Master of Science:

Architectural Studies

architectural technology track

This track is in partnership with the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center at the University of Utah's College of Architecture + Planning.  The track and the center works to be an an agent of change toward better buildings. Students research toward buildings that are more construction efficient and energy efficient throughout their life cycle. The technology track conducts activities with academic and industry partners, provides education in the form of teaching and workshops, and conducts outreach with university and community groups. Research project examples include:


•Research and development of sustainable building technologies and techniques (process and products) through a holistic systems approach


•Supply chain optimization, offsite, modern methods of construction analysis


•Optimized energy efficiency strategies through passive design tactics


•Inquiry into digital workflow, parametric modeling, and BIM


•Study of integrated practice, collaboration and architect as leader in project delivery


•Knowledge management and transfer of innovative processes and products of construction


The expected learning outcomes generally for this track are that the students completing this degree will be able to:


•Identify the means and methods of technically competent and scientifically driven architecture and be able incorporate best practice strategies and tactics in the design process.


•Develop and complete the necessary processes used to document and perform information based simulation to generate evidence and data driven design.


•Lead project teams in complex processes for positive outcomes.  Implement collaborative work for positive sum gains in research based practice.


  1.     Research the built environment using technical methods both qualitative and quantitative, write proposals for external funding and write papers for publication.


Examples of research projects in ITAC.

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TECHNOLOGY

Architectural Technology is a track that focuses on building technology and science for more construction efficient and energy efficient buildings.  Topics of study include building performance assessment, passive design, post-occupancy assessment, R&D of processes and products of construction, lifecycle assessment, wood architecture and engineering innovations, off-site design and construction.



Faculty Director: Ryan E. Smith

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Architectural Technology Track Required Courses include the core shared courses across the tracks including ARCH XXXX (TBD) Introduction Seminar, ARCH 6115 Research Methods, and ARCH 6975 Final Project.  In addition, the following track specific courses are required for the content and methods area:


Communications (3) – focuses on emerging technologies for the sharing and management of planning, design and construction information. Starting at scenario planning, moving through conception phase, running through design and construction, and ending at facility management, this course presents the simulation modeling and database technology that is fundamental to integrated construction practice.


Leadership & Risk (3) - This course presents topics on leadership, risk, and project delivery and management in design and construction. Topics on leadership include team building and leading, situational leadership, conflict resolution and communication. These principles are applied to scenarios where risk is mitigated and/or shared by virtue of integrated practice.


Advanced Seminar (3) - This course presents speakers who are currently advancing innovation in the design and construction sector.  Students attend lectures presented live, through video or through webinar format and discuss the facts, opinions and key issues raised by the seminar.


Track specific electives are described below.  These courses are not required for the technology track, but are recommended to fulfill the cognates area of the curriculum.


Internship (3) – This is a field-based course with industry, government or other organization to apply the lessons learned in the MSAS coursework to an applied problem.  Students are expected to work in the field for 10 hours per week with a mentor.  This course will provide much feedback on the student’s final project topic. 


Technical Elective (3) – this elective is a course on campus outside of the architecture program that pertains to the research topic of interest to the student.  This course is likely to be taken in engineering, however other departments on campus are acceptable pending advisor approval.  Scheduling and Estimating in the Delivery track required cohort can fulfill this elective with advisor approval.


Social Sciences Elective (3) – this elective is a course on campus outside of the architecture program in the humanities pertaining to the research interest of the student.  The course is likely within social sciences or other humanities, however other departments on campus are acceptable pending advisor approval.  Planning program classes are acceptable with advisor approval.


Business Elective (3) – this elective is a course on campus outside of the architecture program in the business pertaining to the research interest of the student.  The course is likely within the business school, however other departments on campus are acceptable pending advisor approval.  Planning program courses are acceptable with advisor approval.


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