Architecture (ARCH)

 

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Note: Courses marked with an asterisk are open only to architecture majors or to students having permission of the dean.

 


1000 LEVEL COURSES


1311. [ARCH 1311] Design, Environment, and Society (3). Introduction to architecture as an integral component of a complex world. Examination of societal and environmental contexts and appropriate design responses. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. F.

1341. Architectural Freehand Drawing (3). Basic skills and techniques in representational drawing. Subjects include the human figure, architectural interiors and exteriors, landscapes and cityscapes. Black and white media. F.

1353. Digital Media I (3). Prerequisite: AutoCAD. An introduction to the use of the computer as a design drawing tool with an emphasis on conceptual knowledge and computing skills for design communication. S.

1402. [ARCH 1403] Architectural Design Studio I (4). Introduction to the principles and methods used at various stages of design analysis and synthesis processes. Skill developments in the abstraction, transformation, and composition of two- and three-dimensional design. S.

 

2000 LEVEL COURSES


2311. [ARCH 1301] History of World Architecture I (3). Survey of the development of world architecture from pre-history to the Middle Ages. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement. F.

2315. [ARCH 1302] History of World Architecture II (3). Survey of the development of world architecture from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century. Fulfills core Creative Arts requirement. S.

2342. Creative Process (3). Prerequisite: ARCH 1341. Exploration of graphic, drawing, and art-media skills to strengthen design process and judgment. S.

2351. [ARCH 2312] Architectural Construction I (3). Prerequisite or corequisite: ARCH 2501 or equivalent. Introduction to construction systems, methods, and materials with emphasis on the wall section. Introduction to issues of sustainability and envelope performance. S.

2355. Architectural Environmental Systems (3). Introduction to thermal design; daylighting; analysis of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; and acoustical design. F.

2501.* [ARCH 1404] Architectural Design Studio II (5). Prerequisite: admission to the professional program. Basic-Internal. Introducing design skills that are core and internal to architecture. Practical-drawing as inquiries/form/transformation/composition/spatial modulation. F.

2502.* Architectural Design Studio III (5). Prerequisite: ARCH 2501. Basic-External. Introduces design skills that are external to architectural practice-drawing as inquiries and analysis, integration of building elements, site and program. S.

 

3000 LEVEL COURSES


3313. History of World Architecture III (3). Survey of the development of world architecture during the twentieth century. F. (Writing Intensive)

3314. Contemporary Issues in Architecture (3). Contemporary issues in architectural theory and history utilizing precedents from early twentieth century to present. (Writing Intensive)

3341. Digital Media II (3). Prerequisite: ARCH 1353. The use of 3-D computer graphics and modeling or design development with an emphasis on multimedia design presentations. F.

3350. Architectural Construction II (3). Prerequisite: ARCH 2351. Study of statics, member analysis, material science, and advanced construction systems with emphasis on the systems module and introduction to system integration code and cost. F.

3352. Building Information Technology (3). Prerequisites: ARCH 1353, 2355, and 3350. Analysis of communication of technical information and the process of preparing documents for building construction utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM).

3355. Architectural Construction III (3). Prerequisite: ARCH 3350. Study of structural capacity, connection design, and envelope performance and cost with emphasis on cladding. Introduction to system integration. Outside assignments required. S.

3361. Design Workshop (3). Special projects and project development in architectural design. May be repeated for credit.

3362. Product Design Workshop (3). Introduction to the design and executed construction of a prototypical piece of furniture or other design product using an architectural design process. May be repeated for credit. S.

3373. Environmental Analysis – Site Planning (3). A basic course to develop a working knowledge of the techniques and principles involved in site planning to provide optimum living and working environments. F.

3501.* Architectural Design Studio IV (5). Prerequisite: ARCH 2502. Building systems. Teaches design skills centered on the building as a technological system and ecological device. Introduces life safety, accessibility, and building codes. F.

3502.* Architectural Design Studio V (5). Prerequisite: ARCH 3501. Building frame and skin. Teaches design skills centered on the technology of enclosure in building design. Considers site and building details. S.

 

4000 LEVEL COURSES


4000. Research in Architecture and Urban Studies (V1-6). Prerequisite: Advanced standing and approval of the dean. Individual studies of special interest in advanced architecture, history of architecture, and city planning. May be repeated for credit.

4311. Architecture in Nonwestern Societies (3). A study of multicultural architectural contributions, interrelationships of culture and architecture, diversity of traditions, meanings, modernity, and change in the nonwestern world. (Writing Intensive)

4324. Introduction to Historic Preservation (3). An introduction to the history and contemporary practice of historic preservation, including the preservation of buildings, landscapes, and material culture.

4325. Cultural Heritage Tourism (3). Prerequisite: ARCH 4324. Study of the practice and theory of heritage tourism and strategies for the sustainable development and management of cultural heritage tourism initiatives.

4341. Media Elective (3). Analog or digital media options chosen from approved list. May be repeated for credit.

4361. Architectural Studies Seminar (3). The study, presentation, and discussion of issues regarding architecture as an aspect of culture. May be repeated for credit.

4391.* Architectural Internship (3). Prerequisite: ARCH 3502. Individual study based on an approved internship position consisting of a minimum of 300 hours per semester or summer.

4392. Historic Preservation Internship (3). Prerequisites: ARCH 4324 and 4325. Supervised internship designed to provide students with practical experience. Practicum includes a report, an oral presentation, and a minimum work commitment of 160 hours.

4601.* Architectural Design Studio VI (6). Prerequisite: ARCH 3502. Urbanism: design of urban aggregates of buildings, infrastructure, and land use. Explores the interface between culture and architecture at the scale of the city. Must be taken off campus in study abroad programs. (Field Trip or Study Abroad Required)

4602.* Collaboration Studio (6). An interdisciplinary studio for the design professions which addresses the process and skills necessary for collaboration as well as team-developed products. El Paso only. (Field Trip Required) S.

 

5000 LEVEL COURSES


5301. Special Problems in Architecture (3). Prerequisite: College approval. Individual study projects in architecture of special interest to students. May be repeated for credit. Particularly useful for Interdisciplinary Studies master's program.

5302. Product Design Workshop (3). Introduction to the design and executed construction of a prototypical piece of furniture or other design product using an architectural design process. S.

5303. Smart Materials (3). Studies emerging materials and how properties and performances affect design thinking. Investigates advanced technologies facilitating design innovation in building components and their assemblies. S.

5304. Design Process (3). Explores emerging methods of computation as generative tools of the design process in which design intent captured through algorithmic processes and parametric modeling enables design alternatives.

5315. Systems of Architectural Inquiry (3). An investigation into the schools of thought and methods of inquiry, including the craft of research with a focus on writing, reading, and critical thinking. F.

5319. History of American Architecture: Pre-Contact to 1865 (3). Prerequisite: ARCH 2311 or approval of instructor. History of American Cultural expression, using buildings as a vehicle for exploring diverse issues including race, class, and gender. Time period covers Pre-Contact to 1865. F.

5320. History of American Architecture: 1865 to the Present (3). Prerequisite: ARCH 2311 or approval of instructor. History of American Cultural expression, using buildings as a vehicle for exploring diverse issues including race, class, and gender. Time period 1865 to present. S.

5321. Historic Building Technology and Documentation (3). Survey of techniques of restoration and stabilization of historic buildings; standards of workmanship; traditional methods and new technologies. Survey of documentation techniques and preservation design. S.

5324. History and Theory of Historic Preservation (3). Survey of theory and practice of historic preservation and restoration; overview of the history of the preservation movement in the U.S. F.

5325. Conservation Policies (3). Survey of federal and state enabling legislation; federal, state, and local policies on historic preservation and urban design, discussion of redevelopment strategies. S.

5333. Special Studies in the History of Architecture (3). Prerequisites: ARCH 2311 and 2315. Studies in western/nonwestern Architectural history involving written and oral analysis of scholarly sources. Topic varies and may include preservation, class, race and/or gender issues.

5334. Advanced Studies in Construction Technology (3).
Prerequisite: ARCH 3355. Approved technology elective dealing with the advanced study of technical building methods and means. F, S.

5352. Computer Applications to Architecture (3). Survey of digital computer applications to the issues and processes of architecture and planning. May be repeated for credit. F.

5354. Integrative Building Modeling (3). Prerequisite: ARCH 5601. Integration of structural, mechanics, electrical, plumbing, and code with life safety systems into building design, through a comprehensive building model.

5361. Architectural Theory Seminar (3). Architecture as art, science, and a contemporary philosophical concept. Exploration of context and goals. Illustrated lectures. May be repeated for credit.

5362. Theory in Architecture (3). Examination of theoretical issues in architecture through critical reading of texts selected from Vitruvius to the most contemporary thinkers in relation to emerging design challenges. F, S.

5366. Evidence-Based Architecture (3). Historical development and theoretical fundamentals of research based "evidence" in architecture. Challenges and opportunities for different stakeholders. Finding and using "evidence" in design. Case studies. F.

5382. Urban Theory (3). An extensive writing course exploring a comprehensive investigation from selected conceptual and philosophical topics based upon the critical relationship between culture and the urban environment. F.

5383. Infrastructure in the Urban Environment (3). Addresses the relationship between infrastructure and city form and function in large urban (above 200,000 population) areas. Emphasis is on the city of Houston as a contextual laboratory for learning. S.

5384. Community Design and Development Resources (3). Investigation of the development resources available to community and designers emphasizing partnerships and collaboration. S.

5391. Architectural Internship (3). Individual study based on approved internship position consisting of a minimum of 300 hours per semester or summer. Internship will not be approved if the student has received credit for ARCH 4091.

5392. Professional Practice (3). The principles and practices of architectural business including the discussion of professionalism, administration, management, legalities, and liabilities. Exploration of current, advanced, and complex processes for the delivery of architecture. F, S.

5501. Advanced Architectural Design Studio (5). Topical studio that explores design, theoretical and/or technological issues that affect current architectural thought and practice. F, S.

5502. Advanced Architectural Design Studio (5). Topical studio that explores design and theoretical and/or technological issues that affect current architectural thought and practice. F, S.

5503. Advanced Architectural Design Studio (5). Topical studio that explores design, theoretical, and/or technological issues that affect current architectural thought and practice. F, S.

5506. Collaboration Studio (5). An interdisciplinary studio for the design professions addressing the process and skills necessary for collaboration as well as team-development products. (Field Trip Required) F.

5601. Integrative Design Studio (6). Corequisite: ARCH 5354. Design of a comprehensive architectural project based on a building program and site that includes understanding of structural and environmental systems, building assemblies, and principles of sustainability.

5622. Preservation Studio (6). Research on current preservation issues. Individual projects required.

 

6000 LEVEL COURSE


6000. Master's Thesis (V1-12).

 

7000 LEVEL COURSE


7000. Research (V1-12).

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