The artist, the scientist and the architect who want to understand their world are fascinated by light. Light is the medium of perception in art and in architecture. Light is also one of the most fascinating aspects of physics. As far as we know, it is the only constant. Indeed time and space warps around the constant speed of light. Examine the perceptual and physical aspects of light and learn how the design profession has used light, the tools with which it studies light, and the design principles and drawing conventions with which the profession manipulates light in buildings.
- 507Theories of Computer TechnologyTheories of Computer TechnologyBuilding information modeling (BIM) is one of the hottest topics in the architecture / engineering / construction profession (AEC) today. Learn what it is (3d parametric modeling), common software tools (this class concentrates primarily on Revit Architecture and some Navisworks), how it relates to sustainable design issues (Vasari and Green Building Studio), and why it is useful to the AEC industry (including being able to create awesome adaptive components!). Although offered in the School of Architecture, the techniques taught are equally applicable to others with an interest in the applications of BIM. Building science majors, structural engineering students, construction management students, and others are strongly encouraged to enroll. It is assumed that students already have a basic understanding of 2D CAD and 3D digital modeling.
- 511LSeminar Building SystemsSeminar Building SystemsDevelop an understanding of building materials and assemblies and their characteristics, impacts, and performance. Topics covered include building envelope performance and aesthetics, environmental systems (heating, cooling, daylighting, and acoustics), and basic principles of construction. Students will also develop an understanding of the financial implications of building components and systems.
- 513LSeminar Advanced StructuresSeminar Advanced Structures
This seminar emphasizes the study of horizontal structures, with a focus on the integration of building systems and exploring the fit and synergy of form and structure. Develop informed intuition for structures, their response to natural forces (gravity, seismic, thermal, wind), and how structure interacts with other design issues. Identify strategies and explore issues and problems in the development of building structure systems such as design criteria, system selection, design development, optimization, and system integration. Seismic design and seismic failure will also be introduced. Learn the basics of Multiframe and LDG (Lateral Design Graph) to design for lateral wind and seismic load.
Structure and Design: https://titles.cognella.com/structure-and-design.html/
Detailed information is posted at http://www.usc.edu/structures/
- 515LSeminar Advanced Environmental SystemsSeminar Advanced Environmental SystemsThe course is intended to give the students both a fundamental and practical knowledge of building environmental control systems and strategies in thermal, air quality, lighting, and acoustic conditions in large and small buildings. It also provides a working knowledge of many of the interrelated building systems necessary to support human physiological benefits: environmental comfort and health effects. Much of the material covered in this course will help to prepare the student in direct way for the professional building environmental design.
- 518Advanced Surface Tectonics; Methods in Material and EnclosureAdvanced Surface Tectonics; Methods in Material and EnclosureThe building envelope mediates internal and external conditions for improved human comfort, energy performance, sustainability, aesthetics and more. Innovations in the design, delivery and operation of the facade are being driven by technology, computing, materiality and method. The course includes lectures by global leaders on subjects such structural glass facades, double-skin facades, fabric skins, parametric envelopes, facade science, and others.
- 519Sustainability in the Environment: Infrastructures, Urban Landscapes, and BuildingsSustainability in the Environment: Infrastructures, Urban Landscapes, and BuildingsWorking with established and emerging environmental management frameworks, this course aims to explore and apply practical (and measurable) approaches to address urban sustainability challenges at the street, neighborhood, district, and municipal scale with a focus on regions within the greater Los Angeles area as laboratories for investigation. The course generates an overall picture of L.A.'s metabolism to map and analyze resource flows and to examine the city’s ecological footprint. It evaluates where and how resources are used and where action might be taken to transform existing infrastructures, landscapes and buildings to meet sustainability performance goals established by the city of Los Angeles, the State of CA, and the class.
- 523aLStructural Design and AnalysisStructural Design and AnalysisIntroduction to behavior and analysis of building structures. Structural loading, materials, and element types will be explored to understand the basic building blocks of buildings.
- 523bLStructural Design and AnalysisStructural Design and AnalysisInvestigation and design of building structural systems for gravity, wind and seismic loading. Comprehensive design exploration of framing type, materials, detailing, layout, form and integration.
- 573Seismic DesignSeismic DesignDevelop informed intuition for structural lateral systems strategies and layout required for seismic design. Understand the characteristics of earthquakes and the systems that resist them. Integrate seismic design into the overall architectural design of buildings including the detailing requirements for structural and nonstructural components. (From 2012 Syllabus) "Earthquakes and how they influence building design will be the subject of this course. Students will learn about the earth science behind earthquakes and the fundamentals of the physics and behavior of structural systems designed to resist earthquake motions. System and material selection for seismic design considering the structure, façade, and nonstructural components will be explored to help the student make informed decisions about seismic design."
- 575aSystems The Thermal EnvironmentSystems The Thermal EnvironmentLearn to apply the fundamental scientific principles governing the thermal environment and human physiology to contemporary issues of environmentally responsive building design and resource efficiency. Students will explore the technologies and strategies to control the indoor environment as well as the basic analyses needed to inform design decision-making and examine project performance. The course will cover the laws of thermodynamics, heat transfer and solar geometry in the context of building design and operation, and occupant comfort - the building as an environmental filter, where environmentally responsive design strategies are used to minimize the size and operation of mechanical systems and demand for energy from renewable sources. Following these steps, energy efficient mechanical systems, controls, and renewable energy technologies will be covered as a supplement to these strategies.
- 575bSystems Luminous and Auditory Phenomena in ArchitectureSystems Luminous and Auditory Phenomena in ArchitectureThis course is the second in the building systems series and covers topics of lighting and acoustics. The fundamental scientific principles governing light and sound in the built environment will be examined in the context of human physiological, psychological and biological needs. It exposes students to technologies, materials and strategies for control of light and sound in buildings as well as the basic analyses needed to inform design decision-making and examine project performance. The course will continue the themes of resource efficiency and end-user comfort through the examination of emerging metrics for daylight sufficiency, visual and acoustic comfort.
- 576Sustainable Design for Healthy Indoor EnvironmentsSustainable Design for Healthy Indoor EnvironmentsThis course will expose seniors and/or graduate students to a systematic evaluation process for performing and diagnosing indoor environmental quality relative to thermal, lighting, air quality, acoustic, and spatial conditions in buildings. Emphasis will be on fundamental approaches for developing integrated environmental design methods that are primary requirements for students in the fields of architecture, environmental design, and building science. This knowledge is basic to understanding the principles underlying human-architecture interaction. The course will focus on the building design process required to assure indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and the needs of building occupants to promote their environmental health, work productivity, psychological comfort, aesthetic quality, and satisfaction. Technical applications will involve user surveys, environmental data collection, and in-depth analysis, as well as suggested steps and processes for solving environmental problems. Course content is designed to help students develop a framework for addressing architectural design and research problems and for identifying practical solutions to the design planning process that will assure a successful building project.
- 577Lighting DesignLighting DesignThe artist, the scientist and the architect who want to understand their world are fascinated by light. Light is the medium of perception in art and in architecture. Light is also one of the most fascinating aspects of physics. As far as we know, it is the only constant. Indeed time and space warps around the constant speed of light. Examine the perceptual and physical aspects of light and learn how the design profession has used light, the tools with which it studies light, and the design principles and drawing conventions with which the profession manipulates light in buildings.
- 579Sustainable Building and Environment using LEED MetricsSustainable Building and Environment using LEED Metrics
This course will provide fundamental knowledge of sustainable building concepts, current environmental design building rating systems (for example, LEED), and building performance and diagnostic metrics, as well as referenced standards related to sustainable design.
The course will examine U.S. case studies to determine best practices, and will adopt practical research experiments in building indoor environmental quality, focusing on thermal, air, lighting, and acoustic qualities. It will also introduce technical and quantitative methods for passive design strategies for a zero energy building. This practice-based course will equip students with analytical skills to develop best green design and technology combinations depending on environmental characteristics of a building site.
Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the LEED Accredited Professionals / Green Associate Exam, which is rapidly becoming the standard of recognition for green building professionals.
- 588Interactive Architecture Computing and the Physical WorldInteractive Architecture Computing and the Physical WorldThis course is a seminar and workshop exploring physical interaction with computational media in real time. The widespread diffusion of sensing, computational, and communicative media into the physical realm presents an opportunity for exploring and constructing intelligent objects understood through dynamic and complex relationships of adaptation and improvisation to the environment, the site, and the human body. The course will chart and explore a range of approaches for integrating computation into the physical realm through a series of projects using physical computing prototyping tools. This course is focused on self-directed, project-based learning within and experimental and collaborative setting. Students will design and develop projects that use sensors and microcontrollers to translate sensory input to control electro-mechanical devices such as motors, servos, lighting or other hardware in real time. There are no prerequisites for the class. This is an interdisciplinary course and students from outside the School of Architecture are welcomed and encouraged to register
- 599Seminar in Space ArchitectureSeminar in Space ArchitectureOuter Space. Exploration. Moon. Mars. Imagine, design, visualize and create concepts for habitats and vehicles in truly alien environments. See and appreciate what is happening in advanced technologies, from gene editing tools to rocket propulsion and planetary spacesuits. Architects are working with scientists and engineers, assisting in designing space exploration habitats, and helping NASA and the space industry to cope with extreme environment design challenges. Dream, dream big, dream mighty. Give your worldview a “spacetech” makeover. From structures on planet Earth in extreme environments like Antarctica and the Sahara to those dwellings on the Moon, Mars and beyond. Appreciate the vehicles and systems that help people cope and do productive science, erect structures and work in the final frontier. Outer Space, Moon, Mars, here we come….will a sunflower bloom on Mars? Learn about Human Space Exploration Create Concepts for Moon and Mars habitats Develop High Technology Aesthetics and Expand Vocabulary Critical ‘Out-of-the Box’ Approach to Space Design Present your work at an International Space Conference in LA ISDC May 24-27th, Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway Hotel, LAX Connect with NASA, space professionals, and local private space companies We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. – T.S.Eliot
- 613LSeminar Structures ResearchSeminar Structures ResearchVertical structures respond to gravity, wind, seismic, and thermal loads. They also need to be integrated with architectural objectives, creating a synergy of form and structure. This course covers various methods for stabilizing vertical structures, including foundation design, moment and braced frames, framed tube design, shear walls, and building diaphragm design in the context of wood, steel, concrete, and masonry structures. Students will explore the use of Multiframe; LDG (Lateral Design Graph); SDG (Structure Design Graph) to design moment frames, braced frames, and shear wall structures; and PDG (Post Design Graph) to design posts in wood, steel, concrete, and masonry for axial and bending stress. Required text, Structure and Design: https://titles.cognella.com/structure-and-design.html/ Detailed information is posted at http://www.usc.edu/structures/
- 615LSeminar Environmental Systems ResearchSeminar Environmental Systems ResearchAcquire new building science concepts, and experience how they impact building performance. This course introduces the concept of total building energy performance, delineating the full range of performance mandates required for today’s architecture, including building integrity. Explore the relationships, opportunities, and conflicts of the performance mandates, and the integration of building systems necessary to achieve total building energy performance. Through lectures and seminar instruction, students will develop a basis for environmental design performance and system design skills, towards creating high-performance buildings.
- 692bLBuilding Science ThesisBuilding Science ThesisPrerequisite(s): ARCH 596 This course has several coincident agendas. We will complete the Master’s Thesis for the Building Science program which each student has developed in preceding 596 and 692a classes. But in the process, we will address a broad range of ancillary topics. We will create a “culture of learning” as part of the course. Although it is a studio course, there will be guest lecturers, lectures of assigned topics and periodic reviews, as well as normal studio time. We will review the scientific method in general and as it applies to each thesis topic. We will consider the value and impact of investigative tools in the process and product of Architecture. We will write papers which could be submitted to conferences or journals as a prototype of technology transfer (and a measure of the value and validity of the material.) Those of you who have had abstracts accepted will use the abstracts as topics for these papers. We will do several interim presentations to the first year students and to outside consultants and to committee members, prior to the final presentation. We will examine topics in Building Science which are of current interest, whether or not one of the current theses addresses these topics. We will write the thesis in several stages, so that there is opportunity to modify and improve both the research and the writing prior to the thesis due date. Prior to the due date (currently April 1) each student will produce a thesis in the format acceptable to the University and with content acceptable to all committee members. Finally, each student will produce a shorter version of the thesis material in a format consistent with publication. In the process, each student will learn something about the content area of each other student’s thesis.
- 694Research Publication Methods for Building ScienceResearch Publication Methods for Building ScienceTechnical documentation, graphic representation, and verbal presentation for writing and presenting journal articles and conference presentations in building science.