Important Dates

Fall 2018 Registration June 18–Aug 31
(Main, Studio & 01 Session)
June 18–Oct 26
(02 Session)
Fall 2018 Semester Aug 27–Dec 15



Certificate Program Requirements



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Course Offerings

FALL 2018

Sustainable Design  |  Historic Preservation  |  Interior Architecture  |  Landscape Architecture

 

Digital Media & Media Arts


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. Explorations include positive and negative space, edges and contours, and the effects of light and shadow. 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 Aug 27–Dec 8 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 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 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/BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 Monday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Monday 4–7pm

DME2013  STORYTELLING WITH DIGITAL CAPTURE AND VIRTUAL REALITY: REPRESENTING LOST HERITAGE

This course will allow students to learn multiple techniques of digitization of real-world sites for the purpose of storytelling to the public. Students will become familiar with the softwares necessary to produce representations through 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and virtual reality. Through the exploration of modes of public engagement, students will contend with the ethics of historic site interpretation techniques for a modern global audience. This semester's project builds on prior research into the Larz Anderson Estate in Brookline, MA. The project will aim to recreate the historic Anderson Mansion and Italian Garden in virtual reality.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 4–7 pm

DME2013  DIGITAL FABRICATION: WORKFLOWS IN DIGITAL RESTORATION OF LOST HERITAGE

In this 15-week course, students will be introduced to the techniques of digital fabrication through the translation of digital objects into physical projects. Students will become familiar with the software necessary to produce constructions with the laser cutter, 3d printer, and CNC router. Issues of digital craft and construction assembly will be informed by the functional, aesthetic, and theoretical ambitions of the work. This course requires students to complete project deliverables informed by research and analysis.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2028  DIGITAL FABRICATION AND MODEL MAKING

This course introduces students to the techniques of rapid prototyping and the creation physical objects through the use of digital fabrication techniques. Students who enroll in this course are expected to have prior knowledge of basic 3D modeling techniques. Assignments will cover the fundamentals of digital fabrication including 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing, as well as the software associated with these workflows. Uses and applications of digital fabrication will be covered, along with material studies and assembly processes. Coursework will examine the digital craft of model creation as well as the possibilities for scripted parametric fabrication processes, focusing on a series of iterative explorations culminating in a final project.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 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
1ZC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Online Online
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Thursday 4–7 pm

DME2033  AUTODESK REVIT II: PARAMETRIC DESIGN

PRE-REQUISITE: DME2032 OR DME2063

Learn advanced topics of parametric modeling using Revit Architecture. We will explore advanced model creation and how to leverage the power of the family editor. Other topics include how to use design options, visualization techniques, and other smart workflows.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

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
2ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

DME2035  RHINO 2: DIGITAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION

PRE-REQUISITE: DME2034

This second-level CAD course is for individuals who already have a basic knowledge of Rhino. In Rhino I students learned the fundamental language and structure of the Rhinoceros platform. Rhino II will build on the capacity for navigation and construction within the software and propel students toward rapid prototyping. Course work will involve advanced design computing, including some scripting and rendering, with weekly assignments leading to a final project. While a variety of CAD/CAM processes will be explored, fabrication via 3D printing and laser cutting will be the focus.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2044  LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION 1: 2D VISUALIZATION WITH AUTOCAD

This course will help students-individual users to earn fundamental design skills to create a set of drawings for any master plan from schematic design to design development, including 2D CAD drawing, illustration, and image post production. The course will outline the thinking process and typical workflows by using case studies and inviting guest speakers. The course encourages innovative design thinking and unique graphic representation.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2045  LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION 2: 3D MODELING WITH AUTOCAD

This course will help students-individual users to earn fundamental design skills to create three-dimensional representations of landscape architecture designs, including 3D modeling, rendering, and image post production. The course will outline the thinking process and typical workflows by using case studies and inviting guest speakers. The course encourages innovative design thinking and unique graphic representation.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
BC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2047  3D STUDIO MAX 2: RENDERING AND 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2063  AUTODESK REVIT I: BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (CBE)*

*Class is taught in a competency-based education (CBE), self-paced format. Contact Continuing Education with questions.

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 Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Online Online

 

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Sustainable Design


SUS2013  MULTIPLE URBANISMS: DIVERGENCE OR SYNERGY

In recent years, numerous theories about sustainable community design and planning have emerged. New urbanism, landscape urbanism, ecological urbanism, sustainable urbanism are just a few to mention. Each one of them espouses new ideas and principles; some of them even issue manifestos. How different actually are these urbanisms? Does one preclude the other? How do we, as design professionals, navigate this maze with a clear compass? This course reviews the most current among these approaches, their basic tenets and positions. Students will apply observations derived from the comparison of urbanist theories and movements to sample urban and suburban sites, and draw conclusions about the sustainability of alternative planning approaches. Course discussions and assignments are aimed at establishing sound and well informed professional approaches.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2014  SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND PRESERVATION

As the art and science of sensitively adapting historic buildings for continued and new uses, preservation is inherently a sustainable practice. Learn how old buildings were built with features that conserve energy and create a comfortable environment. Develop a framework for evaluating energy-saving options for historic buildings and the special considerations they require. Build your knowledge of current best practices in the field regarding windows, insulation, renewables and more. This course will help you design energy improvements that meet historic preservation guidelines whether you're trying to comply with regulatory requirements in a local design review process or federally funded project, or just want to promote the long term sustainability of historic buildings. Discussion topics will include environmental quality, materials selection, and energy rating systems like LEED.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2015  THE URGENT AND 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 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Online Online

SUS2016  GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

It didn't all start with LEED. Efforts to reconcile the demands of the contemporary built environment with the demands of the natural world and finite resources have been going on around the world for at least the last fifty years -in some places they have been going on for millenia. For at least the last thirty years, significant green advances in building products, systems, planning and design, and design theory have been going on in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia-New Zealand as well as in North America. This course will examine the most innovative and exciting green design approaches, projects, policies and programs from around the world. While not all of these are transferable across cultural and geographic boundaries, this course is offered in the belief that as we face the increasingly urgent need to build sustainably, we can all learn from each other. The key lies in global and local solutions.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2023  RESIDENTIAL ENERGY MODELING

Over the past twenty years the development of residential energy modeling software has made it possible to evaluate the energy efficiency -or profligacy- of building designs from the earliest stages of design. Using the evaluative tools provided by the modeling software, designers are able include energy efficiency with aesthetics, function, siting and the many other elements of design as they conceive a building. This course will provide an overview of residential energy modeling, including some historical context of its evolution; an introduction of the most popular energy modeling packages, including hands-on experience with at least one of them; and a discussion of how to make use of energy modeling results. The relationship of energy modeling to green building rating systems will be explored.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2029  GREEN PRACTICE: ENERGY AND AIR QUALITY PRINCIPLES

The concept of an environmentally conscious building should take into account energy consumption, the quality of indoor air, and most importantly human comfort. Indigenous strategies that adapt to the rigors of the local climate and contemporary bioclimatic architecture are part of this introductory course to sustainable design. Participants will be introduced to the human needs for comfort and shelter as well as psychrometrics and the physics of heat transfer and heat loss calculations. Building form, orientation, and indoor spaces will also be discussed as they relate to sun, wind, and site, as well as bioclimatic design, passive solar design, natural cooling, and daylighting.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Online Online

SUS2032  DAYLIGHTING AND STATE OF THE ART ELECTRIC LIGHTING

This course will examine the techniques and benefits of daylighting in terms of occupants' well being and productivity, potential improvements in energy efficiency, and its effects on building form. For daylighting, the relative advantages and disadvantages of toplighting versus sidelighting and the best approaches to the design of both will be covered. The course will also examine the latest approaches to the design of efficient electric lighting both inside and outside of buildings. The plusses and minuses of different kinds of lamps and fixtures along with issues of efficiency, light quality, longevity and disposal will be considered.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Online Online

SUS2040  SUSTAINABLE DESIGN OF HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

Greening healthcare projects should be a no-brainer -what building type has occupants more deserving of a healthy space? Unfortunately, when people think of healthy spaces, hospitals are often among the last to come to mind. The intense resource requirements, code constraints, programmatic requirements and institutional culture can make green building a more significant challenge than with other typologies. This course explores the theories and practices of sustainable healthcare design, what it means to create a healthy and healing environment, and how to balance the complex demands of hospitals with those of the natural environment. Topics will include energy and water use intensity, toxicities in building materials, daylighting and opportunities for connections to nature, greening a healthcare campus, use of rating systems, and more.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 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 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2050  RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

This course provides an overview of renewable energy sources and systems available for the built environment including solar energy, wind power, fuel cells, biomass and geothermal. Students will learn to assess and quantify, at the scale of the district and the site, opportunities and challenges to the use of renewable energy including energy generation potential, economic outcome and environmental impact. Students will also learn how to create a detailed renewable energy profile and action plan.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online



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Historic Preservation


HSP2009  INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE CONSERVATION

The aim of this course is to examine the world of international heritage conservation practices worldwide. This research based course will start with an overview of international historic preservation and what it means, including the built environment, cultural landscapes and intangible heritage. Then the course will move towards an investigation of major policy and organizations that are involved in heritage conservation on the international level, including UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS. The last third of the course will cover controversial cases in World Heritage and heritage conservation case studies from various countries, ranging from Italy and India to programs here in the United States. The overall goal is to introduce students to new techniques in heritage conservation and placing them in the context of economic development, environmental conservation, tourism and urban growth.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Online Online

HSP2010  CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM AND PLACEMAKING

In this course we will examine the tourism industry and how it connects to historic preservation and sustainable development. Students will learn the history of tourism, the different facets of the tourism industry, economic development and the concepts/methodology of placemaking.
Students will have weekly assignments where they have to explore the various themes of the class by visiting local tourist sites and museums and reporting back to the class. Most of the class will focus on heritage tourism and tourism in urban areas, but topics of sustainability and environmental impact will be integrated into each course topic.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

HSP2011  AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE: COLONIAL PERIOD TO POST MODERISM

This course examines American architecture from the first colonial settlements through Postmodernism. Because a building's style is inextricably influenced by its context, architectural developments will be analyzed in relation to their historical, cultural, social, and regional milieux. The lecture and discussion based course will begin with an overview of major themes and developments in American architecture, a discussion of the challenge of identifying architectural styles, and an introduction to the formal, structural, and ornamental characteristics of buildings and corresponding vocabulary to facilitate students' ability to interpret, analyze, and describe historic buildings. The course will move through an in-depth review of major developments and themes in American architecture with opportunities for questions, discussion, and independent research. Beyond a simple survey, the course will study significant buildings and designers to facilitate a deeper understanding of specific styles, periods of development, relationships between buildings, and architects' influences upon one another. Major buildings of each period will be used as case studies to illustrate these themes and to examine the formal aspects of composition and construction that define buildings as products of particular places and times. Students will develop the ability to think, read, and write critically about American architecture, with the aim of developing a fluency in the architectural and historical vocabularies required for professional historic preservation practice.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Online Online

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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. The course is open to both bachelors and masters students, but participants in this seminar will be responsible for undergraduate- or graduate-level reading and research assignments depending on their program.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Online Online

INT1001  INTERIORS STUDIO 1*

*For students with design experience. Approval is required to register. Interested students should contact Continuing Education.

Interiors Studio 1 is the first project-based studio designing environments for the experience of the inhabitants of interior space. Course participants will frame a series of interiors problems in the process language of definition, goals, objectives and performance criteria, enabling the application of creative methods for problem solving. Examples of problem-framing and process tools from practice will be introduced. The elements and principles of design will be explored in terms of the materials, volumes and systems specific to interior space.

3 Credits, Design Studio, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Studio Aug 27–Dec 15 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm

INT3101  HUMAN & SOCIAL FACTORS IN INTERIORS

This course addresses the design application of principles based in environmental psychology, anthropometrics, ergonomics and neural/sensory-perceptual studies. The emphasis of the course will be on application in professional practice. Emerging issues, examples of inappropriate design, and the implications of a human factors approach for design theory will be discussed. Students will examine the potential for applying the methodological contributions of the behavioral sciences to pre-design investigation.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 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 Aug 27–Dec 8 Monday 4–7 pm
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Monday 4–7 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 Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

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 Aug 27–Dec 8 Tuesday 4–7 pm
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm



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Landscape Architecture


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 Aug 27–Dec 15 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.
Botany is open to all design students, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design and Design Studies, as well as to Landscape Institute and CE students, and will provide the fundamental tools for understanding plant ecology and their value, particularly as being integral elements to today's sustainable design principles.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 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 Aug 27–Dec 8 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.

In addition to the class time on Tuesday evening from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm, the course also includes (6) two hour long Saturday "labs" or field trips (hence the shorter class time of two hours).
The Saturday Labs will be held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and will take place at the following locations:

09/08 Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
09/22 Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
09/29 Mount Auburn Cemetery
10/13 Mount Auburn Cemetery
10/20 Mount Auburn Cemetery
10/27 TBD

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Tuesday 7:15–9:15 pm
See description for dates Saturday 9:30–11:30 am

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 Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

SUS2022  SUSTAINABLE PLANTING DESIGN AND PRACTICE*

*For students with design experience. Approval is required to register. Interested students should contact Continuing Education.

This course addresses technical drawings, design placement and specification standards of plant materials, including considerations for the artistic treatment, planting niche and usage. Students will be asked to develop planting designs for four to five typical planting niches: a doorway garden, a sunny/tropical garden, a shade garden, a bio swale parking lot and a historical garden. Students will provide a working exposure to planting design techniques, criteria, and graphic representation, practice observation skills and critical readings, learn to utilize plant materials and understand various horticultural production techniques.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

 

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FALL 2018

Sustainable Design  |  Historic Preservation  |  Interior Architecture  |  Landscape Architecture

 

Digital Media & Media Arts


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. Explorations include positive and negative space, edges and contours, and the effects of light and shadow. 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 Aug 27–Dec 8 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 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 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/BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 Monday 4–7 pm
BC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Monday 4–7pm

DME2013  STORYTELLING WITH DIGITAL CAPTURE AND VIRTUAL REALITY: REPRESENTING LOST HERITAGE

This course will allow students to learn multiple techniques of digitization of real-world sites for the purpose of storytelling to the public. Students will become familiar with the softwares necessary to produce representations through 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and virtual reality. Through the exploration of modes of public engagement, students will contend with the ethics of historic site interpretation techniques for a modern global audience. This semester's project builds on prior research into the Larz Anderson Estate in Brookline, MA. The project will aim to recreate the historic Anderson Mansion and Italian Garden in virtual reality.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 4–7 pm

DME2013  DIGITAL FABRICATION: WORKFLOWS IN DIGITAL RESTORATION OF LOST HERITAGE

In this 15-week course, students will be introduced to the techniques of digital fabrication through the translation of digital objects into physical projects. Students will become familiar with the software necessary to produce constructions with the laser cutter, 3d printer, and CNC router. Issues of digital craft and construction assembly will be informed by the functional, aesthetic, and theoretical ambitions of the work. This course requires students to complete project deliverables informed by research and analysis.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2028  DIGITAL FABRICATION AND MODEL MAKING

This course introduces students to the techniques of rapid prototyping and the creation physical objects through the use of digital fabrication techniques. Students who enroll in this course are expected to have prior knowledge of basic 3D modeling techniques. Assignments will cover the fundamentals of digital fabrication including 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing, as well as the software associated with these workflows. Uses and applications of digital fabrication will be covered, along with material studies and assembly processes. Coursework will examine the digital craft of model creation as well as the possibilities for scripted parametric fabrication processes, focusing on a series of iterative explorations culminating in a final project.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 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
1ZC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Online Online
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Thursday 4–7 pm

DME2033  AUTODESK REVIT II: PARAMETRIC DESIGN

PRE-REQUISITE: DME2032 OR DME2063

Learn advanced topics of parametric modeling using Revit Architecture. We will explore advanced model creation and how to leverage the power of the family editor. Other topics include how to use design options, visualization techniques, and other smart workflows.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

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
2ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

DME2035  RHINO 2: DIGITAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION

PRE-REQUISITE: DME2034

This second-level CAD course is for individuals who already have a basic knowledge of Rhino. In Rhino I students learned the fundamental language and structure of the Rhinoceros platform. Rhino II will build on the capacity for navigation and construction within the software and propel students toward rapid prototyping. Course work will involve advanced design computing, including some scripting and rendering, with weekly assignments leading to a final project. While a variety of CAD/CAM processes will be explored, fabrication via 3D printing and laser cutting will be the focus.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2044  LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION 1: 2D VISUALIZATION WITH AUTOCAD

This course will help students-individual users to earn fundamental design skills to create a set of drawings for any master plan from schematic design to design development, including 2D CAD drawing, illustration, and image post production. The course will outline the thinking process and typical workflows by using case studies and inviting guest speakers. The course encourages innovative design thinking and unique graphic representation.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Tuesday 4–7 pm

DME2045  LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION 2: 3D MODELING WITH AUTOCAD

This course will help students-individual users to earn fundamental design skills to create three-dimensional representations of landscape architecture designs, including 3D modeling, rendering, and image post production. The course will outline the thinking process and typical workflows by using case studies and inviting guest speakers. The course encourages innovative design thinking and unique graphic representation.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
BC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2047  3D STUDIO MAX 2: RENDERING AND 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

DME2063  AUTODESK REVIT I: BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (CBE)*

*Class is taught in a competency-based education (CBE), self-paced format. Contact Continuing Education with questions.

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 Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Online Online

 

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Sustainable Design


SUS2013  MULTIPLE URBANISMS: DIVERGENCE OR SYNERGY

In recent years, numerous theories about sustainable community design and planning have emerged. New urbanism, landscape urbanism, ecological urbanism, sustainable urbanism are just a few to mention. Each one of them espouses new ideas and principles; some of them even issue manifestos. How different actually are these urbanisms? Does one preclude the other? How do we, as design professionals, navigate this maze with a clear compass? This course reviews the most current among these approaches, their basic tenets and positions. Students will apply observations derived from the comparison of urbanist theories and movements to sample urban and suburban sites, and draw conclusions about the sustainability of alternative planning approaches. Course discussions and assignments are aimed at establishing sound and well informed professional approaches.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2014  SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND PRESERVATION

As the art and science of sensitively adapting historic buildings for continued and new uses, preservation is inherently a sustainable practice. Learn how old buildings were built with features that conserve energy and create a comfortable environment. Develop a framework for evaluating energy-saving options for historic buildings and the special considerations they require. Build your knowledge of current best practices in the field regarding windows, insulation, renewables and more. This course will help you design energy improvements that meet historic preservation guidelines whether you're trying to comply with regulatory requirements in a local design review process or federally funded project, or just want to promote the long term sustainability of historic buildings. Discussion topics will include environmental quality, materials selection, and energy rating systems like LEED.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2015  THE URGENT AND 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 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Online Online

SUS2016  GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

It didn't all start with LEED. Efforts to reconcile the demands of the contemporary built environment with the demands of the natural world and finite resources have been going on around the world for at least the last fifty years -in some places they have been going on for millenia. For at least the last thirty years, significant green advances in building products, systems, planning and design, and design theory have been going on in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia-New Zealand as well as in North America. This course will examine the most innovative and exciting green design approaches, projects, policies and programs from around the world. While not all of these are transferable across cultural and geographic boundaries, this course is offered in the belief that as we face the increasingly urgent need to build sustainably, we can all learn from each other. The key lies in global and local solutions.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2023  RESIDENTIAL ENERGY MODELING

Over the past twenty years the development of residential energy modeling software has made it possible to evaluate the energy efficiency -or profligacy- of building designs from the earliest stages of design. Using the evaluative tools provided by the modeling software, designers are able include energy efficiency with aesthetics, function, siting and the many other elements of design as they conceive a building. This course will provide an overview of residential energy modeling, including some historical context of its evolution; an introduction of the most popular energy modeling packages, including hands-on experience with at least one of them; and a discussion of how to make use of energy modeling results. The relationship of energy modeling to green building rating systems will be explored.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2029  GREEN PRACTICE: ENERGY AND AIR QUALITY PRINCIPLES

The concept of an environmentally conscious building should take into account energy consumption, the quality of indoor air, and most importantly human comfort. Indigenous strategies that adapt to the rigors of the local climate and contemporary bioclimatic architecture are part of this introductory course to sustainable design. Participants will be introduced to the human needs for comfort and shelter as well as psychrometrics and the physics of heat transfer and heat loss calculations. Building form, orientation, and indoor spaces will also be discussed as they relate to sun, wind, and site, as well as bioclimatic design, passive solar design, natural cooling, and daylighting.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Online Online

SUS2032  DAYLIGHTING AND STATE OF THE ART ELECTRIC LIGHTING

This course will examine the techniques and benefits of daylighting in terms of occupants' well being and productivity, potential improvements in energy efficiency, and its effects on building form. For daylighting, the relative advantages and disadvantages of toplighting versus sidelighting and the best approaches to the design of both will be covered. The course will also examine the latest approaches to the design of efficient electric lighting both inside and outside of buildings. The plusses and minuses of different kinds of lamps and fixtures along with issues of efficiency, light quality, longevity and disposal will be considered.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 01 Aug 27–Oct 20 Online Online

SUS2040  SUSTAINABLE DESIGN OF HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

Greening healthcare projects should be a no-brainer -what building type has occupants more deserving of a healthy space? Unfortunately, when people think of healthy spaces, hospitals are often among the last to come to mind. The intense resource requirements, code constraints, programmatic requirements and institutional culture can make green building a more significant challenge than with other typologies. This course explores the theories and practices of sustainable healthcare design, what it means to create a healthy and healing environment, and how to balance the complex demands of hospitals with those of the natural environment. Topics will include energy and water use intensity, toxicities in building materials, daylighting and opportunities for connections to nature, greening a healthcare campus, use of rating systems, and more.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 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 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

SUS2050  RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

This course provides an overview of renewable energy sources and systems available for the built environment including solar energy, wind power, fuel cells, biomass and geothermal. Students will learn to assess and quantify, at the scale of the district and the site, opportunities and challenges to the use of renewable energy including energy generation potential, economic outcome and environmental impact. Students will also learn how to create a detailed renewable energy profile and action plan.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online



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Historic Preservation


HSP2009  INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE CONSERVATION

The aim of this course is to examine the world of international heritage conservation practices worldwide. This research based course will start with an overview of international historic preservation and what it means, including the built environment, cultural landscapes and intangible heritage. Then the course will move towards an investigation of major policy and organizations that are involved in heritage conservation on the international level, including UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS. The last third of the course will cover controversial cases in World Heritage and heritage conservation case studies from various countries, ranging from Italy and India to programs here in the United States. The overall goal is to introduce students to new techniques in heritage conservation and placing them in the context of economic development, environmental conservation, tourism and urban growth.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Online Online

HSP2010  CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM AND PLACEMAKING

In this course we will examine the tourism industry and how it connects to historic preservation and sustainable development. Students will learn the history of tourism, the different facets of the tourism industry, economic development and the concepts/methodology of placemaking.
Students will have weekly assignments where they have to explore the various themes of the class by visiting local tourist sites and museums and reporting back to the class. Most of the class will focus on heritage tourism and tourism in urban areas, but topics of sustainability and environmental impact will be integrated into each course topic.

1.5 Credits, Lecture, $960

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 Online Online

HSP2011  AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE: COLONIAL PERIOD TO POST MODERISM

This course examines American architecture from the first colonial settlements through Postmodernism. Because a building's style is inextricably influenced by its context, architectural developments will be analyzed in relation to their historical, cultural, social, and regional milieux. The lecture and discussion based course will begin with an overview of major themes and developments in American architecture, a discussion of the challenge of identifying architectural styles, and an introduction to the formal, structural, and ornamental characteristics of buildings and corresponding vocabulary to facilitate students' ability to interpret, analyze, and describe historic buildings. The course will move through an in-depth review of major developments and themes in American architecture with opportunities for questions, discussion, and independent research. Beyond a simple survey, the course will study significant buildings and designers to facilitate a deeper understanding of specific styles, periods of development, relationships between buildings, and architects' influences upon one another. Major buildings of each period will be used as case studies to illustrate these themes and to examine the formal aspects of composition and construction that define buildings as products of particular places and times. Students will develop the ability to think, read, and write critically about American architecture, with the aim of developing a fluency in the architectural and historical vocabularies required for professional historic preservation practice.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Online Online

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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. The course is open to both bachelors and masters students, but participants in this seminar will be responsible for undergraduate- or graduate-level reading and research assignments depending on their program.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Online Online

INT1001  INTERIORS STUDIO 1*

*For students with design experience. Approval is required to register. Interested students should contact Continuing Education.

Interiors Studio 1 is the first project-based studio designing environments for the experience of the inhabitants of interior space. Course participants will frame a series of interiors problems in the process language of definition, goals, objectives and performance criteria, enabling the application of creative methods for problem solving. Examples of problem-framing and process tools from practice will be introduced. The elements and principles of design will be explored in terms of the materials, volumes and systems specific to interior space.

3 Credits, Design Studio, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Studio Aug 27–Dec 15 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm

INT3101  HUMAN & SOCIAL FACTORS IN INTERIORS

This course addresses the design application of principles based in environmental psychology, anthropometrics, ergonomics and neural/sensory-perceptual studies. The emphasis of the course will be on application in professional practice. Emerging issues, examples of inappropriate design, and the implications of a human factors approach for design theory will be discussed. Students will examine the potential for applying the methodological contributions of the behavioral sciences to pre-design investigation.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
1ZC 02 Oct 22–Dec 15 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 Aug 27–Dec 8 Monday 4–7 pm
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Monday 4–7 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 Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

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 Aug 27–Dec 8 Tuesday 4–7 pm
BC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Tuesday 7:15–10:15 pm



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Landscape Architecture


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 Aug 27–Dec 15 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.
Botany is open to all design students, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design and Design Studies, as well as to Landscape Institute and CE students, and will provide the fundamental tools for understanding plant ecology and their value, particularly as being integral elements to today's sustainable design principles.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 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 Aug 27–Dec 8 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.

In addition to the class time on Tuesday evening from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm, the course also includes (6) two hour long Saturday "labs" or field trips (hence the shorter class time of two hours).
The Saturday Labs will be held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and will take place at the following locations:

09/08 Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
09/22 Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
09/29 Mount Auburn Cemetery
10/13 Mount Auburn Cemetery
10/20 Mount Auburn Cemetery
10/27 TBD

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 Tuesday 7:15–9:15 pm
See description for dates Saturday 9:30–11:30 am

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 Aug 27–Dec 8 Wednesday 7:15–10:15 pm

SUS2022  SUSTAINABLE PLANTING DESIGN AND PRACTICE*

*For students with design experience. Approval is required to register. Interested students should contact Continuing Education.

This course addresses technical drawings, design placement and specification standards of plant materials, including considerations for the artistic treatment, planting niche and usage. Students will be asked to develop planting designs for four to five typical planting niches: a doorway garden, a sunny/tropical garden, a shade garden, a bio swale parking lot and a historical garden. Students will provide a working exposure to planting design techniques, criteria, and graphic representation, practice observation skills and critical readings, learn to utilize plant materials and understand various horticultural production techniques.

3 Credits, Lecture, $1,920

Section Session Dates Day Time
AC Main Aug 27–Dec 8 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 Aug 27–Oct 20 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 Oct 22–Dec 15 Thursday 7:15–10:15 pm

 

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