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Academic Catalog 2017-2018
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Feb 23, 2018
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

Courses

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Architectural Design

  
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    EDAD102 Architectural Technical Drawing 3 cr.


    Development of a variety of design/technical drawing skills through exploration in various media using architectural design contexts. Attention is given to 3D material rendition, construction means, and form characteristics through measuring, documentation and transformation into 2D drawing. Freehand and hard line drawing including plan, section, elevation, axonometric, isometric, and perspective are covered through a diverse set of drawing projects.

    Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    EDAD200 Pattern Language & Morphology in Architecture 3 cr.


    An introduction to the design processes used in all areas of architecture and basic design, students develop a foundation in the principles of design through concept development, perception, comprehension and visual communication through sketches, measured drawings and models.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent or previous enrollment in EDAD102 Technical Drawing and EDAD 202 Methods and Materials or equivalent as approved by Instructor. (A preparatory course to studio design issues, required of all undergraduates in the program)

    Studio
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD202 Methods and Materials 3 cr.


    This course introduces students to the history, origins, properties, working methods, and assembly techniques of the major materials that comprise the built environment, with a focus on the development of woodshop skills and wood frame construction.

    Students are immersed in the nuts and bolts of architectural craft and construction technology practice. Through design sketch problems, hands-on demonstrations, and readings, students focus on the most common methods of constructing building systems in wood, masonry, steel, and concrete. Constructing a full-scale model of a wood-framed structure brings the theory to life. Read chapters 1-5, 8-11, and 13-15 of Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods (Edward Allen) prior to class.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent or previous enrollment in EDAD200 Pattern Language

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall

  
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    EDAD203 3D Modeling for Freshman 3 cr.


    An exploration of form.Z as an introduction to 3D modeling skills. Various design projects are used as the basis to explore the 2D and 3D tools to form a basic understanding of the software.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    EDAD205 Technical Drawing as an Art Form 3 cr.


    The goal of this course is to reestablish this classic form of drawing. Assignments will stress the technical aspects of pencil as well as pen and ink drawing. Students will be introduced to axonometric views, perspective construction and freehand object drawings of interior and exterior views. Lectures will include technical drawing and architectural renderings from the golden age.

    Critique
    All College Elective
  
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    EDAD216 History of Architecture and Urban Planning I 3 cr.


    The course examines building cultures from different periods and places, beginning with pre-history and the ancient civilizations from more than 5000 years ago that kept the first written records, through the era of medievalism up to the dawn of modernity.

    Emphasis is given to different aspects of the built domain: selected individual buildings, their symbolical significance, layouts, spatial organization, construction, building materials and technologies, along with buildings’ sites and city plans within the broader urban and cultural landscapes.  Each lecture is based on a variety of case studies of buildings and settlements explored within their specific geographies and historical settings. Rather than asking for simple memorizing of particular data or dates, students develop skills of analyzing, comparing and getting oriented within distinct historical spaces and periods.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement

  
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    EDAD223 Architectural Design I 3 cr.


    Introduction to architectural design as a social art. The course lays the foundation of basic skills in architecture through which students are introduced to design through observation of people and places, program schematics, access, siting and elementary building languages.

    Through a series of projects of increasing complexity, students work on designs that include small scale private and public programs, and transform ideas into built form.

    Prerequisites: Undergraduates: EDAD200 Pattern Language, EDAD102 Architectural Technical Drawing, and EDAD202 Methods and Materials

    Studio
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring

  
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    EDAD227 Architectural Structures I 3 cr.


    Introduces construction at a domestic scale through lectures, slides and field trips. Structural calculations include safe selection of building parts by stress analysis, beam equations and column computations. Students learn sufficient wood and masonry building techniques to design a small wood frame building. Assignments include structural models and calculations.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDAD300 Design/Build/Artisanry 3 cr.


    Development of technical drawing skills through exploration in various media using architectural or industrial design contexts. Introduces various drawing techniques. Attention is given to 3D material rendition, construction means, and form characteristics through measuring, documentation, and transformation into 2D drawing. Freehand and hard line drawing including plan, section, elevation, axonometric, isometric, and perspective.

    Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD302 Sustainable Architecture 3 cr.


    Providing a broad overview of ecology and landscape as a basis for understanding sustainable principles, the course follows research focusing on “deep retrofit” detailing for new and existing wood frame housing in various climates, with an emphasis on cold climates similar to New England. Lectures include siting, water and waste, trash and recycling, conservation and energy production, air, environment and health, materials and methods in construction, transportation, food production, native landscape design and the broader issues of building community. Sustainable construction principles centered in wood frame construction for both new and existing housing presented and researched including the current developments in details, environmental and energy systems alternatives. Individually and in groups, students are required to develop details for existing construction approaching zero-energy use in various climates, associated with an outline specification indicating materials, systems and energy sources. Each student will complete a drawn presentation, an individual outline specification, and a short presentation on a focused area of interest.

    Prerequisites: EDAD223 Architectural Design I, or equivalent as approved by Instructor.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Sustainabilty Content
    Departmental Requirement
  
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    EDAD307 Furniture Design I 3 cr.


    This studio is designed as an introduction to the basic principles of furniture design as it relates to history, methods of production and style. Through a series of projects, students design and construct projects focusing on material selection, joinery conventions of similar and different materials and craft in assemblage. Students are encouraged to develop consistent formal elements in their designs, with attention to ease of use, function, assemblage and workmanship.

    Prerequisites: EDAD202 Methods and Materials, or 3DSC102 Technology and Culture, or permission of Instructor

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    All College Elective
  
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    EDAD310 Architectural Design II 3 cr.


    The studio focuses on the development of tools and fundamental skills for primary competence in design leading to an emerging ability to integrate design explorations - the ability to think critically about and integrate research and precedents, climate and site, program, use and structural building propositions.

    Prerequisites: EDAD223 or EDAD305 Architectural Design I or equivalent as approved by Instructor

    Studio
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD316 History of Architecture and Urban Planning II 3cr


    The course explores building cultures from around the world from 1400s until the mid-20th century. As the time-line covered in the course starts
    with the Renaissance – defined by its radical shift from the previous, predominantly religious, ideological framework, to man-centered belief
    systems – the entire period can be generally considered as the Age of Modernity. Therefore, special attention in the course is paid to the
    various concepts, understanding, and architectural manifestations of the idea of Modern. Each lecture is based on a variety of
    case studies - specific buildings, urban plans and theoretical statements of the leading architects, planners and visionary contributors
    to the creation of the built domain, understood through the specificities of the ideological, cultural, and intellectual settings of different
    periods and geographies.

    Fall
  
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    EDAD317 Architectural Structures II 3 cr.


    Continues structural design of wooden buildings and computations for generic or special extra load applications requiring compound wood sections. Introduces steel construction and calculation for steel beams and columns. Environmental systems of plumbing, heating and insulation are covered and students design a domestic plumbing system.

    Prerequisites: EDAD227 Architectural Structures I, or equivalent as approved by Instructor.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD318 Revit I & II 3 cr


    The course provides a basic understanding of the use of Autodesk Revit Architecture
    parametric modeling software. Course content includes developing drawings using
    typical building components as well as an introduction to component editing, scheduling
    of components, and project documentation. Students model an entire project using
    standard and custom components as appropriate. Every session will include the
    introduction of new tools and tricks. Rendering and solar studies are also explored.

    Studio
    Fall and Spring
  
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    EDAD320 Architectural Design III 3 cr.


    Students are exposed to a design project of increasing complexity and an investigation of mixed use programming at an urban site. Design work includes experimentation with the design and selection of structural systems and application of sustainable principles to site and building design concepts and details.

    Development of architectural design skills that address the issues of housing both locally and globally viewed through a lens of cultural differences: as in typical minimum housing sizes and varied user profiles. The coursework includes investigation of elements of urban tissue such as plazas, squares, street edges and systems of city form understood through street patterns and greenways followed up in a site study focused on the primary design project for the studio. Students explore needs, values, norms and spatial patterns as a means to sensitize them to diverse physical and cultural environments that culminate in the design of a mixed-use housing project in a local urban contex

    Prerequisites: EDAD310, EDAD327

    Studio
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring

  
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    EDAD327 Architectural Structures III 3 cr.


    Introduces structure design of compound steel beams and columns and long span trusses of steel or wood. Environmental systems/building science topics include electricity, wiring, lighting and daylighting, long span roofing and foundation and site methods.

    Prerequisites: EDAD317 Architectural Structures II, or equivalent as approved by Instructor

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDAD330 The Art of Furniture Design I: Fundamentals of Design and Construction 3 cr.


    In this course, students initiate and are guided through a hands-on design/build project based on fundamental tenets of furniture design. Students will come to class with work from Design Processes for Furniture Design to use as the basis for their project. This studio shop course will begin with a review of design fundamentals and the concept design process. If necessary, concepts are refined through additional drawings and maquette model making as preparation for the concluding phase: completion of the final product. This class will also be open to students outside of the certificate program who have experience in basic hand tool use and maintenance as well as a comfort level for work in standing machine power tools.

    Prerequisites: Design Processes for Furniture Design

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD333 MassMaker Studio 3 cr


    MassMaker is an interdisciplinary, mixed media design studio program focused on an
    entrepreneurial approach to the making of things. The course simulates the development cycle of
    ideas from inspiration, through design and development, prototyping and fabrication, and
    creation and marketing. Working in teams with other students from different disciplines,
    students gain leadership, collaboration, and design skills in a problem based, hands on
    environment of shared success.

    Students form teams, create a problem statement, propose an idea to solve the stated problem,
    design their solution, prototype and fabricate it using a mixture of means and methods including
    digital design (3D Modeling, Parametric Design, Finite Analysis), digital prototyping and
    fabrication (3D Printing, CNC Controlled, Laser Cutters) traditional crafts (Wood, Metal,
    Composites shops), and the present their concept using digital design and graphics techniques
    including printed material, digital media, animation, or interactive media. Fabrication and
    prototyping takes place in shops and labs located throughout the Mass Art campus. Studio space for
    design and assembly will be provided to each team.

    Sustainabilty Content
    Undergraduate Electove
    Spring Only

  
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    EDAD334 Architectural Communication 3cr


    Amongst fields of creative production,
    architecture is unique in its reliance on
    representational images. Architects rely on these
    representations to convey multiple layers of
    information, from the conceptual to the
    pragmatic. With the dizzying array of digital and
    analog media at our disposal, how do we determine
    how best to present our design ideas? And, with
    limited time, how do we select the most effective
    and efficient technique to present conceptual
    content? In this course, students take a closer
    look at strategies of architectural
    representation, with a focus on communicating a
    clear message through graphic means. Students
    explore multiple historical examples, learn new
    drawing and model making techniques, and produce
    a range of 2d and 3d work that aims to fully
    capture and enhance design intent.

    Prerequisites: EDAD-102

    Critique
    Undergraduate Elective
    Spring
  
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    EDAD340 The Art of Furniture Design II: Fundamentals of Design and Construction 3 cr.


    In this course, students initiate and are guided through a hands-on design/build project based on fundamental tenets of furniture design. Students will come to class with work from Design Processes for Furniture Design to use as the basis for their project. This studio shop course will begin with a review of design fundamentals and the concept design process. If necessary, concepts are refined through additional drawings and maquette model making as preparation for the concluding phase: completion of the final product. This class will also be open to students outside of the certificate program who have experience in basic hand tool use and maintenance as well as a comfort level for work in standing machine power tools.

    Prerequisites: The Art of Furniture Design: Fundamentals of Design and Construction I

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD350 Building Components and Details 3 cr.


    This course investigates the nature of construction material and the inherent ways that materials behave, using these properties in small-scale design studies. Construction assemblies are studied for their logic and design opportunities. Students use industry conventions such as dimensioning and material constraints in designs to develop projects through drawing, models and building actual details. The work is developed in architectural, interior and industrial design contexts.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent or previous enrollment in EDAD223 Architectural Design I and EDAD202 Methods and Materials. This course is required of all undergraduates in the program and provides a means for undergraduates to design and explore constructed building details.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
  
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    EDAD356 Exhibit Design 3 cr.


    The intent of this class is to discover and explore the basic principles of designing exhibits, including structural frameworks, ergonomics, scale, graphics, and an exploration of materials, form and fabrication. Students are exposed to concepts of time and the multiple types of display for selling, celebrations, fairs, expositions and markets.

    Prerequisites: Open to all majors; limited spaces will be reserved for freshman.

    Critique
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD360 Furniture Fabrication for a Sustainable Future 3 cr.


    This course combines experience in the fine art of furniture making with an exploration of the procurement, preparation and use of sustainable
    materials. Students develop their woodworking skills in both traditional joinery techniques as well modern production methods. Each student is
    responsible for generating and building an original design that represents an understandingof efficiency and sustainability.
    The focus is on functional pieces for living, learning and working spaces.

    Prerequisites: prior woodshop experience

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Sustainabilty Content
    All College Elective
  
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    EDAD392 AD Course Assistantship


  
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    EDAD398 AD Internship


  
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    EDAD399 AD Independent Study


  
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    EDAD402 Professional Practice 3 cr.


    Students are introduced to architectural practice through social and community design issues, fiduciary responsibility, design and construction contracts and contract law, regulations and codes governing design and construction, ethics, sustainability and environmental issues and requirements for planning, site design and building design and construction.

    Prerequisites: EDAD320 Architectural Design III (required of all graduates in the program) Permission of Instructor required of students in the undergraduate program.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD405 Making Cities Work 3 cr


    What design decisions lead to a more sustainable future and how are those decisions made? In this course we examine how the architecture and design of cities is dependent on the underlying urban fabric by looking carefully at the forces that shape great urban spaces - the designers, the political players and the everyday urban dwellers. 

    Contemporary projects ranging from The High Line in Manhattan to Germany’s Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord are used as case-studies in conjunction with study of Boston’s historical and contemporary urban landscape. Students’ final projects for the course involve direct observation, analysis and documentation of selected sites in Boston. Through case studies and investigations in Boston we critically assess the social, cultural, environmental and economic factors that influence built and landscape fabric of cities and what the confluence of those underpinnings means for the future of the places where we live.

    Hybrid Studio Critique
    Sustainabilty Content
    Elective
    FAll

  
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    EDAD408 Special Topics in Architectural History/Theory and Criticism 3cr.


    This course provides a survey of main theoretical approaches in modern architectural history:
    beginning from the institutionalization of architectural academia until the present. We
    examine how a wide range of architectural commentators see the meaning, role, and
    significance of the built environment, and each week is devoted to a certain theme and/or theory
    affirmed in a particular historical context. The themes are explored through reading and
    discussion of the historical texts, as well as more recent interpretations by contemporary
    commentators.

    Each week’s topic is examined in a three hour discussion on the assigned readings. Students
    sharpen their critical thinking and develop their verbal and writing skills through in-depth study
    of particular topics in seminar discussions, oral presentations and written assignments.

    Spring Only

  
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    EDAD409 The City: Interviews With Innovators In Design and City Process 3cr


    This highly interactive lecture course seeks to
    expose students to a group of experts who are
    challenging the larger forces that affect
    building design, including public participation in zoning
    and city master-planning, economics, finance, and
    development models, and resiliency and climate
    change regulations.  Guest lecturers such as Dr.
    Barry Bluestone, Dr. Atyia Martin, Chief
    Resiliency Officer for the City of Boston, and others will
    present their work and engage in a lively
    interview-style conversation around how designers
    can shape projects in intelligent and innovative
    ways to deal with today’s complex realities.
    Prior to the ‘interviews’, students are expected to
    familiarize themselves with the work of the
    visitor and compile questions that they will ask the guest.

    Prerequisites: Knowledge in architectural design and Interest in planning initiatives in the cities of Boston and Cambridge.

    Seminar
    Fall
  
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    EDAD410 Architectural Design IV 3 cr.


    Architectural design projects of increasing complexity, to include multi-storied construction proposed in the public realm on an urban site. The course provides a framework for making clear design decisions related to the development of solving complex programming skills in a community setting. Projects use a range of building systems requiring long spans and taller structures in steel and concrete. The studio begins with a short project exercise in manipulating an existing exposed column and beam grid system in order to investigate the structural frame, closure and edge conditions.

    Prerequisites: EDAD320 Architectural Design III

    Studio
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD417 Architectural Structures IV 3 cr.


    Introduces structural design of 3-hinged arches and concrete buildings including computations for safe selection of beams, joists, slabs and columns. Environmental systems/building science topics include active and passive solar design, HVAC, acoustics, fire alarm, sprinkler, security and elevators, concrete methods, and critical path method job planning.

    Prerequisites: EDAD327 Architectural Structures III, or equivalent as approved by Instructor.

    Lecture/Seminar
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall/Spring
  
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    EDAD440 Intermediate Furniture Design: Pre-Capstone Studio 3 cr.


    Working with greater autonomy in the shop environment, each student develops a more advanced design project in consultation with faculty. The project will be based on students’ ongoing practice of concept documentation and idea development in their sketchbooks, and focused on continued evolution of individual vision and practice. Practical issues such as rapid decision making and timely procurement of materials are incorporated into the design/build process. This course may be combined with the Art of Furniture class, depending upon enrolment.

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD441 Furniture Design Capstone 3 cr.


    This is the culmination of a five semester concentration on the development of studio furniture. Students are required to produce a significant work of merit – a furniture suite, or a series of pieces – in order to successfully complete the capstone course. The expectation is for the student to produce work which is a cohesive representation of his or her individual aesthetic voice and vision. As such, the final work will be the defining element of the emerging artist’s portfolio as the student moves into professional practice.

    Prerequisites: Intermediate Furniture Design: Pre-Capstone studio

    Hybrid Studio/Critique
    Departmental Elective
  
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    EDAD445 Real Estate Development 3cr.


    This class provides a detailed overview of real property development and the role of the
    architect among the wide range of professionals who contribute to the process. Students are
    introduced to concepts of risk and return, real estate markets, zoning and regulation, basic
    property law, types of business entities, debt and equity, valuation and appraisal, property and
    liability insurance, and the various ways in which architects can engage in and contribute to
    creating financially successful projects. Students learn the use of analytical tools
    including pro forma analyses, discounted cash flows, net present value, internal rate of
    return, project management and scheduling, and the creation and
    use of simple spreadsheets. The class also looks at the biographies of a number of well-known real
    estate developers to see widely differing management styles and approaches. Projects
    ranging in size from the rehab of a 3-family “triple-decker” to the development of a complex
    multi-million dollar mixed-use project are examined. Guest presentations by practicing
    professionals are used to bring real-world pespectives to the class materials.

    Spring Only
  
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    EDAD450 Architecture Degree Project I (Research) 3 cr.


    This course is the first of a two-semester senior architectural degree project. This project will be the vehicle for students to develop techniques to self sufficiently research, explore, develop and ultimately demonstrate the validity of an architectural thesis / proposition put forth by the student. In this semester students will identify a thesis / proposition of personal interest to them; they will develop a comprehensive preliminary architectural program that supports the thesis / proposition; and they will identify a locally available site which will provide an appropriate context for the proposed project. Through research, evaluation, analysis and testing, the student will confirm the feasibility of the chosen project to accomplish the architectural goals and support the thesis / proposition stated by the student.

    Prerequisites: EDAD410 Concurrent or prior enrollment in Architectural Design IV (Required of all undergraduates in the program)

    Lecture/Seminar
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Fall
  
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    EDAD451 Architecture Degree Project II (Design) 3 cr.


    This is the second semester course in a design study in architecture, lasting one year for each of the graduating seniors in architecture. Students come to this class armed with the products of EDAD450 - thesis concept, a comprehensive program, a feasibility study, and preliminary design drawings. In this semester students focus on their building design in plan, section, elevation, structural models of various scales, details, building envelope studies, environmental and service systems into a final design set, with details appropriate to their projects. Students shall be required to provide a bound book and associated CD organized to show process, outcomes, and the fully developed design documentation including photographs of the final project.

    Prerequisites: EDAD450 Architecture Degree Project I

    Studio
    Culturally Diverse Content
    Departmental Requirement
    Spring
 


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