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Architecture and Design Minor

The Architecture and Design Minor is available for students who are interested in obtaining a basic understanding of the broad discipline of design and the built environment. Students who pursue this minor establish a fundamental set of design skills and knowledge, developing a familiarity with the built environment and its related activities. This minor is not available for students pursuing the Master of Architecture or the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degrees.

Students enrolling in either ARCH 112 or ARCH 201 will be assessed a $1000 Architectural Program Fee in support of curricular and extra-curricular program enhancements consistent with maintaining a nationally accredited professional architecture program. Students who have completed at least 60 hours at Drury University in pursuit of a major other than Architecture may petition the Hammons School of Architecture administration to have the ARCH 112 fee waived.


The Architecture and Design minor requires a minimum of 17 credit hours.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Required Courses (14 hrs.) 

ARTZ 111: Foundations of Studio and Design
3 credit hours

An introduction to design. Basic creative approaches and design expressions are explored through studio projects and class discussions. This course is the first in a sequence of studio courses for both art and architecture majors, but also serves non- majors. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 112: Foundations of Architectural Design
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 111. This studio explores and develops conceptual strategies for basic formal and spatial design, emphasizing the role of ordering principles and of fundamental architectonic elements in the implementation of design intentions. Students also will be introduced to foundational processes for developing design projects through the application of formal analytical vocabulary, diagramming, drawing methods and conventions, and three- dimensional modeling. Offered spring semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 251: History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art I
3 credit hours

Formal, theoretical, material, pragmatic and conceptual aspects of architecture, cities and art, examined in relation to their cultural contexts, from pre-history to circa 1400. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 252: History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art II
3 credit hours

Formal, theoretical, material, pragmatic and conceptual aspects of architecture, cities and art, examined in relation to their cultural contexts, from circa 1400 to the present. Offered spring semester.

Choose one of the following courses (3-5 hrs.):

ARCH 201: Architectural Design Fundamentals I
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 112. This studio develops students’ abilities to conceptualize and implement architectural ideas and respond to issues of environment, landscape, site, enclosure, program, and human experience. Emphasis will be placed on understandings of building as shelter, mediating between diverse human needs and the external world. Students will build upon content from previous studios, and will be introduced to the role of rigorous precedent analysis in the generation of architectural ideas. Offered fall semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 121: Introductory Architectural Representation
3 credit hours

This course provides students with an understanding of and ability to use representational media to visualize, document, investigate and present intentions and design solutions using graphic language of architectural communication. The course emphasizes the development of integrative 2-D and 3-D representational skills with a focus on hand drawing and physical modeling, while also introducing digital representational techniques and hybrid hand/digital processes. Offered spring semester.

ARCH 231: Building Systems
3 credit hours

This course deals with site analysis, and building form and elements responding to thermal comfort and daylight in sustainable ways. The basic principles of thermal (natural and mechanical) control systems, their integration with other building systems and their impact on the process of design will be stressed. Fire safety, egress and fire suppression systems also will be covered. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 256: Design Theory and Methodology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 251, ARCH 252. An introduction to the range of theoretical issues and methodologies through which architecture and urbanism have been and can be conceptualized, designed, produced, explained and assessed. Emphasis is placed on the development of students’ abilities to understand, analyze, discuss, and write about architectural issues in a clear and rigorous way. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 356: History of Modern Architecture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 251ARCH 252 and ARCH 253 or ARCH 256.  
An introduction to the history of modern architecture from its intellectual and artistic origins in the nineteenth century through the present day. Special emphasis is placed on the consideration of modernism in architecture not just as a narrowly defined stylistic movement, but also as a broader cultural phenomenon through which architects engage a changing world.