BA Architectural Studies

Introduction

The B.A. degree in Architectural Studies is a studio-oriented design program. Students focusing on Architecture will develop expertise in the creation of built structures and environments for public audiences. The curriculum includes a concentration in this design discipline and a broad foundation in the liberal arts, studio arts, and art history. Emphasis is placed upon creative problem-solving, design competence and technical skills. The program of study also develops skills in critical thinking, and oral and written communications. The design of meaningful buildings and places in major metropolitan areas will be a focus of the program.

Major Required Courses

 

ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARCH 1101, ARCH 1601)

Architecture and urbanism focuses on the relation between architecture and the city. Students learn through experimentation (Studio) and through the history of urban theory (Theory).

CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECTURE (ARCH 1102, ARCH 1602)

Construction and Architecture stress the relation between architectural design and construction. From the history of built forms and tectonic theories to the large scale mock-ups construction, students get a comprehensive understanding of architecture as a built artifact.

LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE (ARCH 2103)

In Landscape and Architecture, students are exploring architecture in its horizontal dimension. Through site visit, projects and readings, they will understand the relation between architecture and the environment, both manmade and natural.

THE ETHIC OF ARCHITECTURE (ARCH 2603)

During this theory course, students will understand the impact of Architecture on the environment and society. They will learn the relationship between ecology, landscape and architecture and how architecture is related to these.

URBAN BUILDING (ARCH 2104)

Urban building is a studio course that focuses on architecture within an urban environment and that stresses the vertical dimension. During the studio, students will explore the potential of programmatic manipulation within an urban context.

COMPLEX PROGRAM (ARCH 3105)

The design of individual structures in a manner that addresses an increasingly complex program is addressed.  Themes include detailed site conditions, functional program, structural and enclosure systems, ecological and environmental impact, and the historical and cultural themes appropriate for the topic.