ARC 123, The Principles and Philosophy of Architecture (3 credits)

Course Description

This courses introduces students to space, scale, light, intention, creativity, and behavioral and health experiences in architectural expression.

Course Goals and Objectives 

  • Awareness, facility and vocabulary in designing space for habitation
  • Awareness and facility in developing environmental relatedness with human scale in design
  • Awareness and facility in designing light in space and its impact on experience
  • Developing a creative approach to architectural problem solving
  • Develop an understanding and how to manifest the desired human experience in architectural design

Topical Outline 

40% Space and Reciprocity
10% Scale
20% Light
30% Intention and design
10% Sustainability



Textbooks/Learning Resources

Manipulating Spaces, Roger Richmond


Spring semester, annually

Faculty assigned

Roger Richmond, Professor of Architecture