architecture will be framed relative to ways of thinking, religious beliefs, cultural heritage, and cultural values.

 

ARCH 426 - Fundamentals of Architecture (3)
Post-1500 - History of Architecture survey course - History of Architecture structured to develop critical thinking and visually literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of design thinking and building innovation in architecture. Structured to nurture critical thinking and visually literacy with regard to the worldwide legacy of architecture. The work in the course will involve the evaluation of sources and arguments in reading architectural history. Architecture will be framed relative to ways of thinking, religious beliefs, cultural heritage, and cultural values.

 

ARCH 427 - Theories of Architecture (3)
Survey of architectural theories - theories of architectural design, representation and urban design from antiquity to the present day.

 

ARCH 428C - Selected Topics in Architectural History; City Beautiful Architecture and Urbanism in USA (3)
This course covers the period following the World’s Columbian Exhibition of 1893 up to WW II.  The architecture and urbanism of this period represented a zenith of the Beaux Arts philosophy of design represented most cogently by the McMillan Plan for Washington, DC (1902) and its many antecedents across the United States. 

 

ARCH428/628 - Cities of the Modern Mediterranean: a Comparative Perspective (3)
This course explores architecture and cities in the modern Mediterranean (1750-present) – a crucial period for understanding the contemporary city and relations between Europe and the Islamic world today.  In the 19th century, technological and social revolutions had a huge impact on city form; at the same time, much of the eastern and southern shores of the sea came under European control. Ideas about the modern city and the historic city emerged in exchanges between Rome and Tripoli, Marseilles and Algiers.  The course follows this story through the post-colonial era, as cities continue to evolve under regimes of development assistance and global finance.

 

ARCH 428/628K - Cities of the Early Modern Mediterranean: a Comparative Perspective (3)
In this course, the Mediterranean Sea serves as a framework for exploring architecture and cities in the early modern period (1450-1750).  Key cities examined are Rome, Istanbul, Aleppo, Venice, Granada, and Algiers, with the aim of discovering parallels and contrasts between urban form, society, and building cultures under Christian and Islamic rule. Prerequisite: ARCH 225/226 or equivalent.

 

ARCH 428/628L - Selected Topics in Architectural History; Archaeology of Slavery: Classical, Caribbean and North American Contexts (1 - 4)
Has slavery always existed? Does it come and go? North American plantation archaeology has become one of the foundations for understanding African American culture from the 1960s. Slavery in Antiquity existed in Greece and Rome on large scales and was essential to making commercial agriculture profitable work. Slavery in the Caribbean showed Europeans how to make a profit from African bodies. Trafficking in human persons today is recorded by the U.S. State Department annually and is regarded as modern slavery. These varying contexts of slavery will be compared in an attempt to understand slavery scientifically.

 

ARCH 428/628W - Selected Topics in Architectural History; Writing Architecture in Practice (3)
This course parses the specificities that come with communicating architectural ideas through writing. At all levels, architecture is fundamentally tied to the communication of ideas across media. Through weekly class meetings, homework assignments, peer reviews, and guest lectures, this course builds expertise in writing, editing, and visually presenting text as it relates to the academic and professional practice of architecture.

 

ARCH 429 - Independent Studies in Architectural History (1 - 4)
Content varies, students work with faculty advisor to create coursework.

 

ARCH 430 - Measuring Sustainability in Architecture (3)
Studies metrics of sustainability as included in rating standards, including LEED. All students will take the LEED GA test.

 

ARCH 433 - History of Renaissance Architecture (3)
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)
Architectural trends and principles from 1750 to the present, with emphasis on developments since the mid-19th century.

 

ARCH 435 - History of Contemporary Architecture (3)
Architectural history from World War II to the present.

 

ARCH 436 - History of Islamic Architecture (3)
No Catalog description available.

 

ARCH 442 - Studies In The Vertical Surface (3)
Theories of analysis and design related to vertical surface. Exercises include documentation, analysis, and design of facades.

 

ARCH 443 - Visual Communication For Architects (3)
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.

 

ARCH 444 - Advanced Architectural Drawing (3)
Advanced development of media/representational technique (including hybrid media, digital/physical explorations) as vehicles for investigating color, composition, and abstraction. Exploration of historical and contemporary issues of representation in architectural visual communication.

 

ARCH 445 - Visual Analysis of Architecture (3)
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 456 - Great Cities (3)
Case studies from a selection of the great cities of the world.

 

ARCH 460 - Site Analysis and Design (3)
Principles and methods of site analysis; the influence of natural and man-made site factors on site design and architectural form.

 

ARCH 461 - Sustainability in Architecture (3)
Strategies of sustainability as related to the broader context of architectural problem solving.

 

ARCH 462 - Methods and Materials of Building Construction (3)
Building Construction methods and materials are examined through case studies to explore the means and techniques applied to the material execution of buildings and BIM. Focus on an understanding of the organization of the design and construction process and awareness of building and zoning codes, material systems and types.

 

ARCH 463 - Sustainable Systems in Architecture (3)
Sustainable systems in architecture examines the nature of the global problem, environmental economics, understanding the local environment, bioclimatic design, solar control and shading, solar access zoning, residential scale energy design issues, commercial scale energy design issues and urban scale energy design issues.

 

ARCH 464 - Architectural Structures I (3)

This course covers the basic principles of architectural structures, including the influence of geometric, sectional, and material properties related to flexure and shear in beam and framed systems; vector mechanics with application to analysis of trusses, catenaries, and arches; diagrammatic analysis of beams for bending moment, shear, and deflection as well as the study of structural framing systems for vertical and lateral loads.

 

ARCH 465 - Architectural Structures II (3)

The basic principles of elastic behavior for different materials such as wood, steel, concrete, and composite materials and compares the properties and applications of materials generally will be covered. It investigates cross sectional stress and strain behavior in flexure and in shear, and torsion as well as the stability of beams and columns. The qualitative behavior of combined stresses and fracture in materials is also covered.

 

ARCH 466 - Environmental Systems in Architecture (3)
Environmental systems in architecture presents the theory, quantification, and architectural design implications for heating ventilating and air conditioning, water and waste, fire protection, electricity, illumination, acoustics, and vertical transportation.

 

ARCH 467 - Integrated Project Delivery (3)
Integrated Project Delivery is examined from design to implementation through an exploration of building construction, architectural design and construction management perspectives.

 

ARCH 470 - Computer Applications in Architecture (3)
Introduction to computer utilization, with emphasis on architectural applications.

 

ARCH 471 - Digital Fabrication in Architecture (3)
Introduction to digital fabrication techniques, methods, concepts and principles. Examine emerging technologies and explore empirical making to explore digital/physical and hybridized work flows in architecture.

 

ARCH 472 - Building Information Modeling Communication and Collaboration (3)
Building Information Modeling is explored as pertains to collaboration and communication in the design and construction of buildings and building systems. Practical and empirical learning using BIM software and case studies of real world projects and construction scenarios.

 

ARCH 474 - Integrated Education in Architecture NAAB/IDP (1)
Examine National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) student performance criteria in the context of architectural education. Contextualize NAAB accredited curricula and examine the relationship to graduate study and professional practice, including the Intern Development Program (IDP) of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB). 

 

ARCH478J/678J - Adaptation (3)
This course considers the process of adaptation as both philosophy and practice.  Coursework included case studies and theoretical writings, as well as the practical aspects of engaging in adaptive reuse and renovation.   The adaptive processes is considered at various scales (materials, buildings, cities, landscapes) and of various types (reuse, reframing, addition/subtraction, infill, preservation, recovery, erasure).  Topics include memory and the artifact; building as palimpsest; obsolescence and renewal; adaptation and sustainability; new architecture in historic contexts; urban/suburban retrofits; and recovered landscapes. An important aspect of this course is examining the formal relationships between existing fabric and new intervention – what Rodolfo Machado calls “form/form” considerations, as opposed to “form/function”.

 

ARCH 481 - The Architect in Archaeology (3)
The role of the architect in field archaeology and the analysis of excavating, recording, and publishing selected archaeological expeditions.

 

ARCH 482 - The Archaeology of Roman and Byzantine Palestine (3)
Archaeological sites in Palestine (Israel and Jordan) from the reign of Herod the Great to the Muslim conquest.

 

ARCH 483 - Field Archaeology (3)
Participation in field archaeology with an excavation officially recognized by proper authorities of local government.

 

ARCH 489 - Independent Studies in Architectural Preservation (1 - 4)
Content varies, students work with faculty advisor to create coursework.

 

ARCH 578 - Architecture Internship & Practice (3-6)
Experiential learning tied to unpaid architectural internship of specified duration with targeted learning outcomes.

 

ARCH 600- Integrated Design Studio V (6)
Integrated and 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.

 

ARCH 601 - Topical Design Studio VI (6)
Topical architectural design studio with concentration on advanced topical inquiry addressing but not limited to: architectural competitions, sustainable design, theoretical/conceptual issues, programmatic, contextual, and/or technical issues.

 

ARCH 608- Graduate Special Topics Design Studio (6)
Topical architectural design studio with concentration on advanced theoretical, conceptual, technological, cultural, urban design or professional issue.

 

ARCH 611 - Advanced Architecture Technology Seminar (3)
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.

 

ARCH 628L - Selected Topics in Architectural History; Archaeology of Slavery: Classical, Caribbean and North American Contexts (1 - 4)
Has slavery always existed? Does it come and go? North American plantation archaeology has become one of the foundations for understanding African American culture from the 1960's. Slavery in Antiquity existed in Greece and Rome on large scales and was essential to making commercial agriculture profitable work. Slavery in the Caribbean showed Europeans how to make a profit from African bodies. Trafficking in human persons today is recorded by the U.S. State Department annually and is regarded as modern slavery. These varying contexts of slavery will be compared in an attempt to understand slavery scientifically.

 

ARCH 628C - Selected Topics in Architectural History; City Beautiful Architecture and Urbanism in USA (3)
This course covers the period following the World’s Columbian Exhibition of 1893 up to WW II.  The architecture and urbanism of this period represented a zenith of the Beaux Arts philosophy of design represented most cogently by the McMillan Plan for Washington, DC (1902) and its many antecedents across the United States. 

 

ARCH 629 - Graduate Independent Studies in Architectural History (1 - 4)
Content varies, students work with faculty advisor to create coursework.

 

ARCH 635 - Seminar in the History of Modern Architecture (3)
Advanced investigation of historical problems in modern architecture.

 

ARCH 654 - Urban Development and Design Theory (3)
Advanced investigation into the history, and practice of urban design, planning, and development.

 

ARCH 655 - Urban Design Seminar (3)
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.

 

ARCH 670 - Advance Comprehensive Computer Technology in Architecture (3)
Advanced use of computer technology in design. Use of digital design processes and conceptual methodologies to study design alternatives and realization. Methods and techniques of digital design representation, simulation, or fabrication to explore and test concepts and integration of digital technologies into the architectural design process. 

 

ARCH 671 - BIM Technology in Architecture (3)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is examined in depth relative to Integrated Project Delivery methods as pertains to collaboration and communication in the design and construction of buildings and building systems. Practical and empirical learning using BIM software and case studies of real world projects and construction scenarios.

 

ARCH 672 - Type and Typology Seminar (3)
The idea of type and typology, its implications for theory, scholarship, and practice in architecture and urban design.

 

ARCH 673 - Building Culture (3)
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.

 

ARCH 674 - Seminar in Regionalism (3)
Regional characteristics of culture, climate, and landscape as determinants world architecture.

 

ARCH 676 - Field Research in Architecture (3)
Recording and analysis of significant architectural complexes in situ.

 

ARCH 678L - Destruction, Memory, Renewal (3)
In this course, we'll explore motives for the destruction of historic monuments and sites - and how these objects and places are remembered and renewed, as societies struggle to recover and rebuild.

 

ARCH 678M- Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Studies in the Vertical Surface (3)
This course looks at the history, theory, and design of the architectural facade through a series of analytical and design exercises intended to illuminate reoccuring themes in this genre.

 

ARCH 678T - Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Ecological Design Thinking (3)
Themes and topics of this course draw from the etymology and definition of the word “ecology,” which contains aspects of house, relationships, the living environment, and systems. Design thinking is itself systems thinking—in which many variables and scales, requirements and ideas are interrelated in a coherent whole. We study big-picture concepts and frameworks as well as cutting-edge applications, while exploring ways to be effective change agents.

 

ARCH 678V - Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; Sensing Architecture (3)
A graduate level seminar that investigates issues of perception, the human senses, and a phenomenological approach to the built environment. Themes from the readings are centered on a sensuous approach to engaging architecture. The structure of the course consists of seminar discussions of seminal texts, research, presentations, and a series of creative projects that actively engage the themes of the seminar.

 

ARCH 678W - Advanced Selected Topics in Architecture; ULI Seminar (3)
Course focused on an annual competition organized by the Urban Land Institute and Gerald D. Hines. Competitors only.

 

ARCH 679 - Advanced Independent Studies in Architecture; Independent Study in Architecture (1 - 4)
Content varies, students work with faculty advisor to create coursework.

 

ARCH 700 - Urban Design Studio VII (6)
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.

 

ARCH 770 - Professional Practice of Architecture (3)
Project management, organizational, legal, economic and ethical aspects of architecture.

 

ARCH 797 - Thesis Proseminar (3)
Directed research and preparation of thesis program.

 

ARCH 798 - Thesis in Architecture (3)
Complements the research of ARCH 799, with presentation of the design research to student's thesis committee.

 

ARCH 799 - Masters Thesis Research (1 - 6)
Development of master's thesis.

First-time registrants for ARCH 799 must take 6 credit hours.  Should a thesis extend into an additional term, students must register for 1 credit hour of coursework.