6: Graduate School of Architecture

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Architecture | Landscape Architecture | Urban and Environmental Planning | Architectural History


Architectural Studios

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

Introduction to the discipline of architecture.

ARCH 505 - (2) (SS)
Architectural Graphics
Descriptive geometry, perspective, and presentation techniques used in architecture. Required for Path A graduate students.

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

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

ARCH 701, 702 - (6) (Y)
Architectural Design

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

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

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

Option Studios:
ARCH 770 Venice Studio
ARCH 881 Community Preservation Studio
ARCH 883, 884 Independent Study Design
ARCH 898 Thesis Studio

Technical Courses

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

Explores a variety of approaches by designers to the contexts of their work. Works examined include buildings, urban infrastructure, and landscape interventions. Includes lectures, discussions, and case study presentations by visitors and students.

ARCH 523 - (3) (Y)
Materials and Assembly

A seminar course in which basic constructional systems are discussed and illustrated. Major emphasis is on the student's own freehand drawing investigation from working drawings, published material, and field trips.

ARCH 524 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Structural Design

Prerequisites: Physics 203A or approved equivalent college-level physics.
A first course in structures for undergraduates, or for 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 Building Services

Study of the fundamental principles applied to the design of the thermal and luminous environments, as well as the 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 527 - (3) (Y)
Energy Systems

Investigation and comparative analysis of energy consumption patterns before and after energy conserving retrofits were implemented in existing buildings. Current and future development trends in energy conservation technologies. Emphasis is on passive solar analysis and design methodology followed by an application to a studio problem.

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. The intention is to understand both quantitative and qualitative lighting design issues and their synthesis through design.

ARCH 534 - (3) (Y)
Construction Management

Provides future architects, engineers, lawyers and developers with an overall understanding of the construction process for commercial, industrial and institutional type 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 535 - (3) (Y)
Design Construction Drawing

Immerses the students in the process of production of construction drawings by asking them to organize and produce a complete set of drawings that embodies and describes the design intent and construction of a given building. Examines alternative construction techniques, develops details, and produces a set of construction drawings which would yield a well-built structure whose design intent is clear.

ARCH 541/542 - (3) (S)
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 3D geometrical modeling, including photo-realistic and abstract methods of rendering, materials simulation, texture mapping, reflection mapping, image-processing, color-table manipulation, photo-montage, lighting, animation, and combined media applications.

ARCH 544 (2) (SS)
Computers 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)
Architectural Simulation

Prerequisite: ARCH 541/542 or 544, or permission of instructor
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 movie makers 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

A seminar on the computability of design methods that explores the quantitative basis and geometrical order of forms occurring in nature and architecture. Instructions, exercises and examples of coding in a programming language are covered 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. It is not assumed that students know any programming. The pace of the subject is individually adapted for any student who has previous experience.

ARCH 721 - (4) (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 which underlie building code requirements. Recent developments in research and practice are covered. Student projects include reviewing and presenting literature concerning lateral load research and design.

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

Consists of two one and one half hour lectures each week and a group or individual meeting either with the instructor or with a specialist in the technical faculty. Half of the lectures deal with the problem assignment directly, i.e., curtain wall or roof types, selection of a structural system, placement of mechanical equipment. Other lectures deal with these subjects from a conceptual and historical perspective.

ARCH 848 - (3) (Y)
Professional Practice

Introduces the primary issues involved in the practice of architecture, e.g., 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.

Architectural Theory

ARCH 532 - (3) (IR)
Analysis of Modern Houses

Investigates important modern houses from 1900 to the present. Involves the analysis of their architectural character and principles as well as derivation and influence. Among those selected for study are works by Wright, LeCorbusier, Rietveld, Schindler, Kahn, Botta and Ando.

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

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

ARCH 551 - (3) (Y)
Cubism and the Nineteen-Teens: The Infrastructure of Modernism

Centers on four principal aspects of modern architecture's essential intellectual substructure and history: Cubism, Futurism, Formalism, and Neo-Plasticism/De Stijl. A multiplicity of themes are delinieated by way of revealing the importance of the first two decades of the twentieth century with respect to the structure of architecture's relationship to three fundamental things: its own traditions and history, other arts-especially plastic and literary, and nature, which involves the larger problem of art and the double dilemma of representation/abstraction and form/content.

ARCH 553 - (3) (Y)
Architectural Theory

A critical presentation of some of the major epistemological themes in western culture as they have informed architectural thought. Provides a basis for architectural action by understanding the relationships between philosophy, history, architectural theory and architecture itself.

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

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

ARCH 559 - (3) (Y)
City Design

Introduces the issues of contemporary city design. Examines methods of analyzing urban form, large scale organizational concepts, aesthetic opportunities, and methods of implementation that may be used to shape the sensuous qualities of our cities. Recognizing that social, economic, and environmental issues often determine city design, the course emphasizes the design opportunities inherent in these concerns. The intent is to understand what we have done to improve what we will do.

ARCH 560 - (3) (Y)
Issues in Colonial Architecture and Urbanism

Examines the didactic relationship between architecture, urbanism and colonial development, specifically focusing on the design and development of European colonial cities in North Africa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Examined are such topics as: the relationship between architectural imagery and ideology; ideas of "Modernism" and "Universal Culture" and the role of architecture and urban design in the process of colonial development. Although this course examines the relationship between non-Western (Islamic) and Western architecture and urban structure, it is not intended as a survey of Islamic or Modern architecture, but rather seeks to explore their relationship to one another in theory and practice.

ARCH 561 - (3) (Y)
Gulf Coast/I-10 Analysis and Image

Explores the nature of this geography, its cultural and economic conditions, narrative, and, in general, those conditions that make up its genus loci.

ARCH 563 - (2) (IR)
Design of Cities

Cities are physical artifacts which 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 567 - (3) (Y)
Scandinavian Modern Architecture: Continuity and Transformation

A seminar on 20th-Century Scandinavian Architecture (1900-1965), using reading and writing to develop critical faculties. Thematic topics, criticism, and manifestos by architects are introduced by informal lectures followed by discussions of the assigned readings.

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

Readings and lectures cover the period from 1966 to the present, 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.

Historic Preservation

ARCH 512 - (3) (IR)
Architectural Surveys

Identification of the location of early roadways in Albemarle County has defined a context that provides clues to the documentation of the material culture or architectural pattern (e.g., plantation houses, barns and outbuildings, taverns, mills, churches, schools, stores, depots) associated with it through time.

ARCH 513 - (4) (Y)
Measured Drawings

Prerequisites: ARCH 201/202 or 501/502
Graphic recording techniques as employed by the Historic American Buildings Survey along with archival research.

ARCH 515 - (3) (Y)
Technology, Materials, and Conservation of Traditional Buildings

Principles of inspection, diagnosis, and treatment of older buildings from an engineering perspective. Emphasis is on materials and structural behavior of masonry, concrete, wood and metals. Lectures and field work.

ARCH 516 - (4) (Y)
Preservation of Jeffersonian Architecture

Examines the Jeffersonian buildings on the grounds within the restoration program now underway in the Academical Village. A hands-on study of the buildings and their care, which examines the buildings within the context of their own historical origins and life span, then broadens that literary and cultural understanding with intensive site investigation, otherwise known as building archaeology. Where problems have arisen or where changes in the buildings must be made, alternative solutions are explored.

ARCH 517 - (3) (Y)
Regional Architecture

Examines regional Virginia architecture through slide lectures and field trips. Emphasis on stylistic and technical features. Serves as an over view of Virginia architecture while concentrating in detail on the Piedmont region.

ARCH 522 - (3) (Y)
Victorian Technology

A survey of the dramatic changes in building, transportation, and communications technology that occurred in America between 1870 and 1920. Developments such as steel, reinforced concrete, electricity, telephones, etc., directly affected building design and construction.

ARCH 536 - (3) (Y)
Performance of Building Materials

Study of the performance of materials as influenced by their properties and the environment. Topics covered include the following: characterization of materials as elements, compounds, and minerals; mechanical properties of materials; physical properties of materials; moisture movement in materials; characteristics and performance of wood, masonry, concrete, metals, reinforced concrete and glass.

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

Lecture and seminar as arranged.

ARCH 714 - (3) (SI)
Independent Studies in Preservation

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

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. The analysis of the area's form and the narratives of its historic significance, developed in the Community History Workshop (AR H 592), provide the practical and theoretical point of departure for studio projects. Collaborative work is undertaken with students in the Community Planning and Public History Seminar.


ARCH 509 - (2) (Y)
Figure Drawing

Hones the faculty of seeing and the skill of drawing through drawing the human figure.

ARCH 565/566 - (3) (Y)

The photographic image is used as a means of discussing and exploring the relationship between ideas and representation. This exploration begins with an analysis and presentation of compositional and thematic issues in the work of significant photographs throughout history. Issues of technique such as film and paper exposure, processing and printing are developed as a means of clarifying the photographic idea.

ARCH 572 - (3) (Y)
Italian Townscape and Art

Study of architectural issues, selected towns and the arts in Northern Italy.

ARCH 574 - (6) (Y)
Independent Study

Study of selected topics related to coursework in Venice.

ARCH 578 - (0) (Y)
Programs Abroad Seminar

Orientation for Architecture School programs in England and Italy.

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

Provides students with the opportunity to apply design process and theory to the design and construction of furniture. Jointing, finishing, and construction techniques are investigated. No prior experience with tools is required.

ARCH 584 - (3) (SS)
Independent Study

Special written topics chosen by students for investigation. Vicenza program.

ARCH 585 - (3) (SS)
Term Projects

Design investigations carried out in the city of Vicenza. Vicenza program.

ARCH 588 - (3) (Y)
Great Cities of the World

What are the qualities of great cities? Why are they compelling places today, often centuries after their formative periods? What qualities are unique to each and what are common to all? Are these qualities relevant today as we design and plan contemporary cities? How are they as environments in which to live, work, grow up, and seek pleasure? What design strategies have been employed to shape neighborhoods, civic spaces, and movement routes? These are some of the questions addressed in this seminar.

ARCH 589 - (2) (Y)
Environmental Choices

This is a multi-disciplinary, basic environmental education course which attempts to expose the many dimensioned and deeply rooted nature of our environmental dilemma. Students attend three hours of lecture per week contributed by a wide range of speakers representing various disciplines and points of view, and one hour of small group discussion.

ARCH 770 - (6) (Y)
Architectural Design -- Venice

Studio problems focusing on issues in the city of Venice, Italy Program.

ARCH 870 - (2) (IR)
Teaching Experience

Permission of the chair is required.

ARCH 871, 872 - (3) (Y)
Independent Study

Special topics in architecture. Permission of the chair is required.

ARCH 873, 874 - (2) (Y)
Independent Study

Permission of the chair is required.

ARCH 882, 882B - (4) (Y)
Environmental Choices Teaching Experience

Offers experience with teaching, with developing leadership skills in environmental affairs, and further contact with the content of the Environmental Choices class. It is the vehicle through which discussion group leaders are provided for Environmental Choices.

ARCH 883, 884 - (6) (Y)
Independent Study Design

Permission of the chair is required.

ARCH 889 - (3) (Y)
Architecture As a Covenant Teaching Experience

Offers experience with teaching and in depth contact with the content of the Architecture as a Covenant class. It is the vehicle through which discussion group leaders are provided for this class.

ARCH 897 - (3) (Y)
Thesis Research

Permission of the chair is required.

ARCH 898 - (6) (Y)
Thesis Studio

Permission of the chair is required.

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