ARC 305, Architectural Design IV (4 credits)

Course Description 

The course expands on the design issues Space, Scale, and Light.  Additional, there is a greater emphasis on “Design with Intention,” and the use of diagram.

Course Goals and Objectives 

  • Develop skills in creative conceptual design and graphic/model presentation
  • Understand and produce design analysis, awareness, and expression
  • Technical issues including: code requirements, parking, zoning, mechanical needs, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, and barrier-free (ADA) design. 
  • Understand site analysis and its potential impact on design.
  • Understand the necessity of pre-design work as a foundation for further design exploration.
  • Understand the use of concept, creating a design intention, and the representation of concept in model and drawing.
  • Understand and utilize the diagram as a means of design exploration, and the testing of design ideas.
  • Understand the importance of community, and its insertion into the urban fabric.


Topical Outline

20% Site research and analysis
10% Diagramming
20% Visual Communication and presentation
50% Schematic Design


ARC 231, ARC 204. 
Concurrent with ARC 332

Textbooks/Learning Resources

Precedents in Architecture: Analytic Diagrams, Formative Ideas, and Partis, Clark


Fall semester, annually

Faculty assigned 

Eric Stark, Associate Professor of Architecture