7: School of Architecture

General Information | Academic Information | Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

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ARCH 101 - (3) (Y)
Architecture as a Covenant

The study of architecture as a speculation on origins is located at the conjunctive core of any liberal arts curriculum, and serves specifically as the physical armature and conceptual foundation of the University. This course is concerned with the warehouse of the contemporary imagination, attempting to make the discipline of architecture meaningful to a wide range of citizens in its public obligation to be constructive and optimistic in the most profoundly ethical, pragmatic and magical of terms.

ARCH 102 - (3) (Y)
Fundamentals of Design

Introduces the aspects of design considered fundamental to an understanding and interpretation of architecture and the visual arts. Involves an introduction of and familiarization with drawing and presentation skills through which students develop the precision and facility necessary for visual communication.

ARCH 201, 202 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Architectural Design

Explores the humanistic determinants of form; architecture as both experience and formal proposition; analysis and synthesis in the design process; and the communication of design intentions.

ARCH 301, 302 - (6) (Y)
Architectural Design

Prerequisites: ARCH 201, 202
Analysis of architectural design conceptualization and synthesis; the relationship of building, site and basic technology as determinants in architectural form; and the integration of various disciplines and concerns in the design of a complete building.

ARCH 303 - (4) (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 101 (Architecture as a Covenant), and ARCH 102 (Fundamentals of Design), it presents a vocabulary that interrelates history, theory, and technology.

ARCH 304 - (4) (Y)
Environmental Control Systems and Lighting

Examines architectural-technical relationships involving designed thermal and luminous environments. Includes fundamental principles of thermal flow in the natural and built environment through studies of climate, human comfort, building siting and envelope design, and mechanical systems functions. Natural and artificial lighting is examined as a visual experience, and correlated to illuminance and luminance measurements.

ARCH 308 - (3) (Y)
Architectural Theory and Ethics

Architectural theory acts as a critical discourse parallel to practice, as its conscience and provocation. Buildings, landscapes, and manifestos by architects are scrutinized for significant, recurring themes using methods from aesthetics, philosophy, and criticism. Course relies upon reading, writing, and argument to develop an analytic approach which bridges the gap between architectural knowledge and other forms of knowledge.

ARCH 324 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Structural Design

Prerequisite: PHYS 203A or approved equivalent college-level physics.
This is a first course in structures for undergraduates. Develops analytic and critical skills through both mathematical and visual investigation of structures. Topics include statics, mechanics of materials, computer-based structural analysis, and the design and behavior of basic structural elements and systems.

ARCH 389/589 - (3) (Y)
Environmental Choices

A multidisciplinary, basic environmental education course open to everyone in the University concerning the many-dimensioned and deeply rooted nature of our environmental dilemma. Students attend two hours of lecture per week contributed by representatives of various disciplines and points of view. There is one hour of small group discussion.

ARCH 401 - (6) (Y)
Architectural Design

Prerequisites: ARCH 301, 302
Exploration of architectural design problems of complex programs and intermediate scale, emphasizing circulation, formal intent, and specialized technology, in both historic and contemporary urban contexts.

ARCH 402 - (6) (Y)
Architectural Design

Prerequisite: ARCH 401
An architectural studio comprehensive in scope and method, but specialized in content. Semester-long concentration in the areas of urban design, theoretical analysis, adaptive use of old buildings, architectural design, and housing and technology.

ARCH 406 - (4) (Y)
Building III

Explores the relationship between the technology of contemporary construction and the social, political, and economic forces which 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 407 - (3) (Y)
Thesis Preparation

Development of an architectural studies thesis topic including literature search, sources, and research procedures.

ARCH 485 - (3) (Y)
Teaching Experience

Selected students lead a seminar (of 8 to 10 younger students each) for "Covenant" and "Fundamentals." All student assistants attend class lectures (for a second time) and then meet with their seminar groups weekly, leading discussions of topics and questions raised by the instructor.

ARCH 509 - (2) (Y)
Figure Drawing

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

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 512 - (3) (IR)
Architectural Surveys

Identifying 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 ARCH 501, 502
Analysis of the 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 the structural behavior of masonry, concrete, wood and metals. Includes lectures and field work.

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

Examines the Jeffersonian buildings on Grounds within the restoration program now underway in the Academical Village. Provides 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 overview 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 effected building design and construction.

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

A seminar in which basic constructional systems are discussed and illustrated. Major emphasis is on the studentís 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 and graduate students with degrees in other disciplines. Develops analytic and critical skills through both mathematical and visual investigation of structures. Topics include statics, 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 527 - (3) (Y)
Energy Systems

An 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 are explored. Emphasis is also placed 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 analysis of lighting design issues and their synthesis through design.

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 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 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, develop details, and produces a set of construction drawings which would yield a well-built structure whose design intent is clear.

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

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

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

Broadly discusses 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 this has and does effect architectural form, both in a direct, constructional way, and in a conceptional, imaginative way.

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

Explores design worlds made accessible through computer-based media. Provides a theoretical framework for computer aided design, describes current methods and speculates on advanced ones. Workshop focuses 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 ARCH 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, 3-D 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 554 - (3) (Y)
Architecural Analysis: Key Buildings of Modernism

Investigates the link 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. Topics include 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 both theory and practice.

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 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 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.

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 multidisciplinary, 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.

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