ARC 203, Architectural Design II (4 credits)

Course Description

Students will focus on developing an understanding of the basic design “palette” Space, Scale, and Light and their integration in the development of architectural expression. 

Course Goals and Objectives 

  • Introduce some of the concepts of the Space/Behavior response and connection
  • Introduce spatial awareness through an understanding of figure/ground, solid/void expressions and reciprocities.
  • To become aware of spatial sequencing, and some of the types and kinds of spaces in the designer’s vocabulary, and the infinite ways of defining space
  • To become familiar with the concept of scale as it relates to architectural design and graphic expression by exploring scale alienation and scale reinforcement.
  • Learn the basic elements and types of light, and to design with light, and to begin to understand the impact of light on emotional user response, and light’s relationship to scale, and to see how light can drive and direct architectural expression.
  • Continue to expand cognitive skills with ever increasing amounts of data integrated into expression.
  • Continue to develop an individual work ethic in a creative group environment.
  • Commitment to excellence, and professionalism in presentation

Topical Outline 

50% Spatial Awareness, Manipulating Space and Space Behavior
25% Scale Studies
25% Light Studies


ARC 101, Introduction to Architecture
ARC 102, Architectural Design I

Textbooks/Learning Resources

Manipulating Spaces, Roger R. Richmond
Form, Space, and Order
, Francis Ching


Fall semester, annually

Faculty assigned

Daelynn A. Elizabeth, Adjunct Professor of Architecture
Rosie Curtis, Adjunct Professor of Architecture