Architectural Drafting & Design (ARCH)

ARCH1102 | Studio 1 - Drawing Mechanics | Studio (5 Credits)

Introduction to the evolution of architectural drawing, from hand drafting to building information modeling, in this first foundational design studio. Redraw a full set of construction documents using hand and digital techniques to develop a proficiency in the mechanics of architectural drawing.

ARCH1104 | Building Systems | Lecture (3 Credits)

Examine primary building systems and their associative materials and assemblies. With a focus on current building systems, analyze existing buildings through photography, physical tours, and diagrammatic drawing to achieve a broad knowledge of primary structural systems.

ARCH1201 | Construction Documents | Seminar (1 Credit)

Exposure to varying theories, organizational principles, and legal implications of construction drawings and specifications. Research and analyze examples of technical documentation to achieve a basic knowledge of the practical and legal organization of building information.

ARCH1202 | Studio 2 - Documentation | Studio (5 Credits)

Engage in the generation of construction drawings in this second foundational design studio. Draw, coordinate and publish a full set of construction drawings from a given set of resolved design development drawings and outline specifications to develop a proficiency in construction documents.

Prerequisite(s): ARCH1102

ARCH1203 | Building Codes & Regulations | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to the current acts and codes which guide the building design process. Analyze an existing building and perform a detailed code analysis and review to develop a proficiency in reading, using, and applying building codes and regulations.

ARCH1204 | Structure & Envelope | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to aspects of building assemblies relative to their energy performance, moisture control, durability, and resource efficiency. Research multiple existing buildings through various means to achieve a broad knowledge of varying strategies for the building structure and envelope.

ARCH2101 | Seminar 3 - Visualization | Seminar (1 Credit)

Introduction to the basic principles of representation including physical and digital sketching, physical and digital modeling, and architectural visualization. Develop 2D and 3D representations of a given architectural space to develop a proficiency in using several design technologies for architectural representation.

ARCH2102 | Studio 3 - Design Development | Studio (5 Credits)

Engage in the design development process, in this third foundational studio, with an emphasis on accessibility and health safety. Design and develop details, specifications, and construction documents from a given resolved schematic design to develop a proficiency in design development.

Prerequisite(s): ARCH1202

ARCH2103 | Project Management | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to the legal and work flow issues within the context of varying project delivery methods. Research the work flow, organization of information, and decision making structures of specific projects currently in progress at local firms to develop a broad knowledge of project management.

ARCH2104 | Building Service Systems | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to the principles of embodied energy, active and passive heating and cooling, indoor air quality, solar orientation, day lighting, artificial lighting and acoustics. Research multiple existing buildings through various means to achieve a broad knowledge of varying environmental systems.

ARCH2105 | Economics of Practice | Seminar (1 Credit)

Introduction to the financial considerations surrounding the practice of architecture and related construction fields. Analyze the value of design by monetary measure based on varying delivery methods, design processes, and practice models.

ARCH2201 | Portfolio | Seminar (1 Credit)

Focus is on the communication and organization of a professional portfolio, resume and application for employment or advancement in higher learning. Develop a personal portfolio to develop a proficiency in documenting and presenting previously completed works.

ARCH2202 | Studio 4 | Studio (5 Credits)

Engage in the interpretation of design intent, in this final foundational studio, with a focus on sustainability. Resolve and develop into construction documents an early schematic design to achieve a proficiency in the architectural process from resolved schematic design to construction documents.

Prerequisite(s): ARCH2102

ARCH2203 | Material Strengths | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to the fundamentals of material behavior. Examine the physical changes a body undergoes when acted upon by forces. Investigate stress and strain relations, shear forces, bending moments, and beam deflections.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1050

ARCH2204 | Building Envelope & Environment | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to the basic principles and appropriate application and performance of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, conveying systems, security, and fire protection systems. Research multiple existing buildings through various means to achieve a broad knowledge of varying building service systems.

ARCH2205 | Economics of Building | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to a broad range of standard building conditions and their economic impact. Engage in a full economic analysis of select buildings and develop diagrams, preliminary cost estimates, and life cycle cost analysis to achieve a broad knowledge of building economics.

ARCH3101 | Architecture Seminar A | Seminar (1 Credit)

Introduction to established and emerging ways of thinking about architectural space and form. Explore physical and digital modes of representation to develop skills that utilize design thinking, ordering systems, and investigative skills.

ARCH3102 | Studio 5 - Site & Precedent | Studio (5 Credits)

This first design studio introduces students to design thinking and fundamental design skills with an emphasis on site and precedent. Students will be given a site and program to develop cultural, typological, theoretical, and historical frameworks upon which to conceive an architectural work.

ARCH3103 | Architectural Theory | Lecture (3 Credits)

This survey course introduces students to a multitude of architectural ideas across human history. Critical writings, conceptual design works, and current lectures will be studied and synthesized so students may begin to find a personal theoretical framework.

ARCH3201 | Architecture Seminar B | Seminar (1 Credit)

Explore physical and digital modes of representation to develop ordering skills utilizing design thinking, ordering systems, and investigative skills.

ARCH3202 | Studio 6 - Program & Client | Studio (5 Credits)

This studio engages students in pre-design processes including the assessment of client and user needs, analysis of site, and building on acquired design principles, students will be given a site and a user to develop a comprehensive program to conceive of and develop an architectural work.

ARCH3203 | History of Architecture I | Lecture (3 Credits)

This survey course introduces students to the world of architecture throughout the history of human settlement up to the modern era. Particular attention is given to the histories of design technologies and building science as well as the evolution of the role of the architect in human civilization.

ARCH4101 | Architecture Seminar C | Seminar (1 Credit)

Physical and digital modes of representation used to develop presentation skills utilizing design thinking, ordering systems, and investigative skills.

ARCH4102 | Studio 7 - Interdisciplinary | Studio (5 Credits)

This studio requires students to produce an architectural work as part of an interdisciplinary team. Students will be given a complex program and context. Students will achieve the capacity to collaborate across disciplines, synthesize their knowledge of previous studios, and make design decisions across multiple design factors.

ARCH4103 | Structures | Lecture (3 Credits)

This applied research course focuses on the advanced study of statics and strengths of materials. Students will perform comparative analysis of structural systems using emerging or alternative materials against industry standards. Analysis will involve mathematical documentation of hands on testing. Students will develop a proficiency in architectural structures as well as a basic knowledge of architectural research.

ARCH4104 | History of Architecture II | Lecture (3 Credits)

This lecture and research course introduces students to architecture of the modern movement up to present day. Critical writings, conceptual design works, current lectures, and building tours will be studied and synthesized so students may gain an individual position on the present and future condition of architectural history.

ARCH4201 | Architecture Seminar | Lecture (2 Credits)

This course examines special topics related to the field of Architecture. Topics rotate each year.

ARCH4202 | Studio 8 - Abroad/Design Build | Studio (6 Credits)

8A.This studio places students within an architecture program at a partner international institution. Students will be integrated into the established studio curriculum to acquire a proficiency in international design in an immersive learning environment. 8B.This studio places students within the local community, pairing the curriculum with a local non-profit organization within one of the Twin Cities many ethnically diverse communities. Students will engage the community in a participatory design process to conceive of and construct a small scale community structure. Students will achieve a detailed knowledge of public interest design and multi-cultural design in a hands-on learning environment.

ARCH4203 | Culture | Lecture (4 Credits)

Examine the relationship between architecture, representation and humanity. Immersion in an international architectural community to acquire a detailed knowledge of varying cultures and human behaviors and how they represent and manifest themselves architecturally.

ARCH4204 | Studio 8 - Abroad/Design Build | Studio (7 Credits)

In an immersive learning environment, develop a proficiency in design in varying cultural contexts. Acquire a detailed knowledge of varying cultures and human behaviors and how they represent and manifest themselves architecturally.

ARCH4205 | Architecture Seminar D | Seminar (1 Credit)

Physical and digital modes of representation used to explore skills utilizing design thinking, ordering systems, and investigative skills.

ARCH5101 | Architecture Seminar E | Seminar (1 Credit)

Physical and digital modes of representation used to understand design process utilizing design thinking, ordering systems, and investigative skills.

ARCH5102 | Studio 9 - Comprehensive I | Studio (6 Credits)

The first part of a yearlong studio is a culmination of the core curriculum. Design skills will be demonstrated through an architectural work which integrates critical and abstract thinking, with building systems knowledge, life safety considerations, financial, cultural and environmental balance, and construction documentation skills. Students will acquire a proficiency in integrated systems thinking and comprehensive design.

ARCH5103 | Professional Practice | Lecture (3 Credits)

This business course introduces students to successful models for owning, operating, and managing an architectural practice. Focus is given to business and marketing planning, as well as leadership in business management. Students will research varying established models and develop business and marketing plans to achieve a detailed knowledge of professional practice.

ARCH5104 | Studio 9 - Comprehensive I | Studio (7 Credits)

Demonstrate design skills through an architectural work which integrates critical and abstract thinking, with building systems knowledge, life safety considerations, financial, cultural and environmental balance, and construction documentation skills. Acquire a proficiency in integrated systems thinking and comprehensive design.

ARCH5201 | Architecture Seminar F | Seminar (1 Credit)

Prepare for the Architectural Registration Exam through review and study of material most likely to be covered on all of the most current exams.

ARCH5202 | Studio 10 - Comprehensive II | Studio (8 Credits)

The second part of a yearlong studio is a culmination of the core curriculum. Design skills will be demonstrated through an architectural work which integrates critical and abstract thinking, with building systems knowledge, life safety considerations, financial, cultural and environmental balance, and construction documentation skills. Students will acquire a proficiency in integrated systems thinking and comprehensive design.

ARCH5203 | Applied Research | Lecture (3 Credits)

This applied research course seeks to advance the art and discipline of architecture through the development of new design and building technologies. Students will propose, test and develop undocumented or as yet not discovered design tools, building assemblies, fabrication methods, or materials. Students will develop a proficiency in an architectural research process.