ARCH - Architecture and Design

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This course is a survey of the history of trends in western architecture and urban form. It is in conjunction with an Architecture and Design department trip. Emphasis is placed on buildings and cities they will see and visit on the trip.

  • Introductory course designed to acquaint students with how design evolved through the ages as a vehicle for comprehending the world, giving order to it, improving life, and endowing it with symbolic meaning. It studies comparatively many modes of design operations geared toward creating such order and conditioning our experience of the world around us. It introduces the major disciplines that evolved over time and probes their distinct modes of inquiry and underlying bodies of theory as well as their differences and shared concerns.

  • This course introduces students to the materials, methods and systems commonly used in residential construction. Students will study the inherent qualities of materials and develop an understanding of their use and integration within a residential structure. Students will study the physical properties of the materials as well as how the materials are manufactured to produce a satisfactory product for the construction process.

  • An introduction to fundamental design, architectural design drawing and applied drawing techniques. Students are introduced in lecture to design and drawing principles, techniques and conventions used to develop and communicate architectural ideas. Lab assignments emphasize the relationship between drawing and three-dimensional form and space, and include exercises in basic design and model-making.

  • This survey course examines the selection, specification, composition, manufacture, and application of finishes and materials in interior design and presents an overview of furniture construction, types, planning and selection.

  • This course is a fundamental course that investigates the properties and principles of basic color theory and its interrelationship with lighting. The focus is on the psychological and physiological effects of color and lighting as they apply to the form, texture, and finish of interior spaces. It also provides a basic understanding of lighting calculations, types of lamps and their uses. Additionally, there will be a segment on calculations related to acoustical performance.

  • This is an introductory course that examines the practical and theoretical issues of the computer as a tool for the production of architectural presentations. Technical skills in SketchUp, Revit and Photoshop are learned through tutorials and projects. Students learn to create and execute projects utilizing the computer as an architectural tool through the application of technical skills.

  • This course introduces the student to the fundamental principles of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems for residential and commercial buildings. MEP system components, their integration into the building, and energy conservation are discussed and illustrated. Students will design various residential systems and will solve problems related to heat loss, fuel usage, fixture quantity, and supply and drain, waste, and vent piping.

  • This course is designed to introduce students to two-dimensional and three-dimensional programs used in the architectural and interior design industries today. It intends to walk students through the basics of Revit and establish a foundation for the future learning of computer applied design. Once a basic understanding of the software environment is established, students will produce a series of architectural documents. These drawings will incorporate Revit as a design, drafting and analytical tool.

  • This studio course emphasizes the design process and space planning for modest size facilities. The students will apply color rendering techniques to present interior design solutions. Students will select appropriate materials for various spaces in accordance with accepted design standards. Design issues such as furniture planning and layouts, application of color, and building code and ADA (American with Disabilities Act) considerations are included.

  • This course is a survey of major historical design periods in interior design from prehistoric to the present. Emphasis is placed on styles and furniture and their relationship to social and political settings, and technological evolvement.

  • This design course focuses on the development of complex interior space planning for large commercial/public facilities. Problem solving for both individual and collaborative projects are accomplished through various research methods and programming of client needs. Students will refine both manual and computer generated drawing and rendering techniques. An integrative approach to the design process will include technical issues, budgetary concerns, and code compliance. There is a final project in this course.

  • Introductory course designed to expose students to fundamental design skills, 3D problems solving, color theory, perspective drawing and rendering.  The course examines specific issues such as format, figure/ground, rhythm, contrast, datum, value, space definition, color theory/rendering, one and two point perspective methods and basic model building.

    Architecture Fee - $106

  • Urban sketching and Journaling is offered to students enrolled at Sant' Anna Institute as part of the study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy. The course is designed to augment the architecture students' experience of their semester abroad, but is also intended for students of the arts, and for any student wishing to develop drawing skills and observational acuity. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of drawing as an invaluable tool for seeing, learning, thinking, and communicating.

  • This is a course that presents students with a systematic approach to architectural design methods. Methods of graphic thinking are introduced as a means of exploring and evaluating issues related to the design process. Architectural form and style are investigated relative to human factors and environmental context. Verbal and graphic communication skills are also refined in the development of student design presentations.

    Architecture Fee - $106

  • This course is a study of methods, systems, and materials used in the design and construction of commercial buildings. An emphasis is placed on the integration of materials and systems used for foundations, envelope construction, and roof systems. A general study of the International Building Code is included with respect to public commercial structures. Various two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer applications are used throughout the course.

  • This course is designed to provide the future practitioner with a comprehensive study of the business and practice of architecture and design. Emphasis will be placed on practical skills and usable information that will enhance the students' ability to function within the modern office environment. The study of construction contract documents and estimating techniques will provide the platform for more in-depth discussion of the design professions and/or related disciplines.

  • This course covers the municipal code review process and definition of model building and zoning codes. The course emphasizes use and occupancy, special use and occupancy, building heights and areas, types of construction, fire-resistive construction, interior finishes, fire-protection systems, means of egress, accessibility, interior environment, energy efficiency, exterior walls, roof assemblies, structural provisions, building materials and systems and existing structures as described in the Building Code of New York State.

  • This course is a survey of the history of Italian architecture. It is in conjunction with the CIAET trip to Italy. Emphasis is placed on buildings and cities they will see on the trip.

  • The course concentrates on problem solving methods for a variety of architectural project types and sizes. Students working individually and in teams explore and document their work through sketches, study models, and preliminary working drawings. The students are encouraged to develop a professional approach to investigating, analyzing, and solving architectural problems. This is the culminating course of the two-year degree program as well as a stepping-stone to the upper level studio courses in the four-year degree program.

    Architecture Fee - $106

  • This is an advanced course that examines the practical and theoretical issues of the computer as a tool for the production of architectural presentations.  Technical skills in SketchUp, Revit and Photoshop are learned through tutorials and projects.  Students learn to create and execute projects utilizing the computer as an architectural tool through the application of technical skills.

  • Architectural Photography is a course taught in conjunction with the Junior Year Study Abroad Program in Sorrento, Italy. It is designed for the novice photographer and is intended to give the students the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively document the architecture seen while traveling throughout the semester. The course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of digital photography and digital imaging. Students enrolled in the course will need a reasonably good digital camera, a laptop computer and image-editing software.

  • A student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

  • This studio is designed to develop the student's ability to apply and integrate architectural principles and methods to design of buildings and spaces. The exploration and study of architectural design and technology makes connections between theory and practice through the design of buildings and environments that explore the relationship between architecture, building systems, and human experience. Students will be expected to progress through the schematic design and design development phases of short-term and extended design projects.

  • Sustainable building design is a relatively new approach to architectural design which evolved from solar design solutions of the past three decades. In this field, architects attempt to design structures that have a minimum negative impact on the natural world. In this course students concentrate on five major area of sustainability including energy, air, water, materials, and site planning. Students will produce a final design project that integrates the five major areas discussed.

  • A student may contract for one to six credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

  • This studio course concentrates on developing the problem solving skills associated with the design of adaptive reuse and historic preservation building projects. Projects will involve the gathering of information about the historical evolution of the building, the documentation and analysis of the building's structural and material conditions, the understanding of the building's relationship to its wider physical and cultural environment and making appropriate design decisions in respect to new uses.

  • Studio Sorrento is intended solely for students enrolled in the Junior Year Study Abroad Program in Sorrento, Italy. The course will be structured around the experiences, field trips and other learning opportunities during the semester of study in Italy. Particular attention will focus on elements of traditional town design, sustainable building strategies, historic building analysis, and adaptive/sustainable re-use of historic structures.

  • This course will consist of lectures and associated exercises intended to provide the student with a framework that will support and guide them through the beginning stage of their senior thesis project exploration. Emphasis will be placed on developing research and writing skills that will enhance the student's ability to select an acceptable thesis project and site, and develop a program based on a given set of requirements.

  • This studio focuses on the design of buildings and places in an urban setting that require an intense concentration of support systems. The course exploration and study of architectural design, technology, and planning principles is designed to bridge the gap between architectural theory and practice through the design of structures and places for human use and inspiration. Students will be expected to progress through the schematic design and design development phases of short-term and extended design projects.

  • The context within which buildings and spaces are created is rapidly evolving as is the way in which architecture and design is practiced. This advanced course is designed to provide the future practitioner with a comprehensive study of the business and practice of architecture and design. Emphasis will be placed on practical skills and usable information that will enhance the students’ ability to function within the design professions and/or related disciplines.

  • This course is the capstone of the six semester sequence of architectural design studios. Building upon the thesis research completed during the previous semester, students will finalize a design program for their chosen thesis project. They will carry out a comprehensive design development study, present their design solution to a jury of faculty and visiting professionals, and defend the decision making process that gave rise to their design.

  • This course will consist of lectures and associated projects intended to provide the student with a framework that will support and guide them through the beginning stage of their Bachelor of Architecture thesis project exploration. Emphasis will be placed on developing research and writing skills that will enhance the student's ability to define an acceptable thesis project, develop a program based on a given set of requirements, and select an appropriate project site.

  • This seminar introduces the student to theories and criticisms of contemporary architecture from the beginnings of the Bauhaus to the issues of contemporary practice. The course is designed to be interactive and will consist of discussion, writing assignments, in class exercises and presentations. Students, singularly and in groups of two, will have the responsibility of initiating weekly discussion of the assigned readings. In class discourse includes discussion and analysis of the central arguments and conclusions of the theoretical constructs presented in the piece.

  • This course addresses advanced architectural structures, exterior building envelopes and production technologies. It explores structural elements and expands to include more complex determinate, indeterminate, long-span, thin shells and tensile systems. Materials covered are; reinforced concrete, steel and contemporary composites. Material performance and detailing of the exterior envelope are emphasized.

  • This course is the capstone of the eight semester sequence of architectural design studios. Building upon the thesis research completed during the previous semester in Design Studio 7 – Studio Definition, students will finalize a design program for their chosen thesis project. They will carry out a comprehensive design development study, present their design solution to a jury of faculty and visiting professionals, and defend the decision making process that gave rise to their design.

  • This course, offered in the final year, provides the students with practical application of skills developed in their specific major. This directed study provides valuable real-life experience while extending the skills and good-will of the students towards the college and/or local community. The student will be responsible for all aspects of the project for a college or community organization while under the guidance of the curriculum faculty. Internships outside the Alfred community are also an option and will be discussed prior to the student registering for the course.