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Architecture (ARCH)

ARCH 480 Technical Systems Integration (3) Presentations of buildings' analyses from a multiplicity of viewpoints: architectural, spacial, environmental, mechanical, construction assembly.

ARCH 480 Technical Systems Integration (3)

This course is a synthesis of topics previously introduced in the AE sequence—such as structural, mechanical, electrical, and other systems related to a building’s technical performance. Students will practice the purposeful integration of all technical aspects of a buildings design, providing them with a working knowledge of matters related to energy efficiency, sustainability, lighting, and acoustics.

The focus of the course lies in questioning how technical requirements and design intentions should be integrated during the design process, so as to enhance the aesthetic and performance qualities of an architectural project. This course combines lectures, field trips, and technical assignments, along with analysis and implementation of energy, day lighting, electrical lighting, and acoustical concepts in the student’s design efforts.

In addition to the synthesis of building design and technical systems, this course will further develop the student’s knowledge of active/passive techniques for sustainable architecture. A focus on the collaborative workings/environment of the architectural practice helps students to translate systems integration strategies into graphic/digital representation, and reinforces the interdisciplinary nature of designing and constructing successful works of architecture.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: ARCH 203, ARCH 204, ARCH 332, A E 422 andA E 424 with a grade of C or better in each
Concurrent: ARCH 431

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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