Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture (Professional)

Mark Mistur, Associate Professor
Associate Dean

The undergraduate professional program is five years in length and leads to the Bachelor of Architecture, a first professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The students are highly qualified and undertake their architectural studies from the very beginning of their first year. Situated within the broader context of Rensselaer, the School of Architecture also draws widely upon other professional programs to build a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to design. Upon admission there are no further junctures in the program that require additional admission decisions.

Equipment, Supplies, and Travel: Most studio courses do not require textbooks, but rely heavily on software, printing, and modeling and students should anticipate costs associated with the purchase of materials. First-year students will have an opportunity to purchase a basic kit with the tools, etc. needed for their design studio. A technology fee is assessed to cover some, but not all, of the software and services provided to the students. Travel and field trips to nearby cities are also a regular and strategic part of the design curriculum. Students should also be prepared to cover costs associated with regional travel.

Contact: Lecia O’Dell
518-276-8478


Bachelor of Architecture Curriculum Template:

The five-year B.Arch. program concludes with a year-long individually developed and comprehensive final project in the context of optional research studio and thematic contexts provided by faculty. The first semester of the final project integrates a Research Methods seminar.  An integrated design research phase continues throughout the first and the second semesters.The final project is an opportunity to develop a point of view about architecture and its place in the world; to question conventions, habitual responses, and routine approaches to architectural design; and to investigate issues that the student sees as significant to architecture.

The Bachelor of Architecture degree requires 171 credit hours. All undergraduate students should develop a Plan of Study with their faculty adviser.

A sample template of the B.Arch. curriculum structure is provided below. Please note that special circumstances such as participating in a semester abroad, a semester at CASE in New York City may involve some variation from this template.

[New curriculum pending New York State Approval, expected Fall 2014. Previous curriculum could be found here]

First Year

Fall
  • ARCH 2150 – The Ethos of Architecture Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 2160 – Architectural Media Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 2510 – Materials and Design Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 2520 – Digital Constructs 1 Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 2800 – Architectural Design Studio 1 Credit Hours: 5
  • MATH 1500 – Calculus for Architecture, Management, and HASS Credit Hours: 4
Spring
  • ARCH 2370 – Energy, Comfort and Ecology Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 2530 – Digital Constructs 2 Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 2810 – Architectural Design Studio 2 Credit Hours: 5
  • ARCH 4090 – Architectural Case Studies Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 4120 – Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architectrue 1 Credit Hours: 2
  • PHYS 1050 – General Physics Credit Hours: 4

Second Year

Fall
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • ARCH 2330 – Structures 1 Credit Hours: (See footnote 3 below)
  • ARCH 2350 – Construction Systems Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 2540 – Digital Constructs 3 Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 2820 – Architectural Design Studio 3 Credit Hours: 5
  • ARCH 4100 – An Architectural Genealogy 1 Credit Hours: (See footnote 2 below)
  • ARCH 4130 – Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architectrue 2 Credit Hours: 2
Spring
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4 (See footnote 1 below)
  • ARCH 2360 – Environmental and Ecological Systems Credit Hours: 4(See footnote 3 below)
  • ARCH 2550 – Digital Constructs 4 Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 2830 – Architectural Design Studio 4 Credit Hours: 5
  • ARCH 4110 – An Architectural Genealogy 2 Credit Hours: 2
  • (See footnote 2 below)

Third Year

Fall
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • MATH Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • ARCH 4330 – Structures 2 Credit Hours: (See footnote 3 below)
  • ARCH 4560 – Materials and Enclosures Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 4820 – Comprehensive Design Studio Credit Hours: 5
Spring
  • ARCH 4150 – Contemporary Design Approaches Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 4540 – Professional Practice 1 Credit Hours: (See footnote 4 below)
  • ARCH 4740 – Building Systems and Environment Credit Hours: (See footnote 3 below)
  • ARCH 4830 – Design Development Studio Credit Hours: 5
  • BIOL 1010 – Introduction to Biology Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOL 1015 – Introduction to Biology Laboratory Credit Hours: 1

Fourth Year

Fall
  • Professional Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • Professional Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • ARCH 4050 – Cities and Their Territories Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 4550 – Professional Practice 2 Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 4770 – Architectural Design Studio 5 Credit Hours: 5
Spring
  • Professional Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • Professional Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • ARCH 4780 – Architectural Design Studio 6 Credit Hours: 5

Fifth Year

Fall
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Professional Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 4790 – Architectural Design Studio 7 Credit Hours: 5
  • ARCH 4910 – Final Project Design Research Seminar Credit Hours: 3
Spring
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Professional Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 4590 – Economics and Architecture Credit Hours: 2
  • ARCH 4920 – Final Project Design Studio Credit Hours: (See footnote 1 below)

Additional Requirements

In regard to the above template, please note that studios are sequential with the exception of the Design Development Studio, which may be taken any time after Comprehensive Design Studio and before Final Project Design Studio. Students are required to complete eight credits in Math, 12 in Science, and 20 in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences from an extensive list of course offerings (see Institute core requirements for greater detail). In addition, students have 12 credits of professional electives, and 12 credits of free electives which may be used to further focus on a concentrated area of study, pursue a minor or dual major, or as a means of further broadening exposure to a range of disciplines.

Discipline specific sequences embedded in the curriculum are detailed below.

Technology courses: ARCH 2330 Structures 1 is sequential and prerequisite to ARCH 4330 Structures 2; and ARCH 2360 Environmental and Ecological Systems is sequential and prerequisite to ARCH 4740 Building Systems and Environment.

ARCH 2800 Architectural Design Studio 1, ARCH 2810 Architectural Design Studio 2, ARCH 2820 Architectural Design Studio 3, ARCH 2830 Architectural Design Studio 4, and ARCH 4820 Comprehensive Design Studio, and ARCH 2330 Structures 1, ARCH 2360 Environmental and Ecological Systems, ARCH 4330 Structures 2, ARCH 4740 Building Systems and Environment are prerequisites to the ARCH 4830 Design Development Studio. ARCH 4740 Building Systems and Environment may be taken concurrently with the ARCH 4830 Design Development Studio.

ARCH 2160 Architectural Media is a prerequisite to ARCH 2150 The Ethos of Architecture, and ARCH 4090 Architectural Case Studies.

ARCH 4090 Architectural Case Studies is a prerequisite to ARCH 4120 Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architecture 1.

ARCH 4120 Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architecture 1 is a prerequisite to ARCH 4130 Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architecture 2.

ARCH 4130 Modernity in Culture, Civilization, and Architecture 2 is prerequisite to ARCH 4100 An Architectural Genealogy 1.

ARCH 4100 An Architectural Genealogy 1 is prerequisite to ARCH 4110 An Architectural Genealogy 2.

ARCH 4110 An Architectural Genealogy 2 is prerequisite to ARCH 4150 Contemporary Design Approaches.

ARCH 4150 Contemporary Design Approaches is prerequisite to ARCH 4050 Cities and Their Territories.

ARCH 4910 Final Project Design Reserach Seminar is prerequisite to ARCH 4920 Final Project Design Studio.


Footnotes
  1. HASS Institute communications intensive requirement (see Class Hour Schedule for approved courses); Final Project Design Studio will fulfill the Architecture major communications intensive requirement.
  2. Four credits of the HASS core requirements are embedded within the Architectural Genealogy sequence: ARCH 4100 and ARCH 4110.
  3. Four credits of the Institute core Science requirements are embedded within the technology sequence: ARCH 2330, ARCH 2360, ARCH 4330, and ARCH 4740.
  4. Taken in the same semester as ARCH 4830.

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