BSC IN ARCHITECHTURE

AMERICA BANGLADESH UNIVERSITY

5 YEAR COURSE PLAN

AND

CURRICULUM SUMMARY FOR

Bachelor in Architecture (B.Arch)

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 152

Bachelor in Architecture (B.Arch)

(Bachelor of Architecture Degree Offered)
The Bachelor of Architecture program is a 2 plus 3 program consisting of the Design Foundation, the first two years, and the Professional Program for the last three years. The study of architecture involves good detailing and translating abstract thought. The entire program is based on integration of foremost students into an enthusiastic, practical program of study. The professional program places emphasis on enhancing the understanding of the relationship of people and their physical environment, and the synthesis of this complex information into relevant design solutions. The program is a combination of building and environmental technology, professional practice, architectural electives and a rigorous sequence of design studios geared to exceptional students.

Professional Program
The Professional Program is comprehensive and rigorous. The Professional Program includes students who have successfully completed the two year sequence of Foundation and who demonstrate exceptional professional promise.

To be admitted to the Professional Program from the Foundation, a student should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 in all course work.

Special Grading Standard
All Foundation and Architecture courses must be taken in sequence. Students in the Architecture curriculum must achieve a minimum of 2.00 grade point average (GPA) in studio course sequence before proceeding into the next sequence of studios. Any student who fails to achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 in a sequence must repeat all courses in which the student received a grade of "D" or "F" until his/her GPA is 2.00 or above.

Architecture students within the Professional sequence must maintain passing grades in all classes within any given semester in order to advance into the following semester. This is in addition to maintaining a GPA of 2.00.

Student Work
All student work executed in the Departmenl of Architecture becomes the property of the School and will be returned at the discretion of the faculty. The faculty also reserves the right to refuse credit for any work that was executed outside the precincts of the School or otherwise executed without coordination with the faculty.

Architecture
Design Foundation

First Year

First Semester

 

 

 

Hours Per Week

 

 

 

Class

Lab

Credit Hours

Area E

 

Group 1

3

0

3

DFN 

1000

School of Architecture Orientation

2

0

2

DFN 

1001

Design Foundation I

0

12

4

ENGL

1101

English Composition I

3

0

3

MATH

1113

Precalculus

4

0

4

SPCH

2400

Public Speaking

2

0

2

 

 

Total

14

12

18

Second Semester  

Area E

 

Group 2

3

0

3

DFN 

1002

Design Foundation II

0

12

4

ENGL

1102

English Composition II

3

0

3

MATH

2253

Calculus I

4

0

4

STS

2400

Science, Technology, and Society

2

0

2

 

 

Total

12

12

16

Second Year

First Semester  

Area C

 

Group 1

3

0

3

Area C

 

Group 2

 

 

3

Area D

 

Lab Science *

3

3

4

Area E

 

Group 3

3

0

3

DFN 

2003

Design Foundation III

1

9

4

 

 

Total

 

 

17

Second Semester

Area D

 

Lab Science*

3

3

4

Area E

 

Group 4

3

0

3

DFN 

2004

Design Foundation IV

0

9

3

DFN

2111

Architecture Culture I

3

0

3

DFN

2211

Introduction to Structures

3

0

3

 

 

Total

12

12

16

*In preparation for the Building and Environmental Technology courses, the School of Architecture recommends all architecture students take Physics for their laboratory science.
NOTE: For more information about Areas C, D, and E courses, see the "Core Curriculum" section under "Admission Information."

Architecture
Professional Program

Third Year

First Semester

 

 

 

Hours Per Week

 

 

 

Class

Lab

Credit Hours

ARCH

3011

Architecture Studio I

1

9

4

ARCH 

3112

Architecture Culture II

3

0

3

ARCH 

3211

Building Technology I

2

0

2

ARCH 

3221

Environmental Technology I

2

0

2

ARCH 

3231

Architecture Practicum I

0

3

1

ARCH 

3311

Contract Documents

2

0

2

ARCH

3501

Introduction to Applied Architectural Research

2

0

2

 

 

Total

 

 

16

Second Semester

ARCH 

3012

Architecture Studio II

1

9

4

ARCH 

3113

Architecture Culture III

3

0

3

ARCH 

3212

Building Technology II

2

0

2

ARCH 

3222

Environmental Technology II

2

0

2

ARCH 

3232

Architecture Practicum II

0

3

1

ARCH

3241

Computer Applications in Architecture

1

3

2

 

 

Architectural Electives

 

 

3

 

 

Total

 

 

17

 

Fourth Year

First Semester

ARCH 

4013

Architecture Studio III

0

12

4

ARCH 

4114

Architectural Theory I

2

0

2

ARCH 

4213

Building Technology III

2

0

2

ARCH 

4223

Environmental Technology III

2

0

2

ARCH

4233

Architecture Practicum III

0

3

1

 

 

Architectural Electives

 

 

3

 

 

Total

 

 

14

Second Semester

ARCH 

4014

Architecture Studio IV

0

12

4

ARCH 

4115

Architectural Theory II

2

0

2

ARCH 

4214

Building Technology IV

2

0

2

ARCH 

4234

Architecture Practicum IV

0

3

1

ARCH 

4312

Codes

2

0

2

 

 

Architectural Electives

 

 

3

 

 

Total

 

 

14

Fifth Year

First Semester

ARCH 

5015

Architecture Studio V

0

9

3

ARCH 

5116

Urban Planning and Design Theory

2

0

2

ARCH 

5313

Professional Practice and Ethics

2

0

2

ARCH

5593

Diploma Project Research

2

3

3

 

 

Architectural Electives

 

 

3

 

 

Total

 

 

13

 

Second Semester

ARCH

5999

Diploma Project

1

12

5

 

 

Architectural Electives

 

 

6

 

 

Total

 

 

11

Degree Program Total

152

Architecture Course Description

ARCH 3011 Architecture Studio I

1-9-4

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the professional program
This course, an introduction to architectural design, offers small-scale problems that deal with space, measure, structure, site, technics, program and habitation. These problems address human needs and the interaction of persons with the natural and built environment.

ARCH 3012 Architecture Studio II

1-9-4

Prerequisite: ARCH 3011
This course is a continuation of ARCH 3011 and involves research, design, design development, preparation of construction documents and construction of a small-scale architectural project, or portion of the project.

ARCH 3112 Architecture Culture II - The Renaissance through 1850

3-0-3

A continuation of Architecture Culture, examining the relationship between architecture and other cultural discourses such as philosophy, aesthetics, science, religion, politics and technology. While continuing in the aim of developing an understanding of how architecture manifests the socio-cultural conditions of a given moment in aesthetic form, simultaneously examines the development of an autonomous architecture culture, one that we refer to as theory.

ARCH 3113 Architecture Culture III - 1850 through 1945

3-0-3

A continuation of the Architecture Culture series, additionally examining the relationship between architecture and other cultural discourses such as philosophy, aesthetics, science, religion, politics and technology. While continuing in the aim of developing an understanding of how architecture manifests the socio-cultural conditions of a given moment in aesthetic form, it takes as its central concern the search for a definition of 'Modernity', and how it might be translated into a style. Particular attention is paid to the various 'isms' of the Modern Movement and the key historical figures that shaped them.

ARCH 3211 Building Technology I

2-0-2

Prerequisite: DFN 2211, Corequisite: ARCH 3231
Wood, light gauge steel, masonry and concrete are introduced as building and structural materials. The relationship of structure to enclosure systems is examined along with the structural analysis and design of light framing systems. A comparative study of structural versus non-structural enclosure systems is undertaken. Students produce a resource package for ARCH 3012, Architecture Studio II.

ARCH 3212 Building Technology II

2-0-2

Prerequisite: ARCH 3211, Corequisite: ARCH 3232
This course is a continuation of ARCH 3211 with the emphasis on code requirements for gravity and lateral loads and statically determinate structural steel systems. Approximate analysis of rigid frames is introduced and the student learns to use "pre-packaged" computer programs to input data and evaluate results. The study of the relationship of structure to enclosure is continued throughout the course sequence.

ARCH 3221 Environmental Technology I

2-0-2

Corequisite: ARCH 3231
This course studies site engineering standards and legal issues related to the development of building sites. The course focuses on zoning, building placement, rough grading, vehicular and pedestrian circulation and storm water management.

ARCH 3222 Environmental Technology II

2-0-2

Prerequisite: ARCH 3221, Corequisite: ARCH 3232
A study of the connection between basic human comfort, building form, orientation and envelope materials, and energy consumption is undertaken in this course. System selection and configuration are examined in response to building spatial configuration, functions and life cycle cost are included.

ARCH 3231-3232 Architecture Practicum I, II

0-3-1

These practicums provide an opportunity for students to apply knowledge acquired in the concurrent technology courses to current studio projects or related projects. Field trips may also be required.

ARCH 3241 Computer Applications in Architecture 

1-3-2

Prerequisite: ARCH 3011
This course presents basic training in the operation of the hardware and software of computer-aided design (CAD) with an introduction to two and three dimensional graphic techniques and their application to professional practice.

ARCH 3311 Contract Documents 

2-0-2

Corequisite: ARCH 3231
This course is the study and preparation of contract documents required for the construction of an architectural project. It emphasizes material research, manually and computer generated documents and utilization of A.I.A. General and Supplemental Conditions.

ARCH 3501 Introduction to Applied Architectural Research

2-0-2

Prerequisite: Admission to the professional program
This course introduces the logic of scientific thinking, method, and research. Methods of inquiry, problem statement, data gathering, analysis, as applied to technological as well as the social aspects of architecture are discussed as a basis of informing architectural design studies. Students may select research topics directly related to the material covered in the third year of the curriculum.

ARCH 35X1- 35X4* Applied Architectural Research

variable credit-1 to 4 hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 3501
Students select independent research projects that provide them with the opportunity to explore an area of professional interest for credit. All research projects must be approved by the faculty. May be repeated twice when topics vary.

ARCH 39X1-39X4* Special Topics

variable credit-1 to 4 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to the professional program
This course provides an opportunity for a group of students to undertake in-depth study under the direction of a member of the full-time faculty or visiting faculty. Areas of study may include extension and enhancement of material offered in required architecture courses or exploration in an area of professional interest not covered by, but directly related to, material covered in the third year architecture courses. May be repeated twice when topics vary.

ARCH 4013 Architecture Studio III

0-12-4

Prerequisite: ARCH 3012
Students undertake a studio problem in architectural design with an emphasis on the integration of technology and the knowledge from ARCH 4114, as applied to a contemporary building type.

ARCH 4014 Architecture Studio IV

0-12-4

Prerequisite: ARCH 4013
This course continues with the students undertaking a studio problem in architectural design of multi-use project with emphasis on the integration of technology and the application of knowledge acquired in the concurrent Architectural Theory course.

ARCH 4114 Architectural Theory I - The Questioning of Modernity

2-0-2

Corequisite: ARCH 4013
A continuation of the Architecture Culture sequence, this course examines the development of issues and questions that began to undo the dogma of the Modern movement, exploring topical issues raised by architects, historians and critics alike that help to formulate alternative strains of Modernism.

ARCH 4115 Architectural Theory II - The Post-Modern Condition

2-0-2

Corequisite: ARCH 4014
A continuation of the Architecture Culture sequence, this course concerns itself with the rise of alternative positions in the contemporary architectural debate. It examines topical issues raised by architects, historians and critics that have formulated alternative theoretical approaches to contemporary architecture.

ARCH 4213 Building Technology III

2-0-2

Prerequisite: ARCH 3212, Corequisite: ARCH 4233
This course is a continuation of ARCH 3212 with emphasis on reinforced, poured-in-place concrete as a building and structural material. Students will also be introduced to precast, prestressed and post-tensioned concrete systems and components.

ARCH 4214 Building Technology IV

2-0-2

Prerequisite: ARCH 4213, Corequisite: ARCH 4234
This course will provide students with the opportunity to investigate current innovations in the design and construction of structural and building systems and to discuss their application to studio projects.

ARCH 4223 Environmental Technology III

2-0-2

Prerequisite: ARCH 3222, Corequisite: ARCH 4233
This course is a continuation of ARCH 3222 with emphasis on building electrical distribution systems and lighting.

ARCH 4233-4234 Architecture Practicum III, IV

0-3-1

This advanced practicum provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge acquired in the concurrent technology courses to current studio projects or related projects. Field trips may also be required.

ARCH 4312 Codes

2-0-2

Prerequisites: ARCH 4213, ARCH 4223, Corequisite: ARCH 4234
This course is an introduction to the Standard Building Code, N.F.P.A. 101 and A.D.A. Emphasis is placed on theory of building safety, code document organization and the application of codes to actual buildings.

ARCH 45X1-45X4* Applied Architectural Research 

variable credit-1 to 4 hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 3501
Students select independent research projects that provide them with the opportunity to explore an area of professional interest for credit. All research projects must be approved by the faculty. May be repeated twice when topics vary.
 

ARCH 49X1-49X4* Special Topics

variable credit-1 to 4 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to the professional program
This course provides an opportunity for a group of students to undertake in-depth study under the direction of a member of the full-time faculty or visiting faculty. Areas of study may include extension and enhancement of material offered in required architecture courses or exploration in an area of professional interest not covered by, but directly related to, material covered in fourth year architecture courses. May be repeated twice when topics vary.
 

ARCH 5015 Architecture Studio V

0-9-3

Prerequisite: ARCH 4014
Students are required to design multipurpose architectural environments in response to a complex set of criteria. Design solution should demonstrate an investigation and application of urban design principles, theories and philosophies.

ARCH 5116 Urban Planning and Design Theory

2-0-2

Corequisite: ARCH 5015
This course examines the evolution of modern cities and the major issues and problems confronting metropolitan centers. Emphasis will be placed on culture, economics, natural environment, and their influence on urban form.

ARCH 5313 Professional Practice and Ethics

2-0-2

Prerequisite: 5th year standing in the professional program, Corequisite: ARCH 3232
Study of professional ethics, laws governing the practice of architecture, and contractual relationships are undertaken in this course.
 

ARCH 55X1-55X4* Applied Architectural Research 

variable credit-1 to 4 hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 3501
Students select independent research projects that provide them with the opportunity to explore an area of professional interest for credit. All research projects must be approved by the faculty. May be repeated twice when topics vary.
 

ARCH 5593 Diploma Project Research 

2-3-3

Prerequisite: ARCH 3501
Faculty approved, independent research projects that require students to select, research, and program a diploma project subject. Results of this course must be presented and approved by the faculty prior to admission to ARCH 5999.
 

ARCH 59X1-59X4* Special Topics

variable credit-1 to 4 hours

Prerequisite: Admission to the professional program
This course provides an opportunity for a group of students to undertake in-depth study under the direction of a member of the full-time faculty or visiting faculty. Areas of study may include extension and enhancement of material offered in required architecture courses or exploration in an area of professional interest not covered by, but directly related to, material covered in fifth year architecture courses. May be repeated twice when topics vary.

ARCH 5999 Diploma Project 

1-12-5

Prerequisite: ARCH 5593
Students execute and present a faculty approved terminal project in this course. Projects are developed from programmatic research, performed in ARCH 5593, to completed design development and documented in a manner acceptable for publication.

*X denotes the program area for the special topic of applied research. 0-Design, 1-History/Theory, 2-Building Technology, 3-Practice/Management/Marketing, 4-Real Estate, 5-Land Development, 6-Environmental Studies, 7-Planning/Urban Design, 8-Facilities Management, 9-Human Factors.