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Undergraduate Record 2006-2007 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Architecture


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The Bachelor of Architecture program attracts a diverse range of students with a wide range of interests that are bound together by an overriding desire to consider and construct environments of enduring value. Three different concentrations are offered: Pre-Professional concentration, Architectural Studies concentration, and Multi-Disciplinary concentration.

Note: Students who wish to obtain the Master of Architecture professional degree apply to a graduate program. Students expecting to enter graduate studies should have maintained a 3.000 cumulative average, with a 3.500 average in the architectural design sequence. Admission into the graduate program in architecture at the University of Virginia is extremely competitive.

Curriculum


Years 1-3 The prime objective of the curricular core of the first three years is to provide a framework for the study of contemporary culture through observation, analysis, and considered design of our ongoing constructed occupation of the earth. This exploration uses design as a mode of critical inquiry from the scale of the city to the scale of the hand while maintaining its focus on the value of this effort to the community and the land, both immediate and extended. To make this evaluation possible, the curriculum is based on the foundation of a liberal arts education formed broadly during the first two years of study while subjects directly related to making architecture are pursued in the third year.

Students entering the Department of Architecture follow one curriculum for their first three years. Starting in their second year, the strategic choices of electives will prepare the student to pursue the concentration of their choice.

First Year


Fall Semester - Credits: 17


  • HUM/SCI elective Credits: 3                                                                         For Transfer student and Civil Engineering Minors:  Engineering and Math courses may be considered by the Program Director as fulfilling HUM/Natural SCI requirements.
  • ARCH Elective courses do not count towards Humanities or Sciences electives.
  • Open elective Credits: 3
    One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE “Physical Education” credits do not count toward degree totals.
    It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.

Spring Semester - Credits: 17


  • Second writing requirement Credits: 3
  • HUM/SCI elective Credits: 3
    For Transfer student and Civil Engineering Minors:  Engineering and Math courses may be considered by the Program Director as fulfilling HUM/Natural SCI requirements.
    ARCH Elective courses do not count towards Humanities or Sciences electives.

Second Year


Fall Semester - Credits: 15


  • PHYS - Physics elective Credits: 3
  • HUM/SCI elective Credits: 3
    For Transfer students and Civil Engineering Minors:  Engineering and math courses may be considered by the Program Director as fulfilling HUM/Natural SCI requirements.
    ARCH Elective courses do not count towards Humanities or Sciences electives. 
  • Social Science elective Credits: 3

Spring Semester - Credits: 15


  • AR H - Arch. History elective Credits: 3
  • Natural Science elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science elective Credits: 3

Third Year


Fall Semester - Credits: 16


A student must receive a grade of at least a C- to pass the following courses.

Spring Semester - Credits: 17


Fourth Year


Election of Concentration

At the end of the spring semester of the third year, each student will elect a course of study for the fourth year from the following list. The choices are designed to maximize the opportunities for undergraduate study given the wide range and scope of student interests and potential career paths.

Pre-Professional Concentration - Total Courses: 34 Total Credits: 127


This Concentration is for students intent on pursuing a career as a practicing Architect. The curriculum is designed to maximize the opportunities to explore through design complex issues and conditions as well as representing intentions in material form.

Fall Semester - Credits: 15


  • ARCH - Architecture elective Credits: 3
    ARCH Elective: Any course designated with one of the following prefixes: ARCH, AR H, L AR, PLAN or 400 Level PLAC: ARCH Elective - Minor Related: An ARCH Elective that is directly related to the Minor Study Area.
  • ARCH - Architecture elective Credits: 3
  • Open elective Credits: 3
    One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE “Physical Education” credits do not count toward degree totals.
    It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.

Spring Semester - Credits: 15


  • Architecture elective Credits: 3
    ARCH Elective: Any course designated with one of the following prefixes: ARCH, AR H, L AR, PLAN or 400 Level PLAC: ARCH Elective - Minor Related: An ARCH Elective that is directly related to the Minor Study Area.
  • Open elective Credits: 3
    One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE “Physical Education” credits do not count toward degree totals.
    It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.
  • Open elective Credits: 3

Architectural Studies Concentration - Total Courses 36 Total Credits: 127


This Concentration is designed for students interested in expanding the scope of their study to include the related design fields of landscape architecture or urban planning. This option also allows students interested in the relationship between the practice of architectural design and research into architectural history or technical issues related to building and the environment to pursue these interests. Minors offered within the School of Architecture are the primary vehicle used to complete the degree requirements.

Fall Semester - Credits: 15


  • Minor requirement Credits: 3
  • Minor requirement Credits: 3
  • ARCH - Architecture elective - minor related Credits: 3
    ARCH Elective: Any course designated with one of the following prefixes: ARCH, AR H, L AR, PLAN or 400 Level PLAC: ARCH Elective - Minor Related: An ARCH Elective that is directly related to the Minor Study Area.
  • ARCH - Architecture elective Credits: 3
    ARCH Elective: Any course designated with one of the following prefixes: ARCH, AR H, L AR, PLAN or 400 Level PLAC: ARCH Elective - Minor Related: An ARCH Elective that is directly related to the Minor Study Area.
  • Open elective Credits: 3
    One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE “Physical Education” credits do not count toward degree totals.
    It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.

Spring Semester - Credits: 15


  • Minor requirement Credits: 3
  • Minor requirement Credits: 3
  • ARCH - Architecture elective - minor related Credits: 3
    ARCH Elective: Any course designated with one of the following prefixes: ARCH, AR H, L AR, PLAN or 400 Level PLAC: ARCH Elective - Minor Related: An ARCH Elective that is directly related to the Minor Study Area.
  • Open elective Credits: 3
    One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE “Physical Education” credits do not count toward degree totals.
    It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.
  • Open elective Credits: 3
    One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE “Physical Education” credits do not count toward degree totals.
    It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.

Multi-Disciplinary Concentration - Total Courses: 36 Total Credits: 127


This Concentration is for those students interested in exploring the connection between architecture and another discipline. This discipline can be something as close to architecture as art or engineering, or it could also be a more distant field, such as business, archeology, or materials science. It is the student’s responsibility to make the case for the connection. Fulfilling the requirements for a minor in the related field is the primary vehicle used to complete the degree requirements.

Fall Semester - Credits: 15


  • Minor requirement Credits: 3
  • Minor requirement Credits: 3
  • ARCH - Architecture elective - minor related Credits: 3
    ARCH Elective: Any course designated with one of the following prefixes: ARCH, AR H, L AR, PLAN or 400 Level PLAC: ARCH Elective - Minor Related: An ARCH Elective that is directly related to the Minor Study Area.
  • ARCH - Architecture elective Credits: 3
    ARCH Elective: Any course designated with one of the following prefixes: ARCH, AR H, L AR, PLAN or 400 Level PLAC: ARCH Elective - Minor Related: An ARCH Elective that is directly related to the Minor Study Area.
  • Open elective Credits: 3
    One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE “Physical Education” credits do not count toward degree totals.
    It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.

Spring Semester - Credits: 15


  • Minor requirement Credits: 3
  • Minor requirement Credits: 3
  • ARCH - Architecture elective - minor related Credits: 3
    ARCH Elective: Any course designated with one of the following prefixes: ARCH, AR H, L AR, PLAN or 400 Level PLAC: ARCH Elective - Minor Related: An ARCH Elective that is directly related to the Minor Study Area.
  • Open elective Credits: 3
    One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE “Physical Education” credits do not count toward degree totals.
    It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.
  • Open elective Credits: 3
    One Open elective per semester may be taken Credit/No Credit. A Maximum of 8 degree credits will be granted for Ensemble Music or Dance. A maximum of 12 degree credits will be granted for AIRS, MISC, & NASC courses. PHYE “Physical Education” credits do not count toward degree totals.
    It may be necessary to use Open electives to complete the requirements of a Minor.

Architecture Minor


A minor in architecture provides students with an opportunity to develop a basic understanding of, and appreciation for, architecture as an important component of culture and the built environment. The minor requirements are under the curricula section.

The Minor in Architecture is offered to all students at the University. Students who complete the Minor range from those whose major is in a related field and who wish to expand the boundaries of that endeavor, to those considering graduate study in architecture.

An application for the minor is available in Campbell Hall, Room 120A. Upon completion of all requirements, the signature of the respective department chair must be obtained.

Requirements


  • ARCH 101 Lessons of the Lawn Credits: 4
  • ARCH 102 Lessons in Making  Credits: 4
  • ARCH - Architecture department elective Credits: 3 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 101 
  • ARCH - Architecture department elective Credits: 3 
    Prerequisite: ARCH 101
  • Elective within the School of Architecture Credits: 3

          Total Credits:  17

Course Descriptions


With faculty approval, upper-level undergraduate students may be allowed to enroll in graduate courses and offer them for elective credit. These courses are described in the Graduate Record and are offered through all four departments.

Although ARCH, AR H, L AR, and PLAN are preprofessional and professional courses, not all are restricted to School of Architecture students. If students outside the school wish to enroll in one of these courses, they should secure the approval of the faculty member offering that course. Even in professionally-oriented courses, some faculty members encourage and welcome such participation.

Architectural History


Architecture


Urban and Environmental Planning


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