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Architecture Department

Glenn Wiggins, Dean

Annex North Room 105

617-989-4470

COLLEGE VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT                         

The College of Architecture, Design, and Construction Management at Wentworth is deeply rooted in the tradition of design, construction, and technological innovation. These core values are woven throughout each of the departments within the College. The degree programs seek to educate well-grounded professionals, equipping graduates with the skills and insights to make positive contributions to our built environment. The programs place particular emphasis on the tangible, material nature of making, and the technologies that inform it.

ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT

Michael MacPhail, Chair                      

Annex North Room 114                                                               

617-989-4455                                                                            

FACULTY

Professors

Ann Borst

Thomas M. Lesko

Manuel Delgado

Terry Moor

John Ellis

Weldon Pries

Garrick Goldenberg

Glenn Wiggins

Associate Professors

Carol Burns

Mark A. Klopfer

Charles J. Cimino

Michael W. MacPhail

Phillip L. Comeau

Marc Neveu

Robert Cowherd

Mark Pasnik

Lora Kim

Ann Pitt

Assistant Professors

Jennifer Lee Michaliszyn

Robert Trumbour

Ingrid Strong

Study Abroad

Rolf Backmann, Director (Germany)

Nicolas Westphal, Associate Director (France)

 

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

Architecture (Bachelor of Science) pre-professional degree in architecture
Architecture (Master of Architecture) 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.  During 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. 

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’ on page 82).

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 during their second year (see ‘Concentration Selection Process’ below).

Adaptive Interventions

This concentration investigates architecture as a discipline in which the 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.

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.

DEGREE DETAILS

Total credits for degree: 136

This is a four year program that begins in the fall of the student’s first year and is planned to end in the spring semester of the fourth year.

Students select one of three concentrations – Adaptive Interventions, Emerging Technologies, or Urbanism – which is the focus of selected courses starting in the second year.

Please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog (beginning on page xxx) for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

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.

ARCHITECTURE – ADAPTIVE INTERVENTIONS CONCENTRATION

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

Freshman Year

ARCH110

Studio 01

6

ARCH120

Studio 02

6

 

MATH205

College Mathematics I

4

MATH250

Precalculus

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

14

14

Sophomore Year

ARCH210

Studio 03

6

COOP400

Co-op Work Term I

0

ARCH260

Studio 04

6

ARCH225

History/Theory 01

4

 

ARCH265

History/Theory 02

4

ARCH227

Technology 01

4

ARCH267

Technology 02

4

ARCH370

IDP Registration

0

PHYS210

College Physics I

4

ELECTIVE
Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

0

18

Junior Year

ARCH330

Studio 05

6

ARCH360

Studio 06

6

Co-op Work Term II

0

ARCH367

Technology 03

4

ARCH465

Concentration Studies

4

 

ARCH481

Structures 01

3

ARCH531

Structures 02

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

18

0

Senior Year

ARCH430

Studio 07

6

ARCH450

Studio 08

6

 

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ARCH465

Concentration Studies

4

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

18

ARCHITECTURE – EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CONCENTRATION

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

Freshman Year

ARCH110

Studio 01

6

ARCH120

Studio 02

6

 

MATH205

College Mathematics I

4

MATH250

Precalculus

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

14

14

Sophomore Year

ARCH210

Studio 03

6

COOP400

Co-op Work Term I

0

ARCH250

Studio 04

6

ARCH225

History/Theory 01

4

 

ARCH265

History/Theory 02

4

ARCH227

Technology 01

4

ARCH267

Technology 02

4

ARCH370

IDP Registration

0

PHYS210

College Physics I

4

ELECTIVE
Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

0

18

Junior Year

ARCH320

Studio 05

6

ARCH350

Studio 06

6

Co-op Work Term II

0

ARCH367

Technology 03

4

ARCH465

Concentration Studies

4

 

ARCH481

Structures 01

3

ARCH531

Structures 02

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

18

0

Senior Year

ARCH420

Studio 07

6

ARCH450

Studio 08

6

 

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ARCH465

Concentration Studies

4

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

18

ARCHITECTURE – URBANISM CONCENTRATION

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

Freshman Year

ARCH110

Studio 01

6

ARCH120

Studio 02

6

 

MATH205

College Mathematics I

4

MATH250

Precalculus

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

14

14

Sophomore Year

ARCH210

Studio 03

6

COOP400

Co-op Work Term I

0

ARCH240

Studio 04

6

ARCH225

History/Theory 01

4

 

ARCH265

History/Theory 02

4

ARCH227

Technology 01

4

ARCH267

Technology 02

4

ARCH370

IDP Registration

0

PHYS210

College Physics I

4

ELECTIVE
Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

0

18

Junior Year

ARCH310

Studio 05

6

ARCH340

Studio 06

6

Co-op Work Term II

0

ARCH367

Technology 03

4

ARCH465

Concentration Studies

4

 

ARCH481

Structures 01

3

ARCH531

Structures 02

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

18

0

Senior Year

ARCH410

Studio 07

6

ARCH450

Studio 08

6

 

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ARCH465

Concentration Studies

4

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

18

Graduate Studies - Architecture

Leading to a Master of Architecture degree (M. Arch)


Jonathan Foote, Director

Annex North Room 106

617-989-4462

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 3.20 (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.

DEGREE DETAILS

Total credits for degree: 36 (one year) or 70 (two year)

This is a one or two year program that begins in the fall of the student’s first year and is planned to end in the spring semester of the first or second year.

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. Please refer to the section Graduation Requirements – Graduate Programs for more information.

ARCHITECTURE (ONE YEAR)

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

First Year

 

ARCH916

Studio VII: Special Topics

6

ARCH825

Professional Practice II: Project Management

4

 

ARCH926

Thesis Preparation I: Research Methods

4

ARCH956

Studio VIII: Thesis

6

ARCH936

Thesis Preparation II: Project Development

4

ARCH976

Advanced Topics

4

ELECTIVE

General

4

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

18

 

ARCHITECTURE (TWO YEAR)

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

First Year

ARCH900

Graduate Studio I

6

ARCH910

Graduate Studio II

6

 

ARCH554

Theory Studies

3

ARCH558 or ARCH560

Material Studies OR Urban Studies

3

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ARCH625

Professional Practice I: Contract Documents

4

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

ARCH976

Advanced Topics

4

TOTAL CREDITS

17

17

Second Year

 

ARCH916

Studio VII: Special Topics

6

ARCH825

Professional Practice II: Project Management

4

 

ARCH926

Thesis Preparation I: Research Methods

4

ARCH956

Studio VIII: Thesis

6

ARCH936

Thesis Preparation II: Project Development

4

ARCH976

Advanced Topics

4

ELECTIVE

General

4

ELECTIVE

Architecture

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

18

ARCHITECTURE ELECTIVES

Architecture Electives are listed 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 is indicative of the Department’s elective course offerings in recent years:

Urbanism/Adaptive Interventions

ARCH435 Design Methods

ARCH590 Adaptive Reuse as Urban Design

ARCH590 Alvar Aalto Seminar & Workshop

ARCH590 American Architecture 1600-1900

ARCH590 Analysis of Contemporary Buildings and Architectural Movements

ARCH590 Approaches to Public Space

ARCH590 Architecture Through Furniture

ARCH590 BIM in Sustainable Design

ARCH590 Boston, the City and the Sea

ARCH590 Community Development as Urban Design

ARCH590 Constructing Symbolic and Sacred Space

ARCH590 Cultural Construction of Asian Cities

ARCH590 Designing for Social Innovation

ARCH590 Design Towards an Eco-Democracy

ARCH590 Digital Studies

ARCH590 Heroic Modernism

ARCH590 Latin American Architecture & Landscape

ARCH590 Louis I. Kahn, Architecture and Technology, Seminar and Workshop

ARCH590 Mapping the City

ARCH590 Marcel Breuer: American Houses

ARCH590 Master Planning

ARCH590 Poetics

ARCH590 Reading and Representing the Urban Form

ARCH590 Responsive Architecture, Reflexive City

ARCH590 Sacred Space for the Major World Religions

ARCH590 Storytelling for Architects

ARCH590 The Pritzker Prize

ARCH590 The Space Between

ARCH590 Transportation Invention & Urban/Community Design

ARCH590 Urban Infrastructure

ARCH590 Vernacular Architecture

ARCH590 Visual Perception & the City: The Lessons of Boston

Emerging Technologies

ARCH432 Environmental Acoustics and Lighting

ARCH590 Bridge Architecture and Design

ARCH590 Caveats of Digital Design

ARCH590 Computer –Assisted Building Systems Analysis & Design

ARCH590 Computer-Based Structural Analysis & Design

ARCH590 Decorative Materials/Surfaces in Architecture

ARCH590 Design Computing & Digital Fabrication

ARCH590 Developing BIM-Based Solutions in Architecture

ARCH590 Digital Tectonics

ARCH590 Geomatter

ARCH590 Learning LEED

ARCH590 Net Zero Energy Housing

ARCH590 The Computational Facade

ARCH590 Temporary Structures and Mobile Architecture

Representation

ARCH590 Ideogramming In-Design

ARCH590 3D Visualization & 3D Printing

ARCH590 Advanced Hand Drawing for Architecture – Projective Geometry

ARCH590 Architectural Proportions

ARCH590 Color

ARCH590 Color Relationships        

ARCH590 Hand Drawing for Architects and Designers

ARCH590 Introduction to Autodesk Revit Architecture

ARCH590 Pattern Making/Texture Mapping

ARCH590 Space Through Hand Drawing

ARCH590 Spatial Color

ARCH590 Watercolor Rendering

Professional Practice

ARCH590 Design Entrepreneurship

ARCH627 Fundamentals of Design Finance

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