Curriculum

Unique, studio-based architecture curriculum

The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) at Indiana University is designed to educate the architect of the future. Equally well-versed in technology, science, art, and the principles of architecture, our graduates will be the lithe thinkers of tomorrow: able to move smoothly from concept to product.

This program includes side-by-side, concentrated studies of studio arts and architecture, emulating historic curricula from the Beaux Arts and the Bauhaus while embracing current technologies, perfectly blending tradition and innovation.

Degree requirements

The M.Arch degree is a three year plus one summer program of 108 credit hours. Students entering the program with undergraduate degrees in architecture, environmental design, or other related fields may be granted advanced standing in the program.

Curriculum

Z 501 Architectural Studio 1

A series of interrelated hands-on exercises is the basis for teaching students the fundamentals of architectural design. Students focus on application of design fundamentals, acquisition of analytical and drawing skills, and understanding of computer technology, basic drawing programs, and digital fabrication.

Z 502 Architectural Studio 2

This intermediate studio focuses on critical inquiry and design creativity through projects incorporating issues of technology, materiality, abstraction, tectonics, precedent, and theory. A broad array of issues in design, including sustainability, precedent, and the social/urban context, will be considered. Projects will be small to medium in scale and scope.

Z 600 Architectural Studio 3

This intensive program introduces students to the rich intersections of architectural, artistic, urban, and cultural practices of both historical and contemporary cities. Students learn the principles and methods of exploring architectural problems unique to the environments chosen for study. The studio focus and location will vary by section and year.

Z 601 Architectural Studio 4

This vertical studio focuses on advanced critical inquiry and design creativity through projects incorporating issues of technology, materiality, abstraction, tectonics, precedent, and theory. A broad array of issues in design, including sustainability, precedent, and the social/urban context, will be considered. Projects will be large in scale and scope.

Z 602 Architectural Studio 5

This vertical studio focuses on advanced critical inquiry and design creativity. Projects incorporate complex issues of technology, materiality, abstraction, tectonics, precedent, and theory. A broad array of issues in design, including sustainability, precedent, and the social/urban context will be considered. Projects will be large scale, focusing on complex urban problems.

Z 701 Architectural Studio 6 (Nomadic Studio)

The Nomadic Studio focuses on advanced critical inquiry and design. Projects focus on global and regional intersections between architectural and urban design and relate to a broad array of contemporary issues. Projects will be large-scale and complex in scope. The studio focus and location will vary by section and year.

Z 702 Architectural Studio 7

This is the capstone architectural studio in the Master of Architecture program. Students choose independent projects of significant scale and scope. The final project will be comprehensive and demonstrate the ability to develop a complex, articulate, integrated, and complete architectural solution. The capstone project will build on previous studio work.

Z 511 Visual Studies Studio 1

This course is the first introductory level visual studies studio for the student of architecture. Students in this sequence will study beginning aspects of expression in two and three dimensional experimentation.

Z 512 Visual Studies Studio 2

This course is the second introductory level visual studies studio for the student of architecture. Students in this sequence will study more complex aspects of expression in two and three dimensional experimentation.

Z 611 Visual Studies Studio 3

Visual Studies 3 is the first of two intermediate level visual studies studios for the student of architecture. The sequence delves into advanced experimentation in two and three dimensional work. Work may relate to the design studio project.

Z 612 Visual Studies Studio 4

Visual Studies 4 is the second of two intermediate level visual studies studios for the student of architecture. The sequence delves into advanced experimentation in two and three dimensional work. Work may relate to the design studio project.

Z 711 Visual Studies Studio 5

Visual Studies 5 is the first of two advanced level courses where the student is expected to initiate a level of self-directed work. The student will explore themes and subjects in a variety of mediums that relate to their exposure to the urban, historical and architectural contexts of their Nomadic Studio.

Z 712 Visual Studies Studio 6

Visual Studies 6 is the final advanced level of self-directed study. Ideas and themes explored in this studio are reviewed by faculty and visiting fellows and are expected to be related to the comprehensive capstone architectural project.

Z521 Structures 1

Structures 1 is the first course in a two part sequence focusing on the study of statics and strength of materials for architects. Students will investigate the behavior of structural systems and materials through design exercises, case studies, and load testing of models.

Z522 Structures 2

Structures 2 is the second course in a two part sequence focusing on the study of advanced statics and strength of materials for architects. Students will investigate the behavior of advanced structural systems and materials through design exercises, case studies, and load testing of models.

Z 531 Built Cultural Environment 1

This course consists of the first of four courses introducing concepts of architectural design through study of precedents and contexts. Lectures and field studies will lead students to develop visual and written skills of analysis and synthesis and apply them directly to small scale projects in parallel architectural studios.

Z 532 Built Cultural Environment 2

The second of four courses introducing concepts of architectural design through study of precedents. Combinations of lectures and field studies will lead students to develop visual and written skills of analysis and synthesis and apply them directly to medium scale projects in parallel architectural studios.

Z 631 Built Cultural Environment 3

The third of four courses introducing concepts of architectural design through study of precedents. Combinations of lectures and field studies will lead students to develop visual and written skills of analysis and synthesis and apply them directly to large-scale projects in parallel architectural studios.

Z 632 Built Cultural Environment 4

The final course introducing concepts of architectural design through precedent study. Field studies are the primary focus. The course will be the analytical and synthetic component of the Nomadic Studio and outcomes will become the basis for developing the Capstone Studio project.

Z641 Energy and Environmental Systems 1

The first in a two-part sequence focusing on NAAB required topics, including thermal evaluation, lighting, acoustics, water and waste, electrical, communication, vertical transportation, and security and fire protection systems. The course examines sustainability, scientific principles, and a range of technologies and analyses for designing indoor and outdoor environments.

Z642 Energy and Environmental Systems 2

A continuation of Z641, this course focuses on similar topics of energy, environmental systems, and the environment and sustainability. Together the two courses will meet the requirements for NAAB accreditation and will function together to cover all required topics.

Z 651 Coalition and Community Building

Coalition and Community Building will teach the student of architecture how to engage communities through a unique stakeholder engagement process. Students will learn the benefits of developing a common language and a common approach for solving complex community problems.

Z661 Professional Practice

This course will introduce architecture students to the complexities of professional practice. It will explore education and licensure, roles of the architect, ethical and legal standards, the economics of the office, project design and delivery, alternate careers, and global and local markets.

Z 771 Urbanism

This course is part of the Nomadic Studio sequence and will focus on the study of urban form and culture. Examples and precedent studies, current issues of urban form in relation to city-making, social structure, and physical design will be discussed and analyzed in relation to the design studio.

Z 781 Architectural Design Theory

This course focuses on discussion of major concepts and theories of architectural design discourse both past and present. The course will terminate in a discussion of the challenges of architectural theory as it relates to urbanism, architecture, design, and art in the global context of the modern world.

Z 801 Special Topics in the Built Cultural Environment

This is an advanced variable topics course focusing on the analysis of current trends in design theory and the analysis and critique of contemporary architecture and the present day urban environment.

Z 802 Special Topics in Energy, the Environment, and Sustainability

This is an advanced variable topics course focusing on topics associate with the study of energy, the environment, and sustainability as these topics relate to the built environment and architectural design.

Z 803 Special Topics in Structures and Strength of Materials

This is an advanced variable topics course focusing on topics allied with emerging technologies in structural design, computer analysis, and the development of new materials and systems related to architectural design.

Z 804 Special Topics in Coalition and Community Building

This is an advanced variable topics project based course using the case study method to focus on topics allied with community building and stakeholder development.

Z 805 Special Topics in Professional Practice

This is an advanced variable topics course using the case study method to focus on topics allied with real estate development, office structure and advanced legal issues of construction, the office and the field of forensics in architecture.

Z 806 Special Topics in Urban Design

This is an advanced variable topics, project-based course using focusing on topics allied with urban design and site development. The case study method will be used to discuss all aspects of urban design.

Z 807 Special Topics in Theory and Critique

This is an advanced variable topics course using the case study method to focus on topics allied with theory and criticism across the disciplines of architecture, art and design.

Z 808 Special Topics in Fabrication and Digital Design

This is an advanced variable topics course focusing on topics related to fabrication and digital design. This is a project based class.

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