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 is 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 in which basic constructional systems are discussed and illustrated. Emphasizes the student’s own freehand drawing investigation from working drawings, published material, and field trips.

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

Prerequisites: PHYS 203A or approved equivalent 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 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. Discussion of current and future development trends in energy conservation technologies. Emphasizes 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. Considers quantitative and qualitative lighting design issues and their synthesis through design.

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 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) (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, photo-montage, 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)
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 600 - (3) (Y)
The Quest for Order

A search for themes common to architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning. The course is taught by four senior faculty, one from each of the four departments, who deliver lectures and lead discussion groups. Students from the four departments are mixed in discussion groups to provide diverse viewpoints. Topics and interests central to and linking with the School’s four fields are presented from conceptual, empirical, and professional perspectives. Washington, D.C. is used as a case example for many themes. All master’s students in a two-year or longer program in the Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural History, and Urban and Environmental Planning must take this course. Cross-listed as L AR 600, PLAN 600, AR H 600.

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 which underlie building code requirements. Explores recent developments in research and practice. 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, e.g., curtain wall or roof types, selection of a structural system, 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, 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. Analyzes their architectural character and principles, as well as derivation and influence. Includes 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. Emphasis on the ideals and the reality of industrialization and mass production, and the ways in which it has and does effect architectural form, both in a direct constructional way and in a conceptual and imaginative way.

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 sensory 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 in theory and practice to one another.

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 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
Study of 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

Study of the principles of inspection, diagnosis, and treatment of older buildings from an engineering perspective. Emphasizes 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. Explores alternative solutions to problems and changes in the buildings.

ARCH 517 - (3) (Y)
Regional Architecture

Examines regional Virginia architecture through slide lectures and field trips. Emphasizes stylistic and technical features. An overview of Virginia architecture, 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 effected 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 include the characterization of materials as elements, compounds, and minerals; mechanical and physical properties of materials; moisture movement in materials; and 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 AR H 592 (Community History Workshop), 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 509 - (2) (Y)
Figure Drawing

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

ARCH 565/567 - (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. Film and paper exposure, processing, and printing are discussed.

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 course work 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 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 589 - (3) (Y)
Environmental Choices

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 and developing leadership skills in environmental affairs, and further contact with the content of the Environmental Choices (ARCH 389/589) class. It is the vehicle through which discussion group leaders are provided for ARCH 389/589.

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 (ARCH 101) class. It is the vehicle through which discussion group leaders are provided for ARCH 101.

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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