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Notes

  1. Those students who entered the program prior to September 2000 should consult the Undergraduate Calendar for their year of entry to the program.
  2. Students entering the program are expected to supply their own drawing equipment, drafting board (top only) and general art supplies The estimated cost of this equipment is $500 - 600.
  3. There is a $25.00 studio fee for each academic term.
  4. Students are expected to defray the costs of studio projects. The cost of materials may range from $100 to $500 per Design Studio.
  5. Computing equipment is available for general use by students.

ARCH 100s


ARCH 100 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003491
An Introduction to Architecture
An introduction which explores in broad terms the nature of architecture and how it has evolved. The main streams in the development of Western architecture are traced up to the present and lead to a discussion of current work, ideas and concerns.
[Note: Instructor consent required for non-Architecture students. Offered: F]
Prereq: Architecture students only

ARCH 110 STU 0.50Course ID: 003492
Visual Communication 1
Introduction to the use of graphic media in architecture. Students will engage in exercises in drawing using various media, and traditional forms of architectural presentation. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Architecture students only

ARCH 113 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 003494
Visual Communication 2
Introduction to computing techniques in architecture. Students will engage in the use of the desktop computer in architectural practice. They will be instructed in the conceptual foundations for computer use in architecture, graphic applications for the computer and basic skills for two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional modelling. [Offered: W]
Prereq: Architecture students only

ARCH 125 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010395
Principles of Environmental Design
An introduction to the environmental aspects of architectural design and to an analysis of the form that landscapes take and the processes and ideals leading to those forms. Topics of discussion include environmental concepts and influences on design, site planning, landscape, sustainability, embodied energy, climatic influences and microclimates.
[Note: Field Trip Fee: $10. Instructor consent required for non-Architecture students. Offered: W]
Prereq: Architecture students only

ARCH 142 LEC,TUT 1.00Course ID: 003496
Cultural History 1: Iconography
Selected schemes of order, such as fate, providence, natural law, the human will, as expressed in plays, poems and fiction from various ages; selected conventions in literature, cinema, and the visual arts; the development of one or two archetypal symbols in literature and the visual arts; directed to lead into more detailed studies of symbolic patterns in Iconography 2. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Architecture students only

ARCH 143 LEC,TUT 1.00Course ID: 003497
Cultural History 2: The Ancient World
A study centred on ancient life to initiate the student into the stream of cultural history and the complex problems of what the artist is, the quality of human existence, culture, and environment, as well as the working of the icon from a raw state of perceived image to its function as an expressive symbol in poetry, music, dance, architecture and other works of art; a study of modern work in comparison to ancient achievement. [Offered: W]
Prereq: ARCH 142

ARCH 172 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003500
Building Construction 1
A focus on the construction of small scale buildings will introduce the fundamentals of building construction demonstrating relationships between design development and: building techniques, materials, building science and construction practices, factors of environment, climate and geology. Case studies and projects for small-scale buildings to investigate: climate, solar geometry, soils, foundations, wood frame, stone and masonry construction. The detailed technical design of a small building as the major term project will be undertaken.
[Note: Field Trip Fee: $10. Offered: F]
Prereq: Architecture students only

ARCH 173 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003520
Building Construction 2
An emphasis on the construction of medium to large scale building will examine relationships between design development and the building science and construction practices of structural systems and enclosures. Case studies and projects will be used to investigate: reinforced, precast and prestressed concrete construction; steel framing systems; building envelopes (curtain wall, window walls, glazing and roofing systems); fire protection; interior finish selection. The detailed technical design of a small building as the major term project will be undertaken.
[Note: Field trip fee: $10. Offered: W]
Prereq: ARCH 172
Antireq: ARCH 173/ARCH 266

ARCH 174 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003501
Experimental Courses
These courses offer a vehicle for introducing additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Department Consent Required

ARCH 175 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010127
Experimental Courses
These courses offer a vehicle for introducing additional electives to the program on a short term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Department Consent Required

ARCH 192 STU 1.50Course ID: 003502
Design Studio
Development of the means to appreciate the art and science of building; introduction to the study of theories of architecture; development of skills in graphic communication; introduction to a study of building elements; promotion of the application of theory in the practice of design.
[Note: Field trip (one week). Field trip cost: $300 - $450. Offered: F]
Prereq: Architecture students only

ARCH 193 LEC,STU 1.50Course ID: 003503
Design Studio
Further development of basic skills, and the application of theory and design in small scale architectural design projects. Introduction to issues of inhabitation, program and context. [Offered: W]
Prereq: ARCH 192

ARCH 200s


ARCH 215 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012948
Communication Design
This course will elaborate upon the graphic and communication conventions established in the fundamental architecture curriculum through a series of assignments ranging from conventional architectural techniques to introductory principles of graphic and industrial design. The intention is to: cultivate an understanding of fundamental concepts and techniques in leading vector and raster-based graphic tools for design development and presentation; to develop an understanding of the paradigm shift from digital media as a representation tool to that of design development; to expand the depth and breath of skills necessary for modern design industry; and to apply design techniques and technologies to and from industrial and graphic design. [Offered: S]
Prereq: Level at least 2B Architecture

ARCH 226 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003541
Environmental Building Design
This study of building construction and design examines relationships between design development and environmental building practices. Case studies, testing exercises, and projects will be used to investigate: solar geometry, influences of climate, regional circumstances, sustainability, vernacular building practice, daylighting, and passive design. Energy related issues will be addressed and energy based software design programs will be introduced. The detailed design of an energy efficient/passive solar building as the final term project will be undertaken.
[Note: Formerly ARCH 366. Field Trip Fee: $15. Offered: F]
Prereq: ARCH 125

ARCH 246 LEC,TUT 1.00Course ID: 003515
Cultural History 3: Foundations of Europe
Recognition of patterns of life and concepts of order and conduct, models of the universe and other, moving metaphors and myths by means of study of the thoughts, acts, art, architecture, technology, literature, music and town design of the West from the break-up of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance. [Offered: F]
Prereq: ARCH 143

ARCH 247 LEC,TUT 1.00Course ID: 003516
Cultural History 4: Renaissance to Revolution
Analysis of the various styles emerging out of provincial and international Gothic, especially Italian use of classical models, the spread of this Renaissance mode, leading to consideration of the Mannerist, the Baroque, the Rococo, the Neoclassical; investigation of the course of attitudes from humanism, nationalism, and Reformation through the Enlightenment until the French Revolution and Hume's dethronement of Reason. [Offered: S]
Prereq: ARCH 246

ARCH 252 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003518
Creative Problem Solving
Development of creative skills through group behaviour in problem solving sessions by: developing a clear understanding of each participant's own creative thought processes; increasing the ability to consciously and deliberately make use of one's own creative potential; engendering an awareness of the capacity to use active collaboration between self and colleagues to produce better solutions to the problems identified by the group.
Instructor Consent Required

ARCH 256 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 012286
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to the main concepts in creating and using photographic images. This will be accomplished in the context of various academic applications including site and model documentation, portfolio, and thesis presentation. The course will include both analog and digital procedures but with a heavy emphasis on monochrome silver images. A limited number of analog and digital cameras are available on a loan basis. Materials at student's expense.
[Note: Lab Fee $10. Offered: S]
Prereq: Level at least 2A Architecture students.
Antireq: FINE 227/228E

ARCH 260 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003498
Principles of Structures
Fundamental concepts of mechanics and structures, as related to architectural design, study of loading conditions, forces, moments, systems of forces, conditions of equilibrium for two and three dimensional structures, centre of gravity of loads and areas, bar forces in trusses, simple frame analysis, moment of inertia. Concepts of simple stress and strain; shear and bending moments in simple beams; shear and moment diagrams, qualitative deflected shapes, flexural and shearing stresses, deflection calculations; compression members; Euler's formula. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 1B Architecture students.
Antireq: ARCH 163

ARCH 272 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 003544
Interior Environments: Acoustics and Lighting
A detailed study of the interior environments of buildings focusing on acoustics, artificial source lighting and day lighting. The course also addresses building services such as electrical distribution, vertical transportation and exterior site services. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 2A Architecture students.
Antireq: ARCH 373

ARCH 273 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010396
Environmental Systems
A focus on the air and water systems of buildings with an aim to developing knowledge and skills appropriate to architectural practice. Subjects covered include environmental parameters, heating and cooling loads, energy conservative design, the selection of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, plumbing systems, and fire protection criteria and systems, with reference to building codes and standards. [Offered: S]
Prereq: Level at least 2A Architecture.
Coreq: ARCH 293

ARCH 274 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003521
Experimental Course
These courses offer a vehicle for introducing additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Department Consent Required

ARCH 275 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010175
Experimental Courses
These courses offer a vehicle for introducing additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Department Consent Required

ARCH 276 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003529
Timber: Design, Structure and Construction
Architectural case studies are used to examine conceptual development, structural design, building process and the selection of structural timber systems. Topics such as flexural, compression and truss members, connections, and plywood construction are studied using calculations, design aids, rules of thumb and the latest CSA design standards. [Offered: S]
Prereq: One of ARCH 260, ARCH 262, CIVE 204 or 205

ARCH 277 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014259
Timber: Design, Structure and Construction for Engineers
Architectural case studies are used to examine conceptual development, structural design, building process and the selection of structural timber systems. Topics such as flexural, compression and truss members, connections, and plywood construction are studied using calculations, design aids, rules of thumb and the latest CSA design standards. [Offered: S]
Prereq: ARCH 260 or CIVE 204 or CIVE 205.
Antireq: ARCH 276

ARCH 284 RDG 0.50Course ID: 003530
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum, guided exploration of specific architectural problem areas, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Second year Architecture

ARCH 285 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003531
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum, guided exploration of specific architectural problem areas, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Second year Architecture

ARCH 292 LEC,STU 1.50Course ID: 003532
Design Studio
The exploration of design as a thinking process through the medium of small scale design projects. The development and analysis of architectural propositions concerning personal space within the context of a larger community.
[Note: Required two day field trip, cost range $150 - $200. Offered: F]
Prereq: ARCH 193

ARCH 293 LEC,STU 1.50Course ID: 003533
Design Studio
Design involving problems of human perception and dimension in more complex environments, and dealing with issues of public and private space. Development of skills in analysis and programming, and further exploration of questions of siting and context.
[Note: Field trip (one week). Estimated field trip cost: $400 - $500. Offered: S]
Prereq: ARCH 292

ARCH 300s


ARCH 314 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011139
Digital Design
This intermediate level course provides a more in-depth theoretical foundation in architectural design by computer, including three-dimensional modelling, light and colour, rendering, image processing and animation. Practice is provided by weekly tutorial exercises and a small term design project.
[Note: Formerly ARCH 212. Offered: W]
Prereq: ARCH 113

ARCH 327 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003512
Architecture of the Urban Environment
An introduction to the structure and form of urban environments as understood through the urban architecture. The forces that determine the creation and development of urban places will be examined. Topics include: the plan as a generative form, urban building types, urban morphology and the shape of the public realm, infrastructure as both system and architectural object, nature and the park, and real estate and development controls. Of special interest will be analyses of the suburb and urban master plans. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 2B Architecture students or Honours Environment and Business students

ARCH 328 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014260
Approaches to Architecture and Urbanism
The course develops a trans-disciplinary overview to design approaches in architecture and urbanism using image- and symbol-making as key activities in designing environments. The course evaluates the quality of results and the quality of process of design of environments. The students address topics within a wide range of subject matter groupings, from sustainable architecture to engineering, landscape and infrastructure, to branding and aesthetic practices, to design within the municipal political forum. Students present seminars on diverse categories of design as a means to develop a personal design ethos. The final submission includes a set of drawings, diagrams and images that represent a set of design principles allowing students to consciously take a position in the world as a designer. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: Level at least 3A Architecture

ARCH 331 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014261
Working with Wood
This course focuses on understanding the premise that hand skills can facilitate and help inform conceptual and academic skills. The content provides a broad based introduction to woodworking equipment, its fabrication methods and methodology. A combination of lectures and hands on experiences are used to equip students with the basic skills and knowledge required to conceptualize, fabricate and finish a designed object from wood. [Offered: W]
Prereq: Level at least 3A Architecture.
Antireq: ARCH 385 (Topics Course - Working with Wood)

ARCH 332 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010398
Design/Build Workshop
A design/build workshop which offers opportunities for hands-on experience in three-dimensional design. Advancements of technical and design skills provide the underpinnings for the projects. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of media and techniques such as woodworking and metalworking, allowing for both individual and small team investigations. A logbook will be kept to record creative intentions and the design process from conception to completion. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: Level at least 2B Architecture students

ARCH 342 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010399
Modern Architecture
An overview of the individuals and movements associated with the birth of modern architecture in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The social, technological and aesthetic ambitions of the modern project are critically reviewed and its development and dissemination in Europe, the Americas and Asia is traced. Selected works are examined in depth as examples of the canonic and variant forms of modernism. [Offered: F]
Prereq: ARCH 247

ARCH 343 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003536
Enlightenment, Romanticism and the 19th Century
Depiction of modern culture as one in which the notion of environmental order as the fulfilling of natural law is replaced by a notion of order as the historical creation of autonomous wills. Selected works in philosophy, literature, art and architecture will be studied. [Offered: W]
Prereq: ARCH 247

ARCH 345 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003535
Architectural Theory 1850-1990
Beginning with the introduction of important theories of architecture in vogue prior to 1850, this course examines texts, movements, buildings, projects, and urban proposals of the period in order to understand the structure of contemporary architectural theory.
Prereq: ARCH 247

ARCH 346 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014262
Competitions in Architecture
This course provides an opportunity for the student to independently engage in the respected tradition of the Architectural Competition. The competition entry and accompanying research paper must focus on the use of architectural precedents as the basis for the creation of typologically based propositions. Submission to the external competition is mandatory, the timing and detailed requirements of which will determine the personalized academic requirements for this course. [Offered: W, S]
Instructor Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A Architecture

ARCH 347 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014263
Philosophy in Architecture
The course introduces the study of philosophical issues as they pertain to architecture, urbanism, image-making and symbol manipulation. The course focuses on the work of a selection of living and recent philosophers whose issues are relevant to questions of everyday 21st century life, with reference to their basis in the history of philosophy. Work by philosophers such as Giorgio Agamben, Kwame Anthony Appiah and Judith Butler on ethics, Gilles Deleuze on meaning, Friedrich Kittler on media and technology, Jean-Luc Nancy on community and Slavoj Zizek on psychoanalysis and political economy, as well as Canadian scholars such as Marshall McLuhan and Harold Innis is addressed. Students participate in a seminar format with a series of presentations linking their design projects with philosophical issues, and submit a final project making use of text and diagrams. [Offered: F, W]
Prereq: Level at least 3A Architecture

ARCH 362 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003539
Steel and Concrete: Design, Structure and Construction
Architectural case studies are used to examine conceptual development, structural design, building process and the selection of structural steel and concrete systems. Topics such as tension, flexural and compression members; and connections are studied using calculations, design aids, rules of thumb and the latest CSA design standards. [Offered: W]
Prereq: ARCH 262 or ARCH 260/163 and ARCH 276

ARCH 364 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011141
Building Science
The physio-technical factors that influence building design for performance: durability, efficiency, health and sustainability will be explored. Common building design construction problems, their causes and solutions, will be examined with the aid of case studies. Using the principles of building science, good details of masonry, wood, steel and glass will be developed. [Offered: W]
Prereq: ARCH 173.
Antireq: ARCH 264

ARCH 365 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 012862
Structural Design Build Workshop
This course builds on the principles learned in the previous structural design courses to the field of application. Students will design, construct, and test full size prototypes of chairs and other structures of limited scale. Performance will be predicted and analyzed in the wake of testing. A full structural report is required. [Offered: F]
Prereq: ARCH 362

ARCH 374 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003545
Experimental Courses
These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Department Consent Required

ARCH 375 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003549
Experimental Courses
These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Department Consent Required

ARCH 384 RDG 0.50Course ID: 003554
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum. It allows guided exploration of a specific architectural problem area, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A Architecture

ARCH 385 RDG 0.50Course ID: 003555
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum. It allows guided exploration of a specific architectural problem area, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A Architecture

ARCH 392 LEC,STU 1.50Course ID: 003556
Design Studio
Development of design skills and theoretical knowledge through their application in projects involving various building types in urban situations. Emphasis is placed upon issues of materiality and technology in architectural design.
[Note: Required four to five day field trip, cost range $400 - $500. Offered: W]
Prereq: ARCH 293

ARCH 393 STU 1.50Course ID: 003557
Design Studio
This Design Studio is subdivided into 3 or 4 sections, as a function of enrolment, each given to detailed exploration of an architectural project with varying themes. [Offered: F]
Prereq: ARCH 392

ARCH 400s


ARCH 425 LEC 0.50Course ID: 009510
Theory and Design of the Contemporary Landscape
This course provides an historical overview of the ideas of nature and landscape in Western thought. 'Nature', 'Ecology', and 'Landscape' are treated as cultural constructs, related to specific philosophical, technological, economic, political, and social issues. Many of these issues will be considered as the course of study traces the continuity, rather than the progression, of landscape ideas. [Offered: S]
Prereq: Level at least 4A Architecture

ARCH 442 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011174
Modernisms: Twentieth Century Culture and Criticism
A forum for the discussion of selected topics in twentieth century culture. Through detailed examination of both creative works and critical texts from the fields of visual art, film, literature, philosophy, and history, students will explore the ideas and the images of modernity. [Offered: S]
Prereq: ARCH 247

ARCH 443 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011766
Architecture and Film
This course explores the relationship between Architecture and the development of early, modern and science fiction films via the examination of the source and methods of portrayal of architectural expression in film. Films will be viewed to examine precedents for imagery, set design, location selection, as well as the integrated vision of the urban and dystopic environmental future. Futuristic film architecture will provide an opportunity to study a vision of the future of urban built form and provide a forum for critical discussion. Assignments will require that the students become familiar with different methods of media; for example - video filming, sound and visual editing, web page production. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 3A

ARCH 446 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 003559
Italian Urban History (Rome)
The course provides a survey of the history of settlement and urban form on the Italian peninsula from antiquity to the present day. In it the influences upon the structure of public and private space are outlined for each historical period. These include constants such as geography and climate, but more especially the factors that induce and manifest change: politics, warfare, economics, social structure, the arts and theory.
[Note: Course fee: $550.00. Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 4A Architecture.
Coreq: ARCH 492

ARCH 448 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 003561
Rome and the Campagna (Rome)
History of settlement and building in Rome and the surrounding area from antiquity to the present. Acts of design in architecture, urban form and landscape related to political, cultural and spiritual authority of Rome. Comparison drawn between the image of the city, represented in literature and art, and the material facts of the place. Field trips, lecture.
[Note: Course fee: $600.00. Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 4A Architecture.
Coreq: ARCH 492

ARCH 449 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 003562
The Development of Modern Italian Architecture (Rome)
The course addresses the issues of architecture and urbanism in Rome and Italy from 1750 to the present. It explores the relationship between cultural, political and artistic phenomena such as Futurism, Novecento and Rationalism, that anticipate and create modernism in Italy. [Two one day field trips, estimated cost $60.00. Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 4A Architecture.
Coreq: ARCH 492

ARCH 473 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010400
Technical Report
Students will investigate and report on technical issues as they relate to the development of the comprehensive building project in the parallel Design Studio. Innovation and integration in architectural design will be stressed with respect to structure, building envelope, environmental systems, health and life safety, movement systems, site planning and the integration of information technology. [Offered: S]
Prereq: Level at least 4A Architecture.
Coreq: ARCH 493

ARCH 474 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003567
Experimental Courses
These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Department Consent Required

ARCH 475 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003571
Experimental Courses
These courses allow for additional electives to the program on a short-term basis, and for developing future permanent courses.
Department Consent Required

ARCH 484 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003575
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum. It allows guided exploration of a specific architectural problem area, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 4A Architecture

ARCH 485 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003577
Architectural Research
This offers a student an opportunity for independent research into architectural problems not offered in the regular curriculum. It allows guided exploration of a specific architectural problem area, of appropriate complexity to the particular term.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 4A Architecture

ARCH 492 STU 1.50Course ID: 003579
Design Studio
The studio course is mounted in Rome, Italy, with the school's own faculty and premises, and offers a unique opportunity to undertake design studies in a truly rich architectural heritage. The main focus is the nature of the institution and its relationship to the city and its culture. Students participating in the Rome term are expected to defray the costs of travel, accommodation and food. For students unable to study in Rome, an alternative studio is offered in Cambridge. It presents similar design projects and theoretical questions in a North American context. [Offered: F]
Prereq: ARCH 393

ARCH 493 LEC,STU 1.50Course ID: 003581
Design Studio/Comprehensive Building Design
This studio represents a culmination of the pre-professional degree, through the integration and application of skills and knowledge to a complex building project. Students will develop designs to a high level of detail. A concern for technical material, environmental and legal aspects of architecture will support open speculation and innovative design. [Offered: S]
Prereq: ARCH 492