Course Descriptions

ARCH 101 - CONC & THEO OF BUILT ENVIR I
This course will introduce students to research methodologies, critical thinking and theoretical frameworks for understanding Architecture and the Built Environment. The concepts and theories addressing formal, cultural and technological issues of the built environment will provide the foundation for advanced study in the BSAED program. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 102 - CONC & THEO OF BUILT ENVIR II
This course is a continuation of Concepts and Theories of the Built Environment I, ARCH 101. This course will introduce theoretical concerns that have informed the design of the built environment since the Renaissance as well as recent conceptual and technological developments and their impact on the Environmental Design disciplines. . 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 103 - COMMUNICATION SKILLS I
This course introduces the fundamental hand skills of drafting, freehand drawing and model building, as well as computer skills required to create a portfolio. Drafting exercises will introduce the conventions of two and three-dimensional representation, freehand drawing exercises will introduce techniques for observing and recording the environment, and model building assignments will introduce students to materials and techniques for building models. The preparation of a portfolio for the semester will introduce computer skills including concepts of file management, digital photography, scanning, and software for photo editing and desktop publishing. 
3.000 Credit hours 
5.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Laboratory 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 104 - COMMUNICATION SKILLS II
This course continues the student's development of hand drawing, model building and computer skills. Hand drawing techniques will include drawing types and scales common to the design professions. Students will be introduced to further model building and basic woodworking techniques and build scale models and full scale prototypes. Computer skills will include introduction to CAD and 3D modeling software as well as the use of digital fabrication technologies. 
3.000 Credit hours 
5.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Laboratory 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 201 - DESIGN I (FORM,SPACE & ORDER)
This studio course will develop the student's understanding of the fundamentals of visual perception and the natural and formal ordering systems that inform two and threedimensional design, architectural composition, and urban design. Conceptual design projects will focus on the time/space experience of architectural form. Exercises will progress from abstract 2-D and 3-D compositions to designs that address specific programmatic and symbolic goals. 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 202 - DESIGN II (SITE & STRUCTURE)
This studio course will expand on the fundamental design principals from ARCH 201 and introduce physical and environmental concerns to the design of sites, buildings, and interior spaces. Students will analyze traditional and vernacular design precedents to understand their material properties, structural concepts, as well as responses to site, environmental and cultural factors. Students will apply the lessons of structure and material, and environmentally responsive design to a series of studio projects of increasing complexity. 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Studio 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 203 - COMMUNICATION SKILLS III
This course introduces students to Building Information Modelling (BIM), 3D Digital Modeling, digital production techniques and graphic design principles used to conceive, analyze and represent the built environment. The knowledge and skills furnish students with the abilities necessary to perform competently in the design studio and/or professional office. 
3.000 Credit hours 
4.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture/Lab 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 204 - COMMUNICATION SKILLS IV
This advanced Computer Visualization Course will both increase the students understanding and ability to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) and 3D Digital Modeling software, and introduce tools for advanced visualizations, animations and multimedia presentations. 
3.000 Credit hours 
4.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Laboratory 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 205 - HIST OF BUILT ENVIRON I
This survey course introduces students to global examples of architecture, landscape and urban design, from Antiquity through the 18th century. Students are introduced to formal patterns as well as the technological and cultural dynamics that influenced the development of the built environment in both western and non-western examples. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

ARCH 206 - HIST OF BUILT ENVIRON II
This survey course introduces students to global examples of architecture, landscape and urban design, from the 19th century to the Present. Students are introduced to formal patterns as well as technological and cultural dynamics that influenced the development of the built environment in both western and non-western examples. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 207 - SITE DESIGN
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of site planning and design that take place within a biophysical and social context to accommodate human needs and aspirations. The course focuses on spatial information and mapping; site selection and programming;site inventory and analysis; design and implementation: conceptual development and design development. 
3.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
2.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 208 - BUILDING MATERIALS I
This course will introduce methods and materials commonly used in building construction as well as criteria for their evaluation and selection as part of the building design process. Students will become familiar with common building practices within our region as well as their environmental impact and alternative sustainable technologies. 
3.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
2.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 209 - BUILDING MATERIALS II
The course will focus on the critical role of materials used in the design of commercial buildings. Students will explore the unique and interdependent characteristics of building materials through exercises focused on building assembly, detailing, construction methodologies, and environmental performance. Prerequisite: ARCH 208 with a minimum grade of "C" 
3.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
2.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 249 - DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OBSERV.
This one credit lecture class will provide the opportunity for students to observe the Professional Design Office and/or Construction Site under the supervision of an industry professional. The course will take place off-campus using real world projects to introduce students to roles of different members of a project team and the processes involved in the delivery of actual design and construction projects. 
1.000 Credit hours 
1.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

ARCH 301 - STUDIO III: HOUSING STUDIO
This course introduces students to urban design for sites in Baltimore City. Students will analyze the existing settlement patterns, architectural character, environmental factors, transportation, use, history, demographics and other concerns affecting the areas of study. Students will then work individually and in groups on projects including master plans, streetscapes, individual blocks and infill buildings. 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 302 - STUDIO IV: INTRO TO URB. DSGN.
This course focuses on the design of a series of infill projects of increasing scale and complexity for urban sites in Baltimore City. Projects will include a single residence, housing and mixed- use and develop skills including site design, program organization, structural organization, code analysis, vertical circulation and façade development. 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Studio 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 303 - SUSTAINABILITY
relationship between the built environment and such vital challenges as energy consumption, power supply, alternative energy sources, and building materials. Students further examine the social, ecological, and economic impact of built form on the environment by studying the relationship among natural, biological, ecological processes, urban sprawl, and environmental resources. The content of this course will be examined through the lens of the following six principles of "green design:" conserving energy, working with climate, minimizing new resources, respect for users, respect for site and holism. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 304 - URBAN DEVEL OF BALTIMORE
The course introduces students to the principles and practices of urban planning using the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan areas as a case study. Students organize and carryout on-site case studies. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Laboratory 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 305 - DESIGN AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR
factors of human behavior that must be taken into consideration when designing the environment. This includes considering the characteristics, causes, and consequences of acts, meanings, participation, relationships, and settings; plus the forms they assume and variations they display. Theories and methods of environmental assessment and design are studied based on an understanding of mutually supportive relationships between people and their physical environments. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 311 - STATICS & STRENGTH OF MAT.
This course is devoted to the development and application of the principles of static mechanics and strength of materials as they relate to the analysis of building structures. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Independent StudyLecture 
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ARCH 312 - BUILDING STRUCTURAL SYS.
This course will familiarize students with common Building Structural Systems including masonry, wood, steel, and concrete. Students will gain a conceptual understanding of how these systems perform as well as a familiarity with the organization, components, sizes, connections, methods of assembly, resistance to horizontal forces, cost and other factors affecting their application in buildings. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 321 - GRADING AND DRAINAGE
This course is the study of the shaping of the earth's surface in an ecological, technical and aesthetic manner with an emphasis on the technical ability to transform design ideas into physical reality. Specific topics include contours and slope analysis, the grading process, earthwork, storm runoff analysis, and grading as design. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Laboratory 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 322 - TECH RESOURCES FOR PLANNERS
This course is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems and its specific application to the built environment profession. Topics include: spatial modeling, visual analysis, resource management, site design, master planning, and public advocacy. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Laboratory 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 331 - ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
This course incorporates complex issues of environmental justice and social equity as important components to discussing community planning and public policy actions. This includes community-related environmental projects, e.g., public transportation services, housing supply, community development, public infrastructure, public education and health. The focus is to determine not only the social needs but also revenue and policy constraints so that environmental decisions become better informed, more accurate and less harmful. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Continuing Education Division 
Architecture Department 

ARCH 401 - BUILDING DESIGN I
This topical design studio will combine research activities with focused design project. Students will perform directed research and develop a level of expertise in a particular building type. This will be applied to design project(s). The design results will both reflect the students accumulated skills in addressing program, site, structure and building design and the depth of knowledge acquired from the research portion of the studio. 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 402 - BUILDING DESIGN II
The premise of integrated design is that bringing the project team together early and often in the design process is essential to the production of high performance buildings. This course will both look at contemporary practices in high performance buildings and simulate the integrated design process within the studio including bringing mechanical, structural and other design consultants as students develop projects to a Design Development level of completion. 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Studio 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 403 - URBAN DESIGN I
This studio is focused on community design with the physical environment viewed as a catalyst for community enhancement and revitalization. Typical issues of concern include, community identity, the role of open space in urban neighborhoods, and sustainability, safety and livability. 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture/Lab 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 404 - URBAN DESIGN II
project as a tool for physical, social and economic revitalization of urban areas. Issues of land use, transportation, preservation, sustainability and urban form will inform the planning and design process. 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture/Lab 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 406 - HIST OF BUILT ENVIRON III
This course focuses on the relation between architecture and architectural theory through the study of writings and built works by significant 19th and 20th Century Architects. Students will perform research and situate examples of contemporary practices within the context of theoretical traditions. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 407 - HIST RESOURCE DOCUMENTATION
This course is designed to train students in the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) techniques through supervised reading, fieldwork, and writing. Course work introduces students to the skills needed to conduct research, photograph and document both in written and graphic form. Emphasizing efficiency and accuracy in its consideration of sources, methods and techniques, discussion helps students develop reasonable research questions and carefully evaluate evidence. To test the approaches and sample the sources introduced during the semester, students in the seminar participate in a research project to document a particular historic structure or group of historic structures. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 408 - BUILDING CONSERVATION
This course examines common historical and contemporary building materials with the intention of understanding their basic properties, the ways they have been transformed into building elements, assemblies and systems, typical causes for their changes over time, and protocols for their conservation. The principal product of the class is a comprehensive and detailed building investigation, known as a Historic Structure Report, on a property chosen by each student. Students are encouraged, although not required, to take the Documentation course concurrently with Materials and Technology. Field trip to projects in Baltimore and Washington, DC will take place throughout the course. There will also be one exam on building materials properties and characteristics, and two one-week exercises. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 409 - HIST. PERIODS, STYLES, & MVMTS
This course will examine American architecture from the late 18th, 19th and 20th century, not as an insular phenomenon, but as part of a transnational history of architectural periods, styles and movements. While the course focuses on buildings and architectural projects constructed within the national boundaries of the United States of America between 1776 and the present, this focus necessarily also involves a wider historical and geographical scope, including the North Atlantic region as a cultural sphere; the architecture of colonizing powers, especially England; international codes of classical and modernist architecture emanating from Europe; and the architecture of regions eventually conquered by the United States, especially in the southwest. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 410 - DESIGN BUILD STUDIO
This studio will focus on the design and construction of a building or structure. In addition to design process, students will explore the implications of cost, material selection, construction processes and real life performance criteria that influence the design of buildings. Student will gain hands-on experience and training in construction skills through on-site participation in the project. 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 412 - ADV. WALL SYST DESIGN
This course will expand upon the structural, mechanical, and design lessons students have accumulated to instruct students in intricate and innovative wall system construction. Information about recent construction industry innovations will complement extensive technical instruction about new uses of wall systems in environmental design. Throughout this course, techniques for designing and documenting wall section details will be introduced systematically, affording each student a repertoire of technical vocabulary and graphic skills suitable both for practical work and for design assembly explorations. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture/Lab 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 415 - HISTORIC PRESERVATION
This course introduces the student to the field of historic preservation, examining the history and theory of preservation in architecture and the built environment. Course work includes historical aspects, the issue of sustainability, state and local guidelines, preservation standards, career opportunities, and professional practices. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Continuing Education Division 
Architecture Department 

ARCH 416 - OFFICE PRACTICE & MGMT
This course introduces students to IDP, NCARB and the ARE exams as preparation for professional careers. Students are also introduced to the office work environment, business models, AIA Contract Documents and the roles and responsibilities of the members of the building process. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 418 - HISTORY & THEORY SEMINAR
This seminar will introduce students to advanced topics relating to the history and theory of architecture and environmental design. The topics will reflect individual faculty research interest and expertise. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 422 - PROD. TECH. FOR LANDSCAPE ARCH
The course introduces the principles, techniques, and activities necessary to develop a set of construction documents as related to the Landscape Architecture profession, including schedules and specifications. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Continuing Education Division 
Architecture Department 

ARCH 423 - ADVANCED BUILDING STRUCTURES
This course will look at advanced and non-traditional building structural systems and material applications. Sources will include structures found in nature, traditional and non-western structures and contemporary explorations in structural design. The course involves a lab in which students will use the schools model shop to develop and test designs of structural materials and assemblies. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 424 - INTERIOR MATERIALS & FINISHES
The purpose of this class is to introduce students to materials, finishes and technologies used in interior design. Students will become familiar with material details, product specification and cost, durability and other factors affecting the design of interior spaces. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 425 - SUSTAINABLE PRES STUDIO

6.000 Credit hours 
6.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 426 - PLANT MATERIALS
This course is an introduction to plant materials in terms of their botanical identification, design characteristics and ecological requirements. Trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers commonly used in urban planting design are emphasized. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Continuing Education Division 
Architecture Department 

ARCH 428 - TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR I
This seminar will introduce students to advanced topics in building technology. The topics will reflect individual faculty research interest and expertise. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 429 - TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR II
This seminar will introduce students to advanced topics in building technology. The topics will reflect individual faculty research interest and expertise. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 431 - PUBLIC SPACE PLANNING
This course investigates the physical, cultural and regulatory factors contributing to the design of public spaces. Case studies and field research will look at context and environmental factors including transportation networks, green spaces, land use patterns, and infrastructure, and performance standards including safety, government codes and regulations, accessibility guidelines etc. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture/Lab 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 432 - INTRO REAL ESTATE PLANNING I
This course explores the theory, principles and practices of the various facets of the real estate industry, that impact on land use policy and thought, and the shaping of communities. Students learn the products and programs in use today to finance community development, as well as they explore innovative construction technologies that influence decision-making in real estate development and land use planning. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 435 - INTRO TO REAL ESTATE PLAN II
This course expands upon the theories, principles and practices of the real estate industry presented in Course I and incorporates a project management approach to address a landuse- planning situation. Students will work in teams to propose strategies, and design components that comprise a community development project plan. Students will structure the specifics of the project being designed and identify and propose the task to be undertaken for project implementation. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Continuing Education Division 
Architecture Department 

ARCH 445 - SEMINAR IN BUILT ENVIRON.STUDY
This seminar will introduce students to advanced topics relating to the history and theory of architecture and environmental design. The topics will reflect individual faculty research interest and expertise. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 470 - INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
This studio course emphasizes the design of the entire interior environment encompassing all parts of the interior volume, and acknowledging the continuum between architecture and interiors. Both conceptual and practical issues are explored relative to programming, space planning, circulation, volume, furnishings, color, texture, lighting, and code requirements in the design of interior space. Prerequisite: ARCH 302 with a minimum grade of "C" 
6.000 Credit hours 
2.000 Lecture hours 
8.000 Lab hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 498 - ENVIR. DESIGN INTERNSHIP
This course provides the opportunity for the student to obtain valuable supervised work experience at a professional firm, government agency, non-profit group or organization that is involved with planning, design or management practices that are related to the academic objectives within the BSAED curriculum. 
3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 
9.000 Other hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department 

ARCH 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

3.000 Credit hours 
3.000 Lecture hours 

Levels: Undergraduate 
Schedule Types: Lecture 

Architecture Department