Catalog 2019-20

Architecture

Associate Degree

A.S. in Architecture

The objective of this program is to develop design and job-related skills necessary for entry into the professional field of architecture. The curriculum focuses on development of critical thinking and problem solving abilities as a means to creative thinking. College preparation for a career in architecture spans several disciplines and includes the development of knowledge and competencies in areas such as: architectural history and design; visual communication and drawing; computer modeling and rendering; construction methods and materials; energy systems and an understanding of human needs and sociology as they relate to the built environment.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Participation in architecturally-related events such as the Design Village Competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
  • Field trips to a variety of architectural sites for study and appreciation of the built environment.
  • Special studies in environmental sustainability and energy conscious design.
  • Liaison with professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Construction Specification Institute (CSI).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO #1: Have the necessary technical knowledge and reasoning skills to identify, articulate, record information, assess evidence, investigate precedents and solve problems pertaining to the built environment and perform the tasks required within the architecture and environmental design professions. This includes the ability to use basic formal organizational and environmental principles; build abstract relationships to inform two and three‐dimensional design; and understand the impact of ideas based on research, analysis of multiple theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural and environmental contexts.

PSLO #2: Have the necessary communication skills, using a diverse range of techniques and media to think about and convey architectural ideas including writing; analytical and envisioning drawing; speaking to peers and groups; computer modeling and physical model‐making.

PSLO #3: <p>Be able to comprehend the technical aspects of design, systems, sustainability, constructability, and materials, and be able to apply this comprehension to architectural solutions. This includes:</p> <ol><li>1. Site Design: Ability to respond to site determinants such as context and planning issues in the development of a project design.</li> <li>2. Life Safety: Ability to apply basic principles of life‐safety systems and exiting.</li> <li>3. Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of environmental control systems and sustainable design.</li> <li>4. Structural Systems: Understanding the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral loads and the appropriate structural alternatives.</li> <li>5. Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles of building materials and characteristics in the appropriate selection relative to performance, aesthetics, moisture control, energy and durability.</li></ol>

PSLO #4: ave the values of ethics and understanding of historical, cultural, human, aesthetic, environmental, public health and social issues to be able to affect creative change. This includes understanding the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical abilities, social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals.

PSLO #5: Be able to work effectively as a team member or as an individual.

PSLO #6: Have the professional attitude and desire for life‐long learning. This includes developing habits of research, precedent, and independent learning.

Career Information

Architecture; Building Information Modeler; Inspection; Planning; Construction Administration.

Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.

Certificates of Achievement

Architectural Technology Certificate

The objective of this certificate is to develop design and job-related skills necessary for entry into the professional field of architecture. The curriculum focuses on development of critical thinking and problem solving abilities as a means to creative thinking. College preparation for a career in architecture spans several disciplines and includes the development of knowledge and competencies in areas such as: architectural design; visual communication and drawing; computer modeling and rendering; construction methods and materials; energy systems and an understanding of human needs and sociology as they relate to the built environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO #1: Have the necessary technical knowledge and reasoning skills to identify, articulate, record information, assess evidence, investigate precedents and solve problems pertaining to the built environment and perform the tasks required within the architecture and environmental design professions. This includes the ability to use basic formal organizational and environmental principles; build abstract relationships to inform two and three‐dimensional design; and understand the impact of ideas based on research, analysis of multiple theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural and environmental contexts.

PSLO #2: Have the necessary communication skills, using a diverse range of techniques and media to think about and convey architectural ideas including writing; analytical and envisioning drawing; speaking to peers and groups; computer modeling and physical model‐making.

PSLO #3: Be able to comprehend the technical aspects of design, systems, sustainability, constructability, and materials, and be able to apply this comprehension to architectural solutions. This includes: <ol><li>1. Site Design: Ability to respond to site determinants such as context and planning issues in the development of a project design.</li> <li>2. Life Safety: Ability to apply basic principles of life‐safety systems and exiting.</li> <li>3. Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of environmental control systems and sustainable design.</li> <li>4. Structural Systems: Understanding the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral loads and the appropriate structural alternatives.</li> <li>5. Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles of building materials and characteristics in the appropriate selection relative to performance, aesthetics, moisture control, energy and durability.</li></ol>

PSLO #4: Have the values of ethics and understanding of historical, cultural, human, aesthetic, environmental, public health and social issues to be able to affect creative change. This includes understanding the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical abilities, social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals.

PSLO #5: Be able to work effectively as a team member or as an individual.

PSLO #6: Have the professional attitude and desire for life‐long learning. This includes developing habits of research, precedent, and independent learning.

Career Information

Architecture; Building Information Modeler; Inspection; Planning; Construction Administration.

Some career options may require more than an Architectural Technology certificate. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.

Green Buildings Certificate

The purpose of this certificate is to develop job skills and an understanding of green strategies for high performance buildings and livable communities. It is focused at students and professionals in the fields of architecture; construction; building management; construction management; building inspection; design technology; landscape; and planning, who want to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of an integrated, economic life-cycle approach to the design of the built environment. It includes study of green rating systems, material choices and environmental strategies for a livable, sustainable future.

Certificate Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO 1: Establish meaningful ethical, social and environmental objectives for buildings and communities based on the values of energy and resource conscious design.

Compare and contrast societal and economic implications of utilizing renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

Compare and contrast the effect of contextual issues and evaluate their impact on energy consumption, environment and the beneficial experience of interior and exterior spaces.

PSLO 2: Identify and articulate issues related to the choice of various building, landscape and environmental systems; ideate responsive solutions; and compare the alternatives in making effective, sustainable decisions.

Analyze and calculate energy use to make informed, environmentally-sound and economic choices to satisfy human needs for comfort and aesthetics.

Explain the concepts of resource conservation and waste reduction and make sustainable design choices related to materials and construction.

Develop a comprehensive understanding of green rating systems, livable communities strategies and the ability to apply these concepts in decision-making.

PSLO 3: Demonstrate independent learning, teamwork and continuing education habits that will help to encourage a life long pursuit of knowledge.

To use a team work process to identify issues, analyze criteria, research and apply learned principles to synthesize solutions to specific design projects.

To demonstrate habits of visual note making and independent research by developing a sketch and notebook to record learning.

Career Information

This certificate helps to develop the knowledge base related to sustainable green buildings and environments for the careers of architecture, construction, construction management, building inspection, horticulture, landscape architecture and architectural design technology.

Architecture (ARCH) Courses

ARCH 300 Introduction to Design Professions

Units: 2

Hours: 36 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is a comprehensive study of the professions related to the built environment including architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, construction, city and urban planning, interior design, building inspection, environmental and energy planning. Guest speakers from various design and construction professions will engage students in discussions related to their professional practice and the necessary preparation in education and experience. Each student will evaluate his/her interest and potential of success in the areas of his/her choice. The course will include an overview of architectural history, an introduction to some of the major architects and class discussion of current issues in the environmental design professions. Additional topics in the class will include: transfer, licensing requirements and environmental design vocabulary.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Demonstrate basic abilities at using problem solving and design process methodologies to identify problems, analyze criteria and apply learned principles to synthesize solutions to specific design projects.

ARCH 302 Introduction to Sustainability in the Built Environment I

Units: 1.5

Hours: 27 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU (submit spring 2009)

This course, along with ARCH 303, is an overview of the process of green building, covering theory, history, state of the industry, and best practices. This course can be taken independently or consecutively with ARCH 303.  The course covers various building assessment systems including LEED, Green Globes, GreenPoint Rated, etc. Topics include: the background of the green movement; high performance green and natural building design; green building assessment; the green building process and ecological design; sustainable sites including transportation, habitat, landscaping and encouraging pedestrian environments; building thermal performance and envelope; mechanical and electrical systems.  It is a comprehensive look at an emerging process for economic and resource sustainability.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Define and express the ethical, social, and environmental value of energy conscious design as well as compare and contrast societal implications of utilizing renewable and non-renewable resources.

ARCH 303 Introduction to Sustainability in the Built Environment II

Units: 1.5

Hours: 27 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course, along with ARCH 302 is an overview of the process of green building, covering theory, history, state of the industry, and best practices.  This course can be taken independently or consecutively with ARCH 302. The course covers various building assessment systems including LEED, Green Globes, GreenPoint Rated, etc. Topics include: the background of the green movement; high performance green and natural building design; green building assessment; the green building process and ecological design; building water conservation systems; recycling, re-use, waste management and green material selection; indoor environmental quality including air quality, daylighting, views and thermal comfort; green construction operations; building commissioning; and economic analysis of green buildings.  It is a comprehensive look at an emerging process for economic and resource sustainability.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Define and express the ethical, social, and environmental value of energy conscious design as well as compare and contrast societal implications of utilizing renewable and non-renewable resources.

ARCH 310 History of Architecture

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGWR 101

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course studies the architecture design theories and practices of the late 19th and 20th century to the present including the Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, Expressionism, De Stijl international style, Fascist Ideologies, Regionism, Post World War II Amalgamations of Twentieth Century idioms and recent reactions to contemporary standardization.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Understand and demonstrate how historical issues have been able to influence and affect creative change and evolution in the character of the built environment.

ARCH 320 Architectural Design and Communication I

Units: 3.5

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: ARCH 325

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is an introduction to the concepts and processes associated with two and three-dimensional design. A series of design projects are used to discover principles and concepts of design while simultaneously addressing the skills associated with representing envisioned ideas, objects and environments. This includes the development of freehand sketching, manual drafting and graphic skills for communication of analysis and design concepts. Students should previously or concurrently enroll in ARCH 325 to learn methods for digital construction of design and drawing projects assigned in ARCH 320.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Apply basic organizational and spatial principles in the conception and development of architectural environments.

ARCH 321 Architectural Design and Communication II

Units: 3.5

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: ARCH 326

Advisory: It is advisable that students enrolling in this course should have completed Arch 320 and 325 or a computer modeling course, in order to have abilities at computer modeling and to understand basic drawing types of orthographic, paraline and perspective.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is a continuation and development of the content and issues introduced in ARCH 320 plus the principles, concepts, methods and skills pertaining to the construction of shadows and reflections, physical model building, entourage and color theory. A series of design projects are used to discover principles and concepts of design while simultaneously addressing the skills associated with representing envisioned ideas, objects and environments. This includes the development of physical model making, freehand sketching, manual drafting and graphic skills for communication of analysis and design concepts. Students should previously or concurrently enroll in ARCH 326 to learn methods for digital construction of design and drawing projects assigned in ARCH 321.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Apply basic organizational and spatial principles to the conception and development of architectural environments.

ARCH 322 Architectural Design and Communication III

Units: 3.5

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: It is advisable that students enrolling in this course should have completed Arch 320 or Arch 321 in order to have abilities at design, computer modeling and to understand basic drawing types of orthographic, paraline and perspective.

Transferable: CSU

This course is a continuation and development of the content and issues introduced in ARCH 320 and 321 plus the issues, concepts, processes and skills pertaining to the analysis and design of architectural form, space and organizations. A series of design projects are used to discover principles and concepts of design while simultaneously addressing the skills associated with representing envisioned ideas, objects and environments. This includes the development of freehand sketching, computer modeling, architectural delineation and graphic skills for communication of analysis and design concepts.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Apply basic organizational and spatial principles to the conception and development of architectural environments.

ARCH 325 Architectural Digital Design and Communication I

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: ARCH 320

Transferable: CSU

This is a studio course to explore principles, concepts, methods and skills pertaining to the digital construction of drawings employing orthographic, axonometric, oblique, and lineal perspective drawing systems to represent ideas, objects and environments.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Demonstrate technical knowledge of a range of digital media and techniques that can be employed in drawing and other visual communications.

ARCH 326 Architectural Digital Design and Communication II

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: ARCH 321

Transferable: CSU

This course is a continuation and development of the content and issues introduced in ARCH 325, plus the principles, concepts, methods and skills pertaining to the digital construction of shadows, digital and physical model building, entourage and color theory.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Demonstrate technical knowledge of a range of digital media and techniques that can be employed in drawing and other visual communications.

ARCH 327 Architectural Digital Design and Communication III

Units: 2

Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: ARCH 322

Transferable: CSU

This course is a continuation and extension of the content and issues introduced in ARCH 325 and ARCH 326, plus the principles, concepts, methods and skills pertaining to the digital visualization and communication of quantitative and qualitative information to support analysis and conceptualization.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Demonstrate technical knowledge of a range of digital media and techniques that can be employed in drawing and other visual communications.

ARCH 329 Architectural Working Drawings

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: It is advised that students taking this have completed a Building Information Modeling (BIM) course or have completed Arch 321 and Arch 326.

Transferable: CSU

This course provides an introduction to residential design and construction documents. Students will design a residence and produce a complete set of architectural working drawings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Demonstrate ability to apply basic organizational and spatial principles to the conception and development of architectural environments for a residential design project.

ARCH 330 Design Fundamentals

Units: 3.5

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ARCH 320 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course develops an understanding of design fundamentals in terms of materiality and the theories, concepts, creative problem solving processes, and skills pertaining to the analysis and design of architectural form, space and organizations to communicate intended concepts and meanings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Apply basic organizational and spatial principles to the conception and development of architectural environments.

ARCH 332 Design Awareness

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ARCH 320 and 321 with grades of "C" or better

Advisory: ARCH 330

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course examines design problems and the environment by providing theories, concepts, processes, studies and skills pertaining to space, form, structure, context, materials, climate, livability and sustainability. The course covers sustainability as a determinant that shapes and impacts the built environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Demonstrate ability to apply basic organizational and spatial principles to the conception and development of architectural environments.

ARCH 334 Advanced Design in Three Dimensions

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ARCH 332 with a grade of "C" or better

Advisory: ARCH 320 and 330

Transferable: CSU

This course is a continuation of the content in ARCH 332 that emphasizes design process, with a focus on advanced design in terms of three dimensional design and design problems pertaining to the environment. The course studies the theories, concepts, processes and skills pertaining to space, form, structure, context, structure, materials, climate, and livability, as well as sustainability as determinants that shape and impact the built environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Apply basic organizational and spatial principles to the conception and development of architectural environments.

ARCH 342 Introduction to Green Buildings

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course is the study of theory and application of climate, energy use and thermal comfort as determinants of architectural form in envelope load dominated buildings. Emphasis is placed on sustainable architectural methods and topics related to resource conservation and waste reduction; site analysis; sun access; sun shading; daylighting; lighting, ventilating, cooling and heating for envelope-load dominated buildings; and sound in buildings. The course enhances students' knowledge base and preparation for design classes ARCH 332 and ARCH 334.

This course replaces the ARCH 340 and 341 two-course sequence, and is therefore not open to a student that has received credit for both ARCH 340 and 341.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Make reasonable architectural decisions based on the ethical, social, and environmental value of energy conscious design.

ARCH 495 Independent Studies in Architecture

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

ARCH 498 Work Experience in Architecture

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Architecture.

Transferable: CSU

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

Full-time Faculty

John "Jason" Ellis
Office: WIN 152A
Phone: (916) 691-7237
E-mail: EllisJ2@crc.losrios.edu
Edward Mojica
Office: WIN 152B
Phone: (916) 691-7121
E-mail: MojicaE@crc.losrios.edu

Adjunct Faculty

John Terry

This program offers students study and job-related experience in architectural drafting, construction techniques, design, rendering, and energy systems as well as opportunities to develop skills necessary for employment in the professional field of architecture. Transfer programs are articulated with California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, the University of California at Berkeley, and New School of Architecture and Design.