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ARCH 316 – Design Fundamentals I


This course introduces the beginning student in architecture to a working understanding of the factors and issues that underlie the translation of human needs and purposes into significant architectural form. Course objectives are:

  1. To establish a base of design concepts and knowledge with an introduction to references and ideas to foster independent inquiry.
  2. To develop skills in environmental analysis, concept formation, and certain aspects's of design.
  3. To familiarize students with images of architecture and design drawn from various times and cultures. Specific topics include the basic elements, attributes, and organizational principles of architectural form and their relationship to design intention. Related topics include framework for design, design methods, site analysis and design, human factors, and environmental factors.


Lecture: Mon, Wed 9:30-10:30am  2104 A&AB
Lab: Fri 9:30-10:30am. Multiple sections offered. 

Students will be placed in a lab section at the beginning of the term. 


Mireille Roddier, Keith Mitnick


Course Brief

Plan Your Future
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning