Though specific course requirements for the MS degree can be found via the course curriculum, the courses below are part of the thematic core of the program and popular across all tracks. Click on the course number for more information.
Building Information Modeling Workshop
The foundational Building Information Modeling course introduces techniques for creating, managing, and applying building information models in the building design and construction process. The course covers processes and tools for creating, organizing, and working with 2D and 3D computer representations of building components and geometries to produce models used in architectural design, construction planning and documentation, rendering and visualization, simulation and analysis.
Computer Integrated Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) Global Teamwork
AEC students engage in a crossdisciplinary, collaborative, geographically distributed, and multicultural project-based teamwork. AEC teams exercise their domain knowledge and information technologies in a multidisciplinary context focusing on the design and construction concept development phase of a comprehensive building project. Prerequisite: interview with Instructor in Autumn Quarter.
Life Cycle Assessment for Complex Systems
Life cycle modeling of products, industrial processes, and infrastructure/building systems; material and energy balances for large interdependent systems; environmental accounting; and life cycle costing. These methods, based on ISO 14000 standards, are used to examine emerging technologies, such as biobased products, building materials, building integrated photovoltaics, and alternative design strategies, such as remanufacturing, dematerialization, LEED, and Design for Environment: DfE. Student teams complete a life cycle assessment of a product or system chosen from industry.
Managing Fabrication and Construction
Construction Engineering Practicum
Construction engineering is a series of technical activities to meet project objectives related to cost and schedule, safety, quality, and sustainability. These activities include: 1) designing temporary works and construction work processes; 2) providing the required temporary and permanent resources; and 3) integrating activities to consider construction during all project phases and between projects. The objectives of CEE252P are to learn about the technical fundamentals, resources, and field operations required to complete construction engineering activities and to develop a foundation for continued related learning. The course requires reviewing recorded presentations and other online resources, completing queries, participating in class sessions with guest speakers and in field trips, completing gorup exercises and projects, and preparing an individual final paper. The exercises, completed by all gorups, include construction engineering activities for earthwork, concrete construction, and steel erection. Each group will also complete a project to analyze one of the following types of systems or facilities: building electrical systems, lighting systems, HVAC systems, control systems, solar photovoltaic power palnt, soalr thermal power plant,a nd wind turbine power plant.
Reinventing Design and Construction
Making buildings is still painfully laborious and expensive. Challenge to students from all departments: an you radically rethink how buuildings are designed and constructed? This project-based course balances theory, research, design. We will 1) study why/how Architecture and Construction industry are lagging behind other industries, 2) work with leading professionals to analyze roadblocks preventing them from building cheaper, faster, better, and 3) develop solutions to tackle these problems and advance the industry. You will consider questions such as: Why does it take 6-9 months to build a single home? Can AI accelerate the architectural design process? How can designers leverage data/loT? Which new materials offer significant savings and can be adopted for global solutions? Where can the supply chain be optimized? How can we design new technologies that tradesmen and luddites will use?
Infrastructure Project Development
Analysis of the condition of the nation's infrastructure and how projects are planned and financed. Focus is on public works in the U.S. The role of public and private sectors through a step-by-step study of the project development process. Case studies of real infrastructure projects. Industry guest speakers. Student teams prepare project environmental impact statements.
Infrastructure Project Delivery
Infrastructure is critical to the economy, global competitiveness and quality of life. Topics include transportation, public facilities, energy, water and communications sectors. Analysis of how projects are designed, constructed, operated, and maintained. Focus is on public works projects globally, alternative project delivery approaches and organizational strategies. Case studies include three real infrastructure megaprojects managed by the Instructor while in Industry. Eight integrated guest lecturers from Industry supplement specific functional areas of expertise. Student teams prepare competing design/build/finance/operate/maintain (DBFOM) proposals for a large infrastructure project.
Organization Design for Projects and Companies
Introduction to organizational behavior and organizational design for construction projects and companies. This class incorporates readings, individual, small group and large group case study assignments. Students use computer simulation to design real-world project organizations.
Advanced Topics in Integrated, Energy-Efficient Building Design
Introduction to innovative methods and systems for the integrated design and evaluation of energy efficient buildings. Guest practitioners and researchers in energy efficient buildings present the implementation of cutting edge building systems. Student initiated final project will involve creating a building energy model for a mixed-use commercial building.
Introduction to speaking activities, from impromptu talks to carefully rehearsed formal professional presentations. Learn how to organize and write speeches, analyze audiences, create and use visual aids, combat nervousness, and deliver informative and persuasive speeches effectively. This class provides weekly class practice, rehearsals in one-on-one tutorials, and videotaped feedback.