Architectural Design Program

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2013-14 Program Requirements

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The Architectural Design major seeks to integrate engineering and architecture in ways that blend innovative architectural design with cutting-edge engineering technologies. Combining hands-on architectural design studios with a wide variety of courses, students can choose from a broad mix of elective courses in energy conservation, sustainability, building systems, structures, as well as design foundation and fine arts courses.

In addition to preparing students for advanced studies in architecture and construction management, the program's strong math and science requirements prepare students well for graduate work in other fields, such as civil and environmental engineering, law, and business. The major provides a background for individuals wanting to explore a diversity of careers in architecture, engineering, construction, and structures.

This undergraduate major grants a degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Architectural Design. This engineering major is not an ABET-accredited engineering degree, nor is it designed to lead directly to professional licensure in architecture. In order to become a professional architect or engineer, additional graduate training is required.

The program’s courses also benefit Civil Engineering majors who want to develop a "concentration" in architecture. In addition, for students majoring in related fields such as Urban Studies, Product Design, and Studio Arts, the course offerings in architecture and engineering can be used to fulfill the requirements for a minor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


A total of 100 units are required, distributed as follows.

Mathematics and Science (36 units minimum), including
MATH 19, 20, 21 (or 41 & 42)
One course in Statistics required (see Chapter 3, Fig. 3-1 for list of approved courses)
PHYSICS 41 Mechanics, is required.
For other courses, choose from the School of Engineering approved list of math and science courses (see Approved Courses section of this site [Fig. 3-1]), and the following lists of additional approved or recommended courses for the major.

Specially approved science courses for the AD Major:
• EARTHSYS 101. Energy and the Environment
• EARTHSYS 102. Renewable Energy Sources and Greener Energy Processes

Recommended math and science courses for the AD Major
• CEE 101D*. Mathematical Laboratory Applications in CEE Engineering
• CME 100. Vector Calculus for Engineers
• CEE 64. Air Pollution: Urban Smog to Global Change
• CEE 70*. Environmental Science and Technology
• GES 1A or 1B or 1C. Dynamic Earth: Fundamentals of Earth Science
• PHYSICS 23 or 43. Electricity

* Courses used for the Science requirement may not also be counted as Fundamental or Depth/Core requirements.

Technology in Society
One course required. Choose from the approved list of courses in this handbook (Figure 3-3).

Engineering Fundamentals and Depth
60 units minimum required from Engineering Fundamentals, Required Depth Classes, and Required Depth Electives

Engineering Fundamentals; three courses required:

  1. ENGR 14. Introduction to Solid Mechanics (req’d), 4 units
  2. CEE 146A** or ENGR 60. Engineering Economy (req’d), 3 units
  3. Fundamentals Elective, 3-5 units

** CEE 146A, offered autumn 2014, may be used to fulfill the Engineering Fundamentals requirement only for AD majors.
Required Core (26 units)

  • CEE 100. Managing Sustainable Building Projects *fulfills writing in major*, 4 units
  • CEE 110A. Building Information Modeling, 4 units
  • CEE 31 or 31Q. Accessing Architecture Through Drawing, 4 units
  • CEE 130. Architectural Design: 3-D Modeling, Methodology, and Process, 4 units
  • CEE 137B. Advanced Architecture Studio, 5 units
  • ARTHIST 3. Introduction to the History of Architecture, 5 units

Depth Options; 12 units minimum

  • Choose at least 12 units from: CEE 101A, 101B, 101C, 156, 172, 172A, 176A, 180, 181, 182, 183, 226, 241, or 242

Depth Elective Courses; Elective units must be such that coures in ENGR Fundamentals, Core, Depth Options, and Depth Electives total at least 60 units.

At least one of the following courses:

  • CEE 131A. Professional Practice, 3 units
  • CEE 32A or 32B or 32D or 32F or 32Q
  • CEE 139. Contemporary Architecture: Materials, Structures, and Innovations (Arch Discourse focus), 3 units

Other electives from

CEE 32A. Psychology of Architecture 3 units
CEE 32B. Design Theory 4 units

CEE 32D. Construction: The Writing of Architecture, 3 units A

CEE 32F. Ligh, Color, and Space, 3 units, S
CEE 32Q. Place: Making Space Now 3 units
CEE 101B. Mechanics of Fluids 4 units
CEE 101C. Geotechnical Engineering 3-4 units

CEE 110B. Building Systems Integration, 4 units, W

CEE 110C. Building Modeling Workshop, 4 units, S
CEE 122A,B. Computer Integrated Architecture/Engr./Construction 3,2 units
CEE 124. Sustainable Development Studio 1-5 units
CEE 131A. Architectural Design Process 3 units
CEE 132. Interplay of Architecture and Engineering 4 units (not given 2012-13)
CEE 134B. Intermediate Architectural Studio 4 units
CEE 135. Parametric AModeling and Optimization 4 units (S)
CEE 139. Design Portfolio Methods 2 units
CEE 154. Cases in Estimating Costs 3 units (not given 2012-13)
CEE 172A. Indoor Air Quality 2-3 units
CEE 176A. Energy Efficient Buildings 3-4 units
CEE 180. Structural Analysis 4 units
CEE 181. Design of Steel Structures 4 units
CEE 182. Design Experience – Steel Structures 4 units
CEE 183. Integrated Building Design 4 units
ENGR 50. Introductory Science of Materials 4 units
ENGR 103. Public Speaking 3 units
ENGR 131. Ethical Issues in Engineering 4 units (not given 2012-13)

ME 101. Visual Thinking 3 units
ME 110. Design Sketching 1 unit
ME 115A. Human Values in Design 3 units

ME 115B. Product Design Methods, 3 units

ME 115C. Design and Business Factors, 3 units
ME 120. History and Philosophy of Design 3
ME 203. Design and Manufacturing, 4 units
Other Electives
ARTHIST 107A. St Petersberg, a Cultural Biography: Architecture, Urban Planning, the Arts 4 units (not given 2013-14)

ARTHIST 142. Varieties of Modern Architecture 4 units, S
ARTHIST 143A. American Architecture 4 units (not given 2013-14)
ARTHIST 188A. The History of Modern and Contemporary Japanese and Chinese Architecture and Urbanism 4 units (not given 2013-14)
ARTSTUDI 4. Technology for Artists: Website Design & Portfolio, 2 units,A

ARTSTUDI 11A. Drawing: Means & Alternate Means, 2 units, S

ARTSTUDI 13. Painting with Acrylics, 2 units (not given 2013-14)

ARTSTUDI 14. Experimental Drawing, 2 units (not given 2013-14)

ARTSTUDI 140. Drawing I, 3 units, A,W,S

ARTSTUDI 145. Painting I, 3 units, A,W,S

ARTSTUDI 147. Artists Book, 4 units,W

ARTSTUDI 151. Sculpture I, 4 units, A,W
ARTSTUDI 160. Design I: Fundamental Visual Language 3-4 units, A,W
ARTSTUDI 170. Introduction to Photography 4 units, A,W,S
ARTSTUDI 180. Color, 3-4 units (not given 2013-14)
ARTSTUDI 262. The Chair, 3-4 units, S
TAPS 137. Hand Drafting for Designers, 3 units (not given 2013-14)
FILMPROD 114. Introduction to Film and Video Production 5 units
URBANST 110. Utopia & Reality: Introduction to Urban Studies 4 units
URBANST 113. Introduction to Urban Design: Contemporary Urban Design in Theory and Practice 5 units
URBANST 163. Land Use Control, 4 units
URBANST 171. Urban Design Studio, 5 units (not given 2012-13)

Suggested Course Concentrations and Sequences

Subject to the requirements outlined above, students have considerable leeway in choosing their depth electives and other courses to best suit their background and interests. By careful selection of technically-oriented depth electives, students can complement their studio experience with courses in structural analysis, construction, cost estimating, and energy efficiency.

Students intent on applying to architecture graduate school are encouraged to take studio art courses as early as possible in their academic career and to take more than the required number of architecture studios. In preparation for architecture graduate school applications, students should plan on taking the portfolio preparation class (CEE 139). It is also recommended that students take computer modeling courses which will enable them to pursue summer internships. Internships are valuable since they allow students to test their interest in architecture as a profession.

For AD 4-year plans and program sheets, go to the Navigation bar. Select from any year you are enrolled at Stanford.

Instructions on Declaring Major in Engineering: Architectural Design (ENGR-BS)

1. Print your unofficial Stanford transcript from Axess and download the Architectural Design (AD) program sheet from the Program Sheet page.
2. Complete the AD program sheet, indicating how you plan to fulfill the major requirements and which electives you plan to take. Fill in every course you intend to take as well as courses you have already taken for your major. Please include full titles of the classes. Refer to the Approved Courses section for allowed math, science, Engineering Fundamental, and TIS courses. Complete as much of the program sheet as possible on your own.
3. Locate your freshman advising folder and declare on Axess; use Engineering as your plan and Architectural Design as your subplan.
4. Make an appointment with Program Director John Barton (Y2E2 Bldg., Room 267), bringing your SU transcript and program sheet to the meeting. Review your program sheet and clarify questions regarding your academic plan.
5. Jill Nomura will email you when you can go on Axess and declare online.
6. If your program sheet changes as you progress in the program, you should submit revisions in consultation with your advisor. Note that any deviations from the approved program need to be petitioned; see below. Submit a final program sheet at the beginning of the quarter you plan to graduate.
Other information:
Procedures for requesting transfer credits and program deviations are described in detail in Chapter 4 - "Policies and Procedures." The relevant forms and instructions can be found on the "Petitions" page. If you are requesting transfer credits or program deviations for the Depth portion of your program, you should bring a copy of your completed petition form and your unofficial transcript to the CEE Student Services office; obtain your program sheet from your file and attach to your other forms for processing.

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