Undergraduate Programme

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies (BAAS)

The accredited Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies (BAAS) programme contains 145 credits over a minimum period of four academic years. There are five specific subject areas and some electives that prepare students for a world of design, technology, and research,

  • Design Studio
  • History and Theory
  • Technology
  • Design Computing
  • General

 

DESIGN STUDIO

DESIGN STUDIO 1

Module Code ARC1009 (5 credits)

No Pre Requisite

Design Studio 1 provides beginning design students with the foundation skills needed for architectural design. Students are given an opportunity to acquire and refine the proficiency and knowledge needed to skilfully and harmoniously employ the head (architectural thinking), hand (representation) and eye (visualization) towards an appropriate solution to a design problem.

 

DESIGN STUDIO 2

Module Code ARC1010 (5 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC1009 [taken]

Design Studio 2 concentrates on integrating skills learnt in Studio 1 through four (4) design projects.  Along with a fifth project that promotes reflection on, and understanding of, the student’s personal design process, this studio will allow the student to discover the elements and orders, which make up the “language” of architecture and develop skills to perceive, conceive, and make architecture.

 

DESIGN STUDIO 3

Module Code ARC2009 (5 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC1010

Design Studio 3 will focus on design as a conscious, rigorous process situated in ideas; whose roots lie in the environmental, human (cultural activity) and technological issues that constitute a work of architecture. The studio will explore various approaches to design as a means to understanding these issues.

 

DESIGN STUDIO 4  

Module Code: ARC 2010 (6 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC2009 [taken]

Design Studio 4 concentrates on the issues of tectonics and sustainable dwelling. It will examine the creative opportunities and design implications of using materials, assemblies (connections and joints) and structural systems to inform the poetic and experiential aspects of architecture. As a result, the technical pursuit of building and poetic realization of architecture will be engaged in the definition of “home” and “sustainability”.

 

DESIGN STUDIO 5

Module Code ARC3008 (8 credits)

Pre Requisite:  ARC1009, ARC2009, ARC2010

To investigate the creation of communities as places where people live, work and play and create architectural responses through intervening within a specific context.

 

DESIGN STUDIO 6

Module Code ARC3009 (8 credits)

Pre Requisite:  ARC3008 [taken]

This module seeks to investigate the dialectic of dwelling and place:  to analyse a town in the Caribbean and probe architectural responses for a public building intervening at a small to medium scale.

 

DESIGN STUDIO 7   

Module Code ARC4003 (8 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC3008, ARC3009

The course focuses on the ways of thinking and the ways of exploring as designers.  Implicit in this approach is the emphasis on PROCESS prior to the development of PRODUCT.  The course is structured around the following four (4) words:

  • Configuration
  • Interpretation
  • Investigation
  • Articulation

 

DESIGN STUDIO 8 

Module Code ARC4004 (8 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC4003

This module focuses on how to apply the design process skills learned in Semester 1 to architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements. The aim is to develop adequate knowledge of relationships between people and buildings, between buildings and their environment and variations between human needs and scales. The projects will range in scale from an urban design proposal to an industrial designed object and a civic building of medium complexity.

 

HISTORY AND THEORY

INTRODUCTION TO WORLD ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY

Module Code ARC1001 (3credits)

No Pre Requisite

This module provides the foundation on which subsequent courses in architectural history rest. The content is placed within the wider context of the main chronologies and themes of world architectural history. Special emphasis is placed ion those external influences governing settlement patterns, architectural styles and technologies, which had the most impact in shaping the Caribbean built environment.

 

CARIBBEAN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY

Module Code ARC1011 (3 credits)

No Pre Requisite

This module introduces basic steps in architectural research through the analysis of architectural sites and related documentation within a historical context. Issues such as dating, function, design elements, site context and changing usage will be addressed. Students will record sites with images and learn the tools of descriptive language.

 

ARCHITECTURE SINCE 1900

Module Code ARC2007 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: [NR]

Module content covers the great diversity of architectural output during the 20th century and up to the present, stressing the role that pre-20th century and early 20th century ideas, arts and technology had on the emergence of Modernism. Modernism played a pivotal role in the emergence of architecture worldwide during the 20th century, at the same time, there were powerful counter-movements in the form of Postmodernism, Deconstructivism and Critical Regionalism. These will also be covered.

 

INTRODUCTION TO URBAN HISTORY    

Module Code ARC3006 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC1001 [taken], ARC2007 [taken]

Introduction to Urban History offers a theoretical framework for the development of settlements and cities with their architecture. Highlighting urban spaces from antiquity to show cultural, industrial, and modern growth and influences, it makes comparisons with Caribbean cities to supplement the Urban Study Tour in the Caribbean School of Architecture.

 

INTRODUCTION TO THEORIES IN ARCHITECTURE   

Module Code ARC3007 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC2007

This Module presents the main chronological developments in the architectural theory of Western Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present. This covers the interpretations of Classical Vitruvian theory by major Renaissance theorists Alberti, Serlio, Vignola, Palladio and Blondel. Neo-Classical theorists include Laugier, Durand and Semper, while Gothic Revival theorists include Pugin, Ruskin and Le Duc. Modern theorists include Loos, Gropius, Wright and Corbusier, while Postmodern theorists include Venturi and Eisenman. Focus ideas and Architects may vary from semester to semester.

 

MODERN IDEAS AND ARCHITECTURE

Module Code ARC4006 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC3006, ARC3007

This module covers selected issues related to the interaction of specific ideas of the 20th and 21st centuries with the material production of Architecture. Major themes relate to Modernity and Postmodernity, environmental concerns, digital technologies and socio-cultural concerns.

 

CARIBBEAN ARCHITECTURAL THEMES

Module Code ARC4005 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC3006, ARC3007

This course allows in-depth analysis of theoretical issues as they apply to the Caribbean Region. The concept of Regionalism is explored, as will the implications of Tropical architecture. Research and field analysis are required to document and critique Caribbean architectural responses.

 

TECHNOLOGY

MATHEMATICS IN ARCHITECTURE

Module Code MAT1003 (4 credits)

No Pre Requisite

This module covers the tangible aspects of architecture dealing with mathematical principles that are involved in the design phase and construction of buildings and other similar structures in the built environment. Mathematics is indispensible to the understanding of structural concepts and calculations. It is also employed as visual ordering element or as a means to achieve harmony with the universe. In this module, geometry becomes the guiding principle covering Lines, Circles, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Conics, Solid Geometry and special topics.

 

ARCHITECTURAL PHYSICS

Module Code PHS1018 (4 credits)

No Pre Requisite

The aim of this module is to lay the foundation of the basic scientific principles that are deemed fundamental for students to successfully pursue a course in Architectural Physics. It engenders critical thinking and an application of the concepts to physical aspects of the built environment. It provides awareness of how the laws of physics affect strength and designs of structures as well as interaction of structures with energy.

 

INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY   

Module Code COT1019 (3 credits)

No Pre Requisite

Construction Technology is a study of buildings/structures and their related components. These include not just residential structures but commercial structures, hotels, schools, roads, dams, bridges, transmission lines, space stations, canals and other specialized structures. Our main focus, however, will concern itself primarily with residential and commercial buildings. Other types of structures will only receive cursory treatment.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING SERVICES FOR ARCHITECTS

Module Code ARC2001 (2 credits)

No Pre Requisite

This module is an introduction to Building Services. It covers the importance and relevance of the various types of services existing in buildings and how they affect human health and comfort. Students are introduced to the supply, distribution and disposal of water within a building, and should gain a basic understanding of electricity and the functions of electrical components.

 

STRUCTURAL DESIGN 1

Module Code COT2004 (2 credits)

Pre Requisite: PHS1018 [taken]

This course introduces students to basic principles of structures,

and the design of the structural elements. Studies include the behaviour of structural elements under loaded conditions, as evidenced by calculations.

 

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 2 

Module Code COT2006 (2 credits)

Pre Requisite: COT1019

This course introduces students to more advanced principles of materials and construction technology. Techniques used in the building design and construction process for various building types including but not limited to reinforced concrete, steel and timber focus this study on understanding how components are selected integrated and assembled.

 

BUILDING SERVICES 1 FOR ARCHITECTS

Module Code ARC2002 (2 credits)

Pre Requisite: PHS1018 [taken], ARC2001

This module is a continuation from Introduction to Building Services for Architects (ARC2001). It addresses more complex building services issues, particularly the thermal dynamics and thermal loads of a building and how these loads affect the design of a building and human comfort. The principle of lighting and illumination will also be addressed.

 

STRUCTURAL DESIGN 2

Module Code COT2013 (2 credits)

Pre Requisite:  COT2004 (taken)

This module is a continuation from Structural Design 1 and goes through the further steps of designing structural members within different scenarios, combining members to produce structural and sub-systems, as well as structural assessment of building systems.  Students also study the structural requirements of building codes and their application.

 

BUILDING SERVICES 2 FOR ARCHITECTS

Module Code ARC3004 (2 credits)

Pre Requisite: PHS1018 [taken], ARC2001

This module is a continuation from Building Services 1 for Architects (ARC2002). It addresses more complex building services issues, particularly the integration of passive and active thermal control systems and devices. Students will identify and investigate various types of HVAC systems. They will also explore passive methods of thermal control and the benefits of their integration within the building design.

 

ADVANCED APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS IN ARCHITECTURE 

Module Code COT3010 (2 credits)

Pre Requisite: COT1019, COT2006 [taken]

Building on the technical base of Materials and Construction 1 & 2, this Course develops understanding of the interrelationship between Materials, Structure, Services, Construction, Society and Place. It prepares the student for the fourth year Design Studio.

 

ADVANCED BUILDING SERVICES FOR ARCHITECTS

Module Code ARC3010 (2 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC3004 [taken]

This module is a continuation from Building Services 2 for Architects (ARC3004). It addresses more complex building services issues, particularly special electrical systems related to fire protection and prevention and conveying systems. It will also addresses architectural acoustics, on-site power generation and design economics. 

 

DESIGN COMPUTING

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL DESIGN MEDIA

Module Code CMP2010 (2 credits)

Pre Requisite: ARC1010 [taken]

The immediate goal of this module is to introduce the architectural student to the possibilities and applications of computers in representing architecture. The underlying pervasive philosophy of the course is therefore the consideration of architectural computing/digital media as a visualization and communication tool for architectural ideas.

 

2D CAD FOR ARCHITECTS

Module Code CMP2011 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: (NR)

This module will focus on the conceptual framework of the computer as a drafting tool in the production of intelligent architectural working drawings. Students will develop the practical skills needed to use 2D CAD tools for drafting. The module will present proper and effective use of layers, attributes, external referencing, viewports, advanced dimensioning among other tools.

 

INTRODUCTION TO 3D MODELLING

Module Code CMP3023 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: CMP2011 [taken]

This third year module introduces students to the general principles and practice of digital 3D modelling and visualization. Students are made aware of the benefits and use of this knowledge to the design process.

 

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING

Module Code CMP3025 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: CMP3023 [taken]

This module introduces the theories and praxis associated with Building Information Modelling (BIM). Focus will be placed on the basic concepts, platform use, and teamwork skills needed to effectively implement BIM.

 

ADVANCED COMPUTING 1

Module Code CMP4015  (4 credits)

Pre Requisite: CMP2010, CMP2011, CMP3023

Advanced Digital Design aims to develop an understanding, at an advanced level, of the application of the computer and information technologies to the efficient management of digital production projects. Students are taught how to efficiently plan, coordinate, and produce electronic projects, through the use of a “real” project.

 

GENERAL

ACADEMIC WRITING 1

Module Code COM1020 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: Grade I CXC/CSEC (or equivalent) English, or UTech Developmental English

This module is designed to increase the students’ capacity to efficiently utilize receptive and expressive language skills in order to function effectively within various English Language contexts.  There is a heavy focus on the inter-related language skills: reading, listening and writing.  The module is divided into three units: Acquiring and Processing Information, Message Production in Academic Contexts and Message Production for Business Purposes.  Although each unit has its own focus, all three are inter-related and each is meant to reinforce the other.

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Module Code INT1001 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: CXC/CSEC (or equivalent) Information Technology

This module introduces students to information and communication technology, the Internet and computer networks, computing applications, technological issues and information resources. Students will develop technological literacy, knowledge and rich skills that will equip them with the ability to participate in technology driven environments and augment knowledge gained through discipline-related courses. 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES PROJECT

Module Code CSP1001 (1 credit)

No Pre Requisite

This module covers the importance of volunteerism in contributing to an improvement in the quality of life in communities around UTech and community colleges which deliver its courses of study as well as the wider society. It further unites classroom instructions with real societal needs and explores the relationship between General Education modules and CSP.

 

ACADEMIC WRITING 2

Module Code COM2014 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: COM1020

This module covers skills in critical thinking and reading, information gathering and documentation and argumentation. . It focuses on developing reasoning and problem solving competencies and demands the effective use of both receptive and expressive skills.

 

RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES    

Module Code RES 3001 (3 credits)

Pre Requisite: (level AS3 status)

This module provides an overview of qualitative and quantitative methodologies currently accepted for use in the conduct of research. It further equips the participant with the rudimentary tools for conducting simple research projects and other major projects in their respective disciplines. The module is practical in nature and does not include a final examination.

 

ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE PRACTICE

Module Code ARC4002 (2 credits)

No Pre Requisite

Architectural office practice will expose students to the fundamental operations of an Architect’s office. Through a series of related topics, students will become familiar with the art and science of management in the context of the profession and practice of architecture.

 

ETHICS AND SOCIETY 

Module Code HUM2003 (3 credits)

No Pre Requisite

Students will understand how philosophical thought relates to action.  Studies involve an examination of behaviour in individuals, groups, and social institutions and society, and their relationship, constraints and changes to moral values.

 

CSA ELECTIVES @LEVELS AS3 & AS4

ARCHITECTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY   

Module Code ARC3003 (2 credits)

No Pre Requisite

At an introductory level, the course seeks to inform the students about the role, responsibility and responses of architecture to the wider issues of sustainable development.  The individual topics are covered within a series of modules dealing with (1) context, (2) policy and process, (3) applications, and (4) standards.

 

ARCHITECTURE AND PRESERVATION

Module Code ARC3005 (2 credits)

No Pre Requisite

This course presents strategies for adaptability and resilience in Caribbean heritage. Architecture and Preservation address the multi-disciplinary field of Historic Preservation for retrieval and recycling of the cultural patrimony as heritage of the built world with modern interventions. Mindful of contemporary architecture, planning, and urban practice, the course explores emerging themes of the cultural landscape, and the historic urban landscape.

 

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION 

Module Code ARC3011 (2 credits)

No Pre Requisite

Students will develop the understanding and skills of both detailing and drawing management, including the sequencing and arrangement of drawn and written information involving production, programming and scheduling for a set of working drawings; understanding, coordinating and checking civil structural, electrical and mechanical, and other consultants’ drawings.

 

ARCHITECTURE AND COMMUNITY  

Module Code ARC3019 (2 credits)

No Pre Requisite

This module examines the relationship between Architecture (the built environment) and the Community (people and their activities). The focus is on the role that Architecture should play, as well as the impact that the built environment has on various groups in society.  Finally, it examines how the lifestyles and activities of the members of the community can or should influence its architecture.

 

INTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Module Code ARC3024 (2 credits)

No Pre Requisite

This module is an introduction to Landscape Architecture as an environmental design profession that deals with the relationships among ecology, environment, culture and society. It examines the challenges and opportunities that arise on projects in relation to the natural or pre-existing man-made landscapes. The module will demonstrate how Landscape Architecture can impact the users, the surrounding environment (context), and the density challenges of the 21st Century.

 

ADVANCED COMPUTING 2

Module Code CMP4016 (2 credits)

No Pre Requisite

This module seeks to explore new directions in the use of digital technology in the conception, communication, and constructing of architecture. This exploration goes beyond current “everyday” architectural use to cutting edge theories and practicum involving digital technology.