ARCH 605. Visualizing Site and Natural Environmental Systems. 3 Hours.

This course advances empirical understanding and abilities to visualize natural forces as they both shape and affect siting and designing buildings that shape human experience. Students will develop abilities to demonstrate the principles of environmental systems’ design, how design criteria can vary by geographic region and the tools used for performance assessment. In-class and applied studies will help students learn about site characteristics, soils, topography, solar systems, ecology, climate, building orientation, active and passive heating and cooling, solar geometry, day-lighting and natural ventilation. Prerequisite: ARCH 109 or equivalent. LEC.