Architecture

Division: Industry & Technology
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Architecture is an academic discipline concerned with the study of design, visual communication, history & theory, and construction technology. This academic discipline prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of architecture. The skills developed in this discipline include predesign, conceptual design, schematic design, design development, tactile (by hand) model-making, digital (computer) model-making, building information modeling (BIM), tactile (by hand) graphics/drawing, digital (computer) graphics/drawing, architecture history, computer assisted drafting & design (CAD), construction materials & methods, construction documents, and detailing.

Transfer requirements in architecture are available in the Counseling Center. Students regularly transfer to four year accredited schools of architecture to pursue a bachelor degree. See ‘Transfer Success’ in the Architecture Department website. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor and the proposed transfer university for specific transfer requirements.

Career options include positions in architecture, environmental design, interior design, planning, landscape architecture, product design, and civil engineering.

A higher degree may be required to meet minimum job requirements depending on the position. Students regularly obtain employment after successfully completing this academic discipline.

Contact Information

Industry and Technology Division Chair

Frank Tebeau | (559) 688-3181 | frankt@cos.edu
Tulare Center Building C: C 101 | Tulare Campus

Dean of CTE and Workforce Development

Thad Russell | (559) 688-3027 | thadr@cos.edu
Tulare College Center: Building A - A107 | Tulare Campus

ARCH 010 Architectural Design 1 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Materials Fees: $20
An introductory course that emphasizes design process, concept development, and creative problem solving as the means to create architectural form and space. Design projects are presented utilizing "tactile" (by hand) two and three-dimensional visual communication and scale modeling techniques. Verbal presentations in the form of critiques are also required for the purpose of communicating designs and intended concepts.
ARCH 011 Architectural Design 2 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Materials Fees: $20
An advanced course that continues to explore issues initiated in the introductory course. Additionally, the course emphasizes program development, site and context analysis, precedent study, and structure as the means to create architectural form and space. Design projects are presented utilizing “tactile” (by hand) two-and three-dimensional visual communication and scale modeling techniques. Verbal presentations in the form of critiques are also required for the purpose of communicating designs and intended concepts.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 010 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
ARCH 013 Architectural Design 3 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Materials Fees: $20
Equivalent Course: ARCH 112
An introductory digital design course that continues the knowledge introduced in the tactile design courses plus emphasizes professional Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and techniques used to facilitate the architectural design process.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 010 and ARCH 011 or equivalent college courses with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent skills as determined by division assessment
ARCH 014 Architectural Design 4 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Materials Fees: $20
Equivalent Course: ARCH 113
An advanced digital design course that continues the knowledge introduced in the tactile and the introductory digital design courses plus emphasizes advanced professional Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and techniques utilized to facilitate the architectural design process. Advanced techniques include digital animation and a state team competition that involves both computer generated and physical construction of a structure.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 010, ARCH 011 and ARCH 013 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better.
ARCH 020 Visual Communication 1 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
2 Lab

1 Other
Materials Fees: $20
This is an introductory course of tactile (by hand) visual communication techniques applicable to the design and construction of the built environment. Drawing techniques include lettering, lines, dimensioning, diagramming, orthographic projection, axonometric projection, and perspective projection.
ARCH 021 Visual Communication 2 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Materials Fees: $20
This is an advanced course of "tactile" (by hand) visual communication techniques applicable to the design and construction of the built environment. Drawing techniques include graphic symbols, architectural presentation, architectural drawing conventions; orthographic and perspective projections, rendition of value and context, color theory, figure ground ambiguity, and drawing media and techniques.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 20 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better.
ARCH 030 Sustainable and Green Topics 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
2 Lab

1 Other
Materials Fees: $10
Equivalent Course: ARCH 130
This is an introductory course that will enable students to administer, apply, and define sustainable and green-related variables and associate them with real world situations related to the design profession. In addition this course will help the student develop an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method, and encourage an understanding of the relationships between science and other human activities.
ARCH 070 Architecture History 1 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Materials Fees: $10
Equivalent Course: ARCH 170
History of architecture from Prehistoric to Gothic periods. Pre-Columbian Americas period is also covered. The relationship between architecture and art, science, historical events, religion, society, culture, philosophy, politics, economics, and physical conditions are studied.
ARCH 071 Architecture History 2 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Materials Fees: $10
Equivalent Course: ARCH 171
History of architecture from Renaissance to 21st Century periods. The relationship between architecture and art, science, historical events, religion, society, culture, philosophy, politics, economics, and physical conditions are studied.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 070 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
ARCH 120 Freehand Drawing 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Materials Fees: $20
An introductory course of freehand drawing techniques applicable to the design and construction of the built environment. Freehand drawing is an integral part of the architect's design process. It is instrumental in concept development, creative problem solving, documenting and perceiving space, visualization, and observation skills. Techniques include shading, shape definition, form definition, human scale, and entourage utilizing pencil, ink, color media, and combination media.
ARCH 121 Perspective Alternatives 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
2 Lab

1 Other
Materials Fees: $20
Equivalent Course: ARCH 121AC
A study of the fundamental concepts, principles, and applications of accelerated architectural perspective and rendering techniques. Utilizing charts, the computer program SketchUp, entourage, underlayment sheets, and photographs, students will generate finished architectural renderings. This course is an invaluable career asset for people interested in architecture, illustration, building trades, and interior design.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 20 or equivalent college course with a “C” or better
ARCH 133 Sustainability Implementation 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
Materials Fees: $10
This course will give students knowledge necessary to confront issues related to sustainability in the building industry.
Advisories on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 030 and ARCH 134 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better
ARCH 134 Sustainable Materials/Methods 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
Materials Fees: $10
An introduction to the principles, materials, methods, and processes of sustainable construction, this course combines both theory and practical applications. Site visits to view various stages of construction are an integral part of the course.
ARCH 151 Independent Study-ARCH 1 - 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 - 12 Lab
Equivalent Course: ARCH 151AD
The purpose of this Independent Study is to provide an opportunity for students, under the direction of an instructor, to participate in advanced individualized studies to supplement and enhance existing courses. Independent Study requires a minimum of 54 hours of academic work per unit. In addition, student must file an Independent Study form through the Admissions Office to obtain approval to enroll.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 010 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
ARCH 160 Construction Materials/Methods 4 unit(s)
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
Materials Fees: $20
An introduction to the principles, materials, methods, and processes of construction. This course combines both theory and practical application. Site visits to view various stages of construction are an integral part of the course.
ARCH 161 Architectural Detailing 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
Materials Fees: $20
Equivalent Course: ARCH 161AD
A course in architectural detailing that explores the transition from architectural ideas into built reality. Students draw architectural details with corresponding summaries using a computer assisted drafting (CAD) program. Different function, constructability, and aesthetics details are explored and then applied to various construction types.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 160 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or equivalent knowledge and/or skills as determined by departmental assessment AND DRFT 114 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or equivalent knowledge and/or skills as determined by departmental assessment.
ARCH 162 Conceptual Structural Analysis 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Materials Fees: $20
A nonmathematical investigation of structural systems and components with respect to their behavior; selection of the most appropriate structural system for various building typologies.
Advisories on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 010 and ARCH 160 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better.
ARCH 163 Construction Documents 3 unit(s)
Hours: 2.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
Materials Fees: $20
Equivalent Course: ARCH 131
This course provides a detailed introduction to the process of construction documentation. A full set of residential construction documents emphasizing light wood frame construction is created utilizing a computer assisted drafting (CAD) program. A residential light wood frame construction scale model is also created. Prior training in the form of advisory courses or office CAD experience is required.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: DRFT 114 AND ARCH 160 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better.
ARCH 190 Supervised Practice 1 - 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 - 9 Lab
Equivalent Course: ARCH 190AD
Under the supervision of an instructor, selected architecture students can explore individual interests in design, visual communication, history, construction technology, and sustainability. The course allows students to apply their knowledge and increasing level of proficiency in architecture. Interests include research, projects, design competitions, resume creation, portfolio creation, field trips, professional workshops, seminars, board meetings, or other instructor approved activities.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 013 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
ARCH 251 Independent Study-ARCH 1 - 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 - 12 Lab
Equivalent Course: ARCH 251AD
The purpose of Independent Study is to provide an opportunity for students, under the direction of an instructor, to participate in advanced individualized studies to supplement and enhance existing courses. Independent Study requires a minimum of 54 hours of academic work per unit. In addition, student must file an Independent Study form through the Admissions Office to obtain approval to enroll.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ARCH 010 or equivalent college course with "C" or better

Architecture

Gonzalez, Rolando
A.A., College Of The Sequoias
B.E.D., Texas A&M
M. Arch., Arizona State University
Architect, Aia