2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Architecture (ARC)

Architecture

126 Hayes Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030
Ph: 716-829-3483
F: 716-829-3256
W: www.ap.buffalo.edu
Omar Khan
Associate Professor and Chair
R. J. Multari
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
Debra Eggebrecht
Assistant to the Chair

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 science of building.

About Our Facilities

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 provides a range of the latest equipment dedicated to material research, model making, and digital fabrication.

The Architecture and Planning Materials and Methods Shop, is available for school-wide projects and independent work.

The Visual Resources Center directly supports the curriculum with its ever-growing collection of slides, audiovisual equipment and an extensive image database. The center also produces video recordings of the school's lecture series and other events.

About Our Faculty

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 within the undergraduate preprofessional program. 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 their coursework. In academic year 2016-2017, University at Buffalo Architecture had 21 tenure/tenure-track faculty, five clinical faculty, two research faculty, two visiting scholars, and 11 adjunct faculty, and 15 teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Architecture department website for additional information about our faculty.

ARC Courses


  • 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.

    Credits: 1
    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.

    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 111LEC Architecture Media 1
    Lecture

    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 112LEC Architecture Media 2
    Lecture

    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 11SA Special Studies Architecture
    Tutorial

    Special Studies Architecture

    Credits: 0 - 99
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • 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 122LLB Architectural Sketching and the Built Environment
    Lecture

    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
  • 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
    Corequisites: ARC 312LEC. Students must register for both ARC 202LAB and ARC 312LEC concurrently.
    Other Requisites: Pre-requisitie: ARC 201LAB
  • ARC 211LLB American Diversity and Design
    Lecture

    An approved University at Buffalo American Pluralism/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 224DIS Colloquium
    Discussion

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    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
    Prerequisites: ARC 121 or AHI 101; Must be a major or intended major in one of the following: Art, Architecture, Architecture & Planning, Art History, Classics, Environmental Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Media Study, or Studio Art.
  • 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 241LLB Introduction to Building Technology
    Lecture

    Overview on interrelationship of environment and building, specifically examining site design, structure/tectonics, and environmental systems, as they relate to building design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MTH 121 Or MTH 131 and Architecture major/minor only
  • ARC 244LLB Building Systems Technology
    Lecture

    Overview on the interrelationships of building systems technology, including site preparation, structure/tectonics/materials, construction methods, and environmental systems, as they relate to building design. Includes lectures and fieldwork. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 343 and Architecture major / minor only
  • ARC 280LEC Environments and Landscapes
    Lecture

    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 311LBR Architectural Communications I
    Laboratory

    2-D and 3-D representation techniques for developing and presenting design concepts. Freehand drawings, 2-D and 3-D projections, shades, shadows, perspective, and reproduction techniques. Utilizes various media. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Architecture majors only
  • ARC 311LEC Architecture Media 3
    Lecture

    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 Architectural Communications II
    Laboratory

    Three-dimensional drawings as tools for design development and presentation. Development of model-making skills. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 311 and Architecture majors only
  • ARC 312LEC Architecture Media 4
    Lecture

    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 317LEC Design Fundamentals
    Lecture

    Introduces design logic and skills that enable design thinking, visual representation, and graphic documentation. Explores illustrative techniques for describing form, space, and architecture. Techniques may include architectural photography, graphic representation, or other methods to visually present the constructed environment as both accurate and aesthetically pleasing. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • 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: Fall, Spring
  • ARC 321DIS Colloquium
    Discussion

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 322SEM Introduction to Building Reuse
    Seminar

    Topics vary annually. Past topics examined case studies of past uses, present conditions, and future functional and structural possibilities of older buildings. Analyzes opportunities for adaptive reuse. Discusses development of design concepts and space-use programs, including renovation, restoration, and reconditioning, as well as preservation. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 241 and Architecture major/minor only
  • ARC 324DIS Colloquium
    Discussion

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 328LEC 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
  • ARC 341LEC Construction Tech 1
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 343LAB Building Systems Technology I
    Laboratory

    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
  • 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 344LAB Building Systems Technology II
    Laboratory

    Topics vary annually. Past topics investigated current design/build practices, especially those of practitioners in the northern US and Canada. Examined building system research, first hand case study investigation, materials exploration, system prototyping, planning and design, project administration, and construction. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 345SEM Bldg Systems Technology 3
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 347SEM Dimensional Coordination
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • 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 241LEC and PHY 101LR or AP 101LR.
    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 241LEC, PHY 101LR, or AP 101LR.
    Corequisites: ARC 352LAB. Students must register for ARC 352LAB and ARC 352LEC concurrently.
  • ARC 354LAB Experimental Structures
    Laboratory

    Topics vary annually. Past topics included dimensional analysis, intersections of urban structure and metropolitan infrastructures, models, design prototypes, systems of forces and mass, structural materials, and contemporary theories. Reviewed experimental elements within three-dimensional structural systems for constructed environments. Discussed physical and immaterial structure, and studied stability of structural system elements within urban and built environments. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 354SEM Experimental Structures
    Seminar

    Topics vary annually. Past topics included dimensional analysis, intersections of urban structure and metropolitan infrastructures, models, design prototypes, systems of forces and mass, structural materials, and contemporary theories. Reviewed experimental elements within three-dimensional structural systems for constructed environments. Discussed physical and immaterial structure, and studied stability of structural system elements within urban and built environments. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 352 and Architecture major / minor only
  • ARC 357SEM Fabric Structures
    Seminar

    Topics vary annually. Past topics reviewed theory and practice of building with stressed fabric membranes, and explored principles of cable structures, nets, tension membranes, and air-supported and inflated membranes. Also examined minimal surfaces, curved surfaces, materials, joints, and details along with design development, production, erection, and performance in use. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 352 and Architecture major / minor only
  • 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: Spring
  • 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 Architectural Design Studio Abroad
    Laboratory

    Locations vary annually. In the past, students have participated in architecture design studios taught in Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and other international 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 CAAD 1: Introduction to Computer Aided Architectural Design
    Laboratory

    Introduces students to fundamental theoretical concepts and current research themes in computing and design, as well as their practical application in electronic publishing, drafting, modeling, and design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: ARC 411LEC. Students must register for ARC 411LAB and ARC 411LEC in the same term.
  • ARC 411LEC Architecture Media 5
    Lecture

    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 CAAD 2: Models, Objects, & Environment
    Laboratory

    Introduces advanced concepts and current research trends in computer-aided design, rendering, animation, and advanced virtual-reality Web publishing. Addresses ways in which advanced computer techniques can be used in support of architectural design and presentation. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 412LEC Architecture Media 6
    Lecture

    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 416LEC Research Methods
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 419SEM Contemporary Theory
    Seminar

    Examines trends in design, contemporary theory, and criticism in art and architecture. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 234 and Architecture major / minor
  • ARC 421DIS Colloquium
    Discussion

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 422SEM Intro To Building Reuse
    Seminar

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

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 424DIS Colloquium
    Discussion

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 425LEC History of Design
    Lecture

    A topical introduction to the history of design, examining architecture, communication design, industrial design, landscape design, and urban design. Contemporary debates in design theory form the basis for exploring the under-pinnings of design production in present and past situations. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 211 and Architecture major/minor only
  • ARC 426LEC Color Culture Theory
    Lecture

    Examines recent approaches to the study of color in relation to space, surface, and representation through the lenses of expanding and overlapping practices. Students study color in painting, literature, film, consumer media, installation and architecture to develop an understanding of its cultural impact. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 211 and Architecture major only
  • ARC 427SEM Building Types
    Seminar

    Topics vary annually. Past topics examined prototypical forms and organizations of important building types; developed understanding of sources for design decisions., and investigated various building structural systems. Studied braced frames, rigid frames, shear walled systems, tubes and bundled tubes. Reviewed innovations in digital technology and simulation programs, and their impact on the efficient integration of building systems. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 352 and Architecture major only
  • ARC 428LEC Historic Preservation
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 231 or ARC 234
  • ARC 431LEC Arch Hist:Anc to Ind Rev
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • 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 434LEC Arch Hist 3 Mod Movement
    Lecture

    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: Fall, Spring
  • ARC 439LAB Computer Modeling
    Laboratory

    Topics vary annually. Past topics examined theoretical and practical approaches of computing technologies in the design process through CAAD systems, drafting, graphic modeling, and rendering, with particular emphasis on architecture. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Corequisites: Student must register for ARC 439LEC and ARC 439LAB in the same term
  • ARC 439LEC Computer Modeling
    Lecture

    Topics vary annually. Past topics examined theoretical and practical approaches of computing technologies in the design process through CAAD systems, drafting, graphic modeling, and rendering, with particular emphasis on architecture. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 411, Junior / Senior standing and Architecture major only
    Corequisites: Student must register for ARC 439LEC and ARC 439LAB in the same term
  • ARC 440LAB Computer Applications
    Laboratory

    Topics vary annually. Past topics introduced students to theoretical computing applications used for design, including theory of design evaluation, prediction, and generation. Investigated emerging techniques related to computer assisted design environments. Explored computing relational geometries in spatial and constructional systems. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 411
  • ARC 440LEC Computer Applications
    Lecture

    Topics vary annually. Past topics introduced students to theoretical computing applications used for design, including theory of design evaluation, prediction, and generation. Investigated emerging techniques related to computer assisted design environments. Explored computing relational geometries in spatial and constructional systems. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 411, Junior / Senior standing and Architecture major only
  • 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 ARC 411LEC, and Architecture majors only.
  • ARC 446SEM Intermediate Technology
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • 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 450LEC Advanced Architectural Materials
    Lecture

    Topics vary annually. This integration of making and meaning will be explored through studies of buildings that demonstrate a strong relationship between concept and construction together with a high level of integration of architectural, structural, services and enclosure systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 422 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 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.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 453 and Architecture major / minor only
  • ARC 456SEM Structures 4
    Seminar

    Topics vary annually. Past topics examined systems in large and/or tall structures affecting decisions of architecture in relation to lightweight systems, physical constraints of the materials, manufacture of the material, and geometry in the material distribution. Reviewed stability considerations of structural systems and individual elements, as well as reserve strength and redundancy concepts. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 455 and Architecture major only
  • ARC 457SEM Fabric Structures
    Seminar

    Topics vary annually. Past topics reviewed theory and practice of building with stressed fabric membranes, and explored principles of cable structures, nets, tension membranes, and air-supported and inflated membranes. Also examined minimal surfaces, curved surfaces, materials, joints, and details along with design development, production, erection, and performance in use. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 463SEM Design for the Life Span
    Seminar

    Overview of major goals and approaches for design and planning for life-span needs, with special attention to older and disabled individuals. Students pursue selected research projects or work together on a class project. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: upper class standing in Architecture major only
  • ARC 464SEM Behavior and Space
    Seminar

    Topics vary annually. Role of social and cultural theory in understanding design and physical environments. Impact of buildings and designed environments on human behavior, and behavioral issues within the design process. Effects of social and cultural factors on development, implementation, and use of research information in design. Explores contributions architects, urban planners, and landscape architects make to the design discourse. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 362 and upperclass standing in Architecture major / minor only
  • ARC 465LEC Urban Planning and Design 1
    Lecture

    Explores the current practice of urban design in the context of the United States. Examines new opportunities and constraints in environmental assessment, and management structure in local government; mechanisms for land-use controls or incentives; public investment strategy; and case studies assessing major development strategies used in today's practice. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: upperclass standing in Architecture major only or permission of advisement
  • 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 467LEC Research Practice
    Lecture

    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 467TUT Research Practice
    Tutorial

    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 470LEC Climate and Architecture
    Lecture

    Introduces issues, awareness, and understanding of climate as a determinant of urban design, site design, site/building interface, and building. Studies global scale climatic zones to general/regional zones. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 241 and Architecture major / minor only
  • ARC 472SEM Energy and Shelter
    Seminar

    Investigates current techniques and strategies centered around climate-responsive, energy-conscious design. Emphasizes manual, handbook, and computer techniques to determine comfort conditions and performance of small, passively heated, cooled, day lit buildings. Provides usable information applicable to various stages of the design process.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 473 and Architecture major only
  • ARC 473LEC Environmental Controls: Thermal Environmental Systems
    Lecture

    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 waste water 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 possess basic graphic skills, model making skills, and access to the Architecture Shop as pre-requisites for enrollment.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: ARC 241 and Architecture major / minor only
  • ARC 475LEC Environmental Controls: Acoustics & Lighting
    Lecture

    Acoustics and lighting impact on building 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 acoustic environment.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ARC 241 and Architecture major or minor
  • ARC 476LEC Landscape Design
    Lecture

    Introduces the discipline and criteria of landscape design. The art of site planning, including analysis in relation to physical factors, such as topography, soil structure, climate, and behavior. The ecological basis for site planning and use of vegetation. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 241 and Upperclass standing in Architecture major only
  • 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 481LEC Cost Analysis and Control
    Lecture

    Topics vary annually. Past topics examined the financial framework within which the building industry operates, and its impact on design decisions. Course developed analytical skills necessary to evaluate financial and economic viability of project proposals. Taught estimation of project development and operating costs, methods of finance, and market forces as components of feasibility studies. May be offered on an intermittent basis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: ARC 241 and upperclass standing in Architecture major / minor only
  • 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 485LAB Special Topics
    Laboratory

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • ARC 485SEM Arch Social & Phil Issues
    Seminar

    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 489LEC 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 of 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 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: 1 - 7
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Architecture major only or permission by advisement
  • ARC 490TUT Special Topics
    Tutorial

    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 491LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

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

    Credits: 3
    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 492TUT Special Topics
    Tutorial

    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 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: Spring
  • ARC 498LAB Undergraduate Research in Architecture
    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. In the past this course addressed research and creative issues in architecture and design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Architecture majors or Architecture minors or permission of advisement.
  • ARC 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Designed to add depth and breadth to a student's formal degree program. Students electing this course must be accepted for work on a specific topic by a member of the architectural faculty, and must have the approval of the department chair. 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

Architecture

126 Hayes Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030
Ph: 716-829-3483
F: 716-829-3256
W: www.ap.buffalo.edu
Omar Khan
Associate Professor and Chair
R. J. Multari
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
Debra Eggebrecht
Assistant to the Chair
Published: November 16, 2017 08:32:39 AM