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Mark Coen, Associate Registrar
617-989-4213
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Office of the Registrar
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Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115

Department of Architecture

Glenn E. Wiggins, Department Head
Annex North Room 105
Phone: 617-989-4470

Faculty

Professors

  • Ann Borst
  • John Ellis
  • Garrick Goldenberg
  • Thomas M. Lesko
  • Terry Moor
  • Weldon Pries
  • Glenn Wiggins

Associate Professors

  • Carol Burns
  • Charles J. Cimino
  • Phillip L. Comeau
  • Robert Cowherd
  • Manuel Delgado
  • Elizabeth Gibb
  • Patricia Boge Kendall
  • Lora Kim
  • Mark A. Klopfer
  • Anthony Kurneta
  • Michael W. MacPhail
  • Mark Pasnik
  • Ann Pitt

Assistant Professors

  • Anne Gilbert
  • Ingrid Strong
  • Rob Trumbour

Director - Study Abroad

  • Rolf Backmann
  • Nicolas Westphal

†on leave Fall 2010
‡on leave Fall 2010 and Spring 2011


Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science - Architecture
  • Master of Architecture - Architecture

Mission Statement

The Department of Architecture seeks to educate well-grounded design professionals, providing graduates with the skills and insight to make positive contributions to the built environment. The program places particular emphasis on the tangible, material nature of architecture and the technologies that inform it. The curriculum encompasses both the art and the science of architecture, examining the theoretical, historical, technological and cultural forces that shape our communities and the built environment.

Program Description

The architecture program at Wentworth is structured as a ten-semester/four-year pre-professional degree (BS-Arch) followed by a two-semester/one-year professional degree (M. Arch). The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is comprised of eight semesters/four years of on-campus curriculum plus two semesters of co-op work experience. Following this, students may apply to the one-year graduate-level program, which provides the basis for awarding the Master of Architecture degree.

All entering freshmen are admitted to the BS-Arch program. During the sophomore year, students apply to one of three concentrations: Form and Culture, Tectonic Studies, or Built Environment (see Program Concentrations below). Concentration selection is based on application, including a portfolio submission (see Application Process).

Upon successful completion of the BS-Arch curriculum, Wentworth students may apply to the MArch program at Wentworth, or may elect to continue their architectural studies elsewhere or to gain professional experience. Admission to the MArch program is based on a portfolio submission, GPA, a statement of intent and references (see Application Process). Students will complete their MArch program in the same academic concentration as their BS-Arch.

Students applying to the M. Arch program who have successfully completed a four-year NAAB-based program elsewhere will be eligible to complete the MArch at Wentworth in four semesters, contingent upon the department’s evaluation of their prior coursework.

Program Concentrations

The Architecture program at Wentworth offers three areas of concentration, which allow students to pursue a particular focus or point of emphasis in their study of architecture. The core architectural education is similar across concentrations: all achieve the same learning outcomes. Students express their preference of concentrations at the end of their second year (see Concentration Selection Process below).

Form and Culture/FC

This concentration explores the influence of the arts, humanities, and society on architecture and design. Seen through the lens of history and cultural expression, traditional and emerging design methods are engaged.

Tectonic Studies/TS

This concentration offers students an in-depth knowledge of the craft of materials and architectural assemblies that inform design. Tectonic Studies emphasizes the tangible, material nature of architecture, encompassing the art and science of making buildings.

Built Environment/BE

This concentration provides students with the skills and insight to make positive contributions to cities and communities by developing an understanding of existing social and physical context. Built Environment places particular emphasis on the complementary nature of urban design, built heritage, and cultural landscapes.

BS-ARCH Concentration Selection Process

Second-year students are required to submit a portfolio as part of the process for concentration selection. Students confer in advance with their academic advisor and studio faculty about which concentration best suits their interests and career goals. Placement in concentrations will be based upon a combination of a student’s departmental GPA (ARCH courses only) and a portfolio evaluation by department faculty. Submission deadlines and portfolio requirements will be announced by the department.

Cooperative Work Experience

The Department of Architecture has a substantial and well-established co-op education component embedded in the curriculum. BS-Arch students spend two semesters working in an architectural or allied design professional office. The department collaborates with the Institute’s Career Center to reinforce the learning content of these placements, and work experience may be applied to the Intern Development Program (IDP), a required step towards professional licensure.

Study Abroad Programs

The Department of Architecture offers several one-semester study abroad options for students in the BS-Arch program. Curriculum during this semester is fully aligned with required program coursework in Boston, allowing normal progress towards graduation. Participation is by application; the program accepts a limited number of students and is selective.

The department currently sponsors†on leave Fall 2010 ‡on leave Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 study abroad programs in Berlin and the south of France, led by resident architects who are Wentworth faculty members. During their residence abroad, students work closely with local design and planning professionals as well as with local students and community groups. There is also intensive travel-based coursework, which gives students additional perspective.

The Department of Architecture also has an agreement with The Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela, which provides the opportunity for interchange of students via co-op or focused travel/study programs.

Architecture
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The first two years of the BS-Arch program provide a broad introduction to the field of architecture and serve as the common core for all concentrations. Lecture courses convey an overview of the field—history, theory, technology, and practice—while studio courses focus on graphic skills, design fundamentals, and conceptual understanding of structure and building tectonics. The department’s emphasis on both the art and the science of architecture is stressed throughout this introductory curriculum.

The third and fourth years of the BS-Arch program build on the skills and knowledge of the first two years, while introducing students to more complex and varied studio topics—including building tectonics, site and environmental design, comprehensive design and community design—as well 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. Concentration-specific coursework allows students to develop an area of focus within a broad-based architectural education (see ‘Program Concentrations’).

ARCHITECTURE (BSA)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH115 Survey of Architecture I 3 0 3
ARCH155 Design Principles I 2 4 4
ENGL100 English I 4 0 4
MATH205 College Mathematics I 3 2 4
Total 12 6 15
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH165 Survey of Architecture II 3 0 3
ARCH175 Design Principles II 2 4 4
ENGL115 English II 3 0 3
MATH250 Precalculus 3 2 4
PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
Total 14 8 18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH235 Materials and Methods I 4 0 4
ARCH245 Architectural Design and Technology I 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
HUMN150 Art and Theory 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH335 Materials and Methods II 4 0 4
ARCH345 Architectural Design and Technology I 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
LITR445 Literature and the Modern Age 4 0 4
ENGL350 Writing Competency Assessment - - 0
Total 12 12 18

Form and Culture Concentration - Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH402 History of Architecture I 3 0 3
ARCH456 Studio III: Tectonics 0 12 6
ARCH481 Structures I 3 0 3
ARCH482 Site Planning and Landscape 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ARCH370 IDP Registration - - 0
13 12 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH502 History of Architecture II 3 0 3
ARCH516 Studio IV: Site & Environment 0 12 6
ARCH528 Environmental Systems 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
10 12 16
Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0

Form and Culture Concentration - Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH554 Theory Studies 3 0 3
ARCH556 Studio V: Comprehensive Design (Study Abroad) 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
11 12 17
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH531 Structures II 3 0 3
ARCH625 Professional Practice I: Contract Documents 4 0 4
ARCH656 Studio VI: Community Design 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Upper Level 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

Tectonic Studies - Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH406 History of Architecture I 3 0 3
ARCH467 Studio III: Tectonics 0 12 6
ARCH481 Structures I 3 0 3
ARCH528 Environmental Systems 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ARCH370 IDP Registration - - 0
Total 13 12 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP 400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH482 Site Planning and Landscape 3 0 3
ARCH517 Studio IV: Site & Environment 0 12 6
ARCH604 History of Architecture II 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
10 12 16

Tectonic Studies - Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP 600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH558 Material Studies 3 0 3
ARCH567 Studio V: Comprehensive Design (Study Abroad) 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
11 12 17
Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH531 Structures II 3 0 3
ARCH625 Professional Practice I: Contract Documents 4 0 4
ARCH667 Studio VI: Community Design 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
11 12 17

Built Environment Concentration - Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH408 History of Architecture I 3 0 3
ARCH469 Studio III: Tectonics 0 12 6
ARCH481 Structures I 3 0 3
ARCH528 Environmental Systems 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ARCH370 IDP Registration - - 0
13 12 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP 400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH482 Site Planning and Landscape 3 0 3
ARCH519 Studio IV: Site & Environment 0 12 6
ARCH606 History of Architecture II 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
10 12 16

Built Environment Concentration - Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP 600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH560 Urban Studies 3 0 3
ARCH569 Studio V: Comprehensive Design (Study Abroad) 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
11 12 17
Summer Semester Course R L C
ARCH531 Structures II 3 0 3
ARCH625 Professional Practice I: Contract Documents 4 0 4
ARCH669 Studio VI: Community Design 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
11 12 17

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours
* Please refer to the upper level humanities/social sciences elective requirement.

Architecture
Leading to the Master of Architecture Degree
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (MARC)

Form and Culture Concentration

Fall Semester R L C
ARCH916 Studio VII: Special Topics 0 12 6
ARCH926 Thesis Preparation I: Research Methods 4 0 4
ARCH936 Thesis Preparation II: Project Development 4 0 4
ELECTIVE General Elective 4 0 4
12 12 18
Spring Semester R L C
ARCH825 Professional Practice II: Project Management 4 0 4
ARCH956 Studio VIII: Thesis 0 12 6
ARCH976 Advanced Topics 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
12 12 18

Tectonic Studies Concentration

Fall Semester R L C
ARCH917 Studio VII: Special Topics 0 12 6
ARCH926 Thesis Preparation I: Research Methods 4 0 4
ARCH936 Thesis Preparation II: Project Development 4 0 4
ELECTIVE General Elective 4 0 4
12 12 18
Spring Semester
R L C
ARCH825 Professional Practice II: Project Management 4 0 4
ARCH967 Studio VIII: Thesis 0 12 6
ARCH977 Advanced Topics 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
12 12 18

Built Environment Concentration

Fall Semester R L C
ARCH919 Studio VII: Special Topics 0 12 6
ARCH926 Thesis Preparation I: Research Methods 4 0 4
ARCH936 Thesis Preparation II: Project Development 4 0 4
ELECTIVE General Elective 4 0 4
12 12 18
Spring Semester R L C
ARCH825 Professional Practice II: Project Management 4 0 4
ARCH969 Studio VIII: Thesis 0 12 6
ARCH979 Advanced Topics 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
12 12 18

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:

Form and Culture

  • 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 Scandinavia
  • ARCH590 Survey of Computational Design
  • ARCH590 Why Architects Have Drawn

Tectonic Studies

  • 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 Materials in Design
  • ARCH590 Plastic Geometries: Introduction to NURBS Modeling
  • ARCH590 Sustainable Design
  • ARCH590 Switzerland
  • ARCH590 Visualization & Interpretation in Architecture

Built Environment

  • 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 Urban Retrofit
  • ARCH590 Vernacular Architecture
  • ARCH590 Visual Perception & the City: The Lessons of Boston

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

Professional Practice

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

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