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Architecture

Course Descriptions


ARCH 101 – Introduction to Architecture Studio
ARCH 102 – Architectural Design Studio I
ARCH 121 – Introduction to Modern Architecture

ARCH 275 – Study Abroad in Architecture
ARCH 301 – Architectural Design Studio II
ARCH 302 – Architectural Design Vertical Studio
ARCH 321 - City and Utopia: Introduction to History of Urbanism
ARCH 322 – Contemporary Architecture

ARCH 323 – Memory, Monument, Museum: Studies in Historic Preservation
ARCH 330 – Special Topics in the History of Architecture and Design
ARCH 340 – Biographies of World Cities

ARCH 375 – Study Abroad in Architecture

ARCH 494 – Topics in Architecture
ARCH 495 – Senior Project Studio Seminar
ARCH 496 - Senior Thesis in Architecture

ARCH 498 - Internship
ARCH 499 - Independent Study


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ARCH 101 – Introduction to Architecture Studio
An introduction to the fundamentals of the discipline of architecture. Lectures survey the history and theory of building types, structures and functions, as well as focusing on the intersections of physical, cultural and social spaces. Students will acquire techniques of architectural representation through a series of drawing and model-making assignments of increasing complexity and scale. This class meets 6 hours per week (3 hours lecture, 3 hours studio/lab. Additional special workshop hours in the computer lab or woodshop may also be scheduled as needed).

ARCH 102 – Architectural Design Studio I
In this studio, students explore and design housing types at different densities through the fundamental representational techniques of architecture: plan, section, elevation, axonometric projection and model-making. Under the theme of inhabitation, a series of assignments introduce the students to the various scales of architectural intervention, from the dimensions of the human body all the way to the territory of the city. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours studio/lab weekly. Additional special workshop hours in the computer lab or woodshop may also be scheduled as needed.)

ARCH 121 – Introduction to Modern Architecture
A survey of the intellectual origins, artistic concerns and utopian programs of the Modern Movement in architecture. Focusing on the years between 1870 and 1950, we will investigate a number of issues including the relation of architecture to modernism in art (especially painting and sculpture), and the common responses of artists and architects to the industrialization and mechanization of Western society. The last section of the course will focus on postwar American architecture, the International Style and on the dissemination and transformation of modernist art in the developing world outside Europe and the United States. Cross-listed as ARTH 135.

ARCH 275 – Study Abroad in Architecture
An investigation of site-specific issues or topics in architecture and urbanism, offered by a USD affiliated program abroad. Can be repeated once for credit. Two sections of ARCH 275 can be taken concurrently during a study abroad semester or summer.

ARCH 301 – Architectural Design Studio II
This design studio course explores architecture as a cultural practice that structures both the physical and the social environment. A number of exercises will introduce the students to questions surrounding a wide range of scales of inhabitation, from the scale of the body to that of the campus, city and region. The design studio will address the inherent material, environmental, cultural and social issues that form these questions. Students can also expect to reach technical competency in a full range of design media, including drawing, model-making and computer aided design. (3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of studio/lab weekly. Additional special workshop hours in the computer lab, metal or woodshop may also be scheduled as needed.) Prerequisite: ARCH 101 or 102, or the permission of the instructor.

ARCH 302 – Architectural Design Vertical Studio
This is a thematic and thesis-driven studio that allows students of various levels and design skills to work together and learn from each other’s experiences. Interested Sophomores may be admitted to this course, along with Juniors and Seniors, provided that they have successfully completed ARCH 101 or 102 and obtained the instructor’s permission. The studio assignments will encourage teamwork, independent thinking and accelerated learning. (3 hours of lecture or faculty-lead seminar, 3 hours of studio/lab weekly. Additional special workshop hours in the computer lab, metal or woodshop may also be scheduled as needed.) Prerequisite: ARCH 101 or 102, or the permission of the instructor. ARCH 302 may be repeated for credit.

ARCH 321 – City and Utopia: Introduction to History of Urbanism
This course surveys the relation between social and physical space in the formation of modern cities, as well as in the formation of modern disciplines, city planning and urban design. It examines how the projects of social reform and political control shaped the grand urban projects and the “master plans” of the 19th and 20th century. This course is intended to introduce students to a history of ideas in modern urbanism and enhance their understanding of the city as a symbolic form. Cross-listed as ARTH 338.

ARCH 322 – Contemporary Architecture
This course aims at a synoptic view of architectural theory in the 1970s and 1980s in order to offer an understanding of the present predicament of architecture and the city. We will discuss the “postmodern condition” as a global socioeconomic phenomenon and how a select group of architects and thinkers responded to this condition in the recent past. Cross-listed as ARTH 342.

ARCH 323 – Memory, Monument, Museum: Studies in Historic Preservation
This class introduces students to the contemporary debates and practices in art, museology, and historic preservation by focusing on the changing definitions of the monument, the souvenir, collecting, collective memory and the museum. Cross-listed as ARTH 343.

ARCH 330 – Special Topics in the History of Architecture and Design
A focused investigation of select issues in architectural and design history. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit. Cross-listed as ARTH 330.

ARCH 340 – Biographies of World Cities
This course is a focused survey of the arts and architecture of a great city throughout history. It examines how shifting social contexts and patronage shaped the monuments of art and architecture; how the function and meaning of these monuments have changed in subsequent stages of the city’s history; how the traces of past architecture—the archaeological strata—structure the city’s present form; and how the monuments record the individual experiences and collective memory of a city’s inhabitants. Students will learn to analyze art and architecture based on firsthand experience, field surveys, and faculty-guided research. Offered mainly as a study abroad course by the USD faculty during winter Intercession or summer programs. Cities may include Rome, Istanbul, Madrid, Paris, London, Mexico City, and Los Angeles, among others. Cross-listed as ARTH 344.

ARCH 375 – Study Abroad in Architecture
An investigation of site-specific issues or topics in architecture and urbanism, offered by a USD affiliated program abroad. Can be repeated once for credit. Two sections of ARCH 375 can be taken concurrently during a study abroad semester or summer.

ARCH 494 – Topics in Architecture
A focused investigation of select issues in architecture, architectural design or urbanism.

ARCH 495 – Senior Project Studio Seminar
A research studio-seminar course designed for architecture majors in their Senior year to help them prepare for ARCH 496 Senior Thesis. Students will acquire the necessary skills for architectural research and analysis, and formulate critical positions through readings, lectures, design studio research, and cross-disciplinary discussions. ARCH 495 requires participation in shared research, studying several methodologies as the foundation upon which a student will formulate a thesis question. At the end of the semester, students are required to develop a Senior Thesis Project Proposal, which includes a clear itinerary for further research, and to participate in a final oral defense of the Thesis Proposal. 3 hours faculty-led seminar, 3 hours of studio/lab weekly. Prerequisite: ARCH 301 or 302.

ARCH 496 – Senior Thesis in Architecture
The Senior Thesis in Architecture is a studio seminar course, leading to a capstone project, which demonstrates a student’s technical competencies, knowledge, critical thinking and creative synthesis skills. Architecture Majors who have successfully defended a Senior Thesis Proposal in ARCH 495 are admitted to ARCH 496, and are expected to develop their capstone projects during a research studio seminar under the supervision of a primary faculty advisor (instructor of record). The thesis is an opportunity for each student to define an individual position with regard to a specific aspect of the discipline of architecture. Students are expected to incorporate research, programming, and site definition within their design process, and present a written essay that discusses the development of their work. Students are also required to participate in a midterm and a final oral defense of the thesis project. ARCH 496 should be taken in the Spring semester of the senior year. 3 hours faculty-led seminar, 3 hours of studio/lab weekly. Prerequisite: ARCH 495.

ARCH 498 – Internship
Students who are interested in pursuing internship in a professional architecture office or design studio, or attending the summer design program of an accredited professional school in architecture, are required to submit a written proposal to the faculty internship coordinator, describing their expected duties, the work-load and the corresponding units, the beginning and the end of the internship period and the name and the contact information of the senior staff who agreed to supervise their work. The faculty coordinator will approve the course units (1-3) after reviewing the proposal. Upon the completion of the internship or the summer program, students are required to promptly submit a portfolio, clearly delineating their individual contribution. The faculty internship coordinator will assign the course grade after reviewing each student’s portfolio.

ARCH 499 – Independent Study
A project developed by the student in coordination with an instructor. The project should investigate in-depth a field of interest to the student not covered by established architecture courses. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.