Course subject: Architecture (ARCH)

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Architecture (ARCH) 610 Architectural Research and Analysis (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 014933
This course exposes students to research methodologies and diagrammatic strategies used for the analysis of works of architecture, approaches to design and key texts. These will act as case studies to learn about the conceptual ideas, formal/spatial principles, material systems and operative design strategies employed in the making of architecture while introducing students to analytical methods and processes considered integral to advanced research and design. The rigorous consideration of precedent and design research methods fosters a deeper connection of students' work with the discipline, better enabling them to position their ideas within a larger conceptual discourse while giving them the methodological tools to prepare them for the undertaking of a research and design thesis.

Architecture (ARCH) 611 Drawing, Representation and Practice (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010627
In architecture, there is a crucial tension between the act of drawing -- the representation of three dimensioned forms in two dimensions -- and the fabrication of those forms in a concrete context. Using case studies of artisanal production and industrial design and manufacture, and addressing the possibilities and limitations of the computer as a design and production tool in architecture, this seminar draws out a discourse on the cultural momentum of composition and representation, and the fabrication of architectural forms in both virtual and material realities, establishing provisional guidelines for their interplay. Consent of instructor required for those outside of the M.Arch program

Architecture (ARCH) 612 Originality and Invention in Architecture (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010628
Professional knowledge in architecture involves not only the application of science or theory to instrumental problems, but also the innovation that calls for cognitive risk-taking, reflection-in-action, and learning-by-doing. This practice is legitimized by a discourse that evolved in the nineteenth century, and that defines a good project as an original project. Critically engaging this discourse of originality, this course addresses the processes and strategies that foster invention in architecture in a reflective practicum that emphasizes the value of synthetic thinking across disciplines. Consent of instructor required for those outside of the M.Arch program.

Architecture (ARCH) 613 Light, Colour and Darkness (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010629
Light, colour and darkness define an essential condition in the experience and the understanding of the environments that we imagine, create, and inhabit. This seminar addresses the empirical nature and the cultural, philosophical and spiritual meanings of light, colour and darkness and explores with the aid of, among other tools, digital simulation, the generation, presence, significance, experience and representation of light, colour and darkness in architecture. Consent of instructor required for those outside of the M.Arch program.

Architecture (ARCH) 622 Urban Revitalization & Design (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 013896
This course will discuss issues/challenges faced by cities (from downtown revitalization to suburbanization). Research has shown that their physical environments will fare better if such cities are designed, planned, and modeled in collaboration with professionals (i.e. architects and urban designers) and the community. Students will investigate how design projects improve the quality of life of mid-size cities (i.e. creative city concept). Together, we will focus on identifying opportunities for innovative collaborations and tangible improvements to the design of urban environments. The school is especially interested in strengthening collaboration among universities, community residents, planning and design practitioners, and policymkaers to seize their own destiny to design, model, and plan. Accordingly, we will investigate thematic (e.g. urban revitalization, design/aesthetics, environmental/greening, gentrification, housing, and multiculturalism) and policy-oriented areas (e.g. urban design guidelines, new urbanism, intensification, and land-use development patterns) that relate to the mid-size city. This is a seminar-based course and student participation is key to it's success.

Architecture (ARCH) 623 Ecosystem Design for Urban Landscapes (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010643
Landscape design is being reshaped by ecosystems thinking. This course introduces the concepts of ecosystems design for urban and peripheral landscapes. Beginning with case studies on the spatial forms taken by the historic co-evolution of nature and cultural forms in urban land systems, the course introduces ecosystems-based classifications combining abiotic, biotic, and cultural analyses; urban land mosaics based on urban landscape ecologies; and green infrastructures. It concludes with contemporary case studies demonstrating the scope of ecosystems-based urban design and planning, guidelines for ecosystems design, and evolutionary design approaches.

Architecture (ARCH) 624 The Social Ecology of the Urban Periphery (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010644
With the rise of the metropolis, the development of new transport and leisure infrastructures, the rapid adoption of new technologies of communication (radio, television, internet), and the pervasive influence of marketed ""lifestyles,"" public spaces have lost much of their customary function as a common ground, while the periphery is invested as a new semi-public commons. This course explores the dynamic relation between the old politics of the architectural centre and the new social ecologies of the sub-urban and natural peripheries, to identify fresh design opportunities within the development economy of the sub-urban, semi-rural, and ""cottage-country"" edge. Consent of instructor required for those who do not have the required course.

Architecture (ARCH) 629 Global Cities (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 015047
An elective offering that enables students to travel abroad and study firsthand the architecture and urbanism of cities across Europe, Asia and South America. Sections are thematically based and include field trips to specific architectural sites, cities and regions around the world. Additional travel costs associated with field trips to be determined based on location.

Architecture (ARCH) 640 Contemporary Theory, Culture and Criticism (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 014938
Against the backdrop of the larger interdisciplinary field known as cultural studies, this course will trace and examine critical bodies of theory that have influenced the development of contemporary architectural thought and practice. This course will emphasize and study important writings and theoretical systems that have emerged in various fields including philosophy, art theory/criticism, literary theory, psychoanalysis, the natural and social sciences, and cultural studies, to investigate the ways in which these have generated conceptual tools within architectural theory, criticism and analysis while contributing to the evolution of architectural practice. Pedagogical Objectives: To present a thematically and chronologically organized survey of contemporary architectural theory that focuses on the relationship between seminal theoretical texts drawn from outside of the architectural discipline and critical developments in contemporary architectural theory and practice. The course is intended to provide students with an advanced knowledge base in contemporary architectural theory to ground more specialized graduate elective coursework while acting as a support for thesis and other forms of advanced architectural research.

Architecture (ARCH) 641 The Inner Studio (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 013899
The built world and the inner world are linked, and have the potential to touch us through the act of design. The inspiration and meaning for the creative designs we need are available from the psyche but we have not been given the tools to access these resources and bring them into the built world. The purpose of this elective is to connect architects with new pathways and creative tools for bringing their imagination into the world. This course presents a psychological view of the built world in order to help architects understand the wisdom of their dreams, shadows and body during the process of design. Its in-depth approach allows the architect to experience the act of design as inseparable from enriching the self.

Architecture (ARCH) 642 Modernism to the 21st Century (1) LEC

Course ID: 010636
This course examines the cultural, architectural and urban history of that complex period known as modernism. It is an overview of the individual works, movements and critical texts associated with the evolution of modern architecture and urbanism from the beginning of the 20th century to the early years of the second millennium. The social, technological and aesthetic ambitions of the modern project are critically reviewed and its development and dissemination in Europe, the Americas and Asia is traced. Selected works are examined in depth as examples of the canonic and vibrant forms of modernism.

Architecture (ARCH) 643 The Study and Design of Cultural Sites (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010637
Heritage districts, parks, memorials, and reserves have become an important focus of architectural activity, calling on knowledge of cultural conditions, environmental impact and values, economic uses, managerial practices, and legal limitations. This course will introduce ways to identify and define potential cultural sites, and study their history and place in the collective memory, their economy, and the role of architectural intervention in them. Consent of instructor required for those outside of the M.Arch program.

Architecture (ARCH) 644 Architecture, Memory and Commemoration (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010638
From its very beginnings, building has consecrated sites of history by transforming, through a process of reification, the fleeting memories of individuals into a communally shared and politically significant history. This course examines the different ways buildings and architecturally articulated precincts have operated as instruments of memory in the traditional tribal society, the ancient city-states, the multi-ethnic empire, Christendom, the modern nation state, and the post-industrial, post-modern, and multi-cultural commonwealths of today. Consent of instructor required for those who do not have the required prerequisite.

Architecture (ARCH) 645 Architecture and the State (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010639
Through the creation of buildings, infrastructure programs, funding agencies, policy initiatives, procurement practices and regulatory agencies central governments have used architecture to shape and unify the nation and define the national territory. This course investigates the relationship between politics and architecture, with particular attention on the rise and decline of Canadian federal architecture and Canadian federal architectural policy, using case studies to explore the way various Canadian governments sought to establish and re-represent a common Canadian identity. Consent of instructor required for those who do not have the required prerequisite.

Architecture (ARCH) 646 Architecture and Film (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 012034
This course explores the relationship between Architecture and the development of early, modern and science fiction films via the examination of the source and methods of portrayal of architectural expression in film. Films will be viewed to examine precedents for imagery, set design, location selection, as well as the integrated vision of the urban and dystopic environmental future. Futuristic film architecture will provide an opportunity to study a vision of the future of urban built form and provide a forum for critical discussion. Assignments will require that the students become familiar with different methods of media: video filming, sound and visual editing, web page production.

Architecture (ARCH) 655 Architectural Professional Practice: Ethics, Business, Legal Issues, and Contract Administration (1) LEC

Course ID: 013117
This course is a comprehensive overview of Architectural Professional Practice. It is an introduction to the nature of the self-governing profession in Ontario, the legal and legislative context in which architects practice in Canada including its Acts and Codes (The Architecture's Act, the Planning Act, and the Ontario and National Building Codes), and the essential fiduciary relationships between professionals and others. Forms of partnerships, rules of professional conduct, the constituents of an enforceable contract, professional liability, client-architect relations and the typical challenges encountered in practice are among the essential elements to be studies. Factors affecting both the cost of construction and the ability of an architect to conduct a viable business will be presented. Students will also study the role of the architect in relation to contract administration, architectural working drawings and specifications, bidding requirements; general conditions; general requirements trade divisions; reference and source material; assembly and production; and structural, mechanical and electrical consultants.

Architecture (ARCH) 662 Steel & Concrete: Design, Structure and Construction (0.50) LEC,TUT

Course ID: 015045
Architectural case studies are used to examine conceptual development, structural design, building process and the selection of structural steel and concrete systems. Topics such as tension, flexural and compression members; and connections are studies using calculations, design aids, rules of thumb and the latest CSA design standards. Heldwith ARCH 362- graduate students will be required to complete additional coursework for graduate level course credit.

Architecture (ARCH) 671 Technical Report (0.50) SEM

Course ID: 015396
Students will investigate and report on technical issues as they relate to the development of the Comprehensive Building Project in the Parallel Design Studio. Innovation and integration in architectural design will be stressed with respect to structure, building envelope, environmental systems, sustainable assessment system, health and life safety, movement systems, site planning and the integration of information technology.

Architecture (ARCH) 672 Energy Effective Design (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010640
Vernacular building techniques once manifested the principles of passive solar heating, passive cooling and daylighting by solar orientation. Searching for ways to design energy efficient, comfortable and functional buildings, this workshop revisits the principles of passive heating, cooling and solar lighting, and explores the operation and use of energy simulation computer programs and post occupancy analysis within the context of sustainable design. The methods will be tested in two design projects: a freestanding suburban house and an urban row house. Consent of instructor required for those outside of the M.Arch program.

Architecture (ARCH) 673 The Science of the Building Envelope (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010641
The building envelope has become the single most significant and element within the contemporary economy of building. It bears much of the identity and amenity of buildings, is the site of significant expenditure, the occasion of environmental concern and attention, the object of much technological innovation, and the locus of entropy. This course provides an advanced study of the building envelope as the place where design, technology, building science, and environmental concerns converge. It discusses matters such as natural light and ventilation or the short- and long-term behaviours of building materials, and assesses the use of new generations of "smart" mechanical environmental devices. Consent of instructor required for those outside of the M.Arch program.

Architecture (ARCH) 675 Sheltering Systems (0.50) LAB,LEC

Course ID: 010647
This studio/workshop explores the architectural, technological, social and economic aspects of building system design - building systems are considered in the broadest terms. ARCH 675 expects participants to be aware of and pay particular attention to the matrix of cultural, sociological and geographic extremes. Participants are expected to be capable of considerable independent study supported by frequently scheduled meetings with the course instructor. This course incorporates design-build experience, wherein the construction of proposed systems is explored through the development of prototypes. Consent of instructor required for those outside of the M.Arch program.

Architecture (ARCH) 676 Lightweight Structures (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010648
Innovative structures - frames, fabrics and shells - give architects design options that have not previously existed, especially with long spans and large, single building volumes. The course deals with the applications, analysis, economics, design and fabrication of modern lightweight structures. Consent of instructor required for those outside of the M.Arch program. University of Waterloo BES pre-prefessional Architecture Degree

Architecture (ARCH) 677 Survey of Digital Design Technologies for Architecture (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 011628
This course provides an overview of the software and hardware technologies to support the design of an architecture that is more holistically conceived on cultural, social, health, technical and formal grounds that would otherwise be possible. What is taught facilitates an integrated design process where all disciplines collaborate through all phases of a project to achieve a sustainable design. There will be an exploration of software applications including the generation of landscapes and vegetation, energy analysis, acoustics, lighting, structure, people movement, air flow analysis, microclimate analysis and various types of three-dimensional modelling software, particularly, packages that facilitate interfacing with rapid prototyping and allow complex form generation. Rapid prototyping techniques will include laser cutting, three-dimensional printing and CNC 3-axis machining. The course format is a seminar in which each student will explore some of these technologies in depth by means of a small design example and presentations to the class while obtaining an overview from the course lectures and presentations by other students on other applications.

Architecture (ARCH) 678 Digital Lighting Design for Architecture (0.50) LAB,LEC,TUT

Course ID: 011629
The intention of the course is to learn to achieve design intent in terms of artificial and natural lighting by digital means. There are three componentsd to the course. One is lighting concepts in terms of colour and materiality, light propagation, sky conditions, sun movement and quantitative lighting analysis including glare. Another component is the use of physically accurate lighting simulation and rendering software. A third is lighting design and critical evaluation through exercises and a small design project.

Architecture (ARCH) 684 Special Topics in Architecture (0.50) LEC

Course ID: 010645
This course allows for additions in the program on a short term basis, and for the development of future permanent courses.

Architecture (ARCH) 685 Readings and Seminars in Architecture (0.50) RDG

Course ID: 010646
Issues to be negotiated on an individual basis with faculty members. An outline of this course, approved by the professor in charge, must be submitted to the Graduate Officer within three weeks of registration.

Architecture (ARCH) 686 Competitions in Architecture (0.50) RDG

Course ID: 013900
This course provides an opportunity for the student to independently engage in the respected tradition of the Architectural Competition. The competition entry and accompanying research paper must focus on the use of architectural precedents as the basis for the creation of typologically based propositions. Submission to the external competition is mandatory, the timing and detailed requirements of which will determine the personalized academic requirements for this course.

Architecture (ARCH) 690 Design Studio (1.5) STU

Course ID: 015048
The Design Studio is subdivided into various sections, providing students the opportunity to select an Architectural studio of their interest and undertake a detailed exploration of design project within this theme. Studio fee $25.00.

Architecture (ARCH) 691 Design Studio - Comprehensive Building Design (1.5) STU

Course ID: 015044
Through the integration and application of skills and knowledge to a complex building project, students will develop designs to a high level of detail. A concern for technical material, environmental and legal aspects of Architecture will support open speculation and innovative design. Studio fee $25.00.

Architecture (ARCH) 692 Thesis Research and Design Studio I (1.5) STU

Course ID: 010634
The Graduate Thesis is designed to develop competence in design research and critical analysis while providing students with the opportunity to examine in depth current topics in architectural theory and practice, and to position these within a broader cultural context. Graduate Thesis Research and Design is a two-semester sequence of courses that guide students in the development of an individualized topic that is related to broader thematic areas within architecture, urbanism and landscape. ARCH 692 requires each student to formulate a focused research agenda, the premise of which will be developed throughout the preparation of a written research document and/or tested through a specific design proposal in ARCH 693. Studio fee $25.00.

Architecture (ARCH) 693 Thesis Research & Design Studio II (1.5) STU

Course ID: 015046
Graduate Thesis Research & Design Studio II guides students through the development of their thesis projects. Students may draw from a wide range of sources both within and beyond the conventional boundaries of the architectural discipline, using methods of exploration that mat employ the tools of architectural production and critique, and that culminate in a written research document and/or design proposal. The goal of the Graduate Thesis is to make an active contribution to the field by opening up new ways of understanding an existing architectural topic. Studio fee $ 25.00.