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Architecture Program

Architecture Program

The Architecture program has been developed to build up competencies in creativity, design, visual and digital communication, project development and management as well as legal frameworks. The architecture program emphasises students to experience the stimulation of artistic sensitivity and creativity with a focus on environmental responsibility. The program aims at developing the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully design, plan, and draw an architectural project, for entities at local and international level. The program offers comprehensive understanding of a variety of design concepts, design principles, drawing, presentation methods and techniques in a global context providing industry standard knowledge on leading computer- aided design programs (CAD). Our graduates will be able to critically think on current environmental issues and design in a responsible manner within the field of Architecture.

The main goal of the BS in Architecture program is to prepare highly educated, creative, environmentally responsible professionals in the Architecture field. The program’s qualification objectives are to support personal development of students, involving them in practical and research activities in the field of Architecture that will contribute in students’ local and international employability. Students will be engaged in activities such as creative design, architectural expression and presentation, 3D modeling, Computer-aided design, architectural project management, contributing to the framework of industry standards at an international level. The program will prepare students for active citizenship, forming appropriate cultural, social and behavioral skills. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree program in Architecture students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical thinking through a self-reflective process of conceptualization and design thinking that is open to consideration of alternative perspectives by analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing ideas and information gathered through applied research grounded in information literacy.
2. Implement complex two and three-dimensional graphic representation techniques using a wide variety of traditional and digital media, to reflect on and explain the architectural design process to a wide range of stakeholders.
3. The knowledge and ability to apply a design decision-making process through appropriate technical documentation in a manner that is client-centered, sustainable, aesthetic, cost effective, and socially responsible.
4. Incorporate a wide range of technical skills and professional architectural knowledge during schematic design to demonstrate a comprehensive application of life safety, accessibility, and sustainability issues in making sound design decisions across varying scales and levels of complexity.
5. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize a wide range of variables into an integrated design solution by employing appropriate building materials, building systems, and construction practices grounded in environmental stewardship and based on sound research and design decisions across varying scales of systems and levels of complexity.
6. Understanding how to collaboratively lead teams of stakeholders in the process of conceiving, developing and implementing solutions to problems in the built and natural environments, utilizing knowledge of the diverse forms and the dimensions of professional practice along with associated ethical, legal, financial and social responsibilities.
7. Apply math, physics, logic as reasoning skills to investigate problems related to force resolution in structural systems, thermal heat gain and loss in buildings, material quantity estimates, budget management, and life-cycle cost analysis.
8. Demonstrate information literacy through applied research by raising clear and precise questions, using abstract ideas to clarify and express information, and considering diverse points of view, to reach well-reasoned conclusions and evaluate options against relevant design criteria, building standards, and program requirements.
9. To build abstract relationships and understand the impact of ideas based on the study and analysis of multiple theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental contexts. students must also be able to use a diverse range of skills to think about and convey architectural ideas, including writing, investigating, speaking, drawing, and modeling.

As an architect you'll design new buildings or extensions or alterations to existing structures, and advise on the restoration and conservation of old properties. You may work on individual buildings or on large redevelopment schemes, and your responsibility can extend to the design of the surrounding landscape and spaces. Working closely with clients and users, you'll make sure that projected designs match requirements and are functional, safe and economical. You'll usually control a project from start to finish and work with a number of construction professionals, including surveyors and engineers.

Architectural Jobs directly related to your degree include:
• Architect
• Architectural technologist
• CAD technician
• Fire risk assessor
• Interior and spatial designer
• Urban designer

Architectural Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
• Building surveyor
• Commercial/residential surveyor
• Construction manager
• Estates manager
• Higher education lecturer
• Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
• Landscape architect
• Planning and development surveyor
• Production designer, theatre/television/film
• Structural engineer
• Town planner
• VFX artist

I. SEMESTER II. SEMESTER
COURSE CODE COURSE NAME T A C ECTS COURSE CODE COURSE NAME T A C ECTS
ARCH 101 Basic Design I 4 4 6 6 ARCH 102 Basic Design II 4 4 6 6
ARCH 103 Graphic Com I 2 2 3 3 ARCH 104 Graphic Com II 2 2 3 3
ARCH 105 Freehand Drawing 2 2 3 3 ARCH 106 Intro to Construction 2 2 3 3
ITEC 103 IT for Architecture 1 2 3 3 MAT 107 Math’s for Designers 3 0 3 3
ENGL 101 Academic English I 3 0 3 3 ENGL 102 Academic English II 3 0 3 3
TOTAL CREDIT 12 10 18 18 TOTAL CREDIT 14 8 18 18
III. SEMESTER IV. SEMESTER
COURSE CODE COURSE NAME T A C ECTS COURSE CODE COURSE NAME T A C ECTS
ARCH 201 Architectural Design Studio I 4 4 6 6 ARCH 202 Architectural Design Studio II 4 4 6 6
ARCH 211 Building Construction and Materials I 2 2 3 3 ARCH 212 Building Construction and Materials II 2 2 3 3
ARCH 213 Ecological Issues in Architecture 2 2 3 3 ARCH 214 Energy and Environmental Issues in Architecture 2 2 3 3
ARCH 215 Introduction to Tectonics of Structural Systems 3 0 3 3 ARCH 216 Structural Behavior I 3 0 3 3
ARCH 217 Computer Aided Design  I 2 2 3 3 ARCH 218 Computer Aided Design  II 2 2 3 3
ARCH 225 History and Theories of Architecture 3 3 3 3 ARCH 225 History and Theories of Architecture II 3 3 3 3
TOTAL CREDIT 16 10 18 21 TOTAL CREDIT 16 8 21 21
V. SEMESTER VI. SEMESTER
COURSE CODE COURSE NAME T A C ECTS COURSE CODE COURSE NAME T A C ECTS
ARCH 301 Arch Design III 4 4 6 6 ARCH 302 Arch Design IV 4 4 6 6
ARCH 303 Conservation and Restoration 3 0 3 3 ARCH 304 Architecture and Design Theories 2 2 3 3
ARCH 305 Tectonics of Form Resistant Structures 3 0 3 3 ARCH 306 Building and Environmental Systems 3 0 3 3
ARCH 307 Building Construction and Materials III 1 2 3 3 ARCT 308 Process of Urban Design 3 0 3 3
ARCH 309 Theory of Urban Design 3 0 3 3 ARCH 310 Digital Communication in Architecture 1 2 3 3
TOTAL CREDIT 12 10 18 18 TOTAL CREDIT 14 8 18 18
VII. SEMESTER VIII. SEMESTER
COURSE CODE COURSE NAME T A C ECTS COURSE CODE COURSE NAME T A C ECTS
ARCH 401 Arch Design V 4 4 6 6 ARCH 402 Graduation Project 4 4 6 6
ARCH 403 Economic and Managerial Issues in Architecture 3 0 3 3 ARCH 404 Summer Practice II 2 2 3 3
ARCH 405 Summer Practice 2 2 3 3 ARCH XXX Faculty Elective III 2 0 2 3
ARCH XXX Faculty Elective I 3 0 3 3 ARCH XXX Faculty Elective IV 3 0 3 3
ARCH XXX Faculty Elective II 3 0 3 3 UNIV XXX University Elective I 2 0 2 3
TOTAL CREDIT 12 10 18 18 TOTAL CREDIT 14 8 18 18

ARCH 101 Basic Design I
Basic principles of design, creating a visual vocabulary through 2 and 3 dimensional exercises, design elements and their characteristics, design principles, problems to enhance students’ mental and manual skills, emphasis on creativity, and critical thinking.
ARCH 103 Graphic Com I
The basic tools of graphic communication, principles of orthographic, axonometric and perspective drawing, introduction to different graphic presentation methods.
ARCH 105 Freehand Drawing and Presentation Techniques
Freehand drawing and presentation Techniques will enable students to explore sketching, design, colour theory, concept visualization, perspective drawing and basic rendering techniques. Students will be exposed to Architectural presentation techniques along with oral and writing skills that will assist in the communication of their designs in academic/professional environment.
ITEC 103 IT for Architecture
This course will aim to Develop skills in basic selection tools and edge refinement to isolate and edit parts of an image. Manipulate layers through ordering, positioning, scaling, rotation, and adjustments. Create composite images that demonstrate advanced selection and layering techniques. Prepare images for Web and print output with appropriate sizing and resolution.
ENGL 101 Academic English I
ENGL 101 is a first-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B1+ level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
ARCH 102 Basic Design II
This course puts an emphasis on design process, exercises on three dimensional forms, space, function, material, structure, r ole of context, human dimension and scale, transition from abstract problems to concrete ones.
ARCH 104 Graphic Com II
Advanced graphic communication techniques, developed techniques of 3-D drawing, drawing conventions in different design branches, presentation techniques in various drawing media.
ARCH 106 Intro to Construction
Integration of design thinking with the appropriate structure and technology; history of design technology, structural logic, form, structure and material, sustainable and innovative aspects of design technology.
MAT 107 Math’s for Designers
The aim of this course is to equip students with mathematical and analytical skills to apply numerical, computational and estimation techniques. Be able to solve algebraic equations and inequalities. Determine functions, domain and range as well as their graphical properties. Be able to distinguish and measure geometric figures and solids. Demonstrate geometric and trigonometric analogy in drawing and designing.
ENGL 102 Academic English II
ENGL102 is a second-semester freshman academic English course. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to B2 level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The course connects critical thinking with language skills and incorporates learning technologies such as IQ Online. The purpose of the course is to consolidate students’ knowledge and awareness of academic discourse, language structures, and lexis. The main focus will be on the development of productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading) skills in academic settings.
ARCH 201 Architectural Design Studio I
A studio course designed to develop an understanding of form, function and space relations through projects of limited complexity. Minimum structural input not to limit the creativity of students. Emphasis on the overall architectural design process including site, literature survey, functional diagrams and program concepts, human and social factors ergonomics.

ARCH 211 Building Construction and Materials I
Tectonics of buildings, which have all types of masonry (brick, stone, timber; with or without tie beams) and some basic types of skeletal structures, and their construction characteristics. All possible construction methods of these structures; infill wall possib ilities and their construction methods; construction of possible cladding systems, which are used with these systems; some examples of finishing which are used in these types of buildings.
ARCH 213 Ecological Issues in Architecture
The core course promises to be an important component in paving the path towards environmentally sensitive architecture education with the purpose of providing architecture students with a sensitivity and understanding of the natural processes that shape our s ocial, cultural and natural environment.
ARCH 215 Introduction to Tectonics of Structural Systems
A course aiming at the exploration of a concept regarding the investigation of architectural meaning of structures. Study of basic terminology and classification of structural systems in relation to the concept of tectonics in architecture. Tectonics of all form-resistant structures, flexural and masonry structures via one successful case study for each system.
ARCH 217 Computer Aided Design I
A course introducing students to the principles of CAD, the theories and methods on which it is founded, and its principal applications in practice – generating, evaluating, modeling, drafting, and rendering design solutions.
ARCH 225 History and Theories of Architecture
First in the series of survey courses on history of world architecture and art, covering the period f rom pre-historic times to the end of the medieval era, specially designed for Architecture students. Focus, on the theoretical perspective as well as the historical.
ARCH 202 Architectural Design Studio II
A studio course designed to develop an understanding of form, function and space relations through projects of fairly complex functions: A minimum of two-story buildings with simple structures in built environment.
ARCH 212 Building Construction and Materials II
The goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for wide span roof structures (folded plate, space frame, membranes, dome, truss systems etc.), stairs, windows, doors with their own detailing. All kinds of possible construction methods with their special finishing details will be dealt.
ARCH 214 Energy and Environmental Issues in Architecture
A course to study the environmental factors influencing architectural design. Issues of climate, lighting and acoustics in relation to energy problems and user comfort. Climatic elements, classification of climates for architectural purposes, thermal process of human body, thermal comfort indexes, thermal process of buildings. Various climate control methods in buildings: thermal, solar, condensation, wi nd control and natural ventilation.
ARCH 216 Tectonics of Flexural Structures
A course covering the relationship between structural behavior, form, methods of construction, and tectonics for flexural structures, via successful case studies. History of supports and joints in architecture, three equations of equilibrium, types of stresses and internal forces in relation to deflected shape and with the help of models.
ARCH 218 Computer Aided Design II
A course further increasing students capacity in CAD, the theories and methods on which it is founded, and its principal applications in practice – generating, evaluating, modeling, drafting, and rendering design solutions more complex projects.
ARCH 225 History and Theories of Architecture II
Second one of the survey courses on the history and theories of architecture, designed in three phases.
ARCH 301 Architectural Design Studio III
A studio course designed to provide the student with skills of designing in urban context considering various urban problems. The emphasis on the design concept at a larger scale with particular attention paid on achieving unity within the urban environment. Sensitivity to the existing context by means of historic environment is essential. Requirements include a quality of design, social factors, quality and hierarchy of open and semi-open spaces, street furniture and landscaping, orientation and organizati on of buildings on site, public-private interface, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, climatic considerations, appropriate construction systems and materials, and regulations.

ARCH 303 Conservation and Restoration
A course aiming to provide the students of architecture with basic knowledge and understanding of architectural and cultural heritage. Presentation of appropriate concepts of basic conservation, historic preservation and restoration to help students acquire skills to apply in practice.
ARCH 305 Tectonics of Form Resistant Structures
A course covering the relationship between structural behavior, form, methods of construction, and tectonics for form- resistant structures, via successful case studies. The relation between internal forces, form, and tectonics.
ARCH 307 Building Construction and Materials III
Industrialized and prefabricated building techniques (Tunnel formwork, skeleton, panel, modular construction systems), building envelopes (structural, nonstructural facades, classification of facades according to the materials) and their construction characterist ics. All possible construction methods of these structures and some constructed examples of these types of buildings in detail.
ARCH 309 Theory of Urban Design
An introductory course on the basic understanding of urban design issues, in general and within a historic perspective. The course aims to introduce the theories and methods of urban design as a discipline integrated with architecture. The topics of the lectures and discussions: concept of urban space, visual variables determining the quality of urban space, unity as the basic element of urban design, permeability, variety and legibility as main principles of urban design determining the quality of public realm. The course provides students with an introductory yet comprehensive overview of urban design theory and the work of leading urban design theorists encompassing its visual, perceptual and environmental dimensions.
ARCH 302 Arch Design IV
A studio course designed to provide the students with necessary skills to design multi -storey and multipurpose building complex in built-up areas with high complexity in functional organizations; integration of appropriate structural and environmental control systems, materials, building codes and regulations in the metropolitan scale urban context. The emphasis on designing a mixed-use complex is important in considering the themes; repetition, reproduction, variation.
ARCH 304 Architecture and Design Theories
A third survey course in history dealing with various aspects of the history of architecture not covered in the two previous courses because of the chronological approach. Depending on the choice of individual tutors, topics are covered by typological approaches, an atypical study, as symbolism in architecture, etc. Emphasis on theoretical aspects of architecture: ideologies, philosophy of art and architecture, contemporary theories, concepts and practices of periods after modernism.
ARCH 306 Building and Environmental Systems in Architecture
A course aiming to study all kinds of sanitary and environmental systems in buildings and their approximate size prediction. Issues to be covered: Water supply, hot water, liquid waste, solid waste systems and sanitary appliances; energy systems (electrical systems, telephone ducts, gas-liquid and solid fuels), heating, cooling, ventilating, air conditioning systems, smoke and ventilation flues, refuse chutes; mechanical conveyors-lifts, escalators, tube conveyors -, fire systems -alarms and firefighting equipment-, lightning protection; security systems.
ARCH 308 Process of Urban Design
The course draws on the extensive theoretical foundation of urban design as a means to explore approaches to appraise the character of the built environment, and, as a result, to forward practical proposals aimed at beneficially influencing the overall quality and liability of urban environments. Knowledge is firstly imparted through a series of lectures, then developed through the undertaking of project work designed to ensure the application of theory to practice.
ARCH 310 Digital Communication in Architecture
The aim of this course is to produce architectural projects as complete as possible from concept to final 3D presentation models, which are 3-D building (BIM/Revit) models that are effectively rendered and situated in a context that is landscaped and designed with appropriate form, structure, materials and objects such as cars, people, etc. Rendering involves the convincing use of materials, lights, background and other rendered effects, with the aid of other software than BIM modelers such as Photoshop and/or 3DS Max, when appropriate.
ARCH 401 Arch Design V
A studio course designed to provide the student with skills of designing long span structures by considering integrated construction and service systems. The main emphasis is to design buildings with high complexity in function with appropriate structural systems and creating rich architectonic qualities.

ARCH 403 Economic and Managerial Issues in Architecture
A course consisting of basic concepts and definitions for: construction management, principles of engineering economy, cost/benefit analysis, break-even analysis, interest calculations, and economic comparison. Parties and stages of construction projects, engineering site organization, construction contracts and their documents. Types of specifications. Project planning techniques, bar chart, network analysis, arrow diagram.
ARCH 405 Summer Practice
Surveying and Technical Field Trip: The students of the Department of Architecture should have training beside their architectural credit courses for their graduation. Therefore, the department of Architecture, at certain times of the year independently or together with other departments, organizes technical trips/workshops or approves their arrangement. Duration of ARCH 190 should be a minimum of 10 days for levelling and survey, and maximum 10 days for workshop and/or technical trip. Workshop or technical trip could be done within two short periods also (including semester break in fall period). In order to be successful, students should pass from both levelling and survey + workshop or technical trip. Minimum 17 working days.
ARCH XXX Faculty Elective I
ARCH XXX Faculty Elective II
ARCH 402 Graduation Project
A final studio course in which students are expected to develop their designs independently. They are expected to work from macro to micro scales and with special emphasis on the individual interest areas. Each student is to demonstrate individually a performance that he/she has attained the professional standard required to practice within the rich context of the architectural discipline.
ARCH 404 Summer Practice II
Construction Site: Practice at certain construction site(s) must be verified and reported through consistent documenting, photocopy, and daily activity reports. The department standard training report book must be filled up properly and signed by the official site manager of the construction site(s). Duration of ARCH 290 should be 25 working days.
ARCH XXX Faculty Elective III
ARCH XXX Faculty Elective IV
UNIV XXX University Elective I