Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Site Analysis:
a. Define site analysis elements such as: topography, climate, solar
access, views, privacy, noise, vegetation, pedestrian access,
vehicular access, storm water drainage.
b. Evaluate common zoning requirements such as setbacks and lot
c. Identify and perform research needed to prepare graphic site
analysis, and prepare a graphic site analysis document.
2. Site Design:
a. Analyze elements incorporated into site design for different
b. Research grading requirements for different foundation types and
site drainage, and prepare preliminary grading design for specified
foundation types and site drainage.
c. Research regular and emergency vehicular access, parking, and
pedestrian access requirements for different building uses, and
prepare preliminary site access design solutions for specified
d. Research handicapped access requirements for different building
uses, and prepare preliminary handicapped access design for
specified building uses.
e. Research entry requirements for different building uses, and
prepare preliminary entry access design for specified building
f. Prepare a preliminary site design document, locating building and
other site elements, for specified building use.
3. Residential Building Programming and Adjacency Diagrams:
a. Examine samples of graphic programming documentation for
residential buildings, including activities, furniture and
equipment needs, relationships between activities, and space
b. Identify potential activity categories for residential use, and the
information to be considered for each activity.
c. Determine desired relationships among and between activities for
residential use, and explore relationships among and between
activities through adjacency diagrams considering several
d. Prepare an activity-based programming document for residential
4. Residential Building Planning:
a. Evaluate samples of graphic documentation for residential building
b. Research and document requirements for specified residential
activity requirements including: entry, "public" spaces, kitchen,
sleeping, "working," "playing," bathroom, indoor/outdoor
relationships, and outdoor space.
c. Analyze common internal circulation patterns of residential design.
d. Prepare sketches to document potential spatial arrangements.
5. Preliminary Residential Building Design:
a. Use programming and building planning information to produce
b. Apply selected internal circulation pattern to preliminary design.
c. Compare alternative building structural systems constraints.
d. Apply alternative building structural systems in preliminary
e. Develop alternative floor plans.
f. Develop alternative sections through a building.
g. Develop alternative elevations of a building.
1. Introduction to the site analysis process
2. Elements of site analysis and how to show them graphically
c. solar access
h. pedestrian access
i. vehicular access
j. storm water drainage
3. Explanation of common zoning requirements
b. lot coverage
4. Researching and preparing a graphic site analysis
5. Locating building and entry on site
6. Locating and configuring parking and human and vehicular circulation
7. Setting grades
a. for building floors
b. for foundations
c. parking and other surfaces
d. determining cut-and-fill requirements for grades
8. Determining site drainage requirements
9. Introduction to the architectural programming process
a. activity-based programming
b. adjacency diagrams
10. Elements of activity-based programming
c. indoor and outdoor relationships
d. equipment and furniture needs
e. client identified characteristics
3. light quality
f. area and volume needs
11. Potential activity categories for residential use and attributes to be
considered for each activity
a. getting programming information from a client
b. preparing a programming chart
12. Preparing adjacency diagrams
13. How to use programming information and adjacency diagrams in planning
14. Internal circulation patterns
15. Understanding and documenting building planning information for
specific activities and spaces
b. public spaces
h. indoor/outdoor relationships
i. outdoor space
16. Preparing building planning documentation
17. Requirements for light wood frame, and light steel frame building
18. Preliminary floor plan drawing requirements
19. Preliminary section drawing requirements
20. Preliminary elevation drawing requirements
1. Reading handouts and assigned textbook readings, 15-30 pages per week.
2. Written assignments involving research, analysis and synthesis of
course material, such as 2-3 page research paper.
3. Graphic assignments involving research, analysis and synthesis of
course material including:
a. Perform research and prepare graphic site analysis document.
b. Research grading requirements and preparing preliminary grading
design for specified foundation types and site drainage.
c. Perform research and prepare preliminary site access design solutions
for specified building uses.
d. Perform research and prepare preliminary entry access design for
specified building uses.
e. Prepare a preliminary site design document.
f. Prepare an activity-based programming document for a residential
g. Prepare sketches to document spatial arrangements for residential
h. Produce preliminary designs for a residential building.
4. Midterm and final exam.
Building Construction Illustrated. Ching and Adams, 3rd edition, Wiley,
The Professional Practice of Architectural Working Drawings. Wakita, Osamu
and Linde, Richard. Wiley, 3rd edition, 2002.