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Architectural Design Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits
AD 200 Integrated 3D Design 3.00 credits
Develops basic design literacy and teaches basic problem solving methods and skills in preparation for tackling complex design problems in architecture, object and furniture design as well as numerous other areas of construction and fabrication, including sculpture, ceramics, packaging, environmental graphics etc. Students are introduced to a basic vocabulary of three-dimensional form making, space making and they learn to solve simple design problems methodically, with creativity and imagination. Design exercise are integrated with skill building assignments from concurrent courses in representation and fabrication methods.

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AD 201 required

AD 201 Methods 3.00 credits
Coordinated with AD's Fall Sophomore studio, students are introduced to issues of representation, architectural drawing methods and modeling. Also, to shop techniques in wood, metal, plaster and other materials. Students will learn how best to match ideas and concepts with representational techniques.

AD 205 Structures 3.00 credits
Focuses on questions of the structural and material integrity of buildings and other large constructions. Topics covered by the course will include the behavior of materials, analytic methods, and case studies. Students will follow course material in multiple media, including required texts as they conduct experiments, take field trips, complete group projects, make class presentations, and more. They will inquire as to what makes a given structure best able to hold itself and additional weight up without collapsing. The course will provide a basic grounding in the analytic and design methods known as statics and strengths of materials. Through a range of case studies and projects, students will develop their abilities to identify structural systems and design new structural strategies.

Prerequisite: AD 200

AD 210 Interior & Exterior 3.00 credits
Expands on the set of core phenomenology of architecture introduced in the first semester and also expands the realms of meaning and complexity of the design projects. Students investigate the mechanisms by which spaces take on meaning and the relationships between art, space and architecture. From ideation to problem solving, students are guided to construct a framework of design process and practice that is rigorous, yet personal. The students conclude this course with a body of carefully crafted architectural drawings, scale models and documentation of their design process.

Concurrent Enrollment in ENV 266 Required for ENV Majors Non-Majors need permission to waive co-requisite. Prerequisite: ENV 200

AD 211 Digital Drawing 3.00 credits
An introduction to creating digital drawings for architecture. Students learn to digitally draw and model, utilizing a wide variety of software including Adobe's Creative Suite, Autocad, SketchUp, Revit, Rhino, 3D Studio Max, and V-ray. In addition, students learn to use high end rendering plug-ins, and will develop an understanding of scale, lighting and materials in 3D environments.

Sophomores Only

AD 211CO DIS: Architectural Design 3.00 credits

AD 225 Emerging Practices 1.50 credits
The critical practice lecture series is intended to introduce students to a broad range of contemporary art and design issues and practices. The series will include local, national and international speakers representing both emerging and established practices.

AD 251 Intro Architectural Design 3.00 credits
In this introductory studio, students are immersed in the philosophies and strategies of solving three dimensional design problems in general and spatial design problems in particular. Students integrate multidisciplinary competencies they may already have with new design skills. Projects explore idea generation, concept realization in 2D and 3D media including basic orthographic drawings.

AD 252 Introduction to Object Design 3.00 credits
Can re-designing a water bottle help save the planet? What will the next iPhone look like? Why can’t my shoes recharge my cell phone while I walk? Design is about looking into the future; is about people; thinking, inventing, solving problems, collaborating, being curious, asking questions, and challenging everything; new forms, new structures, and new materials. In this course, students imagine the issues our future holds and design products to meet these challenges. At the same time, they become familiar with current design issues, new materials, smart technologies, and presentation techniques. This course serves as an introduction to the practice of product design: where creations are imagined, developed, and realized. Through workshops and hands-on experimentation, students invent products no one else has yet to dream up.

AD 300 Architecture Lab I 3.00 credits
Urbanism and technology are the central themes of the Architectural Lab 1 studio. Students work on urban projects of intermediate scale that are public in nature and which demand close consideration of physical and social contexts. Beginning with detailed analyses of specific sites, students go on to develop programs and technically resolved architectural proposals for their sites. In developing their proposals, students address basic problems of light, circulation, materials, construction, and structure and learn to find creative solutions to each.

Prerequisite: AD 210

AD 310 Architecture Lab II 3.00 credits
The City and culture are the central themes of the Architecture Lab II studio. This studio continues the introduction of increasingly complex architectural problems and more critically informed design strategies. Students learn to analyze cities as indexes of social, cultural, historic and political forces. Using Baltimore as a subject large scale design inquiry is initiated and elaborated through more detailed design exploration at the scale of the interior and exterior of inhabitable space. Research and mapping techniques, contemporary design strategies for sustainable urban environments and digital + physical modeling are among the skills that are introduced in this studio.

Prerequisite: AD 300

AD 311 Building Technology 3.00 credits
Introduces current building technologies and industry standards. Students will study the structural, environmental and design issues involved is selecting and customizing building technologies. Although traditional building systems will be discussed, there will be an emphasis on current and emerging technologies.

Prerequisite: AD 300

AD 351 Materials and Fabrication 3.00 credits
Explores the world of materials and the processes utilized in transforming them. It will address both traditional building materials and systems as well as new materials, technologies and emerging digital fabrication potentials. Students will engage in hands on building projects as well as research projects. Students will also gain a familiarity with the equipment and processes in MICA's digital fabrication (dFab) studio facilities.

Prerequisite: AD 210

AD 364 Radical Cartographies 3.00 credits
Pursue your curiosity about mapping of all kinds and scales. Students will gain an understanding of practical, political and philosophical powers of cartography. Often defined as map-making, cartography is this and so much more: it is the backbone of how complex spatial and social systems is understood, how to navigate and make new discoveries and how to explore knowledge temporally and spatially. Students work with manual and digital mapping tools to explore the range of techniques from compass bearings, GPS tracks, remote sensing and the powerful, game-changing software GIS (Geographical Information Systems). Historical and cutting edge methods will be employed to study geological, social, urban and rural conditions—students develop individualized projects to advance their skills and pursue their personal interests.

Students must be an Undergraduate at the Sophomore level or higher, or be a Graduate or Post-Bac student.

AD 390S Between Earth and Sky 1.50-3.00 credits
In this hands-on travel studio, we will explore the cities and landscapes of Iceland and Norway, recording the physical, cultural and historic context of these natural and constructed terrains. Steeped in mystery and mythology, these lands have formed the legends of Norse, Viking and Scandinavian lore and culture. Students will be studying these regions through the lenses of mythology, memory, culture, history, geology, adaptation, climate change and natural resources.

AD 400 Architectural Lab: Thesis I 3.00 credits
Independently driven creative work developed within a focused subject of inquiry and directed by architectural design questions. It is carried out through intensive research, study, and design explorations that culminate in a thoroughly developed architectural design proposition. It is also fully recorded in a final document. Students will develop a new level of competence and skill in independent research and the design outcomes of the research. Then they will be asked to define an area of interest and investigation that will lead to the definition of a thesis project through a thesis statement or proposal. The proposal sets into place the general topics and particular strategies according to which the student will work.

Prerequisite: AD 310

AD 401 Advanced Drawing Concepts 1.50 credits
Studies how architectural drawings and models, as an autonomous art form, transcend the literal communication of information or what is commonly called 'the blue-print'. Students study precedents in architectural drawing and communication, follow readings in theories of projective drawing and study representational strategies that use the power of architectural drawing to raise questions and to reveal the Architect's critical intent. In addition, students will execute a series of class drawing assignments, which will in some cases supplement thesis design work conducted in AD 410.

Prerequisite: AD 400 Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in AD 410

AD 410 Architectural Lab: Thesis II 6.00 credits
The final design studio of a student's career at the department is their thesis. Directed and critical prompts prior to the semester open the way for each student to identify individual areas of interest and to develop and focus of their thesis project. Students strive to achieve project complexity within a critically informed and creative design process, they are asked to exercise interdisciplinary thinking and demonstrate design outcomes at the most professional level they are capable.

Prerequisite: AD 400

AD 411 Professional Development 3.00 credits
Focuses on career preparation and development in the field of architecture whether students wish to focus on continuing onto graduate school or if they wish to enter professional practice as an intern or junior project designer. The course will touch on topics such as portfolio preparation, interview techniques and these topics are discussed and explored with visiting speakers, and during visits to design firms and architecture offices in the city.

Prerequisite: AD 310