ARH 240 Site Design & Mapping

ARH 240 Site Design & Mapping


Experience the dynamic interdisciplinary nature of site design. Taking physical characteristics, regulatory parameters, accessibility, and sustainable design principles into consideration, you’ll develop a site design that combines your skills and understanding of topography, landscape, and urban design.

Prerequisites: ARH 170 and one of the following: ARH 180 or LAN 213 or IND 111 or IAD 241

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Course Learning Outcomes


  • Develop and compose a project design responding to site characteristics including urban context and developmental patterning, historical fabric, topography, ecology, building orientation, and sustainability
  • Design sites and mobility systems that are responsive to relevant codes and regulations, and include the principles of life-safety and accessibility standards
  • Design inclusive site access systems for multiple modes of mobility including pedestrian access, vehicular access, and universal access
  • Access, analyze, interpret, discuss, and draw base maps and surveys necessary for site analysis and planning
  • Illustrate and explain the allowable development of sites according to municipal planning and building codes and design guidelines, in term of setbacks, zoning, buildable envelope, etc.
  • Analyze and interpret the documentation of site data including surveys, site plans, and aerial planimetric photography

NAAB Criteria


  • SC 1 Health, Safety, Welfare in the Built Environment (understanding) How the program ensures that students understand the impact of the built environment on human health, safety, and welfare at multiple scales, from buildings to cities
  • SC 3 Regulatory Context (understanding) How the program ensures that students understand the fundamental principles of life safety, land use, and current laws and regulations that apply to buildings and sites in the United States, and the evaluative process architects use to comply with those laws and regulations as part of a project.