Department of Architecture Courses

Note: For the complete list of classes available each term, please visit the UO Class Schedule. For current students wishing to see more detailed course descriptions or syllabi, you can find that information on the Current Students blog here.

ARCH 196 Field Studies

ARCH 198 Workshop

ARCH 199 Special Studies

1–3 Credits

1–3 Credits

1–5 Credits


ARCH 201 Introduction to Architecture

4 Credits

Offers a structure of principles for making places for people. Examines places, design procedures, and the use of archtiectural principles in general.


ARCH 202 Design Skills

3 Credits

Introduction to basic design processes, methods, and media. Prereq: ARCH 201 or IARC 204; coreq: ARCH 283.


ARCH 222 Introduction to Architectural Computer Graphics

4 Credits

Introduces basic skills and literacy with the computer for architectural illustration, drafting, and design. Prereq: ARCH 202.


ARCH 283 Architectural Design I

6 Credits

Design studio projects and exercises introducing fundamental concepts and considerations in environmental design. Teaches knowledge and skills needed in subsequent studios and professional course work. Sequence with ARCH 284. Prereq: ARCH 201 or IARC 204; coreq: ARCH 202.


ARCH 284 Architectural Design II

6 Credits

Design studio projects and exercises introducing fundamental concepts and considerations in environmental design. Teaches knowledge and skills needed in subsequent studios and professional course work. Sequence with ARCH 283. Prereq: ARCH 202, 283; coreq: ARCH 222.


ARCH 383 Architectural Design III

6 Credits

Studio projects. Integration of issues of context, activity support, spatial order, construction, structure, and environmental control. Emphasis on schematic concept formation and subsequent architectural development. Sequence with ARCH 384. Prereq: ARCH 284.


ARCH 384 Architectural Design IV

6 Credits

Studio projects. Integration of issues of context, activity support, spatial order, construction, structure, and environmental control. Emphasis on schematic concept formation and subsequent architectural development. Sequence with ARCH 383. Prereq: ARCH 383 and 222.


ARCH 399 Special Studies

ARCH 401 Research

ARCH 403 Thesis

ARCH 405 Reading and Conference

ARCH 406 Special Problems

ARCH 407 Seminar

ARCH 408 Workshop

ARCH 409 Practicum

ARCH 410 Experimental Course

1–6 Credits

1–6 Credits

1–9 Credits

1–6 Credits

1–6 Credits

1–6 Credits

6 Credits

1–6 Credits

6 Credits


ARCH 417 Context of the Architectural Profession

4 Credits

Introduction to the professional practice of architecture and related careers. Examines the professional, legal, and regulatory environment; firm organization and management; marketing; contractual issues; and the construction process. Prereq: ARCH 484 or IARC 484 or LA 489.


ARCH 423 Media for Design Development

3 Credits

Instruction in media for design process. Techniques for problem and context analysis, generating concepts, developing form, and testing proposals. Subject emphasis varies with instructor. Repeatable. Prereq: ARCH 202.


ARCH 424 Advanced Design-Development Media

3 Credits

Advanced instruction in specific media techniques for architectural analysis and design. Subject emphasis varies with instructor. Repeatable. Prereq: ARCH 423.


ARCH 430 Architectural Contexts: Place and Culture

4 Credits

How the design of buildings interacts with physical and cultural contexts of human traditions, landscape, settlements, cities, and suburbs. Historical and contemporary examples. Prereq: ARCH 284 or architectural minor status.


ARCH 431 Community Design

3 Credits

Multidisciplinary examination of the history, theory, and practice in the design and development of meaningful and sustainable neighborhoods. Special focus selected by faculty. Open to all majors. Offered alternate years. Prereq: junior standing.


ARCH 435 Principles of Urban Design

4 Credits

Introduction to theory and practice of urban design, comparative studies of neighborhood conservation, central city regeneration, growth policies and prospects for restructuring cities, metropolitan regions. ARCH 284 or architecture minor status.


ARCH 436 Theory of Urban Design I

3 Credits

Examines the cultural and formal ideas that underlie American and European urban design. Ancient Greek to 1700. Prereq: ARCH 430


ARCH 437 Theory of Urban Design II

3 Credits

Examines the cultural and formal ideas that underlie American and European urban design from 1700 to the present.


ARCH 438 Housing Prototypes

3 Credits

An examination of modern housing prototypes (1920s to the present) with an emphasis on understanding the many and varied factors involved in the production of quality housing. Open to all majors. Prereq: Junior standing.


ARCH 439 Minimal Dwelling

3 Credits

Examination of the design of small dwelling units for a variety of users. Offered alternate years. Prereq: junior standing.


ARCH 440 Human Context of Design

4 Credits

Theoretical principles, case studies, and technical skills for assessing user needs, developing building programs, applying research findings to design, and evaluating performance of the built environment. Prereq: ARCH 284 or architectural minor status.


ARCH 449 Architectural Programming

3 Credits

Theory and methods for uncovering and defining requirements for an architectural project including philosophic, sociological, operational, economic, and contextual issues. Prereq: ARCH 384.


ARCH 450 Spatial Composition

4 Credits

Architectural space as a means to measure existence and expand awareness. Focus on compositional principles in architecture and methods for analyzing and generating spatial organizations. Prereq: ARCH 284 or architectural minor status.


ARCH 457 The Facade

3 Credits

Ideas related to facade as primary surface of architectural representation. Emphasizes the facade as a mediator between internal and external building needs. Prereq: ARCH 450.


ARCH 458 Types and Typology

3 Credits

Critical introduction to theory of typology that categorizes urban and architectural forms by formal characteristics and cultural meaning. Lectures cover basic concepts, historical development, and case studies. Prereq: ARCH 384, 450.


ARCH 461 Structural Behavior

4 Credits

Develops a basic understanding of structural systems or elements and their implications for architectural form. Lectures, laboratories, and case studies investigate structure in historical and contemporary buildings. Prereq: PHYS 201, 202; passing score on diagnostic examination.


ARCH 462 Wood and Steel Building Systems

4 Credits

Historical development of materials. Analyzes elements, connections, and systems of wood, steel, and concrete structures from the perspective of construction process, spatial and structural design. Prereq: ARCH 461.


ARCH 470 Building Construction

4 Credits

Provide an understanding of the basic materials and methods of architecture with emphasis on the design, construction and performance of primary structure. Prereq: ARCH 284 or architectural minor status.


ARCH 471 Building Enclosure

4 Credits

Selection, design, detailing, and performance evaluation of building envelopes: wood, metals, glass, concrete, and masonry veneers and roofing. Prereq: ARCH 462, 470, 491.


ARCH 480 Supervised Design Teaching

1–3 Credits

Supervised assistance with desk critiques and tasks related to studio teaching. Written application required. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits. Prereq: ARCH 384.


ARCH 484 Architectural Design

6 Credits

Design projects requiring comprehensive and integrative study over a wide range of project options. Individual criticism, group discussions, lectures and seminars by visiting specialists, public review of projects. Repeatable. Prereq: ARCH 384.


ARCH 485 Advanced Architectural Design I

8 Credits

In-depth work on complex design projects and design development beyond that normally possible in intermediate studios. Sequence. Prereq: 24 credits in ARCH 484.


ARCH 486 Advanced Architectural Design II

8 Credits

In-depth work on complex design projects and design development beyond that normally possible in intermediate studios. Prereq: ARCH 485.


ARCH 491 Environmental Control Systems I

4 Credits

Influence of energy source, climate, heating, cooling, lighting, acoustics, and water and waste systems on design of buildings and sites. Architectural and mechanical means to manipulate thermal environment. Sequence. Prereq: ARCH 283 or architecture minor status.


ARCH 492 Environmental Control Systems II

4 Credits

Influence of energy source, climate, heating, cooling, lighting, acoustics, and water and waste systems on design of buildings and sites. Implications of lighting, acoustics, and water and waste for architectural design. Prereq: ARCH 284 or architecture minor status.


ARCH 495 Daylighting

3 Credits

"Daylighting"—increasing the energy efficiency of a building by maximizing the amount of daylight versus electric light—as an element in architectural design. Models and photography used to study behavior of light. Case studies and prediction techniques. Prereq: ARCH 492.


ARCH 496 The Window

3 Credits

Window as an element of architectural design. Emphasis on historical, philosophical, artistic, literary, morphological, thermal, manufacturing, construction, cost, structural, lighting, and compositional perspectives. Prereq: ARCH 384, 471, 491.


ARCH 503 Thesis

ARCH 507 Seminar

ARCH 508 Workshop

ARCH 510 Experimental Course

1–9 Credits

1–6 Credits

6 Credits

6 Credits


ARCH 517 Context of the Architectural Profession

4 Credits

Introduction to the professional practice of architecture and related careers. Examines the professional, legal, and regulatory environment; firm organization and management; marketing; contractual issues; and the construction process.


ARCH 523 Media for Design Development

3 Credits

Instruction in media for design process. Techniques for problem and context analysis, generating concepts, developing form, and testing proposals. Subject emphasis varies with instructor. Repeatable. Prereq: ARCH 611.


ARCH 524 Advanced Design-Development Media

3 Credits

Advanced instruction in specific media techniques for architectural analysis and design. Subject emphasis varies with instructor. Repeatable. Prereq: ARCH 423/523.


ARCH 530 Architectural Contexts: Place and Culture

4 Credits

How the design of buildings interacts with physical and cultural contexts of human traditions, landscape, settlements, cities, and suburbs. Historical and contemporary examples. Prereq: ARCH 680 or 683.


ARCH 531 Community Design

3 Credits

Multidisciplinary examination of the history, theory, and practice in the design and development of meaningful and sustainable neighborhoods. Special focus selected by faculty. Open to all majors. Offered alternate years.


ARCH 535 Principles of Urban Design

4 Credits

Introduction to theory and practice of urban design, comparative studies of neighborhood conservation, central city regeneration, growth policies and prospects for restructuring cities, metropolitan regions. Prereq: ARCH 680.


ARCH 536 Theory of Urban Design I

3 Credits

Examines the cultural and formal ideas that underlie American and European urban design. Ancient Greek to 1700.


ARCH 537 Theory of Urban Design II

3 Credits

Examines the cultural and formal ideas that underlie American and European urban design from 1700 to the present.


ARCH 538 Housing Prototypes

3 Credits

An examination of modern housing prototypes (1920s to the present) with an emphasis on understanding the many and varied factors involved in the production of quality housing. Open to all majors


ARCH 539 Minimal Dwelling

3 Credits

Examination of the design of small dwelling units for a variety of users. Offered alternate years.


ARCH 540 Human Context of Design

4 Credits

Theoretical principles, case studies, and technical skills for assessing user needs, developing building programs, applying research findings to design, and evaluating performance of the built environment. Prereq: ARCH 680 or 683.


ARCH 549 Architectural Programming

3 Credits

Theory and methods for uncovering and defining requirements for an architectural project including philosophic, sociological, operational, economic, and contextual issues. Prereq: ARCH 682 or 683.


ARCH 550 Spatial Composition

4 Credits

Architectural space as a means to measure existence and expand awareness. Focus on compositional principles in architecture and methods for analyzing and generating spatial organizations. Prereq: ARCH 680.


ARCH 557 The Facade

3 Credits

Ideas related to facade as primary surface of architectural representation. Emphasizes the facade as a mediator between internal and external building needs.
Prereq: ARCH 450/550.


ARCH 558 Types and Typology

3 Credits

Critical introduction to theory of typology that categorizes urban and architectural forms by formal characteristics and cultural meaning. Lectures cover basic concepts, historical development, and case studies. Prereq: ARCH 550 and 682 or 683.


ARCH 561 Structural Behavior

4 Credits

Developes basic understanding of structural systems or elements and their implications for architectural form. Lectures, laboratories, and case studies investigate structure in historical and contemporary buildings. Prereq: passing score on diagnostic examination.


ARCH 562 Wood and Steel Building Systems

4 Credits

Historical development of materials. Analyzes elements, connections, and systems of wood, steel, and concrete structures from the perspective of construction process, spatial and structural design. Prereq: ARCH 461 or 561.


ARCH 570 Building Construction

4 Credits

Provide an understanding of the basic materials and methods of architecture with emphasis on the design, construction and performance of primary structure. Prereq: ARCH 680.


ARCH 571 Building Enclosure

4 Credits

Selection, design, detailing, and performance evaluation of building envelopes: wood, metals, glass, concrete, and masonry veneers and roofing. ARCH 562, 570, 591.


ARCH 580 Supervised Design Teaching

1–3 Credits

Supervised assistance with desk critiques and tasks related to studio teaching. Written application required. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits. Prereq: ARCH 681 or 683.


ARCH 584 Architectural Design

6 Credits

Repeatable. Design projects requiring comprehensive and integrative study over a wide range of project options. Individual criticism, group discussions, lectures and seminars by visiting specialists, public review of projects. Prereq: ARCH 682 or 683.


ARCH 585 Advanced Architectural Design I

8 Credits

In-depth work on complex design projects and design development beyond that normally possible in intermediate studios. Sequence. Prereq: 30 credits in ARCH 484/584.


ARCH 586 Advanced Architectural Design II

8 Credits

In-depth work on complex design projects and design development beyond that normally possible in intermediate studios. Prereq: ARCH 485/585.


ARCH 591 Environmental Control Systems I

4 Credits

Influence of energy source, climate, heating, cooling, lighting, acoustics, and water and waste systems on design of buildings and sites. Architectural and mechanical means to manipulate thermal environment. Sequence. ARCH 680 or 683.


ARCH 592 Environmental Control Systems II

4 Credits

Influence of energy source, climate, heating, cooling, lighting, acoustics, and water and waste systems on design of buildings and sites. Implications of lighting, acoustics, and water and waste for architectural design. ARCH 680 or 683.


ARCH 595 Daylighting

3 Credits

"Daylighting"—increasing the energy efficiency of a building by maximizing the amount of daylight versus electric light—as an element in architectural design. Models and photography used to study behavior of light. Case studies and prediction techniques. Prereq: ARCH 492 or 592.


ARCH 596 The Window

3 Credits

Window as an element of architectural design. Emphasis on historical, philosophical, artistic, literary, morphological, thermal, manufacturing, construction, cost, structural, lighting, and compositional perspectives. Prereq: ARCH 491 or 591 or equivalent; 571 or equivalent; and 682 or 683.


ARCH 600M Temporary Multilisted Course

ARCH 601 Research

ARCH 602 Supervised College Teaching

ARCH 603 Dissertation

ARCH 605 Reading and Conference

ARCH 606 Special Problems

ARCH 607 Seminar

ARCH 608 Colloquium

ARCH 609 Practicum

ARCH 610 Experimental Course

1–5 Credits

1–6 Credits

1–6 Credits

1–9 Credits

1–8 Credits

1–6 Credits

1–6 Credits

1–6 Credits

1–6 Credits

6 Credits


ARCH 611 Graduate Design Process

3 Credits

Foundation knowledge, concepts, and skills fundamental to design process and media subject areas.


ARCH 617 Built Environment Design and Theory

4 Credits

Investigation of design processes, planning, and construction of buildings and communities. Prereq: conditional MArch or PhD standing.


ARCH 619 Terminal Project

1–9 Credits


ARCH 620 Research Methods in Sustainable Design

2-4 Credits

Research methods to assess the design of buildings and communities; discussions include defining research themes, hypotheses, and developing thesis proposals. Prereq: conditional MArch or PhD standing


ARCH 633 History of Sustainable Design

4 Credits

History and theory of sustainable design practices; the evolution of codes and standards related to building design; perspectives and implementation strategies by leading ecological practitioners. Prereq: conditional MArch or PhD standing.


ARCH 661 Teaching Technical Subjects in Architecture

1–2 Credits

Covers techniques for effective teaching. Focuses on one or more standard building-technology courses in architecture and interior architecture. Repeatable thrice for maximum of 12 credits


ARCH 678 Advanced Research in Sustainable Design

2–6 Credits

Quantitative and qualitative techniques used in validating the design practice and research covering analytic approaches, including research design, surveys,case-study research, measurement, evaluation, and data presentation. Prereq: conditional MArch or PhD standing.


ARCH 680 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

Design projects and exercises intended to familiarize the student with fundamental concepts of environmental design. Emphasis on developing graphic skills and the capability for visual thinking that are essential to advanced studios. Sequence.


ARCH 681 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

Design projects and exercises intended to familiarize the student with fundamental concepts of environmental design. Emphasis on developing graphic skills and the capability for visual thinking that are essential to advanced studios. Sequence. Prereq: ARCH 680.


ARCH 682 Introductory Graduate Design

6 Credits

Design projects and exercises intended to familiarize the student with fundamental concepts of environmental design. Emphasis on developing graphic skills and the capability for visual thinking that are essential to advanced studios. Prereq: ARCH 681.


ARCH 683 Graduate Architectural Design: Track II

6 Credits

Design to expand perception and response to issues in architectural design. Design as exploration of fundamental theoretical ideas. Studio projects require comprehensiveness and integrative study. Repeatable.


ARCH 695 Advanced Dissertation Proposal Development

4–6 Credits

Directed study for the development of dissertation proposals. Approval of faculty advisor required. Repeatable twice for a maximum of 18 credits based on development of proposal for dissertation. Prereq: PhD standing.

 

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