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Courses not offered in the current academic year are listed at the end of this section

ARCH100S

Courses for Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Pre-Professional Architecture)

ARCH 100 F 3C 0.5
An Introduction to Architecture
An introductory course for non-architecture students, which explores in broad terms the nature of our architecture and how it has evolved. The main streams in the development of Western architecture are traced up to the present and lead to a discussion of current work, ideas and concerns.

ARCH 112 F 4C 0.5
Mathematics in Architecture
The application of mathematics to architecture through evolutionary geometrical studies, humanist thought, perspective development; geometrical constructions; trigonometry; algebra; calculus and matrices.

ARCH 113 W 2C,2L 0.5
Introduction to Computers in Architecture
This is an introduction to desktop computers as used in architectural practice. Half of the course will focus on 2 and 3-dimensional computer-aided design concepts and skills. Most of the remainder of the course will focus on cost estimating and specifications using data-base, spread sheet and word processing software. All applications will be based on a single case study building which is used throughout the course.
Antireq: CS 100
Lab fee: $35

ARCH 124 F 3C 0.5
Introduction to Landscape Design
An introduction to analysis of the form that landscapes take and the processes and ideals leading to those forms. Topics of discussion include the vernacular landscape, the garden, the park, the town and suburban landscape. Emphasis will be on site planning within the above situations and on the introduction of ideas of sustainable development and an ecosystems approach.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 142 F 4C,2L 1.0
Cultural History 1: Iconography
Selected schemes of order, such as fate, providence, natural law, the human will, as expressed in plays, poems and fiction from various ages; selected conventions in literature, cinema, and the visual arts; the development of one or two archetypal symbols in literature and the visual arts; directed to lead into more detailed studies of symbolic patterns in Iconography 2.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 143 W 4C,2L 1.0
Cultural History 2: The Ancient World
A study centred on ancient life to initiate the student into the stream of cultural history and the complex problems of what the artist is, the quality of the human existence, culture, environment, as well as the working of the icon from raw state of perceived image to its function as an expressive symbol in poetry, music, dance, architecture and other works of art; a study of modern work in comparison to an ancient achievement.
Prereq: ARCH 142

ARCH 163 W 1C,2L 0.5
Statics and Structural Analysis
Fundamental concepts of mechanics and structures, as related to architectural design, study of loading conditions, forces, moments, systems of forces, conditions of equilibrium for two and three dimensional structures, centre of gravity of loads and areas, bar forces in trusses, simple frame analysis, friction, moment of inertia.
Prereq: ARCH 112

ARCH 171 F 3C 0.5
Theories and Technologies of Building
Introduction to applications of technology in the design and construction of buildings. Organized as a series of case studies concentrating on the last three centuries, it addresses, among other themes, the emergence of new structural methods and materials, the evolution of environmental control, the rationalization of building assembly, and the invention of the modern urban infrastructure.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 172 W 3C 0.5
Building Construction 1
An introduction of the fundamentals of building construction, in terms of materials, technical aspects of the making and design of buildings, basic building science and environmental concerns. Emphasis will be placed on soils, foundations, masonry construction and wood frame construction.

ARCH 174/175 0.5 each
Experimental Courses
These courses offer a vehicle for introducing additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 192 F 2C,14std 1.5
Design Studio
Development of the means to appreciate the art and science of building; introduction to the study of theories of architecture; development of skills in graphic communication; introduction to a study of building elements; promotion of the application of theory in the practice of design. Field trip (one week).
Prereq: Architecture students only
Field trip cost: $325-$350

ARCH 193 W 2C,14std 1.5
Design Studio
Further development of basic skills, and the application of theory and design in small scale architectural design projects. Introduction to issues of habitation, program and context.
Prereq: ARCH 192

ARCH200S

ARCH 213 F 3C,3std 0.5
Introduction to Architectural Computer Graphics
By focusing on three-dimensional modelling, the course introduces a number of related topics in computer graphics such as rendering, raster graphics, light, colour and image compositing. There are studio projects involving the design, modelling and rendering of sculptures and a project dealing with interpretations through modelling of distinctive buildings from the recent or distant past. Lectures support the hands-on work with a general theoretical background.
Prereq: ARCH 113 or CS 100 and ARCH 193 or consent of instructor

ARCH 225 S 3C 0.5
The Architecture of the Urban Environment
An introduction to the structure and form of urban environments as understood through the urban architecture. The forces that determine the creation and development of urban places will be examined. Topics include: the plan as a generative form, urban building types, urban morphology and the shape of the public realm, infrastructure as a system and an architectural object, nature and the park, and real estate and development controls. Of special interest will be analyses of the suburb and urban master plans.
Prereq: For Architecture 2B students or consent of instructor

ARCH 245 W,S 1C,2L 0.5
Survey of Contemporary Architecture
Beginning with the formative years of modern architecture, the course will analyse buildings and theories of representative architects and designers, documenting the development of architectural ideas in Europe and elsewhere.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 246 F 4C,2L 1.0
Cultural History 3: Foundations of Europe
Recognition of patterns of life and concepts of order and conduct, models of the universe and other, moving metaphors and myths by means of study of the thoughts, acts, art, architecture, technology, literature, music and town design of the West from the break-up of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance.
Prereq: ARCH 143 or consent of instructor

ARCH 247 S 4C,2L 1.0
Cultural History 4: Renaissance to Revolution
Analysis of the various styles emerging out of provincial and international Gothic, especially Italian use of classical models, the spread of this "renaissance" mode, leading to consideration of the Mannerist, the Baroque, the Rococo, the Neoclassical; investigation of the course of men's attitudes from humanism, nationalism, and Reformation through the Enlightenment until the French Revolution and Hume's dethronement of Reason.
Prereq: ARCH 246 or consent of instructor

ARCH 249 F 3C 0.5
The Art and Architecture of the East
This course addresses the fundamentals of the Eastern Art and Architecture, discussing major landmarks of India, China and Japan.
Field trip cost: $15

ARCH 252 S 0.5
Creative Problem Solving
Development of creative skills through group behaviour in problem solving sessions by: developing a clear understanding of each participant's own creative thought processes; increasing her/his ability to consciously and deliberately make use of her/his own creative potential; engendering an awareness of the capacity to use herself/himself and the people he/she works with to produce better solutions to the problems identified by the group.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 262 F 2C,2L 0.5
Strength of Materials
Concept of simple stress and strain; statically indeterminate axially loaded members; thermal stresses, torsion, shear and bending moments in simple beam; shear and moment diagrams, qualitative deflected shapes, flexural and shearing stresses, deflection calculations; combined stresses, beams of different materials, compression members, Euler's formula.
Prereq: ARCH 163

ARCH 266 F 3C 0.5
Building Construction 2
The study of more advanced aspects of building construction dealing with the design and technological aspects of building structure: reinforced concrete, precast concrete, and steel framing; building envelope: cladding principles, window walls, roofing and glazing; and interior finish selection and interface with mechanical and electrical systems.
Prereq: ARCH 172 or consent of instructor

ARCH 274/275 0.5 each
Experimental Courses
These courses offer a vehicle for introducing additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 276 S 2C,2L 0.5
Timber: Design, Structure and Construction
Architectural case studies are used to examine conceptual development, structural design, building process and the selection of structural timber systems. Topics such as flexural, compression and truss members; connections; and plywood construction are studied using calculations, design aids, rules of thumb and the latest CSA design standards.
Prereq: ARCH 262

ARCH 284/285 F,W 3C 0.5 each
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum, guided exploration of specific architectural problem areas, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Prereq: Approval of (in house) UGAC

ARCH 292 F 2C,14std 1.5
Design Studio
The exploration of design as a thinking process through the medium of small scale design projects. The development and analysis of architectural propositions concerning personal space within the context of a larger community.

ARCH 293 S 2C,14std 1.5
Design Studio
Design involving problems of human perception and dimension in more complex environments, and dealing with issues of public and private space. Development of skills in analysis and programming, and further exploration of questions of siting and context. Field trip (one week).
Prereq: ARCH 292
Estimated field trip cost: $125

ARCH300S

ARCH 313 W 3C,3std 0.5
Computer Aided Design
A study of Computer Aided Design (CAD) seen as the creation of a data base of two-dimensional graphics and three-dimensional models from which drawings and images can be extracted. An important component of the course is therefore the structuring of this two- and three- dimensional information. For architectural subject matter the course will use the works of a classical architect, such as Palladio or Schinkel, by requiring the design and modelling of a building incorporating the design rules perceived to have been used by the architect. By using CAD as a means of criticism, CAD is also used to teach architectural history by allowing visual testing of the validity of the design rules and by allowing one to project oneself into a virtual reality of the past.
Prereq: ARCH 213 or consent of instructor

ARCH 345 W 2C,1S 0.5
Architectural Theory 1850-1940
Beginning with the introduction of important theories of architecture in vogue prior to 1850, the course will examine texts, movements, buildings, projects, and urban proposals of the period in order to understand the structure of contemporary architectural theory.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 346 W 2C,2L 0.5
Historicism and Romanticism: Sense of Periods and Styles
Depiction of "modern" culture as one in which the notion of environmental order as the fulfilling of natural law is replaced by a notion of order as the historical creation of autonomous wills. Selected works in philosophy, literature, art and architecture will be studied.
Prereq: ARCH 247 or consent of instructor

ARCH 362 W 2C,2L 0.5
Steel: Design, Structure and Construction
Architectural case studies are used to examine conceptual development, structural design, building process and the selection of structural steel systems. Topics such as tension, flexural and compression members; and connections are studied using calculations, design aids, rules of thumb and the latest CSA design standards.
Prereq: ARCH 262

ARCH 363 F 2C,2L 0.5
Concrete: Design, Structure and Construction
Architectural case studies are used to examine conceptual development, structural design, building process and the selection of structural concrete systems. Topics such as flexural (rectangular, T-Beams, and one-way slabs) and compression members; footing and retaining walls; non-reinforced and reinforced masonry walls are studied using calculations, design aids, rules of thumb and the latest CSA design standards.
Prereq: ARCH 262

ARCH 372 W 2C,2L 0.5
Building Services 1
The course focuses on the air and water systems of buildings and is aimed at developing knowledge and skills appropriate to architectural practice. Subjects covered include environmental parameters, heating and cooling loads, energy conservative design, the selection of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, plumbing systems, and fire protection criteria and systems, with reference to building codes and standards.
Coreq: ARCH 392 or consent of instructor

ARCH 373 F 2C,2L 0.5
Building Services 2
A study of services in buildings, covering electrical distribution, vertical transportation, lighting and acoustics. The course also addresses exterior applications, site planning and district services, and a survey of urban infrastructures.
Coreq: ARCH 393 or consent of instructor

ARCH 374/375 0.5 each
Experimental Courses
These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 384/385 F,W R 0.5 each
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum. It allows guided exploration of a specific architectural problem area, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Prereq: Approval of (in house) UGAC

ARCH 392 W 3C,18std 2.0
Design Studio
Development of design skills and theoretical knowledge through their application in projects involving various building types in urban situations. Emphasis is placed upon issues of materiality and technology in architectural design.
Prereq: ARCH 293

ARCH 393 F 3C,18std 2.0
Design Studio
The application of architectural principles to urban design. The study and analysis of elements of existing communities, and of the theories and processes in the creation of new urban areas. Design at an urban scale.
Prereq: ARCH 392

ARCH400S

Courses for Bachelor of Architecture

ARCH 444 S 3C 0.5
Roots of Japanese Architecture
This course will study three phases of the pre-Meiji (8000 BC - 1868 AD) period under the headings of i) Apparent Disorder, ii) Geometric Order, and iii) Sophisticated Order as they relate to the evolution of Japanese architecture.
Prereq: Consent of Instructor

ARCH 445 F,W 2C,2D 0.5
The Practice of Criticism in Creative Design
The application of critical thought will be exercised regularly through oral and written assignments on a wide range of designed human experience; secondarily, there will be reading assignments to facilitate the practice of criticism through a broadening knowledge of critical theory and its relationship to culture.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 446 F 2C,2S 0.5
Italian Urban History (Rome)
The course provides a survey of the history of settlement and urban form on the Italian peninsula from antiquity to the present day. In it the influences upon the structure of public and private space are outlined for each historical period. These include the constants such as geography and climate, but more especially the factors that induce and manifest change: politics, warfare, economics, social structure, the arts and theory.
Prereq: Registration in ARCH 492 or consent of instructor

ARCH 447 S 2C,1S 0.5
Japan: Signatures on the Landscape
The course examines connections between pre-war and post-war ideologies as a context for looking more closely at the work of contemporary architects and planners in Japan.
Architecture students only OR consent of instructor

ARCH 448 F 2C,2S 0.5
Rome and the Campagna (Rome)
History of settlement and building in Rome and the surrounding area from antiquity to the present. Acts of design in architecture, urban form and landscape related to political, cultural and spiritual authority of Rome. Comparison drawn between the image of the city, represented in literature and art, and the material facts of the place. Field trips, lecture.
Prereq: Registration in ARCH 492 or consent of instructor

ARCH 449 F 2C,2S 0.5
The Development of Modern Italian Architecture (Rome)
The course addresses the issues of architecture and urbanism in Rome and Italy from 1750 to the present. It explores the relationship between cultural, political and artistic phenomena such as Futurism, Novecento and Rationalism, that anticipate and create modernism in Italy.
Coreq: ARCH 492 or consent of instructor

ARCH 451 W 2C,1S 0.25
The Financial Aspects of Architecture
The course is an introduction to the financial aspects of the development and construction industries. The economics of property development and the process of cost estimation and control will be treated from a practical perspective.
Prereq: BArch Students or consent of instructor

ARCH 452 W 2C,1S 0.25
Specifications
Architectural working drawings and specifications; bidding requirements; general conditions; general requirements trade divisions; reference and source material; assembly and reproduction; structural, mechanical and electrical consultants.
Prereq: BArch Students or consent of instructor

ARCH 453 S 2C,1S 0.25
Professional Practice
Discussion of the legal and ethical aspects of architectural practice in Canada and in Ontario; in particular, contracts, bonds and insurance, construction lien, by-laws and regulations, architectural partnership. The legal background, client-architect relations, partial services, professional problems.
Prereq: BArch Students or consent of instructor

ARCH 454 S 2C,1S 0.25
Acts and Codes
The course introduces students to the legislative context within which architects operate; specifically, The Architects' Act, The Planning Act and The Building Codes.
Prereq: BArch Students or consent of instructor

ARCH 455 S 3C 0.5
Creative Problem Solving 2: Conflict Resolution and Innovation in Design
This course will carry the skills learned in ARCH 252 to the world at large, giving the participants the opportunity of dealing with larger client groups.
Prereq: Arch 252 and consent of instructor

ARCH 474/475 0.5 each
Experimental Courses
These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 484/485 F,W 3R 0.5 each
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum. It allows guided exploration of a specific architectural problem area, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Prereq: Approval of (in house) UGAC

ARCH 492Z F 3C,18std 2.0
Design Studio (Rome)
The studio course is mounted in Rome, Italy, with the school's own faculty and premises, and offers a unique opportunity to undertake design studies in a truly rich architectural heritage. The main focus is the nature of the institution and its relationship to the city and its culture. Two field trips, one week each.
Prereq: BES (pre-professional architecture) degree with minimum C- average in design courses
Field trip cost: $800

ARCH 492 F 3C,18std 2.0
Design Studio (Waterloo)
For students unable to study in Rome, an alternative studio is offered in Waterloo. It presents similar design projects and theoretical questions in a North American context.
Prereq: BES (pre-professional architecture) degree with minimum C- average in design courses

ARCH 493 W,S 3C,18std 2.0
Design Studio Options
A series of studio courses is offered which enables students to select their subject of study and instructor. The studios are presented either by visiting architects or professors or by school faculty, and reflect the instructor's particular interests and expertise. Enrolment is normally limited to a maximum of fifteen in any one studio.
Prereq: ARCH 492

ARCH 499 W,S 0.0
Fifth Year Thesis Proposal
Architecture students are responsible for developing a satisfactory thesis proposal prior to and as a pre-requisite of the 5A Design Studio. The completion of this requirement will be indicated as a mark of TCRU for the course on the student's academic record. The thesis proposal will be developed independently by the student between the 4B and 5A terms and will be reviewed and assessed by the 5A studio instructor.
Prereq: ARCH 493

ARCH500S

ARCH 574/575 0.5 each
Experimental Courses
These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Prereq: Consent of instructor

ARCH 584/585 W,S 3R 0.5 each
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum. It allows guided exploration of a specific architectural problem area, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Prereq: Approval of (in house) UGAC

ARCH 592/593 W,S 4C,28std 3.0 each
Design Studio
These courses provide an opportunity for the student to select an area of concentration for study and design in depth. A thesis topic is to be submitted and approved during term eight (4B) and all research work completed by the end of the eight-month Co-op work term five. Terms nine and ten (5A and 5B) will be spent developing the thesis for presentation during term ten. The thesis is to be a vehicle for thinking and design at an innovative level. Thus considerable emphasis is placed on both theory and development of design solutions.
Prereq: ARCH 499 and consent of instructor
A letter grade for ARCH 592 will be submitted only after the completion of ARCH 593.

Courses not offered 1995-96
ARCH 348 Italian Renaissance Architecture

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