Design Integration Laboratory

Architecture 610

Introduction to Architectural Computer Graphics

For graduate students only. This course is a co-requisite for Architecture 682, the second Option III graduate design studio. Students who believe they should be excepted from taking Architecture 610 concurrently with Architecture 682 should see Howard Davis, the Head Adviser for the Option III Graduate Program.

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

(together with Arch 222/410/510)
plus evening lab session
starting Wednesday, 4 October, 7:00pm, at 310 Lawrence Hall

CRN 16202, 2 credits, grade option P

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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 in Architecture 682 during the fall term. A personal Macintosh computer is required for all entering first professional degree students in Architecture, and this course will help you get the most out of your design tools investment.

See also- Architecture 222.

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