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Architecture (ARCH)

School of Architecture

All courses except 100, 241, 251, 261, 271, and 272 are restricted to declared architecture majors, unless otherwise specified. Exceptions must have prior approval of the associate dean or dean.

ARCH 100 Introduction to the Built Environment (3) Broad exploration of creative human responses to place, climate, culture, communication, technology, and time. A study of the human-environment relationship with emphasis on the impact of scientific knowledge and architectural design theory on history, culture, sociology, technology and the built form. DS

ARCH 101 Basic Architecture Studio A (4) Perception, design and communication. Exploration of human perception, including multi-sensory reception, interpretation of sensory input by the brain, and emotional and cultural factors. Elements and principles of basic two and three-dimensional design concepts. Formal/spatial exercises that explore elements, surfaces, measure and order in both graphic and architectonic contexts. Analytical exercises which examine both existing and self-created orders and studio activities involving thinking, reading, writing, drafting, model making, and especially drawing (freehand, with instruments and computer). A-F only. Pre: consent. DA

ARCH 102 Basic Architecture Studio B (4) Materials, design and communication. Hands-on exploration of various materials and construction techniques and an introduction to various design processes as systematic approaches to solving architectural/environmental design problems. Analysis of architecture as the creation of spaces generated by human needs and aspirations and developing concepts to explore and achieve innovative solutions responding to these needs. Studio activities involving thinking, reading, writing, model making and a variety of communication techniques, with emphasis on the delineation of 3-D spaces using perspective drawing techniques, light notation and computer modeling. A-F only. Pre: 100 and 101, or consent. DA

ARCH 103 Basic Architecture Studio A & B (8) Daily studio combined 101 and 102. Perception, design and communication and materials design and communication. See 101 and 102 for full descriptions. A-F only. Pre: 218 (or concurrent), 235+L (or concurrent), ART 113, ENG 100, HIST 151, HIST 152, MATH 140, and PHYS 151.

ARCH 200 Professional Practice of Architecture (3) Introduction to the professional practice of architecture with emphasis on the Asia/Pacific context. Explorations of architects’ responsibilities and privileges, how, and with whom they collaborate to accomplish their work. Introduction of professional ethics, attitude, and communication skills; practice formation and organization; and the project delivery process. Exposure to design and practice management, planning and engineering innovations, information and construction technology advancements, and related built environment issues. Includes presentation by practitioners and project case studies. A-F only. Co-requisite: 201 (for architecture majors). Pre: 100 and 201 (or concurrent for architecture majors); or consent.

ARCH 201 Intermediate Architecture Studio A (4) Emphasis on space planning and introduction to building materials and technology and statutory requirements (building codes, life safety issues, etc.). Problems dealing with fairly complex functional requirements, multi-story design issues, vertical transportation, interior finishes, etc.. Production of schematic designs and introduction to design development. A-F only. Co-requisite: 200. Pre: 102, 200 (or concurrent), 235, 235L, and ART elective; or consent. DA

ARCH 202 Intermediate Architecture Studio B (4) Architecture design with emphasis on site development and analysis and response to climate and other environmental factors. Site analysis techniques; introduction to passive systems, sustainability and statutory requirements (zoning, land use ordinances, etc.); description and delineation of property and land features; understanding of neighborhoods, regions, community based issues, etc. A-F only. Co-requisite: 218. Pre: 200, 201, 218 (or concurrent), and PHYS 151; or consent. DA

ARCH 203 Intermediate Architecture Studio A & B (8) Daily studio combined 201 and 202. Emphasis on space planning and introduction to building materials, technology and statutory requirements, site development, analysis, response to climate and other environmental factors. See 201 and 202 for full descriptions. A-F only. Pre: 101, 102, 235+L (or concurrent) and 218 (or concurrent).

ARCH 213 Lighting, Illumination, and Power (3) Theory of lighting and lighting design. Artificial light sources as positive design elements. Electrical theory; solar and acoustical considerations. Power sources and equipment; integration into design process. Pre: 201 and PHYS 152. DP

ARCH 218 Introduction to Architecture Systems (3) Introduction to the basic systems that affect architectural design, including structural, environmental, life-safety, building envelope, building materials and assemblies. Develop the fundamental skills of teamwork to collaborate with others, and design, with the ability to assess, select and integrate these systems into building design. A-F only. Co-requisite: CHEM 151. Pre: MATH 140, PHYS 151, and CHEM 151 (or concurrent); or consent. DP

ARCH 235 Computer Applications in Architecture (2) Fundamentals of computers; general and potential use in architecture. Programming to solve everyday practical problems in planning/design of buildings. Open to nonmajors if space available. Pre: MATH 140. Co-requisite: ARCH 235L. DA

ARCH 235L Computer Applications Laboratory (1) Direct use of computers toward applications in architecture. Pre: MATH 140. Co-requisite: ARCH 235. DA

ARCH 241 Introduction to Urban Design (3) Principles and practice of urban design within the comprehensive planning process. Sociocultural, economic, political, environmental determinants of urban form and pattern. Open to nonmajors if space available. DS

ARCH 251 Introduction to Landscape Architecture (3) Principles and practice of landscape planning, design, and technology. Ecological, sociocultural, and natural science determinants of landscape form and pattern. Open to nonmajors if space available.

ARCH 261 Introduction to Interior Architecture (3) Introduction and orientation to the field. Fundamental design principles and elements as applied to interiors. Basic materials and methods of interior construction; basic professional and business practices. Critical analysis of an existing interior space. Open to nonmajors if space available. DA

ARCH 271 World Architecture and Urbanism A (3) The significance of architecture in recording the development and aspirations of societies in the world’s major cultural regions, from early agricultural settlements to 1500 C.E. Prerequisite for advanced courses in architectural history and theory. Open to non-majors. DH

ARCH 272 World Architecture and Urbanism B (3) The significance of architecture in recording the development and aspirations of societies in the world’s major cultural regions, from the 15th century C.E. until the contemporary period. Prerequisite for advanced courses in architectural history and theory. Open to non-majors. DH

ARCH 301 Advanced Architecture Studio (4) Design of complex buildings on simple sites and simple buildings on complex sites. Research of specific building types; introduction to building systems and technology. Production of schematic drawings and partial design development documents. A-F only. Pre: 202, 218, CHEM 151, and PHYS 151; or consent. DA

ARCH 302 Asia-Pacific Architecture Studio (4) Design of complex buildings on complex sites. Investigation of complex programmatic requirements, building systems and technology. Production of schematic drawings and partial design development documents. A-F only. Pre: 271, 272, 301, 315, 316 (or concurrent), 317, and 318 (or concurrent); or consent. Co-requisite: 316 and 318. DA

ARCH 315 Lighting, Power, Acoustical Systems (3) Qualitative and quantitative issues of natural and artificial lighting, natural and manufactured power, and natural and reinforced acoustical sytems, and the desirable and appropriate applications to building design. A-F only. Pre: 218 or consent. DP

ARCH 316 HVAC and Mechanical Systems (3) Qualitative and quantitative issues of mechanical systems, including heating, natural ventilation, air conditioning, hydraulics, vertical transportation, security and fire protection systems, and the desirable and appropriate applications to building design. A-F only. Pre: 218 or consent. DP

ARCH 317 Structure/Material Systems A - Wood (3) Properties, evolution and range of wood and its use in structural systems and the ability to assess, select design, and integrate wood structural systems into building design. A-F only. Pre: 218 or consent. DP

ARCH 318 Structure/Material Systems B - Steel (3) Properties, evolution and range of steel and its use in structural systems and the ability to assess, select design, and integrate steel structural systems into building design. A-F only. Pre: 317 or consent. DP

ARCH 320 Introduction to Architectural Systems (3) Introduction to the basic systems that affect architectural design, including structural, environmental, life-safety, building envelope, building materials and assemblies. Students develop the fundamental skills of integrated architectural design, teamwork, and the ability to investigate, assess, and analyze environmental conditions, structural/building systems with the focused purpose of appropriate architectural applications. Architectural majors only. A-F only. Pre: 202, CHEM 151, ENG 100, Math 140 and PHYS 151; or departmental approval. Co-requisite: 301.

ARCH 341 Introduction to Planning (3) Perspectives on planning; planning tools and methods; specific Hawai‘i planning/research problems from a multidisciplinary approach. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as PLAN 310)
ARCH 369 Study Abroad: Architectural Study Tour (V) Firsthand examination of the architecture of various countries, with emphasis on experiencing and comprehending significant spaces within historical, cultural, and physical contexts. Topics and countries visited change with each offering. Open to nonmajors. Repeatable.

ARCH 372 Special Topics in Architectural History and Theory (3) An examination of specific theories, movements, or periods of architectural history. Changing topics to be taught by both regular and visiting faculty. Repeatable. Pre: 271 and 272; and consent. DH

ARCH 390 Special Topics (V) Selected topics in any aspect of architecture. Content to be announced. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

ARCH 399 Directed Work (V) Pre: consent.

ARCH 400 Project Management (3) Exploration of the management of architectural services from project initiation through project completion. Investigation of project delivery options; management of project design teams, project operations and services; design parameter definition; design service documentation; and project execution. A-F only. Pre: 200 or consent.

ARCH 401 Asia-Pacific Urban Design Studio (5) Variety of changing topics each semester depending upon faculty’s and students’ research interests, with exploration of different design issues at the urban scale within the Asia-Pacific region. A-F only. Pre: 302 and 474; or consent.

ARCH 405 Selected Design Studio (V) Special architecture/interior architecture problems individually selected by students or faculty to sharpen design skills. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

ARCH 406 Office Research Practicum (3) Learn design research method[s]. Conduct architectural design research under the guidance of a practicing architect in an office setting in an area of the architect’s expertise and interest. The experience also exposes students to the professional practice of architecture via shadowing an architect mentor relative to typical design process activities, communication techniques, and professional ethics issues. A-F only. Pre: 200, 301 or 302; or consent.

ARCH 417 Structure/Material Systems C - Concrete (3) Properties, evolution and range of concrete and masonry and its use in structural systems and the ability to assess, select, design, and integrate concrete and masonry structural systems into building design. A-F only. Pre: 318 or consent. DP

ARCH 418 Non-Structural Materials (3) Properties, evolution and range of materials used for non-structural purposes and their applications in building design. A-F only. Pre: 218 or consent. DP

ARCH 431 Computer-Aided Design (2) Design theory applications to computer graphics systems and current developments in practice and research. Pre: 202, 235, and 235L. Co-requisite: 431L. DA

ARCH 431L Computer-Aided Design Laboratory (1) Use of computer graphics systems in architectural design applications. Pre: 202, 235, and 235L. Co-requisite: 431. DA

ARCH 432 Construction Management (3) Design professional’s role during the building procurement process, particular emphasis on documentation and construction phases. Analysis of value of professional construction management services. Pre: 202.

ARCH 433 Professional Practice Law and Ethics (3) Exploration of the practice of architecture including: professionalism; office organization and administration; public, client, consultant, and other contractor relations; project administration, procedure and compensation; construction law and contract administration. A-F only. Pre: 400 and 503 (or concurrent).

ARCH 435 Architectural Economics (3) Survey of fundamental business principles and economic theories as they relate to professional practice for design professionals. Pre: 202. DS

ARCH 436 Dean’s Seminar (V) Lecture/seminar on professionalism, ethics, design, technology, building performance. Transition from academia to professional practice. Pre: consent.

ARCH 472 Documentation of Historic Architecture (V) Study and documentation of existing buildings, structures, and sites of historic and/or cultural significance, including field measurements and drawings, historical research, photo documentation, and preparation of archival drawings to be deposited in the Library of Congress. Documentation conducted according to standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER). Repeatable. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as AMST 475)

ARCH 473 History of American Architecture (3) History of American architecture in terms of style, techniques, and symbolic meaning. (Cross-listed as AMST 423) DH

ARCH 474 Theories of Architecture and Urban Design (3) An overview of major theories of architecture and urban design, covering important individuals and movements, and examining their impact on contemporary architectural practice and on life in a broad range of local, national, Asia-Pacific and international settings. Pre-requisite for advanced electives in architectural history and theory. Open to non-majors and writing intensive. Pre: 272 or consent.

ARCH 477 Research Seminar (V) Research methodology for the qualitative development of an optimum environment. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

ARCH 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: 702, master’s Plan B candidate, and consent.

ARCH 502 Comprehensive Architecture Studio A (5) Assemble comprehensive architectural program including user needs, appropriate precedents, space and equipment requirements, site analysis, laws and standards, site selection, and design assessment criteria. Produce an architectural schematic design informed by the program and other design determinants with statement of probable cost of construction. A-F only. Co-requisite: 315, 316, and 417. Pre: 315 (or concurrent), 316 (or concurrent), 401, and 417 (or concurrent); or consent.

ARCH 503 Comprehensive Architecture Studio B (5) Continuation of architectual design project in ARCH 502. Produce detailed design development of programmatic spaces, structural and environmental systems, life safety provisions, wall sections and building assemblies. Assess completed project with respect to program criteria. Make technically precise descriptions and documentation for review and construction purposes. A-F only. Pre: 502 or consent.

ARCH 504 Practicum Studio A (12) Scholarly pursuit integrated with architecture firm based practical experience under the direction of practicum faculty who is a licensed architect. Investigation of basic project definition proficiencies including office management, project management, programming, site and environmental analysis, schematic design, engineering systems coordination, building cost analysis, and code research. Application of skills based on proficiency areas will include weekly assignments, completion and compilation of professional training and scholarly endeavors, and semester long research projects. CR/NC only. Pre: 433 and 503; or consent.

ARCH 505 Practicum Studio B (12) Scholarly pursuit integrated with architecture firm based practical experience under the direction of practicum faculty who is a licensed architect. Investigation of basic project execution proficiencies including office management, project management, programming, design development, construction documents, specifications and materials research, document checking and coordination, construction procurement, and construction contract administration. Application of skills based on proficiency areas will include weekly assignments, completion and compilation of professional training and scholarly endeavors, and semester long research projects. CR/NC only. Pre: 433 and 503; or consent.

ARCH 506 Asia-Pacific Topical Architecture Studio B (5) Studio based research and design related to a professional project in architectural design, architectural technology, historic preservation, urban design, or other topics that consults and benefits a specific identified community in the Asia-Pacific region. A-F only. Pre: 504, 505, and 573; or consent.

ARCH 507 Architecture Doctorate Studio A (6) Development of an individual Arch.D. project proposal with an approved advising committee and under the guidance of the faculty coordinator of several committees. This studio encourages interaction between returning practicum students and previously licensed candidates through shared proposal development and research techniques. Pre: 505, 506, and 534; or consent.ARCH 508 Architecture Doctorate Studio B (6) Development of an individual Arch.D. project proposal with an approved advising committee and under the guidance of the faculty coordinator of several committees. This studio encourages interacting between all graduating candidates through shared research techniques and project development. Co-requisite: 507.

ARCH 534 Forms and Frames of Practice (3) Comprehensive study of architectural practice as it relates to the varying roles which architects assume in response to societal demands. A look at the changing role of the architect. Architecture as it relates to form and integration within the frame of the global context. A study of diverse architecture practices, especially in the Asia Pacific region. Exploration of creative challenges including the application of information technology systems, materials and design process research, construction technology, computer-aided manufacturing, and entrepreneurial approaches in contemporary practice. A-F only. Pre: 433, 504 and 505; or consent.

ARCH 535 Architecture Doctorate Seminar (3) Assessment of both contemporary and future architectural education, research and practice, by examining existing and evolving consistencies and shared visions that cut across distinct architectural approaches and other disciplines. Conceptual skills in the production of architecture that links environmental concerns with advances in building construction, computational and informational technologies. It includes the study of collaboration in design and on the technologies and spaces that support it; the study of encoding design knowledge in material resolution. Pre: 474 or consent.

ARCH 573 Asia-Pacific Architecture and Culture (3) To provide both theoretical and historical basis for the built environment of the Asia-Pacific region. A-F only. 271 and 272 and undergraduate language core; or consent.

ARCH 600 Research Methods Seminar (3) Comprehensive review and assessment of objectives, role, and function of research in architecture. Lecture, seminar, and independent study.

ARCH 625 Material Culture (3) Physical artifacts considered as documents of American cultural and regional development. (Cross-listed as AMST 625)

ARCH 627 The American City (3) Urban life and culture in contemporary and historical perspective; emphasis upon promises and problems of city in American culture. (Cross-listed as AMST 627 and HIST 639E)

ARCH 628 Preservation: Theory and Practice (3) History and philosophy of historic preservation movement. Analysis of values and assumptions, methodologies and tactics, implications for society and public policy. (Cross-listed as AMST 675 and PLAN 675)

ARCH 640 Urban Form (3) City spatial organization; principles of neighborhood, town, and city design and planning; spatial dimension of building and land use. Pre: PLAN 640 or consent. (Cross-listed as PLAN 646)

ARCH 641 Land Use Planning (3) Theory and practice; selected modes of land use analysis; growth management strategies. Pre: PLAN 600 and PLAN 601, or consent. (Cross-listed as PLAN 645)

ARCH 642 Urban Design Studio (6) Group experience in defining urban and regional design problems and potentials in developing and evaluating alternative schemes and formulating strategies for implementation of planning and design solutions. Pre: 641 or consent.

ARCH 650 American Vernacular Traditions (3) Methods and approaches in the study of vernacular architecture, cultural landscapes and material culture, with an emphasis on traditions and innovations in the Americas. (Cross-listed as AMST 681)

ARCH 671 American Architecture (3) Cultural analysis of the evolution of American architecture from the Colonial period to the present involving socio-political and economic as well as aesthetic considerations. (Cross-listed as AMST 623)

ARCH 672 Research Studio (5) Activity devoted to specialized focus of student in architectural technology. Emphasis in basic or applied research. Repeatable.

ARCH 675 Professional Ethics (3) Philosophical and analytical study of professional ethics. Lecture and seminar.

ARCH 680 Community Development (3) Social, physical, ecological, and economic problems of communities in the Pacific Basin; examination of solutions emphasizing the application of community organization and services, environmental management, and appropriate technology to communities. Co-requisite: 680L. (Cross-listed as PLAN 685)

ARCH 680L Community Development Design Lab (2) Application of social, physical, ecological, and economic data to selected studio problems in the design of communities. Pre: 302 or 362, and consent. Co-requisite: 680.

ARCH 681 Housing Delivery (3) Application of ecology, appropriate technology, and local resources to problems of housing development in Pacific Basin countries; building design and implementation strategies for housing delivery. Co-requisite: 681L. (Cross-listed as PLAN 686)

ARCH 681L Housing Delivery Lab (2) Application of ecology, appropriate technology, and local resources to selected studio problems in the design of housing. Pre: 302 and consent. Co-requisite: 681.

ARCH 683 Housing and Community Development Practicum (V) Laboratory and field testing of selected topics related to housing design and technology; site development and infrastructure; social, health, and economic community development; and housing implementation strategies. Repeatable. Pre: 680 (or concurrent), 681 (or concurrent), or consent. (Cross-listed as PLAN 683)

ARCH 687 Urban Design in Asia and Pacific (3) Social behavior in urban space; design for individual, society and state functions; urban designing ideas and concepts in the European/American tradition and the variant Asia Pacific traditions. Pre: 341, ASAN 312, PLAN 310 or PLAN 600. (Cross-listed as PLAN 636 and ASAN 636)

ARCH 690 Special Topics Seminar (3) Seminar on a wide range of architectural topics to be directed by both visiting and regular faculty. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

ARCH 691 Special Topics: Architecture History/Theory (V) Specialized work at an advanced level on the history and theory of architecture. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

ARCH 692 Special Topics in Architectural Technology (V) Specialized investigation at an advanced level of technological developments in structural systems, environmental control systems, or materials and methods of construction. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

ARCH 693 Special Topics in Architecture and Design (V) Intensive work on specialized topics in the fields of architecture and design. May include research and/or studio experiences in architecture, interior architecture, computer-aided design, professional practice, advanced visual design, and architectural graphics. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

ARCH 699 Directed Work (V)

ARCH 700 Thesis Research (V) Pre: completion of graduate requirements or consent.

ARCH 701 Graduate Studio I (6) Planning, programming, and schematic design of a project selected by student as the focus of graduate study with emphasis on the thorough performance of all required tasks. Pre: one of 401 or 600, and consent.

ARCH 702 Graduate Studio II (6) Design development of a project selected by student as the focus of graduate study with emphasis on the thorough performance of all required tasks. Pre: 701 with a grade of B or better, or consent.

ARCH 703 Urban Design and Planning Studio (6) Group experience in defining urban and regional design problems and potentials, developing and evaluating alternatives, formulating strategies for implementation. Pre: 641, PLAN 640, or consent. (Cross-listed as PLAN 754)