ARCH COURSES ARCHITECTURE
ARCH 111 BASIC DESIGN I
Credits: 3(1,0,5)The course introduces the basic principles of order using 2D and 3D compositions of basic design elements. Space explorations through movement and circulation are established. Additional emphases are given to color theory, textures and tones. Class assignments are based on abstract concepts while acquainting students with different media and presentation techniques.
ARCH 112 BASIC DESIGN II
Credits: 3(1,0,5) Prerequisite: ARCH111This course develops the conceptualization of aesthetics and principles of composition. With this background in place, students apply the same with mixed media to create objects that have utilitarian purpose. As they create, students develop their higher-level thinking and art-related technical skills.
ARCH 122 HISTORY AND THEORY OFARCHITECTURE
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course offers a historical and analytical review of the art of architecture and design in relation to the physical, religious, social, economic, and political factors which shaped them from prehistory through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 17th century and on to the present.
ARCH 131 TECHNICAL DRAWING I
Credits: 2(1,0,3) Prerequisite: NoneThis course focuses on the use of instruments and equipment necessary for accurate manual drafting of simple geometric constructions. The fundamentals of two dimensional architectural drawing skills and the analytical processes using a variety of drawings media are also taught.
ARCH 132 TECHNICAL DRAWINGII
Credits: 2(1,0,3) Prerequisite: ARCH131This course concentrates on drawing perspective projections. One-point and two-point projections, exterior and interior; casting shades and shadows on horizontal and vertical planes; and axonometrics isometrics made using different rendering techniques in pencil, colored pencils, markers, pens, and ink.
ARCH 140 Human Factor and the Built Environment
Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThis course examines the theoretical foundations and concepts drawn from human and environmental behaviors as applied to design and the design process. Items covered include the concepts of anthropometrics and ergonometric in design, analysis of space, and behavior within a cultural context.
ARCH 211 Architecture Design I
Credits: 4(1,0,7) Prerequisites: ARCH 112, ARCH 140, ID131The course covers architectural design for residential interiors and exteriors as asynthetic discipline that considers material/spatial experience, contextual analysis, formal concepts, and social/cultural relationships. Material/graphic representations are explored in models, drawings, collages and renderings.
ARCH 212 Architecture Design II
Credits: 4(1,0,7) Prerequisite: ARCH211This design class cultivates the ability to respond to natural and built site conditions in the development of a program as well as religious or cultural design projects. Design compositions employ analysis of precedent.
ARCH 223 HISTORY AND THEORY OF ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE
Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisite: ARCH122The course examines the history of Islamic architecture, its theoretical bases, and its flowering in the past through to the present.
ARCH 224 HISTORY AND THEORY OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: ARCH223This course surveys the concepts and theories of architecture and urban design relating to the modern and contemporary movements. These two periods are analyzed in typological, formal, technological and philosophical terms.
ARCH 251 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY I
Credits: 3(2,0,4) Prerequisites: ARCH 131Via an investigation of building technologies, this course lays the foundation for understanding the systems that make a building and influence the form, texture and character of the construction environment.
ARCH 252 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY II
Credits: 3(2,0,4) Prerequisite: ARCH251This course looks at behavior cued to the construction of buildings. The basic principles, appropriate applications, performance, and environmental impact of construction materials, products, components, and assemblies are covered.
ARCH 260 BUILDINGSSURVEYING
Credits: 2(2,0,2) Prerequisite: ARCH132The course introduces surveying principles and techniques. Items examined include: measurement of distances, triangulation, taping errors, corrections, differential and cross sectional leveling, compass use, measuring heights, elevations, computing angles (amplitude, azimuth), construction and topographic surveys, using traditional and advanced techniques.
ARCH 261 STRUCTURES FOR ARCHITECTS I
Credits: 2(2,2,0) Prerequisites: MATH103, PHYS105, Sophomore StandingThis course surveys the concepts and elemental nature of structural materials. Topics examined covered are statics, strength of materials and over views of simple structural systems together with discussions on design and economics of simple building structures.
ARCH 262 STRUCTURES FOR ARCHITECTS II
Credits: 2(2,2,0) Prerequisite: ARCH261The course targets the behavior and planning of structural systems. The principals of structural behavior in withstanding the gravity and lateral forces and the evolution are studied, as are the range of and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.
ARCH 311 ARCHITECTURE DESIGN III
Credits: 4(1,0,7) Prerequisites: ARCH 212, Co-requisite: ARCH262Design sustainable projects that explore basic environmental issues–e.g. clients 'needs, site planning, masonry, construction material, health, and safety are the matter of this course. The basic principles of life-safety systems with an emphasis on egress are also discussed.
ARCH 312 ARCHITECTURE DESIGN IV
Credits: 4(1,0,7) Prerequisite: ARCH311Design projects explore complex contexts and programs. Solutions employ hybrid construction technologies, and codes for safety and accessibility; they also integrate interior and exterior spaces for recreational projects.
ARCH 341 THEORIES OF HOUSING DESIGN
Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisites: ARCH 122, ARCH212The course provides an understanding of residential architecture, while investigating behavioral, socio-cultural, planning, environmental, construction, legal, and financing issues that impact its design and production. It includes reviewing behavioral, social, and cultural factors in housing design.
ARCH343 LAND SCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Credits: 2(2,0,2) Prerequisites: ARCH 252, ARCH260This course examines the theories and surveys the history of landscape architecture. It also looks at the relationship of contemporary landscape architecture to contemporary architecture.
ARCH 344 THEORIES OF URBAN DESIGN
Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisite: ARCH341The course surveys the theories of urban design. Topics covered include: the study of precedents, recent philosophy, design vocabulary, behavioral responses, and implementation strategies.
ARCH 346 SAUDI HERITAGE AND CONSERVATION
Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisite: ARCH260Traditional as well as modern architectural styles are examined in this course. Buildings and settlement patterns are analyzed within the Saudi cultural context. Research, discussion and case-studies are used to explore socio-political, economic and historical issues related to the restoration, preservation and adaptive use of buildings. Field measuring and recording techniques are practiced and then used to produce drawings.
ARCH 353 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY III
Credits: 3(2,0,4) Prerequisite: ARCH252The course focuses on construction drawings and integrated systems. Students learn how to make technically precise drawings for proposed designs.
ARCH 354 SPECIFICATIONS AND QUANTITIES
Credits: 2(2,0,2) Prerequisite: ARCH353This course covers the fundamentals of quantity surveying, building costs, life-cycle costs, and construction estimating. Practice in writing outline specifications for proposed designs is an integral part of the course.
ARCH 364 ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL I
Credits: 2(2,2,0) Prerequisites: ARCH 251, Junior StandingThe course covers a vast array of energy-related issues as they apply to site planning and architectural design. Topics include: thermal design comfort, site climate analysis, building thermal response, and solar system design; air treatment, distribution systems, and related energy systems; water resources supplies and treatment, distribution and disposal systems; together with electrical, vertical transportation, Communications, security, and fire protections systems.
ARCH 365 ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL II – BUILDING SYSTEM INTEGRATION /ACOUSTICS
Credits: 2(2,2,0) Prerequisite: ARCH364This course discusses the development and application of visual/auditory comfort criteria, lighting and acoustical design, and their respective design implications.
ARCH 401 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThis course allows specialized, in-depth studies of subjects supplementing architecture. It explores new topics on an experimental basis, appropriate for testing interest and ability in architecture.
ARCH 411 ARCHITECTURE DESIGN V
Credits: 4(1,0,7) Prerequisite: ARCH 311 (Co-Op option); ARCH312(Internship option)The object of the course is for students to design comprehensive architectural projects for institutional buildings. Areas dealt with include development of programmed spaces demonstratinganunderstandingofstructuralandenvironmentalsystems, building envelope systems, life-safety provisions, wall sections, building assemblies and the principles of sustainability.
ARCH 412 URBAN DESIGN STUDIO
Credits: 4(1,0,7) Prerequisite: ARCH411The course discusses design processes featured in existing urban environments and calls on students to critically assess site and program, and creatively integrate the role of service to the public as client.
ARCH 431 SHAPE GRAMMAR
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course goes over the principles underlying computer programming, the emphasis on algorithms, along with the procedures and program structures applicable to architecture.
ARCH 432 ARCHITECTURE IMAGING AND ELECTRONIC AGE
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThis is an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students in the creative arts, science, engineering, and architecture to the concepts of digital pictorial representation and display. It is a concept and theory course, which concentrates on “why” rather than “how.” Topics include: perspective representations, display technology, how television works, bandwidth and printing concepts, digital photography, computer graphics modeling and rendering, and user interfaces. Historical precedents from the Renaissance to today modern computer and digital effects are discussed and critiqued.
ARCH 441 LOW-INCOME HOUSING
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course provides evaluation and analysis of low-income housing theories and policies impact on technical, functional, socio-behavioral factors, and design.
ARCH 442 HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WITH LIMITED ABILITIES
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course examines the implications of policy, planning, and design theories of housing for the elderly and people with limited disabilities.
ARCH 443 REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course considers theories, strategies, and methods relating to real-estate prospects. The course looks at the development of sustainable planning based on assessment of real market needs and demands, as well as location analysis for proper marketing devolution.
ARCH 444 GIS FOR URBAN DESIGN
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course covers methods of constructing a Geographical Information System (GIS).Students acquire the necessary skills to prepare intelligent maps with spatial databases for parcel mapping, planning, zoning, facility mapping, creating buffer zones, slope analysis, and neighborhood and zone analysis, using CAD map software packages.
ARCH 445 SPACE SYNTAX
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course explores structural properties of spatial representation. Both the mental images and the possible critical aspects that connect those basic images with specific cultural contexts are examined. The aim of the course is to guide students in the discovery the potentialities of translation from one representational language to another and to produce practical exercises on concrete spatial structures.
ARCH 451 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND DESIGN MANAGEMENT
Credits: 2(3,0,0) Prerequisite: ARCH 354The course focuses on architectural practice. Topics discussed include office procedures, contract management, ethics, professional judgment, legal constraints, and adherence to codes, contracts, regulations and laws.
ARCH 455 ARCHITECTURAL PUBLICATIONS
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course integrates conceptual communicative thinking and design as well as principles and practices of publication design and production, with emphasis on magazines, newsletters, newspapers and contemporary formats and use of traditional and electronic information services as resources. 20th century and current print architectural and web-based publications, are surveyed and critically assessed.
ARCH 456 EMERGING BUILDING MATERIALS ANDTECHNIQUES
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course focuses one merging building materials and techniques that have the potential to be applied in architectural design. It looks at exploratory technological advances that have introduced new materials in the market and their impact on global sustainability.
ARCH 465 SUSTAINABLE AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
Credits: 3(3,0,0) Prerequisite: NoneThe course provides an overview of critical developments in sustainable building design strategies by examining environmental problems and possible solutions through design. It explains the principles of sustainability in architecture and urban design decisions that conserve natural and built resources, culturally important buildings and sites, and healthful buildings and communities.
ARCH 490 INTERNSHIP
Credits: 3(0,0,0) Prerequisite: Completion of 90 credit hoursThe PSU internship program offers elective academic credit for college-monitored work experience. Internships for credit are available to students matriculated in the BS degree program who have accumulated 90 credits or more. Typically an internship lasts 3 months and spans one summer. It is designed to help students build on skills already learned in the classroom and to acquire new ones.
ARCH 492 Co-Op
Credits:10 (0,0,0) Prerequisite: Completion of 90 credit hoursThe Co-Op is a career related professional program available to all Architecture students. It is designed to help students build on skills already learned in the classroom and acquire new ones as well. Co-Op education is available to Architecture students who have accumulated the requisite number or more credits. The Co-Op option counts for 10 credit hours (CRs) for practical onsite experience over a 7 month period, i.e. spanning one semester and a summer.
ARCH 498 SENIOR PROJECT I
Credits: 2(2,0,0) Prerequisites: ENG 301, Senior Standing;Co-requisite:ARCH411The course is oriented towards systematic analysis of senior project dealing with functional and spatial relationships, location and setting, physical and human environments, use of precedents, and provision of synthesis and alternative concepts for design. The outcome will be presented as written and visual presentation
ARCH 499 SENIOR PROJECT II