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.

The architecture and design minor requires a minimum of 17 credit hours.

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

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:

ARCH 225: Introduction to Computers in Architecture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 124. Co-requisite: ARCH 214. 
This course builds on principles taught in ARCH 124, focusing on digital skills and processes
that enhance communication techniques. A range of integrative representation techniques and principles will be explored through a variety of 2?D and 3?D software programs. 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 253: Theories of Architecture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 251 and ARCH 252. An introduction to the range of theoretical issues and approaches through which architecture has been and can be conceptualized, designed, produced, explained and assessed. This is a writing intensive course, emphasizing writing process, critique, and revision, and employing writing to make clear arguments and to articulate positions relevant to the discipline of architecture. Students are expected to develop their abilities to understand, discuss and write about architectural issues in a clear, rigorous way.

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.