2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Architecture Department

Michael MacPhail, Chair – Foundation Studies

Annex North, Room 114
617-989-4455

DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT

Architectural education at Wentworth embraces the complex nature of architecture as a conceptual, technical, and social practice that is ultimately centered on the art of making. The program encourages deep explorations in the material culture of architecture and challenges students to deploy this knowledge in ways that enrich the built environment and enhance people’s lives.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

The department offers four separate degree programs:

  • The four-year, pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
  • The one-year, Master of Architecture professional degree.
  • The two-year, Master of Architecture professional degree for external candidates who have a four-year, pre-professional degree from another NAAB-based degree program.
  • The three-year, Master of Architecture professional degree for external candidates who have a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in an unrelated discipline.

Undergraduate Studies – Architecture
Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree (BS-Arch)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS-Arch) program’s rigorous course of study centers on the design studio, where students work closely with faculty in explorations of design and design methods. Associated courses in history, theory, technology, and professional practice are closely related to design studio problems. Student learning is enhanced by two semesters of cooperative work experience as well as study abroad options.

All entering freshmen are admitted to the four-year BS-Arch program. During the sophomore year students focus their educational interests by choosing one of the three concentrations outlined below.

Upon successful completion of the BS-Arch curriculum, Wentworth students may apply to the one-year M.Arch program at Wentworth, or they may elect to continue their architectural studies at another institution or gain professional experience. Every student who applies to the M.Arch program must submit an application. It is important to note that if a student’s GPA is higher than 3.2 for all undergraduate architecture courses, the student is automatically admitted into the Wentworth M.Arch program. If the GPA is below 3.2 then the student must apply to the M.Arch program and admission is based on that application, including a portfolio submission.

BS-ARCH PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS
The undergraduate program in architecture offers three areas of concentration, which allow students to pursue a particular focus within their study of architecture. The core architectural education is equivalent across concentrations, and all achieve the same learning outcomes. Students express their preference of concentrations during their second year (see ‘Concentration Selection Process’ below).

Adaptive Interventions

This concentration investigates architecture as a discipline in which the 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.

BS-ARCH CONCENTRATION SELECTION PROCESS
Second-year students are required to submit a portfolio as part of the process of concentration selection. Students confer in advance with their academic advisor and studio faculty about which concentration best suits their interests and career goals. Placement in concentrations will be based upon a combination of a student’s departmental GPA (ARCH courses only) and a portfolio evaluation by department faculty. Submission deadlines and portfolio requirements are announced by the department each year.

COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE

The Architecture Department has a substantial and well-established cooperative education component embedded in the curriculum. BS-Arch students spend two semesters working in an architectural or allied design professional office. The department collaborates with the Institute’s Center for Cooperative Education and Career Development to reinforce the learning content of these placements. Work experience may be applied to the Intern Development Program (IDP) - a required step toward professional licensure.

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

The Department of Architecture offers several one-semester study abroad options for students in the BS-Arch program. Curriculum during this semester is fully aligned with required program coursework in Boston, allowing normal progress towards graduation. Participation is by application; the program accepts a limited number of students and is selective.

The department currently sponsors study abroad programs in Berlin, Germany, and Girona, Spain, led by resident architects who are Wentworth faculty members. During their residence abroad, students work closely with local design and planning professionals as well as with local students and community groups. The program includes intensive travel-based coursework, which gives students additional cultural perspective.

DEGREE DETAILS

Total credits for degree: 134

This is a four-year program that begins in the fall of the student’s first year and is planned to end in the spring semester of the fourth year.

Students select one of three concentrations – Adaptive Interventions, Emerging Technologies, or Urbanism – which is the focus of selected courses starting in the second year.

Please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog for information about the English sequence and the Humanities/Social Science elective requirement.

SPECIAL GRADE REQUIREMENT

The Architecture Department has a special grade requirement that applies to all design studio courses from the sophomore year onward. Students in the BS-Arch degree program must comply with the following design studio grade requirement:

Final grade must be C or better if the final grade in the previous design studio is less than a C.

Students who receive a final grade below C for two consecutive semesters are not permitted to continue in the program until they successfully repeat the 2nd studio for which they received a sub-standard grade.

Architecture - Adaptive Interventions Concentration

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 14)

ARCH1000, Studio 01
MATH1000, College Mathematics I
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 14)

ARCH1500, Studio 02
MATH1500, Precalculus
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH2000, Studio 03
ARCH2100, History/Theory 01
ARCH2200, Technology 01
ARCH2222, IDP Registration
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH2550, Studio 04
ARCH2600, History/Theory 02
ARCH2700, Technology 02
PHYS1000, College Physics I

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

ARCH3050, Studio 05
ARCH3200, Technology 03
ARCH3400, Structures 01
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

ARCH3550, Studio 06
ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
ARCH3900, Structures 02
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Summer Semester

COPP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH4050, Studio 07
ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
ELECTIVE, Architecture
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH5500, Studio 08
ELECTIVE, Architecture
ELECTIVE, Architecture
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

*NOTE: The Humanities/Social Science Elective courses must include at least one course in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences.

Architecture - Emerging Technologies Concentration

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 14)

ARCH1000, Studio 01
MATH1000, College Mathematics I
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 14)

ARCH1500, Studio 02
MATH1500, Precalculus
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH2000, Studio 03
ARCH2100, History/Theory 01
ARCH2200, Technology 01
ARCH2222, IDP Registration
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH2525, Studio 04
ARCH2600, History/Theory 02
ARCH2700, Technology 02
PHYS1000, College Physics I

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

ARCH3025, Studio 05
ARCH3200, Technology 03
ARCH3400, Structures 01
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

ARCH3525, Studio 06
ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
ARCH3900, Structures 02
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Summer Semester

COPP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH4025, Studio 07
ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
ELECTIVE, Architecture
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH5500, Studio 08
ELECTIVE, Architecture
ELECTIVE, Architecture
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

*NOTE: The Humanities/Social Science Elective courses must include at least one course in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences.

Architecture - Urbanism Concentration

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 14)

ARCH1000, Studio 01
MATH1000, College Mathematics I
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 14)

ARCH1500, Studio 02
MATH1500, Precalculus
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH2000, Studio 03
ARCH2100, History/Theory 01
ARCH2200, Technology 01
ARCH2222, IDP Registration
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH2500, Studio 04
ARCH2600, History/Theory 02
ARCH2700, Technology 02
PHYS1000, College Physics I

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

ARCH3000, Studio 05
ARCH3200, Technology 03
ARCH3400, Structures 01
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

ARCH3500, Studio 06
ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
ARCH3900, Structures 02
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Summer Semester

COPP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH4000, Studio 07
ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
ELECTIVE, Architecture
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH5500, Studio 08
ELECTIVE, Architecture
ELECTIVE, Architecture
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

*NOTE: The Humanities/Social Science Elective courses must include at least one course in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences.

Graduate Studies - Architecture
Leading to a Master of Architecture degree (M. Arch)

While there are many places to study architecture, Boston’s rich tapestry of contemporary and historic buildings make it one of the best cities in the country in which to be a graduate student of architecture. Students at Wentworth will experience a practice-based education in design, fabrication, and building, use the advanced digital tools found in leading edge architectural firms, and conceive of imaginative solutions that address real-world challenges and opportunities.

At Wentworth, our graduate curriculum promotes design investigation and research based on the tangible nature of architecture. Our students apply critical thinking skills in design research and have the freedom to explore their interests and express their creativity.

M. ARCH DEGREE PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS
Fourth-year BS-Arch students at Wentworth who wish to continue in the architecture program, as well as outside applicants from other 4-year NAAB-based pre-professional degree programs, are required to submit an application for the M. Arch degree program (see ‘Note’ below). For further details on the program and admissions requirements, please refer to the departmental website: (http://www.wit.edu/arch/programs/academic/march/index.html).

Note: Students who achieve a minimum departmental GPA of 3.20 (non-elective ARCH courses from 1stthrough 3rd years only) in the BS-Arch program at Wentworth automatically qualify for acceptance into the M. Arch degree program for the following year. Students meeting this standard still must submit an application and an official transcript.

DEGREE DETAILS
Total credits for degree: 36 (one-year) or 72 (two-year), or 108 (three-year)

This is a program that begins in the fall of the student’s first year and is planned to end in the spring semester of the first, second or third year.

Students in the M. Arch program must maintain a grade of B or higher in all required architecture courses to be in good academic standing. Please refer to the section Graduation Requirements – Graduate Programs for more information.

Master of Architecture (One-Year) (MARC)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH9000, Studio 09: Special Topics
ARCH9200, Thesis Preparation I
ARCH9300, Thesis Preparation II
ELECTIVE, Architecture

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH9500, Studio 10: Thesis
ARCH9600, Professional Perspectives
ARCH9700, Advanced Topics
ELECTIVE, General

Master of Architecture (Two-Year) (MARC)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH8000, Adv. Graduate Studio 03
ARCH8250, Adv. Tech. & Materials
ARCH8300, App. Res. & Des. 01
ARCH8350, Concentration Studies OR
ARCH8400 Structures 01 OR
ELECTIVE, Architecture

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH8500, Adv. Graduate Studio 04
ARCH8650, Fabrication Methods
ARCH8700 App. Res. & Des. 02
ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
ARCH8800 Structures 02 OR
ELECTIVE, Architecture

Second Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH9000, Studio 09: Special Topics
ARCH9200, Thesis Preparation I
ARCH9300, Thesis Preparation II
ELECTIVE, Architecture

Second Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH9500, Studio 10: Thesis
ARCH9600, Professional Perspectives
ARCH9700, Advanced Topics
ELECTIVE, General

Master of Architecture (Three-Year) (MARC)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH7000, Grad Found. Studio 01
ARCH7250, Grad History Lect.
ARCH7300, Technology 01
ARCH7350, 2D/3D Media Processes

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH7500, Grad Found Studio 02
ARCH7550, History/Theory Seminar
ARCH7600, Technology 02
ELECTIVE, General

Second Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH8000, Adv. Graduate Studio 03
ARCH8250, Adv. Tech. & Materials
ARCH8300, App. Res. & Des. 01
ARCH8350, Concentration Studies OR
ARCH8400, Structures 01 OR
ELECTIVE, Architecture

Second Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH8500, Adv. Graduate Studio 04
ARCH8650, Fabrication Methods
ARCH8700, App. Res & Des. 02
ARCH8750, Concentration Studies ORARCH8800, Structures 02 OR
ELECTIVE, General

Third Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH9000, Studio 09: Special Topics
ARCH9200, Thesis Preparation I
ARCH9300, Thesis Preparation II
ELECTIVE, Architecture

Third Year, spring Semester (total credits 18)

ARCH9500, Studio 10: Thesis
ARCH9600, Professional Perspectives
ARCH9700, Advanced Topics
ELECTIVE, General

ARCHITECTURE ELECTIVES

Architecture electives are listed 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 is indicative of the Department’s elective course offerings in recent years:

Urbanism/Adaptive Interventions

ARCH3800, Design Methods

 

ARCH3800, Adaptive Reuse as Urban Design

ARCH3800, Alvar Aalto Seminar & Workshop

ARCH3800, Analysis of Contemporary Buildings and Architectural Movements

ARCH3800, American Architecture 1600-1900
ARCH3800, Approaches to Public Space
ARCH3800, Architecture Through Furniture
ARCH3800, BIM in Sustainable Design
ARCH3800, Boston, the City and the Sea
ARCH3800, Community Development as Urban Design
ARCH3800, Constructing Symbolic and Sacred Space
ARCH3800, Cultural Construction of Asian Cities
ARCH3800, Designing for Social Innovation
ARCH3800, Design Towards an Eco-Democracy
ARCH3800, Digital Studies
ARCH3800, Heroic Modernism
ARCH3800, Latin American Architecture & Landscape
ARCH3800, Louis I. Kahn, Architecture and Technology, Seminar and Workshop
ARCH3800, Mapping the City
ARCH3800, Marcel Breuer: American Houses
ARCH3800, Master Planning
ARCH3800, Poetics
ARCH3800, Reading and Representing the Urban Form
ARCH3800, Responsive Architecture, Reflexive City
ARCH3800, Sacred Space for the Major World Religions
ARCH3800, Storytelling for Architects
ARCH3800, The Pritzker Prize
ARCH3800, The Space Between
ARCH3800, Transportation Invention & Urban/Community Design
ARCH3800, Urban Infrastructure
ARCH3800, Vernacular Architecture
ARCH3800, Visual Perception & the City: The Lessons of Boston

Emerging Technologies

ARCH3800, Caveats of Digital Design
ARCH3800, Decorative Materials/Surfaces in Architecture
ARCH3800, Computer-Based Structural Analysis & Design
ARCH3800, Dev. BIM-Based Solutions in Architecture
ARCH3800, Digital Tectonics
ARCH3800, Geomatter
ARCH3800, Learning LEED
ARCH3800, Net Zero Energy Housing
ARCH3800, The Computational Facade
ARCH3800, Temporary Structures and Mobile Architecture
ARCH3800, Bridge Architecture and Design
ARCH3800, Computer–Assisted Building Systems Analysis & Design

Representation

ARCH3800, Ideogramming In-Design
ARCH3800, 3D Visualization & 3D Printing
ARCH3800, Advanced Hand Drawing for Architecture – Projective Geometry
ARCH3800, Architectural Proportions
ARCH3800, Color
ARCH3800, Color Relationships
ARCH3800, Hand Drawing for Architects and Designers
ARCH3800, Introduction to Autodesk Revit Architecture
ARCH3800, Pattern Making/Texture Mapping
ARCH3800, Space Through Hand Drawing
ARCH3800, Spatial Color
ARCH3800, Watercolor Rendering

Professional Practice

ARCH3800, Design Entrepreneurship
ARCH3800, Fundamentals of Design Finance

 

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