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ARCH 111-301 Architecture in the Anthropocene Daniel Barber CANCELED This course will use architecture and the built environmental as a lens to investigate the emerging field of the environmental humanities. Our goal will be to analyze and understand these new intellectual frameworks in order to consider the relationship between global environmental challenges and the process of constructing the built environment. As such, we will oscillate between social and political theory, environmental history, and architectural history and theory. Issues of importance will include: theories of risk, the role of nature in political conflicts; images, design and environmental communication; and the relationship between speculative design and other narratives of the future. These conceptual frameworks will be read alongside examples of related creative projects in art, literature, and architecture, and will be amplified through presentations and discussions with studio faculty and other visitors to the course. Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.
Freshman Seminar
ARCH 201-201 Design Fundamentals I Halee Bouchehrian ADDM 203
ADDM 106
ADDM 203
T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM
T 04:30 PM-06:00 PM
R 01:30 PM-06:00 PM
This studio course develops drawing and model-making skills with emphasis on digital representation and digital fabrication. The capacity of nature-inspired design is explored as a foundation for the creative production of new forms of expression.
ARCH 201-202 Design Fundamentals I Eric D Bellin CANCELED This studio course develops drawing and model-making skills with emphasis on digital representation and digital fabrication. The capacity of nature-inspired design is explored as a foundation for the creative production of new forms of expression. Permission Needed From Department
ARCH 301-201 Design I Joshua J Freese ADDM 208
ADDM 208
ADDM 106
T 01:30 PM-06:00 PM
R 01:30 PM-04:30 PM
R 04:30 PM-06:00 PM
An introduction to the design of architecture in the city. Students explore the relationships between two- dimensional patterns and their corresponding three-dimensional interpretations through the orthographic drawings of plan, section, and elevation and three-dimensional digital and physical models.
ARCH 315-001 Architecture & Feminism: From Kitchen To Counter-Space: Feminist Histories of Architecture Sophie Hochhausl CANCELED How do our visual and textual sources determine the histories we are able to tell about architecture, urban space, and the agents that enliven it? How do we reconcile seeming absences and actual acts of erasure that stare back at us from the archive? How can feminist theory help us to chart new avenues for writing critical architectural histories that are attentive to discourses of difference but also narratives of equity? And which feminist methods can we employ to uncover histories and works of architecture that have actively resisted dominant regimes of power and its corresponding systems of knowledge? In the course, From Kitchen to Counter-Space students engage in a debate about architecture and urban space that asks how feminism can spearhead new methods of research, objects of study, and ways of seeing and analyzing buildings and cities, as well as the human alliances within them. The course places great emphasis on a variety of sources including architectural texts and objects, but also literature and artworks that theorize and historicize the built environment. In thinking inclusively about architectural actors and spaces that remain underrepresented in architectural discourse, we turn to sources such as poetry, manifestoes, novels, and science fiction as well as artworks and performance, alongside critical forms of architectural expression including drawings, models, and built works. The course approaches architecture through debates in the art humanities experimentally and experientially. Students would build knowledge about interior design, architecture, and urban spaces through museum visits and field trips well as workshops and interviews with visual artists, architects, and writers. To take a feminist approach to architecture and the built environment, the course proposes, architectural instruction needs to be discursive, collaborative, experienced, and lived and is must consider a variety of humanistic and artistic debates and practices. I would like to schedule three "feminist conversations on art and architecture," as a public component of the course. These feminist conversations on art and architecture are meant to expose students to wider debates in the field, while drawing a larger community in the University and beyond to the course. Throughout the semester, the course will be organized around ten weeks of substantial on-campus seminars, each of them structured around a discursive field in feminist discourse (for example bourgeois feminism, utopian feminism, Marxist feminism, black feminism, eco-feminism, queer theory, intersectional feminism, post-humanism, etc.). Each week, we will discuss these concepts through a series of theoretical
ARCH 401-201 Advanced Design Richard Wesley
Scott L Aker
ADDM 101 TR 01:30 PM-06:00 PM Content and technique are explored in this studio course through the vehicle of a design project focused on the development of a critical understanding of geometries and mathematics in the representation and fabrication of contemporary architecture.
ARCH 411-001 Theory I: Geometry in Architecture Richard Wesley MEYH B2 T 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Following a brief historical overview of Euclidean, stereotomic, projective and descriptive geometry in pre-modern architecture, the course examines the writings and works of early 20th-century modern architects who used regulating lines and numerical harmonic scales to generate and regulate architectural form in accordance with the golden section ratio and the dynamic symmetry of root rectangles. Also examined are works of mid 20th-century architecture based on traditional geometric constructions--conic sections (circles, ellipse, hyperbola and parabola) and ruled surfaces (cylinders, cones, hyperboloids, and hyperbolic paraboloids), as well as those derived from polyhedral and geodesic structures. Following an introduction to the geometry of free-form curves characteristic of the digital turn in late 20th-century architecture--including Bezier, B-spline, NURBS (non-uniform rational B-spline), and developable surfaces--the course concludes with an overview of recent efforts to utilize curvature in contemporary architecture within a set of more definitive geometrical and disciplinary boundaries. Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
ARCH 411-201 Theory I: Geometry in Architecture Scott L Aker BENN 16 R 09:00 AM-10:30 AM Following a brief historical overview of Euclidean, stereotomic, projective and descriptive geometry in pre-modern architecture, the course examines the writings and works of early 20th-century modern architects who used regulating lines and numerical harmonic scales to generate and regulate architectural form in accordance with the golden section ratio and the dynamic symmetry of root rectangles. Also examined are works of mid 20th-century architecture based on traditional geometric constructions--conic sections (circles, ellipse, hyperbola and parabola) and ruled surfaces (cylinders, cones, hyperboloids, and hyperbolic paraboloids), as well as those derived from polyhedral and geodesic structures. Following an introduction to the geometry of free-form curves characteristic of the digital turn in late 20th-century architecture--including Bezier, B-spline, NURBS (non-uniform rational B-spline), and developable surfaces--the course concludes with an overview of recent efforts to utilize curvature in contemporary architecture within a set of more definitive geometrical and disciplinary boundaries. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 431-401 Construction I Philip J Ryan MEYH B3 R 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Course explores basic principles and concepts of architectural technology and describes the interrelated nature of structure, construction and environmental systems. Open to Intensive Majors only. ARCH531401 Permission Needed From Department
ARCH 433-301 Building Systems Integration Patrick L.P. Morgan ADDM 111 M 10:30 AM-12:00 PM What makes buildings livable and buildable. After the initial concept design and massing studies are complete the next step is detailing. This seminar will examine the detail, how they can inform and enhance a building's design. The primary goals of a building is that it stands up to external forces, protects inhabitants from the elements and provides a healthy environment. This course will look at the individual components of structure, skin and systems. More importantly though, it will examine the connections between them. The class will begin with lectures examining the different systems and then progress into applying these ideas as a whole to individual studio projects. The final results of this course will be a 3D wall section with accompanying details. These details will be developed in a variety of software as chosen by the student. Recommended options are Revit, Rhino, AutoCAD. Permission Needed From Department
ARCH 435-401 Structures I Masoud Akbarzadeh
Richard J. Farley
MEYH B3 W 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Theory applied toward structural form. A review of one-dimensional structural elements; a study of arches, slabs and plates, curved surface structures, lateral and dynamic loads; survey of current and future structural technology. The course comprises both lectures and a weekly laboratory in which various structural elements, systems, materials and technical principles are explored. Open to Intensive Majors only. ARCH535401 Permission Needed From Department
Registration also required for Laboratory (see below)
ARCH 435-402 Structures I Masoud Akbarzadeh
Richard J. Farley
MEYH B3 F 01:00 PM-05:00 PM Theory applied toward structural form. A review of one-dimensional structural elements; a study of arches, slabs and plates, curved surface structures, lateral and dynamic loads; survey of current and future structural technology. The course comprises both lectures and a weekly laboratory in which various structural elements, systems, materials and technical principles are explored. Open to Intensive Majors only. ARCH535402 Permission Needed From Department
Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 501-201 Design Studio I Andrew Saunders MWR 02:00 PM-06:00 PM An introductory architectural design studio through which students develop critical, analytical and speculative design abilities in architecture. Students develop representational techniques for the analysis of social and cultural constructs, and formulate propositions for situating built form in the arena of the urban and suburban environment. The studio initiates innovation through a sequence of projects, spatial models and rule sets that introduce each student to rule-based design processes-- in which a reversal of expectations leads to the creation of novel spaces and structures. It introduces computation, geometric techniques, and digital fabrication. Projects explore the formation of space in relation to the body, and the developments of small scale public programs. Corequisite: ARCH521 (see below)
ARCH 511-001 History and Theory I Joan Ockman MEYH B1 T 10:30 AM-12:00 PM The first of three required courses in the history and theory of architecture, this is a lecture course with discussion groups that meet weekly with teaching assistants. The course explores fundamental ideas and models of architecture that have emerged over the past three hundred years. Non-Majors Need Permission From Department
Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
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ARCH 511-201 History and Theory I Sang Pil Lee MEYH B7 F 09:00 AM-10:30 AM The first of three required courses in the history and theory of architecture, this is a lecture course with discussion groups that meet weekly with teaching assistants. The course explores fundamental ideas and models of architecture that have emerged over the past three hundred years. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 511-202 History and Theory I Sang Pil Lee MEYH B7 F 10:30 AM-12:00 PM The first of three required courses in the history and theory of architecture, this is a lecture course with discussion groups that meet weekly with teaching assistants. The course explores fundamental ideas and models of architecture that have emerged over the past three hundred years. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 511-203 History and Theory I Rui Brochado-De-Morais-E-Castro BENN 138 F 09:00 AM-10:30 AM The first of three required courses in the history and theory of architecture, this is a lecture course with discussion groups that meet weekly with teaching assistants. The course explores fundamental ideas and models of architecture that have emerged over the past three hundred years. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 511-204 History and Theory I Rui Brochado-De-Morais-E-Castro BENN 138 F 10:30 AM-12:00 PM The first of three required courses in the history and theory of architecture, this is a lecture course with discussion groups that meet weekly with teaching assistants. The course explores fundamental ideas and models of architecture that have emerged over the past three hundred years. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 511-205 History and Theory I Elisheva Levy TOWN 307 F 10:30 AM-12:00 PM The first of three required courses in the history and theory of architecture, this is a lecture course with discussion groups that meet weekly with teaching assistants. The course explores fundamental ideas and models of architecture that have emerged over the past three hundred years. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 521-101 Visual Studies I Nathan P Hume
Ahmet Kutan Ayata
Brian A Deluna
MEYH B3 T 12:30 PM-02:00 PM The study of analysis and projection through drawing and computer visualization Non-Majors Need Permission From Department
Corequisite: ARCH501 (see below)
ARCH 521-102 Visual Studies I Nathan P Hume
Ahmet Kutan Ayata
Brian A Deluna
T 12:30 PM-02:00 PM The study of analysis and projection through drawing and computer visualization Non-Majors Need Permission From Department
Corequisite: ARCH501 (see below)
ARCH 531-401 Construction I Philip J Ryan MEYH B3 R 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Lecture course exploring the basic principles of architectural technology and building construction. The course is focused on building material, methods of on-site and off-site preparation, material assemblies, and the performance of materials. Topics discussed include load bearing masonry structures of small to medium size (typical row house constuction), heavy and light wood frame construction, sustainable construction practices, emerging + engineered materials, and integrated building practices. The course also introduces students to Building Information Modeling (BIM) via the production of construction documents. ARCH431401 Non-Majors Need Permission From Department
ARCH 535-401 Structures I Masoud Akbarzadeh
Richard J. Farley
MEYH B3 W 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Theory applied toward structural form. A review of one-dimensional structural elements; a study of arches, slabs and plates, curved surface structures, lateral and dynamic loads; survey of current and future structural technology. The course comprises both lectures and a weekly laboratory in which various structural elements, systems, materials and technical principles are explored. ARCH435401 Non-Majors Need Permission From Department
Registration also required for Laboratory (see below)
ARCH 535-402 Structures I Masoud Akbarzadeh
Richard J. Farley
MEYH B3 F 01:00 PM-05:00 PM Theory applied toward structural form. A review of one-dimensional structural elements; a study of arches, slabs and plates, curved surface structures, lateral and dynamic loads; survey of current and future structural technology. The course comprises both lectures and a weekly laboratory in which various structural elements, systems, materials and technical principles are explored. ARCH435402 Non-Majors Need Permission From Department
Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 601-201 Design Studio III Hina Jamelle MF 12:30 PM-06:30 PM
W 02:30 PM-06:30 PM
In this studio, students engage architecture in its role as a cultural agent and examine the way buildings establish and organize dynamic relationships between site, program and material. The design of a complex building of approximately 50,000 SF provides the pedagogical focus for this research. Students extend skills in geometrical organization, site analysis and building massing/orientation to relate to program organization, circulation and egress, building systems and materials. The conceptual focus centered on the program of dwelling and how this program can be employed to develop and promote dynamic relationships and conditions through time, both within the building and between the building and the context. Through research and experimentation students integrate ecological processes into their design methodology to support design innovations in the building's structure, its construction assemblies, environmental systems, and materials. Students work towards a high level of design resolution and visual representation, including the articulation of the building structure and its material assembly/enclosure. Corequisite: ARCH621 (see below)
ARCH 611-001 History and Theory III Sophie Hochhausl MEYH B2 M 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This is the third and final required course in the history and theory of architecture. It is a lecture course that examines selected topics, figures, projects, and theories from the history of architecture and related design fields during the 20th century. The course also draws on related and parallel historical material from other disciplines and arts, placing architecture into a broader socio-cultural-political-technological context. Seminars with teaching assistants complement the lectures.
ARCH 611-002 History and Theory III David E Leatherbarrow
Lori Marie Gibbs
MEYH B4 M 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This is the third and final required course in the history and theory of architecture. It is a lecture course that examines selected topics, figures, projects, and theories from the history of architecture and related design fields during the 20th century. The course also draws on related and parallel historical material from other disciplines and arts, placing architecture into a broader socio-cultural-political-technological context. Seminars with teaching assistants complement the lectures.
ARCH 611-003 History and Theory III Aminah H Alkanderi MEYH B13 M 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This is the third and final required course in the history and theory of architecture. It is a lecture course that examines selected topics, figures, projects, and theories from the history of architecture and related design fields during the 20th century. The course also draws on related and parallel historical material from other disciplines and arts, placing architecture into a broader socio-cultural-political-technological context. Seminars with teaching assistants complement the lectures.
ARCH 611-004 History and Theory III Sophie Hochhausl MEYH B2 M 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This is the third and final required course in the history and theory of architecture. It is a lecture course that examines selected topics, figures, projects, and theories from the history of architecture and related design fields during the 20th century. The course also draws on related and parallel historical material from other disciplines and arts, placing architecture into a broader socio-cultural-political-technological context. Seminars with teaching assistants complement the lectures.
ARCH 611-005 History and Theory III Stephen M Anderson
Lori Marie Gibbs
MEYH B13 M 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This is the third and final required course in the history and theory of architecture. It is a lecture course that examines selected topics, figures, projects, and theories from the history of architecture and related design fields during the 20th century. The course also draws on related and parallel historical material from other disciplines and arts, placing architecture into a broader socio-cultural-political-technological context. Seminars with teaching assistants complement the lectures.
ARCH 611-006 History and Theory III Aminah H Alkanderi MEYH B4 M 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This is the third and final required course in the history and theory of architecture. It is a lecture course that examines selected topics, figures, projects, and theories from the history of architecture and related design fields during the 20th century. The course also draws on related and parallel historical material from other disciplines and arts, placing architecture into a broader socio-cultural-political-technological context. Seminars with teaching assistants complement the lectures.
ARCH 621-101 Visual Studies III Nathan P Hume
Brian A Deluna
Ahmet Kutan Ayata
MEYH B3 T 06:00 PM-07:30 PM The final of the Visual Studies half-credit courses. Drawings are explored as visual repositories of data from which information can be gleaned, geometries tested, designs refined and transmitted. Salient strengths of various digital media programs are identified and developed through assignments that address the specific intentions and challenges of the design studio project. Corequisite: ARCH601 (see below)
ARCH 621-102 Visual Studies III Nathan P Hume
Brian A Deluna
Ahmet Kutan Ayata
T 06:00 PM-07:30 PM The final of the Visual Studies half-credit courses. Drawings are explored as visual repositories of data from which information can be gleaned, geometries tested, designs refined and transmitted. Salient strengths of various digital media programs are identified and developed through assignments that address the specific intentions and challenges of the design studio project. Corequisite: ARCH601 (see below)
ARCH 631-001 Tech Case Studies I D.A. Lindsay Falck MEYH B3 T 03:30 PM-05:00 PM A study of the active integration of various building systems in exemplary architectural projects. To deepen students' understanding of the process of building, the course compares the process of design and construction in buildings of similar type. The course brings forward the nature of the relationship between architectural design and engineering systems, and highlights the crucial communication skills required by both the architect and the engineer. Undergraduates Need Permission
ARCH 633-001 Environmental Systems I Dorit Aviv MEYH B3 T 09:00 AM-10:30 AM An introduction to the influence of thermal and luminous phenomenon in the history and practice of architecture. Issues of climate, health and environmental sustainability are explored as they relate to architecture in its natural context. The classes include lectures, site visits and field exploration. Non-Majors Need Permission From Department
Registration also required for Laboratory (see below)
ARCH 633-002 Environmental Systems I Dorit Aviv MEYH B3 T 10:30 AM-12:00 PM An introduction to the influence of thermal and luminous phenomenon in the history and practice of architecture. Issues of climate, health and environmental sustainability are explored as they relate to architecture in its natural context. The classes include lectures, site visits and field exploration. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 698-001 Architectural Association (London) An advanced Architectural Design Studio taught by Homa Farjadi in London at the Architectural Association's School of Architecture. Topics engage aspects of urban life and urban form in London, and vary from year to year. During the fifth term of the Master of Architecture program, up to fifteen students a year may enroll for the semester abroad program in London, England. This is coordinated by Prof. Homa Farjadi and is housed at the Architectural Association (AA), located on Bedford Square in the heart of Bloomsbury. Students enroll in a special design studio, ARCH 702, taught by Prof. Farjadi, and in two elective courses offered by the faculty at the AA. Permission Needed From Department
ARCH 701-201 Design Studio V Ferda Kolatan
Michael A Zimmerman
MF 12:30 PM-06:30 PM
W 02:30 PM-06:30 PM
A set of Advanced Architectural Design studios are offered from which students select through a lottery. Topics and sites vary by instructor.
ARCH 701-401 Design Studio V Mattheues Bouw MF 12:00 PM-06:00 PM A set of Advanced Architectural Design studios are offered from which students select through a lottery. Topics and sites vary by instructor. LARP701401
ARCH 701-407 Design Studio V CANCELED A set of Advanced Architectural Design studios are offered from which students select through a lottery. Topics and sites vary by instructor.
ARCH 703-201 Advanced Architectural Design Studio Ali Rezaur Rahim
Caleb W White
M 12:30 PM-06:30 PM
W 02:30 PM-06:30 PM
An Advanced Architectural Design Studio specifically tailored to post-professional students. Through this studio, students engage in the challenges and opportunities presented by changes in society, technology, and urban experience. Through design projects, they explore alternative modes and markets for practice, along with new directions and new tools for design.
ARCH 706-001 Independent Thesis Annette Fierro In the final semester of the program, students select from three options; 1) An elective design studio; selected from among the advanced architectural design studios offered by the Department of Architecture; 2) a research studio, the exploration of a topic or theme established by an individual faculty member or group of faculty members; or 3) an independent thesis, the exploration of a topic or theme under the supervision of a thesis advisor. Permission Needed From Department
ARCH 709-201 Enviromental Building Design Research Studio William W Braham MF 12:30 PM-06:30 PM
W 02:30 PM-06:30 PM
Architecture is a process of discovery, of deciding what to work on, before it ever becomes a matter of design (disegno, drawing). For environmental building design, the process of discovery is even more profound, involving issues of resource consumption, modes of living and working, and of ecological interconnection that have to be explored before questions of performance can even be addressed. This design studio uses research at multiple scales to identify the topic of the studio, then student teams develop design for buildings of maximum (ecological) power.
ARCH 710-001 Contemporary Theory 1989-Present Alexandra L Quantrill FAGN 218 T 01:30 PM-03:00 PM A chronological overview of the approaches and attitudes adopted by architects, theorists and inter-disciplinary writers from 1993- today that havehelped shape the current discourse of architecture. This course will introduce and contextualize key projects, and polemics over the last 25 years. Central themes in this course include the impact of digital technologies and methods of design, production and materiality. These are explored through texts, movements, projects and buildings that help form an overview that has shaped the contemporary condition that we live in. There have been a myriad of different approaches and through a select set of readings and lectures students will be exposed to crucial texts, projects and buildings making students versatile and knowledgeable in the important concepts that shape our current discourse. A focus will be the organization, configuration and articulation of buildings and the conceptual and cultural arguments they are associated. Formal, organizational and material characteristics of this period will be explored. This class will develop students' knowledge and provide a platform from which they can continue the discussions surrounding architectural thought and practice. The students will learn to communicate their ideas verbally and in writing. Contemporary topics in architecture theory and projects are introduced in a weekly lecture format critical to the shaping of our discipline today. A weeklyrecitation session allows students to engage with the readings critically in the subject matter. A mid-term and final paper are required to pass this class. (Topics to be covered: Seminal projects and buildings in the last 25 years, situating the architects work within a culture of debate and discourse identifying the important readings surrounding each building/project.) This course is a requirement of the MSD-AAD curriculum.
ARCH 710-201 Contemporary Theory 1989-Present Antonios Thodis JAFF 113 T 03:00 PM-04:30 PM A chronological overview of the approaches and attitudes adopted by architects, theorists and inter-disciplinary writers from 1993- today that havehelped shape the current discourse of architecture. This course will introduce and contextualize key projects, and polemics over the last 25 years. Central themes in this course include the impact of digital technologies and methods of design, production and materiality. These are explored through texts, movements, projects and buildings that help form an overview that has shaped the contemporary condition that we live in. There have been a myriad of different approaches and through a select set of readings and lectures students will be exposed to crucial texts, projects and buildings making students versatile and knowledgeable in the important concepts that shape our current discourse. A focus will be the organization, configuration and articulation of buildings and the conceptual and cultural arguments they are associated. Formal, organizational and material characteristics of this period will be explored. This class will develop students' knowledge and provide a platform from which they can continue the discussions surrounding architectural thought and practice. The students will learn to communicate their ideas verbally and in writing. Contemporary topics in architecture theory and projects are introduced in a weekly lecture format critical to the shaping of our discipline today. A weeklyrecitation session allows students to engage with the readings critically in the subject matter. A mid-term and final paper are required to pass this class. (Topics to be covered: Seminal projects and buildings in the last 25 years, situating the architects work within a culture of debate and discourse identifying the important readings surrounding each building/project.) This course is a requirement of the MSD-AAD curriculum. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 710-202 Contemporary Theory 1989-Present Hao Zheng BENN 224 T 03:00 PM-04:30 PM A chronological overview of the approaches and attitudes adopted by architects, theorists and inter-disciplinary writers from 1993- today that havehelped shape the current discourse of architecture. This course will introduce and contextualize key projects, and polemics over the last 25 years. Central themes in this course include the impact of digital technologies and methods of design, production and materiality. These are explored through texts, movements, projects and buildings that help form an overview that has shaped the contemporary condition that we live in. There have been a myriad of different approaches and through a select set of readings and lectures students will be exposed to crucial texts, projects and buildings making students versatile and knowledgeable in the important concepts that shape our current discourse. A focus will be the organization, configuration and articulation of buildings and the conceptual and cultural arguments they are associated. Formal, organizational and material characteristics of this period will be explored. This class will develop students' knowledge and provide a platform from which they can continue the discussions surrounding architectural thought and practice. The students will learn to communicate their ideas verbally and in writing. Contemporary topics in architecture theory and projects are introduced in a weekly lecture format critical to the shaping of our discipline today. A weeklyrecitation session allows students to engage with the readings critically in the subject matter. A mid-term and final paper are required to pass this class. (Topics to be covered: Seminal projects and buildings in the last 25 years, situating the architects work within a culture of debate and discourse identifying the important readings surrounding each building/project.) This course is a requirement of the MSD-AAD curriculum. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 710-203 Contemporary Theory 1989-Present Reut Yarnitsky BENN 141 T 03:00 PM-04:30 PM A chronological overview of the approaches and attitudes adopted by architects, theorists and inter-disciplinary writers from 1993- today that havehelped shape the current discourse of architecture. This course will introduce and contextualize key projects, and polemics over the last 25 years. Central themes in this course include the impact of digital technologies and methods of design, production and materiality. These are explored through texts, movements, projects and buildings that help form an overview that has shaped the contemporary condition that we live in. There have been a myriad of different approaches and through a select set of readings and lectures students will be exposed to crucial texts, projects and buildings making students versatile and knowledgeable in the important concepts that shape our current discourse. A focus will be the organization, configuration and articulation of buildings and the conceptual and cultural arguments they are associated. Formal, organizational and material characteristics of this period will be explored. This class will develop students' knowledge and provide a platform from which they can continue the discussions surrounding architectural thought and practice. The students will learn to communicate their ideas verbally and in writing. Contemporary topics in architecture theory and projects are introduced in a weekly lecture format critical to the shaping of our discipline today. A weeklyrecitation session allows students to engage with the readings critically in the subject matter. A mid-term and final paper are required to pass this class. (Topics to be covered: Seminal projects and buildings in the last 25 years, situating the architects work within a culture of debate and discourse identifying the important readings surrounding each building/project.) This course is a requirement of the MSD-AAD curriculum. Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
ARCH 711-001 Topics in Arch Theory I: Architecture/Collective: Imagination, Resistance, Memory Sophie Hochhausl MEYH B5 M 06:30 PM-09:30 PM A seminar on advanced topics in architectural design and theory. Topics and instructors will vary.
ARCH 711-002 Topics in Arch Theory I: Building Theories Franca Trubiano FURN DSR F 09:00 AM-12:00 PM A seminar on advanced topics in architectural design and theory. Topics and instructors will vary.
ARCH 711-003 Topics in Arch Theory I: Strange Symmetries: Towards A Symmetrical Architecture David L Salomon JAFF 104 W 09:00 AM-12:00 PM A seminar on advanced topics in architectural design and theory. Topics and instructors will vary.
ARCH 711-004 Topics in Arch Theory I: Modern Architecture in Japan - Culture, Place, Tectonics Ariel Genadt MEYH B6 R 02:00 PM-05:00 PM A seminar on advanced topics in architectural design and theory. Topics and instructors will vary. https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2019C&course=ARCH711004
ARCH 711-005 Topics in Arch Theory I: Approaches To Contemporary Theory Joan Ockman WILL 29 T 03:00 PM-06:00 PM A seminar on advanced topics in architectural design and theory. Topics and instructors will vary.
ARCH 711-006 Topics in Arch Theory I: the City and Its Architecture Peter Trummer CANCELED A seminar on advanced topics in architectural design and theory. Topics and instructors will vary.
ARCH 719-001 Archigram and Its Legacy Annette Fierro FURN DSR W 09:00 AM-12:00 PM Acknowledging the ubiquitous proliferation of "Hi-Tech" architecture in contemporary London, this research seminar examines the scope of technology as it emerges and re-emerges in the work of various architects currently dominating the city. This scope includes the last strains of post-war urbanism which spawned a legacy of radical archtecture directly contributing to the Hi-Tech; a particular focus of the course will be the contributing and contrasting influence provided by the counter-cultural groups of the 60's - Archigram, Superstudio, the Metabolists and others. Using the premise of Archigram's idea of infrastructure, both literal and of event, the course will attempt to discover relational networks between works of the present day (Rogers, Foster, Grimshaw, etc.). As this work practices upon and within public space, an understanding of the contribution of technology to urban theatricality will evolve which is relevant to contemporary spheres of technological design practices. Students will be required to produce and present a term research paper. Undergraduates Need Permission
ARCH 720-001 Visual Literacy and Its Culture Ahmet Kutan Ayata MEYH B3 F 09:00 AM-12:00 PM The digital turn in the creative fields resulted in profound transformations of techniques, aesthetics and underlying concepts in the development of contemporary visual culture. The dissemination and consumption of information through images through all types of media platforms influence and re-define (for better or worse) all aspects of our culture and reality. It is vital to develop a deep knowledge of the current visual concepts and techniques in arts, photography, cinema, product design and architecture to claim a critical stance through which we can positively contribute to the evolution of contemporary culture. The discipline of architecture has been deeply influenced by the digital shift in modes of design and visualization which yielded a wide array of directions within the architectural discourse, especially with questions and problems regarding representation. One clear outcome of this transformational period is the diversity of new representational strategies to seek alternative modes of visualization. It is clear that no one representational medium can be defined as the locus of architectural thought and architecture, as a cultural practice, can no longer be defined through the output of a single medium. The reality of our discipline is that we work through collective mediums and conventions of drawings, models, images, simulations, texts, prototypes and buildings to visualize architectural concepts. These mediums all require degrees of expertise in techniques that are necessary for their execution: they all involve conceptual depth that define their disciplinary positions; they all require translations across each other to enable subjective work-flows; they all require aesthetic attitudes to influence the development of visual culture in architecture. This course will introduce the AAD majors to contemporary topics of visualization in arts, photography, cinema and architecture. They will explore multiple mediums of representation to help them gain the vital visual literacy to excel in the program. Students will be introduced to discursive background and contemporary concepts of line drawing, fabricated object and constructed image as they work through 3 distinct projects during the semester. Each exercise will be initiated by a topical lecture and be followed by weekly pin ups to advance student projects. (Topics to be covered: Discourse of Contemporary Line Drawing, Multi-part 3D Printing, Vacuform/CNC Milling, Digital/Analog Surface Articulation, Rendering, Abstraction and Realism, Montage/Collage/Photorealism)
ARCH 721-401 Designing Smart Objects Assaf Eshet MEYH B13 T 03:00 PM-06:00 PM Today's children enjoy a wide array of play experiences, with stories, learning, characters and games that exist as physical stand-alone objects or toys enhanced with electronics or software. In this course, students will explore the domain of play and learning in order to develop original proposals for new product experiences that are at once tangible, immersive and dynamic. They will conduct research into education and psychology while also gaining hands-on exposure to new product manifestations in a variety of forms, both physical and digital. Students will be challenged to work in teams to explore concepts, share research and build prototypes of their experiences in the form of static objects that may have accompanying electronic devices or software. Final design proposals will consider future distribution models for product experiences such as 3D printing, virtual reality and software- hardware integration. Instruction will be part seminar and part workshop, providing research guidance and encouraging connections will subject matter experts throughout the Penn campus. IPD521401 Undergraduates Need Permission
ARCH 724-001 Technology in Design: Immersive Kinematics/Physical Computing: Body As Site Mark Yim
Simon Yoohyun Kim
MEYH B13 W 09:00 AM-12:00 PM The aim of this course is to understand the new medium of architecture within the format of a research seminar. The subject matter of new media is to be examined and placed in a disciplinary trajectory of building design and construction technology that adapts to material and digital discoveries. We will also build prototype with the new media, and establish a disciplinary knowledge for ourselves. The seminar is interested in testing the architecture-machine relationship, moving away from architecture that looks like machines into architecture that behaves like machines: An intelligence (based on the conceptual premise of a project and in the design of a system), as part of a process (related to the generative realm of arhcitecture) and as the object itself and its embedded intelligence. Undergraduates Need Permission
ARCH 725-401 Design Thinking Sarah E Rottenberg TOWN 327 R 12:00 PM-03:00 PM Creating new product concepts was once a specialized pursuit exclusively performed by design professionals in isolation from the rest of an organization. Today's products are developed in a holistic process involving a collaboration amont many disciplines. Design thinking - incorporating processes, approaches, and working methods from traditional designers' toolkits - has become a way of generating innovative ideas to challenging problems and refining those ideas. Rapid prototyping techniques, affordable and accessible prototyping platforms, and an iterative mindset have enabled people to more reliably translate those ideas into implementable solutions. In this course, students will be exposed to these techniques and learn how to engage in a human-centered design process. IPD572401
ARCH 731-001 Experiments in Structure Mohamad Al Khayer MEYH 321 T 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This course studies the relationships between geometric space and those structural systems that amplify tension. Experiments using the hand (touch and force) in coordination with the eye (sight and geometry) will be done during the construction and observation of physical models. Verbal, mathematical and computer models are secondary to the reality of the physical model. However these models will be used to give dimension and document the experiments. Team reports will serve as interim and final examinations. In typology, masonry structures in compression (e.g., vault and dome) correlate with "Classical" space, and steel or reinforced concrete structures in flexure (e.g., frame, slab and column) with "Modernist" space. We seek the spatial correlates to tensile systems of both textiles (woven or braided fabrics where both warp and weft are tensile), and baskets (where the warp is tensile and the weft is compressive). In addition to the experiments, we will examine Le Ricolais' structural models held by the Architectural Archives. Undergraduates Need Permission
ARCH 732-001 Tech Designated Elective: Daylighting Jessica N Zofchak MEYH B13
MEYH 321
T 06:00 PM-07:30 PM
T 07:30 PM-09:00 PM
Several sections are offered from which students make a selection.
ARCH 732-002 Tech Designated Elective: Material and Structural Intelligence Sameer Kumar
Mark Nicol
MEYH B13 F 09:00 AM-12:00 PM Several sections are offered from which students make a selection.
ARCH 732-003 Tech Designated Elective: Geometric Structural Design Masoud Akbarzadeh MEYH 321 R 02:00 PM-05:00 PM Several sections are offered from which students make a selection.
ARCH 732-004 Tech Designated Elective: Matter and Energy Franca Trubiano FURN DSR R 09:00 AM-12:00 PM Several sections are offered from which students make a selection.
ARCH 732-005 Tech Designated Elective: Matter, Making & Testing: Designing with Next Generation Precast Concrete Richard J Garber MEYH B2 W 09:00 AM-12:00 PM Several sections are offered from which students make a selection.
ARCH 737-001 Semi Fictitious Realms MEYH B6 R 09:00 AM-12:00 PM The pursuit of immersive digital experiences has long been a goal of the computing industry. Early wearable displays designed in the 1960s depicted simple three dimensional graphics in ways that had never been seen before. Through trial and error, digital pioneers reframed the relationship between user and machine, and over the last five decades, have made strides that advanced both the input and output mechanisms we are so comfortable with today. As a field, architecture has been reliant on these advancements to design and document buildings, but these tools still leave the architect removed from the physicality of the design, with their work depicted as 2D lines or 3D planes alone. This course will study the evolutionary advancements made that now allow us to fully inhabit digital worlds through Virtual Reality. Using the HTC Vive and Unreal Engine, students will generate immersive, photorealistic models of unbuilt architectural works and explore digital/physical interactivity. From the terraces of Paul Rudolph's Lower Manhattan Expressway to Boullee s Cenotaph for Newton, the goal of this course is to breathe new life into places and spaces that have, until this time, never been built or occupied. Undergraduates Need Permission
ARCH 739-001 New Approaches To An Architecture of Health Mikael L Avery MEYH B4 T 01:00 PM-04:00 PM Health care is taking on a new role in our society - with a refocusing from episodic care for those who are ill or symptomatic to providing life-long care geared towards maintaining wellness. These changes are evident across numerous areas of design, from wearable technologies that track and analyze, to large scale building initiatives that aim to create healthier environments and improve lives through strategic planning initiatives. A concrete, physical representation of this paradigm shift can be found within the hospital building itself and in the new manner in which hospitals are looking to serve their patients and care for their clinicians. Simultaneously both public and private spaces, hospitals are complex systems in which sickness, health, hospitality, technology, emergency, and community share space and compete for resource. In order to frame our present day understanding of the role of architecture (and design) in fostering health for individuals and within communities, this seminar will begin with an exploration of the historical and contemporary perspectives on the role of the architect and built environment on health. (Parallels between design and our ever-changing understanding of the biological, social, and environmental causes of sickness and disease will also be explored.) During this conversation, students will read articles and study recently constructed projects in order to examine the ways in which the architects approached these topics through built form. Following from this foundation, students will craft arguments for a new approach to the individual, the community, health, and architecture through a written response and architecturally designed scenario that argues for their perspective on how architecture can and should shape the health of those who inhabit it. Throughout the course, students will engage in weekly readings (and discussions) of critical texts exploring ideas around the role and impact of architecture on health. Various content experts will be included in the course to provide additional insights into key areas of theory and practice in order to lend additional perspectives and ground the conversation.
ARCH 741-001 Arch Design Innovation Ali Rezaur Rahim MEYH B5 W 09:00 AM-12:00 PM The mastery of techniques, whether in design, production or both, does not necessarily yield great architecture. As we all know, the most advanced techniques can still yield average designs. Architects are becoming increasingly adept at producing complexity & integrating digital design and fabrication techniques into their design process - yet there are few truly elegant projects. Only certain projects that are sophisticated at the level of technique achieve elegance. This seminar explores some of the instances in which designers are able to move beyond technique, by commanding them to such a degree as to achieve elegant aesthetics within the formal development of projects. Undergraduates Need Permission
ARCH 743-001 Form and Algorithm Ezio Blasetti BENN 141 M 09:00 AM-12:00 PM The critical parameter will be to develop the potential beyond finite forms of explicit and parametric modeling towards non-linear algorithmic processes. We will seek novel patterns of organization, structure, and articulation as architectural expressions within the emergent properties of feedback loops and rule-based systems. This seminar will accommodate both introductory and advanced levels. No previous scripting experience is necessary. It will consist of a series of introductory sessions, obligatory intensive workshops, lectures followed by suggested readings, and will gradually focus on individual projects. Students will be encouraged to investigate the limits of algorithmic design both theoretically and in practice through a scripting environment.
ARCH 749-001 Indet Delineations: Indeterminate Delineations Maya Alam MEYH B7 T 09:00 AM-12:00 PM Architecture has always been closely entangled with modes of vision. Devices ranging from Durer's perspective machine to the photographic eye have strongly shaped the way we think and design the built environment of our cities. A strange loop is in place here: our world-views provide the development of specific modes of representation, of engagement with the world, and in turn they begin to have an impact in that same world, becoming an active element in the way we understand it. Put more simply, it is the technologies through which we see and experience the built environment that define the way we construct it. In this class, we will focus on visual and physical points as anchors to tie modes of vision with modes of construction. Points play an important role in the history of visuality: if during Impressionism and Pointillism they were devised to delineate the contrast and alignments between what we see and how we see it in an attempt to investigate the mechanics of vision, it was during the post war period that Max Wertheimer's work at the Berlin School of Gesalt Psychology leveraged them as graphic elements to understand part to whole relationships central to Bauhaus' design pedagogy.
ARCH 751-001 Ecology Tech and Design William W Braham MEYH B4 R 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This course will examine the ecological nature of design at a range of scales, from the most intimate aspects of product design to the largest infrastructures, from the use of water in bathroom to the flow of traffic on the highway. It is a first principle of ecological design that everything is connected, and that activities at one scale can have quite different effects at other scales, so the immediate goal of the course will be to identify useful and characteristic modes of analyzing the systematic, ecological nature of design work, from the concept of the ecological footprint to market share. The course will also draw on the history of and philosophy of technology to understand the particular intensity of contemporary society, which is now charachterized by the powerful concept of the complex, self-regulating system. The system has become both the dominant mode of explanation and the first principle of design and organization. The course will also draw on the history and philosophy of technology to understand the particular intensity of contemporary society, which is now characterized by the powerful concept of the complex, self-regulating system. The system has become both the dominant mode of explanation and the first principle of design and organization.
ARCH 752-001 Mebd Research Seminar William W Braham DRLB 3N6 T 01:00 PM-04:00 PM Directed student research of selected topics in environmental building design. These topics will be further explored in ARCH 708: Bioclimatic Design Studio and will provide the basis for the research documents developed with each student's design project. Course work will include lectures, discussions, weekly readings, and in-class exercises. Each student will be required to make a presentation and submit a research report.
ARCH 753-001 Building Performance Simulation Elizabeth F Escott MEYH 321 M 06:30 PM-09:30 PM The course provides students with an understanding of building design simulation methods, hands-on experience in using computer simulation models, and exploration of the technologies, underlying principles, and potential applications of simulation tools in architecture. Classroom lecturers are given each week, with a series of analysis projects to provide students with hands-on experience using computer models. This course is required and reserved for MSD-EBD students.
ARCH 754-001 Perform Design Workshop: Performance Design Workshop M 09:30 AM-12:30 PM The workshop applies simulation and diagramming techniques to a series of discrete design projects at different scales. The emphasis is on refinement and optimization of performance based building design. Performance analysis techniques can provide enormous amounts of information to support the design process, acting as feedback mechanisms for improved performance, but careful interpretation and implementation are required to achieve better buildings. Energy, lighting, and air flow are the three main domains convered in the workshop. Students will learn how to utilize domain tools at an advanced level, and utilize them as applications to examine the environmental performance of existing buildings. Using the results of analytical techniques, the students will develop high-performance design strategies in all three domains. Lectures will be given on specific topics each week. A series of analytical class exercises will be assigned to provide students with hands-on experience in using the computer models. A case-study building will be provided at the beginning of the course and students will model different components each week throughout the semester. Every week students present the progress of their work, which will be used to correct methodological and technical issues. Energy, lighting, and air flow are the three main domains covered in the workshop. Students will learn how to utilize domain tools at an advanced level, and utilize them as applications to examine the environmental performance of existing buildings. Using the results of analytical techniques, the students will develop high-performance design strategies in all three domains. Prerequisite: ARCH 753
ARCH 765-001 Project Management Charles A Capaldi MEYH B6 F 09:00 AM-12:00 PM This course is an introduction to techniques and tools of managing the design and construction of large, and small, construction projects. Topics include project delivery systems, management tools, cost-control and budgeting systems, professional roles. Case studies serve to illustrate applications. Cost and schedule control systems are described. Case studies illustrate the application of techniques in the field. Undergraduates Need Permission
ARCH 768-402 Real Estate Development Alan F Feldman JMHH F65 M 03:00 PM-06:00 PM This course evaluates "ground-up" development as well as re-hab, re-development, and acquisition investments. We examine raw and developed land and the similarities and differences of traditional real estate product types including office, R & D, retail, warehouses, single family and multi-family residential, mixed use, and land as well as "specialty" uses like golf courses, assisted living, and fractional share ownership. Emphasis is on concise analysis and decision making. We discuss the development process with topics including market analysis, site acquisition, due diligence, zoning, entitlements, approvals, site planning, building design, construction, financing, leasing, and ongoing management and disposition. Special topics like workouts and running a development company are also discussed. Course lessons apply to all markets but the class discusses U.S. markets only. Throughout the course, we focus on risk management and leadership issues. Numerous guest lecturers who are leaders in the real estate industry participate in the learning process. Format: predominately case analysis and discussion, some lectures, project visits. REAL321402, REAL821402 Permission Needed From Department
Permission Needed From Design Registrar
ARCH 771-001 Professional Practice II Philip J Ryan MEYH B3 R 02:00 PM-05:00 PM A continuation of ARCH 671. Further study of the organizational structures of architectural practices today, especially those beyond the architect's office. The course is designed as a series of lectures, workshops and discussions that allows students and future practitioners the opportunity to consider and develop the analytical skills required to create buildings in the world of practice.
ARCH 811-001 Theories of Architecture David E Leatherbarrow FURN RBR T 02:00 PM-05:00 PM The purpose of this course is to provide to students who are embarking on careers in teaching and scholarship in architecture a re-introduction to some of the principal issues and writings of the architectural theory, as they developed historically from antiquity to the present. In addition to introducing recurring themes and primary texts, this course aims to help students develop the practices that are typical of scholarship, the forms and habits of scholarly inquiry. It is a required course for all incoming Ph.D. and M.S. students. Permission Needed From Instructor
ARCH 851-001 Field Bibliography This course is essentially an independent study, undertaken by doctoral students in preparation for the Candidacy Examination. This course should be taken in conjunction with ARCH 852 after all other courses have been completed. Normally a member of the student's Dissertation Committee supervises this course. Permission Needed From Department
ARCH 852-001 Dissertation Proposal This course is essentially an independent study, undertaken by doctoral students in order to write the Proposal for the Dissertation. The Proposal is prepared before and defended during the Candidacy Examination. This course should be taken in conjunction with ARCH 851 after all other courses have been completed. Normally a member of the student's Dissertation Committee supervises this course. Permission Needed From Department
ARCH 990-001 Masters Thesis This course is for the thesis component of the M.S. program. Permission Needed From Department
ARCH 991-001 Thesis Workshop Permission Needed From Department