Below are currently offered courses for the summer semester. For an updated list, see the UC Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes.
Arch 11B [Komen]
Introduction to Design
- Course Format: Six hours of lecture, twelve hours of studio, and four hours of laboratory per week.
- Prerequisites: None.
Description: Introduction to design concepts and conventions of graphic representation and model building as related to the study of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and city planning. Students draw in plan, section, elevation, axonometric, and perspective and are introduced to digital media. Design projects address concepts of order, site analysis, scale, structure, rhythm, detail, culture, and landscape.
ARCHITECTURE 124A P 001, 002 [Steinfeld]
3-D Computer Technology
- Course Format: 3.5 hours of lab per week
- Units/Credit: 2
- Two sections available
- Prerequisites: Familiarity with computers, computer operating systems and computer applications
“Intermediate 2D/3D Computer Modeling”
The course provides students with practical hands-on experience in using professional architectural modeling software (e.g., 3DStudioMax, Maya, Rhino, etc.). The course covers the process of creating, manipulating, and communicating through digital architectural models.
Geared toward students majoring in architectural design, this section focuses on developing the core capacity in two-dimensional drafting and three-dimensional modeling necessary for contemporary architectural practice. Software may include AutoCAD, Rhino, Vray, Illustrator and Photoshop. The course is organized into a number of topics, each framed as a drawing practice appropriate for particular situations students are likely to encounter as practicing architects. These topics will include, but may not be limited to: Geometric Description, Diagramming, Design Documentation and Specification, Presentation and Communication.
ARCHITECTURE 129 P 001 LEC [Kershner]
Special Topics in Digital Design Theories and Methods
- Units/Credit: 3
“BIM: Building Information Modeling”
Building Information Modeling (BIM) has revolutionized the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries, advancing building planning, documentation and construction by providing the tools for advanced data management in a 3d modeling environment. Join Jon Kershner, Architect and Designer at WRNS Studio, for this intensive dive into the history, theory
and application of BIM in current A&E practice. The course will explore BIM through the documentation of one of Arts &
Architecture Magazine’s “Case Study Houses”. Students will learn first hand, Autodesk’s Revit Architecture and be challenged to produce a complete set of working construction drawings, applying their new found skills of BIM. The class will culminate in a visit to the WRNS Studio office, where students will be able to explore their 3d BIM models in an immersive Virtual Reality environment using the Vive headset and Steam VR motion tracking.
ARCHITECTURE 149 P 001 LEC [Levitt]
Special Topics in Energy and Environment
- Units/Credit: 2 or 4
“Zero Energy Building”
Extended Course Description
This course is an introduction to zero energy building accessible to students and professionals in all fields and backgrounds. The course will focus on the central role that buildings play relative to energy production and demand, exploring how and why buildings use energy, ways of reducing consumption, and methods for supplying and storing energy in a sustainable fashion. Students will learn to analyze existing buildings for their energy use and then propose measures to improve performance. A phased term project will entail an energy audit of an existing building and a report on the value of energy-efficient measures. Projects will focus on parametric methods of analyzing benefit and value in terms of cost, comfort, and energy.
4 credits: 6 hours of class time and 6-10 hours of homework per week including a phased term project that entails an energy audit of an existing building and a report on the value of energy-efficient measures. Projects will focus on parametric methods of simulating and analyzing benefit and value in terms of cost, comfort, and energy.
2 credits: 6 hours of class time and 2-4 hours of homework per week including reading and short written or design responses that indicate how an existing building could be retrofit to reduce energy use.
Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design: [IN]ARCH
Grade Format: Pass/No Pass
Course description: [IN]ARCH is an intensive introductory program in architecture for post-baccalaureate students with no prior experience in design. Participants in the Summer [IN]STITUTE explore the methods and theories of the fields, experience the culture of the architecture studio, connect to top faculty and practitioners, and build a portfolio for graduate school application. Prospective students must apply for admission.
Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design: [IN]ARCH ADV
Grade Format: Pass/No Pass
Course description: [IN]ARCH ADV is an intensive intermediate program in architecture for post-baccalaureate students with an undergraduate degree in architecture, or who are in their final years of an undergraduate architecture program. Participants in the Summer [IN]STITUTE explore the methods and theories of the fields, experience the culture of the architecture studio, connect to top faculty and practitioners, and build a portfolio for graduate school application. Prospective students must apply for admission.
Disc*: Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities
Grade Format: Pass/No Pass, Letter Grade
Course description: Disc* is an intensive five-week summer program for current college students that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Disc* incorporates elements of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, city planning and digital fabrication into its curriculum. Disc* participants experience hands-on engagement with the discourse of urban innovation, acquiring the tools and expertise necessary to craft design-based solutions that meet the urgent challenges of global urbanization. Prospective students must apply for admission.
embARC Summer Design Academy
Grade Format: Letter Grade
Course description: embARC is a four week summer design intensive program that brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds to explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning through three components: an Architecture & Urban Design Studio, a Sustainable City Planning Workshop and a Community Build project. Prospective students must apply for admission.