Design Integration Laboratory

Architecture 410/510

Introduction to Architectural Computer Graphics

Instructor: Kevin Matthews

For continuing undergraduate and graduate students who have not previously taken Architecture 199/Matthews, 222, 422, or 522. Specifically provided to assist continuing graduate students in meeting the computer-graphics literacy requirement of many current GTF positions.

Meets 9:00-10:50am, Tuesday and Thursday, at 221 Allen Hall

(together with Arch 222/610)
plus lab session
starting Wednesday, 4 October, 7:00pm, at 310 Lawrence Hall

Arch 410 - CRN 16654. Arch 510 - CRN 16655

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This course will introduce the use of the Macintosh personal computer as a tool for architectural illustration, drafting, and design. The course will touch briefly on essentials of computer literacy, and then build skills and experience in image processing, two dimensional drawing, and three-dimensional modeling and rendering of buildings, inside and out, together with an awareness of fundamental issues of design representation and the language of architectural graphics.

Software used will include ClarisWorks, an integrated program with word processing and page layout capabilities, Adobe Photoshop, an image manipulation program, PowerCADD, a sophisticated but straightforward drawing/drafting program, and DesignWorkshop, a powerful design-oriented three-dimensional modeling program used in Macintosh-based design studios. The class format will combine lecture, class response, self-paced tutorials, group help sessions, and independent project work.

The underlying philosophy of this course is that we can approach computer graphics as a new kind of design media, enabling everyday use of three-dimensional design visualization and analysis. This new media can deepen and enrich our methods for desiging buildings.

There is no course-work prerequisite for this class, but basic familiarity with the Macintosh environment is recommended, such as simple word-processing experience. This class will be integrated with studio project work assigned during the fall term.

Introductory architectural computer graphics is only being taught during the Fall term this year. Winter term we plan to offer Intermediate Architectural Computer Graphics (Arch 422/522) , and an advanced seminar in this area is planned for Spring term (Arch 410/510-Matthews).

See also- Architecture 222.

KMM - 95.08.28, rev. 95.11.02

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