Explores interrelation between building functions, loads, structural system, materials and construction methods of predominantly large-scale buildings and other structures made of steel, concrete, engineered wood and masonry.
Introduction to the mechanical behavior of building materials. Basic structural concepts, including statics and strength of materials, are addressed in a practical hands-on manner.
Projects developed to explore the principles and process of architectural design and the development of structure and enclosure. Design projects, sketch problems. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-Arch majors.
Professional design procedures consisting of complete design solutions from inception to completion of project. Course develops an understanding of the production of construction documents as a part of the whole design process.
This 1-credit honors colloquium offers students in ARCH 300, Design I, the opportunity to undertake additional work in conjunction with their studio projects in order to expand their research and design skills. Investigations will consider this driving question: What is the relationship of light and space in the experience of creative architectural work?
Projects developed and presented by student with individual attention from instructor. Each project reviewed by open jury system with visiting critics. Readings from texts and journals. Design projects, sketch problems.
This course will focus on preparing Architecture students who are nearing graduation for what comes after the BS in ARCH degree. Students will learn about various career and graduate school pathways. We will also cover topics such as the job search process, networking, interview skills, and licensing requirements, among others. Ample time will be spent workshopping resume and portfolio design, as well as planning job or grad school application strategies. Classes will include short lectures and discussions with faculty, HFA Advising staff, and area professionals. Homework will consist of short readings and portfolio and resume design.
Studio. In-depth exploration of increasingly complex planning and architectural programming, social context of design. Continued exploration of design through written, visual, and dimensional opportunities. Extensive out of class work, portfolio development, advanced presentation techniques, and class participation/attendance required.
Studio. Development of a conceptual basis for design and planning. Basic spatial concepts, design skill development and communications skills applied to presentation of design solutions. Model-making, 2-D presentations of abstract and simple spaces. Prerequisites: Art Foundations course work, or consent of instructor.
Lectures, discussions and practicum sessions. This course is an intensive reading and writing course on  theories and philosophies shaping architectural discourse in the 20th and 21st centuries, with an emphasis on some of the contemporary pressing issues. 

Here are the important dates for the course. The schedule may be subject to changes. 



Currently the schedule underlines the timeline for the projects and an overview of the semester. We will likely take one field trip. The Boston or New York or New Haven trip date will be determined in consultation with the students. In addition to the UMass Architecture Lecture series at UMass, additional lectures/ events are recommended for this class:

First day of this Class                    



Monday September 11

Reading Presentation Session 1       



Monday September 18 

Reading Presentation Session 2       



Monday September 25

Reading Presentation Session 3       



Monday October 2

*Theory Seminar with Timothy Hyde 



Wednesday October 4

Holiday-Indigenous People Day      



Monday October 9 

Reading Presentation Session 4       



Tuesday October 10 (Monday Schedule)

Reading Presentation Session 5       



Monday October 16

Reading Presentation Session 6       



Monday October 23                      

Project Presentation Groups 1 and 2



Monday October 30

Project Presentation Groups 3 and 4



Monday November 6

Project Presentation Groups 5 and 6



Monday November 13

Time for additional presentations 



Monday November 20

Time for Questions/ Individual Meetings



Monday November 27

*Theory seminar with David Karmon



Friday December

Time for Questions/ Individual Meetings



Monday December 4

Submission of the Semester’s Dossier



Friday December 8

*David Karmon on Thursday, November 30, Mount Holyoke, Evening Lecture 

*Julia Gamolina on Wednesday, November 8, Mount Holyoke, Evening Lecture

*Henriette Steiner and Svava Riesto on Friday, November 10, South College, Noon Lecture

*ACSA Fall Conference held at UMass, especially Keynote lectures on Thursday October 19, UMass

Architecture, Evening Lectures