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Junior Course
Architecture 201       Architecture and the Future of Cities
An introduction to architecture as a creative and technical endeavor that shapes the spaces and places in which we live. An examination of the purposes, intentions, processes, and products of architecture and how they can positively impact climate change, social equity, and quality of life. Students will develop an understanding of the social, cultural, historical, technological, economic, and natural contexts influencing the design of buildings and cities.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-1T)
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 201)
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Senior Courses
Architecture 400       Introduction to Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture
An examination of the central concepts of architecture, planning and landscape architecture delivered in an online format.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 401)
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Architecture 402       Design, Digital Technology and the Built Environment
An introduction to the fundamental principles underlying modern digital technology-based systems, from a design of the built environment perspective. Topics include The Attention Economy, Big Data, Surveillance Capitalism, Ambient Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Opaque and Transparent Algorithms, Biocreepiness, and Systems Thinking. No specific technical background is required. Participants will complete a design project on a topic of personal interest.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 402)
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Architecture 404       Architecture and Life Cycle Thinking: Climate Change and Beyond
An introduction to strategies for comparing building and product performance in relation to environmental impacts and contributions to climate change. Concepts of circular economy, life cycle analysis, embedded energy, recycling/reuse of building materials are explored through the lenses of resource depletion, carbon and water footprints and waste generation.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-1T)
Prerequisite(s):
Architecture 201 or Architectural Studies 201.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 421)
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Architecture 406       Design Thinking in the Built Environment Studio I
A foundational introduction to design thinking as applied to the built environment of buildings, cities, and landscapes. Students will complete a series of experiential learning exercises that emphasize three-dimensional thinking and problem-solving skills. The course is offered in a studio environment, which along with the course-work, will provide valuable experience to develop a portfolio.
Course Hours:
3 units; (0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Architecture 201 or Architectural Studies 201.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Architecture 406 and any of Architectural Studies 484, Environmental Design Architecture 580, or Architecture 506 will not be allowed.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 431)
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Architecture 408       Design Thinking in the Built Environment Studio II
A capstone project-based course that builds on the skills acquired in Architectural Studies 431. Students will work in small groups to develop, research, execute, and present a small design thinking project based in Calgary. The course is offered in a studio environment.
Course Hours:
3 units; (0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Architecture 406 or Architectural Studies 431.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 441)
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Architecture 500       Sustainability in the Built Environment
The principle of sustainability recognizes people as temporary stewards of their environments, working toward a respect for natural systems and a higher quality of life. Examination of the built environment and the tools to achieve a stable and balanced and a regenerative ecosystem in a process of responsible consumption, wherein waste is minimized and the built environment interacts with natural environments and cycles. Healthful interior environments, resource efficiency, ecologically benign materials, renewable energies and social justice issues are examined.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Minor in Architectural Studies or the Master of Architecture Programs.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 423 and Environmental Design 523)
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Architecture 502       History of Architecture and Human Settlements I - Premodern Traditions of the World
A survey history of architecture and human settlement addressing the premodern traditions of the major world cultures. The course will examine the changes in world view that have altered the course of architecture through the study of selected works of architecture and urbanism.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Minor in Architectural Studies or the Master of Architecture Programs.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 457.01 and Environmental Design Architecture 523.01)
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Architecture 504       Graphics Workshop I
A skill building course with instruction and supervised experience in basic drafting, sketching and rendering; principles of perspective, drawing and presentation conventions. A variety of instruction may be offered to accommodate the varied level of student development.
Course Hours:
3 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Minor in Architectural Studies or the Master of Architecture Programs.
Corequisite(s):
Architecture 506.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 451 and Environmental Design Architecture 541)
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Architecture 506       Studio I in Architecture
A studio that explores the foundation concepts in architectural design and form making involving a sequence of progress skill building, visual and spatial thinking and problem-solving exercises.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Minor in Architectural Studies or the Master of Architecture Programs.
Corequisite(s):
Architecture 504.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 484 and Environmental Design Architecture 580)
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Architecture 508       Building Science and Technology I
Functioning of the building enclosure: demonstration of the behaviour of building elements and their sub-assemblies under differential temperature and pressure stresses; fundamentals of acoustics; nature and use of building materials; response of building materials to climatic cycles radiation, precipitation, heating and cooling.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Minor in Architectural Studies or the Master of Architecture Programs.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 449 and Environmental Design Architecture 511)
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Architecture 510       History of Architecture and Human Settlements II – The Rise of Modernity, 1750 to Present
A survey history of architecture and human settlement exploring the traditions of the Western world from the beginning of the Italian Renaissance until the present. The courses will examine the changes in world view that have altered the course of architecture through the study of selected works of architecture and urbanism.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Minor in Architectural Studies or the Master of Architecture Programs.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 457.02 and Environmental Design Architecture 523.02)
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Architecture 512       Graphics Workshop II
Instruction and supervised experience in drafting, sketching and rendering; drawing and presentation conventions. Builds on Architecture 504. A variety of instruction may be offered to accommodate the varied level of student development.
Course Hours:
3 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Architecture 504, 506 and admission to the Minor in Architectural Studies or the Master of Architecture Programs.
Corequisite(s):
Architecture 514.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 453 and Environmental Design Architecture 543)
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Architecture 514       Studio II in Architecture
A studio exploring the application of ordering principles of architecture and to the numerous layers that contributes to the quality of inhabitation of place and space through design. Issues explored include the formal, the experiential and the theoretical concerns of architectural design in today's cultural context.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Architecture 504, 506 and admission to the Minor in Architectural Studies or the Master of Architecture Programs.
Corequisite(s):
Architecture 512.
Also known as:
(formerly Architectural Studies 444 and Environmental Design Architecture 582)
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Graduate Courses
Architecture 600       Structures for Architects I
Fundamentals of Structural Analysis including the characteristics and performance of the various components of structures; the terminology and notation necessary for effective teamwork with structural engineering consultants; and basic design calculations for simple structures.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 613)
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Architecture 602       Introduction to Design Theories
The contemporary cultural, social, and philosophical arenas in which architecture exists are examined through lectures, readings and seminars.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 621)
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Architecture 604       Leadership in Architecture
The practice of architecture deals with complex design requirements, diverse groups of people, changing processes, evolving contexts, and a range of modes of production. This course introduces students to a broad set of contemporary themes around the concept of leadership and architecture.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 665)
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Architecture 606       Intermediate Architectural Design Studio
An intermediate design studio in which students work on projects defined by the instructor. Topics may vary from year to year. They are determined by the creative interests of the faculty assigned to the course.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Architecture 514 or Environmental Design Architecture 582.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 682.02)
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Architecture 608       Architectural Lighting Design
Fundamentals of light and visual perception. Approaches to the design of non-uniform and uniform lighting systems for buildings. Issues in system design such as human satisfaction, performance, and energy efficiency. Development of skills in the selection and design of lighting systems.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 617)
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Architecture 610       Structures for Architects II
Advanced structural systems for buildings including: structural connections and composite structures; system characteristics and architectural intent; and case studies in contemporary building structures.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 619)
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Architecture 612       Building Science and Technology II
Theory and principles of structural, foundation and building service systems. Application of building science principles to building structure and enclosure, examination of the types and manufacture of building elements and the application of building components to specific problems in architecture.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 611)
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Architecture 614       Environmental Control Systems
Approaches to the design of heating, cooling, and ventilation systems for buildings. Issues in system design such as energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 615)
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Architecture 616       Comprehensive Architectural Design Studio
A comprehensive design studio in which students work on projects defined by the creative interests of the instructor.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Architecture 606 or Environmental Design Architecture 682.02.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 682.04)
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Architecture 618       Architectural Professional Practice
The nature of the building industry, stakeholders and many of the participants and their responsibilities. Brings together the theoretical framework of the architect's role in society with the practicality of managing a practice. Project management and office administration, trends, liabilities and systems for project control such as building economics; cost analysis and estimating techniques; and cost controls during design and construction.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 661)
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Architecture 670       Experiential Learning in Architecture
Thematic inquiry and design contextualized by experiential learning in architecture.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 672       Experiential Learning in Architecture
Thematic inquiry and design contextualized by experiential learning in architecture.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 674       Experiential Learning in Architecture
Thematic inquiry and design contextualized by experiential learning in architecture.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Architecture 675       Urban Systems
Provides a general overview of urban history, development and planning traditions. Lectures and field studies give a chronological overview of urban, architectural and design history and the inter-relation to political programs, economic and strategic planning as well as cultural nationalism. Extracts a number of more general issues about contemporary cities for debate.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 675)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 676       Experiential Learning in Architecture
Thematic inquiry and design contextualized by experiential learning in architecture.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Architecture 680       Special Topics in Architecture
Thematic inquiry and design related to special topics in architecture.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 682       Special Topics in Architecture
Thematic inquiry and design related to special topics in architecture.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 684       Special Topics in Architecture
Thematic inquiry and design related to special topics in architecture.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Architecture 686       Topics Course in Architecture
Thematic inquiry and design related to special topics in architecture.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Architecture 688       Special Studio Topics in Architecture
Thematic inquiry and design related to special studio topics in architecture.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 690       Studio Research Selective
Provides additional expertise in an area of focus to support the work students complete in research studios. Topics and themes vary but include; Design Responses to Climate Change, Energy Performance, Historical Precedents and Theories, Designing for Social Equity and Inclusion, Life Cycle Analysis, Digital Fabrication, Simulation and Communication Techniques.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 692       Gillmor Theory Seminar
Explores architectural history and theory as the context for the production of architecture and its artifacts. Students work with a visiting lecturer to develop design responses within a provided theoretical framework. Outputs may include manifestos, speculative projects, drawings, prototypes and exhibits.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 697.64)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Architecture 694       Studio Research Selective
Provides additional expertise in an area of focus to support the work students complete in research studios. Topics and themes vary but include; Design Responses to Climate Change, Energy Performance, Historical Precedents and Theories, Designing for Social Equity and Inclusion, Life Cycle Analysis, Digital Fabrication, Simulation and Communication Techniques.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 696       Somerville Design Charrette
Explores an architectural problem proposed by a visiting practicing architect. Exposes students to the work of an architectural practice and provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with the visiting lecturer on a speculative architectural project. Outputs include drawings, models and exhibits of the work completed during the course.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 697.65)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Architecture 698       Taylor Workshop
Examines the role of computation and making in architecture. Explores these topics through a guided process of fabrication using contemporary design techniques. Outputs may include prototypes of various scales, drawings, digital workflows, installations and exhibits.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 697.66)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Architecture 700       Senior Research Studio in Architecture I
A research design studio in which students collaborate with design faculty in exploring projects that engage contemporary issues defining the built and natural environments.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 782)
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Architecture 702       Senior Research Studio in Architecture II
A research design studio in which students collaborate with design faculty in exploring projects that engage contemporary issues defining the built and natural environments.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design Architecture 782)
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Architecture 790       Directed Study in Architecture
Thematic research, readings, or studio projects related to architecture design topics.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the School.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 792       Directed Study in Architecture
Thematic research, readings, or studio projects related to architecture design topics.
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the School.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Architecture 799       Preceptorship in Architecture
A preceptorship is a study and training arrangement made between a student and an employer or an equivalent supervisor which has specific educational objectives, a method of evaluation, and is an integral part of a student's Program of Studies. Preceptorships offer a number of benefits: acquiring skills and knowledge which may be better obtained outside the University; developing first-hand experience of professional design practice; preparing for more focused studies in the School; and conducting research.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the School.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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