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ARCH 1101 ACADEMIC SUCCESS SKILLS IN ARCHITECTURE (1-0) This is a recommended course intended to establish a solid overview of the School of Architecture and the architecture program for all students who intend to declare as an architecture major. Topic for the class include: critical thinking, presentation techniques, internships, attendance of exhibitions and lectures, navigating the advising process, portfolio review and techniques, and using the library and other university resource sources. Other topics may also be discussed. The course be taken only once for credit. Graded P,F.

ARCH 1191 CONFERENCE COURSE (1-0) Independent study guided by an instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Permission of the instructor and architecture undergraduate advisor required. Restricted to architecture-intended majors.

ARCH 1301 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN (3-0) The interrelationships between society, culture, and the built environment. Prerequisite: Department consent.

ARCH 1341 DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS I (2-4) The essential intention is to guide beginning students to become facile with hand drawing as a means of visual investigation and graphic communication. Prerequisite: Restricted to Architecture-Intended and Interior Design Intended majors.

ARCH 1342 DESIGN COMMUNICATION II (2-4) A continuation of ARCH 1341 with emphasis on refined techniques and more complex drawing problems. Prerequisites: ARCH 1301, ARCH 1341. Restricted to Architecture-intended and Interior Design-intended majors.

ARCH 2300 MASTERWORKS OF WESTERN ARCHITECTURE (3-0) Selected architectural complexes as representative of various periods of Western culture. Stresses cultural relevance rather than stylistic analysis. Intended as humanities elective for non-architecture majors.

ARCH 2303 HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN I (3-0) A global survey of architecture emphasizing the material and cultural context for design. Focused primarily on the period from prehistory through 1750. Prerequisite: ARCH 1301, ARCH 1341 and ARCH 1342. Restricted to Architecture-intended and Interior Design-intended majors.

ARCH 2304 HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN II (3-0) A global survey of architecture emphasizing the material and cultural context for design. Focused on the period from 1750 to the present. Prerequisites: ARCH 1301, ARCH 1341, ARCH 1342 and ARCH 2303. Restricted to Architecture-intended and Interior Design-intended majors.

ARCH 2551 BASIC DESIGN AND DRAWING I (3-6) An introduction to design, design drawing, and color theory utilizing lectures and studio exercises. Two- and three-dimensional studio exercises develop a sensibility to design fundamentals and vocabulary. Emphasis on form, color, texture, and spatial determinants. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in ARCH 2303. Restricted to Architecture-intended and Interior Design-intended majors.

ARCH 2552 BASIC DESIGN AND DRAWING II (3-6) A continuation of ARCH 2551 with emphasis on three-dimensional design fundamentals with small-scale spatial and architectural applications. Prerequisite: ARCH 2551. Credit or concurrent enrollment in ARCH 2304. Restricted to Architecture-intended and Interior Design-intended majors.

ARCH 3312 HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY THEORY (3-0) This course will familiarize students with major intellectual paradigms and themes that have informed postwar architectural practice in Western tradition. Through reading primary theoretical texts that have had major impact on practice, students will hone their skills of critical thinking and be better able to position themselves in their navigation of contemporary theoretical issues. Prerequisite: ARCH 2303 and ARCH 2304 and Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 3323 CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND METHODS (3-0) The nature of materials and structural concepts to be used in the construction process. Prerequisite: ARCH 2552. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 3324 STRUCTURES I (3-0) An introduction to architectural structures, including statics and strength of materials, with emphasis on design in timber. Prerequisite: ARCH 3323, PHYS 1441, MATH 1327, MATH 1325. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 3331 ARCHITECTURE AND ENVIRONMENT (3-0) An overview of sustainable design integrated with natural resource conservation. Prerequisite: ARCH 2552. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 3337 SITE DESIGN (3-0) The related site design process includes site planning pertaining to land use, case studies, siting of structures, codes, and topography. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 3343 ARCHITECTURE COMPUTER GRAPHICS (DESIGN COMMUNICATION III) (2-4) An advanced course to develop visual sensitivity and awareness of digital techniques to enable the student to study design ideas and present those ideas in the various design disciplines. Emphasis on the relationship of computer graphics with the design process. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 3354 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES (3-0) Introduces major topics, questions, issues and methods within interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary environmental studies. Includes a study of some of the most significant texts, studies, practices, and creative works from at least four different fields as they pertain to questions of environment, ecology, and sustainability. Features guest lectures by faculty teaching courses within the Environmental & Sustainability Studies minor. Offered as ARCH 3354, ARCH 5354, and ESST 2300; credit will be granted only once. Prerequisites: ARCH 2303, ARCH 2304 and Junior standing in the program; restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors. Students only seeking the minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies must take ESST 2300.

ARCH 3553 DESIGN STUDIO: ARCHITECTURE I (3-6) The application of basic design principles/spatial concepts toward the synthesis of simple building types. Credit will be given for only one of ARCH 3553 or INTD 3553. Prerequisite: ARCH 2552. Credit or concurrent enrollment in ARCH 3323 and ARCH 3343. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 3554 DESIGN STUDIO: ARCHITECTURE II (3-6) A continuation of ARCH 3553, with an increased complexity and scale of projects, incorporating a variety of design theory and technical/site considerations. Prerequisite: ARCH 3323, 3343, 3553. Credit or concurrent enrollment in ARCH 3324 and ARCH 3337. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 4191 CONFERENCE COURSE (1-0) Independent study guided by an instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or the Architecture Undergraduate Advisor.

ARCH 4305 THE CITY OF ROME (3-0) History, topography, and monuments of the city of Rome and its environs from its legendary founding in 753 B.C. until the 20th Century. Urban form and architecture will be inspected in context of contemporaneous culture, with special emphasis on imperial and papal Rome. Prerequisite: Department consent. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design Majors.

ARCH 4306 URBAN DESIGN THEORY (3-0) Design theory and its application to the urban scale, as applied to historical and contemporary examples. Prerequisite: ARCH 2552. Department consent. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4307 THE LIFE OF CITIES (3-0) A look at a series of world cities by situating their architectural context, with a particular focus on the impact of 20th century modernism and postmodernism on city fabric. Prerequisite: ARCH 2303 and ARCH 2304 and Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4308 HISTORY OF URBAN FORM (3-0) The history of cities as physical form, influenced by political, economic, and social forces. Prerequisite: Department consent. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4311 TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURAL THEORY (3-0) Selected topics in concepts, philosophy, and models of architecture and allied arts of design with specific application to 20th Century problems. May be repeated for credit as specific topics vary. Prerequisite: ARCH 2303, ARCH 2304. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4314 HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION (3-0) Concepts and implementation of the restoration and preservation of historic structures and places, including archaeological, bibliographic, legislative, institutional, and physical parameters to the retention and adaptive re-use of significant architecture. Prerequisite: ARCH 2303, ARCH 2304. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4315 TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN (3-0) Selected topics in architecture and the allied arts of design. Some recent topics include: Architecture of Texas,The Life of Cities, History of Architecture Theory, Developing World Slum Housing, Architecture and Politics, and Contemporary Architecture. Certain topics may be offered every second or third year. Prerequisites: ARCH 2303 and ARCH 2304, junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors. The course may be repeated up to four times as the topics change.

ARCH 4316 MODERN ARCHITECTURE I (3-0) Development of 20th Century architecture from the origins of the modern movement in the 1890s until its diffusion in Europe and America in the 1930s. Prerequisite: ARCH 2303, ARCH 2304. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4317 MODERN ARCHITECTURE II (3-0) Development of 20th Century architecture from the diffusion of modernism in the 1930s to the present day. Prerequisite: ARCH 2303, ARCH 2304. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4319 HOUSING DESIGN (3-0) Evolution of housing from the end of the 19th Century to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary design methods, techniques and solutions. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4321 STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS IN BUILDINGS (3-0) An overview of various structural systems including those used in long-span and high-rise buildings. Numerical work limited to the explanation of relevant structural concepts. Prerequisite: ARCH 3324. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 4325 ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEMS I (3-0) Acoustics and illumination and their significance in the total design. Prerequisite: PHYS 1442. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4326 ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEMS II (3-0) Climate controls, mechanical and electrical systems, and their significance in the total design. Prerequisites: ARCH 4325. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4329 TOPICS IN COMPUTERS AND DESIGN (3-0) Selected topics in the range and potential of digital computer applications in the design professions. May be repeated for credit as specific topics vary. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4330 ENERGY USE AND CONSERVATION IN ARCHITECTURE (3-0) Basic concepts of the efficient use and conservation of energy related to architectural design principles. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4334 DIGITAL FABRICATIONS II (3-0) The use of digital technology in the architectural design process as a focus on full-scale construction of digitally-designed and digitally-fabricated installations. Prerequisite: ARCH 4343 and Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4340 THE EVERYDAY CITY (3-0) Seminar concerned with the examination of theories and practices about creating place(s) from real existing conditions within the everyday city. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4341 NOTATIONAL DRAWING (3-0) Seminar concerned with analytical drawing techniques and how to use the sketchbook as a tool and process for architectural production. Emphasis will be on cultivating drawing strategies that will heighten the ability to make observations through first-hand experience and record them with the correct conventions in order to enable recovery for future use in architectural design. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4343 DIGITAL FABRICATIONS I (3-0) The conceptualizing and making of objects lying outside the traditional scope of architectural practice, including elements of industrial and product design and the development of working prototypes. Course may be repeated for credit as emphasis varies. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4344 CONCEPTUAL DRAWING (3-0) A seminar to explore the aspects of conceptual drawing for the architect and the relationship of design ideas in the drawing process. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4345 DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION (3-0) A workshop exploring video cartography using photography, animation, motion graphics and digital video. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4346 CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS (3-0) The techniques of building construction, the communication of technical information, and the process of preparing contract drawings for construction. Prerequisite: ARCH 3343. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4347 CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS II (3-0) Advanced communication of technical information concerning building materials and methods of construction, life safety systems, barrier-free and handicapped design, and the process of preparing detailed contract documents for construction. Prerequisite: ARCH 3343. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4348 ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3-0) Basic photography for architects. The use of photography as an investigative and presentation device in architecture. Emphasis on composition and black and white technique. Prerequisite: ARCH 2552. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4349 PORTFOLIO DESIGN (3-0) Principles and techniques of producing an architectural/interior design portfolio and resume including graphic design, layout, typography, grid systems, model photography as well as use of layout and photographic software. Prerequisite: ARCH 3553, ARCH 3554. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4351 WILDERNESS: A CONDITION OF MIND (3-0) Changing conceptions of wilderness in Western thought, from ancestral prejudices to recent, revolutionary appreciation. Literary and visual documentation. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4353 HISTORY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (3-0) Development of landscape design from prehistory through 19th century with emphasis upon rural gardens and urban parks as representative of the social, cultural, and intellectual circumstances of the times and places in which they were created. Prerequisite: ARCH 2303, ARCH 2304. Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4356 BASIC AUTOCAD (3-0) Preparation for professional work using AutoCAD and a professional file structure system. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4357 BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING & VISUALIZATION (3-0) To gain a working knowledge of Autodesk Revit and 3D Studio Max. Prerequisite: ARCH 4356 or INTD 3329 and Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4358 ADVANCED VISUALIZATION (3-0) Exploring Architecture using animation, editing and compositing to produce a professional "Story & FORM" presentation. Prerequisite: ARCH 4356 or INTD 3329 and Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4359 WATERCOLOURS (3-0) Seminar with the intent to explore and experience a variety of watercolour techniques and possibilities. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4360 POLITICS AND PRACTICE OF PRESERVATION (3-0) The history and theory of preservation and of the political context that influence these. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4391 CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Independent study guided by an instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or the Architecture Undergraduate Advisor.

ARCH 4395 SELECTED TOPICS ARCHITECTURE (3-0) Studio and lecture courses to explore and present selected topics in architecture and design. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: Junior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARCH 4556 DESIGN STUDIO: ARCHITECTURE III (3-6) Advanced architectural design problems in programming schematic organization, synthesis and design of buildings in their environmental context. Prerequisite: ARCH 3324, 3337, 3343, 3554. Credit or current enrollment in ARCH 4321. Senior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 4557 DESIGN STUDIO: ARCHITECTURE IV (3-6) Advanced architectural design problems in programming, schematic organization, synthesis and design of buildings in their environmental context. Prerequisite: ARCH 3324, 3337, 3343, 3554. Credit or current enrollment in ARCH 4321. Senior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 4591 CONFERENCE COURSE (5-0) Independent study guided by an instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or the Architecture Undergraduate Advisor. Senior standing in program. Restricted to Architecture majors.

ARCH 4595 SELECTED TOPICS ARCHITECTURE (5-0) Studio and lecture courses to explore and present selected topics in architecture and design. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: ARCH 2552.

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