School of Architecture

Office: Warren Loranger Architecture Building, A105, McNichols Campus
Dean: Stephen Vogel
Associate Dean: Stephen LaGrassa
Faculty: R. Eisenbach; W. Fuchs; J. Kim; S. LaGrassa; A. Martinico; J. Mueller; J.; Odoerfer; K. Park; D. Pitera
Telephone: (313) 993-1149
Fax: (313) 993-1512
E-mail:
architecture@udmercy.edu

 

The School of Architecture (SOA), as part of a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide an excellent student-centered, accredited professional architectural education in an urban context. A UDM SOA education seeks to develop architects who are sensitive designers; technically competent; exhibit the highest ethical and professional standards; are socially responsible and culturally aware; and are of service to the community and the profession.

The School makes a strong commitment to a broad based liberal arts education that prepares architects to understand the spectrum of human endeavor. The School intentionally keeps its enrollment small in order to maintain an identifiable relationship with individual students. The SOA advocates an open dialogue about architectural issues and philosophies, but searches for deeper architectural meaning than that offered by trend, fad or style. The curriculum provides a basic foundation in design excellence, but also addresses contemporary issues including a focus on urban revitalization. This foundation is provided through both in-class and out-of-class experiences that develop a studentís understanding of societal concerns. The School is actively involved in the life of the community. Through its design studios, including design-build studios, and through the Detroit Collaborative Design Centeróan out-reach arm of the Schoolóthe SOA provides assistance to the community of which it is a part. The ability to gain real world understanding is further enhanced through the mandatory cooperative education program and through the optional international studies programs.

Degree

The five-year architecture degree program at the UDM School of Architecture is a professional degree accredited by the NAAB. The new five-year Masterís of Architecture program will seek full accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in 2002 after degrees have been conferred upon the first graduating class.

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a five-year, three- year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

Masterís degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education.

However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The pre-professional degree, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, is not accredited by the NAAB.

This degree is useful for those individuals wishing to obtain a foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for employment options in architecturally related areas. We offer the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, at the end of four years of study, to those students who do not wish or do not qualify for our Master of Architecture degree.

Admission Criteria

The School of Architecture limits its freshman enrollment based on competitive standards. Students must satisfy general University requirements; however, additional criteria such as evidence of creative behavior, self-motivating characteristics, problem-solving tendencies and abilities for visual expression are also considered.

Transfer students and students with degrees must meet all requirements for our Bachelor of Science in Architecture program prior to being considered for admission into the Master of Architecture program. Additional requirements for admission are a portfolio of work as well as a minimum 3.0 QPR in all coursework as well as a 3.0 QPR for all design studio work

Advising

The School uses a personal advisory approach. Freshmen are advised by their design studio professor. In the second year, students choose one of the architecture professors to act as a "mentoring advisor." The student and advisor each have access to the studentís academic file which outlines the curriculum and all background information regarding the student. It is the studentís responsibility to insure that his/her record is up to date, that all agreements are noted and signed by both parties involved and that there is conformance with the requirements of the School and University. Each student should see his/her advisor minimally for registration and at mid-term. The advisor is also available at other times during the course of the term at the request of the student. Further, students should meet with the associate dean upon their acceptance into the Master of Architecture program or one year prior to their anticipated date of graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree to review a degree audit to verify that all degree requirements will be met.

Program Requirements

The five-year curriculum in architecture is centered around the following areas:

ē Design
ē Visual Communications
ē Structures and Technology
ē History & Theory
ē Professional Practice
ē University Core Curriculum
ē Cooperative Education

 

Design is at the center of the curriculum. The Design Studios are organized in three parts: Foundation Studios (first year and second year), Upper Level Studios (third year and fourth year) and the Masterís Studios. Foundation Studios meet three afternoons a week for 12 to 15 hours and concentrate on developing basic technical, analytic and critical thinking skills necessary to deal with the complex social, psychological and poetic issues of the built environment. The studios are "project" based and the development of the studentís personal and individual philosophy of design is one of the Schoolís principal aims. Upper Level Studios are comprised of a "mix" of students from both third and fourth years together in investigations of complex architectural themes in more concentrated depth. Recent Upper Level Studios have included community design, design-build experiences, architectural competitions, historical preservation, sustainability, furniture making and virtual reality.

Visual Communications includes courses in multi-media drawing, computer graphics, computer aided design, three dimensional design and electives that explore various media. The ability to represent and model architectural ideas is fundamental to the design process.

Structures and Technology provides the technological background necessary to address the increasingly complex architectural themes of the studios. Included in this sequence is physics and math for architects, structures, energy and sustainable design and environmental technology (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, electrical systems, acoustics, etc.). These courses are taught as broad, conceptual principles rather than specific, detailed application.

History and Theory introduces the student to architectural tradition and precedent. It provides an understanding of the social, political, economic and philosophical forces that shape architecture. Through this foundation, students recognize their place in the architectural world and build their own work upon an understanding of the work of others.

Professional Practice introduces upper level students to fundamentals of managing an architectural office, project delivery systems, construction contracts, construction documents, and legal and ethical issues concerning the profession. These courses, in concert with the cooperative training program, prepare students to enter the professional world.

 

University Core Curriculum

The core provides courses in the sciences and the humanities that are necessary prerequisites for an educated person. The architect, faced continually with broad social issues, must have an awareness of the manifest activities of people in order to fulfill architectural responsibility.

Graduate Concentration

Candidates for the Master of Architecture degree, as part of the application process, declare an area of concentration and create a curriculum by incorporating existing graduate level courses from the colleges of the University as concentration electives. The purpose of these concentration electives is to provide the basis for developing the specialized knowledge for the 21 st century. Concentrations are also intended to build upon the strengths of the University by establishing strong cross-disciplinary ties with other academic units. The concentration will form the focus of the studentís graduate study and the basis for the Masterís Studio project. Examples of concentrations are: urban studies, architecture, management and marketing, imaging and representation and the global marketplace.

Cooperative Education

The Cooperative Education sequence is one of the unique aspects of the UDM architecture program. It gives students direct experience in the real world of architecture through required work assignments at architectural offices of the studentís choosing.

The co-op experience begins with the course CEC 300, Cooperative Education Preparation. The program in architecture integrates two required terms of on-the-job educational experience, which occur during the third term of the third year and the second term of the fourth year. Further optional co-op terms are also possible. This sequence provides students with the opportunity to alternate their development in professional offices with academic studies. This process is valuable in developing practical skills prior to graduation and in fine-tuning accurate perceptions of the realities of practice. Each co-op term, students write a report on their work experience and submit representative samples of the work they produced. Students are also evaluated by both the employer and the cooperative education coordinator. Co-op students are required to take the following:

ARC 391, Co-op Assignment I
ARC 392, Co-op Assignment II

Year

Term I

Term II

Term III

1

School

School

Vacation

2

School

School

Vacation

3

School

School

Co-op

4

School

Co-op

School

5

School

School

 

 

Typical Program

The total credits required for the Master of Architecture are normally 172 and 136 for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. An excess of credits from several courses cannot be applied toward satisfaction of a course requirement. Excess co-operative education credits may not substitute as electives.

First Year, Term I (17 credits) Cr.* Rec.* St.*

First Year, Term I (17 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 110

Architectural Design I

4

0

12

AR 111

Visual Communication I

3

0

9

AR 119

Intro. to Architecture

1

1

0

ENL 131

Academic Writing

3

3

0

 

(Obj. 1)

 

 

 

MTH 140

Elementary Functions

4

4

0

 

(Obj. 2)

 

 

 

PHL 100

Intro. to Philosophy

3

3

0

 

(Obj. 4.A)

 

 

 

 

First Year, Term II (16 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 120

Architectural Design II

4

0

12

AR 121

Visual Communication II

3

0

9

AR 213

Principles of Structural Behavior

3

3

0

PHY 120

Physics for Architects

3

3

0

 

(Obj. 3.B)

 

 

 

CST 101

Fundamentals of Speech

3

3

0

 

(Obj. 1)

 

 

 

 

Second Year, Term I (16 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 130

Architectural Design III

4

0

12

AR 116

Intro. to Computer Graphics (Obj. 2)

3

3

0

AR 212

Architectural History & Theory I

3

3

0

AR 233

Structures I

3

3

0

ENL

Literature Level

3

3

0

 

(Obj. 5.B)

 

 

 

 

Second Year, Term II (16 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 140

Architectural Design IV

4

0

12

AR 216

Computer-Aided Design

3

3

0

 

(Obj. 2)

 

 

 

AR 222

Architectural History & Theory II

3

3

0

AR 243

Structures II

3

3

0

AR 234

Environmental

3

3

0

 

Technology I

 

 

 

 

Third Year, Term I (18 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 210

Architectural Design V

5

0

15

AR 215

Construction I

3

3

0

AR 244

Environmental

Technology II

3

3

0

Religious Studies Elective (Obj. 4.B)

3

3

0

Historical Experiences (Obj. 5.A)

3

3

0

CEC 300

Cooperative Education Preparation

1

1

0

 

Third Year, Term II (17 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 220

Architectural Design VI

5

0

15

AR 225

Construction II

3

3

0

PYC 265

Psychology of Environment (Obj. 3.A)

3

3

0

Ethics Elective (Obj. 6.A)

3

3

0

Philosophy/Religious Studies Elective (Obj.4.C)

3

3

0

 

Third Year, Term III

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

ARC 391

Co-op Assignment I

2

 

 

 

Fourth Year, Term I (17 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 230

Architectural Design VII

5

0

15

AR 252

Architecture History & Theory III

3

3

0

AR 314

Energy & Architecture

3

3

0

Social or Natural Science Elective (Obj.3.C)

3

3

0

Socio-Political Problems Elective (Obj. 6.B)

3

3

0

 

Fourth Year, Term II

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

ARC 392

Co-op Assignment II

2

 

 

 

Fourth Year, Term III (17 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 240

Architectural Design VIII

5

0

15

Core Choice (Obj 3-6)

3

3

0

Comparative Experiences (Obj. 5D)

3

3

0

Elective

3

3

0

Elective

3

3

0

 

 

Receive Bachelor of Science in Architecture or acceptance into the Masterís Program:

Fifth Year, Term I (17 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 510

Masterís Studio I

5

0

15

AR 559

Architecture & Construction Law

3

3

0

Graduate Concentration Elective

3

3

0

Graduate Concentration Elective

3

3

0

Graduate Elective††††††††

3

3

0

 

 

 

Fifth Year, Term II (17 credits)

Cr.*

Rec.*

St.*

AR 520

Masterís Studio II

5

0

15

AR 519

Profession of Architecture

3

3

0

Graduate Concentration Elective

3

3

0

Graduate Concentration Elective

3

3

0

Graduate Elective††††††††

3

3

0

 

*Abbreviations represent: Cr. for credit hours earned, Rec. for recitation hours required, St. for studio hours required.

 

Electives

Elective courses are intended to provide students with the opportunity to take special interest courses which may be of value but are not necessarily related to the architectural program. Electives may be chosen from among any courses offered as credit at the University.

Architectural Electives

Each term architectural electives are offered in areas such as: visual communication, sustainable building, advanced computer graphics, history and theory or urban planning. These courses permit students to examine architectural topics of special interest in greater depth.

Laboratory Facilities

Located in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building, the Ronald F. Titus Digital Studio is a fully equipped architecture computer graphics laboratory that introduces students to this important form of electronic technology. Software includes AutoCAD, Animator Pro and 3D Studio, as well as, a variety of other programs which are used to support architectural courses. Students can access spreadsheet, database and word processing software, in addition to their University e-mail accounts and the Internet, by linking into the University network. This laboratory is adjacent to design studios to facilitate the use of computers as a design tool.

Architecture tools and equipment are also available to both students and faculty for instruction and research. A woodworking model shop containing power and hand tools is accessible for student work in conjunction with their design and visual communication studio classes.

Detroit Collaborative Design Center

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center provides technical design and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations. It is the primary applied research arm of the School of Architecture in the area of urban revitalization. It has a full time staff of licensed architects, intern architects and planners. The Center utilizes students in three ways: in a classroom environment, through the Neighborhood Design Studio; for cooperative education experience; and for an outlet for volunteer activities.

International Study Programs

Warsaw Exchange

Since 1980 the School of Architecture has conducted an exchange program with the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland. Ten students and one professor from each institution are exchanged for a full academic term. UDM students are taught by Politechnika faculty in English.

Florence-Volterra Study Program

Beginning in 1984 the School of Architecture has conducted a full term of study in Italy during the summer/term III. The program is based in the Tuscan hilltown of Volterra and is limited to 15 third and fourth year students. It is taught by UDM faculty in addition to faculty on site. Five weeks are spent in travel prior to arriving in Volterra.

Lecture Series

There is a sponsored lecture series which brings leading edge architects and designers to the campus. These lectures are open to and attended by students, professionals and the general public.

Dichotomy Student Journal and Lecture Program

Architectural students publish a journal of theory and criticism entitled Dichotomy. This journal is organized exclusively by the students in consultation with a faculty advisor. It is funded by subscriptions and a special fee for architecture students.

Special Policies for the School of Architecture

Retention of Student Work

The School reserves the right to retain examples of student work, done in conjunction with class assignments, for purposes of exhibition and accreditation needs.

Grading System

The School of Architecture reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from its program even when an overall quality point average is 2.00 or better if, in the judgment of the Faculty Council, the student does not possess the requisite skills and attitudes to succeed in the architectural profession.

Appeals

Students have the right to appeal actions with which they disagree. Three steps are followed until the conflict is resolved. First, the student confers with the instructor involved. Second, the Council of the Faculty meets with the parties involved. Third, the final appeal, if the above steps do not resolve the issues, is an appeal on the part of the student to the dean of the School of Architecture. It must be emphasized that the faculty member has full jurisdiction in terms of grading. All other bodies are acting strictly in an advisory capacity.

Summer Design

Each year during term III, an undergraduate studio is offered for those students who are out of phase. It is a multi-level studio and may be taken by any student who has completed the technical courses in advance of his or her design level. This studio is not open to first or second year design students.