Spring 2021 Electives

ARC 526- Site Planning and Design- McGovern

Examine the integration of requirements in site planning and design. Topics may include pedestrian movement and circulation; public transit; provisions for the handicapped; services and utilities; site assessment (including zoning, climate, topography, water and soil drainage, exploration, and testing); site work (including site preparation, earthwork, and foundations); site improvements (including landscaping); and sustainable design principles and standards.

Note that this course has a 30 minute time conflict with studio. If you wish to take it, you must ask permission from your studio instructor and forward the proof of approval to Stacey Komendat for registration. 

ARC 528- Historic Preservation- Traynor

This course will begin by exploring the historic and theoretical underpinnings of historic preservation in the United States and abroad. We will then explore the contemporary practice of historic preservation - what has been done and why; how things are accomplished – economically; materially; legally; politically; culturally and how, as professionals, we can engage in an intellectual discourse concerning matters of preservation, conservation, restoration, re-use, and sometimes demolition. The approach to study will be based in theory – reading; writing; listening and discussing; and physical investigation – on-site discovery, inquiry, historic research and documentation.

ARC 585- Special Topics- Zherui Wang

Course description pending. Please contact instructor with questions. 

ARC 588-Other Architectures- Carter

The course will examine a range of current and contemporary architectures. Considering global settings and ever-widening interest in the potential of architecture and design to improve the quality of life and serve different communities throughout the world students will be invited to investigate design projects and current practices, study built work and develop ideas.

ARC 590- Building Information Modeling (REVIT)- Chao

Using technology for graphical representation has become a standard in Design practices. Understanding how technology can aid in the design, rather than inhibit creativity, has been a struggle in the emerging world of Architecture. Each professional needs to be able to leverage technology throughout the design and construction process to aid in such tasks as site planning, schematics, design development, analysis, construction documents and project management. In this course students will learn Autodesk Revit to aid in the design process and analysis, create construction documents, and render graphics for each stage of design.

ARC 593- Special Topics- Everyone's a Critic- Mustafa Faruki

Each week of the semester, this seminar will ask you to respond to an assigned reading through the lens of your own lived personal experience, your fantasies and daydreams, your opinions and critiques, your prophecies and predictions, your rants, raves and desires. Each week, your responses will always come in TWO formats: a short response essay (1 page max) AND a small object of your choosing. This object could be a sketch, illustration, digital drawing, model, prototype, or something else. You will likely be asked to read your response out loud and present your object to the class at every meeting. 

At the semester's end, you'll have a body of work that acts as a commentary on the things you have read - one based on a thoughtful reflection of the things you've already experienced, or want to experience some day. Readings include works by Bell Hooks, Audre Lorde, Zadie Smith, Mahmoud Darwish, Jane Jacobs, James Baldwin, and others TBD.

Course Schedule

For more specific information on courses including scheduled times, days, modality and restrictions, please see the course schedule.