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Architecture (ARC)

School of Architecture and Planning

126 Hayes Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030

Korydon Smith
Professor and Chair

Joyce Hwang
Associate Professor and Associate Chair

Stacey Komendat
Graduate Program Coordinator

R. J. Multari
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education

Christina Krawczyk
Academic Advisor

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

ARC Courses

  • The Learning Environment

    The Learning Environment

    University at Buffalo Architecture prepares students to see the implications of what architecture does for the built environment by proposing future forms of habitation that are innovative in their aesthetic and cultural contribution and can inspire the social imagination. Students learn as architects, they have a critical role to play in the progress of society. Their work will be the future built environment that will condition how people live, work and socialize. Students need to approach the task of design with great skill, vision and confidence knowing that the pressing questions of architecture have yet to find appropriate answers. The undergraduate studios develop design thinking and craft skills, allowing students to communicate their ideas in professional ways. University at Buffalo Architecture prides itself on a design curriculum that teaches students how to effectively connect the art of design with the technology of building. The pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) is the foundation for our accredited professional Master of Architecture.

    About Our Facilities

    The School of Architecture and Planning's historic home in Hayes Hall reopened in 2016 after a $45 million restoration that has revived an iconic landmark for UB and created a flexible, dynamic learning environment for future architects, developers, environmental designers, preservationists, and urban planners.

    The Architecture and Planning Library, located in Abbot Hall, is one of ten libraries within the University at Buffalo.

    University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning IT Services comprise two sets of facilities: a central collection of laboratories and computing classrooms, and a collection of distributed facilities located in the graduate and undergraduate architecture and urban planning studios.;

    The Digital Fabrication Workshop, one of the premier fabrication facilities in the Buffalo Niagara region, is the hub of our learning-through-making curriculum. Equipped for fabrication of all types, the shop serves both as a space to execute coursework and as a think-tank and makerspace for collaborative research with practice and industry.

    About Our Faculty

    University at Buffalo Architecture faculty, diverse in their interests and international in their background, are well known and respected in the profession. Both full and part-time clinical faculty are involved in a variety of activities related to research, design and scholarship. Many part-time clinical faculty are also licensed practicing architects in the Western New York community. Graduate teaching assistants supplement instruction by professors in many courses, and in some situations, upper-level graduate teaching assistants may co-instruct with professors in design studios, and conduct lab or workshop sessions that offer students additional help with coursework. Architecture faculty research is catalyzed by diverse partnerships with public, nonprofit and private partners and prominent public, nonprofit and industry funding sources. Outcomes include peer-reviewed publications, books and evidence-based action in new plans, policies, designs, and programs in Buffalo and beyond.

    Faculty List Directory

    Please visit the University at Buffalo Architecture website for additional information about our faculty.

  • ARC 101LAB Architectural Design Studio 1
    Laboratory

    Theme is visual communications and critical processes. Introduces two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation techniques for developing and presenting design concepts. Develops creative thinking and critical awareness in design. Cognitive understanding for spatial relationships present in structural, proportional, and site systems are introduced, combining geometry and graphics. Freehand drawings, 2-D and 3-D projections, shades, shadows, perspective, and reproduction techniques. Development of model-making skills utilizing various design media. Studio projects introduce a range of assignments for the making of both 2-D and 3-D environments. Introduces drawing and making as a mode of seeing and thinking.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 111LEC. Student must register for ARC 101LAB & ARC 111LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 101LEC Architectural Design Studio 1
    Lecture

    Theme is visual communications and critical processes. Introduces two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation techniques for developing and presenting design concepts. Develops creative thinking and critical awareness in design. Cognitive understanding for spatial relationships present in structural, proportional, and site systems are introduced, combining geometry and graphics. Freehand drawings, 2-D and 3-D projections, shades, shadows, perspective, and reproduction techniques. Development of model-making skills utilizing various design media. Studio projects introduce a range of assignments for the making of both 2-D and 3-D environments. Introduces drawing and making as a mode of seeing and thinking.

    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ARC 102LAB Architectural Design Studio 2
    Laboratory

    Theme is techniques plus materiality and visual communications. Provides a working forum for developing creative thinking and critical awareness in design. Further examines two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation techniques for developing and presenting design concepts. Cognition for spatial relationships present in structural, proportional, and site systems are acquired via freehand drawings, 2-D and 3-D projections, shades, shadows, perspective, and design techniques. Further enhancement of model-making skills utilizing various design media. Advanced emphasis of 2-D and 3-D projections, shades, shadows, perspectives, and reproduction techniques. Studio projects introduce a range of assignments for the making of both 2-D and 3-D environments. There is a fee associated with this course.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 101LAB and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 112LEC. Students must register for both ARC 102LAB and ARC 112LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 111LAB Architecture Media 1
    Laboratory

    Introduces students to visual communications processes, with emphases on understanding basic geometries and spatial readings. Course assignments will develop a range of skills, including: 2D and 3D drawing projection, diagramming, collaging, formatting, and basic modeling techniques. Digital media skills introduced will be coordinated with course material from ARC 101: Architecture Design Studio 1.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 101LAB. Students must register for ARC 101LAB and ARC 111LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 112LAB Architecture Media 2
    Laboratory

    Introduces students to visual communications processes, with emphases on understanding 2D/3D transformations, translations between scales, and translations between media instrumentalities. Course assignments will develop a range of skills, including: 2D and 3D drawing projection, rendering techniques, volumetric modeling techniques, and formatting. Digital media skills introduced will be coordinated with course material from ARC 102: Architecture Design Studio 2.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 111LEC and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 102LAB. Students must register for both ARC 102LAB and ARC 112LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 121LEC Introduction to Architecture
    Lecture

    Introduction to Architecture provides a fundamental examination of architecture and the built environment, focusing on both western cultures and traditions. Concentrating on 20th-century western developments, the class will arm students with a framework from which the contemporary position of architecture exists. Course material is presented in a lecture format, utilizing multiple media. Course topics include historical examples of architecture, using past and present buildings, landscapes, and urbanism as a tool for developing an understanding and appreciation of the architecture discipline and its design objectives. Course content is drawn from numerous fields including architectural history and theory, the arts and letters, design studies, philosophy, and urban studies, all supporting Louis Kahn's claim that architecture is the handwriting of humanity. Fulfills the SUNY Arts and SUNY Humanities general education requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ARC 122LAB Architectural Sketching and the Built Environment
    Laboratory

    Examines contemporary perspectives on the physical environment and design, focusing on relationships between humans, the natural and constructed environments, and landscapes through drawing and sketching. Using drawing and sketching as a mode of seeing and thinking, explores human-made surroundings ranging in scale from human activity to buildings and parks or green space and neighborhoods. Involves lectures, in-class workshops, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: ARC 122 Requisite; Course not open to students who have previously taken ARC 101LAB, ARC 102LAB, ARC 201LAB, ARC 202LAB, ARC 301LAB, ARC 403LAB or ARC 404LAB.
  • ARC 201LAB Architectural Design Studio 3
    Laboratory

    Theme is ancient architectural history and precedent. Emphasizes conceptualization, critical thinking, planning, and making. Analyzes the basic materials, methods, tools, and conventions of architectural design. Examines the connections between design precedent and the physical and visual environments. Project themes include transformation, connection, threshold, movement/storage, surface/structure, accessibility, and transition.

    Credits: 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 102LAB and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 311LEC. Students must register for ARC 201LAB and ARC 311LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 202LAB Architectural Design Studio 4
    Laboratory

    Theme is modern architectural history and precedent. Emphasizes conceptualization, critical thinking, planning, and making. Analyzes the basic materials, methods, tools, and conventions of architectural design. Examines the connections between design precedent and the physical and visual environments. Project themes include transformation, connection, threshold, movement/storage, surface/structure, accessibility, and transition.

    Credits: 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 201LAB.
    Corequisites: ARC 312LEC. Students must register for both ARC 202LAB and ARC 312LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 203LAB Graphic Communication and Digital Media Topics
    Laboratory

    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in graphic representation, conceptual communication, digital media, computer-aided design, and other visualization techniques used in architecture.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Winter
  • ARC 211LEC American Diversity and Design
    Lecture

    An approved SUNY Arts and SUNY American History general education course. Examines the history and diversity of cultural experiences within the United States and their attendant design issues. Specifically, the course concentrates on the ways in which our physical and media environments affect various populations in the U.S. and, in turn, the ways these populations have affected our designed environments. It introduces students to eight issues of U.S. diversity: race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, physical ability, cognitive ability, and religion. Writings, films, products, graphics, electronic media, buildings, and physical environments by and about diverse U.S. individuals and groups are examined. The U.S. history of our diverse physical and media environments are analyzed using theories and principles related to inclusive design. Open to all undergraduate University at Buffalo and SUNY students. Per the university repeat policy, ARC 211 may be used to replace the grade for UGC 211, by petition only.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • ARC 221DIS Design Colloquium
    Discussion

    Design Colloquium is a discussion course in which students will explore the current issues found within the design disciplines, including Architecture, Environmental Design, and Urban Planning. Students will research, communicate, and analyze the contemporary discourse, issues, and trends facing the design professions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 231LR Architecture History: Ancient - 1450
    Lecture

    Introduces the development of urban and architectural form in a cultural context from the first settlements of Neolithic times to the consolidation of architecture as a discipline in the 1450s.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ARC 234LR Architecture History: 1450 - Present
    Lecture

    Introduces the fundamentals of architectural design from the theory and practice of the 1450's to the built and written manifestos of modern times. Situates the evolution of the architectural discipline within the context of social, cognitive and technological transformation.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 231 or ARC 121 or AHI 102; Sophomore or higher required; must be an Architecture major or minor or a Studio Art, Classics, Art History, or Fine Art major or intended major.
  • ARC 241LEC Introduction to Environmental Systems
    Lecture

    Overview on interrelationship of the physical environment and buildings, specifically examining site design and environmental technologies, as they relate to environmental building systems design. More specifically, will develop an ability to respond to site characteristics including urban context, developmental patterning, zoning, soils, topography, ecology, climate, and building orientation. Students will also be introduced to the environmental technologies of lighting and acoustics including criteria relating to concepts and analysis in support of building systems design. Includes lectures, labs, field work, readings, exams, and projects.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MTH 121 or MTH 131 or MTH 141.
    Corequisites: ARC 201.
  • ARC 280LEC Environments and Landscapes
    Lecture

    Theme is discovering landscape design. Explores perspectives on the physical environment and design, focusing on relationships between people, the natural and constructed environments, and landscapes. Introduces new ways of seeing, understanding, and communicating landscape design. Considers problems in landscape design including greenspace, complex urban centers, post-industrial wastelands, physical infrastructure, and entire watersheds. Reviews how the planning and development of our landscaped settings affects quality of life in physical environments within the context of environmental design. May be offered on an intermittent basis. Open to all undergraduate majors.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • ARC 301LAB Architectural Design Studio 5
    Laboratory

    Theme is systems and subjectivity. Synthesizes design fundamentals with architectural design. Includes the theme of transformation to convert various aspects of architectural design-form, spatiality, materiality, structure, construction, use, site conditions, context, aesthetics, zoning, codes, accessibility, and cultural conditions.

    Credits: 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 202LAB , ARC 241LEC, ARC 352LAB/LEC, and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 411LEC. Students must register for ARC 301LAB and ARC 411LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 302LAB Architectural Design Studio 6
    Laboratory

    Theme is models, organizations, and environments. Synthesizes design fundamentals with architectural design. Uses organization and environment to convert various aspects of architectural design-form, precedent, spatiality, systems, preparation, use, context, aesthetics, construction, collaboration, and human behavior.

    Credits: 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 301LAB and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 412LEC. Students must register for ARC 412LEC and ARC 302LAB concurrently.
  • ARC 311LAB Architecture Media 3
    Laboratory

    Introduces students to techniques of representation with emphases on the description of part/whole relationships: objects and their contexts. Course assignments will develop a range of skills including: use of diagrams to describe, generate, and manipulate relationships between objects and contexts; proficiency in the description plus manipulation of surfaces through contour line drawings; laser cutting; AutoCad; and, basic modeling. Digital media skills introduced will be coordinated with course material from ARC 201: Architecture Design Studio 3.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 112LEC and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 201LAB. Students must register for ARC 311LEC and ARC 201LAB concurrently.
  • ARC 312LAB Architecture Media 4
    Laboratory

    Introduces students to techniques of representation with emphases on the description of part/whole relationships: (proto)types and their variations. Course assignments will develop a range of skills including: understanding of formal organizations as systems of interrelated parts; Rhinoceros (advanced modeling); 3D printing. Digital media skills introduced will be coordinated with course material from ARC 202: Architecture Design Studio 4.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 311LEC and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 202LAB. Students must register for ARC 202LAB and ARC 312LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 316LEC Design of Cities
    Lecture

    Traces evolution of urban form and character from Greek city-states to the present. Emphasizes how technological, social, economic, and political changes affect urban layout and functioning. This course is the same as END 312.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: END 120 or END 212 or ARC 121 or ARC 231 or ARC 234.
  • ARC 318LEC Design Methods
    Lecture

    Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in architecture, design, sketching, and graphic production, using drawing and making as a mode of seeing and thinking. May be offered on an intermittent basis. As topics vary annually, pre-requisites will vary contingent upon semester topic.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 320LEC The City Through Film: Built Environment in Mass Media
    Lecture

    Through weekly film and multi-media screenings, discussions, readings, and critiques, explores themes of architectural design, urban imagery, inner cities, suburbia, environmental design, physical development, community planning, politics, and their futures in mass media. The built environment serves as a medium that transmits, reinforces and reproduces social values, attitudes and behaviors. Examines how institutions attempt to shape public perspectives using images of the built environment through mass media. May be offered on an intermittent basis. This course is the same as END 319, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors.
  • ARC 321DIS Design Colloquium
    Discussion

    Design Colloquium is a discussion course in which students will explore the current issues found within the design disciplines, including Architecture, Design Studies, Environmental Design, Urban Planning, and Historic Preservation. Students will research, communicate, and analyze historical and contemporary discourse, issues, and trends facing design and the built environment.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 322DIS Race and Place in the Built Environment
    Discussion

    This course introduces students to the ways that historical conceptions of race and place have impacted the shape and design of our built environment. It examines the critical influence of race science on the civilizational narratives that were used to determine the meaning and content of 19th century American architecture. It also traces the effects of these racial discourses on domestic interpretations of African, Asian, and Latino building traditions. Students will review the tools that American architects have used to represent the social and cultural values of different racial and ethnic groups, from the Victorian houses of New England towns to the campus planning and design strategies of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over the course of the semester, students will complete writing assignments that challenge them to interpret the many ways that the racial politics of the past continues to shape the design, structure, and character of today's built environment. Despite moving beyond the tenets of scientific racism, the social construction of racial identity still exerts a palpable influence on new patterns of residential segregation, voting districts, land-use patterns, and material investment in (or disinvestment from) in the public sphere. This course is the same as END 322.

    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Junior/Senior Standing. Sophomores with >45 credit hours earned may be eligible for enrollment by permission of the instructor.
  • ARC 343LEC Building Systems Technology I
    Lecture

    Topics vary annually. Past topics detailed studies of design/build and existing systems available to meet needs of the built environment. Studied future possibilities of systems that meet the demands of a rapidly changing environment. Surveyed historical evolution of building systems, while emphasizing methodology of development and implementation. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 202 and Architecture major / minor only.
  • ARC 344LEC Building System Technology and Development
    Lecture

    Overview on the interrelationships of building systems technology, including site planning, structure/tectonics/materials, construction methods, and environmental systems, as they relate to building design and physical development. Includes lectures and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis. Admitted BS Arch students must take ARC 241; ARC 244 is not open to BS Arch majors.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ULC 148 or MTH 115 or MTH 121 or MTH 131 and Architecture Minors only or permission of advisement.
  • ARC 352LAB Structures I
    Laboratory

    Introduces the fundamentals of statics and strength of materials and the principals of structure. Provides a theoretical and scientific basis for understanding how various structural systems and structural materials work and withstand loading. Investigates the concepts introduced during the course with qualitative methods, as well as quantitative analysis. The course's scope is includes examining simple structural elements, such as trusses, beams, and columns used throughout our human designed built environment. The lab component to ARC 352LEC; students must enroll in ARC 352LEC and ARC 352LAB concurrently.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 121 and (PHY 101 or PHY 107 or AED 101) and (MTH 121 or MTH 131 or MTH 141);
    Corequisites: ARC 352LEC. Students must register for ARC 352LEC and ARC 352LAB concurrently.
  • ARC 352LEC Structures I
    Lecture

    Introduces the fundamentals of statics and strength of materials and the principals of structure. Provides a theoretical and scientific basis for understanding how various structural systems and structural materials work and withstand loading. Investigates the concepts introduced during the course with qualitative methods, as well as quantitative analysis. The course's scope is includes examining simple structural elements, such as trusses, beams, and columns used throughout our human designed built environment.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 121 and (PHY 101 or PHY 107 or AED 101) and (MTH 121 or MTH 131 or MTH 141);
    Corequisites: ARC 352LAB. Students must register for ARC 352LAB and ARC 352LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 361SEM Design Education
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 362LLB Architectural Theory
    Lecture

    Overview of architectural theory and approaches. Examines architectural theory as applied to building design, using architectural theory as a basis for developing design paradigms. Introduces research methods used in architectural theory.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 302LAB and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 403LAB. Students must register for ARC 403LAB and ARC 362LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 403LAB Architectural Design Studio 7
    Laboratory

    Theme is comprehensive design. Uses comprehensive architectural projects to address the complexity of the discipline-site conditions, construction technology, programming, research methods, life safety and accessibility, codes and standards, building systems, representation, documentation, and comprehensive design. Examines the values and ideologies architects bring forward in their work.

    Credits: 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 302LAB and ARC 442LLB.
    Corequisites: ARC 362LEC. Students must register for ARC 403LAB and ARC 362LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 403SA DESIGN STUDIO
    Recitation

    DESIGN STUDIO

    Credits: 0 - 19
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 404LAB Architecture Design Practicum
    Laboratory

    Theme is advanced topics in architecture and design. Uses comprehensive architectural projects to address the complexity of the discipline -- site conditions, construction technology, programming, safety and accessibility, codes and standards, and representation. Examines the values and ideologies that architects bring forward in their work.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 404SEM and ARC 404LAB must be taken during the same term.Architecture BS students only.Senior standing required.
  • ARC 404LEC Architecture Proseminar
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 404SEM and ARC 404LAB must be taken during the same term.Architecture BS students only.Senior standing required.
  • ARC 404SEM Architecture Proseminar
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 404SEM and ARC 404LAB must be taken during the same term.Architecture BS students only.Senior standing required.
  • ARC 406LAB Architecture Design Studio XIII
    Laboratory

    Locations vary annually. In the past, students have participated in architecture design studios taught in Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, North America, and other international or domestic locations as organized by the Department of Architecture. Other in-house study abroad programs will be offered on an ad-hoc basis as determined the Department of Architecture, based upon faculty and student interest. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 6 - 15
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
    Prerequisites: ARC 301 and ARC 302.
  • ARC 411LAB Architecture Media 5
    Laboratory

    Introduces students to techniques for representing and simulating sunlight, daylight and radiance within architecture. Course assignments will develop a range of skills including: proficiency in Autodesk Ecotect; lighting photography of physical models; raytrace and radiosity rendering; relief material models; 3D printing; 2D/3D diagraming of lighting performance; `contour map or `false color rendition techniques. Digital media skills introduced will be coordinated with course material from ARC 301: Architecture Design Studio 5.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 312LEC and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 301LAB. Students must register for ARC 411LEC and ARC 301LAB concurrently.
  • ARC 412LAB Architecture Media 6
    Laboratory

    Introduces students to techniques for generating formal organizations through computational means and representing movement in architecture. Course assignments will develop a range of skills including: Parametric modeling through Grasshopper/Rhinoscript; Processing/other intro programming platform; animation; 2D/3D/4D diagramming methods. Digital media skills introduced will be coordinated with course material from ARC 302: Architecture Design Studio 6.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 411LEC and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 302LAB. Students must register for ARC 302LAB and ARC 412LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 422SEM Intro To Building Reuse
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 241 and Architecture major/minor only.
  • ARC 423SEM Reading Seminar
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 428LEC Historic Preservation
    Lecture

    Historic preservation theory as related to architectural design, emphasizing preservation practice, including tools of effective preservation, legislation, community roles, economics, adaptive reuse, and project management. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 231 or ARC 234.
  • ARC 433LEC 20th Century Architecture and Urbanism
    Lecture

    Twentieth-century architects and urban planners created an extraordinary and varied body of works worldwide. Driven by social and technological changes as well as aesthetic concerns, the projects reflect different strands of modernism and modernity. Indeed examination of the key movements, figures, and debates will illustrate that 20th-century architecture and urban design was far from unified but multivalent and often contradictory. While reference will be made to non-western works, this course will primarily examine European and North American achievements and their interplay. To this end, the course will combine lectures and case studies with critical analyses of key texts. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 435LEC American Architecture and Urbanism
    Lecture

    Topics vary annually. An introduction to the history of American architecture with emphasis on American urbanism. Historical and contemporary review for exploring the underpinnings of architecture and American urbanism in past, present, and future situations. Past topics have included American architecture and urbanism from pre-colonial to 1870 as well as American architecture and urbanism from 1870 to post-modernism. As topics vary annually, pre-requisites will vary contingent upon semester topic.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 436DIS Citizen Planning School
    Discussion

    Citizen Planning School is a project- based, research-intensive, experiential learning course exploring the role of civic engagement in community-based planning and design efforts, promoting sustainable development in the Buffalo Niagara region through land use, transportation, housing, energy and climate, access to food, and more. Through a combination of academic preparation and firsthand experience engaging with diverse public constituencies, students will hone skills, identify key gaps in community planning, design, development, and set the stage for a more sustainable Buffalo Niagara. Citizen Planning School combines public engagement with action research to help meet the economic, environmental, and social challenges of the 21st century. Includes lectures, discussions, fieldwork, and site visits. This course is the same as END 436.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Junior/Senior standing and permission of instructor.
  • ARC 442LAB Construction Tech Lab
    Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 301LAB and ARC 411LEC and Architecture majors only.
    Corequisites: ARC 442LEC. Students must register for ARC 442LEC and ARC 442LAB concurrently.
  • ARC 442LLB Construction Technology
    Lecture

    A structures/construction course. Emphasizes details of construction. Examines interfaces of materials and systems: foundation/wall, wall/window, wall/roof, floor/wall, etc. Investigates the effect of materials and processes on appearance and life of building components. Studies interior and exterior finishes, joints, fire protection, and specification.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 301LAB and Architecture majors only.
  • ARC 448SEM Building Projects
    Seminar

    Topics vary annually. Past topics examined design/build projects as a complex system of enterprises producing built facilities and altering environments. Included field trips, hands-on steel fabrication and erection, concrete demolition, concrete pours, pattern making, painting, landscaping, stone setting, as well as shop drawings. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 202 and Architecture major / minor only.
  • ARC 449LAB Architectural Materials
    Laboratory

    Topics vary annually. In the past, observed and quantitatively and/or qualitatively predicted the behavior of materials: metals, polymers, ceramics, glass, wood, composites, paints, and preservatives. Explored and challenged the properties, social context, and methods of fabrication for the most common materials found in architecture. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 302LAB and Architecture majors only.
  • ARC 453LLB Structures 2
    Lecture

    Concentrates on the study and investigation of various structural materials, connections and details. Students study various design criteria for specific materials, such as timber, steel, and concrete, and are introduced to the proper use of various building codes in the structural design process.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 352 and Architecture major / minor only.
  • ARC 455LAB Structures 3 Lab
    Laboratory

    This course is dual listed with ARC 555.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 453 and Architecture major / minor only.
    Corequisites: ARC 455LEC and ARC 455LAB must be taken in the same term.
  • ARC 455LEC Structures 3
    Lecture

    Begins by emphasizing the investigation of reinforced concrete structures and continues by studying various types of foundation systems, such as footings, and retaining and bearing walls. Also includes a general overview of indeterminate structures and the behavior of continuous beams. Concludes with the study of lateral forces and dynamic loading, and their impact on the design of seismic and wind-resistant structures. May be offered on an intermittent basis. This course is dual listed with ARC 555.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 453 and Architecture major / minor only.
    Corequisites: ARC 455LEC and ARC 455LAB must be taken in the same term.
  • ARC 467DIS Research Practice
    Discussion

    Past activities involved analysis and development of real problems accepted from various sponsors. The student's specific contribution to the research findings must be documented and filed with the department and sponsor. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 1 - 7
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: upperclass standing in Architecture major / minor only
  • ARC 467LAB Research Practice
    Laboratory

    Past activities involved analysis and development of real problems accepted from various sponsors. The student's specific contribution to the research findings must be documented and filed with the department and sponsor. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: upperclass standing in Architecture major / minor only
  • ARC 473LEC Environmental Controls: Thermal Environmental Systems
    Lecture

    A majors-only course. Examines active systems of climate control in buildings and their relation to energy management. Assesses evaluation and selection of mechanical equipment systems, cost implications, and effectiveness. Investigates design considerations of integrating various building systems, including: mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment; water; and wastewater systems. Introduces sanitation, fire protection, and vertical transportation systems. Considers techniques for solar heating, passive cooling, indoor air quality, and human health. Students must have completed ARC 241 and ARC 202 as pre-requisites for enrollment, and concurrent enrollment in ARC 301LAB and ARC 411LEC is required for ARC 473LEC registration.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 241LEC and ARC 202LAB and Architecture Major or ARC 344 and Architecture Minor.
    Corequisites: ARC 301LAB and ARC 411LEC.
  • ARC 475LEC Environmental Systems 3
    Lecture

    Impact on environmental building systems design, including form, structure, and material. Qualitative and quantitative issues in the lighting of space, integration of natural and artificial light, fundamental nature of sound transmission and absorption, and principles of design for an effective environment.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 241 and Architecture major or minor.
  • ARC 477SEM Form Change
    Seminar

    Architecture establishes strategic decisions regarding the design of buildings and their relationship with and impact on the physical environment. Concurrently, architects must be aware of the changing and evolving forms of buildings. Through critical examinations of different types of buildings, students will be introduced to forms shaped by culture, function, and economics; and the way changes in the use of buildings and space over time can reshape form. Site visits to significant buildings during the semester will highlight the characteristics of different building types and highlight form change. Includes lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • ARC 479SEM Sustainable Design
    Seminar

    Offers a working understanding of the issues inherent in the discourse of sustainability as it occurs in planning and design professions. Students explore the practical and theoretical relationships among urban form, democratic ideals, and ecological imaginations. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 121 and upperclass standing in Architecture major / minor.
  • ARC 482LEC Professional Practice
    Lecture

    Phases of management involving architects from project inception to its realization. Office organization, contractor and owner management of projects, construction-cost analysis, organization and preparation of construction documents, review of related legal papers and standardized forms, alternative patterns of construction management relations. Emerging patterns of architectural practice.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 241 and upperclass standing in Architecture major / minor only.
  • ARC 484SEM Professional Practice 2: From Starting a Firm to Alternative Practices
    Seminar

    Examines early career development in the profession of architecture. Develops awareness and understand the various professional trajectories available, and develop knowledge as to the necessary steps needed for career advancement and ancillary opportunities. Through presentations, readings and weekly discussions, students will examine both traditional and alternative career paths in architecture and architectural design. Includes lectures, discussions, and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 301 or ARC 344 and senior standing or permission of instructor.
  • ARC 485LAB Special Topics
    Laboratory

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 486LEC Architecture Special Topics Lecture
    Lecture

    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in architecture, planning, and design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Architecture majors or Architecture Minors or Permission of Advisement only.
  • ARC 487LLB Special Topics in Architecture
    Lecture

    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in architecture, urban planning, and design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 488SEM Seminar in Design Theory
    Seminar

    Considers design theory as related to architecture, urban environments, preservation, material, and culture. Examines design theory concepts in the context of architectural form and expression. Explores the philosophy of design theory through the methodology of criticism. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 234 and upperclass standing in Architecture major / minor or permission by advisement.
  • ARC 489SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in architecture, planning, and design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 490DIS Special Topics
    Discussion

    Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in architecture, planning, and design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 1 - 7
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 490LEC Special Topics Lecture
    Lecture

    Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in architecture, planning, and design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Architecture major only or permission by advisement
  • ARC 491DIS Special Topics
    Discussion

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 491LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 492DIS Special Topics
    Discussion

    Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in architecture, planning, and design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 1 - 7
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 492LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in architecture, planning, and design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Architecture major only or permission by advisement
  • ARC 493LAB Special Topics
    Laboratory

    Topics vary annually. In the past this course addressed issues in architecture history and design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Architecture major only or permission by advisement
  • ARC 496TUT Community Design Service
    Tutorial

    Matches students with community organizations in need of architecture-related services. Students do hands-on work serving community needs and pursue learning experiences with faculty. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 2 - 7
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 499TUT Independent Study in Architecture
    Tutorial

    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Designed to add depth and breadth to a student's formal degree program. Students electing for an Independent Study in Architecture must be accepted for work on a specific topic by a member of the University at Buffalo Architecture faculty, and must have the approval of the Architecture department chair. Students completing ARC 499 Independent Study in Architecture will also participate in events sponsored by the University at Buffalo Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (UB CURCA). May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 1 - 7
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Architecture major / minor or permission of instructor
 
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