2004-2005
UNDERGRADUATE RECORD
School of Architecture
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Architectural History  |  Architecture  |  Urban and Environmental Planning

Departmental Curricula Undergraduate Program

Architectural History

The undergraduate curriculum provides an introduction to the discipline of architectural history within a liberal arts program. A minimum of 38 credits in architectural history is required for the major. These include AR H 101, AR H 102, and AR H 490. AR H 491 or ARTH 491 is taken in the 3rd year as a research and writing preparatory course. AR H 490 is taken during the fourth year, which allows students to research and write an independent advanced paper on a topic of their choice while working closely with a faculty member. This paper, with faculty comments, becomes part of the student’s permanent record. Students must also complete the first semester of architectural design courses ARCH 201 and ARCH 241. Appropriate preservation and art history courses may be used to fulfill architectural history requirements after consultation with academic advisor.

Bachelor of Architectural History(1)

First Year

Fall Semester

AR H 101

History of Architecture

 
 

Ancient-Medieval

4

ENWR 110

Accelerated Academic Writing

3

MATH 121

Applied Calculus I or

 
 

Approved substitute(2)

3

 

Foreign language(3)

3-4

 

Open elective (ARCH 101 recommended)

3

 

16-17

Spring Semester

AR H 102

Renaissance to Modern

4

 

Foreign language(3)

3-4

 

English elective

3

 

Open elective (ARCH 102 recommended)

3

 

Social Science elective

3

 

16-17

Second Year

Fall Semester

ARCH 201

Intro to Arch. Design

4

ARCH 241

Computer Applications in Design

2

 

Foreign language(3)

3-4

 

AR H elective

 
 

(Area Requirement)

3-4

 

Natural Science elective

3

 

15-17

Spring Semester

 

AR H elective

3

 

AR H elective

 
 

(Area Requirement)

3

 

Foreign language(3)

3-4

 

Natural Science elective

3-4

 

Social Science elective

3

   

15-17

Third Year

Fall Semester

 

AR H elective

 
 

(Area Requirement)

3

 

AR H elective(4)

3

 

English elective

3

 

History elective

3

 

Open elective(4)

3

   

15

Spring Semester

 

AR H seminar

 
 

(AR H 491 or ARTH 491)

3

 

English elective

3

 

History elective

3

 

Open elective

3-4

 

Open elective(4)

3

   

15-16

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

 

History of Arch. electives(5)

6

 

Open electives(4)

9

   

15

Spring Semester

AR H 490

Major Special Study: Thesis

3

 

History of Arch. elective(5)

3

 

Open electives(4)

9

   

15

(1) Students must have a minimum of 122 credits with at least 2.000 average in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Architectural History degree.

(2) If ENWR 110 or MATH is waived, any open elective may be substituted.

(3) Students must attain, at a minimum, an intermediate level in one foreign language, usually by completing 12 credits of foreign language study through the 202 level. Any remaining course slots may be used for additional languages or as open electives. Those with previous language study may contact the appropriate department for placement in advanced level courses (i.e., to begin study at the University with a 200- rather than a 100-level language course). Students scoring at least 620 on a SATII foreign language achievement examination have satisfied this requirement. Those intending to continue in the field of architectural history are advised to study a second language.

(4) Students should take advantage of courses in preservation and building technology when they are available.

(5) Related art history courses offered by the McIntire Department of Art and related courses in the history of landscape architecture may be taken for architectural history credit with advisor permission


Architecture

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Undergraduate Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

  • Pre-Professional Concentration
  • Studies Concentration
  • Multi-Disciplinary Concentration

Admission

The Bachelor of Architecture Program attracts a diverse range of students with a wide range of interests that are bound together by an overriding desire to consider and construct environments of enduring value.

Transfer students are accepted into the Department each fall up through the beginning of third year. Students wishing to transfer into the University’s Department of Architecture should refer to www.virginia.edu/undergradadmission. Those students already a member of the University and wishing to apply for transfer should refer to the Student Handbook at http://arch.virginia.edu/~sch-docs/services/handbook.htm.

Curriculum

Years 1-3

The prime objective of the curricular core of the first three years is to provide a framework for the study of contemporary culture through observation, analysis, and considered design of our ongoing constructed occupation of the earth. This exploration uses design as a mode of critical inquiry from the scale of the city to the scale of the hand while maintaining its focus on the value of this effort to the community and the land, both immediate and extended. To make this evaluation possible, the curriculum is based on the foundation of a liberal arts education formed broadly during the first two years of study while subjects directly related to making architecture are pursued in the third year.

Students entering the Department of Architecture follow one curriculum for their first three years. Starting in their second year, the strategic choices of electives will prepare the student to pursue the concentration of their choice.

First Year

Fall Semester

ARCH 101

Lessons of the Lawn

3

AR H 101

History of Architecture-Anc.-Med

4

ENWR 110

Academic Writing(6)

3

 

HUM/SCI elective(1)(7)

3

 

Open elective(4)(5)

3

 

16

Spring Semester

ARCH 102

Lessons in Making

3

AR H 102

Renaissance to Modern

4

 

Second writing requirement

3

MATH 121

Applied Calculus(2)

3

 

HUM/SCI elective(1)(7)

3

   

16

Second Year

Fall Semester

ARCH 201

Intro. to Arch. Design(8)

4

ARCH 241

Computer Applications in Design(8)

2

PHYS

Physics elective

3

 

HUM/SCI elective(1)(7)

3

 

Social Science elective

3

 

15

Spring Semester

ARCH 202

Intro. to Arch. Design(8)

6

 

Prerequisite: ARCH 201

 

AR H

Arch. History elective

3

 

Natural Science elective

3

 

Social Science elective

3

   

15

Third Year

Fall Semester

ARCH 301

Architectural Design(8)

6

 

Prerequisite: ARCH 202

 

ARCH 323

Building & Climate I(8)

4

ARCH 312

Architectural Theory & Ethics(8)

3

ARCH 541

CAAD 3 D Modeling & Visualization(8)(10)

3

 

16

Spring Semester

ARCH 302

Architectural Design(8)

6

 

Prerequisite: ARCH 301

 

ARCH 324

Intro. to Structural Design(8)

4

ARCH 326

Construction & Intention(8)

4

L AR 512

History of Landscape Arch

3

   

17

Fourth Year

Election of Concentration

At the end of the spring semester of the third year, each student will elect a course of study for the fourth year from the following list. The choices are designed to maximize the opportunities for undergraduate study given the wide range and scope of student interests and potential career paths.

Fourth Year: Pre-Professional Concentration

This Concentration is for students intent on pursuing a career as a practicing Architect. The curriculum is designed to maximize the opportunities to explore through design complex issues and conditions as well as representing intentions in material form.

Fall Semester

ARCH 401

Architectural Design(8)

6

 

Prerequisite: ARCH 302

 

ARCH

Architecture elective(3)

3

ARCH

Architecture elective

3

 

Open elective(4)(5)

3

   

15

Spring Semester

ARCH 402

Architectural Design

6

 

Prerequisite: ARCH 401

 
 

Architecture elective(3)

3

 

Open elective(4)(5)

3

 

Open elective

3

   

15

Degree Total

35

125

Fourth Year: Architectural Studies Concentration:

This Concentration is designed for students interested in expanding the scope of their study to include the related design fields of landscape architecture or urban planning. This option also allows students interested in the relationship between the practice of architectural design and research into architectural history or technical issues related to building and the environment to pursue these interests. Minors offered within the School of Architecture are the primary vehicle used to complete the degree requirements.

Fall Semester

 

Minor requirement

3

 

Minor requirement

3

ARCH

Architecture elective - minor related(3)

3

ARCH

Architecture elective(3)

3

 

Open elective(4)(5)

3

 

15

Spring Semester

 

Minor requirement

3

 

Minor requirement

3

ARCH

Architecture elective(3)

3

 

Open elective(4)(5)

3

 

Open elective(4)(5)

3

   

15

Degree Total

37

125

Fourth Year: Multi-Disciplinary Concentration

This Concentration is for those students interested in exploring the connection between architecture and another discipline. This discipline can be something as close to architecture as art or engineering, or it could also be a more distant field, such as business, archeology, or materials science. It is the student’s responsibility to make the case for the connection. Fulfilling the requirements for a minor in the related field is the primary vehicle used to complete the degree requirements.

Fall Semester

 

Minor requirement

3

 

Minor requirement

3

ARCH

Architecture elective - minor related(3)

3

ARCH

Architecture elective(3)

3

 

Open elective(4)(5)

3

 

15

Spring Semester

 

Minor requirement

3

 

Minor requirement

3

ARCH

Architecture elective(3)

3

 

Open elective(4)(5)

3

 

Open elective(4)(5)

3

   

15

Degree Total

37

125

A minimum grade point average of 2.000 is required.

(1) HUM or SCI Elective: SCI "Science" electives include Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics, and Computer Science.

(2) Students scoring above 600 on the math SAT are encouraged to take MATH 131. Students who have not completed a trigonometry course prior to matriculation, or who scored below 550 on the math SAT, are required to take MATH 103 Pre-Calculus in lieu of an Open elective in the first semester.

(3) ARCH Elective: Any course designated with one of the following prefixes: ARCH, AR H, L AR, PLAN or 400 Level PLAC: ARCH Elective - Minor Related: An ARCH Elective that is directly related to the Minor Study Area.

(4) One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE "Physical Education" credits do not count toward degree totals.

(5) It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.

(6) See separate English Advising notes.

(7) ARCH Elective courses do not count towards Humanities or Sciences electives.

(8) A student must receive a grade of at least a C- to pass this course.

(9) L AR 513 may be taken in place of L AR 512.

(10) ARCH 541 may be taken in 3rd or 4th year, required for Pre-Professional (Design Concentration only.

Note: Students who wish to obtain the Master of Architecture professional degree apply to a graduate program. Students expecting to enter graduate studies should have maintained a 3.000 cumulative average, with a 3.500 average in the architectural design sequence. Admission into the graduate program in architecture at the University of Virginia is extremely competitive.

Minors offered:

Minor In Architecture

The Minor in Architecture is offered to all students at the University. Students who complete the Minor range from those whose major is in a related field and who wish to expand the boundaries of that endeavor, to those considering graduate study in architecture.

ARCH 101

Lessons of the Lawn

3

ARCH 102

Lessons in Making

3

ARCH

Architecture department elective

3

 

Prerequisite: ARCH 101

 

ARCH

Architecture department elective

3

 

Prerequisite: ARCH 101

 
 

Elective within the School of Architecture

3

 

15


Urban and Environmental Planning

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The Program in Urban and Environmental Planning balances professional planning skills with a liberal education emphasizing interdisciplinary study. Students typically take courses in the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and in design fields that complement professional courses in planning practice and theory. Graduates either begin work in the public or private sectors or go on to graduate professional studies.

The scope of the planner’s work encompasses present and future urban and environmental concerns, including such diverse issues as environmental impact, quality of life, and the public and private costs of development. Planners work in the public and private sectors in urban and rural areas. Public sector planners work for all levels of government, formulating plans to redevelop or rehabilitate downtowns and neighborhoods, develop land aesthetically and profitably, and regulate private development to protect public interests. Although planners frame long-range designs, anticipating futures 5 to 15 years away, they are also deeply involved in choosing among current projects. Private sector planners employed with land developers, utilities, banks, property management firms, industries, and other major corporations do similar work according to the particular concerns of each business. Many of these concerns are integrated with the department’s focus on sustainable community development.

Students may enter the program directly from high school, or they may transfer from another University school or other accredited universities or colleges. Usually, students transfer in their first or second year and complete the degree requirements without additional sessions. Although the first two years conform closely to the Arts and Sciences core curriculum, students who wish to transfer to the program should consult with the director of undergraduate studies. Students may apply for transfer for the spring or fall semesters. If other prerequisites have been met, it is possible for transfer students to complete the required planning courses in two years.

Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning

First Year

Fall Semester

 

English(1)

3

ARCH 101

Lessons of the Lawn(2)

3

 

Math/Science(3)

3-4

 

Social Science elective(4)

3

PLAN 103

Introduction to Planning

3

   

15-16

Spring Semester

 

English

3

AR H 100

History of Arch(2)

3

 

Math/Science(3)

3-4

 

Social Science elective(4)

3

 

Humanities(7)

3

   

15-16

Second Year

Fall Semester

PLAN 211

Digital Visualization for Planners

4

 

Math/Science(3)

3-4

ECON 201

Microeconomics

3

 

Humanities elective(7)

3

 

Open elective

3

 

16-17

Spring Semester

PLAN 202

Planning Design

4

 

Math/Science(3)

3-4

ECON 202

Macroeconomics

3

 

Statistics

3

 

Open elective(7)

3

   

16-17

Third Year

Fall Semester

PLAN 303

Neighborhoods, Communities, and Regions

3

PLAN 306

Land, Law and Environ.

3

 

Politics elective(5)

3

 

Electives(7)

6

 

15

Spring Semester

PLAN 305

Measuring Communities

3

 

Professional elective(5)

3

 

Politics elective

3

 

Electives(7)

6

   

15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

PLAC 401

Neighborhood Planning Workshop

3

 

Professional electives(5)

3

 

Professional electives(5)

3

 

Social Science elective(4)

3

 

Open elective(7)

3

 

15

Spring Semester

PLAN 404

Planning in Government

3

 

Planning Application Course(6)

3

 

Social Science elective(4)

3

PLAN

PLAN elective or

 
 

Fourth Year project

3

 

Open elective(7)

3

   

15

Students must have a minimum of 122 credits with at least a 2.000 average in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning degree. A minimum of C- is required of all PLAN/PLAC courses.

(1) English requirement is proficiency at ENWR 110 level plus a second writing requirement as in Arts and Sciences.

(2) Take two from among ARCH 101, 102, AR H 101, or 102.

(3) Environmental Sscience and Math are encouraged (some EVSC are classified as Social Science, however).

(4) Majors take six credits of Politics and 12 other credits of Social Science in addition to ECON 201 and 202.

(5) A Professional Elective can be taken in a professional school at the 300 level or above with advisors permission.

(6) Planning applications courses are designated as PLAC. These courses emphasize field work, analysis, plan development, and document preparations. PLAC 401 is designed for planning undergraduates seeking a culminating workshop.

(7) One Non-Western Studies included.

 

 
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