This studio focuses on the design of buildings and places in an urban setting that require an intense concentration of support systems. The course exploration and study of architectural design, technology, and planning principles is designed to bridge the gap between architectural theory and practice through the design of structures and places for human use and inspiration. Students will be expected to progress through the schematic design and design development phases of short-term and extended design projects.
This studio course concentrates on developing the problem solving skills associated with the design of adaptive reuse and historic preservation building projects. Projects will involve the gathering of information about the historical evolution of the building, the documentation and analysis of the building's structural and material conditions, the understanding of the building's relationship to its wider physical and cultural environment and making appropriate design decisions in respect to new uses.
This studio is designed to develop the student's ability to apply and integrate architectural principles and methods to design of buildings and spaces. The exploration and study of architectural design and technology makes connections between theory and practice through the design of buildings and environments that explore the relationship between architecture, building systems, and human experience. Students will be expected to progress through the schematic design and design development phases of short-term and extended design projects.
This is an advanced course that examines the practical and theoretical issues of the computer as a tool for the production of architectural presentations. Technical skills in SketchUp, Revit and Photoshop are learned through tutorials and projects. Students learn to create and execute projects utilizing the computer as an architectural tool through the application of technical skills.
The course concentrates on problem solving methods for a variety of architectural project types and sizes. Students working individually and in teams explore and document their work through sketches, study models, and preliminary working drawings. The students are encouraged to develop a professional approach to investigating, analyzing, and solving architectural problems. This is the culminating course of the two-year degree program as well as a stepping-stone to the upper level studio courses in the four-year degree program.
This course is designed to provide the future practitioner with a comprehensive study of the business and practice of architecture and design. Emphasis will be placed on practical skills and usable information that will enhance the students' ability to function within the modern office environment. The study of construction contract documents and estimating techniques will provide the platform for more in-depth discussion of the design professions and/or related disciplines.
This course is a study of methods, systems, and materials used in the design and construction of commercial buildings. An emphasis is placed on the integration of materials and systems used for foundations, envelope construction, and roof systems. A general study of the International Building Code is included with respect to public commercial structures. Various two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer applications are used throughout the course.
This is a course that presents students with a systematic approach to architectural design methods. Methods of graphic thinking are introduced as a means of exploring and evaluating issues related to the design process. Architectural form and style are investigated relative to human factors and environmental context. Verbal and graphic communication skills are also refined in the development of student design presentations.
Introductory course designed to expose students to fundamental design skills, 3D problems solving, color theory, perspective drawing and rendering. The course examines specific issues such as format, figure/ground, rhythm, contrast, datum, value, space definition, color theory/rendering, one and two point perspective methods and basic model building.