M. ARCHITECTURE I

Curriculum

First Year

Fall Term 1
  • ARCH 61001 Digital Techniques

    Introduction to digital technology. Through lectures and laboratory assignments, students learn the basics of digital drawing, modeling, and rendering. Focus on software such as Rhino, AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and others.

  • ARCH 61100 Architecture Design Studio 1.1

    The first in a sequence of four core design studios, this course introduces students to critical thinking, the fundamental principles of sustainable design, professional drawing conventions and model making techniques. The subject of domestic architecture is explored with special emphasis on the relationship between building and site in non-urban contexts. Through the investigation of landform and climate as well as the social dimensions of dwelling, students explore architecture as a negotiation between cultural and natural environments. All exercises are designed to develop the student's abilities to translate spatial concepts into physical design proposals.

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  • ARCH 61202 Survey World Architecture 1

    This is the first of a four-semester sequence that examines the physical forms of world architecture and related arts. It analyzes the built environment in response to place, politics, culture, and the people who use it. This semester students will study architecture from the Neolithic period to the 14th century in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Two lectures and an advanced seminar are required weekly.

  • ARCH 61300 Materials/Construction 1

    An investigation into the systems, techniques, and materials employed in the making of architecture. Focus on case studies in wood, masonry, and other construction materials.

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  • ARCH 73500 Site Design

    The study of environmental context and the natural environment, including climate, geology, landform, soil, hydrology and vegetation create a basis for an extensive investigation of the relationship between building and site.

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Spring Term 2
  • ARCH 62100 Architecture Studio 1.2

    The second core studio builds upon the experience of the previous studio through a series of increasingly demanding design problems.
    Using Manhattan as a laboratory, students are introduced to the urban context and address a medium-scale institutional building with a nuanced and complex program. Through the rigorous study of building precedents and site visits, students address the role of architecture in the public realm.

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  • ARCH 61002 Visual Studies

    Building upon the lessons and skills learned in Digital Techniques, students sharpen their critical representation skills with a series of multi-media drawing and model-making exercises.

  • ARCH 62201 Survey of World Architecture 2

    This is the second of a four-semester sequence that examines the physical forms of world architecture and related arts. It analyzes the built environment in response to place, politics, culture, and the people who use it. This semester students will study architecture from the 15th to the 18th centuries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Two lectures and an advanced seminar are required weekly.

  • ARCH 62400 Structure 1: Statics and Strength of Materials

    This is a required course for students in the master's program of architecture as introduction to the design and engineering of building structures. It gives an overview of structural forms and their history. Analyzing simple examples of built structures it makes students familiar with the basic principles of statics and strength of materials.

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  • ARCH 62300 Materials/Construction 2

    An investigation into the systems, techniques, and materials employed in the making of architecture. Focus on case studies in concrete, steel and other construction materials.

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Second Year

Fall Term 3
  • ARCH 73100 Architecture Studio 1.3

    The third core studio focuses on building systems integration, structural systems, and technical documentation. In this comprehensive design studio students develop a building from schematic design through design development, and finally through the construction documents phase. With an emphasis on energy efficiency, this studio provides students with an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge they have acquired in their first year of study with respect to program preparation, sustainable design and building technology.

  • ARCH 73201 Survey of World Architecture 3

    This is the third of a four-semester sequence that examines the physical forms of world architecture and related arts. It analyzes the built environment in response to place, politics, culture, and the people who use it. This semester, students will study architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. Two lectures and an advanced seminar are required weekly.

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  • ARCH 73400 Structures 2 : Wood and Steel

    This is a required course introducing students of architecture to the design of wood and steel structures. It covers the properties of these materials and their respective structural forms and introduces students to the structural analysis of simple building components made from them. Students will develop an understanding of the behavior of structural systems made from wood or steel which will help them design building structures as part of a safe, functional, economical, and aesthetically sound building design.

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  • ARCH 61500 Environmental Systems 1

    Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems in buildings will be studied from a rudimentary design view to a level from which students will understand criteria involved in making choices between construction systems. Such things as space requirements and coordination with other building systems will be studied.

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Spring Term 4
  • ARCH 74100 Architecture Studio 1.4

    The fourth and final studio in the four-semester core sequence focuses on sustainable housing. In turn, the emergent scales and patterns of sustainable housing become the operative means to address and examine larger urban design concerns. Students work in teams and consider socio-economic factors, urban density and morphology in the design of housing solutions in complex and multi-layered urban contexts. Emphasis is placed on the research of urban and building precedents as well as on the use of environmental modeling and visualization tools to measure and integrate complex data into housing solutions.

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  • ARCH 85201 Survey of World Architecture 4

    This is the fourth in a four-semester sequence that examines the physical forms of world architecture and related arts. It analyzes the built environment in response to place, politics, culture, and the people who use it. This semester students will study architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. Two lectures and an advanced seminar are required weekly.

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  • ARCH 74400 Structures 3 : Concrete

    This is a required course introducing students of architecture to the design and engineering of reinforced concrete structures. It covers material properties, mechanics of reinforced and prestressed concrete systems, numerical methods of sizing structural members and their reinforcement, and criteria for proportioning concrete building frames and their components as part of a safe, functional, economical, and aesthetical building design.

  • ARCH 74500 Environmental Systems 2

    The artificial and natural lighting of buildings will be studied along with the analysis and treatment of the built sonic environment. Spaces for performance and public assembly will be addressed along with housing, education and others.

Third Year

Fall Term 5
  • ARCH 85100 Architecture Studio 1.5

    The final two studios in the six semester studio sequence allow students to directly engage advanced topics and critical issues in contemporary architecture. Students will be taught by visiting distinguished architects, bringing questions and insights gleaned from their own practice to the studio. Students also take a seminar taught by their visiting critic which reinforces topics explored in the design studio.

  • ARCH 85600 Professional Practice

    This course introduces students to the professional practice of architecture with a special emphasis on the challenges facing architects that maintain a strong design emphasis This course covers the general organization of the profession and its relation to client, community, and the construction industry; new management techniques, information organization and retrieval, project delivery, construction and construction documents, cost control, legal surety, contracts, and financial management.

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  • ARCH 85300 Advanced Computing

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Spring Term 6
  • ARCH 86100 Architecture Studio 1.6

    The final two studios in the six semester studio sequence allow students to directly engage advanced topics and critical issues in contemporary architecture. Students will be taught by visiting distinguished architects, bringing questions and insights gleaned from their own practice to the studio. Students also take a seminar taught by their visiting critic which reinforces topics explored in the design studio.

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  • ARCH 86101 Architecture Thesis

    In the last semester of their studies students may propose to investigate a topic of their own choosing instead of enrolling in Architecture Studio 1.6. The objective of Thesis is to enable the student to develop an original and significant body of work which addresses an important area of cultural concern. Students must apply for thesis in the previous term by submitting a proposal which defines their area of focus and identifies a faculty member who will serve as an advisor during the Thesis period. Approval for this option is at the discretion of the Program Director.

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M. ARCHITECTURE II

Curriculum

First Year

Fall Term 1
  • ARCH 91101 Arch. Studio 2.1

    For students that have already completed a professional degree in architecture, the sequence of three architecture studios allows direct engagement with advanced topics and critical issues in contemporary architecture. Studios will be taught by both full-time architecture faculty and outside visitors who will cover a wide array of topics such as sustainability, technology, and materials research. Projects will be of moderate to large scale with complex programs addressing a broad range of design challenges.

  • ARCH 91201 Studio Seminar

    This seminar course is taught in parallel to Architecture Studio 2.1. It provides special topics of study or background research and readings that support and broaden the work of the studio.

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Spring Term 2
  • ARCH 92191 Arch. Studio 2.2

    Studios will be taught by both full-time architecture faculty and outside visitors who will cover a wide array of topics such as sustainability, technology, and materials research. Projects will be of moderate to large scale with complex programs addressing a broad range of design challenges.

  • ARCH 92201 Studio Seminar 2

    This seminar course is taught in parallel to Architecture Studio 2.2. It provides special topics of study or background research and readings that support and broaden the work of the studio.

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Third Year

Fall Term 3
  • ARCH 93102 Architecture Studio 2.3

    Studios will be taught by both full-time architecture faculty and outside visitors who will cover a wide array of topics such as sustainability, technology, and materials research. Projects will be of moderate to large scale with complex programs addressing a broad range of design challenges.

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  • ARCH 93101 Architecture Thesis

    The last semester design studio offers students prepared to formulate and undertake a thesis in architecture the opportunity to investigate a topic of their own choosing which addresses a significant area of cultural concern. The objective of this studio is to enable the student to develop an original and significant body of work which expands upon the present state of understanding of a particular architectural or urban issue. Preparation for the thesis term will occur in an elective course during the previous term in which the students will define their theses and prepare research on their thesis topic. The Architecture Thesis studio is offered as an alternative to Architecture Studio 2.3 for a limited number of students with permission of the faculty.

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