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College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Graduate Courses in Architecture

ARCH 6050 - American Architectural Styles 1650-1950 3 (3,0)
Survey of American architectural styles and the architects responsible for them, from the Colonial period to our recent past. Emphasis is on identifying architectural elements that serve as clues in determining a building's architectural style.

ARCH 6120 - Architectural History Research 3 (3,0)
Directed investigations related to the art and architectural history of Europe. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

ARCH 6140 - Design Seminar 3 (3,0)
Exploration of topical issues in architecture, art, construction and planning. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

ARCH 6160 - Field Studies in Architecture and Related Arts 3 (0,9)
Documentation and analysis of architectural structures observed during European travels in graphic and written form. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

ARCH 6240 - Product Design 3 (0,9)
Furniture and product system design with emphasis on ergonomics and the relationship of form and materials.

ARCH 6250 - Energy in Architecture 3 (3)
Climate design methodology and its influence on building energy patterns and architectural form.

ARCH 6260 - Architectural Color Graphics 3 (3)
Architectural color graphics by computer. Theories of color classification and interaction; application of color theories to art and architecture.

ARCH 6270 - Advanced Color Graphics 3 (3) Theories of color classification and interaction; three-dimensional color modeling by computer; advanced application of color theories to art and architecture.

ARCH 6280 - Computer-Aided Design 3 (2)
Introduction to the concepts, skills, and applications of computer-aided design as they relate to the practice of architecture.

ARCH 6290 - Architectural Graphics 3 (3,0)
Provides students with an understanding of concepts, skills, techniques and strategies of visual presentation/graphics as they relate to the design professions - architects/landscape architects.

ARCH 6300 - Theories and Philosophies of Technology and Architecture 3 (3)
Theoretical and practical examination of technology and architecture from pre-modern and modern viewpoints to study its nonneutral role in shaping and reflecting knowledge, beliefs, and actions within a cultural context.

ARCH 6400 - New York Field Study 3 (3)
Study of architecture, art, planning, and urban design of New York. Two weeks of residence are required with scheduled field trips to relevant sites in all five boroughs, with counseling to determine research interests. Guidance is provided to resources in the city. A final report is required. Offered in the summer only.

ARCH 6770 - Introduction of Craft 1-3 (0,2-6)
Architectural craft lab offered under different material specializations, all of which introduce students to design as informed by craft through a hands-on lab. Basic craft operations and material properties are introduced for the subject material (wood, steel, etc.) May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

ARCH 6850 - History and Theory of Architecture + Health 3 (3,0)
Introduces relationships between health and architectural settings for health. Examines connections between cultural context, medical thought, health-care delivery and health facility design within different time periods. Introduces contemporary theories on the relationships between human beings, their health and well-being and the design of the physical environment.

ARCH 6880 - Architectural Programming and Predesign 3 (3,0)
Introduces the theory, mechanics and practice of architectural programming and post-occupancy evaluation. Presents programming as a means to create architectural settings sensitive to the needs of their inhabitants. Emphasizes collaborative methodologies that involve identifying relevant goals, facts, issues, needs and concepts. Students develop an architectural program.

ARCH 6990 - Selected Topics in Architecture 1-3 (1-3,0)
Study of selected topics in architecture. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits, but only if different topics are covered.

ARCH 8010 - Architecture Seminar 3 (3)
Contemporary issues in the architectural profession.

ARCH 8030 - Theories of Architecture 3 (3)
Evolution of architectural theories from Vitruvius to the present. Emphasis is on the writings of leading architects and theorists and the impact of these theories on architectural solutions.

ARCH 8040 - Seminar in Modern Masters 3 (3,0)
In-depth examination of one or more related groups of architects from the 20th century (Kahn, Scarpa, Barrigan, Wright, Corbusier, etc.). Content varies from semester to semester.

ARCH 8100 - Visualization and Representation I 3 (3,0)
Develops student's capacity for graphic representation of architectural form and space. Intended as a corollary to ARCH 840; provides the tools necessary to analyze and translate concepts into two-dimensional constructions through the utilization of manual and digital drawing techniques.

ARCH 8110 - Visualization and Representation II 3 (3,0)
Develops and improves student's capacity for the digital and graphic representation of three-dimensional architectural form and space. Introduces and explores the latest technologies-from advanced digital modeling tools to equipment for computer-controlled fabrication.

ARCH 8120 - Computational Design Methods 3 (3,0)
Examines computing in architecture, particularly through the use of parametric and generative systems. Students learn how to structure and process information to communicate and enhance the design process.

ARCH 8190 - Selected Topics in Visualization and Representation 1-5 (1-5)
Critical consideration of a special topic in architectural visualization and representation from which students construct their own informed and reasoned ideas about what this topic means for their own developing architectural practices. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

ARCH 8200 - Building Design and Construction Principles 3 (3,0)
Essential principles for quality design and construction. Emphasis is on design, programming and sustainability issues for different project types. Nature and characteristics of construction materials, equipment and systems used in modern buildings are presented as well as how they affect function and feasibility.

ARCH 8210 - Research Methods 3 (3,0)
Covers foundations and procedures of architectural research. Explores alternate research methodologies and their philosophical and epistemological limits.

ARCH 8320 - Community 1:1 3 (3)
Engages full-scale design projects and initiatives that are communitybased and offer opportunities in field research, studio design-centric problems and documentation. Projects focus on sustainable and sinuous public space and how design and planning can improve the interface between the built and natural environment while enhancing the human experience.

ARCH 8400 - Design Studio 6 (12)
Studio for students entering the Master of Architecture program with undergraduate degrees in subjects other than Architecture or Environmental Design. Considers aspects of visualization and representation of architecture, the history and theory of architecture, architectural technology and strategies of design.

ARCH 8410 - Architecture Studio I 6 (0,12)
Studio course focused on increasingly complex works of architecture at various scales for different physical site conditions.

ARCH 8420 - Architecture Studio II 6 (0,12)
Studio course focused on architectural materials and assembly. Course is comprised of architectural design explorations of increasing complexity. Students develop a detailed sectional model of their design proposal.

ARCH 8500 - Architecture Studio 6 (0,18)
Architectural design studies in the context of the Genoa urban setting. May substitute for ARCH 8530 or 8540 and for ARCH 8570 with consent of advisor.

ARCH 8510 - Design Studio III 6 (0,12)
Design studio for projects of relative complexity, with varied scales and programs, focusing on investigative skills, fundamental design skills, sustainability, and technical documentation. Emphasizes the relationship between architecture, site, and context in preparation for more advanced design projects and off-campus study.

ARCH 8520 - Design Studio IV 6 (0,12)
Design studio for projects of relative complexity, with varied scales and programs, with an emphasis on predesign, sustainability, site design, and collaborative processes. Emphasizes the relationship between architecture, site, and context. Studio may be located in Clemson, Charleston, Barcelona, or Genoa.

ARCH 8550 - Studio South 6 (12)
Addresses architectural problems with varied scales and programs in the context of the South. Emphasizes the relationship between architecture, community and context. Projects involve collaboration with other disciplines in the studio to result in architectural solutions for the built environment. Design problems vary according to current issues in the South. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

ARCH 8570 - Design Studio V 6 (0,18)
Design studio for increasingly comprehensive design projects, with varied scales and programs, with an emphasis on pre-design, site design, sustainability, and collaborative processes. Emphasizes the relationship between architecture, site and context. Studio may be located in Clemson, Charleston, Barcelona or Genoa.

ARCH 8580 - Thesis Research 3 (0,9)
Architectural predesign inventory and analysis for the thesis project.

ARCH 8590 - Thesis Manuscript 1-3 (0,3-9)
Architectural predesign synthesis of research for the thesis project.

ARCH 8600 - Architectural History and Theory I 3 (3,0)
Overview of architecture and urbanism from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution, emphasizing the trajectory of western modernity, historical transformations of architectural practices, and the theoretical, philosophical, and cultural foundations of changing design approaches. Close readings of primary and secondary sources are complimented by analytical studies of noteworthy precedents.

ARCH 8610 - Architectural History and Theory II 3 (3,0)
Study of architecture and urbanism from 1850 to 1950 through thematic investigations, historical narratives and social critiques in order to reveal past theorists’ and practitioners’ responses to those cultural and technological changes that remain similar today. Close readings of primary and secondary sources complement analytical studies of noteworthy precedents.

ARCH 8620 - Architectural History and Theory III 3 (3,0)
Study of architecture and urbanism from 1950, emphasizing challenges to early twentieth century modernism, the emergence of new urban, suburban, ecological, cultural and technological sensibilities, and the roots of contemporary architecture. Close readings of primary and secondary sources complement analytical studies of noteworthy precedents.

ARCH 8630 - History and Theory of Landscape and Urbanism 3 (3,0)
Cultivates different ways of seeing, representing and understanding the landscape and the city. Both landscape and city are viewed as dynamic, living systems evolving from Roman, Medieval, Baroque, Industrial, Idealized and non-Western roots and shaped by political, economic, social, cultural and physical intentions and incidents.

ARCH 8640 - Architectural History and Theory IV 3(3,0)
Investigation of emerging architectural trends and urban phenomena prepares students for advanced history/theory electives, independent research and architectural practice in the decades ahead through the study of such topics as globalization and non-western architecture, mega-cities, sprawl and urbanization, energy and infrastructure, landscape and urban design, science and sustainability.

ARCH 8680 - Architectural Robotics 3 (3,0)
Focuses on understanding, developing and testing robotic systems for the built environment. Collaborative teams of students from Electrical and Computer Engineering and Architecture and their allied disciplines study and develop working robotic prototypes responsive to challenges and opportunities of living in today’s built and natural environments.

ARCH 8690 - Selected Topics in History, Theory and Criticism 1-5 (1-5)
Critical consideration of special topics in architectural history, theory and criticism from which students construct their own informed and reasoned ideas about what the topic means for their own developing architectural practices. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

ARCH 8700 - Structures I 3 (3,0)
Forces and their applications to statically determinant structural components and systems such as shear, moment and other stress strain patterns are explored in multiple structural materials.

ARCH 8710 - Structures II 3 (3,0)
Addresses advanced topics in structures, exterior envelopes and contemporary production technologies. Continues the exploration of structural elements and systems, expanding to include more complex determinant, indeterminate, long-span and high-rise systems.

ARCH 8720 - Productions and Assemblies 3 (3,2)
Overview of traditional and contemporary materials and methods of construction. Combines lectures with hands-on lab experience to examine traditional and contemporary modes of construction, their selection, impact and reuse.

ARCH 8730 - Environmental Systems 3 (3,2)
Examines in detail the relationship between human comfort and the design of building envelopes and environmental systems. Covers the evolution of contemporary environmental systems and their appropriate application and integration with other design issues.

ARCH 8740 - Building Processes: Technical Resolution 3 (1)
Develops the designer’s ability to assess, select and conceptually integrate structural systems, building envelope systems, environmental systems, life-safety systems and building service systems in a sustainable building design.

ARCH 8750 - Construction and Building Systems 3 (3)
Sets a standard level of building technology preparation for entering graduate Architecture students who have an undergraduate architectural degree that included courses in architectural technology. Main focus is on analyzing how construction and building systems contribute to architectural design.

ARCH 8760 - Smart Materials and Kinetic Structures 3 (3)
Study of adaptive and kinetic systems and structures in architecture using smart and emergent materials. This course explores the materials, methods and means for buildings to transform and adjust to different functions or climatic conditions and allow various performances.

ARCH 8780 - Lighting for Architecture 3 (3)
Studies interrelationships among the fields that constitute lighting and impact on building form, materials and spatial use. Also considers contributions of daylight and electric light to human response and performance.

ARCH 8790 - Selected Topics in Architectural Technology 1-5 (1-5,0)
Critical consideration of special topics in architectural technology from which students construct their own informed and reasoned ideas about what the topic means for their own developing architectural practices. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

ARCH 8810 - Professional Practice Survey 3 (3,0)
Provides an understanding of the basic principles and legal aspects of architectural practice organization: financial management; risk mitigation and arbitration; business planning; time, project and personnel management; client, owner and user needs; selecting consultants; project delivery methods; internship, licensure and registration; professional leadership; ethical standards; and expanding practice settings.

ARCH 8820 - Building Economics, Costs and Legal Issues 3 (3,0)
Explores economic factors determining materials, building components and methods of construction. Legal aspects of design are discussed in the context of building cost.

ARCH 8860 - Health Facilities Planning and Design 3 (3)
Current planning and design considerations for healthcare facilities. Conducted as a series of professional seminars examining overall infrastructural planning and design considerations and detailed considerations for specific areas in hospitals. Topics are covered by Architecture + Health faculty and nationally recognized practitioners.

ARCH 8890 - Mentorship variable
Mentorship in professional practice. Paid work/study in a variety of related disciplines provides students with hands-on experience in design and fabrication fields relevant to the environmental design professions. Consists of two parts: a professional component, managed by an approved sponsor and an academic component, taught by the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits.

ARCH 8900 - Directed Studies 1-5 (1-5,0)
Special topics in architecture undertaken on an individual basis with faculty guidance.

ARCH 8910 - Thesis Project 3-9 (0,9-27)
Complex architectural project emphasizing design exploration and independent work. To be taken Pass/Fail only.

ARCH 8920 - Comprehensive Studio 6 (0,18)
Architectural design studies addressing comprehensive building projects. Topics include site design, programming, building systems design and materials selection. Final product is a complete building design with detailed drawings and models.

ARCH 8930 - Synthesis Studio 6 (12)
Studio themes and programs, defined by individual critics, carry an educational objective and present an opportunity for the critic to develop with his/her students a specific area of work or research. Culminates in a comprehensive proposal. Students are expected to have completed their second-year studio before enrolling in this course.

ARCH 8940 - Research Studio 6 (12)
Themes and programs, defined by individual critics, carry an educational objective and present an opportunity for the critic to develop with his/her students a specific area of work or research.

ARCH 8950 - Architecture + Health Studio: Selected Projects 3-6 (0,6-12)
Studio for students in Architecture + Health Concentration offering selected projects engaging a variety of health-related topics from health community design, sustainable/green architecture, long-term care and community healthcare projects associated with health and well-being. Projects executed are similar to professional practice, combining teamwork with individual design alternatives. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

ARCH 8960 - Architecture + Health Studio: Tectonic Projects 6 (0,12)
Studio for students in Architecture + Health Concentration focused on the design and technical development of small-scale healthcare projects and spaces. Projects are often conducted by interdisciplinary teams as design-build projects where full-scale mock ups are conceived and constructed for evaluation and research. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

ARCH 8970 Architecture + Health Studio: Hospital and Urban Design 3-6 (3-6)
Studio course for students in Architecture + Health Concentration, focused on the master planning and conceptual design of an academic medical center or hospital within an urban context. The master planning and design problem is preceded by a comparative analysis of both urban structures and hospital structures. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

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