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June 3–July 27, 2019

Summer 2019 Semester


June 17–June 25, 2019

Priority Fall 2019 Registration for Certificate Students


June 26–Aug 30, 2019

Fall 2019 Registration (Main, Studio and  01 Session)


June 26–Oct 25, 2019

Fall 2019 Registration (02 Session)


Aug 26–Dec 14, 2019

Fall 2019 Semester

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The Boston Architectural College's Continuing Education program offers courses in digital design, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies to non-degree and certificate students. Continuing Education students are welcome to register for individual courses or enroll in one of our Certificate Programs.


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Questions?
We're here to help:

ce@the-bac.edu
617.585.0135

Important Dates

April 8–June 7, 2019

Summer Registration


June 3–July 27, 2019

Summer 2019 Semester


June 17–June 25, 2019

Priority Fall 2019 Registration for Certificate Students


June 26–Aug 30, 2019

Fall 2019 Registration (Main, Studio and  01 Session)


June 26–Oct 25, 2019

Fall 2019 Registration (02 Session)


Aug 26–Dec 14, 2019

Fall 2019 Semester

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Digital Design & Media Arts Courses


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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Monday 4–7pm $960

DME2022 Photoshop: Digital Imaging & 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $1,920
AC Main June 3–July 27 Tue/Thu 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $960

DME2063 Autodesk Revit I: Building Information Modeling

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]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $960

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Interior Architecture / Interior Design Courses


INT1001 Interiors Studio 1*

*Open to students in the Principles of Interior Design Certificate. 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Studio June 3–July 27 Tue/Thu 4–7pm $1,920

TSM2007 Materials and Methods

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Mon/Wed 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Tue/Thu 4–7pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Mon/Wed 4–7pm $1,920

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Sustainable Design Courses


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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $960

SUS2018 The Zero Energy Home

As fuel prices and global energy security fluctuate, strategies for designing zero energy homes need to be investigated. A Zero Energy Home is currently a goal and ever present in the media, but not yet accomplished at the level of our technical potential. We will explore the various definitions of Zero Energy and understand the implications of the term within several contexts: bioregional, local, and site constrained. The various energy loads being counted towards the absolute of Zero will be explained, as well as the design opportunities to reduce them. The occupant's behavior and habits in the home are critical to the successful energy outcome, and feedback opportunities and data from case studies will be presented and examined. Metrics of consumption, peak load, and annual use will be presented and compared. The principles of orientation, thermal envelope, renewable energy systems that produce (positive), as well as mechanical, electrical and ventilation systems that consume (negative) will be explained and investigated for both case studies and theoretical projects for exploration. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $960


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Digital Design & 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Monday 9am–12pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Monday 4–7pm $1,920
CC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Thursday 12:30–3:30pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 5:30–7pm $960

DME2008 Mixed Media

As an advanced elective at par with Watercolor Rendering, this course explores basic and alternative rendering techniques using mixed media such as marker, watercolor pencil, pastel, and charcoal. Color, lighting, and composition will be discussed as students work on a variety of subject matter with a main emphasis on linear perspective views.
[1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 5:30–7pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Monday 4–7pm $960
BC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Monday 4–7pm $960

DME2013 Digital Fabrication 

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 4–7:10pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

DME2017 Illustration: Information Graphics

This course introduces digital image editing as an element in the design process. It discusses general topics such as conceptual graphic design and design communication, as well as specific skills in model photography, drawing reproduction, image adjustment and digital computer skills. Students use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign in the solution of design and communication problems. Graphic layout and presentation critiques will be continuous throughout the semester. This course will assist students in the production of well-conceived, well-designed portfolios and presentation graphics in design studio. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Thursday 4–5:25pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Tuesday 4–7pm $960

DME2022 Photoshop: Digital Imaging & 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2023 Photoshop: Digital Imaging & 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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. The course instruction and learning resources will be presented in windows only. Students may elect to use either Mac or Windows versions of the software to complete course work. [1.5 Credits]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

DME2044 Advanced 2D Digital Visualization (Landscape Architecture)

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] 

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2045 Advanced 3D Modeling and Form* (Landscape Architecture)

*Pre-requisite: DME2042 or DME2044

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2055 Algorithmic Design – Grasshopper

This course aims to familiarize the student to the concept of computational design, broadly defined and understood as formal investigations based on non-linear 3D modeling approaches that are considered in a traditional perspective as counterintuitive or anathematic to traditional generative design philosophy and processes. The course will identify and build these concepts using Grasshopper as a geometric modeler - a plug-in module for the Rhino modeling software - as the prime arena for these investigations.
Computational analogues in support of design present themselves as open structures making explicit design as a modeling developmental process, adaptable to formulating and exploring new solutions to problems that were previously considered elusive or hidden underneath the final design outcome or byproduct. The recent capabilities of computational design environments have transcended to various fields of science with keen philosophical implications that expose the lack of acknowledgement of patterns previously misconstrued as non-orderly or, at the very least, incoherent, readdressing these as a complex behavior. Now, through digital and cultural meditation, computational environments have been adapted to design and an architectural practice in the form of specialized software modules such as is the case with Grasshopper.
The Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino features an innovative interface described as a graphical algorithmic editor, one of the few of its kind in use for 3D modeling, exposing the process and allowing the easy flow and exploration of new ideas. The series of exercises throughout the course permit familiarizing with the interface, build upon each other and, with practice, allow understanding how to encapsulate complex instructions - given as inputs processed through the software as dynamically modifiable outputs - into user-definable and simpler modifiable units in order to subsequently re-evaluate the available parameters and develop new sequences and therein 3D geometric structures. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2063 Autodesk Revit I: Building Information Modeling

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]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

DME2073 Visual Communication

This 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. [1.5 Credits]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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Interior Architecture / Interior Design


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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

INT1001 Interiors Studio 1*

*Open to students in the Principles of Interior Design Certificate. 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Studio Aug 26–Dec 14 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $1,920

TSM2007 Materials and Methods

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Monday 4–7pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Monday 4–7pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 4–7pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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Landscape Architecture


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 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 4–7pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Friday 4–7pm $1,920

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]

In addition to the class time on Tuesday evening from 7:15 pm to 10:15pm, the course also includes five (5) two hour long Saturday "labs" or field trips.

The Saturday Labs will be held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Saturday Lab dates to be announced.

The location of the trips will shift between Arnold Arboretum and the Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Thursday 4–7pm $1,920

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Historic Preservation


HSP3001 Historic Preservation Philosophy and Practice

This course will explore the history of the preservation movement worldwide, with a special focus on the philosophy and practice of historic preservation in the United States. We will explore and critique the social, historical and cultural roots and contemporary meanings of historic preservation and the future of the profession and examine case studies from around the country. [3 credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

HSP2017 Adaptive Reuse and Development Process

This course introduces the student to historic building adaptive reuse and the analytical techniques and decision-making processes that shape the certified rehabilitation project. By "certified", the intent is to meet or exceed the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guideline for Rehabilitation in terms of creating a "synthesis of form" in which a historic property that is listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places is adapted to a new use. [1.5 credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

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Sustainable Design


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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

SUS2026 Greening the City

That cities have the potential to be the most sustainable form of human development is coming to be widely recognized, as is the fact that most cities have a long way to go to realize that potential. Progress is being made, however, in terms of improvements to infrastructure and the building stock, innovative transportation and development policies and programs, revised codes, and other measures designed to encourage sustainability. This course will examine the most innovative approaches to greening cities around the US and other countries and consider both their successes -and failures- and their applicability to different regions and cultures. Among other things, the important role of conflict resolution as major changes are being made in a city will be considered. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

SUS2028 Energy Modeling in Building Design

With the development of increasingly sophisticated software, energy modeling has become an integral part of commercial & institutional building design. Making energy performance a manipulatable element at the earliest stages of building design is essential to sustainable building design. This course will provide an overview of energy modeling of commercial & institutional buildings, an introduction to 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 in the design process. The relationship of energy modeling to green building rating systems will also be explored. Students shall have a Windows based PC or a Mac that has Windows virtual environment (e.g. Parallels, VWware Fusion, or Oracle VM Virtual Box) and a copy of Windows 7 or Windows XP installed in order to run the eQUEST energy modeling program. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Onlline $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

SUS2049 Design for Social Resilience

This course introduces students to frameworks for considering and measuring the social impacts of design. [1.5 Credits]

Learning Goals:
1. Students will gain skills in identifying and assessing urban risk factors around a design project.
2. Students will be introduced to the use of mapping techniques in the documentation and analysis of social resilience.
3. Students will develop knowledge around identifying and engaging stakeholders.
4. Students will study the processes of urban gentrification and its impacts on housing accessibility and equity.
5. Students will learn existing guidelines and standards for social resilience including: JUST labeling, Living Building Challenge Equity Petal, LEED pilot credits , SEED Network etc

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Onlline $960

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Design for Human Health


DHH3017 Advanced Theories in Design for Wellbeing

Students explore interdisciplinary theories that provide foundational understanding for health and wellbeing in the built environment. This course is taught at the graduate-level. [3 Credits]
Learning Goals:
1. Identify specific theories related to health and wellbeing within the built environment.
2. Discuss the application of health and wellbeing theories as a means of improving the built environment.
3. Analyze the use of health and wellbeing theories as applied to existing design.

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

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Summer 2019

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Digital Design & Media Arts Courses


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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Monday 4–7pm $960

DME2022 Photoshop: Digital Imaging & 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $1,920
AC Main June 3–July 27 Tue/Thu 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $960

DME2063 Autodesk Revit I: Building Information Modeling

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]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $960

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Interior Architecture / Interior Design Courses


INT1001 Interiors Studio 1*

*Open to students in the Principles of Interior Design Certificate. 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Studio June 3–July 27 Tue/Thu 4–7pm $1,920

TSM2007 Materials and Methods

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Mon/Wed 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Tue/Thu 4–7pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main June 3–July 27 Mon/Wed 4–7pm $1,920

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Sustainable Design Courses


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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $960

SUS2018 The Zero Energy Home

As fuel prices and global energy security fluctuate, strategies for designing zero energy homes need to be investigated. A Zero Energy Home is currently a goal and ever present in the media, but not yet accomplished at the level of our technical potential. We will explore the various definitions of Zero Energy and understand the implications of the term within several contexts: bioregional, local, and site constrained. The various energy loads being counted towards the absolute of Zero will be explained, as well as the design opportunities to reduce them. The occupant's behavior and habits in the home are critical to the successful energy outcome, and feedback opportunities and data from case studies will be presented and examined. Metrics of consumption, peak load, and annual use will be presented and compared. The principles of orientation, thermal envelope, renewable energy systems that produce (positive), as well as mechanical, electrical and ventilation systems that consume (negative) will be explained and investigated for both case studies and theoretical projects for exploration. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main June 3–July 27 Online Online $960


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Fall 2019

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Digital Design & 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Monday 9am–12pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Monday 4–7pm $1,920
CC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Thursday 12:30–3:30pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 5:30–7pm $960

DME2008 Mixed Media

As an advanced elective at par with Watercolor Rendering, this course explores basic and alternative rendering techniques using mixed media such as marker, watercolor pencil, pastel, and charcoal. Color, lighting, and composition will be discussed as students work on a variety of subject matter with a main emphasis on linear perspective views.
[1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 5:30–7pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Monday 4–7pm $960
BC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Monday 4–7pm $960

DME2013 Digital Fabrication 

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 4–7:10pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

DME2017 Illustration: Information Graphics

This course introduces digital image editing as an element in the design process. It discusses general topics such as conceptual graphic design and design communication, as well as specific skills in model photography, drawing reproduction, image adjustment and digital computer skills. Students use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign in the solution of design and communication problems. Graphic layout and presentation critiques will be continuous throughout the semester. This course will assist students in the production of well-conceived, well-designed portfolios and presentation graphics in design studio. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Thursday 4–5:25pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Tuesday 4–7pm $960

DME2022 Photoshop: Digital Imaging & 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2023 Photoshop: Digital Imaging & 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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. The course instruction and learning resources will be presented in windows only. Students may elect to use either Mac or Windows versions of the software to complete course work. [1.5 Credits]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

DME2044 Advanced 2D Digital Visualization (Landscape Architecture)

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] 

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2045 Advanced 3D Modeling and Form* (Landscape Architecture)

*Pre-requisite: DME2042 or DME2044

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2055 Algorithmic Design – Grasshopper

This course aims to familiarize the student to the concept of computational design, broadly defined and understood as formal investigations based on non-linear 3D modeling approaches that are considered in a traditional perspective as counterintuitive or anathematic to traditional generative design philosophy and processes. The course will identify and build these concepts using Grasshopper as a geometric modeler - a plug-in module for the Rhino modeling software - as the prime arena for these investigations.
Computational analogues in support of design present themselves as open structures making explicit design as a modeling developmental process, adaptable to formulating and exploring new solutions to problems that were previously considered elusive or hidden underneath the final design outcome or byproduct. The recent capabilities of computational design environments have transcended to various fields of science with keen philosophical implications that expose the lack of acknowledgement of patterns previously misconstrued as non-orderly or, at the very least, incoherent, readdressing these as a complex behavior. Now, through digital and cultural meditation, computational environments have been adapted to design and an architectural practice in the form of specialized software modules such as is the case with Grasshopper.
The Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino features an innovative interface described as a graphical algorithmic editor, one of the few of its kind in use for 3D modeling, exposing the process and allowing the easy flow and exploration of new ideas. The series of exercises throughout the course permit familiarizing with the interface, build upon each other and, with practice, allow understanding how to encapsulate complex instructions - given as inputs processed through the software as dynamically modifiable outputs - into user-definable and simpler modifiable units in order to subsequently re-evaluate the available parameters and develop new sequences and therein 3D geometric structures. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2063 Autodesk Revit I: Building Information Modeling

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]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

DME2073 Visual Communication

This 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. [1.5 Credits]

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

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960
AC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

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Interior Architecture / Interior Design


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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

INT1001 Interiors Studio 1*

*Open to students in the Principles of Interior Design Certificate. 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Studio Aug 26–Dec 14 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $1,920

TSM2007 Materials and Methods

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Monday 4–7pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Monday 4–7pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 4–7pm $1,920
BC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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Landscape Architecture


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 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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 4–7pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Friday 4–7pm $1,920

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]

In addition to the class time on Tuesday evening from 7:15 pm to 10:15pm, the course also includes five (5) two hour long Saturday "labs" or field trips.

The Saturday Labs will be held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Saturday Lab dates to be announced.

The location of the trips will shift between Arnold Arboretum and the Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Thursday 4–7pm $1,920

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Historic Preservation


HSP3001 Historic Preservation Philosophy and Practice

This course will explore the history of the preservation movement worldwide, with a special focus on the philosophy and practice of historic preservation in the United States. We will explore and critique the social, historical and cultural roots and contemporary meanings of historic preservation and the future of the profession and examine case studies from around the country. [3 credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

HSP2017 Adaptive Reuse and Development Process

This course introduces the student to historic building adaptive reuse and the analytical techniques and decision-making processes that shape the certified rehabilitation project. By "certified", the intent is to meet or exceed the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guideline for Rehabilitation in terms of creating a "synthesis of form" in which a historic property that is listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places is adapted to a new use. [1.5 credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

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Sustainable Design


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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

SUS2026 Greening the City

That cities have the potential to be the most sustainable form of human development is coming to be widely recognized, as is the fact that most cities have a long way to go to realize that potential. Progress is being made, however, in terms of improvements to infrastructure and the building stock, innovative transportation and development policies and programs, revised codes, and other measures designed to encourage sustainability. This course will examine the most innovative approaches to greening cities around the US and other countries and consider both their successes -and failures- and their applicability to different regions and cultures. Among other things, the important role of conflict resolution as major changes are being made in a city will be considered. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

SUS2028 Energy Modeling in Building Design

With the development of increasingly sophisticated software, energy modeling has become an integral part of commercial & institutional building design. Making energy performance a manipulatable element at the earliest stages of building design is essential to sustainable building design. This course will provide an overview of energy modeling of commercial & institutional buildings, an introduction to 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 in the design process. The relationship of energy modeling to green building rating systems will also be explored. Students shall have a Windows based PC or a Mac that has Windows virtual environment (e.g. Parallels, VWware Fusion, or Oracle VM Virtual Box) and a copy of Windows 7 or Windows XP installed in order to run the eQUEST energy modeling program. [1.5 Credits]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Aug 26–Oct 19 Online Onlline $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

SUS2049 Design for Social Resilience

This course introduces students to frameworks for considering and measuring the social impacts of design. [1.5 Credits]

Learning Goals:
1. Students will gain skills in identifying and assessing urban risk factors around a design project.
2. Students will be introduced to the use of mapping techniques in the documentation and analysis of social resilience.
3. Students will develop knowledge around identifying and engaging stakeholders.
4. Students will study the processes of urban gentrification and its impacts on housing accessibility and equity.
5. Students will learn existing guidelines and standards for social resilience including: JUST labeling, Living Building Challenge Equity Petal, LEED pilot credits , SEED Network etc

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Online $960

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]

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Oct 21–Dec 14 Online Onlline $960

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Design for Human Health


DHH3017 Advanced Theories in Design for Wellbeing

Students explore interdisciplinary theories that provide foundational understanding for health and wellbeing in the built environment. This course is taught at the graduate-level. [3 Credits]
Learning Goals:
1. Identify specific theories related to health and wellbeing within the built environment.
2. Discuss the application of health and wellbeing theories as a means of improving the built environment.
3. Analyze the use of health and wellbeing theories as applied to existing design.

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Aug 26–Dec 7 Online Online $1,920

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