Course Descriptions

A wide range of courses in design, critical studies, and technology.

Design Courses

M271 Elements of Urban Design

Lecture, three hours. Introduction of basic knowledge of elements and methods of urban design. Multidisciplinary approach leading to understanding of political, socioeconomic, and technological framework of urban systems and its dynamic interrelations.  

M272 Real Estate Development and Finance

Introduction to real estate development process specifically geared to students in planning, urban design, and architecture. Financial decision model, market studies, designs, loan package, development plan, and feasibility study. Lectures and projects integrate development process with proposed design solutions, which are iteratively modified to meet economic feasibility tests.

291 Theory of Architectural Programming

Lecture, three hours. Exploration of concepts and methods of architectural programming and its interrelation to design process; planning of design process; various techniques for determination of program contents, basic conditions, resources, and constraints; identification of solution types for given situations.

401 Advanced Topics Studio

Studio, 12 hours. Prerequisite: intermediate level studios (412, 413, 414) or M.Arch.II standing. A number of different projects focusing on special topics in architectural design will be offered by members of the faculty from which the students may choose. May be repeated for credit.

403A–403C Research Studio

Lecture (F&W, IP), Studio, 12 hours (S). Prerequisite:  satisfactory completion of courses 411, 412, 413, 414, and 415 for M.Arch.I, or M.Arch.II standing. Beginning with an indepth research phase (403A, B) and resulting in an advanced studio project (403C), this research studio focuses on a number of different special topics in architecture and urban design.

411 Introductory Design Studio

Studio, 12 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. This course introduces sketching, drawing, perspectives, CAD. Architectural completion is initially studied in terms of its separate elements. Each is studied by means of manipulative exercise, which allows for experimentation of its intrinsic possibilities. Students undertake a series of closely controlled exercises dealing with combining the elements, then designing small buildings.

412 Building Design Studio

Studio, 12 hours. Prerequisite: course 411 or consent of instructor. This course concentrates on basic skills and then leads to projects exploring the architectural program in relation to design process and, particularly, implications of program on architectural forms and concepts. In the second phase, structural elements are introduced to fulfill program requirements and to support and further develop intended forms and concepts.

413 Building Design with Landscape Studio

Studio, 12 hours. Prerequisite: course 412 or consent of instructor. This course introduces theoretical and technical issues such as site planning, urban design, landscape design, building typology, etc; building design and site planning in relation to water, landforms, and plants in natural light, heat, and ventilation.

414 Major Building Design Studio

Studio, 12 hours. Prerequisite: course 413 and/or consent of instructor. Introduce issues such as programming and program manipulation, site planning, urban design, and integration of technical systems and architectural expression. The emphasis is on treatment in breadth of large-scale projects, or in the exploration in depth and detail of smaller scale projects. Students will learn to integrate structure, environmental control, etc. and present their ideas in graphic or model form.

415 Comprehensive Studio

Studio, 12 hours. Prerequisite: course 414 and/or consent of instructor. This studio, the culmination of the core sequence (411–414), focuses on the development phase of a project. Technical concerns such as lighting, material innovations, sustainability, construction documents, and building envelopes will be considered critical to the generation of architectural form, integrated in the design of a single building project.

M404  Joint Planning/Architecture Studio

Lecture, one hour; discussion, one hour; studio, four hours. Opportunity to work on joint planning/ architecture project for a client. Outside speakers; field trips. Examples of past projects include Third Street Housing, Santa Monica; “New American House” for nontraditional households; guide to setting up shelters for homeless in Los Angeles County; working with resident leaders at Los Angeles City public housing development.

Critical Studies Courses

M201 Theories of Architecture

Lecture, 90 minutes. Exploration of the conceptual and historical structures that shape current issues in architectural theory. Readings in primary texts serve as a framework for understanding the nature of speculative inquiry in an architectural context. 

289 Special Topics in Architecture and Urban Design

(2 to 4 units) Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Selected academic topics initiated by students, student teams, or faculty and directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

290 Special Topics in Critical Studies in Architectural Culture

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; outside study, 11 hours. Designed for graduate students. Exploration of how architecture operates in relation to wider cultural, historical, and theoretical issues. May be repeated for a maximum of 30 units. Letter grading.

M293 Politics, Ideology, and Design

Seminar, three hours. An exploration of the cultural, political context of architecture and planning work. Theory and practice will be examined from a variety of perspectives applied to a set of varied physical environments and to a set of current spatialized concepts. The seminar will alternate between considerations of theoretical propositions that are shaping present urban and architectural debate and concrete case studies where politics and ideology shape the design process.

461 Architectural Practice

Seminar, three hours. Historical development of the profession; role of architect in contemporary society, current forms of practice and emerging trends, contractual relationships, ethical responsibility, office management, and promotion. Case studies of practical process.

Technology Courses

220 Introduction to Computers

Laboratory, one and one-half hours. Introduces students to basic concepts, skills, theoretical aspects of Computer– Aided Architectural Design, microcomputer skills.Applications selected are commonly found in professional offices. The course will cover 2 and 3 dimensional representation, i.e., painting, drafting, multimedia, hypermedia, and modeling.

CM247A Introduction to Sustainable Architecture and Community Planning (Formerly numbered 247A)

Lecture, three hours. Energy and alternative resource-conscious design integration into architectural and urban design: passive, active, and photovoltaic building materials at scale of buildings and communities. Concurrently scheduled with course C191.

431 Structures I

Lecture, three hours. Prerequisites: basic algebra, geometry, trigonometry, consent of instructor. Introduction to structural behavior and structural statics. Operations with forces and factors, both algebraically and graphically. Equilibrium of force systems, polygon of forces, and funicular polygon. Internal actions; axial force and bending moment. Reactions, stability, and statical determinacy. Determinate frames. Plane trusses; analysis and design.

432 Structures II

Lecture, three hours. Prerequisites: course 431, consent of instructor. Mechanics of structures and structural elements. Elastic materials: stress, strain, and stress-strain relations. Theory of bending curvature, stress and strain distributions, centroid, moments of inertia, resisting and plastic moments. Design of beams for bending, shear, and deflections. Torsion members. Instability and design of columns. Design for combined bending and compression. Tensile structures; cables, pneumatic structures. Slabs and plates; shells and folded plates.

433 Structures III

Lecture, three hours. Prerequisites: course 432, consent of instructor. Introduction to statically indeterminate analysis. Structural materials and loads. Wind loads: distribution with height, design for comfort, structure behavior under lateral loads. Steel construction and concepts for high–rise structures. Structural case studies in timber and steel. Introduction to earthquakes; seismology, magnitude, intensity, history. Seismic instrumentation. Case studies of recent earthquakes and damage. Earthquake design concepts and seismic code requirements.

436 Introduction to Building Construction

Laboratory, two hours. An introduction to construction techniques. The physical principles and materials for making architecture will be studied through a series of exercises and field trips.

437 Building Construction

Laboratory, four hours. Principles of structure, and enclosure focusing on production and materials research. Building elements are explored for formal and functional properties; design development of project in previous studio may be developed in detail with the integration of a range of technical systems.

441 Environmental Control Systems

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Design of mechanical systems necessary for functioning of large buildings: air handling, fire and life safety, plumbing, vertical and horizontal circulation, communication and electrical power distribution, analysis of interaction of these systems and their integrated effects on architectural form of a building.

442 Building Climatology

Prerequisite: basic physics. Design of buildings which
specifically respond to local climate; utilization of natural energies, human thermal comfort; sun motion and sun control devices; use of plant materials and landform to modifying microclimate.

General Courses

375 Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Prerequisite: apprentice personnel employment as a teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of a regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at the University. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

496 Special Projects in Architecture

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Projects initiated either by individual students or student teams and directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

497 Special Projects in Urban Design

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Structural investigation of relationship between verbal description and architectural design. S/U grading.

498 Comprehensive Examination Seminar

Seminar, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Seminar intended to begin process of developing independent proposal with related research and documentation that moves toward production of final document or book for each project. S/U grading.

501 Cooperative Program

Prerequisite: consent of UCLA graduate adviser and graduate dean and host campus instructor, department chair, and graduate dean. Used to record enrollment of UCLA students in courses taken under cooperative arrangement with USC.

596 Directed Individual Research and Study in Architecture and Urban Design

May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

597 Preparation for Comprehensive Examination or Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

598 Preparation in Architecture and Urban Design for Master’s Thesis

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

599 Ph.D. Dissertation Research in Architecture

Prerequisite: doctoral standing. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.