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Architecture Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
ARCH 110: Introduction to Architecture. 3 hours.

This course offers an introduction to architecture through topics including design, digital and/or hand drafting, architectural history, and the role of architecture in culture. Offered through dual credit agreements at selected high schools.

ARCH 112: Foundations of Architectural Design . 5 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 121: Introductory Architectural Representation. 3 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 153: Why Buildings Matter. 3 hours.

We encounter architecture every day, and yet few of us understand how it affects us emotionally, physically or intellectually. This course is designed to help non-majors interpret their experiences of the built environment by introducing them to architectural principles that influence constructed artifacts that shape and are shaped by their cultural contexts. Students will examine built works ranging from the everyday to the monumental and from the rural to the urban in order to appreciate architecture's meanings and value across time.

ARCH 154: Why Cities Matter. 3 hours.

Soon, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Yet rarely do we pause to consider the meaning and significance of these places as complex products of human ingenuity. This course is designed to help non-majors understand cities both as three-dimensional artifacts and as settings for social and cultural innovation. Special emphasis will be placed on how cities and urban experiences have been interpreted in art, literature, and film.

200 Level Courses
ARCH 201: Architectural Design Fundamentals I. 5 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 202: Architectural Design Fundamentals II. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 201. This studio further 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 basic requirements for accessibility and life safety. Offered spring semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 222: Introductory Architectural Representation II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 121. This course builds on the principles and skills taught in ARCH 121 and provides students will an understanding and ability to use digital design techniques and processes to develop and represent architectural projects. The course focuses on foundational 3D modeling software, simulation, digital fabrication methods, and hybrid hand/digital processes. Students will also be introduced to the basics of Building Information Modeling software. Offered spring semester.

ARCH 225: Introduction to Computers in Architecture. 3 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 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 234: Structures I. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 213 or higher, PHYS 205, ARCH 231. Investigation of the basic principles of structural systems through the analysis of overall structural behavior with specific attention to statics and system modeling. Offered spring semester.

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

ARCH 253: Theories of Architecture. 3 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 256: Design Theory and Methodology. 3 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 291, 391, 491: Research. Variable hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
ARCH 303: Architectural Design Tectonics. 5 hours.

Perquisite: ARCH 202. This studio develops students’ abilities to conceptualize and implement building designs that bring together basic design principles, program, structural and envelope systems, climate response, and egress. Emphasis will be placed on the roles structure, materials and tectonics play in architectural design. Offered fall semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 304: Architectural Design in a Global Context. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 303. This studio emphasizes the role of architectural design in structuring sites with complex formal, historical, and cultural contexts. The required international architecture program experience will provide the basis for analytical and architectural-design projects in international contexts. Students will build upon content from previous studios, and will be introduced to the roles of contextual analysis and design in responding to complex urban and regional sites and issues. Offered spring semester.

ARCH 315: Architectural Design V: Synthesis. 5 hours.

This studio draws upon the four previous courses in studio sequence, emphasizing architectural design synthesis. Students will develop and demonstrate their abilities to conceptualize and implement building designs that bring together basic design principles, program, structural and envelope systems, climate response, and egress. Offered fall semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 332: Building Systems II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 231. This course provides an understanding of how structural systems and material construction relate to building form and concept. The course provides information for basic size and placement of structural components and moves the basic ideas presented in Building Systems I forward into consideration of the building envelope. Students will begin exploration of the range of materials available for building enclosure. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 334: Structures II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 234. This course deals with the design and analysis of beams and columns for timber, structural steel, and reinforced concrete materials, and using current stress and strength design philosophies. The course will also introduce the design of reinforced-concrete foundations. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 335: Environmental Systems I. 3 hours.

This course deals with those building elements that pertain to the visual and aural conditioning for the purposes of human use and comfort. The basic principles of light (natural and electrical) and acoustical systems, their integration with other building systems and the impact on the aesthetics of design will be stressed. Plumbing and electrical systems also will be presented. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 356: History of Modern Architecture. 3 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.

ARCH 373: Design/Build Special Project. 3 hours.

Students will work with a client to design and construct a full scale project during the course of the semester. This class takes a hands-on approach to exploration of materials, tectonics and construction methods.

400 Level Courses
ARCH 405: Architectural Design Investigations I. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 303. This studio develops students’ abilities to employ design process, representational skills, and technical knowledge to investigate complex design problems. Students will build upon content from previous studios, and will be introduced to advanced design-research and analysis strategies. Students will choose from a range of faculty-selected topics. Offered fall semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 406: Architectural Design Investigations II. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 405. This studio further develops students’ abilities to employ design process, representational skills, and technical knowledge to investigate complex design problems. Students will build upon content from previous studios, and will be introduced to advanced design-research and analysis strategies. Students will choose from a range of faculty-selected topics. Offered spring semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 417: Architectural Design VI: Community Studies. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 315This studio promotes the critical, creative and innovative exploration of environmental, human and tectonic factors associated with ‘real world,’ funded, community?based architectural and urban design problems. All projects are student developed and managed under the supervision of the Director of the Center for Community Studies. Particular emphasis shall be placed upon the development of interdisciplinary and participatory investigations of regional community problems. Course fee required.

ARCH 418: Architectural Design VII: Urban Context. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 315This studio emphasizes the role of architectural design in structuring urban sites with complex formal, historical, and cultural contexts. Study-abroad coursework, whether through the Drury University Center in Greece or through alternative short-term study?abroad programs, or field analyses during field trips across the US will constitute the basis of urban studies and architectural design projects within urban contexts.

ARCH 426: Travel Journal: Mediterranean Cultures. 3 hours.

 Students will apply related coursework to disciplined observation of the diversity of practices, rituals, habits and artistic productions of the peoples of the Mediterranean as the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Offered only with the Drury international semester program in Greece.

ARCH 427: Professional Communication. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 315An in-depth exploration and development of oral, written and graphic communication techniques and skills in professional architecture practice. This course examines communication between the architect and public, architect and client, architect and contractor and architect and regulator, with emphasis on technical communication methods.

ARCH 428: Journaling: Urban Form in the Global Context. 3 hours.

This internationally based course will examine formal and spatial characteristics of significant urban places and the buildings and landscape that comprise them. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of the interplay between urban design, planning, architecture and landscape in specific international contexts. Students will use journals and drawings in order to document, analyze and synthesize their observations and insights in a disciplined and diverse manner. Offered summer semester.

ARCH 456: Culture and Place: The Greek Legacy. 3 hours.

This course examines Greece as a place of major significance in the consciousness of Western Civilization and the social cultural forces that have shaped its artistic, intellectual and spiritual traditions in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Offered only with the Drury international semester program in Greece.

ARCH 458: Culture and Place: The Theoretical and Historical Context. 3 hours.

This course examines international places in connection with significant social and cultural forces that represent a major idea or event in a foreign culture or cultures, and that have and continue to shape the artistic, intellectual and spiritual traditions of that culture or cultures. Particular emphasis will be given to systematic and disciplined methods of analysis that connect the contemporary built environment to broader theoretical and historical contexts. Offered summer semester.

ARCH 461: Architecture Internship. 0 hours.

A 10-week, full-time summer work experience under the direct supervision of a registered architect or 360 hours of accumulated professional office experience or 360 hours of approved alternate experiences. Students must document the experience by either establishing an NCARB AXP experience record or by submitting a portfolio with letters of recommendation from the supervising architect to the instructor of record. The School of Architecture will assist students in their search for appropriate internship experiences; however, it is the students' responsibility to secure employment. The School of Architecture does not place students in internship situations. S/U Grading.

ARCH 467: Facility Programming. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 315.
Lectures concerned with methods and techniques for systematic problem-solving and program development. Topics covered may range from project planning, problem awareness, identification of user need, decision theory, decision evaluation, budgeting or resources, communication and quality control.

400 Level Courses
MARC 423: Advanced Architectural Representation I. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 222. This course builds on the principles and skills taught in previous Architectural Representation courses and provides students with an understanding and ability to use advanced design and representation techniques as tools for design research, information visualization, project programming, and conceptualization. The course will emphasize contemporary digital media applications and the role of visual diagramming as a generative method for design conceptualization. Offered fall semester.

MARC 424: Advanced Architectural Representation II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: MARC 423. This course builds on the principles and skills taught in previous Architectural Representation courses and provides students with an understanding and ability to use advanced digital design and representation techniques as tools for professional communication. The course will emphasize advanced building design representation, technical drawing, and the development of workflows that integrate schematic 3D modeling with Building Information Modeling software and processes. Students will also be introduced to advanced simulation processes, specifications writing, and integrated project delivery strategies. Offered spring semester.

MARC 433: Building Systems III. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 332. This course explores building elements that address the visual and aural conditioning of spaces for the purposes of human use and comfort. The basic principles of light (natural and electrical) and acoustical systems, their integration with other building systems and the impact on the aesthetics of design will be stressed. Plumbing and electrical systems also will be presented. Spatial planning for structure, mechanical, electrical and plumbing and the impact on building space and function of the system will also be covered. Offered spring semester.

MARC 439: Structures III. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 334Application of engineering principles and analytical methods, as presented in the earlier structures coursework, to a multi-story architectural solution. Students will develop a holistic structural design response that withstands both gravity and lateral forces. The structural design will be refined by applying the principles of rigid-body statics and deformable body mechanics to the individual structural elements. Offered spring semester.

500 Level Courses
MARC 507: Architectural Design Integration. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 406. This masters-level studio focuses on advanced conceptualization and implementation of integrative architectural design. Emphasis will be placed on the elaboration of architectural ideas through awareness of principles of sustainability and integration of structural and environmental systems, envelope and building assemblies, and life-safety systems. Offered fall semester. Course fee required.

MARC 508: Architectural Design Thesis. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 507, ARCH 557. This masters-level studio is the capstone of the studio sequence, providing a setting for the exploration and synthesis of specific in-depth topics of personal and professional importance to the individual student, as developed in the MARC 557 Architecture Senior Seminar course. Offered spring semester. Course fee required.

MARC 519: Architectural Design VIII: Comprehensive Studio. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 417This master level course is an advanced design studio that assumes a high level of proficiency in design process and representation, as well as in other content areas developed in the pre-professional program. This studio focuses on the conceptualization and implementation of comprehensive architectural design. Students will be expected to draw upon all previous coursework in order to thoroughly develop a project from a detailed program. Emphasis will be placed on the elaboration of architectural ideas through integration and syntheses of structural, environmental, envelope, building assemblies, life-safety systems and the principles of sustainability. Offered spring semester. Course fee required.

MARC 520: Architectural Design IX: Exploration. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: MARC 519, completion of the 360 hour internship. This master level course is an advanced design studio that assumes a high level of proficiency in design process and representation, as well as in other content areas developed in the pre-professional program. Students will be expected to approach advanced design problems by applying skills and content developed in previous studios, as well as in advanced seminar and research courses. Students will choose from a range of faculty?selected topics. Offered fall semester. Course fee required.

MARC 521: Architectural Design X: Thesis. 5 hours.

Prerequisite: MARC 520MARC 557. Co-requisite: MARC 569. 
 This master level course is an advanced design studio that assumes a high level of proficiency in design process and representation, as well as in other content areas developed in the pre-professional program. Students will be expected to approach advanced design problems by applying skills and content developed in previous studios, as well as in advanced seminar and research courses. This studio is the capstone of the studio sequence, providing a setting for the exploration and synthesis of specific in-depth topics of personal and professional importance to the individual student that were developed in the MARC 557 Architecture Senior Seminar  course. Offered spring semester. Course fee required.

MARC 532: Technology and Sustainability. 3 hours.

This master level course is an advanced seminar providing an in-depth examination of issues related to technology and/or sustainability in architecture. Specific course content will vary and will be defined by individual instructors. Topics, content and methods will support the acquisition of knowledge and abilities within the general topic area, as well as the application of these to other coursework. Students will be expected to develop and apply advanced analysis, research and communication skills. May be repeated when topics vary.

MARC 538: Environmental Systems II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ARCH 335ARCH 334. This course deals with building elements that pertain to thermal conditioning for the purposes of human use and comfort. 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 and suppression systems also will be covered. Offered spring semester.

MARC 552: Design Theory and History. 3 hours.

This master level course is an advanced seminar providing an in-depth examination of issues related to design theory and history in architecture. Specific course content will vary and will be defined by individual instructors. Topics, content and methods will support the acquisition of knowledge and abilities within the general topic area, as well as the application of these to other coursework. Students will be expected to develop and apply advanced analysis, research and communication skills. May be repeated when topics vary.

MARC 557: Architecture Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: MARC 507 or MARC 519
This master level course is an advanced seminar in architecture. Students will be expected to develop and apply advanced analysis, research and communication skills in order to identify a research topic of relevance to their own interest and professional goals. The research topic will also connect these specific and personal interests with students’ wider educational experiences. Topics developed in this course will be explored and extended through a thesis design project executed the following semester. Offered fall semester.

MARC 569: Professional Practice. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: MARC 507 or MARC 519
This master level course is an advanced seminar that addresses laws and regulations, project process and economics, business practices and management, and ethical concerns. Students will critically explore the relationship between personal and professional goals and the context of architectural practices. Offered spring semester.

MARC 572: Urban and Regional Studies. 3 hours.

This master level course is an advanced seminar providing an in-depth examination of issues related to urban and regional studies in architecture. Specific course content will vary and will be defined by individual instructors. Topics, content and methods will support the acquisition of knowledge and abilities within the general topic area, as well as the application of these to other coursework. Students will be expected to develop and apply advanced analysis, research and communication skills. May be repeated when topics vary.

MARC 590: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

MARC 591, 592: Research. Variable hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.