Architecture and Design (AAD)

AAD 100 - Introduction to Architectural Design Units: 3

This is a survey course of the profession of design. Covered in this course is a discussion of the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning. Other design fields may be discussed as they relate to these professions. Topics may include types of firms and their specialties, what it takes to become a licensed practitioner for whom a design professional might work, salaries that might be achieved and the professional associations to which a design professional might belong.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

AAD 101 - Design with Nature Units: 3

Introduces the concepts of natural systems and their influence on human activity and the living environment. Reviews the historical context and cultural adaptations and introduces the basic management and use of the natural systems. Reviews natural, biological, cultural and design management philosophies.

Term Offered: Fall

AAD 125 - Construction Drawings and Detailing Units: 3

This class will include the analysis of assembling and detailing for construction in the field of architecture and understanding of the reading and interpretation of representative construction prints. Techniques for the production of construction details will be discussed, demonstrated, and applied.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

AAD 180 - Design Foundation I Units: 3

Investigation of the elements, principles and theories of design in three dimensions. Emphasis placed upon principles of organization, principles of visual and geometric logic, design methodology and color theory. Completion of this course satisfies 25 hours of instruction toward completing the embedded human relations curriculum requirements, in accordance with Embedded Curriculum Guidelines Option A.

Enrollment Requirements: Corequisite: AAD 181.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

AAD 181 - Design Foundation I Discussion Units: 3

Discussion of the elements, principles and theories of design in three dimensions. Emphasis placed upon principles of organization, principles of visual and geometric logic, design methodology and color theory. Completion of this course satisfies 20 hours of instruction toward completing the embedded human relations curriculum requirements, in accordance with Embedded Curriculum Guidelines Option A..

Enrollment Requirements: Corequisite: AAD 180.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

AAD 182 - Fundamentals of Design II Units: 3

Design is the main focus of this class. The students will create order among visual elements. Each student will be challenged with a series of design problems that will advance their skills in spatial sequencing and design methodologies.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: AAD 180 and AAD 181. Corequisite: AAD 183.

Term Offered: Spring

AAD 183 - Fundamentals of Design Discussion II Units: 3

Design theories and principles will be researched, analyzed and applied to either site specific projects or with the actual construction of full scale forms.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: AAD 180 and AAD 181. Corequisite: AAD 182.

Term Offered: Spring

AAD 198 - Special Topics in AAD Units: 0.5-6

This course will explore the study of special relevant topics in the profession of design. This course includes discussion of the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Sustainable Planning and other related design professions. Topics may include, type of education and skills necessary, the specialties of each profession, what it takes to become a licensed practitioner, and might be seen as the future of these professions.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: AAD 100.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

AAD 201 - History of the Built Environment Units: 3

This course will review the built form of architecture and urban design from various cultures and civilizations throughout history. Specific periods of study include the Ancient World, the Medieval Period, the Renaissance and Modern Times. Historical events along with developments in architecture of non-western civilizations that have shaped philosophies, cultures and civilizations will also be discussed. Same as course as HUM 201. Satisfies TMCC Diversity requirement.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: ENG 96 or equivalent placement score.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

AAD 202 - Analysis of the Built Environment Units: 3

This course will discuss the history of architecture and city design in western and non-western civilization. The time periods to be covered will be from classical Greek, Hellenistic and Roman, through the Romanesque period, including the events and architecture of non-western civilizations happening within the same time frame. The influences that the architecture and design philosophies have had on the shaping of civilization will also be discussed. What civilization reflects through its architecture during these periods will be examined.

Term Offered: Spring

AAD 223 - Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners Units: 3

Students will identify various digital drafting platforms and graphic software packages for presentation techniques. Emphasis will be placed upon the preparation of materials for a portfolio.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: AAD 180 and AAD 181. Corequisite: AAD 280.

Term Offered: Fall

AAD 230 - Design with Climate Units: 3

This course will prepare the student with the basic knowledge in the following areas of solar design history, solar procession, climatological data for Reno and northern Nevada, energy reflection, transmission and absorption, heat transfer, heat storage, types of collector systems and their sizing as it relates to architecture.

Term Offered: Spring

AAD 256 - Introduction to Land Use Planning Units: 3

This course introduces students to the evolution and application of contemporary land use planning in the United States, emphasizing the four primary tools of development regulation: comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision regulation, and capital improvement programming.

Term Offered: Fall

AAD 261 - Introduction to Topo Form and Design Technology Units: 3

This course introduces students to the understanding and applying of technical, graphical and computational exercises in site design and topographical shaping. Introduction to sustainable site design and best management practices.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

AAD 265 - Computer Applications in Architecture I Units: 3

Advanced work in computer-aided drafting and design. Includes development of speed, three dimensional visualization, and the understanding of contemporary digital software used in the professional office environment.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Instructor permission required

Term Offered: Spring

AAD 280 - Fundamentals of Architecture Design I Units: 3

This course explores the elements, principles, and theories of design as applied to projects in various media. It emphasizes integration of design principles with the properties of wood, concrete, steel, glass, masonry and other construction materials. Consideration of environmental and climatic conditions and determinants is also discussed.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: AAD 180 and AAD 181. Corequisite: AAD 223.

Term Offered: Fall

AAD 282 - Fundamentals of Architecture Design II Units: 3

Discussion of the elements, principles and theories of design. Emphasis is placed upon integration of design principles to urban landscapes, buildings, interiors, furnishings and environmental graphic applications.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

Term Offered: Spring

AAD 299 - Architectural Design Transition Camp Units: 12

This class is an intensive introduction to various design processes from concept to schematic design development. Beginning level graphic and architectural design standards for persons entering third year Architecture Program, including construction drawing and details, material and methods, literacy, design thinking strategies and aesthetic awareness. Introduction to digital programs, development of basic design, modeling and communication skills.

Transferability: May not transfer towards an NSHE bachelor's degree

AAD 350 - Design Studio I Units: 6

This class furthers the development of architectural design processes and projects that cultivate an understanding of structures, properties of materials, and building tectonics. Emphasis is placed upon precedent analysis, basic code and site related issues and creating/storing design solutions on a variety of digital drafting platforms. Field trips required at students expense outside of scheduled hours; some critique sessions may meet outside scheduled hours.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: AAD 265 and AAD 261 or equivalent. Application required.

AAD 351 - Design Studio II Units: 6

This class furthers the continued development of Architectural design processes and projects that cultivate an understanding of structures, properties of materials and building tectonics. Emphasis is placed upon precedent analysis, basic code and site related issues. Strong emphasis upon digital drafting methods which focus on digital platforms. Field trips required at students' expense outside of scheduled hours; some class critique sessions may meet outside of scheduled hours.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: AAD 350.