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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Course Descriptions - Architecture

ARCH 0100 SUMMER FAB: THINKING & MAKING
This summer fabrication program bridges and connects thinking of architecture with making architecture. Students experience in a short timeframe all phases of a complete architectural project; from initial design concepts through development and refinement and including realization as a full-scale construction site. By intertwining thinking and making a process of design from beginning to end, we convey understanding, crucial for designers, that making is a form of thinking. Project sites typically will be located in Boston, either campus or community-based. Projects, typically conceived as temporary, will generally be small in size, scale or both. They might include, for example, installations (as within a gallery setting), furniture (including near-furniture or furniture-like elements), or site-specific interventions (either outdoors or within existing structures). (4 credits) summer
Prerequisite: High School Summer Program

ARCH 1000 STUDIO 01
This foundation studio focuses on techniques of visualization and representation (freehand drawing skills and model making) as they pertain to beginning design. Students develop fundamental design skills through orthographic drawing (plan, section & elevation), perspective drawing, model making and diagramming. (6 credits) fall

ARCH 1500 STUDIO 02
This foundation studio studies general concepts of space, form, material and structure by using techniques in architectural representation and visualization, through a series of design problems. (6 credits) spring
Prerequisite: ARCH1000

ARCH 2000 STUDIO 03
This studio course explores conceptual design through a series of elemental architectural exercises. Topics pertinent to the student's concentration are addressed. (6 credits) fall
Prerequisite: ARCH1500

ARCH 2100 HISTORY/THEORY 01
This lecture course surveys world architecture, urbanism and landscapes from the ancient world through roughly 1700 CE. Lectures shall discuss architecture as a form of cultural expression and in relation to the artistic, political, religious, scientific, technological, and social developments. (4 credits) fall

ARCH 2200 TECHNOLOGY 01
This lecture and workshop-based course focuses on site design skills and concepts, in urban and non-urban environments. The course also includes principles of building siting/orientation and an introduction to passive environmental building strategies. (4 credits) fall

ARCH 2222 AXP ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
Through AXP student learn about the daily realities of architectural practice, acquire comprehensive experience in basic practice areas, explore specialized areas of practice, develop professional judgment, and refine their career goals. The AXP is developed and administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In most jurisdictions, completion of the AXP is a requirement for initial registration. The AXP identifies the tasks that are essential for competent practice. The program is structured to prepare students to practice architecture independently upon initial registration. (0 credits) fall
Prerequisite: enrollment in the B.S.Arch program.

ARCH 2225 PRO PRACTICE PREP
Through independent learning, this roughly ten-hour course introduces a systematic approach to architectural contract drawing (CDs), architects' drawings to communicate design intent clearly. "Picking up redline" marks - refining CDs reiteratively - is a most common assignment for entry-level staff. Materials in this course provide basic vocabulary and technical logic in the organization of a set of drawings that includes: 1) many scales (from the site plan to the detail drawing) and; 2) many disciplines (the building engineering disciplines - structural and MEP design - as well as other such as landscape architecture). Materials provide two different types of resources: readings and quizzes about the contract drawing set, and drawing a project using the software Revit. (0 credits) spring  
Prerequisites:ARCH2222
Corequisite: ARCH3500

ARCH 2500 STUDIO 04
This studio course explores architectural design through a series of problems increasing in scale, complexity and length throughout the semester. (6 credits) summer
Prerequisites: ARCH2000 and ARCH2200

ARCH 2600 HISTORY/THEORY 02
This lecture course surveys world architecture, urbanism and landscapes from 1700 CE to the 1960's. Lectures discuss architecture as a form of cultural expression and in relation to artistic, political, religious, scientific, technological and social developments. (4 credits) summer

ARCH 2700 TECHNOLOGY 02
This lecture and workshop-based course focuses on architectural methods for achieving visual, thermal and acoustical comfort in buildings using climate, form, orientation, materials and structure. (4 credits) summer
Prerequisites: ARCH2200, and sophomore status in B.S.Arch

ARCH 2990 INDEPENDENT STUDY ARCHITECTURE
This course investigates a topic of special interest to faculty and students that is outside regular course offerings. (0 – 6 credits)
Prerequisite: Consent of department head and instructor.

ARCH 3000 STUDIO 05
This studio course explores architectural design through a series of problems increasing in scale, complexity and length throughout the semester. (6 credits) fall
Prerequisites: ARCH2500; sophomore status in B.S.Arch

ARCH 3200 TECHNOLOGY 03
This lecture and workshop-based course focuses on architectural methods for achieving visual, thermal and acoustical comfort in buildings using passive and active systems. Building system technologies are addressed. (4 credits) fall
Prerequisites: ARCH2700 and junior status in B.S.Arch program

ARCH 3400 STRUCTURES I
Students learn how loads are applied and distributed, and how to analyze beams and trusses. Both the method of joints and the method of sections will be used. Basic principles of strength of materials, structural mechanics and structural analysis are presented. (3 credits) fall
Prerequisite: ARCH2000; junior status in B.S.Arch program

ARCH 3500 STUDIO 06
This design course focuses on the development of highly detailed design proposals, integrating knowledge of building materials and systems within the framework of well-articulated and advanced design intentions.

Prerequisites: ARCH2200 and ARCH2700 and ARCH3000 and ARCH3200 and ARCH3400; junior status in B.S.Arch program,
Corequisite: ARCH3900 (6 credits) spring

ARCH 3700 CONCENTRATION STUDIES
This course addresses topics pertinent to each concentration, with an emphasis on relevant modes of research within the discipline. Contemporary issues in the field are addressed through readings, discussion, analysis, writing and projects. (4 credits) spring and fall
Prerequisite: junior / senior status in B.S.Arch program.

ARCH 3800 SPECIAL TOPICS ARCHITECTURE
Presents topics that are not covered by existing courses and are likely to change from semester to semester. Refer to the Class Schedule for a specific semester for details of offerings for the semester. (4 credits) spring and fall

ARCH 3850 SPECIAL TOPICS ARCHITECTURE
Presents topics that are not covered by existing courses and are likely to change from semester to semester.  Refer to the Class Schedule for a specific semester for details of offerings for the semester. (4 credits) spring and fall

ARCH 3900 STRUCTURES II
Students analyze more complex systems and design beams and columns in wood, steel, and concrete. Topics include analysis of continuous beams and rigid frames, loads on structural systems, grids & pattern layout and funicular structures (cables and arches). (3 credits) spring
Prerequisite: ARCH3400

ARCH 4000 STUDIO 07 (URBANISM)
This studio course introduces topics of design in the urban realm. Students engage with complex issues and agendas, and develop proposals in response to the physical, cultural, and social contexts that inform design at the urban scale. Topics pertinent to the Urbanism concentration are addressed. (6 credits) fall
Prerequisites: ARCH3500; junior status in B.S.Arch, and Urbanism concentration status.

ARCH 4025 STUDIO 07 (EMERGING TECH)
This studio course introduces topics of design in the urban realm. Students engage with complex issues and agendas, and develop proposals in response to the physical, cultural, and social contexts that inform design at the urban scale. Topics pertinent to the Emerging Technologies concentration are addressed. (6 credits) fall
Prerequisites: ARCH 3500; junior status in B.S.Arch, and Emerging Technologies concentration status.

ARCH 4050 STUDIO 07 (ADAPT INTERVENTIONS)
This studio course introduces topics of design in the urban realm. Students engage with complex issues and agendas, and develop proposals in response to the physical, cultural, and social contexts that inform design at the urban scale. Topics pertinent to the Adaptive Interventions concentration are addressed. (6 credits) fall
Prerequisites: ARCH 3500; junior status in B.S.Arch, and Adaptive Interventions concentration status.

ARCH 5500 STUDIO 08
This studio course proposes design topics grounded in a research agenda that informs the design process. The range and scale of projects vary; students initiate a single original design project. (6 credits) spring
Prerequisite: ARCH4000 or ARCH4025 or ARCH4050

ARCH 7000 GRADUATE FOUNDATION STUDIO I
This studio addresses graduate level design topics dedicated to students in the two year Master of Architecture program. (6 credits) fall
Prerequisite: Enrollment in two-year Master of Architecture program. Please refer to the Design Studio Grade Requirement regarding the final grade for this course.

ARCH 7250 GRADUATE HISTORY THEORY LECTURE
This lecture course surveys world architecture, urbanism and landscapes from the ancient world through roughly 1600 CE. Lectures shall discuss architecture as a form of cultural expression and be presented in relation to artistic, political, religious, scientific, technological, and social developments. (4 credits) fall

 ARCH 7350 2D + 3D MEDIA & PROCESSES
Requirement for incoming three-year graduate students. The course introduces and applies fundamental manual drawing techniques and logics essential to the development of spatial and critical thinking skill sets and practice as well as digital 2D and 3D translations. (4 credits) fall

ARCH 7500 GRADUATE FOUNDATIONS STUDIO 2
This studio focuses on techniques of visualization and representation (freehand drawing skills and model-making) as they pertain to beginning design. Students continue to develop fundamental design skills through orthographic drawing (plan, section and elevation), perspective drawing, model-making and diagramming. Fundamental digital skills are explored. General concepts of space, form, material and structure are investigated by using techniques in architectural representation and visualization in a series of design problems. (6 credits) spring
Prerequisite: ARCH7000

ARCH 7550 GRADUATE HISTORY THEORY SEMINAR
This seminar builds on core themes and topics introduced in the Graduate History Theory Lecture, surveying world architecture, urbanism and landscapes from roughly 1600 CE to present. Graduate students concentrate on focused research and themes, critical writing and research at the graduate level is emphasized. Required for three-year graduate students. (4 credits) spring
Prerequisite: ARCH7250; for two-year students: previous relevant history theory coursework

ARCH 7600 TECHNOLOGY 02
Technology 02 introduces the theory and application of climate, energy use and comfort as determinants of architectural form. Emphasis is on architectural methods for climate adaption using non-mechanical means (climate, shape, orientation, material and structure) for ventilating, cooling, heating and lighting envelope-load dominated buildings. (4 credits) spring

ARCH 8000 ADVANCED GRADUATE DESIGN STUDIO 01
This design course focuses on the development of highly detailed design proposals, integrating knowledge of building materials and systems within the framework of well-articulated and advanced design intentions. (6 credits) fall
Prerequisite: ARCH7000 and ARCH7300

ARCH 8250 ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY & MATERIALS
This lecture and workshop-based course focuses on site and architecture design skills and concepts, in urban and non-urban environments. The course also includes principles of building siting/orientation and an introduction to passive environmental building strategies. Emphasis on materials, formal logics and structural relationships at multiple scales will be investigated. (4 credits) spring

ARCH 8300 APPLIED RESEARCH & DESIGN 01
Focus on advanced studies Research & Design methodologies through a series of explorative projects & presentations. Methodologies & Strategies are explored so as to instill a clear understanding of advanced research at the graduate level. (4 credits) fall

ARCH 8500 ADVANCED GRADUATE DESIGN STUDIO 02
This design course focuses on the development of highly detailed design proposals, integrating knowledge of building materials and systems within the framework of well-articulated and advanced design intentions. (6 credits) spring
Prerequisite: ARCH 8350 and ARCH8400 and ARCH7000

ARCH 8650 FABRICATION METHODS
With a focus on making as a means of applied research, graduate students work with both manual + digital fabrication tools, techniques and fabrication methodologies. Design and Applied Research will range in scale and scope from the making of artifacts to prototyping to one to one scale manufacturing. (4 credits) spring

ARCH 8700 APPLIED RESEARCH & DESIGN 02
Applied Research & Design 02 focuses on visual methodologies through a series of explorative projects & presentations. Visual research methodologies & strategies are introduced through a series of case studies and precedents. Graduate level criteria & expectation are to be met. (4 credits) spring
Prerequisite: ARCH8300

ARCH 8750 CONCENTRATION STUDIES
Concentration Studies offers topics pertinent to Urbanism, Emerging Technologies or Adaptive Interventions with an emphasis on relevant models of research within the selected discipline of the concentration. Contemporary issues in the field are addressed through readings, discussions, analysis, writing and projects. (4 credits) fall or spring
Prerequisite: ARCH7000

ARCH 8800 STRUCTURES 02
Introduction to behavior and analysis of more complex systems and design of beams and columns in wood, steel and concrete. Topics include analysis of continuous beams/rigid frames, loads on structural systems, grids/pattern layout and funicular structures (cables and arches).  (3 credits) spring
Prerequisite: ARCH 8400

ARCH 9000 STUDIO 09: SPECIAL TOPICS
This studio addresses design topics relevant to graduate-level study. Students integrate the major architectural issues emphasized in the previous studios in a single design project. (6 credits) fall
Prerequisite: M.Arch status
Corequisite: ARCH9200 and ARCH 9300

ARCH 9200 THESIS PREP 1
This course examines the theoretical underpinnings and methodologies pertinent to research in architecture. Students come to understand how researchers conduct architectural research, with the goal of preparing their own thesis agenda. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MArch status; ARCH9000

ARCH 9300 THESIS PREP II
Students prepare the groundwork for their thesis project through research and development of an architectural program, site analysis, and design methods that support an original design project in Studio 10: Thesis. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MArch status; ARCH9000

ARCH 9500 STUDIO 10: THESIS
Students pursue a final thesis design of a project of their own definition, as developed during the fall semester in ARCH9200 Thesis Preparation I and ARCH9300 Thesis Preparation II. (6 credits)
Prerequisite: M.Arch status; ARCH9000, ARCH9200, and ARCH9300
Corequisite: ARCH9700

ARCH 9600 PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES
A comprehensive study of architectural practice, including project management, financial planning, organizational structure, scheduling, marketing, legal issues, and the roles and responsibilities of design professionals. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: M.Arch status

ARCH 9700 ADVANCED TOPICS I
This course addresses topics relevant to graduate study. Readings, discussion and analytical projects address contemporary issues in the field. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: M.Arch status; ARCH9000, ARCH9200, and ARCH 9300.
Corequisite: ARCH9600