Course Descriptions ARCH 5002   Urban Housing Studio
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This studio explores the aesthetic, tectonic, social/cultural and economic challenges presented by contemporary high-density, mixed-use development. The relationships of architecture to urbanism, and building to city, will be explored through exemplary precedents and the design of housing and its associated commercial, institutional, and recreational components.
FORMAT: Studio
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate Students - Architecture

ARCH 5003   Adaptive Reuse Studio
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This studio studies architectural design through the adaptation of an existing building. It examines tensions between existing built facts (structure, enclosure, and circulation) and new ambitions (habitation, construction, and cultural representation). It also considers historical and urban contexts and the heritage value of existing buildings.
FORMAT: Studio
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture

ARCH 5004   Urban Systems Studio
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This studio examines the infrastructure of the metropolis and its influence on urban form and development. Topics may include systems for transportation, energy use, water distribution, civic institutions, spaces of social exchange, and ecology. Students develop urban infrastructure propositions with reference to innovative urban projects worldwide.
FORMAT: Studio
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture

ARCH 5007   Landscape Studio
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This studio investigates architectural responses to landscape. It regards the land as a physical and cultural context requiring appropriate methods of visualization and representation. Referring to recent projects in land art, it considers how to engage local materials and interests while promoting the sustainable occupation of a particular site.
FORMAT: Studio
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture

ARCH 5010   Public Architecture Studio
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This studio examines the role of public architecture in manifesting cultural values through the design of a civic institution. It also considers public architecture as an expression of material culture that mediates between the scales of artifact and landscape.
FORMAT: Studio
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture

ARCH 5011   Coastal Studio
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This studio investigates building on the coast. It explores conjunctions of ecology, culture, and traditional technical knowledge. Through participatory design, students work with a coastal community to develop innovative responses to situations with sensitive ecologies, extreme climate, and local cultural traditions.
FORMAT: Studio
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture

ARCH 5012   Urban Program Studio
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This studio focuses on a basic human need (eating, sleeping, etc.) and investigates the customs and institutions we have developed around it. Questioning local practices and considering distant references, each student formulates a program, defines a site in the city of Halifax, and designs a building with a critical and/or innovative intent.
FORMAT: Studio
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture

ARCH 5013   Design-Build Studio
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This field-based studio develops architectural abilities in the realization of building innovation. It emphasizes tools and processes that professionals need for detailed design development. It focuses on building prototypes of innovative structures such as wood lamella vaults, brick timbrel vaults, grid shells, and cable nets.
FORMAT: Studio
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture

ARCH 5102   Housing Theory
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course investigates the architectural history and theory of housing as an essential human motivation, shaped by social forces. It seeks fundamental housing types from past and present, near and far, and compares their formal characteristics and social meaning. Students conduct research through case studies of modern and contemporary multiple-housing projects.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture and Planning or permission of instructor

ARCH 5104   Urban Systems
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course examines the infrastructure of the metropolis and its influence on urban form and development. It considers transportation, energy use, water distribution, civic institutions, spaces of social exchange, and ecological systems. It emphasizes new concepts of what is "urban" and what is "natural," referring to innovative urban designs worldwide.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture and Planning or permission of instructor

ARCH 5105   History and Theory of Cities
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course examines selected major cities, their originating form, important buildings, and building types in their history. The primary aim is to explore the relationship between architecture and urbanism and the relationship between individual buildings and the city.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture and Planning or permission of instructor

ARCH 5106   International Sustainable Development
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course examines recent sustainable development in developed and developing countries. Local building practices and cultural appropriateness are studied within social, economic, and urban contexts. Through readings and case studies, it considers how architects, planners, and builders have handled materials and technology to engender patterns of sustainable living.
FORMAT: Seminar
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture

ARCH 5107   Theory and the Built Environment
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is an overview of contemporary architectural theory, structured into three themes: architecture as a poetic act, moral act, and meaningful act. These themes allow students to develop their research and design interests in the graduate program. In a major project, students translate theoretical concerns into an architectural installation.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture and Planning or permission of instructor

ARCH 5110   Architectural Exhibitions
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course introduces students to contemporary discussions in the field of exhibit design for architecture, including the role of the viewer, the use of display techniques to frame objects, and the curatorial voice. Groups of students develop an exhibition on a subject of their choice.
FORMAT:
  • Seminar
  • Studio

RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture and Planning or permission of instructor

ARCH 5112   Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course studies the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement. It examines international charters, protocols, and issues of identifications, evaluation and public awareness. Students undertake fieldwork and research on specific projects and contribute to a general register of modern works.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture and Planning or permission of instructor

ARCH 5113   Technology, Culture, and Society
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course studies the technology of architecture in its broad cultural and social context. It explores the issue of technology in History, philosophy, sociology, and material culture, using contemporary and historical building as an example.
FORMAT: Seminar
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture and Planning or permission of instructor

ARCH 5114   Theory of Conservation Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course studies historical and contemporary principles of architectural conservation. It introduces philosophical questions through international charters, national policies, and practice documents. It also considers issues of heritage value and principles for making informed decisions in analyzing, documenting, and conserving historic buildings.
FORMAT: Seminar
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture and Planning

ARCH 5115   Post-Colonial Culture, Architecture, and Urbanism
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course investigates post-colonial culture and politics of knowledge, raising questions of social engagement and political economy in architecture and urbanism. Topics include power and control in the colonial city; orientalism and the construction of race; relations between global forces and the locale; infrastructures as contested spaces; humanitarianism and neoliberal urbanism. 
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to graduate students in the Faculty of Architecture and Planning; or permission of instructor

ARCH 5116   Social Theory and Design
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This seminar course surveys contemporary theories of design from a social science perspective. It focuses on the literature of Actor-Network Theory, evidence-based design, appropriate design, spatial analysis, participatory design, technological innovation, and the mapping of controversies. The student is asked to be familiar with the literature through seminar discussions and develop an argument for a particular aspect of theory.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students

ARCH 5198   Humanities Seminar
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course focuses on an advanced topic in architectural humanities. The topic changes from year to year. It may emphasize history, theory, criticism, urban studies, or architecture in development.
NOTE: Course Details listed here also apply to ARCH 5199.03.
FORMAT: Seminar
RESTRICTIONS: Graduate students - Architecture and Planning or permission of instructor