Undergraduate Course Catalog

Architecture

M. Daas, Chairperson 

Architecture is the physical embodiment of human civilization, and architects are designers of the built environment. Architects design the world around us by understanding human needs and culture, and utilizing effective and collaborative processes that promote long term stability while ensuring changeability in response to new social and technological realities.

The Department of Architecture offers five degree programs. At the undergraduate level, the Department of Architecture offers a pre-professional 1) Bachelor of Arts (includes a foreign language concentration) with a major in architecture or a 2) Bachelor of Science (no foreign language concentration) with a major in architecture. Either degree prepares students to pursue an accredited professional master of architecture degree which leads to licensure as registered architect. The department also offers a non-accredited 3) Bachelor of Environmental Design degree, which prepares students for a broad range of professions such as industrial design, business management, construction, and others; however, the degree does not lead to licensure as a registered architect.

Approval to pursue any of the departmental undergraduate degrees involves admission to the university and acceptance into the College of Architecture and Planning. Learn more about the First Year Program and steps for new and transfer students.

It is recommended that all International students contact the Rinker Center for International Programs.

At the graduate level, the Department of Architecture offers an accredited professional 4) Master of Architecture degree for those who wish to pursue licensure as a registered architect, a non-accredited 5) post-professional Masters degree provides an opportunity for in-depth research on a specific area of interest. Additionally, the department offers a 6) Master of Science in Historic Preservation. 

“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 its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree."
-2009 Conditions for Accreditation, NAAB-

Ball State University, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: 
            M.Arch (pre-professional degree + 46 graduate credits) 
            M.Arch (non-pre-professional degree + 104 credits) 
            Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2013

Approval to pursue any of the departmental graduate degrees involves admission to the university’s Graduate School as well as the Department of Architecture.


MAJOR IN ARCHITECTURE (BA/BS), 85 hours

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    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.

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.

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 (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 (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, and modulus of elasticity. Introduction to steel systems and 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. 

352 (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.

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.

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)
American architecture and urbanism from its colonial beginnings to the present. Emphasizes European antecedents, transformation by American conditions, and the rise of distinctly American architecture. Discusses methods of disseminating 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.

441 Historic Preservation Law and Planning (3)
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 Historic Preservation Research Methods and Documentation (3)
Introduction to methods of recording and registering historic properties by written means, including architectural descriptions and statements of significance for buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects, and archaeological sites. Emphasizes development of skills in primary and secondary research methods in historic preservation and principles of scholarly and professional writing. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the program director.

444 Historic Preservation Economics (3)
Developing skills in assessing the economics of preserving historic properties. Emphasizes exercises involving feasibility studies, pro formas, revolving funds, and identification of feasible users. Surveys also Main Street program and heritage tourism and heritage areas as revitalization techniques. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the program director. 

445 Historic Preservation Design and Graphic Documentation (3)
Introduction to graphic techniques, methods, and design processes used in the documentation and recordation of historic properties, with emphasis on manual and computer aided measured drawing and representation, laser technologies, photo documentation, laboratory and field procedures, interpretation of physical conditions, and the design and development of presentation techniques. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the program director.

447 Historic Preservation Technology 1 (3)
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 program director. 

449 Historic Preservation Technology 2 (3)
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: 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.

473 Historic Preservation Colloquium (3)
Seminar investigates how we have come to understand and value the past, scrutinizing disparate forms of preservation: environmental protection, building restoration, monuments and memorials, and ancestor worship, to foster an understanding of the sociocultural and historical complexities of preservation and concepts of history as they inform contemporary historic preservation work. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the program director.

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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