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ARH 101 Exploring Sustainability, Design, and The Built Environment (3 credits)

This course is an exploration of global built environments, with a focus on explaining significant design styles, movements, and trends within the context of the arts, politics, technology, business, the sciences, the social sciences, and an emphasis on sustainability. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course discusses the recent history of design in the built environment - what has impacted it and why. It is part of the three-course foundation for all Architecture and Interior Design students and is also a Liberal Arts elective. Prerequisite: ARH/IND major or placement in ENG 103.

ARH 110 Foundation Studio 1 (4 credits)

This foundation studio will be used to explore design principles. Freehand, manual drafting and digital techniques will be introduced that help the student appreciate forms, texture and composition. Instruction will be given in pencil techniques, perspective principles, and the use of digital tools. This course will develop the required graphic skills to prepare architecture and interior design students for the next three semesters of course work. This class meets 6 hours per week. Co-requisites:ARH/IND 101 and 170.

ARH 111 Design Studio 2 (4 credits)

This is the first of three design studio courses. Students begin to explore elements of design and their relationships in three dimensions. Design concepts and processes are discussed in detail. Architectural and interior design concepts of space, organizations, circulation, scale, structure, volume, massing, fenestration and materials are analyzed and discussed. This class meets 6 hours per week. Prerequisites: ARH/IND 101, 110, and 170; co-requisites: ARH/IND 120 and 140.

ARH 120 Drafting Studio 1: Wood Frame (3 credits)

This course will develop basic architectural drafting skills (digital and manual). The student will demonstrate an understanding of these skills through the development of a set of architectural drawings for a wood frame house or similar structure. This class meets 4 hours per week. Prerequisites: ARH/IND 101, 110, and 170.

ARH 121 Drafting Studio 2: Masonry (3 credits)

Students apply and improve drafting skills by developing architectural working drawings for a small commercial building. Drawing documents include symbol conventions, plans, sections, elevations and details with the emphasis on masonry bearing wall construction. Prerequisite: ARH 141, Permission of Instructor.

ARH 140 Wood Frame Construction (3 credits)

This is a lecture course covering the materials and methods of contemporary residential construction, including sustainability and the latest building science. The characteristics, properties, performance and application of materials and systems used in wood frame construction will be discussed.

ARH 141 Commercial Construction (3 credits)

This course covers the materials and methods of contemporary commercial construction.  This course focuses on site-work, foundations, concrete framing systems, masonry wall systems made of concrete, clay, and stone, steel framing systems, moisture and thermal protection, glass and windows, cladding and curtain walls, doors and hardware.  Prerequisite:  ARH/IND 140

ARH 144 Introduction to Sustainable Construction (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the theory and principles of innovative sustainable construction with a focus on residential construction. The course takes an integrated design and ecological systems approach to high performance green building. Students learn how to reduce the ecological impact of the built environment using cutting-edge best practices. Topics include climate change, green building principles, performance standards and measurements, and rating systems including LEED(R) for Homes. Cost, life cycle assessment, energy efficiency, renewable energy and solar elements, and valuing "natural capital" will be discussed. Prerequisite: ARH 140 or demonstration of a fundamental knowledge of residential construction or Permission of Department.

ARH 170 Technology: Design and Production (3 credits)

This course will develop the technology skills required for architecture and interior design students. The students will learn how to create, modify, communicate, collaborate, transmit and present solutions to problems using specific software applications including AutoCAD, SketchUp, ANGEL CMS, and PowerPoint. Co-requisites: ARH/IND 101 and 110.

ARH 215 Design Studio 3 (4 credits)

This is the third design studio for Architectural design. Students are expected to apply knowledge of design concepts and design process to "real-life" design problems. Programming, aesthetics of interior spaces, context, fenestration, materials, furniture, structure, and design development will be explored. Experimentation with space, form, light, and proportion will be stressed. Significant trends in interior and architectural design, as practiced by recent leading interior designers and architects, will be discussed. This class meets 6 hours per week. Prerequisite: ARH/IND 111 or Permission of Instructor; co-requisite: ARH/IND 256 or Permission of Instructor.

ARH 216 Design Studio 4 (4 credits)

This is the fourth design studio for Architectural design. This studio is a continuation of ARH 215 and will require in-depth analysis of design problems and higher expectations for design presentations. Students are expected to apply knowledge of design concepts and design process to "real-life" design problems. This class meets 6 hours per week. Prerequisites: ARH 215 and 256, or Permission of Instructor.

ARH 222 Drafting Studio 3: Steel Frame (4 credits)

A concentrated continuation of ARH 121 with emphasis on the production of working drawings for steel and concrete frame multistory structures. Prerequisite: ARH 121.

ARH 230 History of Architecture and Interiors 1 (3 credits)

This is a survey course that traces developments in design, construction, materials and interiors from Prehistory to the dawn of the Renaissance. The comparative method is used to study the impact of economic, religious, political, sociological and technological develpments on resultant building types, architectural forms, interior designs, furnishings and decorative arts.

ARH 231 History of Architecture and Interiors 2 (3 credits)

This is a survey course that traces developments in design, construction, materials and interiors from the dawn of the Renaissance to the present day. The comparative method is used to study the impact of economic, religious, political, sociological and technological develpments on resultant building types, architectural forms, interior designs, furnishings and decorative arts.

ARH 241 Mechanical and Electrical Systems: An Introduction (3 credits)

Introductory survey of mechanical and electrical systems for buildings. Topics will include heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, fire protection, electrical power, and lighting systems for residential and commercial buildings. Auxiliary electrical systems such as security, public address, fire detection and alarm systems will be briefly discussed. Coordination of these systems with existing architectural plans will be emphasized. Instruction will involve case studies of pre-designed buildings. The primary method of learning and evaluation will be through student prepared drawings. Prerequisite: ARH 121.

ARH 244 Residential Energy Performance (3 credits)

This course is a fundamental study of energy efficiency and building science with an emphasis on residential energy performance and analysis. Topics include basic energy principles; building thermal boundary; and the control of air, heat, and moisture. The interaction of building components with environmental factors is essential to the discussion. Efficiency strategies for lighting, appliances, heating, cooling, and water heating will be introduced. Strategies for dealing with home health, air quality, and combustion safety problems will be discussed. Fundamentals of building inspection and diagnosis will be covered, including the use of the blower-door, duct-blaster, manometer, infrared camera, smoke generator and other testing equipment. Students must be available for two four-hour field experiences, times and days to be determined. Prerequisite: ARH/IND 140 or equivalent wood frame construction experience as determined by the Architecture department.

ARH 245 Solar Design in the Built Environment (3 credits)

This course introduces the design and application of solar energy in building design and construction. The primary focus is on passive solar energy, daylighting and shading strategies. Discussion topics include the historical development of solar energy in buildings, designing with nature, energy conservation, heat theory and thermal comfort, solar processes, passive and active solar energy systems, thermal mass and storage, solariums, natural ventilation strategies and earth-sheltered buildings. Prerequisite: ARH 141.

ARH 250 Principles of Structures (3 credits)

Structure as it affects design. A study of the loading of structures and the resistance to those loads as they apply to wood frame and steel frame structures.

ARH 256 Graphic Communications (3 credits)

This is an advanced course in perspective rendering. Students are expected to apply perspective drawing skills acquired in ARH 150 to generate color renderings of building interiors and exteriors. Students taking Architectural Design Studio II are encouraged to take this course concurrently and to use their design solutions as a base for required rendering projects in ARH 256. Prerequisite: ARH 110 or Permission of Department.

ARH 261 Professional Practice (3 credits)

A detailed survey of important aspects of professional practice with emphasis on the architect's role in society, ethics, licensing, legal instruments, specifications, and contract administration. Prerequisite: ARH or IND major and sophomore standing, or Permission of Department.

ARH 262 Building Codes (3 credits)

A detailed analysis of the New York State Building Code.

ARH 263 Green Building Rating Systems (3 credits)

This course acquaints the student with rating systems that seek to define and measure sustainable, high-performing "green" buildings. Focus is on the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED(R) Green Building Rating System portfolio of rating products and the major LEED(R) credit categories including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, regional priorities, and innovative design. Course content includes an introduction to sustainability; core concepts; the integrated design approach; the LEED(R) certification process; and credit intents, requirements, and strategies. Other significant rating systems will be discussed and comparisons made with the LEED(R) system. Aspiring candidates for the GBCI LEED(R) Green Associate examination will find the course useful. Prerequisite: ARH/IND 140 or Permission of Department.

ARH 266 Independent Project (1 credit)

This course is a general introduction to the field of physical anthropology, with an emphasis on the causes and evolution of human biological similarities and differences. The course introduces the main perspectives and methods of physical anthropology, paleoanthropology, and primatology in order to help students trace and explain human evolution from the first primates and hominids to the development of bipedalism and the emergence of anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens).

ARH 270 Digital Portfolio for Architecture and Interior Design (1 credit)

A hands-on course to create a digital portfolio. Students will utilize digital cameras, scanners, image editing software, and CD recording software and hardware to produce a PowerPoint presentation on an autorun CD. Basic computer literacy is required. Prerequisite: ARH or IND major with 30 completed credits, or Permission of Instructor.

ARH 272 Architectural CAD II (3 credits)

An intermediate level course in Architectural CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) utilizing 2-1/2 and 3-D software (AutoCAD). Topics include intermediate drawing, editing, and system commands with direct hands on experience, file management and multi-pen plotting. Professional details and drawings will provide the basis for graphic problems and solutions. Prerequisites: ARH 170 and ARH 120 (grades of B or better or Permission of Department).

ARH 291 Internship in Architecture (1 credit)

This course is designed for students in their second year of architectural coursework, giving them an opportunity to obtain real-world experience in the design and construction industry. Internships and co-op job opportunities are available throughout the community; however, there is no guarantee of internship placement. The ultimate responsibility for obtaining a placement rests with the student. Assistance is provided by department faculty and Onondaga's internship office. Internships may be paid or unpaid. A learning contract containing specific educational objectives that relate to both the work experience and academic studies is developed between the student and a faculty internship coordinator. Course requirements include a minimum of 60 hours of work, maintenance of a work journal, and a final paper. Open to ARH majors only. Prerequisites: Approval of department, minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, and sophomore standing.