McGill Architecture Students’ Association

Mark

U0 COURSES

Fall Term
CHEM 110
General Chemistry 1

4 Credits
A study of the fundamental principles of atomic structure, radiation and nuclear chemistry, valence theory, coordination chemistry, and the periodic table
MATH 113
Linear Algebra and Geometry

3 Credits
Systems of linear equations, matrices, inverses, determinants; geometric vectors in three dimensions, dot product, cross product, lines and planes; introduction to vector spaces, linear dependence and independence, bases; quadratic loci in two and three dimensions.
MATH 140
Calculus 1

3 Credits
Review of functions and graphs. Limits, continuity, derivative. Differentiation of elementary functions. Antidifferentiation. Applications.
PHYS 131
Mechanics and Waves

4 Credits
The basic laws and principles of Newtonian mechanics; oscillations, waves, and wave optics.
Winter Term
4 Credits
A study of the fundamental principles of physical chemistry.
4 Credits
The definite integral. Techniques of integration. Applications. Introduction to sequences and series.
4 Credits
The basic laws of electricity and magnetism; geometrical optics.


U1 COURSES

Fall Term

6 Credits
Introduction to design; development of design judgement and communication skills in a series of exercises addressing light, scale, space, form and colour in the built environment; introduction to techniques of oral and graphic presentation, including model making, photography, sketching and architectural drawing. The course is based in the studio and includes lectures, seminars and field trips.
2 Credits
Strategies for visualization and representation based on perspective, orthographic and oblique projection; drawing in the design process; relationship of drawing type to design intention; freehand drawing and sketching; architectural survey and notebook recording. Students work in the studio and in the field in a range of media.
3 Credits
Introduction to the basic concepts and forms of structures in architecture.
3 Credits
The study of architecture and cities from ancient times to 1750.
3 Credits
Aspects of the law which affect architects and engineers. Definition and branches of law.
Winter Term
6 Credits
Introduction to architectural design; consideration of building form in relation to program, structural system, material selection, site and climate; further development of skills in model making, conventional architectural drawing, axonometric and perspective drawing, sketching and architectural rendering. The course is based in the studio and includes lectures, seminars and field trips.
3 Credits
The characteristics of basic building materials: wood, steel, masonry and concrete. How building materials are shaped into building components, and how these components are integrated into the building envelope. Problems, laboratory projects and field trips to illustrate principles.
3 Credits
The study of North American architecture and cities from 1950 to the present.
4 Credits
Basic principles of statics; force systems; trusses; centroids and second moment of areas; stress and strain; beams; shearing and bending stresses; deflections; combined stresses; columns.

U2 COURSES

Fall Term
6 Credits
An exploration of the design of buildings. Projects emphasize the major social, technological, environmental, and symbolic aspects of the design process. Introduction to specific modelling, presentation, and documentation techniques. Discussions, readings, field trips and practical exercises.
3 Credits
This course introduces students to digital representation in architecture. Students explore applications of state-of-the-art two- and three-dimensional computer modeling software in architectural design.
3 Credits
The study of Modern European architecture from 1750 to 1950.
2 Credits
Land form, plant life, microclimate; land use and land preservation; elements and methods of landscape design. .
3 Credits
Structural loadings, load factors, code requirements and design procedures. Characteristics of structural steel and structural timber in building construction. Structural design of axially loaded tension and compression members, joists, beams, girders, trusses and framing systems.

Winter Term
6 Credits
Continuation of Design and Construction I with projects of increasing complexity. Projects deal with particular aspects of architectural design and/or explore approaches to design methodology. Discussions, readings, field trips and practical exercises.

3 Credits
The study of cities and world architecture from 1900 to the present.

3 Credits
Architectural modelling using advanced applications in digital media. Topics include 3-D modelling and rendering; image editing; digital animation; hypertext and the World Wide Web; issues of representation and methodology; comparison of publishing applications. Projects complement design studio courses and independent studies that are student or instructor initiated.

3 Credits
Physical properties of concrete; behaviour and design of reinforced concrete members in compression, tension, bending, shear and combined loadings; bond and anchorage; soil properties, soil testing, footings; pile foundation; shorting; retaining walls.


U3 COURSES

Fall Term
6 Credits
A structured investigation of architectural concepts; program interpretation with respect to relevant cultural, social and environmental contexts; applications of appropriate formal languages and building technologies in integrated proposals for a variety of building forms.
2 Credits
Concepts of natural and artificial lighting in architecture and urban design.

3 Credits
Exploration of the interrelationship between energy, environment and building. Topics include sustainability, assessment tools, the integrated design process, water conservation, energy conservation, renewable energy, materials and embodied energy, indoor environmental quality, environmental acoustics, and advanced building technology.

2 Credits
A study of structural systems in concrete, steel, timber; a philosophy of structure; choice of structure; economic factors in design; recent developments and trends in structure; lateral stability by frame action, bracing shear walls; mechanics of certain structural forms.
Winter Term
6 Credits
A detailed study and comprehensive development of architectural proposals for complex building types and site conditions; the exploration of coherent initial concepts with respect to programmatic requirements, image and form; subsequent elaboration leading to meaningful and technologically viable designs for the built environment.
2 Credits
The study of building codes with specific emphasis on the National Building and National Fire Codes of Canada. Examples of existing buildings with assignments to illustrate regulations. Development of a systematic approach to the implementation of codes during the preliminary design stage of an architectural project.


overheard in the studio:

"You should tried to put some cows in your sectional drawings...but it wouldn’t be nice for the cows."


McGill University
School of Architecture

Macdonald-Harrington Building
815 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C2