Bachelor of Science in Architecture

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Wentworth's undergraduate, pre-professional NAAB-based program grants a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S.–Arch.) at the end of the four-year (8 semester) sequence of study. The first three semesters provide a broad introduction to the field of architecture and serve as the common core for all concentrations (see below). Lecture courses convey an overview of the discipline (history, theory, technology and practice) while studio courses are based on a model of experiential learning focusing on design fundamentals, graphic skills and a conceptual understanding of building tectonics. The department’s emphasis on both the art and the science of architecture is stressed throughout this introductory curriculum.

The next five semesters of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program build on the skills and knowledge of the first three semesters, while introducing students to more complex and varied studio topics. These topics include tectonics, site and environment, comprehensive design and community design. In addition students study topics such as structures, environmental systems and professional practice. Studio content is closely coordinated with co-requisite courses, encouraging students to make connections between subjects and to develop a well-synthesized approach to design.

Concentrations

The architecture program at Wentworth offers three areas of concentration that allow students to pursue a particular focus or point of emphasis in their study of architecture. The core architectural education is similar across concentrations, and all achieve the same learning outcomes. Students express their preference of concentrations at the end of their first semester in sophomore year.

Adaptive Interventions

This concentration investigates architecture as a discipline with a primary focus is on interventions into contingent existing conditions. Adaptive re-use, regenerative urbanism, sustainability, critical regionalism and related strategies are addressed at scales ranging from the individual building to the urban environment.

Emerging Technologies

This concentration explores the material nature of architecture, the craft of building, and the role of emerging technologies as they inform the design process.  It emphasizes the broad architectural and cultural implications of technology, and advances an ethos of research through making.

Urbanism

This concentration focuses on the influence of the arts and humanities, ecology and landscape, economics and politics, and society on design at the urban scale.  It challenges students to explore the representation of complex social, cultural and ecological systems as a form of research and offers students the skills and insights necessary to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and to provide leadership in reshaping our cities.

 

Curriculum

Freshman Year


Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH1000 Studio 01 6
ENGL1100 English I 4
MATH1000 College Mathematics I 4
Total 14

Spring Semester Course Credits
ARCH1500 Studio 02 6
ENGL2200 English II 4
MATH1500 Precalculus 4
Total 14

Sophomore Year


URBANISM CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH2000 Studio 03 6
ARCH2100 History/Theory 01 4
ARCH2200 Technology 01 4
ARCH2222 IDP Registration 0
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 18

Spring Semester Course Credits
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Total 0

Summer Semester Course C
ARCH2500 Studio 04 6
ARCH2600 History/Theory 02 4
ARCH2700 Technology 02 4
PHYS1000 College Physics I 4
Total 18


EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH2000 Studio 03 6
ARCH2100 History/Theory 01 4
ARCH2200 Technology 01 4
ARCH2222 IDP Registration 0
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 18

Spring Semester Course Credits
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Total 0

Summer Semester Course Credits
ARCH2525 Studio 04 6
ARCH2600 History/Theory 02 4
ARCH2700 Technology 02  4
PHYS1000 College Physics I 4
Total 18


ADAPTIVE INTERVENTIONS CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH2000 Studio 03 6
ARCH2100 History/Theory 01 4
ARCH2200 Technology 01 4
ARCH2222 IDP Registration 0
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 18

Spring Semester Course Credits
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Total 0

Summer Semester Course Credits
ARCH2550 Studio 04 6
ARCH2600 History/Theory 02 4
ARCH2700 Technology 02 4
PHYS1000 College Physics I 4
Total 18


Junior Year


URBANISM  CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH3000 Studio 05 6
ARCH3200 Technology 03 4
ARCH3400 Structures 01 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 17

Spring Semester Course Credits
ARCH3500 Studio 06 6
ARCH3700 Concentration Studies 4
ARCH3900 Structures 02 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 17

Summer Semester Course Credits
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Total 0


EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH3025 Studio 05 6
ARCH3200 Technology 03 4
ARCH3400 Structures 01 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 17

Spring Semester Course Credits
ARCH3525 Studio 06 6
ARCH3700 Concentration Studies 4
ARCH3900 Structures 02 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 17

Summer Semester Course Credits
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Total 0


ADAPTIVE INTERVENTIONS CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH3050 Studio 05 6
ARCH3200 Technology 03 4
ARCH3400 Structures 01 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 17

Spring Semester Course Credits
ARCH3550 Studio 06 6
ARCH3700 Concentration Studies  4
ARCH3900 Structures 02 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 17

Summer Semester Course Credits
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Total 0

Senior Year


URBANISM CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH4000 Studio 07 6
ARCH3700 Concentration Studies 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 18

Spring Semester Course Credits
ARCH5500 Studio 08 6
ELECTIVE Architecture Elective 4
ELECTIVE   Architecture Elective 4
ELECTIVE   Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 18


EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH4025 Studio 07 6
ARCH3700 Concentration Studies 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 18

Spring Semester Course Credits
ARCH5500 Studio 08 6
ELECTIVE   Architecture Elective 4
ELECTIVE   Architecture Elective 4
ELECTIVE   Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 18


ADAPTIVE INTERVENTIONS CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course Credits
ARCH4050 Studio 07 6
ARCH3700 Concentration Studies 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 18

Spring Semester Course Credits
ARCH5500 Studio 08 6
ELECTIVE Architecture Elective 4
ELECTIVE   Architecture Elective 4
ELECTIVE   Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4
Total 18

* Please refer to the humanities/social sciences elective requirement.


Architecture Electives

Architecture Electives are listed below by concentration (and other) categories to assist students in shaping their course of study. Students are not required to choose electives within their area of concentration, and are encouraged to pursue breadth as well as depth in their architectural studies. 

The following list indicates the Department’s elective offerings during the last three years:

Adaptive Interventions

  • ARCH3800 Adaptive Reuse as Urban Design
  • ARCH3800 BIM and Sustainable Design System
  • ARCH3800 Community Development as Urban Design
  • ARCH3800 Constructing Symbolic and Sacred Space
  • ARCH3800 Designing for Social Innovation
  • ARCH3800 Heroic Modernism
  • ARCH3800 On the Existing
  • ARCH3800 Sacred Space for the Major World Religions
  • ARCH3800 Transportation Intervention and Urban/Community Design

Emerging Technologies

  • ARCH3800 Architecture From the Inside Out
  • ARCH3800 Architecture Through Furniture
  • ARCH3800 BIM in Sustainable Design
  • ARCH3800 Bridge Architecture and Design
  • ARCH3800 Caveats of Digital Design
  • ARCH3800 Digital Studies
  • ARCH3800 Digital Tectonics
  • ARCH3800 Pattern Making and Texture Mapping
  • ARCH3800 Responsive Architecture
  • ARCH3800 Soft Fabrication
  • ARCH3800 Sustainable Urban Architecture
  • ARCH3800 The Computational Facade
  • ARCH3800 ...ideogramming in-design...

Urbanism

  • ARCH3800 Architecture, Place, and the Social Contract
  • ARCH3800 Building Community
  • ARCH3800 Cultural Construction of Asian Cities 
  • ARCH3800 Master Planning
  • ARCH3800 Questions for the Sustainable Redevelopment of Qin Cun Old Town
  • ARCH3800 Theories of Urban Design
  • ARCH3800 Transportation Design and the Sustainable City 

Design and Representation

  • ARCH3800 Advanced Hand Drawing for Architecture
  • ARCH3800 Color Relationships
  • ARCH3800 Decorative Materials, Surface in Architecture 
  • ARCH3800 Design Methods
  • ARCH3800 Hand Drawing: Perceiving and Rendering Space in Varied Media
  • ARCH3800 Non-Orthogonal Structure: The Space Within
  • ARCH3800 Prototype Architecture 
  • ARCH3800 Sketching the Urban and National Landscape
  • ARCH3800 Storytelling for Architects 
  • ARCH3800 Watercolor Rendering 
  • ARCH3800 3D Visualization and 3D Printing 

History and Theory

  • ARCH3800 Alvar Aalto Seminar & Workshop
  • ARCH3800 Boston - The City and the Sea
  • ARCH3800 Curating Criticism
  • ARCH3800 Latin American, Architecture and Landscape
  • ARCH3800 Louis I. Khan, Architecture and Technology, Seminar and Workshop
  • ARCH3800 Modern House and Garden
  • ARCH3800 Modernism and Contemporary Trends in House and Garden
  • ARCH3800 Project and Context
  • ARCH3800 The Pritzker Prize

Professional Practice

  • ARCH3800 Fundamentals of Design Finance

 

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