Undergraduate Course Catalog

Architecture

M. Senagala, Chairperson

Architects design buildings and the spaces around them to be used and enjoyed. Architects combine design skills with technical knowledge to achieve sustainable, accommodating, safe, beautiful, and economically beneficial built environments. Through effective and collaborative processes, architects develop projects that promote stability for the long term while ensuring changeability in response to new social and technological realities. They are concerned about social issues and societal well-being, bringing together knowledge, skills, and values in their professional design of the built environments where we work and dwell. Architects are involved with many kinds of organizations and in a broad spectrum of activities across a range of scales, from furniture and interior spaces to buildings and urban design. 

The Department of Architecture offers four-year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees with majors in both architecture and environmental design. The major in architecture is part of an undergraduate-graduate degree sequence that culminates in the professional Master of Architecture degree.

Approval to pursue either of the departmental undergraduate majors involves a selection process in addition to admission to the university. For more information, write or call the Office of Admissions, 765-285-4278. Foreign students should inquire with the Center for International Programs for information about transfer and admissions or phone 765-285-5422.

Professional education in architecture at Ball State University consists of two degree programs: a four-year undergraduate degree (BS or BA) with a major in architecture, followed by the professional Master of Architecture graduate degree (MArch.). Students seeking an accredited program of studies in architecture must complete both the pre-professional undergraduate degree program (or its equivalent from another accredited program) and the professional MArch. degree. There are separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate major and the MArch. program. Admission and completion of the undergraduate major does not guarantee admission into the graduate program.

Students interested in alternative careers in design, construction, and related fields may want to consider the undergraduate major in environmental design. The environmental design major, running parallel with and often overlapping the pre-professional major in architecture but with greater flexibility, provides students with a strong design-based education that will prepare them for a broad range of career options.

Once enrolled in the Department of Architecture, students receiving two consecutive grades below C- in any two sequential architecture or environmental design courses must repeat both courses. The policy remains in effect for students repeating these courses.

Transfer students with less than one year of design status in an architecture or architecture-related field must apply to the College of Architecture and Planning for admission to the First Year Program or phone 765-285-5859. Transfer students with one year or more of design credit from other accredited professional degree programs in architecture who are seeking advanced placement should inquire directly at the Department of Architecture about submission of portfolios as well as transcripts for evaluation. All transfer applicants must first be admitted to the university before the process of admission to the major can begin.

Advanced placement in architecture or environmental design requires review by the Department of Architecture of transfer application materials to determine the student’s best starting point in the curriculum. Admission to the university does not automatically imply admission to the major in architecture or environmental design. No guarantee can be made or should be inferred until the department’s final decision on placement has been made regarding the length of time or number of credits to complete the respective degree. In order to receive the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts, in either architecture or environmental design, all transfer students must complete a minimum of three semesters of course work within the major at Ball State University.

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Master’s degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.



MAJOR IN ARCHITECTURE, 85 hours

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Elective hours may be waived by completing an approved minor. Not open to environmental design majors.


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MINOR IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION, 18 hours

Completed application and an interview with the program director and/or program faculty are required.

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ARCHITECTURE (ARCH)

100 Introduction to Architecture. (2)
An introduction to architecture through an exploration of products of the built environment.

103 Architectural Design Studio. (6)
Introduction to architectural form manipulation skills in both green field and built environments. Focus on design moves linking concepts of site, schematic building structure, materials and forces of human habitation. Design reasoning and spatial thinking, vocabulary, concept formulation, use of precedents, and basic investigative skills are linked to basic ways of building in both individual and collaborative design exercises. 
    Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the program director.

163 Architectural Communications Media. (4)
Introduction to architectural design representation techniques and media, including freehand drawing, orthographic and perspective drawing, analytic drawing, concept diagramming, and 3-D modeling. 
    Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the program director.

201 Architectural Design. (4)
Introduction to the architectural design sequence. Projects focus on conceptual architectural design and design methodologies in small and intermediate-scale projects, introduction of architectural technology, research, analysis, and programming. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

202 Architectural Design. (4)
Conceptual architectural design and design methodologies in large-scale projects; introduction of architectural technology, research, analysis, and programming. Workshops in the exploration and development of visualization and communication skills at all stages of the design process. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 201. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

203 Architectural Design Studio. (4)
Design projects of moderate scale and complexity consider tectonic issues, enclosure, territory and movement paths. Projects address concepts of space and place in the context of a variety of building types, ordering systems and theories. Continued development of digital and manual visualization methods. 
    Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the program director.

214 Architectural Building Technology 1. (3)
Methods and materials of architectural construction. Emphasizes interface of material selections and construction technology in the design, production, and construction process.

218 Structural Systems 1. (3)
Basic introduction to the mathematical foundations of statics—equilibrium, balance, centroids, neutral axis—with primary focus on developing a basic understanding of concepts of conditions of equilibrium and force systems. 
    Prerequisite: MATHS 125 or equivalent.

229 History of Architecture 1. (3)
A survey of the major movements in Western architecture and urbanism from antiquity through the nineteenth century, and an introduction to developments in vernacular and high-style architecture outside the West in precolonial and/or post-colonial periods. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 100.

252 Introduction to Social and Cultural Issues of Design. (3)
Examines social, political, cultural, ecological, technological, and psychological influences on architecture and human behavior in space. Introduces various ways of understanding the material and social processes used in constructing the built environment.

261 Design Communications Media. (1)
Exploration of a variety of communications media including pencil, ink, pastel, markers, watercolor, and photography. 
    Prerequisite: CAP 162. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

263 Digital Design. (3)
Introduction to the use of digital technology in architecture with an emphasis on design applications. Introduction to a wide range of digital programs, techniques and skills. Development of judgment and discernment regarding the use of computers in architectural design.

273 Environmental Systems 1. (3)
Introduction to environmental systems in architecture with emphasis on passive interventions.

301 Architectural Design. (4 or 5)
Integration of all facets of design including design, research, programming, technology, function, human behavior, scheduling, time management, communication, use of materials, and systems. Workshops in the further exploration and development of visualization and communication skills at all stages of the design process. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 202.

302 Architectural Design. (4 or 5)
A rigorous in-depth exploration of a selected topic in architectural design. Design studio and seminar in theories and principles related to the selected topic. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 301.

304 Architectural Design Studio. (5)
Design of increasingly complex projects with documentation of structure, materials, construction methods and life safety. Continued emphasis on concept development vis-a-vis historical and contemporary architectural thought and project context in all its dimensions. Reinforcement and application of sustainability principles including passive/active systems and day-lighting. 
    Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the program director.

314 Architectural Building Technology 2. (3)
Methods and materials of architectural construction. Emphasizes interface of material selections and construction technology in the design, production, and construction process. Production of construction documentation. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 214.

318 Structural Systems 2. (3)
Strength of materials, stress, strain, modulus of elasticity. Introduction to steel systems their application to the design of horizontal and vertical building systems. Introduction to lateral force systems for earthquake and wind. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 218.

329 History of Architecture 2. (3)
Survey of the movements and major figures in architecture and design from the late nineteenth century to the present, with consideration given to the social and cultural context of design ideas. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 229.

373 Environmental Systems 2. (3)
Application of the principles of physics to the design and engineering of environmental systems in buildings and technologies of active intervention. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 273; permission of the department chairperson.

401 Architectural Design. (5)
Capstone project: a design-based study in depth requiring students to reflect on and synthesize previous course work. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 302. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

402 Architectural Design. (6)
ARCH 402 allows students to engage in architectural design projects on or off campus providing students a high degree of self-direction. Draws on knowledge and skills of previous course work. Both ARCH 405 and 406 (two independent summer programs) must be completed to obtain substitute credit for ARCH 402. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 302. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

403 Architectural Design Studio. (6)
A capstone project that continues a rigorous emphasis on all aspects of sustainability. This in-depth design study requires synthesis of previous course work. 
    Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of the program director.

405 Architectural Design. (3)
Incremental versions of ARCH 402 that allow students to engage architectural design projects on or off campus providing students a high degree of self-direction. Draws on knowledge and skills of previous course work. Both ARCH 405 and 406 (two independent summer programs) must be completed to obtain substitute credit for ARCH 402. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 202. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

406 Architectural Design. (3)
Incremental versions of ARCH 402 that allow students to engage architectural design projects on or off campus providing students a high degree of self-direction. Draws on knowledge and skills of previous course work. Both ARCH 405 and 406 (two independent summer programs) must be completed to obtain substitute credit for ARCH 402. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 202. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

418 Structural Systems 3. (3)
Continuation of Structural Systems 2. Introduction to wood, concrete and masonry systems and their application to design of horizontal and vertical building systems. Discussions of alternative structural building materials and systems. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 318.

421 Topics in the History of Oriental Architecture. (3)
Analysis of theoretical, cultural, and historical determinants as they may be applied to a selected array of architects and buildings from the Islamic world to the Far East. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 329; permission of the department chairperson.

426 Preservation and Documentation of Historic Buildings. (3)
Introduces the special qualities of design and craftsmanship in historic buildings, districts, and landscapes. Emphasizes skills needed to document historic properties through written and graphic means. Surveys guidelines for rehabilitation and criteria for identifying historic properties. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 329.

427 Philosophy of Architecture. (3)
Seminars and independent study in the background and development of prevailing philosophies of architecture, ideas in design, and how they evolved in contemporary architecture since the beginning of the twentieth century, concluding with their influence on the current practice of architecture.

428 History of North American Architecture. (3)
Survey of North American architecture and urbanism from its colonial beginnings to the present. Emphasizes European antecedents, transformation by American conditions, and the rise of a distinctly American architecture. Methods of dissemination of architectural knowledge and conflicting points of view. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the program director.

429 Application of Cultural Issues to Design and Planning Strategies. (3)
Explores how to use social, cultural, technical, and economic information to establish design criteria. Examines how to apply this knowledge to create a framework for design. 
    Prerequisite: fourth-year standing or permission of the department chairperson.

430 History of Architecture, Planning, and Engineering in the Midwest. (3)
Analysis of the development of architecture, planning, engineering (canals, railroads, roads, bridges), and industrial architecture in the Midwest from the frontier period through the twentieth century. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the program director.

437 Topics in the History of 19th- and 20th-Century Architecture. (3)
Analysis of theoretical, cultural, and historical determinants as they may be applied to a selected array of architects and buildings from around 1800 to the present. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 329; permission of the department chairperson.

440 Introduction to Historic Preservation. (3)
Survey of history and philosophy of preservation in the United States and Europe. Emphasizes the origins of current philosophies and approaches to preservation in the United States and the variety of organizations and agencies involved in preservation. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the program director. 
    Not open to students who have credit in LA 420.

441 Historic Preservation Law and Planning. (2)
Survey of fundamental legislation in the preservation field at federal, state, and local levels. Emphasizes applying knowledge of laws and regulations to actual situations in practice. Survey of types of preservation planning used by federal, state, and local governments. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 440; permission of the program director.

442 Documentation and Registration of Historic Properties 1. (2)
Introduction to the methods of recording and registering historic properties, including buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects, and archaeological sites, using both written and graphic means. Emphasizes projects and exercises involving descriptions and statements of significance for historic properties. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the program director.

444 Economics of Historic Preservation. (2)
Developing skills in assessing economics of preserving historic properties. Emphasizes exercises involving feasibility studies, pro formas, revolving funds, and identification of feasible users. Surveys Main Street program, heritage tourism, and heritage areas as revitalization techniques. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 441; permission of the program director.

445 Documentation and Registration of Historic Properties 2. (2)
Application of skills and principles learned in ARCH 442 in a registration or documentation project. 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 442; permission of the program director.

447 Historic Preservation Technology 1. (2)
Survey of the materials and systems of construction used in historic buildings and the causes of deterioration, obsolescence, and failure in buildings. Emphasizes developing diagnostic skills through field investigations and laboratory analysis and exercises. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the preservation program director.

449 Historic Preservation Technology 2. (2)
Survey of the methods and philosophies of conservation and rehabilitation for historic buildings. Emphasizes identifying appropriate solutions to problems of deterioration and appropriate rehabilitation and restoration approaches. Field trips, laboratory analysis, and projects.
Prerequisite: ARCH 447; permission of the program director.

455 Architectural Internship. (0)
Prepares students for critical engagement in architectural practice. Field studies in architecture under the supervision of a licensed architect or allied design professional. Under certain conditions this internship may apply toward the National Intern-Architect Development Program (IDP). 
    Prerequisite: permission of the internship program director or the department chairperson.

490 Independent Project. (1-6)
Independent study in architectural topics. 
    Prerequisite: approval of a program proposal by the department chairperson. 
    A total of 8 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

495 Architecture History/Theory Elective. (3-6)
Timely architectural projects undertaken by groups. Counts towards architecture history/theory elective credit. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 15 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

498 Special Projects in Architecture. (3-6)
Timely architectural projects undertaken by groups of students. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 15 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 6 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to architecture majors.

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