- Course Number:
- ARCH 200
- Course Title:
- Principles of Architectural Design
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Course DescriptionIntroduces concepts, theories, and practices of the discipline of architecture. Includes study of perceptual, environmental, technical and organizational concepts through lectures and individual projects in observing architectural spaces and forms. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Transferability of credit depends entirely upon the institution to which the
student wishes to transfer.
The Architectural Design & Drafting Department should be consulted with respect
to the cost of materials for this course.
Students who may have a disability and wish an accommodation
should make arrangements to meet with the instructor outside of class to
discuss specific requests. Any request for accommodation may require that
documentation of disability be reviewed by the Office for Students with
Intended Outcomes for the course
Ã Analyze and describe the built environment using terminology of basic design principles.
Ã Apply basic design principles to create spatial solutions in future courses and projects.
Course Activities and Design
Lecture/discussion, demonstration, guest speakers, field observation, and use
of video materials will be the instructional methods used in this course. The
student will develop several designs to satisfy given requirements, and produce
drawings and/or models to demonstrate design solutions. Emphasis will be on
creative solutions to both general and site specific design problems. Design
concepts, spatial organization, response to site and program, and use of
building systems with ecological integrity will be highlighted in design
projects. Students will also complete several research projects, and a final
written exam in fulfillment of course requirements.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Evaluation procedures will be presented at the first class meeting, and
outlined in the course syllabus. Evaluation will be based on several design
projects and research projects, attendance/participation, attendance of a
student review (art, architecture, or interior design), and a final. Detailed
requirements for projects will be distributed during class.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
1.0 Design concepts
To develop knowledge and skills application in design concepts, including
vertical/horizontal elements, spatial organization, proportion, response to
site and program, scale; along with social implications of architecture.
1.1.0 Design a space representing center, path, and domain.
1.1.1 Demonstration understanding of concept of center, path, domain,
1.1.2 Create a model of a space which demonstrates concept of center,
1.2.0 Design a space illustrating concept of scale, proportion.
1.2.1 Select an ¿everydayÃ® object, and design a space for it.
1.2.2 Build a model of the space which defines the scale of the object.
1.3.0 Analyze a space and its impact on social interaction.
1.4.0 Analyze a library in terms of its response to its site and program.
1.4.1 Use graphics on a floor plan to describe circulation, structure,
1.4.2 Demonstrate understanding to site & program through written
2.0 PROFESSION OF ARCHITECTURE
To develop knowledge of the profession and practice of architecture.
2.1.0 Interact with an architect through site visit and interview.
2.2.0 Show understanding of profession of architecture, and required training
for a career in architecture, through research project, and testing.
3.0 BUILDING SYSTEMS
To develop knowledge and application of building systems, including structures,
mechanical, and building materials.
3.1.0 Demonstrate basic knowledge of structural systems within a building
3.1.1 Sketch structural diagrams of selected buildings.
3.1.2 Provide graphic and verbal descriptions of loads transferred in
3.2.0 Demonstrate basic knowledge of mechanical systems within a building.
3.2.1 Sketch mechanical diagrams of selected buildings.
3.2.2 Provide graphic and verbal descriptions of mechanical outputs.
4.0 NATURAL SYSTEMS
To develop knowledge and application of natural building systems, including
passive solar heating, and alternative building materials having ecological
4.1.0 Demonstrate understanding of passive solar heating applications through
graphic and written analysis of a building with such application.
4.2.0 Demonstrate understanding of use of ecological building materials by
application of such materials in case example.
5.0 CURRENT ARCHITECTURAL THEORY
To develop broad knowledge of current theory of 20th Century architecture.
5.1.0 Demonstrate understanding of current theory through analysis of
example 20th Century building.
5.2.0 Demonstrate understanding of current theory through analysis of one
architect°s 20th Century work.