Courses

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 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.

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 prehistory through the year 1000 CE.

Survey of architectural history from 1000 to 1800.

Survey of architectural history from 1800 to present.

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.

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 and Scholarship in Practice course.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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. Offered fall only.

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.

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. Offered fall 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. Offered spring only.

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.

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.

First course in a four course sequence which develops the knowledge and skills of architectural technology. Addresses climate, human responses to climate, available materials, topography and impact on culture. Principles of assembly, basic structural principles and philosophies of construction.

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.

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.

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.

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Studies metrics of sustainability as included in rating standards, including LEED. All students will take the LEED GA test.

American architecture from the late 17th to the 21st century.

Survey of Greek architecture from 750-100 B.C.

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

Thematic introduction of a variety of skills, issues, and ways of thinking that bear directly on the design and understanding of the built world. Offered fall only.

Selected historical and modern theories of architectural design.

Special topics in the history of architecture.

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Architecture of western Europe from the early Christian and Byzantine periods through the late Gothic, with consideration of parallel developments in the eastern world.

Renaissance architectural principles and trends in the 15th and 16th centuries and their modifications in the Baroque period.

Architectural history from 1750 to World War II, with emphasis on developments since the mid-19th century.

Architectural history from World War II to the present.

Architecture of the western hemisphere from the Pre-Classic period through the Spanish Conquest.

Theories of analysis and design related to vertical surface. Exercises include documentation, analysis, and design of facades.

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.

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.

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This special topics course focuses on facilitating the transition between observational and speculative drawing and the development of architectural tectonic ideas encountered in the studio environment, and establishing architectural communication as being founded on fluid and dynamic graphic and verbal processes. This course builds upon previously encountered graphic and compositional skills via traditional hand-drawing multiple media and introduces students to architectural diagramming and color theory thereby providing students with a strong foundation to commence the architectural studio sequence.

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

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

Theories and history of urban design, planning, and the design of urban spaces, building complexes, and new communities.

Case studies from a selection of the great cities of the world.

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.

Introduction to economic factors influencing architectural form and design, including land economics, real estate, financing, project development, financial planning, construction, and cost control.

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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.

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

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.

ARCH600

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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.

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.

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.

Advanced investigation of historical problems in American architecture.

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Advanced investigation of historical problems in modern architecture.

Advanced investigation into the history, and practice of urban design, planning, and development.

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. 

The idea of type and typology, its implications for theory, scholarship, and practice in architecture and urban design.

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.

Regional characteristics of culture, climate, and landscape as determinants world architecture.

Recording and analysis of significant architectural complexes in situ.

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This course explores architectural practice methods related to integrated project delivery. The course explores topical issues of architectural design concept, collaboration, process and technique related to Building Information Modeling that 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. Saturday sessions  to be held in the Ayers Saint Gross Baltimore Office. The Final Review will take place in the Ayers Saint Gross Baltimore office on the final class from 1-6pm.

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No Catalog description available.

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.

Project management, organizational, legal, economic and ethical aspects of architecture.

Directed research and preparation of thesis program.

No Catalog description available.

No Catalog description available.