Course Catalog

Introduction to Architectural Design (ARCH204)

Offered By:  Engineering and Materials Science Faculty

Course Prerequisites


Course Outline

This course aims at introducing the basic concepts of architectural design; students learn about the history of key ideas like abstraction, representation, program, plan, materials, and structure. They learn how to analyze the design of a building, as well as how to relate architecture to broader cultural and social contexts. Class discussions are supplemented with site visits to prominent buildings. Students receive hands-on training in the fundamentals of design, including architectural drawing, model-making, and conceptual development.
Course Outcome
Students should be able to analyze building designs and functions; they should also be able to produce precise designs of simple spaces in residential buildings, integrated with the ability to represent architectural design ideas, using different tools and media.
References and Textbooks
1.     Lauer, D and Pentak, S (2007). Design Basics. Wadsworth Publishing.
2.     Colin Ware (2008). Visual Thinking for Design (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies). Morgan Kaufmann.
3.     Jefferis A., Madsen D. A. and Madsen D. P. (2010). Architectural Drafting and Design. Delmar Cengage Learning.
4.     Daab Books, Corporate Author (2009).Contemporary House Design.