Important Dates for Spring 2018:

Spring CE Course Registration Begins    Monday, October 30, 2017
Spring Semester Begins Monday, January 22, 2018          
Full Semester and 01 Session Course Registration Ends Friday, January 26, 2018
02 Session Course Registration Ends Friday, March 30, 2018
Spring Semester Ends Monday, May 21, 2018

 

Registration may be completed online via Self-Service, or by submitting the CE Course Registration Form to ce@the-bac.edu. Full payment is due at the time of registration.



SPRING 2018 COURSE OFFERINGS

Media Arts/Digital Media Sustainable Design Historic Preservation Interior & Landscape

ART2003: FREEHAND DRAWING

This course uses exercises in still life and figure drawing to expose students to various ways of seeing and of engaging the world through visual representation. Students learn to draw form, objects, and human bodies in their surroundings. Students are expected to maintain and develop a sketchbook by drawing from observation at least once a day. Media used might include pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and pastels.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Monday 4–7 pm


DME2002: DESIGN PERSPECTIVE DRAWING

This course introduces students to both freehand and mechanically generated perspectives. The initial sessions will discuss historical concepts from the renaissance before engaging in plan, elevation and section perspectives. The course will end with the study of alternate vanishing points, and the development of rendered shades and shadows. Students will develop one and two-point perspectives, and interior and exterior views.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Tuesday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2006: WATERCOLOR RENDERING

This course explores drawing with water and color. Students will understand the versatility of water in the selection and mixture of colors. Through various exercises, students will formulate their own creative approach to the medium. Elements of composition and design will be discussed and different techniques will be presented to build presentation skills one step at a time.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Wednesday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Wednesday 4–7 pm

DME2008: COLORED PENCIL

As an advanced elective at par with Watercolor and Pen & Ink Rendering, this courses feeds from the skills acquired in Freehand Drawing to bring color to the mostly linear views created in the Perspective course prerequisite. Color, lighting, and composition will be discussed before students begin to explore basic and alternative techniques in applying color with pencils to gradually develop rendered views.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 5:30–7 pm

DME2009: ON-SITE PHOTOGRAPHY

This course is intended for designers and other interested individuals to learn, explore and understand the uses, issues and problems of photography in the field. Students will explore photography as a means of documenting and explaining the built environment. Projects may include photographing historic buildings with public and private, interior and exterior spaces. Special techniques such as panoramas and time-lapse photography could be explored for conveying space, flow, and time. Some class meetings will involve field trips and local travel will be necessary to complete photography assignments.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Monday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Monday 4–7 pm

DME2021: DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

This course will study the fundamentals of integrating text, typography and images into visual presentations. Students will learn the synergy between Adobe applications like Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign and will explore the principles of graphic design, publishing, and electronic file preparation. Students will leave this course prepared to develop a real-life project from concept to a final printed piece.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Tuesday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2022: PHOTOSHOP - DIGITAL IMAGING AND EDITING I

This course is an introduction to digital image editing using Adobe PhotoShop. Discussions will begin with basic techniques such as using the toolbox, making and saving selections, photo retouching, applying color, adding text, and using layers. Students will then move into layers, masks, copying and pasting, and digital montages. Exercises in class will be complemented by group discussions of completed assignments.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2023: PHOTOSHOP - DIGITAL IMAGING AND EDITING II
PRE-REQUISITE: DME2022 or DME2024

This project-oriented course builds upon the students' basic knowledge of Photoshop to explore a wider breadth of electronic imaging technology and its applications in design. Students are encouraged to use an experimental approach and to stretch the boundaries of the medium. Projects begin with digital image creation using sources such as digital cameras, video frame-grabbing and freehand drawing. As they develop their compositions, students explore manipulation, processing, and editing of the images using diverse programs. The course is intended to question both the aesthetic and technical limits of electronic image-making while building visual and aesthetic skills through frequent critical reviews of projects.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2024: PHOTOSHOP - IMAGING FOR DESIGNERS

This is an introductory course in Adobe Photoshop. Students will apply electronic image editing to adjusting and improving photographs, creating photomontages and merging CAD and photographic elements to create architectural renderings. The course begins with basic techniques such as using the toolbox, making and saving selections, photo retouching and applying color; then moves on to layers, masks, copying and pasting, and digital montages.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Friday 1–4 pm

DME2032: AUTODESK REVIT: 2D and 3D REPRESENTATION

The Autodesk(r) Revit(r) parametric building modeler is a powerful building design and documentation system for architects, design-build teams, and other building industry professionals. In a parametric building model, every drawing sheet, every 2D and 3D view, and every schedule is a direct representation of information from the same underlying building database. Autodesk Revit offers substantial productivity, quality, and business benefits to designers seeking to improve how they use information technology to do their work.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm
BC Main Jan 22–May 14 Thursday 4–7 pm
CC Main Jan 22–May 14 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2034: RHINO 1: 3D DESIGN

Rhino is among the most influential software to emerge in the community of academic and professional architectural practice. Due to its efficiency and economy of performance, it is currently in use by numerous design firms small and large. With roots in marine engineering, the target output is digital model construction. The relative strength of Rhino lies in its close command-line relationship with the AutoCAD interface widely in use in the architectural and design industry. This allows the flattened world of two-dimensional construction drawings to be realized in three-dimensional form. Utilizing a minimal number of guide poly-lines, students will construct digital models that range from relatively simple to complex. The mathematical concepts of lofting, sweeping, cutting, splitting, and Boolean operations will be addressed as well as methods of curve construction such as slicing, sectioning, and continuous contours.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2037: RENDERING WITH V-RAY

This course is an introduction to the theory and techniques to produce photorealistic renderings using the rendering plugin V-Ray. V-Ray is compatible with several 3D modeling programs including Rhino, Sketchup, Revit, and 3ds Max. Students will learn to apply rendering techniques to create professional, photorealistic imagery and visual effects. This course covers critical V-Ray concepts including materials, textures, lighting, color mapping, reflections, and camera controls. Prior knowledge of 3D modeling software is recommended.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2042: AUTOCAD 1: 2D DRAFTING

This course in computer-aided drafting introduces the basic concepts and operation of AutoCAD, emphasizing two-dimensional computer-aided drafting concepts, conventions and documentation production. The course provides hands-on instruction in AutoCAD. Students will have to complete weekly assignments, which will require approximately three hours of work to be completed outside of class, plus short readings. This course covers AutoCAD for windows only.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

*Section 1ZC is taught in a competency-based education (CBE), self-paced format.

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online
2ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

DME2045: AUTOCAD 2: 2D SITE PLAN GRAPHICS
PRE-REQUISITE: DME2042

This second-level CAD course is for individuals already having a basic knowledge of AutoCAD who desire to explore and extend their expertise focusing on site design graphics. Students will learn about incorporating files from other design consultants and illustrative techniques available in AutoCAD to highlight pertinent information for site plans, sections, and elevations. Additional techniques will be covered in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in order to create content for AutoCAD.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2046: 3D STUDIO MAX 1: MODELING AND RENDERING

This course introduces techniques of modeling and rendering three-dimensional models using 3ds Max. This program generates photo-realistic architectural renderings and simulated fly-by or walk-through used in motion-picture special effects. Lighting techniques, creating atmospheric effects, placing cameras, choosing materials and setting their properties and applying textures will be covered. Assignments culminate in a series of finished renderings.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2047: 3D STUDIO MAX 2: RENDERING & ANIMATION
PRE-REQUISITE: DME2046

This is a second level course for individuals already having a basic knowledge of 3ds Max. Topics covered in this course will focus on advanced modeling techniques and visualization workflows. 3ds Max will be used to generate detailed, geometrically accurate 3D models. The VRay rendering plugin will be used to generate photo-realistic renderings which depict lighting, materiality, and atmosphere. Techniques of lighting, creating atmospheric effects, placing cameras, choosing materials and setting their properties, and applying textures will be covered. Students may use provided building models for their rendering and animation assignments or may work from models they have built in previous classes. Assignments will culminate in a set of presentation-quality rendered images created using the VRay rendering plugin.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2063: AUTODESK REVIT: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

This course will offer an introduction to creating and managing a BIM (Building Information Model) using Autodesk Revit. It will also facilitate in the greater understanding of Building Information Modeling as it pertains to the industry as a whole. Using Revit as a tool, the course will teach the fundamentals needed to effectively produce and manage a "working" BIM, in terms of design and constructability. The course will also teach some finer points of the program and how they can be used to develop the BIM further. Please note: Revit requires the Windows Operating System to run; students will need to have access to Windows in order to use Revit.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

*Section 1ZC is taught in a competency-based education (CBE), self-paced format.

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online
2ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

DME2072: ADVANCED REVIT & COMPUTATIONAL WORKFLOWS
PRE-REQUISITE: DME2032

This course will focus on harnessing the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a tool for advanced design and production. The course will explore ways in which BIM allow for accelerated iteration and testing of design concepts, using the power of Autodesk Revit to capture and interpret data which can inform the expression of design ideas. Course material will build on the basics of Revit's core functionality, including advanced elements such as using the massing environment to iteratively design, understanding the powerful applications of flexible systems and adaptive components, and developing creative techniques to allow models to serve multiple goals within a complex workflow. Underlying elements of integrated project delivery, embedded parametric variability, building data management, and other advanced concepts will support the semester-long design process. Throughout the course, theoretical issues concerning BIM, and its role within the design process will be explored and challenged.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2073: VISUAL COMMUNICATION

This required, all-online course teaches students skills of visual communication including techniques in the use of images, infographics, diagramming, maps, graphs, layout etc. The course utilizes both on-line software tutorials and instructor-led project-based digital workflow assignments.

Learning Goals:
1. Create visually compelling presentation graphics which convey complex data and other non-visual information through the use of images, infographics, diagrams, maps, graphs and layout.
2. Use typography in meaningful ways to communicate written information -
3. Use color, scale, graphic arrangement, symbols, and other visual elements to communicate ideas
4. Create page layouts in both printed and digital platforms which effectively communicate research and arguments.
5. Effectively use concepts of visual hierarchy to organize and present work
6. Employ best practices in analog and digital workflows using Adobe Creative Suite
7. Effectively capture and reproduce high-quality images using scanning, photography, printing, and web space

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2007: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AS A WAY OF THINKING

This course traces the history of the sustainable design movement then introduces its primary tenets using the LEED Rating System as the organizing structure. Readings in the course are drawn largely from Environmental Building News. Online discussions are designed to acquaint the students with the language, philosophy, and principles of sustainable design. This course examines the underlying principles of sustainability and design. The class focuses on environmental sustainability and thought processes that can help professionals design a more sustainable world. Major aspects of environmental building that will be addressed include energy efficiency, building materials, indoor environmental quality and land use. Ways of evaluating the sustainability of the built environment are discussed including the LEEDTM rating system.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online

SUS2015: URGENT & HOPEFUL FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

A review of the "cutting edge" of sustainable design including the evolution of mindset, processes and tools required for a sustainable future. Active engagement with the processes and systems of the living world yields: an understanding of wise action, the development of an aesthetic of beauty born from a unity of mind and nature, and the expansion of the context of design beyond the individual building. Examples include: Systems Theory, Integrated Design, Triple Bottom Line, the Precautionary Principle (mindset and process), and LEED, 2030 Challenge, Living Building Challenge, Permaculture, Biomimicry, Life-cycle analysis and Eco-Charrettes (tools).

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2017: SOLAR ENERGY DESIGN WITH THE SUN

The interaction of buildings and sunlight is rich and complex. This course will examine the many possibilities provided by the sun to power, light and heat our buildings. These possibilities are affected by geographic location, climate, building site, and building form, orientation, fenestration and thermal mass-all of which will be considered. Passive and active solar thermal systems, solar domestic hot water systems and photovoltaics will be studied along with design strategies to prevent unwanted solar gain in climates and seasons when that is a problem. The relative cost and benefits of different solar strategies will also be addressed.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online

SUS2020: GREEN ROOF/GREEN WALLS

Among the green elements which have come into use over the last twenty years to soften the impacts of buildings on the environment are green roofs. More recently this concept has been extended to vertical surfaces with the use of green walls, both interior and exterior. Both of these elements have potential and both come with caveats -in terms of their value to the environment and their relationship to the buildings on which they are located. A well designed green envelope can make a contribution to a sustainable building; a poorly designed green envelope can seriously damage a building. This course will examine the many choices available for designing, constructing and maintaining green roofs and green walls, the pros and cons of each in any given location from an environmental standpoint, and the critical things to be aware of as you design and construct them.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2025: GREENING EXISTING BUILDINGS

The existing building stock is here and much of it is responsible for consuming energy, water and other resources at an unsustainable rate from both the environmental and the economic standpoints. Focusing on non-residential buildings, this course will examine the issues, techniques and processes that are involved in turning these buildings into sustainable consumers, whether through relatively simple retrofits or major renovations. Among the topics to be reviewed will be assessing existing performance, instituting building commissioning, improving energy and water efficiency, limiting (re)construction waste, improving indoor environmental quality, supporting sustainable operations and considering renewable energy sources.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2030: MATERIALS, RESOURCES, AND INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

This course gives students the tools they need to evaluate a material based on how it impacts the built and natural environment. Since people in western cultures tend to spend most of their time indoors, specific attention will be paid to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). Environmentally responsible materials selection will be discussed, including the importance of waste, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and all aspects of the manufacturing process. Interior design issues that are covered include the importance of natural daylighting, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and acoustics. Current materials rating systems and specification writing aids will be reviewed. Case studies representing best practices in sustainable design of interiors will be presented for discussion. This course is directly useful to anyone selecting materials for any kind of building project.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online

SUS2033: BUILDING ENVELOPE

It is the building enclosure where many sustainable design intentions find their physical expression. Here, as well, is where the majority of legal claims against designers find their expression. The building enclosure has three major assemblies-foundation, walls, and roof- each with as many as 10 (or more) components. Sustainable design requires integration of these assemblies and their components in a way that manages the major degradation vectors- water, air, heat, radiation, pests, and even occupants. This course will cover the building enclosures for both commercial and residential structures. A major focus of the course will be the relationships among green building, building science, energy efficiency, durability, and risk management. Students will leave the course with a new way of understanding, analyzing, and designing sustainable enclosures. An equal emphasis will be placed on design, specification, construction, and commissioning of building enclosures.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2035: SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES: LAND USE, TRANSPORTATION AND PLANNING

This course will examine how communities across the nation are grappling with such smart growth issues as affordable housing, sprawl, urban revitalization, economic development, transportation investments, and open space protection. These issues are also collectively referred to as sustainable development, growth management or New Urbanism. The course will cover the history of sprawl and current policy debates about land use, urban design, regulation, and public and private investment. The course will feature critiques of specific development projects, tailored to the interests of students.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2045: GREEN BUILDING AND HEALTH

While sustainable design principles encompass human health and wellbeing issues, designers don't often focus on the full range of impacts that the built environment has on public health. This course examines the intersection of the overlapping fields of green building and public health, with an eye for trends that will guide design practices in coming decades. Participants will explore the direct and indirect relationships that our work has on preventing illness, injury and reductions in quality of life. Key topics include air quality, water quality, food access, transportation networks, lighting design, workplace productivity, material toxicity, resilience, and more. Students will apply core principals of health and wellbeing across a range of scales of design, from product to building to city.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2046: RESILIENT DESIGN

Resilience is the ability of a system to bounce back from disruptions or interruptions. As climate change advances, we will face increased storm intensity, flooding, heat waves, drought, and wildfire, while terrorism or political strife could result in extended power outages and interruptions in heating or transportation fuels. To prepare for these risks, buildings and communities should be designed to be more resilient.

This online course will examine both the context for resilience and practical strategies for achieving resilient buildings and communities. Elements include the siting of buildings and infrastructure to protect against flooding, land-use planning to ensure functionality in the event of gasoline shortages, high-performance building designs that will maintain livable conditions during extended power outages or loss of heating fuel, water supply and delivery options for times of drought or power outages, and renewable energy systems that can function during power outages. All of these measures also contribute to sustainability.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online

HSP2006: ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS CONSERVATION

This course will introduce students to the distinct physical properties of specific architectural materials and their common deterioration mechanisms. Students will study model deliverables, including case studies, condition assessments, and treatment plans, and develop their own conservation deliverables as course assignments. Students will hone skills in observation, critical thinking, and evidenced-based reasoning while exploring individual architectural conservation projects.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Jan 22–May 14 Online Online

Interior Architecture

HTC2018: CASE STUDIES IN INTERIORS AND FURNITURE

This seminar course uses readings and projects to explore the emergence of interior design as a distinct form of professional practice. Starting from the gradual separation of interior and furniture design from architectural practice in the mid-nineteenth century, students will research the evolution of the discipline in relation to social and technological concerns such as sustainability, globalization, and the profession's emphasis on human factors. Theories and projects that have defined the scope and methods of interior design, particularly since the early 20th century, will be examined in context. 

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Jan 22–May 14 Online Online

TSM2007: MATERIALS AND METHODS - IA

In this introductory course students develop an understanding of basic construction materials and assemblies, including foundations, walls, roofs, doors and windows, water protection, and finishes. Through a series of drafting exercises coordinated with the technical matter being presented, students will learn the basics of hard-line technical drawing. Selecting and detailing interior finish materials, including flooring, wallcoverings, ceilings and textiles will be explored. The objective is to enable a student to design more effectively through the understanding of material technology and the process of construction of interior space. 

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Monday 4–7 pm

TSM2014: BUILDING SYSTEMS FOR INTERIORS

Building Systems for Interiors introduces mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety and structural systems. The built environment is presented as an integrated synthesis of these systems in support of, and in coordination with the health, safety and well-being objectives of the interior design program. The course presents foundation knowledge for each system through formal principles and hands-on exercises. Students are expected to develop a sustainable approach to the optimization of building systems in balance with occupant needs and external resources.

This course is both online and onsite. The onsite course meetings will be January 27th, February 24th, April 7th and May 5th.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Saturday 9 am–12 pm

TSM2015: INTERIORS LIGHTING

Interiors Lighting presents the principles and methods of designing for natural and artificial lighting as an integral component of the built environment. In its interaction with color, materials, textures, space and form, light plays an essential role in shaping experience. Topics covered include: perception, the design process, light sources, fixture selection, color, documentation, codes, calculations, controls, and day lighting.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm

TSM2016: COLOR THEORY FOR INTERIORS

Color Theory for Interiors introduces the student to principles, theories and systems for the application of color in the built environment. This course is concerned with understanding the interaction of color with materials, texture, light, and form. It includes an exploration of the physical and perceptual nature of color and the physiological, psychological and emotional impact of color. Color will be considered as an essential element of the design process, and as an effective communication tool in design ideation and presentations. Two and three dimensional exercises and projects will demonstrate the various aspects of color theory and application.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Tuesday 4–7 pm



Landscape Architecture

DME2015: LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION: INTRODUCTION

Design, planning and management landscapes are activities that involve a substantial component of information handling. From the viewpoint of geographic information, the design process can be discussed in terms of these information handling activities: Collect and organize information as a means of modeling the phenomena and relationships that are critical to understanding a place and its relations to its physical, cultural, regulatory and historical contexts. Create new information by altering models to simulate and explore spatial processes and the possible consequences of proposed or probable alternate futures. Share Information and Understanding with colleagues, clients and critics to better collaborate and participate as a member of a team and society. Students learn how to gather and organize information to represent a site in its fine-grained detail and regional context. Information is compiled from government sources, commercial databases and from on-line libraries. Students harness the principles and technology of cartography to create maps reflecting physical, demographic, economic, cultural, circulation and historical aspects of a place and its region. Students use their studio site as the subject of their research. DME2015 is the first term of a two-module sequence that also includes DME2016 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design, Applications.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Thursday 4–7 pm

DME2016: LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION: APPLICATIONS

Developing ideas about sites requires the designer to conceptualize models that describe the elements and processes that are critical to some aspect of the functioning of the site in its context . Models are used to explore how the site works and how it could work differently. In this course, we will learn how to represent conceptual models with data compiled from many sources. These data models transform and create new information about spatial, physical and cultural relationships. Geographic information Systems provide a digital toolkit for exploring and experimenting with these relationships. Following on the prerequisite for this course, DME2015, students will extend the research and analysis begun in the first module to explore applications of geographic information systems for site design and evaluation. Applications include: vector and raster data models that explore spatial relationships involving terrain, demographics, hydrography, land use, regulation and visual connectivity.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Thursday 4–7 pm

HTC3034: CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE SEMINAR: THE EVOLUTION OF URBAN FORM

This lecture/seminar course explores the recent and contemporary debates in landscape architecture and urban design and concentrates on the discourses of urban planning since the late nineteenth century and how contemporary urban debates led to current trends in practice. In this course, we will discuss theories, histories and practices that have shaped our understanding of urban design. We will survey the ideas of influential people who have addressed urban problems and changed the shapes of human settlements, suburbs, cities and regions through urban design and development. We will analyze the values implicit in each of their proposals, stressing the fact that urban design is not only a physical design process but a balancing of political, economic, cultural and physical factors that impact a place and its inhabitants. The course will also provide information about why urban design is a collaborative work and what range of professions are involved. In this framework, the relationship between urban design, landscape design, architecture and planning will be discussed and the contemporary debates about the significance of these relationships will be studied further.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Monday 7:15–10:15pm

LAN2001: LA STUDIO: ECOLOGICAL ANALYSIS & CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

This discipline design studio introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and technical skills used by landscape architects to conduct inventory and analysis for projects within the built environment. The studio will use the Greater Boston Area as the focus of inquiry to understand the complexity of natural, economic, and social systems that interact within this urban region. The students will learn to collect, analyze, and synthesize complex data within the design process to inform decisions about land use, development, and infrastructure. This studio will apply the digital communication methods from the Landscape Representation course to draw clear connections between analysis and design. The studio operates in conjunction with Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design, Sessions 1 and 2, but is not limited to this sequence.

3 Credits, Design Studio, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Studio Jan 22–May 21 Monday 4–7 pm

MNS1003: BOTANY

This course is an introduction to botany and the evolution of plant science. The course presents students with the various aspects of plant characteristics, from their aesthetic quality to their fuel value at both a micro and macro scale. The emphasis is on traditional and technical knowledge, and will directly complement the existing and vital relationships between plants, animals, and human beings. Field trip explorations will include studies and observations on plant physiology and form, plant ecology, plant communities, and biodiversity, as well as basic plant classification and identification. Understanding plant growth forms, reproduction and dispersal mechanisms will lead to appreciation of horticulture and design. The course will also explore the relationships between native vegetation, invasive plants and managed plantings. The use of basic computer skills is required; digital cameras are encouraged to facilitate documenting fieldwork and diagnostic plant features.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 4–7 pm

MNS2004: ECOLOGY SYSTEMS

Through lecture, discussion and project exercises, this course explores the relationships of ecological communities in diverse environments, the implications of landscape patterns, and how landscape scale affects ecosystem processes from rural to urban. Key concepts of landscape and urban ecological systems are examined through the use of current case studies and local examples. Large management and conservation issues at the landscape scale are also studied as part of a holistic approach to systems thinking.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Friday 4–7 pm

MNS2009: PLANT TAXONOMY

This is an introductory course on the comprehension and proficiency of the taxonomy of plant species. The topic examines plant diversity, functions, and seasonal distinctions, and studies the relationships between plants and their classification systems. Divisions between families and genera, and the preparation and use of analytic keys are explored. Attention is given to woody plant species, including trees, shrubs and vines of North America.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Tuesday 7:15–9:15 pm

SSH3007: RESEARCH IN SOCIAL SCIENCE: TOPICS AND METHODS

This course combines social science research survey methodologies with topics in social structures. The course examines bodies of knowledge and evaluates the value from cultural, environmental, and community planning points of view. Students survey literature and design, test, and assess various diagnostic tools for use in evaluating user needs, user satisfaction, and post occupancy assessments for design projects including entire communities and neighborhoods, public parks open spaces, and infrastructure and transit plans. Students have an opportunity to do significant written and on-site research work in the context of urban communities, and to include the physical and social implications these manifest.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

TSM2011: MATERIALS AND METHODS: CONSTRUCTION DETAILS, APPLICATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION I

This course highlights landscape construction design and prepares students for detailing elements of constructed urban spaces, both as part of systematic city guidelines and as singular design elements. Contemporary and sustainable approaches and applications, including material selection and resourcefulness, aesthetic quality, durability, cost efficiency and cost-estimating, and construction means and methods are studied.
Lectures, readings and design vignettes expose students to thinking technically about design solutions. In class problems include detail sets pertaining to an entire constructed space that is tangible and measurable. Construction Documents and simple Specifications are studied. Students are expected to participate in field trips to observe built conditions, document and propose improvements; new construction cases are also explored, as is the construction administration process in the field.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

TSM2012: MATERIALS AND METHODS: CONSTRUCTION DETAILS, APPLICATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION II
PRE-REQUISITE: TSM2011

This course highlights landscape construction design and prepares students for detailing elements of constructed urban spaces, both as part of systematic city guidelines and as singular design elements. Contemporary and sustainable approaches and applications, including material selection and resourcefulness, aesthetic quality, durability, cost efficiency and cost-estimating, and construction means and methods are studied.
Lectures, readings and design vignettes expose students to thinking technically about design solutions. In class problems include detail sets pertaining to an entire constructed space that is tangible and measurable. Construction Documents and simple Specifications are studied. Students are expected to participate in field trips to observe built conditions, document and propose improvements; new construction cases are also explored, as is the construction administration process in the field.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

TSM2013: PUBLIC POLICY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

Despite recent attention to environmental justice and environmental protection, negative factors such as pollution and resource depletion continue to disproportionately burden marginalized populations. This course offers a historical and community based approach to environmental policy and sustainable design by evaluating methodology to achieve positive societal change. Students will develop an understanding of public policy and effective community organization through the investigation of case studies at a range of scales across geographies.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 4–7 pm

Media Arts/Digital Media

ART2003: FREEHAND DRAWING

This course uses exercises in still life and figure drawing to expose students to various ways of seeing and of engaging the world through visual representation. Students learn to draw form, objects, and human bodies in their surroundings. Students are expected to maintain and develop a sketchbook by drawing from observation at least once a day. Media used might include pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and pastels.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Monday 4–7 pm


DME2002: DESIGN PERSPECTIVE DRAWING

This course introduces students to both freehand and mechanically generated perspectives. The initial sessions will discuss historical concepts from the renaissance before engaging in plan, elevation and section perspectives. The course will end with the study of alternate vanishing points, and the development of rendered shades and shadows. Students will develop one and two-point perspectives, and interior and exterior views.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Tuesday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2006: WATERCOLOR RENDERING

This course explores drawing with water and color. Students will understand the versatility of water in the selection and mixture of colors. Through various exercises, students will formulate their own creative approach to the medium. Elements of composition and design will be discussed and different techniques will be presented to build presentation skills one step at a time.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Wednesday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Wednesday 4–7 pm

DME2008: COLORED PENCIL

As an advanced elective at par with Watercolor and Pen & Ink Rendering, this courses feeds from the skills acquired in Freehand Drawing to bring color to the mostly linear views created in the Perspective course prerequisite. Color, lighting, and composition will be discussed before students begin to explore basic and alternative techniques in applying color with pencils to gradually develop rendered views.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 5:30–7 pm

DME2009: ON-SITE PHOTOGRAPHY

This course is intended for designers and other interested individuals to learn, explore and understand the uses, issues and problems of photography in the field. Students will explore photography as a means of documenting and explaining the built environment. Projects may include photographing historic buildings with public and private, interior and exterior spaces. Special techniques such as panoramas and time-lapse photography could be explored for conveying space, flow, and time. Some class meetings will involve field trips and local travel will be necessary to complete photography assignments.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Monday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Monday 4–7 pm

DME2021: DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

This course will study the fundamentals of integrating text, typography and images into visual presentations. Students will learn the synergy between Adobe applications like Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign and will explore the principles of graphic design, publishing, and electronic file preparation. Students will leave this course prepared to develop a real-life project from concept to a final printed piece.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Tuesday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2022: PHOTOSHOP - DIGITAL IMAGING AND EDITING I

This course is an introduction to digital image editing using Adobe PhotoShop. Discussions will begin with basic techniques such as using the toolbox, making and saving selections, photo retouching, applying color, adding text, and using layers. Students will then move into layers, masks, copying and pasting, and digital montages. Exercises in class will be complemented by group discussions of completed assignments.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2023: PHOTOSHOP - DIGITAL IMAGING AND EDITING II
PRE-REQUISITE: DME2022 or DME2024

This project-oriented course builds upon the students' basic knowledge of Photoshop to explore a wider breadth of electronic imaging technology and its applications in design. Students are encouraged to use an experimental approach and to stretch the boundaries of the medium. Projects begin with digital image creation using sources such as digital cameras, video frame-grabbing and freehand drawing. As they develop their compositions, students explore manipulation, processing, and editing of the images using diverse programs. The course is intended to question both the aesthetic and technical limits of electronic image-making while building visual and aesthetic skills through frequent critical reviews of projects.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2024: PHOTOSHOP - IMAGING FOR DESIGNERS

This is an introductory course in Adobe Photoshop. Students will apply electronic image editing to adjusting and improving photographs, creating photomontages and merging CAD and photographic elements to create architectural renderings. The course begins with basic techniques such as using the toolbox, making and saving selections, photo retouching and applying color; then moves on to layers, masks, copying and pasting, and digital montages.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Friday 1–4 pm

DME2032: AUTODESK REVIT: 2D and 3D REPRESENTATION

The Autodesk(r) Revit(r) parametric building modeler is a powerful building design and documentation system for architects, design-build teams, and other building industry professionals. In a parametric building model, every drawing sheet, every 2D and 3D view, and every schedule is a direct representation of information from the same underlying building database. Autodesk Revit offers substantial productivity, quality, and business benefits to designers seeking to improve how they use information technology to do their work.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm
BC Main Jan 22–May 14 Thursday 4–7 pm
CC Main Jan 22–May 14 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2034: RHINO 1: 3D DESIGN

Rhino is among the most influential software to emerge in the community of academic and professional architectural practice. Due to its efficiency and economy of performance, it is currently in use by numerous design firms small and large. With roots in marine engineering, the target output is digital model construction. The relative strength of Rhino lies in its close command-line relationship with the AutoCAD interface widely in use in the architectural and design industry. This allows the flattened world of two-dimensional construction drawings to be realized in three-dimensional form. Utilizing a minimal number of guide poly-lines, students will construct digital models that range from relatively simple to complex. The mathematical concepts of lofting, sweeping, cutting, splitting, and Boolean operations will be addressed as well as methods of curve construction such as slicing, sectioning, and continuous contours.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online
BC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2037: RENDERING WITH V-RAY

This course is an introduction to the theory and techniques to produce photorealistic renderings using the rendering plugin V-Ray. V-Ray is compatible with several 3D modeling programs including Rhino, Sketchup, Revit, and 3ds Max. Students will learn to apply rendering techniques to create professional, photorealistic imagery and visual effects. This course covers critical V-Ray concepts including materials, textures, lighting, color mapping, reflections, and camera controls. Prior knowledge of 3D modeling software is recommended.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2042: AUTOCAD 1: 2D DRAFTING

This course in computer-aided drafting introduces the basic concepts and operation of AutoCAD, emphasizing two-dimensional computer-aided drafting concepts, conventions and documentation production. The course provides hands-on instruction in AutoCAD. Students will have to complete weekly assignments, which will require approximately three hours of work to be completed outside of class, plus short readings. This course covers AutoCAD for windows only.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

*Section 1ZC is taught in a competency-based education (CBE), self-paced format.

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online
2ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

DME2045: AUTOCAD 2: 2D SITE PLAN GRAPHICS
PRE-REQUISITE: DME2042

This second-level CAD course is for individuals already having a basic knowledge of AutoCAD who desire to explore and extend their expertise focusing on site design graphics. Students will learn about incorporating files from other design consultants and illustrative techniques available in AutoCAD to highlight pertinent information for site plans, sections, and elevations. Additional techniques will be covered in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in order to create content for AutoCAD.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2046: 3D STUDIO MAX 1: MODELING AND RENDERING

This course introduces techniques of modeling and rendering three-dimensional models using 3ds Max. This program generates photo-realistic architectural renderings and simulated fly-by or walk-through used in motion-picture special effects. Lighting techniques, creating atmospheric effects, placing cameras, choosing materials and setting their properties and applying textures will be covered. Assignments culminate in a series of finished renderings.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2047: 3D STUDIO MAX 2: RENDERING & ANIMATION
PRE-REQUISITE: DME2046

This is a second level course for individuals already having a basic knowledge of 3ds Max. Topics covered in this course will focus on advanced modeling techniques and visualization workflows. 3ds Max will be used to generate detailed, geometrically accurate 3D models. The VRay rendering plugin will be used to generate photo-realistic renderings which depict lighting, materiality, and atmosphere. Techniques of lighting, creating atmospheric effects, placing cameras, choosing materials and setting their properties, and applying textures will be covered. Students may use provided building models for their rendering and animation assignments or may work from models they have built in previous classes. Assignments will culminate in a set of presentation-quality rendered images created using the VRay rendering plugin.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2063: AUTODESK REVIT: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

This course will offer an introduction to creating and managing a BIM (Building Information Model) using Autodesk Revit. It will also facilitate in the greater understanding of Building Information Modeling as it pertains to the industry as a whole. Using Revit as a tool, the course will teach the fundamentals needed to effectively produce and manage a "working" BIM, in terms of design and constructability. The course will also teach some finer points of the program and how they can be used to develop the BIM further. Please note: Revit requires the Windows Operating System to run; students will need to have access to Windows in order to use Revit.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

*Section 1ZC is taught in a competency-based education (CBE), self-paced format.

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online
2ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

DME2072: ADVANCED REVIT & COMPUTATIONAL WORKFLOWS
PRE-REQUISITE: DME2032

This course will focus on harnessing the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a tool for advanced design and production. The course will explore ways in which BIM allow for accelerated iteration and testing of design concepts, using the power of Autodesk Revit to capture and interpret data which can inform the expression of design ideas. Course material will build on the basics of Revit's core functionality, including advanced elements such as using the massing environment to iteratively design, understanding the powerful applications of flexible systems and adaptive components, and developing creative techniques to allow models to serve multiple goals within a complex workflow. Underlying elements of integrated project delivery, embedded parametric variability, building data management, and other advanced concepts will support the semester-long design process. Throughout the course, theoretical issues concerning BIM, and its role within the design process will be explored and challenged.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2073: VISUAL COMMUNICATION

This required, all-online course teaches students skills of visual communication including techniques in the use of images, infographics, diagramming, maps, graphs, layout etc. The course utilizes both on-line software tutorials and instructor-led project-based digital workflow assignments.

Learning Goals:
1. Create visually compelling presentation graphics which convey complex data and other non-visual information through the use of images, infographics, diagrams, maps, graphs and layout.
2. Use typography in meaningful ways to communicate written information -
3. Use color, scale, graphic arrangement, symbols, and other visual elements to communicate ideas
4. Create page layouts in both printed and digital platforms which effectively communicate research and arguments.
5. Effectively use concepts of visual hierarchy to organize and present work
6. Employ best practices in analog and digital workflows using Adobe Creative Suite
7. Effectively capture and reproduce high-quality images using scanning, photography, printing, and web space

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

Sustainable Design

SUS2007: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AS A WAY OF THINKING

This course traces the history of the sustainable design movement then introduces its primary tenets using the LEED Rating System as the organizing structure. Readings in the course are drawn largely from Environmental Building News. Online discussions are designed to acquaint the students with the language, philosophy, and principles of sustainable design. This course examines the underlying principles of sustainability and design. The class focuses on environmental sustainability and thought processes that can help professionals design a more sustainable world. Major aspects of environmental building that will be addressed include energy efficiency, building materials, indoor environmental quality and land use. Ways of evaluating the sustainability of the built environment are discussed including the LEEDTM rating system.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online

SUS2015: URGENT & HOPEFUL FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

A review of the "cutting edge" of sustainable design including the evolution of mindset, processes and tools required for a sustainable future. Active engagement with the processes and systems of the living world yields: an understanding of wise action, the development of an aesthetic of beauty born from a unity of mind and nature, and the expansion of the context of design beyond the individual building. Examples include: Systems Theory, Integrated Design, Triple Bottom Line, the Precautionary Principle (mindset and process), and LEED, 2030 Challenge, Living Building Challenge, Permaculture, Biomimicry, Life-cycle analysis and Eco-Charrettes (tools).

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2017: SOLAR ENERGY DESIGN WITH THE SUN

The interaction of buildings and sunlight is rich and complex. This course will examine the many possibilities provided by the sun to power, light and heat our buildings. These possibilities are affected by geographic location, climate, building site, and building form, orientation, fenestration and thermal mass-all of which will be considered. Passive and active solar thermal systems, solar domestic hot water systems and photovoltaics will be studied along with design strategies to prevent unwanted solar gain in climates and seasons when that is a problem. The relative cost and benefits of different solar strategies will also be addressed.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online

SUS2020: GREEN ROOF/GREEN WALLS

Among the green elements which have come into use over the last twenty years to soften the impacts of buildings on the environment are green roofs. More recently this concept has been extended to vertical surfaces with the use of green walls, both interior and exterior. Both of these elements have potential and both come with caveats -in terms of their value to the environment and their relationship to the buildings on which they are located. A well designed green envelope can make a contribution to a sustainable building; a poorly designed green envelope can seriously damage a building. This course will examine the many choices available for designing, constructing and maintaining green roofs and green walls, the pros and cons of each in any given location from an environmental standpoint, and the critical things to be aware of as you design and construct them.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2025: GREENING EXISTING BUILDINGS

The existing building stock is here and much of it is responsible for consuming energy, water and other resources at an unsustainable rate from both the environmental and the economic standpoints. Focusing on non-residential buildings, this course will examine the issues, techniques and processes that are involved in turning these buildings into sustainable consumers, whether through relatively simple retrofits or major renovations. Among the topics to be reviewed will be assessing existing performance, instituting building commissioning, improving energy and water efficiency, limiting (re)construction waste, improving indoor environmental quality, supporting sustainable operations and considering renewable energy sources.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2030: MATERIALS, RESOURCES, AND INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

This course gives students the tools they need to evaluate a material based on how it impacts the built and natural environment. Since people in western cultures tend to spend most of their time indoors, specific attention will be paid to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). Environmentally responsible materials selection will be discussed, including the importance of waste, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and all aspects of the manufacturing process. Interior design issues that are covered include the importance of natural daylighting, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and acoustics. Current materials rating systems and specification writing aids will be reviewed. Case studies representing best practices in sustainable design of interiors will be presented for discussion. This course is directly useful to anyone selecting materials for any kind of building project.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online

SUS2033: BUILDING ENVELOPE

It is the building enclosure where many sustainable design intentions find their physical expression. Here, as well, is where the majority of legal claims against designers find their expression. The building enclosure has three major assemblies-foundation, walls, and roof- each with as many as 10 (or more) components. Sustainable design requires integration of these assemblies and their components in a way that manages the major degradation vectors- water, air, heat, radiation, pests, and even occupants. This course will cover the building enclosures for both commercial and residential structures. A major focus of the course will be the relationships among green building, building science, energy efficiency, durability, and risk management. Students will leave the course with a new way of understanding, analyzing, and designing sustainable enclosures. An equal emphasis will be placed on design, specification, construction, and commissioning of building enclosures.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2035: SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES: LAND USE, TRANSPORTATION AND PLANNING

This course will examine how communities across the nation are grappling with such smart growth issues as affordable housing, sprawl, urban revitalization, economic development, transportation investments, and open space protection. These issues are also collectively referred to as sustainable development, growth management or New Urbanism. The course will cover the history of sprawl and current policy debates about land use, urban design, regulation, and public and private investment. The course will feature critiques of specific development projects, tailored to the interests of students.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2045: GREEN BUILDING AND HEALTH

While sustainable design principles encompass human health and wellbeing issues, designers don't often focus on the full range of impacts that the built environment has on public health. This course examines the intersection of the overlapping fields of green building and public health, with an eye for trends that will guide design practices in coming decades. Participants will explore the direct and indirect relationships that our work has on preventing illness, injury and reductions in quality of life. Key topics include air quality, water quality, food access, transportation networks, lighting design, workplace productivity, material toxicity, resilience, and more. Students will apply core principals of health and wellbeing across a range of scales of design, from product to building to city.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Online Online

SUS2046: RESILIENT DESIGN

Resilience is the ability of a system to bounce back from disruptions or interruptions. As climate change advances, we will face increased storm intensity, flooding, heat waves, drought, and wildfire, while terrorism or political strife could result in extended power outages and interruptions in heating or transportation fuels. To prepare for these risks, buildings and communities should be designed to be more resilient.

This online course will examine both the context for resilience and practical strategies for achieving resilient buildings and communities. Elements include the siting of buildings and infrastructure to protect against flooding, land-use planning to ensure functionality in the event of gasoline shortages, high-performance building designs that will maintain livable conditions during extended power outages or loss of heating fuel, water supply and delivery options for times of drought or power outages, and renewable energy systems that can function during power outages. All of these measures also contribute to sustainability.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Online Online

Historic Preservation

HSP2006: ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS CONSERVATION

This course will introduce students to the distinct physical properties of specific architectural materials and their common deterioration mechanisms. Students will study model deliverables, including case studies, condition assessments, and treatment plans, and develop their own conservation deliverables as course assignments. Students will hone skills in observation, critical thinking, and evidenced-based reasoning while exploring individual architectural conservation projects.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Jan 22–May 14 Online Online

Interior & Landscape

Interior Architecture

HTC2018: CASE STUDIES IN INTERIORS AND FURNITURE

This seminar course uses readings and projects to explore the emergence of interior design as a distinct form of professional practice. Starting from the gradual separation of interior and furniture design from architectural practice in the mid-nineteenth century, students will research the evolution of the discipline in relation to social and technological concerns such as sustainability, globalization, and the profession's emphasis on human factors. Theories and projects that have defined the scope and methods of interior design, particularly since the early 20th century, will be examined in context. 

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Jan 22–May 14 Online Online

TSM2007: MATERIALS AND METHODS - IA

In this introductory course students develop an understanding of basic construction materials and assemblies, including foundations, walls, roofs, doors and windows, water protection, and finishes. Through a series of drafting exercises coordinated with the technical matter being presented, students will learn the basics of hard-line technical drawing. Selecting and detailing interior finish materials, including flooring, wallcoverings, ceilings and textiles will be explored. The objective is to enable a student to design more effectively through the understanding of material technology and the process of construction of interior space. 

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Monday 4–7 pm

TSM2014: BUILDING SYSTEMS FOR INTERIORS

Building Systems for Interiors introduces mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety and structural systems. The built environment is presented as an integrated synthesis of these systems in support of, and in coordination with the health, safety and well-being objectives of the interior design program. The course presents foundation knowledge for each system through formal principles and hands-on exercises. Students are expected to develop a sustainable approach to the optimization of building systems in balance with occupant needs and external resources.

This course is both online and onsite. The onsite course meetings will be January 27th, February 24th, April 7th and May 5th.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Saturday 9 am–12 pm

TSM2015: INTERIORS LIGHTING

Interiors Lighting presents the principles and methods of designing for natural and artificial lighting as an integral component of the built environment. In its interaction with color, materials, textures, space and form, light plays an essential role in shaping experience. Topics covered include: perception, the design process, light sources, fixture selection, color, documentation, codes, calculations, controls, and day lighting.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm

TSM2016: COLOR THEORY FOR INTERIORS

Color Theory for Interiors introduces the student to principles, theories and systems for the application of color in the built environment. This course is concerned with understanding the interaction of color with materials, texture, light, and form. It includes an exploration of the physical and perceptual nature of color and the physiological, psychological and emotional impact of color. Color will be considered as an essential element of the design process, and as an effective communication tool in design ideation and presentations. Two and three dimensional exercises and projects will demonstrate the various aspects of color theory and application.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Tuesday 4–7 pm



Landscape Architecture

DME2015: LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION: INTRODUCTION

Design, planning and management landscapes are activities that involve a substantial component of information handling. From the viewpoint of geographic information, the design process can be discussed in terms of these information handling activities: Collect and organize information as a means of modeling the phenomena and relationships that are critical to understanding a place and its relations to its physical, cultural, regulatory and historical contexts. Create new information by altering models to simulate and explore spatial processes and the possible consequences of proposed or probable alternate futures. Share Information and Understanding with colleagues, clients and critics to better collaborate and participate as a member of a team and society. Students learn how to gather and organize information to represent a site in its fine-grained detail and regional context. Information is compiled from government sources, commercial databases and from on-line libraries. Students harness the principles and technology of cartography to create maps reflecting physical, demographic, economic, cultural, circulation and historical aspects of a place and its region. Students use their studio site as the subject of their research. DME2015 is the first term of a two-module sequence that also includes DME2016 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design, Applications.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Thursday 4–7 pm

DME2016: LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION: APPLICATIONS

Developing ideas about sites requires the designer to conceptualize models that describe the elements and processes that are critical to some aspect of the functioning of the site in its context . Models are used to explore how the site works and how it could work differently. In this course, we will learn how to represent conceptual models with data compiled from many sources. These data models transform and create new information about spatial, physical and cultural relationships. Geographic information Systems provide a digital toolkit for exploring and experimenting with these relationships. Following on the prerequisite for this course, DME2015, students will extend the research and analysis begun in the first module to explore applications of geographic information systems for site design and evaluation. Applications include: vector and raster data models that explore spatial relationships involving terrain, demographics, hydrography, land use, regulation and visual connectivity.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Thursday 4–7 pm

HTC3034: CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE SEMINAR: THE EVOLUTION OF URBAN FORM

This lecture/seminar course explores the recent and contemporary debates in landscape architecture and urban design and concentrates on the discourses of urban planning since the late nineteenth century and how contemporary urban debates led to current trends in practice. In this course, we will discuss theories, histories and practices that have shaped our understanding of urban design. We will survey the ideas of influential people who have addressed urban problems and changed the shapes of human settlements, suburbs, cities and regions through urban design and development. We will analyze the values implicit in each of their proposals, stressing the fact that urban design is not only a physical design process but a balancing of political, economic, cultural and physical factors that impact a place and its inhabitants. The course will also provide information about why urban design is a collaborative work and what range of professions are involved. In this framework, the relationship between urban design, landscape design, architecture and planning will be discussed and the contemporary debates about the significance of these relationships will be studied further.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Monday 7:15–10:15pm

LAN2001: LA STUDIO: ECOLOGICAL ANALYSIS & CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

This discipline design studio introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and technical skills used by landscape architects to conduct inventory and analysis for projects within the built environment. The studio will use the Greater Boston Area as the focus of inquiry to understand the complexity of natural, economic, and social systems that interact within this urban region. The students will learn to collect, analyze, and synthesize complex data within the design process to inform decisions about land use, development, and infrastructure. This studio will apply the digital communication methods from the Landscape Representation course to draw clear connections between analysis and design. The studio operates in conjunction with Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design, Sessions 1 and 2, but is not limited to this sequence.

3 Credits, Design Studio, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Studio Jan 22–May 21 Monday 4–7 pm

MNS1003: BOTANY

This course is an introduction to botany and the evolution of plant science. The course presents students with the various aspects of plant characteristics, from their aesthetic quality to their fuel value at both a micro and macro scale. The emphasis is on traditional and technical knowledge, and will directly complement the existing and vital relationships between plants, animals, and human beings. Field trip explorations will include studies and observations on plant physiology and form, plant ecology, plant communities, and biodiversity, as well as basic plant classification and identification. Understanding plant growth forms, reproduction and dispersal mechanisms will lead to appreciation of horticulture and design. The course will also explore the relationships between native vegetation, invasive plants and managed plantings. The use of basic computer skills is required; digital cameras are encouraged to facilitate documenting fieldwork and diagnostic plant features.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 4–7 pm

MNS2004: ECOLOGY SYSTEMS

Through lecture, discussion and project exercises, this course explores the relationships of ecological communities in diverse environments, the implications of landscape patterns, and how landscape scale affects ecosystem processes from rural to urban. Key concepts of landscape and urban ecological systems are examined through the use of current case studies and local examples. Large management and conservation issues at the landscape scale are also studied as part of a holistic approach to systems thinking.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Friday 4–7 pm

MNS2009: PLANT TAXONOMY

This is an introductory course on the comprehension and proficiency of the taxonomy of plant species. The topic examines plant diversity, functions, and seasonal distinctions, and studies the relationships between plants and their classification systems. Divisions between families and genera, and the preparation and use of analytic keys are explored. Attention is given to woody plant species, including trees, shrubs and vines of North America.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Tuesday 7:15–9:15 pm

SSH3007: RESEARCH IN SOCIAL SCIENCE: TOPICS AND METHODS

This course combines social science research survey methodologies with topics in social structures. The course examines bodies of knowledge and evaluates the value from cultural, environmental, and community planning points of view. Students survey literature and design, test, and assess various diagnostic tools for use in evaluating user needs, user satisfaction, and post occupancy assessments for design projects including entire communities and neighborhoods, public parks open spaces, and infrastructure and transit plans. Students have an opportunity to do significant written and on-site research work in the context of urban communities, and to include the physical and social implications these manifest.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

TSM2011: MATERIALS AND METHODS: CONSTRUCTION DETAILS, APPLICATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION I

This course highlights landscape construction design and prepares students for detailing elements of constructed urban spaces, both as part of systematic city guidelines and as singular design elements. Contemporary and sustainable approaches and applications, including material selection and resourcefulness, aesthetic quality, durability, cost efficiency and cost-estimating, and construction means and methods are studied.
Lectures, readings and design vignettes expose students to thinking technically about design solutions. In class problems include detail sets pertaining to an entire constructed space that is tangible and measurable. Construction Documents and simple Specifications are studied. Students are expected to participate in field trips to observe built conditions, document and propose improvements; new construction cases are also explored, as is the construction administration process in the field.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 17 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

TSM2012: MATERIALS AND METHODS: CONSTRUCTION DETAILS, APPLICATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION II
PRE-REQUISITE: TSM2011

This course highlights landscape construction design and prepares students for detailing elements of constructed urban spaces, both as part of systematic city guidelines and as singular design elements. Contemporary and sustainable approaches and applications, including material selection and resourcefulness, aesthetic quality, durability, cost efficiency and cost-estimating, and construction means and methods are studied.
Lectures, readings and design vignettes expose students to thinking technically about design solutions. In class problems include detail sets pertaining to an entire constructed space that is tangible and measurable. Construction Documents and simple Specifications are studied. Students are expected to participate in field trips to observe built conditions, document and propose improvements; new construction cases are also explored, as is the construction administration process in the field.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Mar 26–May 21 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

TSM2013: PUBLIC POLICY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

Despite recent attention to environmental justice and environmental protection, negative factors such as pollution and resource depletion continue to disproportionately burden marginalized populations. This course offers a historical and community based approach to environmental policy and sustainable design by evaluating methodology to achieve positive societal change. Students will develop an understanding of public policy and effective community organization through the investigation of case studies at a range of scales across geographies.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Jan 22–May 14 Wednesday 4–7 pm