Architecture

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architecture.barnard.edu
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Department Assistant: Rachel Garcia-Grossman

The Department of Architecture

Mission

The Architecture major establishes an intellectual context for students to interpret the relation of form, space, program, materials and media to human life and thought. Through the Architecture curriculum, students participate in the ongoing shaping of knowledge about the built environment and learn to see architecture as one among many forms of cultural production. At the same time, the major stresses the necessity of learning disciplinary-specific tools, methods, terms and critiques. Thus, work in the studio, lecture or seminar asks that students treat architecture as a form of research and speculation which complement the liberal arts mission of expansive thinking.

Undergraduate Study in Architecture

Studying Architecture at Barnard College, Columbia College, and General Studies leads to a liberal arts degree – a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Architecture, and Barnard College is the administrative location for all undergraduate architecture studies at Columbia University and its partner institutions. A liberal arts education in architecture holds a unique position in academia and in relation to the discipline. If the goal of a professional education in architecture is to enable students to participate directly in the world as an architect – a liberal arts education asks that students consider the broader and myriad conditions in which architecture is conceived and practiced and, in turn, to understand how architecture inevitably alters those conditions. Students are asked to confront and interpret the complex social, cultural, political, and environmental processes that weave through architectural design and urbanism. The purpose of an undergraduate liberal arts degree in architecture is to educate students to think about the world through architecture.

The Architecture curriculum introduces design at a variety of scales, acknowledging that integrated design thinking is effective for problem solving at any scale and in any discipline. Students will experiment with full-scale installations and devices and make small-scale models of urban conditions from which they extract, interpret and invent new possibilities of inhabitation and use. The curriculum intentionally balances the traditions of handcrafted representation with evolving digital technologies of architectural design and communication.

The Architecture major complements, and makes great use of its University setting. With access to superb libraries, research centers, graduate programs, and abundant intellectual resources, our students have the opportunity to follow their creative instincts to great depth and breadth – and they do. The major depends on New York City as more than a convenient site for many design and research projects and frames the City as one of the key social and architectural, and thus didactic, markers of Modernity. Architecture students study with peers from countries around the world in one of the most diverse cities in the world. A large majority of the Architecture students expand their education by interning in Architecture or a related field during their undergraduate studies. Alumni of the Department are leaders in architecture and design fields around the world. The faculty teaching in the undergraduate program are dedicated teachers who are also at the forefront of practice and research and are similarly drawn to New York City as a nexus of global design thinking.

Students interested in obtaining a professional degree in Architecture continue on to graduate programs after their undergraduate degree, and students from the Barnard-Columbia program have enjoyed enormous success in their admissions to the most competitive graduate programs in the country. Students who study Architecture as undergraduates have also pursued graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines including Urban Planning, Law, and Media and Communications.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Architecture Majors who fully engage with the curriculum should be able to complete the following outcomes:

  • Apply integrated design thinking to specific problems in and beyond the discipline;
  • Visually communicate architectural concepts and research using discipline-specific techniques in multiple media;
  • Verbally present independent, group or assigned research, in multiple media formats;
  • Organize and concisely write in a variety of formats including reports, case studies, synthetic overviews, etc.;
  • Understand and critically interpret major buildings and themes of Architectural history and theory;
  • Be intellectually prepared for graduate studies in architecture and related disciplines.

Departmental Honors

Senior requirements (a portfolio and research paper from a previous architecture course) are used to award departmental honors. Students must have a grade point average of at least 3.6 in classes for the major. Normally no more than 10% of the graduating majors in the department each year receive departmental honors.

Chair: Karen Fairbanks (Professor of Professional Practice)
Professor of Professional Practice: Kadambari Baxi
Term Professors: Leah Meisterlin, Ralph Ghoche
Adjunct Professors: Joeb Moore, Madeline Schwartzman, Suzanne Stephens
Adjunct Assistant Professors: Marcelo Lopez-Dinardi, Diana Martinez, Nicole Robertson, Todd Rouhe, Irina Schneid, Don Shillingburg, Fred Tang, Irina Verona, Peter Zuspan

Major in Architecture

The major in architecture requires a total of 14 courses, distributed as follows:

Studio Courses
Four studio courses, to be taken one per semester (studio courses have limited enrollment and priority is given to Architecture majors):
ARCH V3101 Architectural Representation: Abstraction
ARCH V3103 Architectural Representation: Perception
ARCH V3201 Architectural Design, I
ARCH V3202 Architectural Design, II
Required History/Theory Courses *
Five elective courses following the distribution requirement below:
ARCH V3117 Perceptions of Architecture
One course with a topic that is pre-1750
One course with a topic that is post-1750
Two electives (it is suggested that one of these be on a non-western topic)
Senior Courses *
ARCH V3901 Senior Seminar
Either a second Senior Seminar (from our program), a seminar from a related department (and related to student's disciplinary specialization/cluster), Architectural Design III, or Independent Research
Cluster of Related Courses
Three courses which together focus student interest in a related department or departments. (These may not overlap with history/theory courses or senior courses.)
Senior Requirements
Portfolio
Research Paper from Senior Seminar or Senior Course
*

These are courses offered by the architecture department or other applicable departments offered within the University. Students should consult the program office for a list of applicable courses each semester.

Major in History and Theory of Architecture

The major in history and theory of architecture requires a total of 15 courses, including a senior thesis, distributed as follows:

Studio Courses
Two studio courses, to be taken one per semester:
ARCH V3103 Architectural Representation: Perception
ARCH V3101 Architectural Representation: Abstraction
Seven Lecture Courses
Three architecture lectures. One of these must be ARCH V3117.
Four art history lectures above and beyond the prior three. Two of these must be AHIS BC1001, AHIS BC1002
Three Seminars to be taken in the Junior or Senior Year
Two should be in Architecture (see Seminar List and NOte under Studio Major), one in Art History
Three Cluster Courses in an Area of Study Related to Architecture (See Description Under Studio Major)
The Architecture program is a liberal arts major, not a professional degree program. It does not qualify students for a license in Architecture

Minor in Architecture

The minor in architecture requires a total of five courses, distributed as follows:

Select one of the following:
Introduction To Architectural Design and Visual Culture
Architectural Representation: Abstraction
Architectural Representation: Perception
Three history/theory courses
A fifth course to be chosen in consultation with the adviser

ARCH V1010 Design Futures: New York City. 3 points.

How does design operate in our lives? What is our design culture? In this course, we explore the many scales of design in contemporary culture -- from graphic design to architecture to urban design to global, interactive, and digital design. The format of this course moves between lectures, discussions, collaborative design work and field trips in order to engage in the topic through texts and experiences.

Spring 2016: ARCH V1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 1010 001/09835 F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
502 Diana Center
Marcelo Lopez Dinardi 3 20
ARCH 1010 001/09835 W 8:40am - 9:55am
502 Diana Center
Marcelo Lopez Dinardi 3 20
Fall 2016: ARCH V1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 1010 001/03852 W F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Marcelo Lopez Dinardi 3 25

ARCH V1020 Introduction To Architectural Design and Visual Culture. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Corequisites: Intended for the non-major, sophomore year and above. Enrollment limited to 18 students.

Introductory design studio to introduce students to architectural design through readings and studio design projects. Intended to develop analytic skills to critique existing media and spaces. Process of analysis used as a generative tool for the students' own design work. Attendance is mandatory at the first class meeting in order to form class registration lists.

Spring 2016: ARCH V1020
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 1020 001/03527 T Th 9:00am - 10:50am
116b Lewisohn Hall
Marcelo Lopez Dinardi 3 14
ARCH 1020 002/07399 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
404 Diana Center
Leticia DeSouza 3 6
Fall 2016: ARCH V1020
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 1020 001/04122 M W 1:10pm - 3:00pm
Room TBA
Richard Rouhe 3 29

ARCH V3101 Architectural Representation: Abstraction. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students per section. Recommended for the sophomore year. Students work in a studio environment.

Introduction to design through analysis of abstract architectural space and form. Emphasis on the design process and principles of representations through architectural drawing and model making. Attendance is mandatory at the first class meeting in order to form class registration lists.

Spring 2016: ARCH V3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3101 001/04466 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
404 Diana Center
Richard Rouhe 4 14
Fall 2016: ARCH V3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3101 001/05766 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Severino Alfonso 4 14
ARCH 3101 002/01037 M W 10:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Madeline Schwartzman 4 13

ARCH V3103 Architectural Representation: Perception. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: Students work in a studio environment. Recommended for the sophomore year. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section.

Introduction to design through studies in the perception of architectural space and form. Emphasis on exploratory, inventive processes for the generation, development, and representation of ideas in a variety of media. Attendance is mandatory at the first class meeting in order to form class registration lists.

Spring 2016: ARCH V3103
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3103 001/06306 T Th 1:10pm - 4:00pm
404 Diana Center
Irina Schneid 4 13
ARCH 3103 002/09780 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
404 Diana Center
Kadambari Baxi 4 14
Fall 2016: ARCH V3103
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3103 001/05053 T Th 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Nicole Robertson 4 12

ARCH V3201 Architectural Design, I. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: ARCH V3101 and ARCH V3103. Open to architecture majors or with permission of instructor.

Introduction to architectural design taught in a studio environment, through a series of design projects requiring drawings and models. Field trips, lectures, and discussions are organized in relation to studio exercises. Portfolio of design work from Architectural Representation: Abstraction and Perception will be reviewed the first week of classes.

Fall 2016: ARCH V3201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3201 001/08540 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Joeb Moore, Kadambari Baxi 4.5 32

ARCH V3202 Architectural Design, II. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: ARCH V3201. Open to architecture majors or with permission of instructor.

Studio workshop continuation of ARCH V3201. Emphasis on the manipulation of an architectural vocabulary in relationship to increasingly complex conceptual, social, and theoretical issues. Field trips, lectures, and discussions are organized in relation to studio exercises.

Spring 2016: ARCH V3202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3202 001/09836 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
116a Lewisohn Hall
Irina Verona, Nicole Robertson, Bradley Samuels, Severino Alfonso 4.5 31

ARCH V3211 Architectural Design, III. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: ARCH V3202 and permission of the department chair. Enrollment limited as space permits.

Further exploration of the design process through studio work. Programs of considerable functional, contextual, and conceptual complexity are undertaken. Portfolio required for review first day of fall semester or earlier, as requested by the department. Class list based on portfolio review will be formed by first class meeting.

Fall 2016: ARCH V3211
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3211 001/07045 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Karen Fairbanks 4.5 11

ARCH V3117 Perceptions of Architecture. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: Designed for but not limited to sophomores; enrollment beyond 60 at the discretion of the instructor.

Introduction to various methods by which we look at, experience, analyze, and criticize architecture and the built environment; development of fluency with architectural concepts. Attendance is mandatory at the first class meeting in order to form class registration lists.

Spring 2016: ARCH V3117
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3117 001/09471 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
504 Diana Center
James Graham, Leah Meisterlin, Ralph Ghoche 3 47

ARCH V3114 Making the Metropolis: Urban Design and Theories of the City since 1850. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
Not offered during 2016-17 academic year.

Introduces the project of understanding modern cities, focusing on theories, practices and examples in Europe and North America since 1850. The global reach of Euro-American ideas will also be examined. There are two primary goals: to investigate diverse strategies of urban development and to evaluate the social implications of built form. Course material includes built projects as well as unbuilt and theoretical work, all of which shaped how architects and planners interpreted the city.

ARCH V3121 Urban Praxis: A History of Social Theory in Architecture. 3 points.

This course is organized as a survey of topics in social philosophy and urban development, offering a broad-stroke depiction of the theoretical landscape within urban thinking and city making. The course begins with a premise that there is no urban action without politics, no practice without opinion, and no design without agenda.

ARCH V3290 Curating Architecture. 3 points.

This class will examine curating practices in relation to architectural exhibitions and publications. We will look at exhibitions, pavilions, installations, magazines, journals, boogazines, websites, and blogs (among other platforms) not only as mechanisms for presenting and distributing information but also as sites that serve as an integral part of architectural theory and practice.

Fall 2016: ARCH V3290
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3290 001/02863 T Th 9:00am - 10:50am
Room TBA
Irina Verona 3 15

ARCH V3312 Special Topics In Architecture. 3 points.

Topics vary yearly. Course may be repeated for credit.  Attendance is mandatory at the first class meeting in order to form class registration lists.

Spring 2016: ARCH V3312
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3312 001/07408 T Th 9:00am - 10:50am
222 Milbank Hall
Madeline Schwartzman 3 11
ARCH 3312 002/01965 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Ll104 Diana Center
Carrie Norman 3 10
Fall 2016: ARCH V3312
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3312 001/03927 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
3 5

ARCH V3901 Senior Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students per section. Open to architecture majors only unless space permits.

Readings, individual class presentations, and written reports. Attendance is mandatory at the first class meeting in order to form class registration lists.

Spring 2016: ARCH V3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3901 001/07118 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
502 Diana Center
Ralph Ghoche 4 13
ARCH 3901 002/09239 Th 11:00am - 12:50pm
308 Diana Center
Damon Rich 4 9
Fall 2016: ARCH V3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3901 001/09761 Th 11:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Suzanne Stephens 4 14

ARCH V3997 Independent Study. 2-4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the program director in term prior to that of independent study. Independent study form available at departmental office.

ARCH V3998 Independent Study. 2-4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of program director in the semester prior to that of independent study.

Cross-Listed courses

Art History and Archaeology

AHIS C3001 Introduction to Architecture. 3 points.

Discussion Section Required
Not offered during 2016-17 academic year.

This course is required for architectural history and theory majors, but is also open to students interested in a general introduction to the history of architecture, considered on a global scale. Architecture is analyzed through in-depth case studies of key works of sacred, secular, public, and domestic architecture from both the Western canon and cultures of the ancient Americas and of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic faiths. The time frame ranges from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern era. Discussion section is required.