Behavior and design of overall structural systems for buildings. Particular focus on systems used for resisting lateral loads (rigid frames, braced frames and shear walls) and for spanning long distances (trusses and space frames; cables and membranes; and arches, domes, and shells).
Architectural Fine Arts
Drawing, historically the primary means of generation, presentation, and interrogation of design ideas, is currently ill-defined and under stress. This course examines the historical and theoretical development of descriptive geometry and perspective through the practice of rigorous constructed architectural drawings. The methods and concepts studied serve as a foundation for the development of drawings that consider the relationship between a drawing’s production and its conceptual objectives. Weekly readings, discussions, and drawing exercises investigate the work of key figures in the development of orthographic and three-dimensional projection. Ultimately, the goal is to engage in a focused dialogue about the practice of drawing and different methods of spatial inquiry. Limited enrollment.
Computer Aided Architectural Design Method
"Computational machines, tools once considered only more efficient versions of paper-based media, have a demonstrated potential beyond mere imitation. This potential is revealed through design computation, the creative application of the processes and reasoning underlying all digital technology, from e-mail to artificial intelligence. Just as geometry is fundamental to drawing, computation affords a fundamental understanding of how data works, which is essential to advance the development of BIM, performative design, and other emerging methodologies. This
seminar introduces design computation as a means to enable architects to operate exempt from limitations of generalized commercial software; to devise problem-specific tools, techniques, and workflows; to control the growing complexities of contemporary architectural design; and to explore forms generated only by computation itself. Topics include data manipulation and translation, algorithms, information visualization, computational geometry, human-computer interaction, custom tooling, generative form-finding, emergent behavior, simulation, and system modeling. Using Processing, students develop computational toolsets and models through short, directed assignments ultimately comprising a unified, term-long project. Limited enrollment."
Expression of Space and Form
Geometry lies at the core of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages to the actual construction. While design and geometry share a fundamental interest in form and shape, Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry aims to address the various natures of the historical relationship between mathematics, geometry, computation, and architecture. Through the display of historical mathematical models with formal affinities to contemporary architectural production, the course will provoke discussion about the relevance of a history of form, the origins of design technique, the epistemology of geometry models, and the justification for mathematical surfaces in architecture. This course examines the history, theory and practice of parallel (orthographic) and central (perspective) projection. The primary objective is to provide designers with the tools to imagine and represent with precision, dexterity, and virtuosity a continually expanding repertoire of three-dimensional architectural form.
History of Chinese Classical Architecture
The course study the basic construction method of ancient Chinese architecture, construction, characteristics, the main characteristics of several stages of development, several important turning point; build theory in different times. Studing the development history of ancient Chinese architecture, thinking about some problems in the development of architectural history. Through classroom teaching, extracurricular reading, homework and class discussion exchange study way, complete understanding of ancient Chinese architecture is more overall, system.
History of World Ancient Architecture
The history of the built environment as social and cultural expression from the earliest to more recent times. Themes, theories, and ideas in architecture and urban design are explored, beginning with the earliest written records.
Luminous Environment in Architecture
This seminar provides an overview of the basic characteristics and families of "phenomenological” materials, with a special focus on materials and technologies that have a relationship to light and vision. Materials and technologies, such as LEDs, smart glazing, displays, and interactive surfaces, are examined in depth, and some of the contemporary experiments taking place in the architecture profession are explored. Throughout the term, students catalog relevant properties and begin to develop a mapping between behaviors and phenomena. Students have the opportunity to interact with some of the well-known architects who are at the heart of the current experimentation. Each student learns how to coherently discuss material fundamentals and comprehensively analyze current applications. The seminar culminates with each student focusing on a material characteristic with which to explore different means of technology transfer in order to begin to invent unprecedented approaches and applications.
Residential Planning and Housing Design
Exercises introduce the complexity of architectural design by engaging problems that are limited in scale but not in the issues they provoke. Experiential, social, and material concerns are introduced together with formal and conceptual issues.
Building Environment Theory
Building Environment Test Technology
Architectural Design Studio
Introduction to design as a conceptual discipline directed at the analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and transformation of the physical environment. Exercises are aimed at developing an understanding of the issues, elements, and processes of environmental design.
This course examines the fundamental scientific principles governing the thermal, luminous, and acoustic environments of buildings, and introduces students to the methods and technologies for creating and controlling the interior environment. Beginning with an overview of the Laws of Thermodynamics and the principles of Heat Transfer, the course investigates the application of these principles in the determination of building behavior, and explores the design variables, including climate, for mitigating that behavior. The basic characteristics of HVAC systems are discussed, as are alternative systems such as natural ventilation. The second half of the term draws on the basic laws of physics for optics and sound and examines the application of these laws in creating the visual and auditory environments of a building. Material properties are explored in detail, and students are exposed to the various technologies for producing and controlling light, from daylighting to fiber optics. The overarching premise of the course is that the understanding and application of the physical principles by the architect must respond to and address the larger issues surrounding energy and the environment at multiple scales and in domains beyond a single building. The course is presented in a lecture format. Homework, computational labs, design projects, short quizzes, and a final exam are required.
Fundamental concepts of structural behavior. Statics and strength of materials. Introduction to and analysis of simple structural systems.
History of World Modern Architecture
The course embraces the last century and a half’s history of architecture, when traditional fables began to yield to more scientifically conceived ideas of architecture’s role in the creation of civilizations. As architecture gained importance in advancing social and industrial agendas, it also built a basis for theoretical reflection and visionary aesthetics. The expanding print and media culture accelerated the migration of ideas and propelled architecture beyond its traditional confines. Discussion of major centers of urban culture and their characteristic buildings alternates with attention to individual concepts and their impact in an increasingly interconnected culture of design.
Western Classical Architecture Appreciation
Introduction to Architecture
Introduces study, principle, and understanding of art of architecture. Approach varies with instructor; may be historical, geographical, technical, or thematic.
Introduction to Fine Art
The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of mechanical and physical properties of building materials and general of division, production and use of building materials in construction. After completion of the subject the student obtain knowledges about basic materials, their physical and mechanical properties and technology of building production.This knowledge can be applied in practice.
Principle of Urban Planning
The principle of urban planning is an important required foundation course of urban planning major and related fields. content covers almost basic principles of all of professional knowledges involved in urban planning processes. This course itakes the planning theory, principle and layout method as a basis and urban element planning as the core content. This course focuses on teaching urban planning methodology and basic contents, the relationship of urban planning with regional planning, natural conditions and environmental factors affecting urban construction after providing an overview of the modern urban planning system structure and the evolution history of urban planning thoughts, theoretical methods and practice at home and abroad. According to the requirement of the urban master planning, the course introduces how to determine the urban nature and development scale, to plan the layout of urban elements including industrial land, storage and logistic land, and regional traffic, urban road system, living community, public space. The course also introduces the urban heritage conservation and urban renewal, urban disaster prevention and mitigation, urban agglomeration planning and town and village planning. Finally, through analyzing different types of urban planning and urban planning alternatives, the course is to train a comprehensive planning ability of students on basis of urban planing principles.
"This course is intended to provide the student majoring in civil, architectural and other related areas skills of structural analysis at an intermediate level. It consists of three major topics: Matrix analysis of structures, Plastic
limit analysis and dynamic behavior of structures. The matrix analysis part exposes the student to the elementary skills and procedures in large-scale problems that can only be dealt with using computers. The second topic covers the essential concepts in plastic design of structures. In the third topic, emphasis is placed on the dynamic response analysis of discrete parameter (lumped mass) systems. The behavior and elementary skills of dynamic analysis of discrete parameter systems are studied."