Zachary Seguin

ARCH Courses

ARCH 100 – An Introduction to Architecture

An introduction which explores in broad terms the nature of architecture and its evolution over time. The course will familiarize students with the primary concepts and architecture of our culture; develop an awareness of the primary influences on the evaluation of architectural form; establish the concept that architecture conveys meaning through its own expressive language; and introduce the language of architectural criticism and interpretation.

ARCH 110 – Visual and Digital Media 1

Introduction to the use of graphic media in architecture. Students will engage in exercises in drawing using various media, acquire digital skills, and develop fluency in diverse forms of architectural presentation. [Offered: F]

ARCH 113 – Visual and Digital Media 2

Introduction to computing techniques in architecture. Students will be instructed in the conceptual foundations for computer use in architecture, graphic applications for the computer and skills for two-dimensional drawing, three-dimensional modelling and graphic techniques for visualization and portfolio development. Students will gain fluency in a range of software applications for the purposes of developing technical and visual proficiencies to be integrated into the design process. [Offered: W]

ARCH 114 – Visual Communication 3

This course will elaborate upon the graphic and communication conventions established in the fundamental architecture curriculum. Intermediate investigations in two dimensional representation and photographic manipulation are developed to enhance presentation skills within a professional and academic context. Building upon the fundamentals of CAD, the course further examines digital media as a design tool at high and low fidelity levels. The topics covered in the course culminate in the generation of an architecture portfolio. [Offered: S]

ARCH 125 – Principles of Environmental Design

An introduction to the environmental aspects of architectural design and to an analysis of the form that buildings and landscapes take and the processes and ideals leading to those forms. Topics of discussion include environmental concepts and influences on design, site planning, landscape, sustainability, embodied energy, climatic influences and microclimates.

ARCH 126 – Environmental Building Design

An introduction to environmental design practices leading to low carbon design. Topics of discussion include passive heating and cooling, solar geometry, climate and meteorological influences, microclimate, site design, daylighting, active systems, embodied energy, sustainable rating systems, sustainable design philosophies such as cradle to cradle, biomimicry and design for disassembly. Energy-related issues will be addressed and energy-based software design programs will be introduced. Understanding the role of design in an energy efficient/passive solar building will be a central learning outcome.

ARCH 142 – Introduction to Cultural History

This course will introduce an approach to cultural history and attempt to localize modern humanity by looking at the principal icons and images that have been central to the compelling myths of Modernism, the principal movement and source of art and architecture in 20th century Western culture. This course will examine how living myths are recapitulated or transformed in relationship to the artistic and cultural conventions of the period. [Offered: F]

ARCH 143 – The Ancient World and Foundations of Europe

An overview of the cultural history of antiquity and the Early Middle Ages up to the rise of feudalism and the rediscovery of Aristotle: from 2000 BC to 1100 AD. Recognition of patterns of life and the concepts of order and conduct, the metaphors and myths which evolve during this time period through the study of the ideas, literature, art, architecture, technology and town design from ancient Greece and Rome and the lands surrounding the Mediterranean until the end of the first millennium. [Offered: W]

ARCH 172 – Building Construction 1

A focus on the construction of small-scale buildings will introduce the fundamentals of building construction demonstrating relationships between contemporary design and material selections. Design development practices will reference; regulatory frameworks, building science, soils, foundations, light wood construction, engineered wood, masonry (brick, concrete block, load bearing, veneer systems), shallow foundations, residential codes, barrier free design.

ARCH 173 – Building Construction 2

An emphasis on the construction of medium-to large-scale building will examine relationships between design development and the building science, and construction practices of structural systems and enclosures. Case studies and projects will be used to investigate steel framing systems (traditional, long span, architectural exposed structural steel [AESS]); reinforced, precast, fibre reinforced and prestressed concrete construction; heavy timber construction (traditional, glulam, cross laminated timber [CLT]); deep foundations; building envelopes (curtain wall, window walls, glazing, insulation strategies, and roofing systems); fire protective design. [Offered: W]

ARCH 174 – 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.

ARCH 175 – 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.

ARCH 192 – 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.

ARCH 193 – Design Studio

Further development of basic skills, and the application of theory and design in small scale architectural design projects. Introduction to issues of inhabitation, program and context. [Offered: W]

ARCH 212 – Digital Fabrication

This course will introduce students to the tools, work-flows, and culture surrounding computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and its creative applications within architecture. Students will learn how to work with CAD/CAM technologies such as laser cutters, three-dimensional (3D) printers and computer numerical control (CNC) routers while expanding their knowledge of two- and three-dimensional CAD geometries that inform the digital fabrication process. [Offered: F]

ARCH 215 – Communication Design

This course will elaborate upon the graphic and communication conventions established in the fundamental architecture curriculum through a series of assignments ranging from conventional architectural techniques to introductory principles of graphic and industrial design. The intention is to: cultivate an understanding of fundamental concepts and techniques in leading vector and raster-based graphic tools for design development and presentation; to develop an understanding of the paradigm shift from digital media as a representation tool to that of design development; to expand the depth and breath of skills necessary for modern design industry; and to apply design techniques and technologies to and from industrial and graphic design. [Offered: S]

ARCH 225 – Theory and Design of the Contemporary Landscape

This course provides an historical overview of the ideas of nature and landscape in Western thought. 'Nature', 'Ecology', and 'Landscape' are treated as cultural constructs, related to specific philosophical, technological, economic, political, and social issues. Many of these issues will be considered as the course of study traces the evolution and transformation of contemporary landscape. [Offered: S]

ARCH 226 – Environmental Building Design

This study of building construction and design examines relationships between design development and environmental building practices. Case studies, testing exercises, and projects will be used to investigate: solar geometry, influences of climate, regional circumstances, sustainability, vernacular building practice, daylighting, and passive design. Energy related issues will be addressed and energy based software design programs will be introduced. The detailed design of an energy efficient/passive solar building as the final term project will be undertaken.

ARCH 246 – Pre-Renaissance to Reformation

This course presents the cultural history of the High and Late Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation: from the 12th to 17th centuries. Recognition of the patterns of life of feudalism, the medieval world, scholasticism, the humanist re-interpretation of the place of Man in the universe, the protestant challenge to established doctrines of faith, and the new understanding of the human and natural worlds in the wake of the European discovery of Asia and the Americas. Analysis of the art and architecture from this era with emphasis on the French and German Gothic, and the Italian Renaissance and its spread and transformation in the rest of Europe. [Offered: F]

ARCH 247 – 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 attitudes from humanism, nationalism, and Reformation through the Enlightenment until the French Revolution and Hume's dethronement of Reason. [Offered: S]

ARCH 248 – Enlightenment, Romanticism and the 19th Century

This course investigates the cultural and architectural history of the scientific, agricultural, industrial and social revolutions. Depiction of early modern culture and those of the Enlightenment and the long nineteenth century 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 will. Analysis of the art and architecture from this era with emphasis on the Baroque, Neo-Classicism, Historicism, and the Industrial Revolution. Selected works in philosophy, literature, art and architecture will be studied. [Offered: S]

ARCH 252 – 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 the ability to consciously and deliberately make use of one's own creative potential; engendering an awareness of the capacity to use active collaboration between self and colleagues to produce better solutions to the problems identified by the group.

ARCH 256 – Introduction to Photography

Introduction to the main concepts in creating and using photographic images. This will be accomplished in the context of various academic applications including site and model documentation, portfolio, and thesis presentation. The course will include both analog and digital procedures but with a heavy emphasis on monochrome silver images. A limited number of analog and digital cameras are available on a loan basis. Materials at student's expense.

ARCH 260 – Principles of Structures

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, moment of inertia. Concepts of simple stress and strain; shear and bending moments in simple beams; shear and moment diagrams, qualitative deflected shapes, flexural and shearing stresses, deflection calculations; compression members; Euler's formula. [Offered: F]

ARCH 263 – Integrated Environmental Systems

This course is focused on the integrated environmental systems of buildings with an aim to develop the knowledge and skills appropriate to architectural practice. Subjects covered include environmental parameters, air and water systems, heating and cooling loads, energy conservation, ventilating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and waste systems, artificial source lighting and daylighting, acoustics, and fire protection criteria and systems, with reference to building codes and standards. [Offered: F]

ARCH 264 – Building Science

The physio-technical factors that influence building design for performance: durability, efficiency, health and sustainability will be explored. Common building design construction problems, their causes and solutions, will be examined with the aid of case studies. Using the principles of building science, good details of masonry, wood, steel and glass will be developed.[Offered: W]

ARCH 272 – Interior Environments: Acoustics and Lighting

A detailed study of the interior environments of buildings focusing on acoustics, artificial source lighting and day lighting. The course also addresses building services such as electrical distribution, vertical transportation and exterior site services. [Offered: F]

ARCH 273 – Environmental Systems

A focus on the air and water systems of buildings with an aim to 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. [Offered: S]

ARCH 274 – Experimental Course

These courses offer a vehicle for introducing additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.

ARCH 275 – 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.

ARCH 276 – 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. [Offered: S]

ARCH 277 – Timber: Design, Structure and Construction for Engineers

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. [Offered: S]

ARCH 284 – 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.

ARCH 285 – 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.

ARCH 292 – 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 – 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.

ARCH 313 – Advanced Visualization and Analysis

This course will explore the study of architectural precedent as both an analytic and generative tool exposing students to diagrammatic strategies and advanced visualization methods to be used as a support for urban and architectural analysis and design. This course will expose students to architectural visualization techniques, information design and the management of complexity using Building Information Modelling (BIM) and other digital tools. [Offered: W]

ARCH 314 – Digital Design

This intermediate level course provides a more in-depth theoretical foundation in architectural design by computer, including three-dimensional modelling, light and colour, rendering, image processing and animation. Practice is provided by weekly tutorial exercises and a small term design project.

ARCH 327 – 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 both system and 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. [Offered: F]

ARCH 328 – Approaches to Architecture and Urbanism

The course develops a trans-disciplinary overview to design approaches in architecture and urbanism using image- and symbol-making as key activities in designing environments. The course evaluates the quality of results and the quality of process of design of environments. The students address topics within a wide range of subject matter groupings, from sustainable architecture to engineering, landscape and infrastructure, to branding and aesthetic practices, to design within the municipal political forum. Students present seminars on diverse categories of design as a means to develop a personal design ethos. The final submission includes a set of drawings, diagrams and images that represent a set of design principles allowing students to consciously take a position in the world as a designer. [Offered: F, W]

ARCH 331 – Working with Wood

This course focuses on understanding the premise that hand skills can facilitate and help inform conceptual and academic skills. The content provides a broad based introduction to woodworking equipment, its fabrication methods and methodology. A combination of lectures and hands on experiences are used to equip students with the basic skills and knowledge required to conceptualize, fabricate and finish a designed object from wood. [Offered: W]

ARCH 332 – Design/Build Workshop

A design/build workshop which offers opportunities for hands-on experience in three-dimensional design. Advancements of technical and design skills provide the underpinnings for the projects. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of media and techniques such as woodworking and metalworking, allowing for both individual and small team investigations. A logbook will be kept to record creative intentions and the design process from conception to completion. [Offered: F, W]

ARCH 342 – Modernism to the 21st Century

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 variant forms of modernism. [Offered: W]

ARCH 343 – Enlightenment, Romanticism and the 19th Century

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. [Offered: W]

ARCH 345 – Architectural Theory 1850-1990

Beginning with the introduction of important theories of architecture in vogue prior to 1850, this course examines texts, movements, buildings, projects, and urban proposals of the period in order to understand the structure of contemporary architectural theory.

ARCH 346 – Competitions in Architecture

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. [Offered: W, S]

ARCH 347 – Philosophy in Architecture

The course introduces the study of philosophical issues as they pertain to architecture, urbanism, image-making and symbol manipulation. The course focuses on the work of a selection of living and recent philosophers whose issues are relevant to questions of everyday 21st century life, with reference to their basis in the history of philosophy. Work by philosophers such as Giorgio Agamben, Kwame Anthony Appiah and Judith Butler on ethics, Gilles Deleuze on meaning, Friedrich Kittler on media and technology, Jean-Luc Nancy on community and Slavoj Zizek on psychoanalysis and political economy, as well as Canadian scholars such as Marshall McLuhan and Harold Innis is addressed. Students participate in a seminar format with a series of presentations linking their design projects with philosophical issues, and submit a final project making use of text and diagrams. [Offered: F, W]

ARCH 362 – Steel and Concrete: Design, Structure and Construction

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 studied using calculations, design aids, rules of thumb and the latest CSA design standards. [Offered: W]

ARCH 364 – Building Science

The physio-technical factors that influence building design for performance: durability, efficiency, health and sustainability will be explored. Common building design construction problems, their causes and solutions, will be examined with the aid of case studies. Using the principles of building science, good details of masonry, wood, steel and glass will be developed. [Offered: W]

ARCH 365 – Structural Design Build Workshop

This course builds on the principles learned in the previous structural design courses to the field of application. Students will design, construct, and test full size prototypes of chairs and other structures of limited scale. Performance will be predicted and analyzed in the wake of testing. A full structural report is required. [Offered: F]

ARCH 374 – Experimental Courses

These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.

ARCH 375 – Experimental Courses

These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.

ARCH 384 – 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.

ARCH 385 – 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.

ARCH 392 – 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.

ARCH 393 – Option Design Studio

This Design Studio is subdivided into distinct studio sections, each of which provides a specific platform for advanced research and design presented within the context of a topic or set of issues to be explored in relation to a specific design project, program and site. These studios range in both scale and scope, traversing an array of academic investigations, design hypotheses, research agendas, interdisciplinary explorations, and pedagogical intentions. These topics foreground the disciplinary arenas within architecture in the areas of architectural theory, media, technology, urbanism, and landscape. [Offered: F]

ARCH 425 – Theory and Design of the Contemporary Landscape

This course provides an historical overview of the ideas of nature and landscape in Western thought. 'Nature', 'Ecology', and 'Landscape' are treated as cultural constructs, related to specific philosophical, technological, economic, political, and social issues. Many of these issues will be considered as the course of study traces the evolution and transformation of contemporary landscape. [Offered: S]

ARCH 428 – 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.

ARCH 429 – Global Cities

A global cities course enabling students to travel abroad and study first hand the architecture and urbanism of cities across Europe, Asia and South America. These course offerings are thematically based and involve field trips to specific architectural sites, cities, and regions around the world.

ARCH 442 – Contemporary Architectural Theory

This course presents a thematically organized survey of contemporary architectural theory that focuses on the relationship between seminal theoretical texts and critical developments in contemporary architectural theory and practice. The course is intended to be a forum for discussion of selected topics in contemporary culture, and to provide students with an advanced knowledge base in contemporary architectural theory to ground more specialized architectural electives while acting as a support for thesis and other forms of advanced architectural research. [Offered: F]

ARCH 443 – Architecture and Film

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; for example - video filming, sound and visual editing, web page production. [Offered: F]

ARCH 446 – 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 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.

ARCH 448 – 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.

ARCH 449 – 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. [Two one day field trips, estimated cost $60.00. Offered: F]

ARCH 465 – Advanced Structures: Design and Analysis

This course builds on the knowledge acquired in the previous structural design courses, to convey practical experience in the application of skills to a specific structure. Students will perform an analysis of a full-scale prototype or structural case-study. Course requirements include the production of a comprehensive structural analysis report that demonstrate students' mastery of the principles of structural behaviour, analysis and design. In this course, students will also be introduced to other types of advanced structural systems such as tensile structures, shells, and tensegrity systems. [Offered: F]

ARCH 473 – Technical Report

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, health and life safety, movement systems, site planning and the integration of information technology. [Offered: S]

ARCH 474 – Experimental Courses

These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.

ARCH 475 – Experimental Courses

These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.

ARCH 484 – 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.

ARCH 485 – 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.

ARCH 492 – Design Studio

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. Students participating in the Rome term are expected to defray the costs of travel, accommodation and food. For students unable to study in Rome, an alternative studio is offered in Cambridge. It presents similar design projects and theoretical questions in a North American context. [Offered: F]

ARCH 493 – Design Studio/Comprehensive Building Design

This studio represents a culmination of the pre-professional degree, 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. [Offered: S]

ARCH 510 – Visual and Digital Media Courses

A range of special topics within visual and digital media that include course offerings in parametric design and scripting, advanced visualization, interaction design, and digital fabrication. [Offered: F,W,S]

ARCH 520 – Urbanism and Landscape Courses

A range of special topics courses within urbanism and landscape. [Offered: F,W,S]

ARCH 540 – Architectural History and Theory Courses

A range of special topics courses within cultural and architectural history, theory and criticism. [Offered: F,W,S]

ARCH 570 – Building Technology and Environmental Courses

A range of special topics courses within building technologies, structures, materials and methods and environmental systems including coursework in alternative energy systems, ecological design and design build. [Offered: F,W,S]

ARCH 610 – Architectural Research and Analysis

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.

ARCH 611 – Drawing, Representation and Practice

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

ARCH 612 – Originality and Invention in Architecture

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.

ARCH 613 – Light, Colour and Darkness

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.

ARCH 622 – Urban Revitalization & Design

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.

ARCH 623 – Ecosystem Design for Urban Landscapes

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.

ARCH 624 – The Social Ecology of the Urban Periphery

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.

ARCH 629 – Global Cities

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.

ARCH 640 – Contemporary Theory, Culture and Criticism

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.

ARCH 641 – The Inner Studio

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.

ARCH 642 – Modern Architecture

An overview of the individuals and movements associated with the birth of modern architecture in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. 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 variant forms of modernism. Heldwith ARCH 342- graduate students will be required to complete additional coursework for graduate level course credit.

ARCH 643 – The Study and Design of Cultural Sites

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.

ARCH 644 – Architecture, Memory and Commemoration

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.

ARCH 645 – Architecture and the State

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.

ARCH 646 – Architecture and Film

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.

ARCH 652 – Specifications

Architectural working drawings and specifications, bidding requirements; general conditions;general requirements trade divisions; reference and source material; assembly and production; structural, mechanical and electrical consultants.

ARCH 654 – Acts and Codes

The course introduces students to the legislative context within which architects operate, specifically: The Architect's Act, The Planning Act, and the Ontario and National Building Codes.

ARCH 655 – Architectural Professional Practice: Ethics, Business, Legal Issues, and Contract Administration

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.

ARCH 662 – Steel & Concrete: Design, Structure and Construction

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.

ARCH 671 – Technical Report

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.

ARCH 672 – Energy Effective Design

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.

ARCH 673 – The Science of the Building Envelope

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.

ARCH 675 – Sheltering Systems

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.

ARCH 676 – Lightweight Structures

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

ARCH 677 – Survey of Digital Design Technologies for Architecture

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.

ARCH 678 – Digital Lighting Design for Architecture

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.

ARCH 684 – Special Topics in Architecture

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

ARCH 685 – Readings and Seminars in Architecture

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.

ARCH 686 – Competitions in Architecture

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.

ARCH 690 – Design Studio

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.

ARCH 691 – Design Studio - Comprehensive Building Design

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.

ARCH 692 – Thesis Research and Design Studio I

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.

ARCH 693 – Thesis Research & Design Studio II

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.