Bachelor of Science in Architecture

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Wentworth's undergraduate, pre-professional NAAB-based program grants a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S.–Arch.) at the end of the four-year (8 semester) sequence of study. The first three semesters provide a broad introduction to the field of architecture and serve as the common core for all concentrations (see below). Lecture courses convey an overview of the discipline (history, theory, technology and practice) while studio courses are based on a model of experiential learning focusing on design fundamentals, graphic skills and a conceptual understanding of building tectonics. The department’s emphasis on both the art and the science of architecture is stressed throughout this introductory curriculum.

The next five semesters of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program build on the skills and knowledge of the first three semesters, while introducing students to more complex and varied studio topics. These topics include tectonics, site and environment, comprehensive design and community design. In addition students study topics such as structures, environmental systems and professional practice. Studio content is closely coordinated with co-requisite courses, encouraging students to make connections between subjects and to develop a well-synthesized approach to design.

Concentrations

The architecture program at Wentworth offers three areas of concentration that allow students to pursue a particular focus or point of emphasis in their study of architecture. The core architectural education is similar across concentrations, and all achieve the same learning outcomes. Students express their preference of concentrations at the end of their first semester in sophomore year.

Adaptive Interventions

This concentration investigates architecture as a discipline with a primary focus is on interventions into contingent existing conditions. Adaptive re-use, regenerative urbanism, sustainability, critical regionalism and related strategies are addressed at scales ranging from the individual building to the urban environment.

Emerging Technologies

This concentration explores the material nature of architecture, the craft of building, and the role of emerging technologies as they inform the design process.  It emphasizes the broad architectural and cultural implications of technology, and advances an ethos of research through making.

Urbanism

This concentration focuses on the influence of the arts and humanities, ecology and landscape, economics and politics, and society on design at the urban scale.  It challenges students to explore the representation of complex social, cultural and ecological systems as a form of research and offers students the skills and insights necessary to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and to provide leadership in reshaping our cities.

 

Curriculum

Freshman Year


Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH110 Studio 01 2 8 6
ENGL100 English I 4 0 4
MATH205 College Mathematics I 3 2 4
Total 9 10 14

Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH120 Studio 02 2 8 6
ENGL130 English II 4 0 4
MATH250 Precalculus 4 0 4
Total 10 8 14

Sophomore Year


URBANISM CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH210 Studio 03 0 12 6
ARCH225 History/Theory I 4 0 4
ARCH227 Technology I 4 0 4
ARCH370 IDP Registration - - 0
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18

Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I - - 0
Total - - 0

Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH240 Studio 04 0 12 6
ARCH265 History/Theory II 4 0 4
ARCH267 Technology II 4 0 4
PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
Total 11 14 18


EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH210 Studio 03 0 12 6
ARCH225 History/Theory I 4 0 4
ARCH227 Technology I 4 0 4
ARCH370 IDP Registration - - 0
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18

Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I - - 0
Total - - 0

Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH250 Studio 04 0 12 6
ARCH265 History/Theory II 4 0 4
ARCH267 Technology II  4 0 4
PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
Total 11 14 18


ADAPTIVE INTERVENTIONS CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH210 Studio 03 0 12 6
ARCH225 History/Theory I 4 0 4
ARCH227 Technology I 4 0 4
ARCH370 IDP Registration - - 0
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18

Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I - - 0
Total - - 0

Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH260 Studio 04 0 12 6
ARCH265 History/Theory II 4 0 4
ARCH267 Technology II  4 0 4
PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
Total 11 14 18


Junior Year


URBANISM  CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH310 Studio 05 0 12 6
ARCH367 Technology III 4 0 4
ARCH481 Structures I 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17

Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH340 Studio 06 0 12 6
ARCH465 Concentration Studies 4 0 4
ARCH531 Structures II 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17

Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II - - 0
Total - - 0


EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH320 Studio 05 0 12 6
ARCH367 Technology III 4 0 4
ARCH481 Structures I 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17

Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH350 Studio 06 0 12 6
ARCH465 Concentration Studies 4 0 4
ARCH531 Structures II 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17

Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II - - 0
Total - - 0


ADAPTIVE INTERVENTIONS CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH330 Studio 05 0 12 6
ARCH367 Technology III 4 0 4
ARCH481 Structures I 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17

Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH360 Studio 06 0 12 6
ARCH465 Concentration Studies  4 0 4
ARCH531 Structures Ii 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17

Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II - - 0
Total - - 0

Senior Year


URBANISM CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH410 Studio 07 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18

Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH450 Studio 08 0 12 6
ARCH465 Concentration Studies 4 0 4
ELECTIVE   Architecture Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE   Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18


EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH420 Studio 07 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18

Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH450 Studio 08 0 12 6
ARCH465 Concentration Studies 4 0 4
ELECTIVE   Architecture Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE   Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18


ADAPTIVE INTERVENTIONS CONCENTRATION
Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH430 Studio 07 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18

Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH450 Studio 08 0 12 6
ARCH465 Concentration Studies 4 0 4
ELECTIVE   Architecture Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE   Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18
R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours
* Please refer to the humanities/social sciences elective requirement.


Architecture Electives

Architecture Electives are listed below by concentration (and other) categories to assist students in shaping their course of study. Students are not required to choose electives within their area of concentration, and are encouraged to pursue breadth as well as depth in their architectural studies. 

The following list indicates the Department’s elective offerings during the last three years:

Adaptive Interventions

  • ARCH435 Design Methods
  • ARCH449 Constructing Sacred Space
  • ARCH453 History of Architectural Ornament
  • ARCH554 Theory Studies
  • ARCH590 Architectural Proportion: History, Theory & Application
  • ARCH590 Conception and Representation: Analog Boundaries in Digital Design
  • ARCH590 Design Thinking
  • ARCH590 Generative Design Computing
  • ARCH590 Heroic Modernism
  • ARCH590 Informal Architecture | Social Engagements
  • ARCH590 The Modern House
  • ARCH590 The Other American Moderns
  • ARCH590 Perception & Human Factors in Architecture
  • ARCH590 Urban Retrofit 
  • ARCH590 Vernacular Architecture

Emerging Technologies

  • ARCH432 Environmental Acoustics and Lighting
  • ARCH433 Tectonics And Design
  • ARCH558 Material Studies
  • ARCH590 Architecture, Energy, People
  • ARCH590 Bridge Architecture and Design
  • ARCH 590 Building Information Modeling in Architecture
  • ARCH590 Caveats of Digital Design: Practical Application of Digital Design & Fabrication
  • ARCH590 Computer-Based Structural Analysis & Design
  • ARCH590 Constructing Engagements
  • ARCH590 Design Computing & Digital Fabrication
  • ARCH590 Survey of Computational Design
  • ARCH590 Materials in Design
  • ARCH590 Plastic Geometries: Introduction to NURBS Modeling
  • ARCH590 Generative Design Computing 
  • ARCH590 Sustainable Design

Urbanism

  • ARCH560 Urban Studies
  • ARCH566 Latin American Architecture & Landscape
  • ARCH590 Architecture, Energy, People
  • ARCH590 Boston, the City and the Sea
  • ARCH590 Building the City of the Future
  • ARCH590 Community Development as Urban Design
  • ARCH590 Cultural Heritage & Urban Development
  • ARCH 590 Introduction to Urban Design & Planning
  • ARCH590 Italy
  • ARCH590 Mapping the City
  • ARCH590 Transitions in Religious Architecture in Asia Minor
  • ARCH590 Transportation Intervention & Urban / Community Design
  • ARCH590 Urban Infrastructure
  • ARCH590 Visual Perception & the City: The Lessons of Boston
  • ARCH590 Switzerland
  • ARCH590 Scandinavia

Representation

  • ARCH590 Architectural Analysis
  • ARCH590 Architectural Photography
  • ARCH590 Architecture Rendering: Color Techniques
  • ARCH590 BIM & Advanced Representational Media
  • ARCH590 Color Relations in Painting
  • ARCH590 Drawing and Thinking
  • ARCH590 Hand Drawing for Architects and Designers
  • ARCH590 Sculpture
  • ARCH590 Visualization & Interpretation in Architecture
  • ARCH590 Conception and Representation: Analog Boundaries in Digital Design
  • ARCH590 Why Architects Have Drawn

Professional Practice

  • ARCH537 Project Planning
  • ARCH590 Design Entrepreneurship
  • ARCH627 Fundamentals of Design Finance

 

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