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Architecture (ARC) Course Descriptions

ARC 5113  Design and Leadership
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An in-depth study of design as a form of leadership in the emerging global environment. Includes consideration of leadership qualities to affect change through design and practice.

ARC 5123  Emerging Design and Practice in the Global Context
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An advanced study of architectural design and practice in the global context with a focus on Asia and India. Includes consideration of the similarities and differences between the cultural, economic, and regulatory frameworks.

ARC 5133  Professional Architectural Practice and Ethics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A study of national, international and legal business practices and conventions relating to the building industry. Course material considers project delivery options, construction methodologies and corresponding administration systems, liability, contract documents, and ethics as practices that inform the professional practice of architecture. (Formerly titled “Professional Practice and Construction in a Global Setting.”)

ARC  5156  Introductory Design Studio I
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, permission of the architecture Graduate Advisor of Record and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
Architectural design as a theoretically informed and creative process. Provides students the opportunity to acquire fundamental design skills for the creative and practical design of architectural environments. Projects consider spatial experience, contextual response, building form and structure and the development of representational skills. (Formerly ARC 5196. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 5156 and ARC 5196.)

ARC 5163  Current Issues and Topics in Contemporary Architecture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A critical survey of the leading issues, theories, writings, projects, and built works of architecture over the past 20 years.

ARC 5166  Introductory Design Studio II
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, permission of the architecture Graduate Advisor of Record, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
Provides students the opportunity to acquire design skills in the application of building technology and material use through the consideration of building structure and envelope. Projects consider spatial experience, programming, organizational concepts, building-to-site relations, and tectonics.

ARC 5176 Introductory Design Studio III
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, permission of the architecture Graduate Advisor of Record, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
Architectural design as a theoretically informed and creative process. Provides students the opportunity to acquire design skills in the application of building technology and material use through the consideration of building structure and envelope. Projects of increasing complexity considering architectural order, precedent, urban and non-urban contexts, building performance, structure and detailing. Continues investigation of traditional and digital media.

ARC 5183  Fundamentals of Architectural Design: Principles & Representation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, permission of the architecture Graduate Advisor of Record, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
An introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with architectural design for graduate students enrolled in the M.Arch. 3 program.

ARC 5203  History and Theory of Preservation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An introduction to the history, philosophy, and methodology of historic preservation and restoration.

ARC 5233  Architectural Surveys and Measured Drawings
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and ARC 5203, or consent of instructor.
A survey of documentation and interpretation of sites and buildings and graphic recording techniques.

ARC 5303  International Practice
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An in-depth study of the professional, legal, social, and cultural issues that affect international architecture, construction, and urban development.

ARC 5403  Historic Preservation Seminar
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An advanced study of selected topics in architecture, design, preservation, and planning. May be repeated once for credit, when topics vary.

ARC 5423  Legal and Economic Aspects of Preservation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey of the laws and regulations that affect preservation of the built environment, nationally, regionally, and locally. Includes considerations of fundamentals of legal protection for and regulation of historic cultural resources in light of contemporary attitudes toward the historic environment, and the economic bases of the use of historic buildings and sites examined in terms of contemporary social and cultural attitudes that determine effective strategies of preservation action.

ARC 5513  Advanced Building Technology & Structures
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An advanced study of building technology and structures. Includes consideration of sustainable techniques, technologies, building enclosure, structural behavior and systems, the integration of heating, cooling and ventilating systems, lighting, acoustics, electrical, plumbing and water, security, vertical circulation, and site and transportation for new and existing buildings.

ARC 5533  Contemporary Materials in Architecture and Design
(1-4) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey and examination of contemporary materials from multiple perspectives. Includes consideration of the characteristics and applications of existing, new, and emerging materials. Includes design project.

ARC 5543  Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication Technologies in Architecture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An in-depth examination of contemporary digital design and fabrication technologies in architecture and other design disciplines.

ARC 5563  Fabric Structures and Smart Textiles for Designers
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A hands-on introduction to lightweight fabric structures and smart textiles. Includes consideration of innovative means to integrate structural smart fabrics within architectural design environments.

ARC 5603  Advanced Seminar in Architectural History
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An in-depth study or survey investigating selected topics in architectural history. May be repeated once for credit, when topics vary.

ARC 5613  American Architecture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey of the development of the architecture of the United States from the earliest human settlements to the present.

ARC 5623  Introduction to the History of Modern Architecture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
Study of the social, aesthetic, theoretical, technical, cultural, Western and non-Western, and professional forces that form, shape, and constitute architecture of the modern era.

ARC 5643  Modern Architecture of Mexico
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey of the architecture and urbanism of Mexico from Independence in 1821 to the present.

ARC 5653  Pre-Columbian and Colonial Architecture of Mexico
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey of the architecture and urbanism of Mexico during the pre-Columbian and Colonial eras.

ARC 5663  The Architecture and Cities of Northern Mexico
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A detailed survey of the architecture and urbanism of the border states of Northern Mexico, primarily focusing on the modern era from 1821 to the present.

ARC 5673  Advanced Topics in the Architecture and Urbanism of Mexico
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An in-depth study of the major currents of thought and critical ideas regarding the architecture and urbanism of Mexico. Topics include the impacts of nationalism, modernity, tectonic culture, globalization, post-colonialism, automobile suburbia, and hybrid border architecture and urbanism.

ARC 5713  Environmental Architecture and Sustainability
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A study of history and theory of environmentally sustainable design. Includes the review of the general discourse of sustainability and consideration of the tools and techniques employed to produce sustainable architectural environments. (Formerly ARC 5153. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 5713 and ARC 5153.)

ARC 5723  Applications in Sustainable Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An introduction to the integration of environmental performance criteria in architectural design. Includes the application of simulation methods, design decision support tools, rating systems (e.g., LEED), and consideration of building energy consumption patterns, conservation strategies, solar shading, solar access, integration of electric and daylight, and the life cycle analysis of materials and systems.

ARC  5913  Introduction to Construction Materials and Concepts
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
Introduction to concepts and skills fundamental to structures, construction, building enclosure, sustainability, and interior environments along with the analysis and selection of materials, components, and assemblies. Provides an introduction to the historical role of materials in architectural and interior design.

ARC  5923  Introduction to Structures I
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
Introduction to architectural structures including the principles and systems of structural materials that consider the spatial, structural, sustainable, and aesthetic qualities possible in the articulation of structure through architectural design.

ARC  5933  Introduction to Structures II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
Continued introduction to architectural structures that considers the physical principles that govern classical statics and strength of materials, the graphical and mathematical design of structural systems and the role of structural articulation in the design of buildings.

ARC  5943  Introduction to Environmental Systems I
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
Environmentally responsive design of buildings and the natural and artificial systems that support them, including heating, ventilation, cooling, water, and waste management.

ARC  5953  Introduction to Environmental Systems II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program.
Light and sound as design considerations in building design including the natural and artificial systems that support them. Course deals with illumination, electrical design, and acoustics.

ARC 6003  Morphology of the Architecture and Landscape of South Texas and Borderlands
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An examination of environmental conditions, cultural traditions, social patterns, building conventions, and aesthetic intentions that have influenced the architecture and planning of communities of South Texas, the Southwest, and the North Mexican borderlands. (Formerly ARC 6123. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 6003 and ARC 6123.)

ARC 6013  Theories and Philosophies of Regionalism
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey of the discourse of architectural regionalism. Includes consideration of regionalist theory and practice in the twentieth century, regional planning, critical regionalism, bioregionalism, sustainability, and issues such as modernity, globalization, cultural identity, authenticity, place, and tradition. (Formerly ARC 5213. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 6013 and ARC 5213.)

ARC 6023  Vernacular Architecture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An introduction to contemporary and past vernacular architecture. Includes specific consideration of global architecture developed by nonprofessionals and builders in response to climate, material availability, sociocultural patterns, and economic constraints that condition the adaptation of housing, farm, and industrial structures.

ARC 6103  Design Process and Human Perception
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An examination of design processes as they relate to spatial, experiential, and perceptual considerations in architectural design. Includes exploration of architectural environments through philosophy, psychology, history, and literature.

ARC 6126  Advanced Design Studio
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
An introduction to advanced architectural design, including the role of research, program preparation, and technological integration in architectural design.

ARC 6136  Advanced Topics Studio
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: ARC 6126.
An advanced architectural design studio, which allows faculty and students to explore a range of architecture-related topics in a studio setting. Content varies. (Formerly titled “Advanced Design Studio II.”)

ARC 6146  Advanced Technical Studio
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
An advanced architectural design studio, which includes the integration of building materials, services, and systems, technical documentation and comprehensive design. (Formerly titled “Advanced Design Studio III.”)

ARC 6213  Biomimicry and Physical Computing in Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A hands-on course using biomimicry to learn from biological processes. Includes physical computing, robotic technologies, and kinetic structures to develop working models of design solutions using biomimicry.

ARC 6413  Preservation Technology
(1-4) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A survey of techniques of preservation: methods of analysis, history of materials, and technology used in old buildings. Includes emphasis on buildings as integrated sets of subsystems and how these are affected by the processes of material deterioration, conservation, and techniques of intervention. May be repeated for credit once, when topics vary.

ARC 6423  Architectural Conservation Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An advanced study and critical analysis of current design theory and techniques for conservation of historic sites.

ARC 6816  Study Abroad: Advanced Design Studio
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An advanced architecture design studio associated with a study abroad program.

ARC 6823  Study Abroad: Advanced Architectural History/Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An advanced study in architectural history/theory associated with a study abroad program; involves field trips.

ARC 6833  Study Abroad: Advanced Architectural Representation
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
A graduate-level drawing and other media course associated with a study abroad program; involves field trips.

ARC 6931  Master’s Project Preparation
1 hour credit. Prerequisites: ARC 6126, ARC 6136, graduate standing and permission of the architecture Graduate Advisor of Record.
The course involves the research and preparation of a proposal for an independent design project. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance). (Formerly ARC 6933. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 6931 and ARC 6933.)

ARC 6943  Professional Internship
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, 18 semester credit hours of graduate work, and consent of instructor.
Supervised professional practice experience with public agencies or private firms. Individual conferences and written reports required. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master of Architecture degree or the Master of Science degree.

ARC 6951-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master of Architecture degree or the Master of Science degree.

ARC 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the architecture Graduate Advisor of Record to take the comprehensive examination.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination). Credit earned in ARC 6961 may not be counted toward the Master of Science degree. May be repeated once.

ARC 6973,6  Special Topics
(3-0, 6-0) 3 or 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Topics courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of ARC 6973 or 12 hours of ARC 6976 will apply to the Master of Architecture degree or the Master of Science degree.

ARC 6996  Master’s Project
(0-14) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 6931, graduate standing, and permission of the architecture Graduate Advisor of Record.
A comprehensive study focusing on an independent design proposal and the complete representation of the project. Students who earn a grade of “B” or better in this course will satisfy the comprehensive examination requirement.

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