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Part A: Courses on Sustainability and Environmental Issues

Allied Design Studio: Sustainable Architecture
Passive Solar Design Strategies
Environmental and Building Regulations
Environmental Issues
Energy Management
Sustainable and Innovative Materials in Architecture
Graduate Design Studio: Massive Change
Sustainable Architecture and Building Systems
Sustainable Architecture Studio
Preservation Issues
Special Topics: Adaptive Reuse
Special Topics: Design in a Post Peak Oil World
Special Topics: Architecture as Activism
Special Topics: High Performance Building Innovations
Thesis 1 / Thesis 2 / Thesis Praxis
Comprehensive Sustainability Exam
Research in Preservation and Existing Structures


Part B: Courses with Some Content that Relates to Sustainability

Integrated Design Studio 1
Integrated Design Studio 2
Building Systems 1
Building Systems 2
Building Systems Global Lecture
Structures 1
Structures 2
Structures 3
Structures 4 / Advanced Structures
Integrated Design Studio 3
Integrated Design Studio 4
Environmental Control Systems 1
History of the Designed Environment 1
History of the Designed Environment 2
Architectural Design 5
Environmental Control Systems 2
Research Methods
Current Issues in Architecture
Design Theory
Urban Studio 1
Urban Studio 2
Advanced Design Studio 1
Advanced Design Studio 2
Professional Practice 1
Professional Practice 2
Construction Management
Law for Architects
Master Class
Comprehensive Urban Exam
Independent Study
Environmental Psychology


Allied Design Studio: Sustainable Architecture

Course Number: ARC4224
Topics Introduced:

  1. Sustainable material selection
  2. Passive and active solar systems
  3. Day lighting
  4. Water conservation
  5. Natural ventilation
  6. Climate factors in regional design
  7. LEED as an evaluation tool
  8. Building performance measurement
  9. Alternative energy systems

Overview of current sustainability content:
A design studio focusing upon the study of sustainable building concepts, green architecture strategies, and systems development.  An understanding of these issues is gained through readings, research, field visits, and lecture material covering the latest developments in the field of environmental interdependence.  A comprehensive studio design project will encompass site and environmental planning, material and system selection, and integration of technology to create works that are functionally, aesthetically, and environmentally sound.  Students will develop fully integrated design solutions in public, commercial, or industrial contexts.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
Sustainability is already covered extensively in the course.  No potential enhancements have been identified.

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Passive Solar Design Strategies

Course Number: ARC4423 
Topics Introduced:

  1. Solar radiation availability
  2. Tools for analyzing solar radiation on a site
  3. Passive solar strategies
  4. Identification and integration of building materials to capture, store and release solar radiation
  5. Precedent studies for selected strategies
  6. Actual design of a passive solar structure

Overview of current sustainability content:
This course directly addresses sustainability issues including how to design structures for using alternative energy instead of conventional fossil fuels.  A first part of the course involves researching sustainable examples of built structures employing passive solar energy followed by applying learned principles in the actual design of a passive solar structure.  Students are encouraged to minimize embodied energy in the materials they select for their designs.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
Sustainability is already covered extensively in the course.  No potential enhancements have been identified.

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Environmental and Building Regulations

Course Number: ARC5412
Topics Introduced:

  1. Environmental development
  2. Building codes: origin and application
  3. Federal and state environmental protection legislation

Overview of current sustainability content:
Course has not yet been offered.

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Environmental Issues

Course Number: ARC5422
Topics Introduced:

  1. LEED
  2. Waste and 'Cradle to Cradle' cycles
  3. Historic sustainability and new technology

Overview of current sustainability content:
Course introduces students to the history of the natural environmental systems and how they have affected/influenced the evolution of the built environment. Readings and discussions address the current state of the environment and society's response on political, social and individual levels to the current and future development of the built environment, more specifically, architecture. Students examine the professional role and responsibility of the architect in society today as it relates to environmental issues to foster a level of awareness and understanding on the part of the future practitioner or academic, challenging or championing those issues as they relate to architecture.  Field trips include the Kresgie Foundation, the Herman Miller building initiative, and the Lewis Center at Oberlin College. 

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  Reinforce that the profession of architecture has a responsibility to help improve the living environment through design, advocacy, participation in public dialogue, and partnerships with government and civil society.  Promote the understanding of public policy and decision-making processes and engagement in inclusive, participatory processes as part of the curriculum.

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Energy Management

Course Number: ARC5432
Topics Introduced:

  1. Methods of energy conservation in new and existing buildings
  2. Building envelope
  3. Environmental control systems
  4. Alternative energy systems
  5. Electrical load management

Overview of current sustainability content:
Course has not yet been offered.

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Sustainable and Innovative Materials in Architecture

Course Number: ARC5572
Topics Introduced:

  1. Green material selection criteria
  2. Available selection aids
  3. LEED material and resource credits
  4. Innovative / High-tech materials
  5. Alternative and reclaimed materials

Overview of current sustainability content:
A course dedicated to identifying green materials, evaluation methodologies, and software applications to measure the sustainable properties of materials in the decision making methods used by architects and designers. The class covers a review of new /innovative materials available to designers and their applications in architecture as well as new concepts in material design bio and green based manufacturing and production methods.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.

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Graduate Design Studio: Massive Change

Course Number: ARC5584
Topics Introduced:

  1. Role of architect in community and public service design
  2. Problem-seeking
  3. Client identification and involvement
  4. Community sustainability

Overview of current sustainability content:
This studio course is intended to reinforce the ethical underpinnings of sustainable design.  Reading, presentations, and assignments expose students to humanitarian architectural efforts, as well as community and environmental service initiatives in other disciplines.  Assignments include identification of local community problems, design ideas to mitigate these problems, and a small design-build project utilizing reclaimed and alternative building materials.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
Expand studio into a large-scale design-build experience.

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Sustainable Architecture and Building Systems

Course Number: ARC5592
Topics Introduced:

  1. Open architecture / building concepts
  2. Component based design
  3. intelligent systems
  4. modular or industrialized design methods

Overview of current sustainability content:
This course utilizes discussion and case studies of new and proposed building systems, describing their applications, limitations, and benefits.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.

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Sustainable Architecture Studio

Course Number: ARC5594 
Topics Introduced:

  1. Sustainable architecture metrics
  2. Sustainable architecture measurement tools
  3. Alternative energy sources
  4. Measurement and application of resource conservation strategies in architectural design

Overview of current sustainability content:
This course is intended to be a comprehensive application of sustainable principles in the studio sequence.  Students engage in architecture project studies of a significant scale and magnitude to embrace the ramifications of sustainable design from the scale of site and master plan to construction systems and detailing, and advance prior studies in environmental controls and building systems.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
Introduction of enhance building performance modeling and assessment.

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Preservation Issues

Course Number: ARC5832
Topics Introduced:

  1. Definitions:  Preservation, Restoration, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Renovation
  2. Preservation rationales: recognition of historical significance?  A desire to recall better times?  A contemporary re-use of buildings & cities?  Conservation of resources?
  3. Global preservation
  4. U.S. and British preservation
  5. 18th  & 19th century preservation
  6. Contemporary preservation

Overview of current sustainability content:
This class introduces technical, political, legal and design issues in historic structures, districts, and sites as well as their appropriate application. It is conducted as a seminar with participants involved in the discussion of the theories, ethics, standards, and responsibilities of those working in the preservation field and with existing structures. Student activities include reading assignments, discussion, lectures, and a research paper.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.

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Special Topics: Adaptive Reuse

Course Number: ARC6002
Topics Introduced:

  1. Transformation: functional obsolescence to function
  2. Progressive design in the historic context Global preservation
  3. Existing conditions and possible outcomes
  4. Preservation law
  5. Contextual program analysis
  6. Marketing and implementation

Overview of current sustainability content:
The course will conduct a critical analysis of architectural adaptive reuse. Course content will respond to current sustainable architecture by asking the question: "should we not adaptively reuse our existing buildings in an effort to reduce environmental impact?".

The course pedagogy will be arranged by creativity, methodology, and proposal. Each component will be incorporated into a specific class project. First, student's creative abilities will be tested by the challenge of physically transforming an existing found object. The adapted object will stimulate discussions and expose the methodology of adaptation and reuse; it will impose the idea of functional obsolescence transformed to functionality. Inspired by the possibilities of the existing, the students will then pursue a feasibility study of a historic structure in Metro Detroit.  Students will have the opportunity to record and evaluate possibilities of the building. Design consideration will be given to the buildings function, context and potential programs. Each project will be supplemented with readings and class discussions.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  The first iteration of this class was spring 2009.

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Special Topics: Design in a Post Peak Oil World

Course Number: ARC6002
Topics Introduced:Throughout the course, students will work on multi-disciplinary teams to conceptualize the retrofit of a select building in the Detroit area, informing their ideas with our readings and class discussions. Students from disciplines outside of design can focus on aspects relevant to their area of study (i.e. creating business plans, reviewing relevant policy, imagining forums for community action, etcetera.)

1. The ominous hydro-carbon twins, and why we should care.
2. Energy / Climate Change issues particular to the built environment (design product).
3. Energy / Climate Change issues particular to the built environment (design process).
4. The Localization Concept
5. Reuse, retrofitting, and assembly
6. Localized Food Systems
7. Water Conservation
8. Goods (Materials and Resources)
9. Transportation
10. Housing
11. Human adaptation to change (and the role of design).
12. Designing for the "Long Emergency".
13. Imagining the Design Practice of the Future

Overview of current sustainability content:
The aim of the course is twofold: 1) to inform students about issues that will likely define their professional lives, and 2) inspire them to engage their creative skills to create positive visions of a post-peak oil world. Our approach will not encourage throwing technological solutions at the problems identified, but examining the deeper social and environmental issues - and then discussing the ways built environment professions can appropriately respond. In route, we will explore the adequacy of a technological approach and aims of the current green building movement in the United States.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  The first iteration of this class is scheduled for summer 2009.

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Special Topics: Architecture as Activism

Course Number: ARC6002
Topics Introduced:

  1. Social justice
  2. The role of architects in a context of social change

Overview of current sustainability content:
Students in this course will participate in three learning modes: research, identification, and design-build.  Students will be engaged in community activism to explore the role of design in addressing pressing social concerns.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  The first iteration of this class is scheduled for summer 2009.

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Special Topics: High Performance Building Innovations

Course Number: ARC6002
Topics Introduced:

  1. Building performance
  2. Measurement and assessment methodology and software

Overview of current sustainability content:
Supported by an ASHRAE grant, this course will provide students with an opportunity to establish parameters to measure performance of sustainable works of architecture.  Students will become familiar with existing measurement standards, practices, and software.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  The first iteration of this class is scheduled for fall 2009.

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Thesis 1 / Thesis 2 / Thesis Praxis

Course Numbers: ARC6514 / ARC6524 / ARC6112
Topics Introduced:
Topics selected by student with approval of thesis committee chair.

Overview of current sustainability content:
This course sequence is intended for students with a pre-existing level of experience in sustainable design who wish to undertake advanced architectural research and critical investigation on a pre-selected and approved topic. The research topic is broadly based within sustainable architectural discourse with a clear theoretical position. Students expand and develop a year-long personalized program of architectural investigation in consultation with a supervisory committee. The topic of investigation should be not only of personal interest but also further the theoretical boundaries of the discipline of sustainable architecture.  Final outcome of the project is determined by the student in consultation with the thesis committee and will have relevance to the discourse of architecture. The end product of the sequence is the compilation of the thesis work into a critical framework for dissemination.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.

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Comprehensive Sustainability Exam

Course Number: ARC6532
Topics Introduced:

  1. Sustainable site management
  2. Water efficiency
  3. Energy and atmosphere
  4. Materials and resources
  5. Indoor Environmental Quality
  6. Innovation and Design Process

Overview of current sustainability content:
Modeled after educational objectives of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) this course covers the purpose, sustainable based design theories, key issues, and methods used by design professionals in complying and completing the LEED certification process.  It acts as a capstone seminar in sustainable issues for students who take the studio sequence, and is an elective for students who elect the thesis track.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
In conjunction with the USGBC, more fully focus the class as a primer course to prepare students to take the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Green Building Rating System exam. Include completion of the LEED AP exam as a condition of course completion.

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Research in Preservation and Existing Structures

Course Number: ARC6833
Topics Introduced:
Topics selected by student with approval of course instructor.

Overview of current sustainability content:
This course is a student-managed research or project on a selected architectural or environmental topic of interest in historic preservation and existing structures. Students coordinate their activities with a selected graduate degree faculty member who acts primarily as a facilitator in monitoring the process. The project or research topic may be undertaken as either an individual or team effort. (Note: Prior to registration, students must provide a written "Plan of Study" for approval by the dean, graduate administrator and professor teaching the course.)

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  

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Integrated Design Studio 1

Course Number: ARC2117
Topics Introduced:

  1. Site analysis
  2. Building orientation
  3. Climate factors: sun & wind
  4. Site vegetation, topography, and grading
  5. Sustainability as a consideration in site planning

Overview of current sustainability content:
The primary introduction of sustainability issues occurs in the IDS1 global site lecture.  Students are introduced into principles of site and climate analysis, with an eye towards maximizing environmental potential and harvesting free heat, lighting, energy and cooling.  The value of trees as air conditioning and purifying devices is introduced, as well as an understanding of the comparative virtues of building on cool and warm slopes (as well as an overview of earth-sheltering strategies.  Lastly, this lecture component is the place where students are given their first exposure to the LEED building rating system.  In the site studio component, site selection, and justification thereof, is a task required of all students.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
Environmentally conscious building orientation could be required in the architectural design component.  The introduction of sustainability as a movement could be included in the Theory global lecture component.  Explore site design strategies and techniques which promote stormwater management, site remediation and stabilization, urban heat islands, and rainwater capture.

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Integrated Design Studio 2

Course Number: ARC2126
Topics Introduced:
None reported

Overview of current sustainability content:
None reported.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  Teach integrated design studios which synthesize the above subject matter with the goal of creating buildings which: feature a zero carbon footprint; maximize passive heating, cooling, and lighting opportunities; promote individual control of environmental comfort; feature design flexibility and demountable / reusable systems; material selection based upon considerations of environmental impact and indoor air quality; demonstrate harmonious or even redemptive relationships with the environment; and climatic and regional appropriateness.  Reemphasize the value of historic preservation and adaptive reuse as design solutions.

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Building Systems 1 / Building Systems 2 / Building Systems Global Lecture

Course Number:
 ARC2313/ ARC2323/ ARC2321
Topics Introduced:

  1. Resource conservation
  2. Short and long term materials cost
  3. Issues of sustainability which impact material / system choice

Overview of current sustainability content:
Introduction to embodied energy, recycled content, thermal performance and other issues in system selection.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  Develop a framework for material and system selection based upon the following factors: material extraction, processing, installation, maintenance, and life-cycle; impact on indoor air quality; production module and waste reduction; regional availability; and cradle-to-cradle principles.  Introduction of BIM platform can begin development of student awareness of integrated project design and delivery.

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Structures 1 / Structures 2 / Structures 3 / Structures 4 / Advanced Structures

Course Number: ARC2514/ ARC3523/ ARC4533/ ARC4543

Topics Introduced:
Structures 4 includes a lecture dedicated to sustainable issues lecture derived from a structural systems paper developed by the faculty member and presented at national conference.

Overview of current sustainability content:
Structures 4 / Advance Structures topics include:. Efficient systems selection for varying building type and span conditions, reuse and flexibility in configuration, recycled and renewable content, component recycling through disassembly and deconstruction, LCA and low embodied energy content and shape and profile design for optimum load carrying capacity with least weight, strength to weight ratios, and overall sustainable meta matrix evaluations of most desirable sustainable structural materials. A handout of current research on structural systems and the thermal mass impact in office buildings is included in course materials.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
Some existing quiz problems demonstrate some of the strategies above. These could be augmented. A possible new course could be devoted to sustainable structures and alternative materials as part of building systems. This could include the relationship to "lean construction methods." There is potential to develop REVIT applications for structural systems to augment interoperability with sustainable software applications for design of green architecture.

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Integrated Design Studio 3 / Integrated Design Studio 4

Course Number: ARC3117/ ARC3126
Topics Introduced:

  1. LEED as a yardstick
  2. Leaders in sustainable design
  3. Case studies
  4. Environment as form giver
  5. Green roofs
  6. Sustainability in the urban context

Overview of current sustainability content:
The IDS3 Landscape global lecture expands on topics introduced in IDS1, with an emphasis on the works of sustainable pioneers such as William McDonough, Edward Mazria, and Malcolm Wells.  Case studies introduced include the Kresgie Foundation, the Herman Miller building initiative, and the Lewis Center at Oberlin College. 

Issues considered in the urban studio component include density, mixed use, pedestrian friendly environment, transportation, orientation of buildings, alternative energy sources, rain water recycling,  retention ponds, green roofs, porous parking, landscape, urban agriculture, smart growth, New Urbanism, regionalism, sustainable neighborhood design, environmental justice, and sustainable revitalization.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.   Introduce strategies for resource conservation and sharing.  Underscore issues of density, preservation and reuse of existing building stock, and mass transit.  Explore communal arrangements which provide opportunities for transit consolidation, telecommuting, urban agriculture, etc.

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Environmental Control Systems 1

Course Number: ARC3413
Topics Introduced:

  • 1. Acoustics
  • 2. Electricity in buildings
  • 3. Electrical illumination
  • 4. Day lighting

Overview of current sustainability content:
An essential part of sustainability is creating a comfortable environment for occupants, with connections to the outdoor environment which are made possible with a minimum of energy, especially from fossil fuels.  Students perform projects using instrumentation and face time with actual 'clients' to analyze the indoor environmental quality for occupants in offices, auditorium/lecture spaces, and work areas.  This includes addressing noise control, clarity of speech and speech privacy (as appropriate), and adequate lighting through electrical and day lighting sources.   Results are compared to optimum desired conditions and students make recommendations to meet sustainability goals.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
Sustainability is already covered extensively in the course.  No potential enhancements have been identified.

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History of the Designed Environment 1 / History of the Designed Environment 2

Course Number: ARC3613 / ARC3623
Topics Introduced:

  1. Climatic and technological factors

Overview of current sustainability content:
Survey of historic development of the designed environment includes discussion of local climate and materials

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
Reinforce discussion of historical precedents as measures of societal benchmarks, both symbolically and technologically.  Explore the environmental impact and philosophies behind significant movements and vernaculars in architecture (both Western and Non-Western).

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 Architectural Design 5

Course Number: ARC4114
Topics Introduced:

  1. LEED as an evaluative tool
  2. LEED certified building precedents.

Overview of current sustainability content:
In a recent iteration of AD5, the project client specifically requested that student designs respond to LEED certification criteria.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
It was unclear from the information submitted that LEED is used as an evaluative tool in each semester and each section.  In addition, integration of BIM platforms into AD5 would begin to expose students to principles of integrated project design and delivery.

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Environmental Control Systems 2

Course Number: ARC4323
Topics Introduced:

  1.  Energy use in buildings
  2. Comfort parameters
  3. HVAC systems
  4. Indoor air quality
  5. Fire prevention

Overview of current sustainability content:
Sustainability permeates every topic of this course.  Students are exposed to the concepts of sustainability, global warming, and ozone depletion in the first class session.  Then the relative amounts of energy used by building to heat, cool and ventilate are examined.  Examples of large scale buildings and architectural firms incorporating sustainable features are cited, e.g., those using alternative energies, highly insulative envelopes, low-e multi-glazed windows, low-VOC producing materials, lower embodied energy products, natural means of ventilation, water collection/reuse, etc.   Standards and codes related to energy, indoor air quality, comfort, and sustainability in particular are introduced and investigated throughout the course.  These include ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 (energy standard), ANSI/ASHRAE 62.1 (ventilation standard), and ANSI/ASHRAE 55 (comfort standard), and LEED for new buildings.  The semester long project involves analyzing the energy and domestic hot water for an existing residential structure and recommending 5 sustainable improvements to the structure.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
Sustainability is already covered extensively in the course.  Additional content may include introduction of concepts of building commissioning, balancing of active and passive systems (daylighting, natural ventilation, and thermal mass), emissions of various systems types, and alternative energy systems (geothermal, photovoltaics, etc).

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Research Methods

Course Number: ARC5012
Topics Introduced:
None reported

Overview of current sustainability content:
None reported.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  Encourage students to select research topics pertinent to expansive understanding of sustainable design and construction issues.  Expose students to research sources such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control.

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Current Issues in Architecture

Course Number: ARC5623
Topics Introduced:

  1. Contemporary environmental design movements

Overview of current sustainability content:
Visual and oral presentations are made by the students about architects who are working with the issue of sustainability.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  Include discussion of humanitarian architecture among topics discussed.

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Design Theory

Course Number: ARC5643
Topics Introduced:

  1. Environmental design movements
  2. Ethics and responsibility, morality, social responsibility, metaphysics

Overview of current sustainability content:
At least two reading assignments each term pertaining to issues of sustainability are presented.  Course introduces students to thoughts and patterns introduced to design through philosophy, theory and aesthetics.  Sustainability is addressed in course discussions where it intersects with aesthetics and morality. The rise of industrialization and attitudes towards the machine in Europe and America also raises discussions of sustainability.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.

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Urban Studio 1 / Urban Studio 2

Course Number:
ARC5714 / ARC5724
Topics Introduced:

  1. Density and mixed use
  2. Pedestrian environment
  3. Alternative energy sources
  4. Rainwater recycling (retention ponds, green roofs, porous paving)
  5. Urban agriculture
  6. Smart growth
  7. Sustainability in neighborhood design
  8. Environmental justice

Overview of current sustainability content:
Urban Studio 1 provides an opportunity to relate theory to practice. This design-based studio is used as an opportunity to plan and design a given area at the city level. This track focuses on master planning of the project area.  Urban Studio 2 focuses on the district, block, or street level or any other civic space in a design studio format.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.   Introduce strategies for resource conservation and sharing.  Underscore issues of density, preservation and reuse of existing building stock, and mass transit.  Explore communal arrangements which provide opportunities for transit consolidation, telecommuting, urban agriculture, etc.

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Advanced Design Studio 1 / Advanced Design Studio 2

Course Number:
ARC 5814 / ARC 5824
Topics Introduced:
None reported.

Overview of current sustainability content:
None reported.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:

  • 1. The importance of incorporating environmental design strategies in all architecture projects
  • 2. Ways in which environmental design strategies generate space and form
  • 3. Research into appropriate materials and construction techniques and a view of these subject areas as design tasks
  • 4. Sustainability as an ethical commitment in design and practice
  • 5. Daylighting as a critical component of architectural and urban design

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Professional Practice 1 / Professional Practice 2

Course Number:
ARC5913 / ARC5922
Topics Introduced:

  1.  Legal considerations
  2. Codes and governmental regulation
  3. Environmental awareness as an aspect of professional ethics

Overview of current sustainability content:
None reported.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  Introduce integrated practice models as a means of beneficial efficiency and maximization of each team member's knowledge contributions.  Cultivate understanding of optimal organizational performance and participatory processes which encourage entrepreneurial thinking.  Promote environmental and social advocacy as part of professional practice.  Discuss green office strategies and business management.  Reinforce the role of design professionals as environmental and social stewards. Review current professional codes of ethics that now establish standards for environmental awareness.

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Construction Management

Course Number: ARC5952
Topics Introduced:

  1. Comparison between traditional construction delivery systems and the commonly used fast tracking and phasing of construction projects.

Overview of current sustainability content:
None reported.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.  Review environmental impact of on-site construction processes such as site disturbance and construction waste management.

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Law for Architects

Course Number: ARC 5962
Topics Introduced:
None reported.

Overview of current sustainability content:
None reported.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
The new focus on sustainable or green design is resulting in a shift in the approach to contracts, practice, and project delivery.  This focus presents new unique practical and legal challenges for the architect.  New course material will examine the nature and impact of those changes.  Discussion will focus on the manner in which the architect must adapt his or her practice to maximize the potential these developing issues present while minimizing their possible negative legal consequences.

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Master Class

Course Number: ARC6103
Topics Introduced:

  • 1. Variable (depends on invited practitioner)

Overview of current sustainability content:
The course has dealt with sustainability issues from urban farming, passive systems, energy cycles, environmental responsibility, material conservation, and waste amongst others.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
As the focus on sustainability remains high within the profession, especially in critical practice, the content of the course will continue to provide eclectic access to sustainability issues.  Select visiting practitioners who integrate issues of sustainability into their philosophy and work.

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Comprehensive Urban Exam

Course Number: ARC6732
Topics Introduced:

  • 1. Sustainability

Overview of current sustainability content:
Students are required to write exam essays on sustainable revitalization, sustainable community design, and sustainable urban design

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:   
None reported.

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Independent Study

Course Number: ARC6881 / ARC6882 / ARC6883 / ARC6884
Topics Introduced:
Topics selected by student with approval of course instructor.

Overview of current sustainability content:
This course is a student-managed research or project on a selected architectural or environmental topic of interest. Students are expected to coordinate their activities with a selected graduate degree faculty member who will act primarily as a facilitator in monitoring the process. The topical study must not reiterate the content associated with any other course listed in the Catalog. The project or research topic may be undertaken as either an individual or team effort. (Note: Students must provide a written "Plan of Study" for approval by the dean, graduate administrator and faculty advisor prior to registration.)

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.

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Environmental Psychology

Course Number: ARI4123
Topics Introduced:

  1. Environment and behavior

Overview of current sustainability content:
Lectures and assignments deal with topics such as: environmental assessments, environmental attitudes, environmental perception, recycling behavior, pedestrian friendly environment, sustainable neighborhood design, environmental justice, benefits of nature and landscape, crowding, density, and managing limited resources.

Potential enhancements of sustainability content:
None reported.

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