Building Science & Technology Waivers

The 2014 - 2015 Building Science and Technology waiver session will take place in 114 Avery on Tuesday, September 2.

You must attend class the first ATI class in 114 Avery from 9:00am - 1:00pm on Tuesday, September 2nd.  Professor Craig Schwitter will present information at that time and will meet with students afterwards in the same room regarding course waivers, 114 Avery Hall.

General Rules

- Each person must come with an official or a photocopy of an official transcript from your university, and your Columbia ID. Transcripts printed form a website will not be accepted.

- The university must be an NAAB accredited university

- Only grades of A or B are accepted. Grades C+ or below are not accepted.

- Each University group must have an official syllabus from the courses in question, so if you are missing one syllabus, perhaps a colleague has it. Without a syllabus, a course will not be waived. The syllabus must include a list of the material covered as a schedule, list, narrative or so on.

- You must arrive with a completed course waiver sheet from the Admissions Office.

- Requirements below are based on semester 3 credit courses. Other methods of crediting or other academic years (i.e. trimesters) will be considered individually.

- The minimum requirements for waiving out of each particular course are as follows. Please note that this is the minimum and the final decision is at the discretion of the Director. You may refer to the GSAPP course descriptions below to help you determine if you qualify for a waiver.

AT1: You must have one architectural structures course and one construction / detailing course that includes building envelope as a substantially covered topic.

AT2: You must have one MEP / systems course and one environment / energy course.

AT3: You must have three courses total in architectural structures.

AT4: You must have waived out of AT1 through AT3, have taken one additional MEP / systems course, one additional environment course and one additional integrated building systems courses.

AT5: You must have waived out of AT4 and be a licensed architect in the United States.

Building Science and Technology Core Class Descriptions

AT1 Fall Semesters, First Years 

Architectural Technology 1 (AT1) begins with an introduction to structural physics, and a typological study of structural components and systems at building scale. Next, the class covers a typological study of building enclosures and habitats, including environmental forces on enclosure systems, energy considerations, and construction of common enclosure systems. The course includes an introduction to structural and energy software, structural demonstration labs, analysis of case-study examples, field trips to buildings in construction, and juried design assignments.

AT2 Spring Semesters, First Years 

Architectural Technology 2 (AT2) provides an in-depth look at energy and environmental-conditioning considerations in architectural design. Human environmental needs and comfort levels are outlined, as well as sources of atmospheric chemistry, light, temperature, moisture content, etc. Next, atmospheric variables and the classical physics governing their behavior are described. The rest of the course is devoted to architectural strategies for conditioning space. Man-made systems are compared to natural (outdoor) climate-control mechanisms. Both historical examples and contemporary case studies are used to develop an understanding of environmental control systems and their relationship to the spaces they service. The course includes field trips to buildings with conventional and highly efficient conditioning systems.

AT3 Fall Semesters, Second Years 

Architectural Technology 3 (AT3) covers an advanced-level study of structures and structural systems at building scale Shear-walls, wind trusses, moment-frames and floor-diaphragms are covered in-depth, in steel, reinforced concrete and wood as applicable. Non-framed and walled systems, such as cable-stayed and suspension structures, domes and tensegrity systems are analyzed. The course includes the use of advanced structural software, structural demonstration labs, analysis of case-study examples, field trips to buildings in construction, and juried design assignments.

AT4 Fall Semesters, Second Years 

Architectural Technology 4 (AT4) begins with a five-week continuation of the energy and environmental-conditioning considerations begun in AT2. The remainder of the course is devoted to the in-depth analysis of recent American architectural works. Working in groups of four from the construction documents for an important project, students prepare a detailed study of the building’s technical-utilitarian systems, including their workings, their interactions with each other, and their relationship to the designer’s formal and spatial intents. This analysis is run in studio format, with weekly crits from technically-savvy architects, structural engineers and mechanical engineers. The course also includes the use of advanced structural and energy software, and field trips to buildings in construction.

AT5 Spring Semesters, Second Years 

Architectural Technology 5 (AT5) starts with a brief history of the industrial loft building, from the emergence of the daylight factory through recently completed "industrial hotels,'' is presented, focusing on advances in structure, cladding, and environmental control. The remainder of the course is devoted to the complete preliminary design and detailing of a tightly defined, eight-story industrial loft building. The nine-week problem is addressed by three-student groups working with engineering and architectural advisers. Basic code requirements for fire safety, egress, and structural integrity are satisfied. Structural skeleton-frame systems are developed (at the student's option) in reinforced concrete, steel, precast concrete, or some combination. Cladding schemes are designed in aluminum, steel, glass, stone veneer, or masonry block, as either frame and infill or curtain wall systems. HVAC requirements are clearly defined, and students are able to choose from among a few systems. Each group of students is responsible for describing their building in terms of a technical report (including structural, cladding, and HVAC calculations) and a set of drawings describing each technical building system and its relation to the building's spatial organization and formal expression.

AT6 Fall OR Spring Semesters, Third Years Various Professors

Distribution Elective

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