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2003-2004
GRADUATE RECORD
Graduate School of Architecture
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Course Descriptions

The following courses are subject to change; certain courses are offered in alternate years or are temporarily suspended when the instructor is on leave or for other reasons. 500 level elective courses are open to students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The Course Offering Directory is available in print during early April and November and online at www.virginia.edu/registrar.


Architecture

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ARCH 501, 502 - (3) (SS)
Introduction to Architectural Design

Introduction to analysis, representation, and design of buildings, cities and landscapes.

ARCH 503 - (4) (Y)
Building Systems I

Examines the materials and systems associated with the conception and construction of small to medium-scale buildings.

ARCH 504 - (3) (Y)
Architectural Drawing and Sketching

Seeks to develop an increased desire for architectural exploration and discovery by providing instruction in architectural graphic notation, analytical drawing, and free hand sketching. Focuses on the ability of architectural drawing conventions and techniques to expand our understanding of natural and built form, in context.

ARCH 505 - (2) (SS)
Architectural Graphics

Descriptive geometry, perspective, and presentation techniques used in architecture. Required for Path A graduate students.

ARCH 506 - (4) (Y)
Building II

Explores the relationship between the technology of contemporary construction and the social, political, and economic forces that form the context of architectural practice. Examines the ethical responsibilities of the architect with respect to the unique tools and knowledge of the discipline.

ARCH 508 - (3) (Y)
Architectural Theory

Investigates the role that ideas play in the conception, making, and interpretation of buildings and cities, and assists students in clarifying their own values and intentions as designers. Lectures cover a broad range of topics, with special emphasis placed on contemporary issues.

ARCH 511 - (3) (Y)
Design Approaches to Existing Sites

Explores various approaches by designers to the contexts of their work. Examines buildings, urban infrastructure, and landscape interventions; includes lectures, discussions, and presentations by visitors and students.

ARCH 521 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Architectural Detailing

An exploration of the life of details in building. Examines the ways in which technical decisions are made, and focuses on details and constructions within particular regional contexts.

ARCH 523 - (3) (Y)
Building I

Introduces the technology involved in the design and construction of buildings, emphasizing the nature of materials and their practical assembly. A parallel intention to ARCH 301 and 302, it presents a vocabulary that interrelates history, theory, and technology.

ARCH 524 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Structural Design

Prerequisite: College-level physics. A first course in structures for undergraduate or graduate students with degrees in other disciplines. Develops analytic and critical skills through both mathematical and visual investigation of structures. Topics include static; mechanics of materials; computer-based structural analysis; and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems.

ARCH 525 - (4) (Y)
Environmental Control Systems and Lighting

Study of the fundamental principles applied to the design of thermal and luminous environments as well as plumbing/ drainage and electrical systems. A studio project is selected for additional analysis and design development focusing on the energy-conscious building envelope, mechanical systems selection, natural and artificial lighting schemes, and the building services layout.

ARCH 528 - (3) (Y)
Lighting Design

Development of knowledge and skills in lighting design through the study of exemplary buildings, design exercises, case studies, and analyses of lighting conditions. Considers quantitative and qualitative lighting design issues and their synthesis through design.

ARCH 529 –- (3) (Y)
Microclimates

Focuses on the wild energies of sun, wind, water and earth. Students learn to perceive and to represent these "invisible" energies, and then to invent the means through which architecture can be conceived in concert with them.

ARCH 534 - (3) (Y)
Construction Practice Management

Provides future architects, engineers, lawyers, and developers with an overall understanding of the construction process for commercial, industrial and institutional projects. Follows the history of a typical commercial, industrial, or institutional project from selection of architect to final completion of the construction. Topics include design cost control, cost estimating, bidding procedures, bonds and insurance, contracts and sub-contracts, progress scheduling, fiscal controls, payment requests, submittals, change orders, inspections, overall project administration, and continuing architect-owner-contractor relationships. Lectures and related field trips.

ARCH 538 - (3) (Y)
Construction and Modernism

A discussion of the role of construction in design, focusing on industrialization and its impact on architecture in this century. Emphasizes the ideals and reality of mass production and the ways in which it has and does affect architectural form, both in a direct constructional way and in a conceptual way.

ARCH 541/542 - (3) (Y)
Computer Aided Architectural Design

Explores design worlds that are made accessible through computer-based media. Lectures provide a theoretical framework for computer-aided design, describe current methods, and speculate on advanced methods. Workshop exercises focus on computer-based 3-D geometrical modeling, including photo-realistic and abstract methods of rendering, materials simulation, texture mapping, reflection mapping, image processing, color-table manipulation, photomontage, lighting, animation, and combined media applications.

ARCH 544 - (2) (SS)
Computer Graphics and Design Application

Application of geometrical modeling to design problem-solving using an array of solid modeling, geometrical modeling, rendering, and image processing tools.

ARCH 545 - (3) (Y)
Digital Moviemaking and Animation

Prerequisite: ARCH 541/542 or 544, or instructor permission. Explores the simulation of architecture, urban design, and environmental design through movie making. Examines parallels between the treatment of motion in movies and the treatment of motion in design. These parallels include how moviemakers and designers may treat the space-time continuum, three dimensional depth, movement, change over time, lighting, and montage. Further examines movie making as a medium for design exploration, for architectural aesthetic expression, and for undertaking a critical analysis of design.

ARCH 548 - (3) (Y)
Computables of Architectural Design

Explores the quantitative basis and geometrical order of forms occurring in nature and architecture. Covers instructions, exercises, and examples of coding in a programming language during the first two thirds of the term. Students develop a case study in design methods that extends a CAD system as the basis for a computational project in the last third of the term. Programming knowledge is not assumed; class pace is individually adapted for students with previous experience.

ARCH 554 - (3) (Y)
Architectural Analysis: Key Buildings of Modernism

Investigates the link between ideas and forms of significant buildings in the canon of modern architecture.

ARCH 557 –- (3) (Y)
Theories and Practices of Modern American Urbanism

Explores the design and transformation of the American urban landscape. Encourages a broad understanding of the many forces that determined the shape and form of our cities and towns, and helps students to develop more detailed and critical models of urban analysis.

ARCH 560 –- (3) (Y)
Diagram and Detail

A seminar that focuses on the development of inventive means of representing, through the diagram, the explicit and implicit relationships between idea and form at all levels: from city to material assembly.

ARCH 563 - (3) (Y)
Design of Cities

Cities are physical artifacts that are experienced psychologically and socially. This course investigates the theories surrounding these processes to reach an understanding of humanistic urban design intentions. Experiential realities are explored through case studies, readings, and mapping exercises.

ARCH 568 - (3) (Y)
Contemporary Architectural Theory

Readings and lectures covering 1966 to the present, and tracing the development of postmodernism, post-structuralism, and other current movements in architecture. Reference is made to other disciplines, the influence of criticism, the role of the media, and distinctions between theory, criticism, and style.

ARCH 569 - (3) (Y)
Photography and Digital Media

This course seeks to give students the ability to conceive and create digital photographic imagery with control and sophistication. Topics include fundamentals of photography, color theory, digital control of visual qualities, and methods of image montage for both still images and short animations. Methods include production and presentation for both printed hard copy and for the world wide web.

ARCH 581/582 - (3) (Y)
Architectural Crafts

Applies design process and theory to the design and construction of furniture. Investigates jointing, finishing, and construction techniques. Experience with tools is not required.

ARCH 589 - (3) (Y)
Ecology/Technology: Theories and Practices of Nature and Design

This course proposes two parallel investigations. First, the course places current debates and imperatives about design and the natural environment in an historical and theoretical context. Secondly, operating in parallel with historical and theoretical investigation, the course involves a series of experiments in visual representation. This draws on work in cinema, digital modeling and fabrication, and traditions of scientific and statistical analysis to explore the way in which our understanding of natural and manmade systems is controlled by the way in which we can envision their existence as time-based phenomena.

SARC 600 - (3) (Y)
The Common Course

The Common course analyzes the existing and potential contributions of our four disciplines to the process of contemporary urbanization. The goal is to introduce all incoming graduate students to both the range of distinct perspectives and common threads represented in the School with respect to the land, history, environmental ethics and the role of design. Through lectures and workshops, students develop skills in representation, research and communication with an understanding of the methodologies of each discipline. All Master's students in programs two years or longer must take this course, cross-listed as ARCH 600, L AR 600, PLAN 600 and AR H 600.

ARCH 601, 602 - (6) (Y)
Architectural Design

Introductory design problems in architecture for Path A students. Emphasizes developing a systemic approach to design on the land and in the city through experience with a constructional kit of parts and an awareness of the role of architectural theory and history in the design process. The faculty reviews all work in ARCH 601-602 to determine the progress and potential of each student.

ARCH 610 - (3) (Y)
Future Cities: Topics in Digital Analysis and Representation

Investigates topics in the digital analysis and representation of the modern metropolis. Explores the shift in architecture and urbanism from classical notions of universal order to practices informed by dynamic models of structure, form, and movement.

ARCH 701 - (6) (Y)
Architectural Design

Intermediate-level design problems, emphasizing analysis and synthesis of complex contextual, cultural, and constructional issues.

ARCH 702 - (6) (Y)
Architectural Design - Comprehensive Studio

Intermediate-level design problems, emphasizing structure, enclosure, life safety and building systems.

ARCH 713 - (3) (SI)
Selected Topics in Preservation

Lecture and seminar as arranged.

ARCH 721 - (3) (Y)
Structural Design for Dynamic Loads

Examines wind and earthquake loads in structural design, reviewing the vocabulary of lateral resisting systems, and the basic dynamic theories that underlie building code requirements. Explores recent developments in research and practice. Student projects include reviewing and presenting literature on lateral load research and design.

ARCH 782 - (3) (SS)
Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.

ARCH 801 - (6) (Y)
Venice Studio

Explores urban issues in the city of Venice.

ARCH 801, 802 - (6) (Y)
Architectural Design Option Studio

Design studies of selected architectural problems through extensive site analysis and strategic constructional rigor.

ARCH 823 - (4) (Y)
Special Projects in Technology

Consists of two ninety-minute lectures each week and a group or individual meeting with either the instructor or a specialist in the technical faculty. Half of the lectures directly deal with a problem assignment, such as curtain wall or roof types, selection of a structural system, or placement of mechanical equipment. Other lectures deal with these subjects from conceptual and historical perspectives.

ARCH 848 - (3) (Y)
Professional Practice

Introduces the primary issues involved in the practice of architecture: professional ethics, business practices, project process and management, personnel management, management of the process of producing a building, and the methods available to do so.

ARCH 880 - (3) (IR)
Teaching Experience

Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.

ARCH 881 - (6) (Y)
Community Preservation Studio

This interdisciplinary architecture and landscape architecture studio works on new and adaptive re-use design problems in a community context. Analysis of the area's form and the narratives of its historic significance, developed in AR H 592, provide the practical and theoretical point of departure for studio projects. Collaborative work is undertaken with students in AR H 594 (Community Planning and Public History Seminar).

ARCH 886 - (6) (Y)
Urbanism Design Studio

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

ARCH 897 - (3) (Y)
Thesis Research

Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.

ARCH 898 - (6) (Y)
Thesis Studio

Prerequisite: ARCH 897 and permission of the chair.


Landscape Architecture

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L AR 501, 502 - (3) (SS)
Introduction to Landscape Design I & II

Prerequisite: Admission to graduate degree program in landscape architecture
Introduces the fundamentals of design to students without professional design degrees in architecture or landscape architecture.

L AR 512 - (3) (Y)
Landscape Architectural History

Examines landscape architecture as an expression of cultural values. Rather than attempt a broad survey of numerous works of a period, the lectures concentrate on a few prototypical examples. Special attention is given to ancient Egypt, 16th-century Italy, 17th-century France, 17th-century Japan, 18th-century Britain, and 17th- to 20th-century America. The comparative case study approach is complemented by primary and secondary source readings.

L AR 513 - (3) (Y)
History of American Landscape Architecture

Studies the development of American landscape architecture from the seventeenth century to the present, emphasizing seminal figures Jefferson, Downing, Olmsted, Platt, Farrand, Jensen, and selected contemporary designers.

L AR 514 - (3) (Y)
Theories of Modern Landscape

Prerequisite: L AR 512 or instructor permission.
Examines modern built landscapes as cultural products with their own materials, codes, and concerns. Underscores landscape architecture theory's interlocking relationship with changing societal constructions of nature, environmentalism, and the city. Focuses on exemplary built works of landscape architecture and their impact on, and debt to, specific design treatises or manifestos in light of broader cultural and theoretical practices.

L AR 517 - (3) (Y)
Site Planning

Introduces the language and principles of site design. Lectures, exercises, case studies, and field trips provide basic skills in reading the land and building the site, including siting principles, grading, and planting. These skills are applied to a design project.

L AR 520 - (3) (Y)
Healing Landscapes

Investigates various topics centered on the general theme of designed landscapes as a means of "healing" human beings. Such healing is understood in a broad sense to encompass both physical and mental infirmities. Includes a historical overview of various healing landscapes, an examination of healing practices in various cultures, and field trips to various hospitals, hospices, and out-patient facilities in the Charlottesville area.

L AR 521 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Contemporary Landscape Theory

Explores topics in contemporary landscape theory and practice though directed readings and seminar discussions. Subjects will vary from year to year, and may include design drawing and model of representation, gender and nature, contructs of nature (ecology, sustainable, chaos), or works of specific designs and regions.

L AR 522 - (3) (Y)
Race, Space and Culture

This course offers a critical look at built environments and other conceptions of space in relation to racial and other cultural identities. Melding content and methods from cultural studies and from architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and historic preservation, sessions are centered around weekly discussions of thought provoking readings, videos, drawings and photographs, and field-trips. The course changes forever the way students understand ordinary spaces.

L AR 523 - (3) (IR)
Historic Landscape Preservation

Includes readings and discussions on contemporary theory and practices for preserving historic landscapes. Evaluation of these theories and practices through a close review of a few case studies.

L AR 524- (3) (E)
Reading the Black College Campus

L AR 525 - (3) (Y)
Urban Topographies

Explores the constructed nature of the contemporary urban landscape from the starting point of the ground. A series of landscapes that exemplify the ambiguous quality of urban ground—as both floor and roof, "terra firma" and made land—will be investigated through lectures, readings, and discussions.

L AR 526 - (3) (Y)
D.I.R.T. Seminar: Doing Industrial Research Together

Readings, lectures, and class discussions focus on the evolving definition and reclamation technologies of the post-industrial landscape. Includes field work/visits to a variety of brownfield and industrial sites.

L AR 527 - (3) (E)
Race and American Places

Seminar that explores the ways in which multicultural struggle—particularly racial struggle—is manifested spatially in the built environments of America. Examines this through readings in cultural theory and design literature, as well as through field trips. Relates the concepts introduced in readings to the business of understanding how identity politics influences the way we design and use places around us.

L AR 528 - (3) (Y)
Landform and Urban Form in the Veneto

A historical and ecological overview of the towns and countryside of the Veneto in Northern Italy. Required for all graduate students in the Option Study in Venice.

L AR 533- (3) (Y)
Sites and Systems

Introduces vocabulary and tools for reading, mapping, and analyzing sites. Emphasis on the watershed as an ecosystem within which sites and systems can be understood and manipulated. Explores the implications of site and systems analysis for shaping landform through grading terraces, buildings, and roads. Issues are examined through the study of existing site design precedents as well as through short mapping and design exercises. Several site visits and field trips.

L AR 534 - (4) (Y)
Earthwork

Prerequisite: LAR 533 or instructor permission Applies concepts and principles of earthwork, land manipulation, grading, and drainage in short exercises. Introduces digital applications in a combined lecture and workshop format.

L AR 537 - (4) (Y)
Plants and Environment I

Studies plant types and characteristics in natural and designed environments. Emphasizes field identification, ecological associations and, plant shape and form. Incorporates freehand drawing exercises in the field and in class.

L AR 538 - (4) (Y)
Plants and Environment II

Prerequisite: L AR 537 Continued study of plant types and characteristics in natural and designed environments. Emphasizes field identification, ecological associations, and plant shape and form. Incorporates freehand drawing exercises in the field and in class.

LAR 543-(3) (Y)
Landscape Visualization & 3-D Modeling

Prerequisite: ARCH 541 or 542 Investigates advanced computer-based techniques for landscape visualization, including 3-D geometric modeling, texture mapping and animation. A series of lectures, computer-based workshop exercises and readings of increasing sophistication focus on internal and external representations of terrain elements: landform, vegetation, water, meteorological and atmospheric effects. Photo-realistic and abstract strategies are explored to augment design investigation and presentation.

L AR 544 - (2) (SS)
Computer Graphics and Design Application

Application of landscape imaging and geometric modeling to design, using an array of solid modeling, geometric modeling, and image processing tools.

L AR 546 - (3) (IR)
Digital Media and Design Applications

Prerequisite: L AR 544 and ARCH 541; or permission of instructor. The study of computing as an analytic and design tool, stressing 3D modeling techniques and landscape applications.

LAR 567-(3) (Y)
Public Infrastructure

This course addresses how issues of ecology, sustainability and digital networks have boosted power, water, communication and supply from being utlitiy systems into cultural networks--the infrastructure that underpins social equity, environmental/economic vitality and physical quality of the our metropolitan urban landscapes.

SARC 600 - (3) (Y)
The Common Course

The Common course analyzes the existing and potential contributions of our four disciplines to the process of contemporary urbanization. The goal is to introduce all incoming graduate students to both the range of distinct perspectives and common threads represented in the School with respect to the land, history, environmental ethics and the role of design. Through lectures and workshops, students develop skills in representation, research and communication with an understanding of the methodologies of each discipline. All Master's students in programs two years or longer must take this course, cross-listed as ARCH 600, PLAN 600 and AR H 600.

L AR 601 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design I

Prerequisite: L AR 501, 502. A series of analysis, research, and introductory design projects that focus on understanding fundamental design compositional principles and developing a hand and digital drawing-based approach to exploring design problems. Emphasizes the roles of history and theory in contemporary landscape design with special emphasis on site interpretation and site structure.

L AR 602 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design II

Prerequisite: L AR 601.
Continued study in the applications of fundamental design principles with special emphasis on the relationship of architecture and landscape. Design proposals are explored in multiple media—drawing, model and digital media.

L AR 701 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design III

Prerequisite: L AR 601, L AR 602.
Focuses on community design and the public landscape in the context of the town, city, or suburban edge. Project scale ranges from the lot, street, and block to the precinct.

L AR 702 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design IV

Prerequisite: L AR 601, L AR 602, L AR 701.
Explores contemporary urban public space addressing a range of spatial types, scales and sites, ranging from the urban core to infrastructure landscapes to brownfield sites.

L AR 703 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Landscape Drawing and Representation

Explores ways of representing, analyzing and designing the landscape through a variety of media to include drawing, collage, image processing, model making and digital modeling.

L AR 731 - (4) (Y)
Planted Form

Prerequisite: L AR 537 and L AR 538 or instructor permission
Develops a design vocabulary specific to individual plant architecture and collective planted form studying the structure and dynamics of native plant communities, vernacular planting systems and design precedents. Design intention and selection of plants applied through detailed plant palettes. Offered first half of semester.

L AR 732-(2) (Y)
Regenerative Technologies

Prerequisite: L AR 736 Introduces the design potential of remediation technologies ranging from conventional engineering to emerging bioremediation systems. Review of contaminants' impact on soil and water, applying remediation strategies integrated with site design. Offered first half of semester.

L AR 733 - (2) (Y)
Site Assembly I

Prerequisite: L AR 531, or permission of instructor.
Introduces landscape construction materials and fundamental methods for their assembly, focusing on the horizontal and vertical surface-walls and pavements. Includes case study analysis of built works to explore the expressive design potential of materials, technical concerns for performance and durability, and ethical concerns for sustainability. Meets the first half of the semester.

L AR 734 - (2) (Y)
Site Assembly II

Prerequisite: L AR 531, L AR 713, or permission of instructor.
Introduces landscape construction materials and fundamental methods for their assembly, focusing on small structures. Includes case study analysis of built works to explore the expressive design potential of materials, technical concerns for performance and durability, and ethical concerns for sustainability. Meets the second half of the semester.

L AR 735- (2) (Y)
Site Work I

Prerequisite: LAR 534
Introduces ecological and engineering principles for the design of landscape infrastructure, including storm water management and road design. Combined lecture and workshop format. Meets the last half of the semester.

L AR 736 (2) (Y)
Site Work II

Prerequisite: LAR 535
Continued study of landscape infrastructure design. Combined lecture and workshop format. Meets the first half of the semester.

L AR 801 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architectural Design V

Prerequisite: L AR 701, L AR 702; or graduate studios in architecture.
Applies landscape architecture theory, principles, and methods to problems of urban, rural, or suburban environments and communities.

L AR 802 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architectural Design VI

Prerequisite: L AR 701, L AR 702, L AR 801; or graduate studios in architecture.
May be pursued in one of three ways: (1) independent studio or study under the supervision of a faculty advisor; (2) participation in an advanced collaborative studio taught by department faculty; or (3) participation in a collaborative studio in architecture. Students pursuing an independent studio project must complete L AR 821 in the fall and receive approval of their proposal from the L.A. faculty.

L AR 804 - (3) (Y)
Professional Practice

Focuses on issues related to the practice of landscape architecture, including the social, cultural, and ideological issues that shape contemporary practice. Topics include professional ethics, business and legal aspects of the profession, project management, and the professional's relationship to the client and society.

L AR 821 - (3) (Y)
Research Methods

Introduces research techniques and methodologies. Required for students taking the spring semester independent studio project.

L AR 825 - (4) (Y)
Construction IV: Principles of Road Design

Studies the principles and theories of design for scenic drives, park roads, and parkways, including vertical and horizontal alignments, roadside structures, and design requirements.

L AR 832 - (4) (Y)
Contract Documents and Professional Practice

Prerequisite: LAR 736
Capstone course applying ecological and engineering techniques to the detailing and implementation of a small project, developed into a set of contract documents (drawings and specifications). Concurrent Introduction to methods and models of design practice administration: proposal, contracts, project management, collaboration and licensure.

L AR 851 - (1-4) (Y)
Special Study in Landscape Architecture

Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor.

L AR 852 -(1-4) (Y)
Advanced Independent Research

Advanced independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor.

L AR 880 - (3) (Y)
Teaching Experience

Involves serving as a teaching assistant for a course, with teaching assignments coordinated by the chair.


Urban and Environmental Planning

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Core Courses

SARC 600 - (3) (Y)
The Common Course

The Common course analyzes the existing and potential contributions of our four disciplines to the process of contemporary urbanization. The goal is to introduce all incoming graduate students to both the range of distinct perspectives and common threads represented in the School with respect to the land, history, environmental ethics and the role of design. Through lectures and workshops, students develop skills in representation, research and communication with an understanding of the methodologies of each discipline.

PLAN 601 - (4) (Y)
Planning Process and Practice

A practicum/problem course focusing on the use of maps and quantitative information in the planning process. Develops familiarity with types and sources of data and assesses the relevance of data for various types of problem situations. Provides experience in producing quality professional analysis. Also develops team skills and graphic presentation abilities.

PLAN 604 - (3) (Y)
Legal Aspects of Planning

Addresses the law as it relates to planning practice. Includes substantial work in traditional areas of land-use law, but also deals with the law as an instrument for change. Emphasizes developing legal research skills and performing legal analysis.

PLAN 605 - (4) (Y)
Methods of Planning Analysis

Applies quantitative skills to the planning process: analyzes decision situations and develops precise languages for structuring or communicating their quantitative dimensions. Includes lectures, case studies, and reviews of statistical methods, survey research methods, census data analysis, program and plan evaluation, and computer modeling.

PLAN 607 - (3) (Y)
Urban Theory and Public Policy

Concentrates on normative and empirical urban theory central to understanding the effects and design of public policies. The theories and applications considered span a number of academic disciplines. Stresses application of theoretical perspectives to federal, state, and local policy choices.

PLAN 609 - (3) (Y)
Planning Theory and Practice

Provides a sense of the intellectual and professional roots of contemporary planning theory and practice. Analyzes these roots with an eye to stimulating new perspectives and concepts for a sustainable community orientation.

Electives

PLAN 501/502 - (4) (Y)
Urban Design (cross-listed with PLAN 201/ 202)

Explores methods of urban design analysis, stressing observational and representational methods. Emphasizes relationships among public and private buildings, spaces, and transportation corridors in commercial centers. Open to a limited number of graduate students.

PLAN 508 - (1) (Y)
Mini Courses

A series of 1 credit short courses from which students can select topics such as "basic graphics", "CDBG strategies", "fiscal impact assessment", "pedestrian & bicycle planning". Topics vary each year.

PLAN 511 - (3) (Y) (cross-listed with Plan 211)
Planning in Government (cross-listed with PLAN 404)

Studies the political, economic, and social contexts of the planning function, emphasizing land use planning, and community development.

PLAN 506 - (3) (Y)
Measuring Community Structure and Change (cross-listed with PLAN 305)

Studies the application of analytic techniques to urban and regional systems. Covers spatial analysis, demographic and economic projections, and models for simulation and impact analysis.

PLAN 511 - (3) (Y)
Digital Visualization for Planners

Through lectures and workshops, this course develops the fundamental skills for using computers for visualization in planning. Employs principles of computation, data storage, file management, macro programming, and application development. Explores presentation and drawing tools by programming spreadsheets using computer assisted graphing and mapping. Other topics, such as Geographic Information Systems, Computer Assisted Design, and the impact of information technology on society and work places are introduced.

PLAN 512 - (3) (Y)
Geographic Information Systems

Reviews the use of computers in planning, emphasizing geographic information systems for collection, analysis, and display of spatial information in urban and environmental contexts.

PLAN 513 - (3) (Y)
Advanced GIS Workshop

Students apply GIS technology to examine significant issues of land, natural resources, and the characteristics of urban development.

PLAN 522 - (3) (IR)
Planning, Budgeting, and Finance

Evaluates the merit of various criteria for, and processes of, making budget choices. Examines questions about who should pay, who should benefit, who should participate, and who should decide, along with the consequences of these choices.

PLAN 524 - (3) (IR)
Consensus Building, Negotiation and Mediation

Examines the processes by which consensus can be developed, focusing on three principal elements: (1) general negotiation theory and skill development, including the concept of "principled" negotiation; (2) the conflict landscape, including government and non-government organizations; and (3) negotiation resources and opportunities, including organizations, processes, and enabling legislation.

PLAN 525 - (3) (IR)
Public Involvement

Examines both the theory and practice of public involvement in planning. Explores the planner's responsibility to the public and techniques for effective engagement.

PLAN 529 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Policy Planning

Varies annually to meet the needs of graduate students.

PLAN 530 - (3) (Y)
Preservation Planning

Studies current literature on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of historic places. Develops techniques for surveying, documenting, evaluating, and planning for preservation. Analyzes current political, economic, and legal issues in preservation planning.

PLAN 534 - (3) (IR)
Urban Revitalization

Explores problems and potentials encountered in planning for older established urban neighborhoods and downtowns. These may range from market decline and physical decay to intense private reinvestment and displacement. Major topics include neighborhood change processes, the role of private lending institutions in neighborhood change, techniques for identifying economically sound housing and business opportunities in older neighborhoods, neighborhood commercial and residential revitalization techniques, financing neighborhood improvement programs, and historic and architectural preservation as a component of urban revitalization.

PLAN 540 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Housing and Community Development

Provides an introduction to the housing and community development area of planning practice. Topics include the housing and development industries, housing production and distribution systems, housing demand and supply, housing market dynamics, neighborhood change processes, housing and real estate finance, social aspects of housing and development, and housing and development, and contemporary programs and policy issues.

PLAN 542 - (3) (IR)
Economic Development

Examines the economy of a community or region, or neighborhood as an essential element, along with environment and equity, in livability and sustainability. Planners engage economic development by working with the community to assess needs and opportunities, through public-private business partnerships, and in development review.

PLAN 543 - (3) (Y)
Land Development Workshop

Explores the process of land development from the point of view of the private land developer interacting with local governments. Includes development potential analysis, site analysis, traffic analysis, land planning, development programming, public and private services to accommodate new development, and public regulation of land development.

PLAN 544 - (3) (Y)
Neighborhood Planning

As the "building blocks" of cities, neighborhood plans involve citizens in addressing issues of housing, jobs, public services, education, recreation, and transportation.

PLAN 545-(3) (IR)
Healthy Communities

Explores the relationship between planning and human health drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives.

PLAN 547 - (3) (Y)
Development Dynamics

Explores the process and financing of land development. Examines the roles of developers, investors, designers, planners, and others, identifying the objectives each have in the development decision process. Discusses the interplay and communications of what constitutes sound economics and good design.

PLAN 549 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Housing and Community Development

Varies annually to meet the needs of graduate students.

PLAN 550 - (3) (IR)
Natural Systems and Environmental Planning

Integrates knowledge of natural systems into local planning processes. Emphasizes how natural systems function, the impacts that urban and land development have on their integrity, and community-wide approaches to planning for and managing urban development to reduce or mitigate those impacts.

PLAN 551 - (3) (Y)
Sustainable Communities

Examines sustainable communities and the environmental, social, economic, political, and design standards that underlie them. Focuses on reviewing actual case studies of cities, towns, and development projects that reflect principles of sustainability.

PLAN 552 - (3) (Y)
Sustainable Planning & Design Workshop

Students act as a consultant team to develop sustainable planning and design strategies for sites, which rotate each year.

PLAN 553 - (3) (Y)
Environmental Policy and Planning

Examines contemporary environmental policy and practice, including exploration of the normative-philosophical debate surrounding environmental issues. Emphasizes understanding the political and institutional framework for establishing policy and programs and exploring the action approaches to environmental planning, including moral suasion, regulation, public investment, and public incentives. Analysis of case studies of environmental planning at the federal, state, and local levels.

PLAN 554 - (3) (E)
Environmental Ethics and Sustainability

Detailed exploration of the normative debate surrounding environmental issues. Focuses on foundations of environmental economics, the value of endangered species, concerns of future generations, appropriateness of a sustainable society, notions of stewardship, and obligations toward equity.

PLAN 557- (3) (IR)
Environment & Economy

Rather then being opposites, environment & economy are both dimensions that must be addressed to achieve sustainable outcomes this course explores there issues and students develop proposed solutions.

PLAN 558 - (3) (O)
Coastal Planning Issues

Explores the special characteristics of coastal island settings for their planning significance. Addresses natural hazard mitigation, wetlands, and biodiversity.

PLAN 559 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Environmental Planning

Varies from year to year to meet the needs of graduate students studying environmental planning.

PLAN 560 - (3) (Y)
Land Use Policy and Planning

Introduces the theory and practice of land use planning and growth management as they have evolved historically and as expressed in contemporary practice. Addresses the need and rationale for land use planning as well as its tools.

PLAN 561 - (3) (Y)
Community Planning Workshop (cross-listed with PLAN 401)

Land use plans are developed, usually in conjunction with citizens, for a community undergoing change.

PLAN 563 - (3) (Y)
Design of Cities

Cities are physical artifacts that are experienced psychologically and socially. This course investigates the theories surrounding these processes to reach an understanding of humanistic urban design intentions. Experiential realities are explored through case studies, readings, and mapping exercises.

PLAN 564 - (3) (IR)
Transit Oriented Design Workshop

Students conduct studies and prepare a plan for high-density mixed use development around public transportation facilities. Local officials and leaders serve as the client.

PLAN 567 - (3) (Y)
Community Design

Explores the issues of community design as a form of public engagement.

PLAN 569 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Land Use Planning

Varies from year to year to fill graduate students' needs in the study of land use planning.

PLAN 571 - (3) (IR)
Landscape Preservation Workshop

Examines the legal and practical issues involved in the conservation of rural landscapes including the settings of historic structures. Reviews the justification for landscape preservation, and the various planning strategies that could be employed to preserve landscapes, including land use regulations, tax incentives, and conservation easements. Includes case studies.

PLAN 572 - (3) (Y)
Transportation and Land Use

Reviews basic relationships between land use and transportation. Considers the decision process, planning principles, impact measures, and a methodological framework for identifying and evaluating courses in action on a regional, local, and neighborhood scale. Projects and scale change from year to year.

PLAN 577 - (3) (IR)
Plan Implementation

Emphasizes the use of zoning, subdivision, and other regulations to implement comprehensive plans. Attention is given to capital facilities programming and building codes.

PLAN 593 - (1-4) (S)
Independent Study/Fieldwork in Planning

Prerequisite: Planning faculty approval of topic.
Individual study directed by a faculty member.

PLAN 611 - (3) (IR)
Planning History

Places the evolution and development of the practice of planning in the context of urban history. Particular cities serve as case studies.

PLAN 898 - (3-6) (S)
Master's Thesis

A thesis is not required for the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree; but it may be undertaken by a qualified graduate student with a subject of merit where the planning faculty feels this is in the best interests of the student in pursuing a specialized course of study.


Architectural History

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AR H 503 - (3) (Y)
History of Modern Architecture

A survey of architecture (and allied arts including urban form and landscape architecture) from c.1800 to the present, emphasizing the development of the modern movement.

AR H 515 - (3) (Y)
Historical Archaeology

Studies the theory, problems, and techniques of the archaeology of the American colonial past on the Atlantic seaboard. Field trips.

AR H 531 - (3) (O)
Later Medieval Architecture

The architecture of Western Europe from c. 1140 and 1500.

AR H 533 - (3) (O)
Early Medieval Architecture

The architecture of Western Europe from c. 800-1150.

AR H 541 - (3) (Y)
Italian Renaissance Architecture, 1400-1550

The development of classicism in Italy between 1400 and 1550, including urban form and landscape.

AR H 542 - (3) (Y)
Italian Architecture, 1550-1750

Developments in classicism in Italy between 1550 and the advent of neoclassicism, including urban form and landscape.

AR H 543 - (3) (Y)
European Classical Architecture Outside Italy, 1400-1750

The development of classicism primarily in France, England, and Germany between 1400 and 1750 including discussion of cities and landscape design.

AR H 551 - (3) (Y)
Early American Architecture

A survey of American architecture from the first European contact to 1800 including Jefferson, urban form and landscape design.

AR H 552 - (3) (Y)
Later American Architecture

A survey of American architecture from 1800 to present including landscape and urban design.

AR H 553 - (3) (Y)
Nineteenth-Century American Architecture

A survey of American architecture from 1776 to 1914, or from Thomas Jefferson to Frank Lloyd Wright. Treatment includes Landscape architecture and decorative arts.

AR H 554 - (3) (Y)
Twentieth-Century American Architecture

A survey of American architecture emphasizing the development of modernism.

AR H 561 - (3) (Y)
Nineteenth-Century European Architecture and Theory

The development of architecture in nineteenth-century Europe, with particular attention to France, England and Germany.

AR H 572 - (3) (Y)
History of Medieval Architecture

Examines the architecture of Medieval Western Europe, emphasizing the period from 1000-1400. Includes the iconography, function, structure and style of buildings, and the use of contemporary texts.

AR H 580 - (2-3) (IR)
Selected Topics in Architectural History

Prerequisite: Instructor approval Special topics pursued in a colloquium.

AR H 581 - (3) (Y)
Architecture of East Asia

A survey and introduction of traditional architecture and allied arts in China, Japan and Korea. Study of the main features and major monuments of East Asian architecture and landscape architecture.

AR H 582 - (3) (Y)
East - West Architecture

A study of cultural exchanges and interactions in architecture between East and West. Major events and master architects like F.L. Wright and L. Kahn who contributed to the exchanges are discussed. The forms and meaning of East-West architecture are compared.

AR H 585 - (3) (Y)
World Buddhist Architecture

The history of Buddhist architecture and allied arts in the Buddhist world which includes East, South, and Southeast Asia. Lecture starts from the Indian stupas and ends in Japanese Zen gardens.

AR H 587 - (3) (O)
Modern Japanese Architecture

The history of architecture in modern Japan from the Meji period to the present. Focus on post-WW II development. Influential architects, like Tange, Kikutake, Maki, Isozaki, Kurokawa, and Ando are discussed along with urban issues.

AR H 589 - (3) (SI)
Independent Studies in Architectural History

Advanced work on independent research topics by individual students. Departmental approval of the topic is required.

AR H 590 - (3) (Y)
Historic Preservation Theory and Practice

Surveys the history of preservation, focusing on the changing nature of its ideals and practice. Preservation is discussed in the context of cultural history and the changing relationship between existing buildings and landscapes, and attitudes toward history, memory, and invented tradition.

AR H 592 - (3) (Y)
Community History Workshop

An in-depth historical analysis of the architecture, urban form, and planning of a selected community. Focuses on the historical significance of the built landscape as an element in, and an expression of, the social and cultural life of the community.

AR H 594 - (3) (Y)
Community Public History Seminar

Explores a variety of approaches to conveying the architectural and cultural history of a community to a diverse public constituency. Builds upon AR H 592 (Community History Workshop). Also analyzes the preservation implications of the work undertaken in collaboration with students in ARCH 881 (Community Preservation Studio).

SARC 600 - (3) (Y)
The Common Course

The Common course analyzes the existing and potential contributions of our four disciplines to the process of contemporary urbanization. The goal is to introduce all incoming graduate students to both the range of distinct perspectives and common threads represented in the School with respect to the land, history, environmental ethics and the role of design. Through lectures and workshops, students develop skills in representation, research and communication with an understanding of the methodologies of each discipline. All Master's students in programs two years or longer must take this course, cross-listed as ARCH 600, L AR 600, PLAN 600 and AR H 600.

AR H 700 - (3) (Y)
Methods in Architectural History

Required for candidates for the degree of Master of Architectural History. An investigation of the nature of architectural history, materials, methods, and writings.

AR H 730, 731 - (3) (Y)
Research Problems in Ancient and Medieval Architecture

Special research topics pursued in a seminar. Past topics have discussed Gothic/ non-Gothic, Norman, and Monastic architecture.

AR H 740, 741, 742 - (3) (Y)
Research Problems in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

Seminar discussion of special research topics. Past topics have discussed anthropomorphism in Renaissance and Baroque architecture; Alberti's De re Aedificatoria; Renaissance and Baroque buildings in their larger settings; the Rome of Julius II; Renaissance and Baroque classification of Buildings; Renaissance Space; Brunelleschi and Alberti; Renaissance urbanism; Rome and the Renaissance; and the Renaissance palace.

AR H 750, 751, 752, 753, 754, 756 - (3) (Y)
Research Problems in American Architecture

Special research topics pursued in a seminar. Past sessions have discussed the American Renaissance; Frank Lloyd Wright, Architecture of the Arts and Crafts; Jefferson's architectural world; Skyscrapers; and Material Culture, Machine Age and Colonial Revival.

AR H 760, 761, 762 - (3) (Y)
Research Problems in Modern Architecture

Special research topics pursued in a seminar. Past sessions have discussed 19th-century Publications on the House; Le Corbusier; What was Modern?; High Victorian Design; 19th-Century European Architecture; 19th-Century Theory; Art Nouveau.

AR H 780, 781, 782 - (3) (IR)
Research Problems in Non-Western Architecture

Special research topics pursued in a seminar. Past sessions have discussed East Asian Cities and the Tao of architecture.

AR H 789 - (3) (SI)
Independent Studies in Architectural History

Advanced work on independent research topics by individual students. Departmental approval of the topic is required.

AR H 830, 831 - (3) (IR)
Research Problems in Ancient and Medieval Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 840, 841 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Research Problems in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 850, 851 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Research Problems in American Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar. Past topics have discussed American architecture and Design between the wars, 1918-1940; and American luxury apartments, 1865-1931.

AR H 931, 932 - (3) (IR)
Independent Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 941, 942 - (3) (IR)
Independent Studies in Modern Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 951, 952 - (3) (IR)
Independent Studies in American Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 997 - (3-6) (S)
d Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

AR H 998 - (3-6) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

AR H 999 - (3-6) (S) Non-Topical Research
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.


 
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