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ARCH 210 Design I: Introduction to Architecture, Environmental Design, and the Design Process

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Architecture Preparation

Architecture Students intended to major in Architecture are advised to consult with the architectural counselor/advisor in the Math/Science Division before registering.

Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

An introduction to architectural and environmental design with emphasis on critical two and three dimensional thinking utilizing visual, graphic, written, and three-dimensional analysis. Explores principles and relationships of form and space with people and place, scale, proportion, order, contrast, balance, and unity. Design exercises allow students to explore and manipulate ordering elements in architecture, essential principles of architectonic form including order, shelter, enclosure, light, texture, place, solids/voids, hierarchy and circulation/movement. The relationship and value of the design process and design decisions on human existence is interwoven through the semester's work. Includes introduction of exemplar buildings and environments including significant movements and theories in design and architecture history as well as indigenous cultures. Studio design exercises provide an introductory exposure to the means of design communication and craft, including verbal, written, hand graphic and three-dimensional object model building skills. Graphic supplies required. A materials fee in the amount shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration. (Fall only)

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ARCH 120
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU , UC