Introduction to Architecture

ACH101

Overview of the architectural field. Emphasis on tours of architectural and construction-related businesses. Topics include career paths, educational opportunities, registration requirements, and the architect's responsibilities. Fall Only.

1 Credit: 1 Lecture

Architectural Graphics

ACH111

Introduction to the various means by which architects have traditionally communicated and presented their buildings. Topics include basic drawing and sketching, model making, and the use of computer software to generate and manipulate presentations, and creating an online professional electronic portfolio. Emphasis on composition, line quality, precision, and clarity of presentation. Introduction to the architectural jury. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 1 Lecture, 6 Lab

Architectural History

ACH112

A global overview of architectural history from prehistory to modern times. Identification of architecture styles by their cultural expression of belief systems within the religion and politics of the era. Emphasis on the built environment; attention also given to expression through art. (ART)

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Building Materials I

ACH119

Study of the history, development, and application of residential building materials. Designed to provide a solid background in the construction and detailing of residential building materials as well as an appreciation for the appropriate use of materials and the field of architecture. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
BCT128

Building Materials II

ACH129

Study of the history, development, and application of commercial building materials. Designed to develop a solid background in the construction and detailing of commercial building materials as well as an appreciation for the appropriate use of materials.  Spring Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
ACH119

Architectural Computer Aided Drafting

ACH135

Introduction and practical application of Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) techniques and standards used to create two-dimensional architectural drawings. Focus on hardware and software components, operating systems, file management, CAD commands, system variables, drawing setup, creation of lines and shapes, and the editing, saving, and printing of drawings, and use of campus information technology resources. Advanced topics include external references, layouts, paper space, attributes, dimensioning, text, and the creation of a symbols library. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Construction Documents - Residential

ACH139

Practical application of computer-aided drafting techniques and construction theory to prepare residential type working drawings. Course work includes developing a complete set of drawings based on wood construction, using CAD drafting standards, efficient database organization, drawing clarity, thoroughness, and attention to dimensioning, cross-referencing, and plotting. (formerly ACH128) Spring Only.

3 Credits: 1 Lecture, 6 Lab

Building Codes & Accessibility

ACH141

Overview of zoning and building codes, with emphasis on energy performance and applicability of meeting health, safety and welfare requirements. Certification exams may be available. Some exams may be at the participants' expense. Spring Only.

2 Credits: 1.50 Lecture, 1.50 Lab

Architectural Design Studio I

ACH181

Design studio with an emphasis on basic design principles. Includes overview of principles and criteria used in the programming, analysis, and design phases for small- and medium-sized projects. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 1 Lecture, 6 Lab

Prerequisites:
ACH111

Architectural Graphics II

ACH211

Practical application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and 3D design software to produce three-dimensional designs, documentation drawings, and computer-generated renderings. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Working Drawings - Commercial

ACH237

Theory and laboratory practice in the development of non-residential type working drawings. Emphasis on object-oriented CAD techniques, drafting standards, and theory of commercial construction in the preparation of drawings for a building incorporating masonry construction. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 1 Lecture, 6 Lab

Prerequisites:
ACH128 and ACH129 and ACH211

Construction Documents - Commercial

ACH239

Theory and laboratory practice in the development of non-residential type construction documents. Emphasis on object-oriented CAD techniques, drafting standards, and theory of commercial construction in the preparation of drawings for a building incorporating masonry construction. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 1 Lecture, 6 Lab

Prerequisites:
ACH129 and ACH211; or
ACH129 and ACH139 and ACH211

Environmental Systems

ACH240

Theory and design of plumbing, heating, air conditioning, lighting, and electrical service systems for residential and commercial buildings. Includes CAD drawing techniques and standards in the development of related drawings. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
ACH128

Codes, Specifications and Estimating

ACH241

Introduction to the International Residential Code (IRC), the International Building Code (IBC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, specifications, and estimating. Topics covered include the interpretation and utilization of building codes, standards, and regulations; techniques used to estimate building costs; the use of specifications to define and limit materials; fabrication and installation in the construction industry; and specification development as an essential part of the contract document.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Structural Principles

ACH243

Overview of structural principles used in the design of buildings. Study includes the general concepts of static forces and the basic design of wood, masonry, and concrete materials. Some mathematical calculations required.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Prerequisites:
MTH180

3D Modeling & Animation

ACH258

Introduction to object-driven 3D animated rendering software. Practice includes using various methods to create 2D and 3D objects, manipulating objects, setting lighting conditions, creating materials and animating a scene. 

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Architectural Design Studio II

ACH261

Design studio focusing on the principles used in the design of building sites. Topics include climate, topography, contour modification, pedestrian and vehicular movement patterns, legal constraints, economic factors, site drawings, site models, and site analysis. Includes development of site designs for small and medium-sized projects. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
ACH181

Sustainability: Building and Living Green

ACH262

Overview of the concept of sustainability (holistic living and building design that integrates solar concepts, energy efficiency, and material ecology) and its economic, political, and environmental consequences. Lecture and hands-on application focus on sustainable building practices, including design, specification, construction, lifecycle issues, and sustainable building certification. Exploration of the historical basis for the ideology of sustainability, its applications in today's society, and the implications of choosing to live a green lifestyle. (Science, Technology and Society,Writing Enriched )

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
ENL111

Computers and Estimating

ACH264

Introduction to the techniques and methods used to estimate construction costs for residential and light commercial buildings. Topics covered include the use and utilization of various types of estimates used by the design and construction industry including interpretation of labor and materials cost data, and the use of work sheets and computer spreadsheets to prepare a final estimate for a project. Additional topics covered include professional presentation, the ethical and legal use of digital information, and the security implications of information use and storage. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
ACH129 and ACH239

European Sustainable Building, Historical Architecture and Art

ACH270

Intense study of historic art and architecture and modern sustainable building practices in Europe. Emphasis on integrated design and community planning from an artistic, architectural and sustainable point of view and merging these three characteristics to provide a cultural statement. Topics include introduction to monumental building styles and art across the spectrum of European culture. Course work includes travel to Europe with guided tours and lectures at buildings and museums. (ART,Cultural Diversity) As needed, Spring.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Global Cities; Architecture Ideals, Urban Forms, and Artistic Aspirations

ACH271

Study of art movements and their connection and influence on urban development. Examines urbanism through the lens of art, architecture, and sustainability. An interpretative look at the artistic and architectural patterns of settlement and urbanization that defines cities. Explores artistic connections between cities and urban life that are identified with urban cultures. Introduces the city as an artistically meaningful form. Emphasis on artistic expression and evolution in cities. Focus on green cities and communities. Fosters a critical understanding of the cultural processes that influenced urban civilizations. Emphasis on the role of art and design movements in shaping urbanization patterns, while introducing visual and analytic skills necessary for its interpretation. Course work encompasses the study of art, architecture and sustainable urbanism. Field work includes travel to select global destinations with guided tours and presentations. (ART,Cultural Diversity) Spring Only.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

History of Modern Architecture

ACH272

Worldwide overview of modern architectural history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include new processes and cultural phenomena that have occurred as a result of modernization. Emphasis on the influence of new technologies, building materials, globalization, environmentalism, and the economics of energy in shaping societies, environments, and architectural design. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Architectural Design Studio III

ACH281

Design studio with an emphasis on the methodology involved in the design of non-residential buildings and the challenges they present to the environment. Investigation of the problems in creating exterior space. Emphasis on the practice of architectural detailing. Spring Only.

4 Credits: 2 Lecture, 6 Lab

Prerequisites:
ACH129 and ACH261