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Bachelor of Science in Architecture

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree serves both as a non-professional liberal arts degree, and as preparation for further graduate study in architecture and related fields. Students completing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree may apply to professional Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture and Doctor of Architecture professional degree programs in order to fulfill their educational requirements toward professional registration in architecture.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students pursuing the four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program must successfully complete the following required courses and electives, in addition to the University Core Curriculum requirements.

Mathematics Requirement

MATH 136-Precalculus or MATH 213-Calculus I & Lab are required for all architecture majors and are a prerequisite for required courses in structures. Successful completion of one of these courses also fulfills the University’s Core  requirement in mathematics. Students are encouraged to complete the highest level of mathematics that they place into, in recognition of the fact that some Roger Williams University minors and graduate study options at other institutions may require calculus. Students seeking to complete a Minor in Structural Engineering must complete MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab.

Science Requirement

Architecture majors are required to complete PHYS 109-Physics I-Algebra Based and Lab or PHYS 201-Physics I-Calculus Based and Lab or ENGR 210, and either CORE 101 Science or BIO 104-Biology II or NATSC 103-Earth Systems Science and Lab. Both BIO 104 and NATSC 103 count toward the Core Concentration and Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Design

Students are required to complete the five-course Architectural Design Core Studio sequence, and one advanced architectural design studio. The Core consists of five sequential semesters addressing fundamental architectural design issues, and graphic and computer communications skills. An advanced architectural studio or a topical studio in urban issues completes the studio sequence.
 
ARCH 113 Architectural Design Core Studio I  
ARCH 114 Architectural Design Core Studio II  
ARCH 213 Architectural Design Core Studio III  
ARCH 214 Architectural Design Core Studio IV  
ARCH 313 Architectural Design Core Studio V  
ARCH 413 Advanced Architectural Design Studio  

Or

Arch 416 Advanced Topical Design Studio: Urban  

History/Theory

The History/Theory sequence is a combination of required introductory and intermediate courses, and advanced elective options.
 
AAH 121-122 History of Art and Architecture I-II  
ARCH 325 History of Modern Architecture  
ARCH 322 Theory of Architecture  

And one of the following Intermediate Level course options

ARCH 324 Evolution of Urban Form  
ARCH 327 History of American Architecture  
ARCH 328 Renaissance Architecture in Perspective  
ARCH 329 History of Landscape Architecture  
AAH 313 Arts and Architecture of Africa  
AAH 321 Arts and Architecture in the Classical World  
AAH 322 Arts and Architecture in the Medieval World  
AAH 323 Arts and Architecture in the Islamic World  
AAH 330 Topics in Art and Architectural History  
HP 341 Pre-Industrial America  
HP 342 Industrial America  

Students may pursue advanced History/Theory electives from a menu of Architecture Electives options.

Environment and Human Behavior
The Environment and Human Behavior sequence is a two-part structure of required intermediate level courses, and advanced elective options.

ARCH 321 Site and Environment  

Students may pursue advanced History/Theory electives from a menu of Architecture Electives options.

Environment and Human Behavior 

The Environment and Human Behavior sequence is a two-part structure of required intermediate level courses, and advanced elective options.
 
ARCH 321 Site and Environment  

Students may pursue advanced Environment and Human Behavior electives from a menu of Architecture Electives options.

Technical Systems

The Technical Systems sequence is intended to make students aware of practical and theoretical aspects of the interrelationships between materials, building systems, and structures, an understanding of which is essential for both
functional and imaginative design.
 
ARCH 335 Structure, Form and Order  
ARCH 231 Construction Materials and Assemblies I  
ARCH 333 Building Systems: Equipment for Buildings  

Students may pursue advanced Technical Systems courses from a menu of Architecture Elective options.

Practice and Professional Development

ARCH 101 Foundations of Architecture  
VARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing  
ARCH 287 Introduction to Computer Applications in Design  

Students may pursue Advanced Practice and Professional Development courses from a menu of Architecture Elective options.

Architecture Electives

Completion of one Architecture Elective is required for graduation. Architecture Electives complement required coursework, providing an enhanced knowledge base in areas of faculty expertise. Students are also eligible to register for graduate level Architecture Electives during their senior year.
 
ARCH 430 Special Topics in Architecture  
ARCH 461 Introduction to Landscape Architecture  
ARCH 477 Architecture in Context  
ARCH 478 Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy  
ARCH 484 Construction Estimating and Scheduling  
ARCH 487 Digital Modeling  
ARCH 488 Computer Applications for Professional Practice  

300 level or above Historic Preservation Courses
500 level or above Architecture Electives (with permission)

Electives

Completion of two electives is required for graduation. Students are advised to apply one of these electives to expand the University Core Concentration into a minor.
 
Students are free to choose from the University’s course offerings to satisfy this requirement. Pre-requisites for MATH 136 Precalculus (MATH 101 Principles of Algebra, Math 107 Intermediate Algebra, Math 117 College Algebra) and prerequisites for WTNG 102 Expository Writing, (WTNG 100 Introduction to Academic Writing) will not count as electives toward the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture / Master of Architecture 4+1.5-2 Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture/Master of Architecture 4+1.5-2 degree program is an NAAB-accredited Architecture professional degree sequence. Students can expect to complete the degree program sequence through a program of five and one half or six years of study, though students may accelerate through summer study.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Architecture/Master of Architecture professional degree program must successfully complete the following required courses and electives, in addition the University Core Curriculum requirements. Students complete a minimum of 10 500-600 level courses and 38 credits at the graduate level.

Mathematics Requirement

Math 136 Precalculus or MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab are required for all Architecture majors, and are a prerequisite for required courses in the structures sequence. Successful completion of one of these courses also fulfills the University’s Core requirement in mathematics. Students are encouraged to complete the highest level of mathematics that they place into, in recognition of the fact that some Roger Williams University minors and graduate study options at other universities may require calculus. Students seeking to complete a Minor in Structural Engineering must complete MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab.

Science Requirement

Architecture majors are required to complete PHYS 109-Physics I-Algebra Based and Lab or PHYS 201-Physics I-Calculus Based and Lab or ENGR 210, and either CORE 101 Science or BIO 104-Biology II or NATSC 103-Earth Systems Science and Lab. Both BIO 104 and NATSC 103 count toward the Core Concentration and Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Design

The design studio sequence consists of core studios, advanced undergraduate studios, comprehensive design studio, graduate studios, and a final graduate thesis design studio. The Core consists of five sequential semesters addressing fundamental architectural design issues, and graphic skills. This is followed by one semester of advanced architectural design studio and one advanced topical studio in urban issues. At the graduate level, students undertake comprehensive design studio, and two additional graduate topical studios, before exploring a thesis topic of their own choosing for the  final semester of the professional degree program.
 
ARCH 113 Architectural Design Core Studio I  
ARCH 114 Architectural Design Core Studio II  
ARCH 213 Architectural Design Core Studio III  
ARCH 214 Architectural Design Core Studio IV  
ARCH 313 Architectural Design Core Studio V  
ARCH 413 Advanced Architectural Design Studio  
ARCH 416 Advanced Topical Design Studio: Urban  
ARCH 513 Comprehensive Project Design Studio  
ARCH 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio (two studios)  
ARCH 613 Graduate Thesis Design Studio  

History/Theory

The History/Theory sequence is a three-part structure of required introductory and intermediate courses, and advanced elective options. Students complete a two-course introductory survey of Art and Architectural History, followed by a History of Modern Architecture and Theory of Architecture requirements, one intermediate course in the History of Architecture chosen from a broad menu of options, and one advanced elective option:
 
AAH 121-122 History of Art and Architecture I-II  
ARCH 325 History of Modern Architecture  
ARCH 322 Theory of Architecture  

and one of the following Intermediate Level Course Options

ARCH 324 Evolution of Urban Form  
ARCH 327 History of American Architecture  
ARCH 328 Renaissance Architecture in Perspective  
ARCH 329 History of Landscape Architecture  
AAH 313 Arts and Architecture of Africa  
AAH 321 Arts and Architecture in the Classical World  
AAH 322 Arts and Architecture in the Medieval World  
AAH 323 Arts and Architecture in the Islamic World  
AAH 330 Topics in Art and Architectural History  
HP 341 Pre- Industrial America  
HP 342 Industrial America  

and one of the following:

ARCH 478 Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy  
ARCH 530 Special Topics in Architecture  
AAH 530 Special Topics (selected topics)  
AAH 560 The Newport Seminar  
ARCH 573 Modernism in the Non-Western World: A Comparative Perspective  
ARCH 575 Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism  
ARCH 576 Theoretical Origins of Modernism  
ARCH 577 The American Skyscraper  
HP 351 History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation  
HP 391 Architecture and Historic Preservation Abroad  
HP 530 Special Topics in Historic Preservation  

Environment and Human Behavior

Environment and Human Behavior coursework develops student’s skills and understanding relative to environment,
social aspects and research methodology.
 
ARCH 321 Site and Environment  
ARCH 522 Environmental Design Research  

Technical Systems

The Technical Systems sequence gives students an essential understanding of the practical and theoretical interrelationships between the structural, environmental and enclosure systems of a building, and introduces them to various building materials, assemblies and services. Students complete seven required courses, including a three course structures sequence and two courses each in Construction Materials and Assemblies and in Environmental Systems. 
 
ARCH 335 Structure, Form and Order  
ARCH 434 Design of Structures I  
ARCH 435 Design of Structures II  
ARCH 231-331 Construction Materials and Assemblies I and II  
ARCH 332 Acoustics and Lighting  
ARCH 333 Building Systems: Electrical for Buildings  

Practice and Professional Development

Practice and Professional Development coursework develops students’ communication skills and understanding of the role of architects within society and in relation to the various participants in the building process. This sequence culminates with the Graduate Thesis Seminar, where students are asked to formulate an independent architectural investigation that engages a set of issues that further their understanding of Architecture as a cultural medium and as a profession.
 
VARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing  
ARCH 101 Foundations of Architecture  
ARCH 287 Computer Applications in Design  
ARCH 488 Computer Applications for Professional Practice  
ARCH 542 Professional Practice  
ARCH 641 Graduate Thesis Research Seminar  

Architecture Electives

In addition to the elective options outlined above in History/ Theory, the completion of four Architecture Electives is  required for graduation, with a minimum of three at the Graduate Level.

Undergraduate Architecture Electives

ARCH 430 Special Topics in Architecture  
ARCH 461 Introduction to Landscape Architecture  
ARCH 477 Architecture in Context  
ARCH 478 Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy  
ARCH 484 Construction Estimating and Scheduling  
ARCH 487 Digital Modeling  
ARCH 492 Writing About Architecture  

300 Level or Above Historic Preservation courses

Graduate Architecture Electives 

Graduate electives are grouped in the areas of Sustainable Design, Urban Design, Digital Media and Historic  Preservation. In addition, some multidisciplinary Core MS in Architecture courses are available as Architecture Electives.
 
Sustainable Design: ARCH 521 Sustainable Design Seminar, ARCH 593 Sustainable Paradigms, ARCH 594 Urban  Ecology, ARCH 533 Detailing the High-performance Envelope, ARCH 535 Introduction to Proactive Simulation, ARCH 536 Special Topics in Sustainable Design.
 
Urban Design: ARCH 572 Urban Design Theory, ARCH 594 Urban Ecology, ARCH 524 Evolution of Urban Form, ARCH 529 History of Landscape Architecture, ARCH 561 Landscape Architecture, HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop, ARCH 537 Special Topics in Urban Design.
 
Digital Media: ARCH 587 Advanced Computer Applications in Design, ARCH 586 Processing, ARCH 588 Digital Manufacturing, ARCH 589 4-D (Four Dimensional), ARCH 535 Intro to Proactive Simulation, ARCH 538 Special Topics in Digital Media.
 
Historic Preservation: HP 501 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation, HP 502 Preservation Planning, HP 503 Principles of Architectural Conservation, HP 525 Preservation Economics, HP 530 Special Topics in Historic Preservation, HP 681L Historic Rehabilitation Workshop, HP 582L Architectural Conservation, HP 526 Preservation Law and Regulation, HP 682L Preservation Planning Workshop. 
 
Core MSc in Architecture courses: ARCH 606 Field Research Seminar, ARCH 616 Collaborative Workshop. Misc.
 
Graduate Architecture Electives: AAH 560 The Newport Seminar, ARCH 574 Regionalism in Architecture, ARCH 581 Construction Contract Documents, ARCH 530 Special Topics in Architecture.
 

Electives

Completion of two electives outside of the major is required for graduation. Students are advised to apply one of these electives to expand the University Core Concentration into a minor.
 
Students are free to choose from the University’s course offerings to satisfy this requirement. Prerequisites for MATH 136 Precalculus (MATH 117 College Algebra) and prerequisites for WTNG 102 Expository Writing (WTNG 100 Introduction to Academic Writing) will not count as electives toward the Bachelor of Science/Master of Architecture degree sequence.