Graduate Architecture



Digi-Blast, Summer Preparatory Studio, Physics for Architects, History of Architecture Please see link to blog post for schedule and information.


In the summer abroad programs, students study and travel for approximately 4 weeks at the beginning of the summer (mid-May through mid-June) and receive 1 elective course unit of credit. These programs are open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Design Studio II

502-201, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Annette Fierro - Coordinator

An introductory architectural design studio through which students develop critical, analytical and speculative design abilities in architecture. Students develop representational techniques for the analysis of social and cultural constructs, and formulate propositions for situating built form in the arena of the urban and suburban environment. The studio initiates innovation through a sequence of projects, spatial models and rule sets that introduce each student to rule-based design processes-- in which a reversal of expectations leads to the creation of novel spaces and structures. It introduces computation, geometric techniques, and digital fabrication. Projects explore the formation of space in relation to the body, and the developments of small scale public programs.

History and Theory II

512-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Daniel Barber

This course examines the history of modern architecture since World War II, with an emphasis on relationships between architectural practices and increasing knowledge of the environment. Buildings, projects, and texts are situated within the historical constellations of ideas, values, and technologies that inform them through a series of close readings. Rather than presenting a parade of movements or individuals, the class introduces topics as overlaying strata, with each new issue adding greater complexity even as previous layers retain their significance.

Visual Studies II

522-101, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Nate Hume

Visual Studies II extends the use of the computer as a tool for architectural representation and fabrication by engaging in digital three-dimensional modeling. Modeling is approached first of all as a set of techniques for exploring and determining design intent and direction. Attention is given to precision and detailed modeling, paralleled by the development of the critical understanding for the constructive translation between physical and digital working environments. This course analyzes the intensive and extensive properties at the scale of the city through a series of mapping exercises. Computational strategies of transformation are deployed to create explicit formations, by utilizing the analytical methods as generative procedures. The resulting systems become the basis for experimentation with computer aided manufacturing tools of the school. In parallel to the development of modeling skills, exercises in visualization emphasize both the analytic and affective possibilities of computer generated imagery.

Construction II

532-401, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Franca Trubiano

Lecture and digital modeling course exploring the basic principles of architectural technology and building construction. The course is focused on building materials, methods of on-site and off-site construction, architectural assemblies, and the performance of materials. A continuation of Construction I, focusing on light and heavy steel frame construction, concrete construction, light and heavyweight cladding systems and systems building.

Structures II

536-401, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Richard Farley

A continuation of the equilibrium analysis of structures covered in Structures I. A review of one-dimensional structural elements; a study of arches, slabs and plates, curved surface structures, lateral and dynamic loads; survey of current and future structural technology. The course comprises both lectures and a weekly laboratory in which various structural elements, systems, materials and technical principles are explored.

Design Studio IV

602-201, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Simon Kim - Coordinator

In this studio series students examine architecture as a cultural agent and examine the way buildings establish and organize dynamic relationships between site, program and material. The design of a complex building of approximately 50,000 SF provides the pedagogical focus for this research. Students expand their skills through geometrical organization, site analysis and building massing/orientation to related to program organization, circulation and egress, building systems and materials. The conceptual focus of the course is centered on the program of dwelling and how this program can be employed to develop and promote dynamic relationships and conditions through time, both within the building and between the building, and the context. Through research and experimentation students integrate ecological processes into their design methodology to support design innovations in the building's structure, its construction assemblies, environmental systems, and materials. Students work towards a high level of design resolution and visual representation, including the articulation of the building structure and its material assembly/enclosure.

Environmental Systems II

634-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

William Braham

In the spring portion of Environmental Systems we consider the environmental systems of larger, more complex buildings. Contemporary buildings are characterized by the use of systems such as ventilation, heating, cooling, dehumidification, lighting, communications, and controls that not only have their own demands, but interact dynamically with one another. Their relationship to the classic architectural questions about building size and shape are even more complex. With the introduction of sophisticated feedback and control systems, architects are faced with conditions that are virtually animate and coextensive at many scales with the natural and man-made environments in which they are placed.

Material Formations

636-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Robert Stuart-Smith

Material Formations introduces robotic production and material dynamics as active agents in design rationalization and expression. The course investigates opportunities for designers to synthesize multiple performance criteria within architecture. Technical theory, case-studies, and practical tutorials will focus on the incorporation of simulation, generative computation, and robot fabrication concerns within design. While production is traditionally viewed as an explicit and final act of execution, the course explores the potential for all aspects of building production to participate within the creative design process, potentially producing performance and affect. Students will develop skills and experience in computer programming, physics-based simulation, and robot motion planning. A design research project will be undertaken through a number of discrete assignments that requires a design synthesis between form and material considerations alongside robotic production constraints. The course will explore design as the outcome of materially formative processes of computation and production.

Professional Practice I

671-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Philip Ryan

Arch 671 is the first of a three course sequence that discusses the issues and processes involved in running a professional architectural practice and designing buildings in the contemporary construction environment. Arch 671 will begin by briefly outlining the overall course sequence in order to locate the first section in the context of the next two courses, Arch 672 and Arch 772. From there the course will describe the methods involved in getting, designing, and constructing a building project. The lectures will draw connections between the student’s studio design knowledge to date and the instructor’s experience in practice including local building examples and guest lectures by relevant professionals. The second half of the semester will build on the understanding of the project execution process to then shape how an office is formed and managed. This foundation will set up the segue to Arch 672 which will delve into more detailed analysis of legal, financial, and risk/quality management practices.

Research Studio

704-201, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Various Faculty

In the final semester of the program, students select from three options: 1) An elective design studio, selected from among the advanced architectural design studios offered by the Department of Architecture; 2) a research studio, the exploration of a topic or theme established by an individual faculty member or group of faculty members; or 3) an independent thesis, the exploration of a topic or theme under the supervision of a thesis advisor.

Independent Thesis

706-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Annette Fierro

In the final semester of the program, students select from three options; 1) An elective design studio; selected from among the advanced architectural design studios offered by the Department of Architecture; 2) a research studio, the exploration of a topic or theme established by an individual faculty member or group of faculty members; or 3) an independent thesis, the exploration of a topic or theme under the supervision of a thesis advisor.

Bioclimatic Agency

708-201, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

William Braham

Within the broad category of Design with Climate, our work will focus on the design of responsive or intelligent envelopes that selectively enhance the performance of the building-as-a-shelter. This can be achieved through the careful selection of material properties and the thoughtful configuration of building form, as well as through the design of openings that can sense their environments and change their properties accordingly. Taken together, we can call them the building's bioclimatic agency: "the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power," whether that is the power of human or nonhuman action.

Visible Cities: Urban Architecture of Tomorrow

712-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Ariel Genadt

Towards what kind of city do architects design? In the 21st century, responses to this question have hovered between two poles: one sees the city as a collection of visually and economically autonomous objects, free from ground and history; the other - as a subset of a realm where all things are connected through topography, air, water, energy flows, cybernetics and economy. In all cases, for designers, questions remain open as to the degree to which architecture should represent or resist mimicking its autonomy from, or continuity with its ecological and social milieus. Since architecture’s singularity and connectedness are perforce linked to the vicissitudes of sociology, politics, economy and ecology, the city is a perpetually changing reflection of culture. Though it often appears that a chasm separates singularity and connectedness in urban architecture, their current cohabitation within the same environment indicates that both respond to human needs. This seminar aims to foster conversations around a variety of approaches to these questions. It takes its cues from imaginary visions of cities and future lifestyles, from the late 20th century and first two decades of the 21st, both built and imaginary as some extreme scenarios presented in science fiction films and speculative drawings. The seminar does not aim to provide a historic survey of urban theories that have been covered in other courses. It focuses on architects’ contributions to future cityscapes through the design of urban buildings and landscapes.

The New Materiality

712-002, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Manuel Delanda

This lecture series introduces students to the basic philosophical concepts needed to understand morphogenesis, or the Birth of Form, both as it occurs spontaneously in Nature, and as it takes place under human guidance. Morphogenesis is one of the basic concepts in what has come to be known as the New Materiality. Many important architects (Lebbeus Woods, Jessi Reiser, Achim Mengues, Monica Ponce de Leon and several others) have already embraced the basic ideas of this new philosophy, and entire issues of architectural magazines have been dedicated to it. This class introduces students to the New Materiality using case studies relevant to architects: the fields of structural engineering and materials science and engineering, as well as the field of computer simulations, from the ones routinely used in CAD to those (genetic algorithms, neural nets) slowly making their way into architectural practice.

Articulate Building Envelopes: Construction and Expression

712-003, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Ariel Genadt

In the 20th century, building envelopes have become the prime architectural subject of experimentations and investments, as well as physical failures and theoretical conflicts. This seminar examines the meaning of performance of 20th-century envelopes by unfolding their functions and behaviors in salient case studies, in practice and in theory. While the term performance is often used to denote quantifiable parameters, such as exchanges of energy, airs and waters, this seminar seeks to recouple these with other, simultaneous performances, which can be grouped under the term articulation. Albeit numbers cannot describe articulation, its consideration is key to the interpretation of quantifiable performances. Ultimately, the articulation of envelopes’ polyvalence is the measure of their civic pertinence.

Detroiters’ Spatial Imagination, Vol.2 Architectural Translations of Grassroots Networks Eduardo Rega Calvo

712-005, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Eduardo Rega Calvo

Recently designated as City of Design by UNESCO, Detroit has become a key protagonist in American architecture discourse through events like the 2016 US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Contesting the uncritical premises of such events, the Detroiters’ Spatial Imagination seminar aims to reflect and develop collective architecture research on contemporary Detroiters’ visionary architectural and urban activist practices that refuse capitalist exploitation vis a vis the city’s economic transformation, from top-down disinvestment to bottom-up self-provisioning and organizing. Through reading discussions and mobilizing various tools of inquiry on the city, the seminar will investigate those involved in the long-term and grassroots processes that have been redrawing the limits of socio-political organization and revitalizing communities in Detroit using spatial practices, art and design to facilitate people’s participation in the production of their built environment. The work produced in the seminar will included in the Architectures of Refusal platform which brings to focus the emancipatory spatial practices of social movements that oppose the neoliberal oligarchical status quo. The work will be part of an exhibition that will open at the beginning of the fall semester of 2018, a publication and will be featured in UrbanNext, an online platform by Actar Publishers.

Baroque Parameters

712-401, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Andrew Saunders

Deep plasticity and dynamism of form, space and light are explicit signatures of the Baroque Architecture; less obvious are the disciplined mathematical principles that generate these effects. Through art historians, Rudolf Wittkower, Heinrich Wolfflin, and John Rupert Martin in addition to philosopher Gottfried Leibniz (via Gilles Deleuze), Robin Evans and the history of mathematics by Morris Kline, the course will examine how geometry and mathematics were integral to 17th-century science, philosophy, art, architecture and religion. The new revelation of a heliocentric universe, nautical navigation in the Age of Expansion, and the use of gunpowder spawned new operative geometry of elliptical paths, conic sections and differential equations. The geometric and political consequences of these advances are what link Baroque architects Francesco Borromini and Guarino Guarini to other great thinkers of the period including Decartes, Galileo, Kepler, Desargues, and Newton. Through the exploitation of trigonometric parameters of the arc and the chord, Baroque architects produced astonishing effects, performance and continuity. Generative analysis by parametric reconstruction and new speculative modeling will reexamine the base principles behind 17-century topology and reveal renewed relevance of the Baroque to the contemporary

Museum as Site: Critique, Intervention, and Production

714-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Andrea Hornick

In this course, we will take the museum as a site for critique, invention, and production. As architecture, cultural institution, and site of performance, the museum offers many relevant opportunities. Students will visit, analyze, and discuss a number of local exhibitions and produce their own intervention in individual or group projects. Exhibition design, design of museum, the process of curating, producing artworks ranging from paintings to installation and performance, as well as attention to conservation, installation, museum education, and the logistics and economics of exhibitions will be discussed on site and in seminar. These topics and others will be open for students to engage as part of their own creative work produced for the class and an online exhibition.

Technology in Design: The Mathematics of Tiling in Architectural Design

724-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Joshua J. Freese

The aim of this course is to understand the new medium of architecture within the format of a research seminar. The subject matter of new media is to be examined and placed in a disciplinary trajectory of building designed and construction technology that adapts to material and digital discoveries. We will also build prototype with the new media, and establish a disciplinary knowledge for ourselves. The seminar is interested in testing the architecture-machine relationship, moving away from architecture that looks like machines into architecture that behaves like machines: An intelligence (based on the conceptual premise of a project and in the design of a system), as part of a process (related to the generative real of architecture) and as the object itself and its embedded intelligence.

Technology in Design: Data and Adaptation

724-002, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Mark Nicol

The aim of this course is to understand the new medium of architecture within the format of a research seminar. The subject matter of new media is to be examined and placed in a disciplinary trajectory of building designed and construction technology that adapts to material and digital discoveries. We will also build prototype with the new media, and establish a disciplinary knowledge for ourselves. The seminar is interested in testing the architecture-machine relationship, moving away from architecture that looks like machines into architecture that behaves like machines: An intelligence (based on the conceptual premise of a project and in the design of a system), as part of a process (related to the generative real of architecture) and as the object itself and its embedded intelligence.

Design Thinking

725-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Sarah E. Rottenberg

Creating new product concepts was once a specialized pursuit exclusively performed by design professionals in isolation from the rest of an organization. Today's products are developed in a holistic process involving a collaboration among many disciplines. Design thinking - incorporating processes, approaches, and working methods from traditional designers' toolkits - has become a way of generating innovative ideas to challenging problems and refining those ideas. Rapid prototyping techniques, affordable and accessible prototyping platforms, and an iterative mindset have enabled people to more reliably translate those ideas into implementable solutions. In this course, students will be exposed to these techniques and learn how to engage in a human-centered design process.

Industrial Design I

727-401, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Peter W. Bressler

Industrial design (ID) is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer. Industrial designers develop these concepts and specifications through collection, analysis and synthesis of user needs data guided by the special requirements of the client or manufacturer. They are trained to prepare clear and concise recommendations through drawings, models and verbal descriptions. The profession has evolved to take its appropriate place alongside Engineering and Marketing as one of the cornerstones of Integrated Product Design teams. The core of Industrial Design's knowledge base is a mixture of fine arts, commercial arts and applied sciences utilized with a set of priorities that are firstly on the needs of the end user and functionality, then the market and manufacturing criteria. This course will provide an overview and understanding of the theories, thought processes and methodologies employed in the daily practice of Industrial Design. This includes understanding of ethnographic research and methodologies, product problem solving, creative visual communication, human factors / ergonomics application and formal and surface development in product scale. This course will not enable one to become an industrial designer but will enable one to understand and appreciate what industrial design does, what it can contribute to society and why it is so much fun.

Design of Contemporary Products

728-401, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Mario Gentile

Personalization is quickly becoming the norm for mass production in a variety of consumer-centric industries. From retail to food, the idea of designing and making custom-made products tailored to fit one’s lifestyle will be our exploration. Utilizing digital design innovations, we are able to incubate ideas, prototype, test and be entrepreneurial in design to create these individualized products. Cues from these industries will be used to shift both cultural and experiential product design from a regional discovery to a global focus. This course will embrace digital design and utilize its engagement with manufacturing solutions for a physical output. Through research and a series of design exercises, the approach will be built upon several strategies including adaptability, materiality, fabrication, modularity, and human-centric design. The final project will interpret the research and result in the creation of a design strategy for a mass customized product or system.

Techniques, Morphology, and Details of a Pavilion

730-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Mohamad Al Khayer

The course will develop through hands-on workshops and will focus on acquiring knowledge through making (Techne), understanding the morphological transformation of a given geometic packing, and building using readily available materials. The process consists of building and testing physical models that simulates the actual pavilion. In addition to digital simulation sessions to realize the desired design, which answers to the program developed by PennDesign faculty. The second half of the semester will focus on using lightweight construction materials to fabricate the pavilion's actual components, including structural elements, molded components, and joints, which are required for pavilion's final assembly. Additionally students will learn to organize design and fabrication teams, control design and production schedules, and work with set budget, which requires keeping track of construction cost and forecast for required procurements, including material quantities takeoff, ordering and schedule deliveries and receiving.

Advanced Enclosures: Techniques and Materials

732-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Charles Jay Berman

This seminar seeks to expand a framework of understanding enclosures as integral to the student’s architectural intentions. We will seek to move beneath the numerical facts of what is accepted as facade design (criteria, codes, loads, forces and consumptions) to seek a deeper understanding of the generative process underlying these physical criteria in order to evade the mere acceptance of these external facts to the intentions of the Architect. The nature of enclosures will be explored through methods of analysis and interrogation of materials, their attributes, and their forms of assembly and the natures of their manufacture. The vehicle for this interrogation will be the act of drawing and assembling. Case studies of new materials, new processes and new applications will provide the basis gaining this dissecting /cutting ability (Frascari). In addition the students will engage in generative detailing exercises, at simultaneous scales, to analyze and apply these decontextualized results to reveal their nature manifest in facade.

Tiny House: Design to Production

732-002, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Masoud Akbarzadeh

The course intends to address the challenges in the design development process and fabrication of the Tiny House concept developed in the Fall 2017 studio. The primary objectives include ensuring the structural integrity of the prefab systems, sealing strategies and the necessary foundation for the structure, meticulous detailing the interior and exterior of the house, overcoming the fabrication challenges, and defining the assembly logic/sequence to complete the house. To achieve these goals, the students will design the assembly mechanisms for prefab systems and the junction between the glazing and the concrete. Also, they will investigate on the material transition from exterior to the interior and will provide solutions to include furniture, equipment, and embedded lighting within the modules. The outcome of the course will consist of the complete construction document for the whole house and a one-to-one scale prototype of minimum three assembled modules to reflect the solutions for the challenges of building the tiny house.

Deployable Structures

732-003, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Mohamad Al Khayer

The objective of this course is to introduce the rapidly growing field of deployable structures through hands on experiments conducted in workshop environments. Students develop skills in making deployable structures.


732-004, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Jessica Zofchak

This course aims to introduce fundamental daylighting concepts and tools to analyze daylighting design. The wide range of topics to be studied includes site planning, building envelope and shading optimization, passive solar design, daylight delivery methods, daylight analysis structure and results interpretation, and a brief daylighting and lighting design integration.

Principles of Digital Fabrication

732-005, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Mikael L. Avery

Through the almost seamless ability to output digital designs to physical objects, digital fabrication has transformed the way designers work. At this point, many of the tools and techniques of digital fabrication are well established and almost taken for granted within the design professions. To begin this course we will review these ‘traditional’ digital fabrication techniques in order to establish a baseline skill set to work from. We will then explore hybrid approaches to digital fabrication in which multiple techniques are utilized within the same work. During all of these exercise we will discuss the development of 3D printing and its place in the digital fabrication dialogue.

Heavy Architecture

732-006, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Philip Ryan

Heavy Architecture is a seminar that will examine buildings that, through their tectonics or formal expression, connote a feeling of weight, permanence, or “heaviness”. Analysis of these buildings and methods of construction stand in relation to the proliferation of thin, formally exuberant, and, by virtue of their use or commodified nature, transient buildings. The course is not a rejection or formal critique of “thin” architecture, but instead an analysis of the benefits and drawbacks of the “heavy” building type in terms of a building’s financial, environmental, symbolic or conceptual, and functional goals. The course will parse the alleged nostalgic or habitual reputation of “heavy” architecture within the context of architecture’s ongoing struggle to be the vanguard of the built environment even while its relevancy and voice is challenged by economic, stylistic, and social forces.

Ecological Architecture – Contemporary Practices

734-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Todd Woodward

Architecture is an inherently exploitive act - we take resources from the earth and produce waste and pollution when we construct and operate buildings. As global citizens, we have an ethical responsibility to minimize these negative impacts. As creative professionals, however, we have a unique ability to go farther than simply being "less bad." We are learning to design in ways that can help heal the damage and regenerate our environment. This course explores these evolving approaches to design - from neo-indigenous to eco-tech to LEED to biomimicry to living buildings. Taught by a practicing architect with many years of experience designing green buildings, the course also features guest lecturers from complementary fields - landscape architects, hydrologists, recycling contractors and materials specialists. Coursework includes in-class discussion, short essays and longer research projects.

Building Acoustics

736-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Joseph Solway

This course covers the fundamentals of architectural acoustics and the interdependence between acoustics and architectural design. The course explores the effects of materials and room shape on sound absorption, reflection and transmission, and demonstrates how modeling, visualization and auralization can be used to understand acoustic and aid the design process. The course includes a lecture on the history and future of performance space design, a visit to the Arup SoundLab in New York and two assignments, one practical (Boom Box) and one theoretical (Sound Space).

Speculative Methods on How Product Design Informs Architecture Aaron Pavkov

736-003, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Aaron Pavkov

Innovation in product design is evolving rapidly, with high customer expectations for product aesthetics, performance, intelligence, and connectivity. How does this relate to architecture? What can architects learn from product design to improve design and detail in their work? How can human-centered design, product design methodology, and innovations in the physical and digital product space inform architecture? This is a project course that will teach about product design processes and tools, and will be structured according to Human-Centered Design Methods developed by the LUMA Institute. Lectures will provide insights and tools from product design that support the project. One class session will be offsite at Bresslergroup, and there will be some in-class time for project work. The final project is a synthesis of the learnings in the course.

Building Envelopes: The Enclosing Detail

736-004, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Charles Jay Berman

This seminar seeks to establish a framework of understanding enclosures as integral to the student’s architectural intentions. We will seek to introduce the numerical facts of what is accepted as facade design (criteria, codes, loads, forces and consumptions) in order to seek a deeper understanding of the generative process underlying these physical criteria. The intent is to evade the mere acceptance of these external facts to the intentions of the Architect. The aim of this seminar is to arm the student with a guided understanding of the materials and assemblies available to them to form building enclosures.

Water Shaping Architecture

736-005, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Stuart Mardeusz, Jonathan Weiss

This course is an investigation of the ways that architecture is informed by the water resources and availability of each specific project region. We will cover a range of subjects including; the physics of water, the systems to gather, distribute, supply and treat potable water, grey water, waste water, including the correlation to energy and recycling that are integrated into the architecture of buildings. How do our choices as architects impact access to water, and how are those issues predetermined on a building, local, regional and continental scale? How can our projects react resiliently to changing climate and changing reality?

Architectural Workflows in the Design and Delivery of Buildings

7036-006, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Richard Garber

This seminar in design and technology would focus on the concept of the architectural workflow as it pertains to both contemporary operations in design practice as well as novel project delivery methods. The synthesis of digital design platforms with simulation and increasing access to data in the form of natural phenomena, ecology, and building performance has allowed contemporary architects to engage the notion of workflows with others in design and construction practices. Beyond design intent and process, workflows occupy an expanded territory within architectural practice and merge digital design operations with construction activities, project delivery, and post-occupation scenarios in both virtual and actual formats. The implications for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry could not be greater, and these new collaborative models have become as important as the novel buildings they allow us to produce.

BIM (Building Information Modeling): Virtual Construction and Detailing with BIM

736-007, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Franca Trubiano

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become the lingua franca of building. During the past decade, significant changes have taken place in the nature of design and construction practices which has transformed the very nature of architectural representation. Architects no longer draw depictions of that which they intend for others to build; rather, they model, code, simulate, data-scape, and integrate that which they virtually build alongside their colleague and collaborators - engineers and builders. The production of information rich virtual BIM models is the ground upon which all construction activities for advanced and complex multi-story buildings takes place. BIM is also at the origins of contemporary innovations in Integrated Design, the creation of collaborative platforms which aim to maximize the sustainable outcomes in the project delivery of buildings. Moreover, being able to collaboratively produce, share, and query a Building Information Model renders possible the global practice of design and construction. The course will familiarize students to this important field of architectural practice.

Function of Fashion in Architecture

742-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Danielle Willems

The Function of Fashion in Architecture will survey the history of fashion and the architectural parallels starting from Ancient Civilization to Present. The focus will be on the relevance of garment design, methods and techniques and their potential to redefine current architecture elements such as envelope, structure, seams, tectonics and details. The functional, tectonic and structural properties of garment design will be explored as generative platforms to conceptualize very specific architectural elements. One of the challenges in the course is the re-invention of a means of assessment, the development of notations and techniques that will document the forces and the production of difference in the spatial manifestations of the generative systems.

Cinema and Architecture in Translation

746-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Danielle Willems, Nicholas Klein

Cinema and Architecture in Translation is a seminar that will survey key cinematic moments and techniques within the history of film and find new intersections between architecture and narratives. The focus will be on the relevance of mise-en-scene, the background and building figures of architecture and future speculations of the city, yet in relation to narrative dynamics. One of the challenges in considerations and techniques that will affect both conceptualization and the production of spatial manifestations using potent visual platforms. Current pre and post-production techniques in film making methods are converging with architectural digital representation. This is an opportunity that provides fertile ground for architects to re-examine the ‘digital’ in a variety of scales in relation to impactful narratives and visualizations. These tools, specifically the technique of “matte-painting” will be explored in this course. There is a rich history in constructing images, speculative worlds and scenes for the film industry. We will explore the parallels between the tools and strategies of cinematic visualization as it relates to advanced architectural image making. Students will have the opportunity to analyze filmic scene making, learn advanced representation and techniques in matte painting and zbrush. Above all this course will engage students in the conceptual as well as practical complementarities of architecture and cinema, while watching some of the best films ever made and the most provocative and insightful books to help process them. An important aspect of this course will be to explore the differences between “real” architecture and the cinematic architecture. The expansive Space and Time in which cinematic architecture is located, creates an incubator where true innovated speculation can occur. This is an advanced representation course that produces 2D images and narrative texts.

Architecture and the New Elegance

748-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Hina Jamelle

The seminar will define and elaborate on the following topics for the digital discourse- the contemporary diagram, technique, structure, architectural systems and aesthetic projections. Technological innovations establish new status quos and updated platforms from which to operate and launch further innovations. Design research practices continually reinvent themselves and the techniques they use to stay ahead of such developments. Reinvention can come through techniques that have already been set in motion. Mastery of techniques remains important and underpins the use of digital technologies in the design and manufacturing of elegant buildings. But, ultimately, a highly sophisticated formal language propels aesthetics.

Parafictional Objects

750-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Ahmet Kutan Ayata

The reality of the discipline is that architecture is a post-medium effort. Drawings, Renderings, Models, Prototypes, Computations, Simulations, Texts, and Buildings are all put forward by architects as a speculative proposal for the reality of the future. Students will explore the reconfiguration of a "found object" in multiple mediums and represent parafictional scenarios in various techniques of realism. At a time when rendering engines enable the production of hyper-realistic images within the discipline without any critical representational agenda, it has become ever more imperative to rigorously speculate on realism.

Performance Design Workshop

754-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Michael Esposito

The workshop applies simulation and diagramming techniques to a series of discrete design projects at different scales. The emphasis is on refinement and optimization of performance based building design. Performance analysis techniques can provide enormous amounts of information to support the design process, acting as feedback mechanisms for improved performance, but careful interpretation and implementation are required to achieve better buildings. Energy, lighting, and air flow are the three main domains covered in the workshop. Students will learn how to utilize domain tools at an advanced level, and utilize them as applications to examine the environmental performance of existing buildings. Using the results of analytical techniques, the students will develop high-performance design strategies in all three domains. Lectures will be given on specific topics each week. A series of analytical class exercises will be assigned to provide students with hands-on experience in using the computer models. A case-study building will be provided at the beginning of the course and students will model different components each week throughout the semester. Every week students present the progress of their work, which will be used to correct methodological and technical issues.

Design and Development

762-401, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Paul D. Sehnert

This course provides an introduction to the relationship between architectural design and real estate development. Following a discussion of fundamentals, examples focus on commercial building types, and illustrate how architectural design can contribute to real estate development. Topics include housing design commercial buildings, adaptive reuse, downtown development, mixed-use projects, and planned communities. The course consists of lectures, reading assignments, short essays, a group project, and an mid-term test. Invited lecturers include architects and real estate developers. Readings consist of a Bulkpack available from Wharton Reprographics. There is one course text: Witold Rybczynski, "Last Harvest."

Project Management

765-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Charles Capaldi

This course is an introduction to techniques and tools of managing the design and construction of large, and small, construction projects. Topics include project delivery systems, management tools, cost-control and budgeting systems, professional roles. Case studies serve to illustrate applications. Cost and schedule control systems are described. Case studies illustrate the application of techniques in the field.

Real Estate Development

768-401, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Asuka Nakahara

This course evaluates "ground-up" development as well as re-hab, re-development, and acquisition investments. We examine raw and developed land and the similarities and differences of traditional real estate product types including office, R & D, retail, warehouses, single family and multi-family residential, mixed use, and land as well as "specialty" uses like golf courses, assisted living, and fractional share ownership. Emphasis is on concise analysis and decision making. We discuss the development process with topics including market analysis, site acquisition, due diligence, zoning, entitlements, approvals, site planning, building design, construction, financing, leasing, and ongoing management and disposition. Special topics like workouts and running a development company are also discussed. Course lessons apply to all markets but the class discusses U.S. markets only. Throughout the course, we focus on risk management and leadership issues. Numerous guest lecturers who are leaders in the real estate industry participate in the learning process. Format: predominately case analysis and discussion, some lectures, project visits.

Field Research

812-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Various Faculty

First year Ph.D. and M.S. students will use this course to register for a research elective in their field of study. Courses to be taken will be selected from a list of electives offered by members of the Graduate Group of Architecture, typically the seminars offered by those faculty at the Masters level. At the outset of the course Ph.D. and M.S. students will discuss and decide with the professor the readings, research, and writings that will be appropriate for the course, given the student's field of study.

Qualifying Research

813-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Various Faculty

This is an independent study course for first year Ph.D. and M.S. students, supervised by a member of the Graduate Group in Architecture. A course of readings and advisors sessions throughout the semester will result in an independent study paper, which will also be used as the student's qualifying paper for the Qualifying Examination. This research paper will be prepared as if for scholarly publication.

Idea of the Avant-Garde

814-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Joan Ockman

No historian of architecture has written as intensely about the contradictions of architecture in late-modern society or reflected as deeply on the resulting problems and tasks of architectural historiography as Manfredo Tafuri (1935-1994). For many, the Italian historian's dismissal of "hopes in design" under conditions of advanced capitalism produced a disciplinary impasse. This in turn led to call to oublier Tafuri-to move beyond his pessimistic and lacerating stance. The seminar will undertake a close reading of one of Tafuri's most complexly conceived and richly elaborated books, The Sphere and the Labyrinth: Avant- Gardes and Architecture form Piranesi to the 1970s. Initially published in Italian in 1980 and translated into English in 1987, the book represents the first effort to define and historicize the concept of an avant-garde specifically in architecture. Its content centers on the radical formal and urban experiments of the first three decades of the twentieth century. Yet Tafuri surprisingly begins his account with the eighteenth-century inventions of Piranesi, and he concludes with an examination of the "neo-avant- garde" of his own day. In addition to traversing The Sphere and the Labyrinth chapter by chapter-starting with the extraordinary methodological introduction, "The Historical 'Project'"-we shall also read a number of primary and secondary sources on the historical contexts under discussion and consider a number of important intertexts that shed light on Tafuri's position. The objectives of the course are at once historical and historiographic: we shall we shall be concerned both with actual events and with how they have been written into history. Finally, we shall reassess the role of an avant-garde in architecture and compare Tafuri's conception to that advanced in other disciplines. Is the concept of an avant- garde still viable today? Or should it be consigned to the dustbin of twentieth- century ideas?

Research Report

815-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Various Faculty

The candidate for the M.S. in Architecture degree shall prepare a research report in his or her subject of study. The topic of this report must be approved by an advisor. This report will be developed in the independent study courses, undertaken after the eight units of course work has been completed, normally in the summer semester. The purpose of these courses is to give the student an opportunity to synthesize their previous coursework at Penn. Course enrollment is by permit only.

Field Bibliography

851-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Various Faculty

This course is essentially an independent study, undertaken by doctoral students in preparation for the Candidacy Examination. This course should be taken in conjunction with ARCH 852 after all other courses have been completed. Normally a member of the student's Dissertation Committee supervises this course.

Dissertation Proposal

852-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Various Faculty

his course is essentially an independent study, undertaken by doctoral students in order to write the Proposal for the Dissertation. The Proposal is prepared before and defended during the Candidacy Examination. This course should be taken in conjunction with ARCH 852 after all other courses have been completed. Normally a member of the student's Dissertation Committee supervises this course.

Independent Study

999-001, January 10, 2018April 25, 2018

Various Faculty

This course enables student to undertake a self-directed study on a topic in Architecture under the supervision of a faculty member. Students are required to make a proposal for the study to the Department Chair, outlining the subject and method of investigation, and confirming the course supervisor at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.