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Architecture Department

Michael McPhail, Chair - Foundation Studies
Annex North Room 114
Phone: 617-989-4455

Ann Borst, Chair - Undergraduate Studies
Annex North Room 109
Phone: 617-989-4430

John Ellis, Chair - Graduate Studies
Annex North Room 108
Phone: 617-989-4458

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
  • Patricia Boge Kendall*
  • Lora Kim
  • Mark A. Klopfer
  • Michael W. MacPhail
  • Marc Neveu
  • Mark Pasnik
  • Ann Pitt

Assistant Professors

  • Jennifer Lee
  • Ingrid Strong
  • Rob Trumbour

Director - Study Abroad

  • Rolf Backmann, Director (Germany)
  • Nicolas Westphal, Associate Director (France)

*On leave 2012-13

Department Mission Statement

Architectural education at Wentworth embraces the complex nature of architecture as a conceptual, technical, and social practice that is ultimately centered on the art of making.  The program encourages deep explorations in the material culture of architecture and challenges students to deploy this knowledge in ways that enrich the built environment and enhance people’s lives.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS-Arch)              pre-professional degree in architecture.

Master of Architecture (M.Arch)                                      professional degree in architecture; fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). (See ‘Accreditation’)

The architecture program at Wentworth is structured as a four-year (ten semester) pre-professional degree (BS-Arch.) followed by a one-year (two semester) professional degree (M.Arch) The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is comprised of eight semesters of on-campus curriculum plus two semesters of co-op work experience. The one-year graduate-level program provides the basis for awarding the Master of Architecture degree. The Department also offers a two-year program leading to a Master of Architecture degree (M.Arch) for students holding a 4-year NAAB-based pre-professional degree from another institution.

Undergraduate Studies – Architecture

Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree (BS-Arch)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS-Arch) program’s rigorous course of study centers on the design studio, where students work closely with faculty in explorations of design and design methods. Associated courses in history, theory, technology, and professional practice are closely related to design studio problems. Student learning is enhanced by two semesters of cooperative work experience as well as study abroad options.

All entering freshmen are admitted to the four-year BS-Arch program.  At the end of the sophomore year students focus their educational interests by choosing one of the three concentrations outlined below. The concentrations are not divergent areas of study, but rather run parallel to each other and allow students to pursue a particular focus within their study of architecture. 

Foundation curriculum:  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 materials, structure, building tectonics and environmental responsiveness. The department’s emphasis on both the art and the science of architecture is stressed throughout this introductory curriculum.

Upper level 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 ‘BS-Arch Program Concentrations’ on the next page).

Upon successful completion of the BS-Arch curriculum, Wentworth students may apply to the M. Arch program at Wentworth, or they may elect to continue their architectural studies at another institution or gain professional experience. Admission to the M. Arch program is based on application, including a portfolio submission. (see ‘Application Process’)

BS-Arch Program Concentrations

The undergraduate program in architecture offers three areas of concentration, which allow students to pursue a particular focus within their study of architecture. The core architectural education is equivalent across concentrations, and 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 art and theory on architecture and design.  Seen through the lens of history and cultural expression, traditional and emerging design methods are analyzed and engaged. 

Tectonic Studies/TS

This concentration emphasizes the tangible, material nature of architecture, encompassing the art and science of making buildings.  Students gain an in-depth knowledge of the materials and their corresponding assemblies in order to better inform design. 

Built Environment/BE

This concentration facilitates an understanding of the social and cultural fabric of the city and its inhabitants. It provides students with the skills and insight to make positive contributions to cities and communities. 

BS-ARCH Concentration Selection Process

Second-year students are required to submit a portfolio as part of the process of 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 are announced by the department each year.

Cooperative Work Experience

The Architecture Department has a substantial and well-established cooperative 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 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. The program includes intensive travel-based coursework, which gives students additional cultural perspective.

The Architecture Department 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.

Special Grade Requirement

1.  The Architecture Department has a special grade requirement that applies to all design studio courses from the sophomore year onward. Students in the BS-Arch degree program must comply with the following design studio grade requirement:

Final grade must be C or better if the final grade in the previous design studio is less than a C.

Students who receive a final grade below C for two consecutive semesters are not permitted to continue in the program until they successfully repeat the 2nd studio for which they received a sub-standard grade.

2. Students in the BS-Arch program must maintain a minimum departmental GPA of 2.5 (non-elective ARCH courses only) and an overall GPA of 2.0 to be in good academic standing.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ARCH115 Survey of Architecture I 3 0 3
ARCH155 Design Principles I 2 4 4
ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
MATH205 College Mathematics I 3 2 4
Total 13 4 15
Spring Semester Course R L C
ARCH165 Survey of Architecture II 3 0 3
ARCH175 Design Principles II 2 4 4
ENGLISH English Sequence† 3 0 3
MATH250 Precalculus 4 0 4
PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
Total 15 6 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
LITR445 Literature and the Modern Age 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
HUMN150 Art and Theory 4 0 4
ENGL350 Sophomore Writing Assessment 0 0 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 0 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
Total 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 0 12 6
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17
Summer Semester 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
Total 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 0 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 English requirement.
* Please refer to the upper level humanities/social sciences elective requirement.

Graduate Studies – Architecture: Leading to a Master of Architecture degree (M. Arch)

The Master of Architecture program at Wentworth provides graduates with the insight, skills, and perspective to pursue distinguished and rewarding careers in architecture and the allied design fields while also supplying the academic credential required for registration as an architect. Graduate study in architecture is an exhilarating and challenging enterprise, an opportunity for students to develop a focused position within a broad and rapidly evolving field. The graduate curriculum promotes research and design investigations on the linkages between theoretical frameworks, design intentions, and the tangible, material nature of architecture. A rigorous process of critical thinking is instilled through studios, seminars, and thesis preparation coursework. The program is structured as a one-year sequence of study for internal candidates and a two-year sequence of study for external candidates with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Architecture from an NAAB accredited program.

M.Arch Degree Program Application Process

Fourth-year BS-Arch students at Wentworth who wish to continue in the architecture program, and outside applicants from other 4-year NAAB-based pre-professional degree programs are required to submit an application for the M. Arch degree program (see ‘Note’ below). For further details on the program and admissions requirements please refer to the departmental web site (http://www.wit.edu/arch/programs/academic/march/index.html)

Note:  Students who achieve a minimum departmental GPA of 3.2 (non-elective ARCH courses from 1st through 3rd years only) in the BS-Arch program at Wentworth automatically qualify for acceptance into the M. Arch degree program for the following year.  Students meeting this standard must submit an application and an official transcript.

SPECIAL GRADING REQUIREMENT

 Students in the M. Arch program must maintain a grade of B or higher in all required architecture courses to be in good academic standing

Curriculum for One Year M. Arch

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

Curriculum for Two Year M. Arch*

Year One

Fall Semester R L C
ARCH900 Graduate Studio I 0 12 6
ARCH554 Theory Studies 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Architectural Elective 4 0 4
11 12 17
Spring Semester R L C
ARCH910 Graduate Studio II 0 12 6
ARCH558 or Material Studies 3 0 3
ARCH560 Urban Studies
ARCH625 Professional Practice I: Contract Documents 4 0 4
ARCH976 Advanced Topics 4 0 4
Total 11 12 17

Year Two

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
Total 12 12 18

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours
*Proposed

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 ARCH554 Theory Studies
ARCH590 Architectural Proportion Beyond Architecture? 1960’s Indeterminacy and New Materiality in Spatial Practice ARCH590 Analysis of Contemporary Buildings and Architectural Movements
ARCH590 Conception and Representation ARCH590 Design Thinking
ARCH590 Digital Studies ARCH590 Generative Design Computing
ARCH590 Heroic Modernism ARCH590 Informal Architecture | Social Engagements
ARCH590 Marcel Breuer: American Houses ARCH590 The Modern House
ARCH590 The Other American Moderns ARCH590 Perception & Human Factors in Architecture
ARCH590 Poetics ARCH590 Scandinavia
ARCH590 Syntax of Spatialities

Tectonic Studies

ARCH432 Environmental Acoustics and Lighting ARCH558 Material Studies
ARCH590 Architecture, Energy, People ARCH590 Caveats of Digital Design
ARCH590 Computer-Assisted Building Systems Analysis & Design ARCH590 Computer-Based Structural Analysis & Design
ARCH590: Conception and Representation: Analog Boundaries in Digital Design ARCH590 Constructing Engagements
ARCH590 Design Computing & Digital Fabrication ARCH590 Developing BIM-Based Solutions in Architecture
ARCH590 Digital Tectonics ARCH590 Geomatter
ARCH590 Learning LEED ARCH590 Sustainable Design
ARCH590 Switzerland ARCH590 Temporary Structures and Mobile Architecture
ARCH590 Visualization & Interpretation in Architecture


Built Environment

ARCH560 Urban Studies ARCH566 Latin American Architecture & Landscape
ARCH590 American Architecture from 1600 to 1900 ARCH590 Approaches to Public Space
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 ARCH590 Designing Towards an Ecological Democracy
ARCH590 Introduction to Urban Design & Planning ARCH590 Italy
ARCH590 Mapping the City ARCH590 Reading and Representing the Urban Form
ARCH590 Responsive Architecture, Reflexive City ARCH590 The Space Between
ARCH590 Transitions in Religious Architecture: Asia Minor ARCH590 Transportation Invention & Urban/Community Design
ARCH590 Urban Infrastructure ARCH590 Vernacular Architecture
ARCH590: Visual Perception & the City: The Lessons of Boston

Representation

ARCH590 Architectural Photography ARCH590 Architecture Rendering: Color Techniques
ARCH590 BIM & Advanced Representational Media ARCH590 Color
ARCH590 Color Relations in Painting ARCH590 Drawing and Thinking
ARCH590 Hand Drawing for Architects and Designers ARCH590 Introduction to Autodesk Revit Architecture
ARCH590 Spatial Color

Professional Practice

ARCH537 Project Planning ARCH627 Design Entrepreneurship
ARCH590 Fundamentals of Design Finance

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