ARH 450 Studio 8 Housing and Integrated Design



Housing is an essential function that architects provide. Collaborating as a team, you will design a multi-family housing complex for an urban site including an architectural proposal that integrates building systems and sustainable strategies. Plus, you’ll incorporate input from expert architects, engineers, and consultants. Take this course concurrently with ARH 440.

Prerequisite: ARH 239, ARH 240, ARH 399, ARH 410, ARH 420, ARH 430, ARH 440, & ARH 441 (both ARH 440 & ARH 441 may be concurrent)

Course Learning Outcomes


  • Adapt housing units for diverse households while incorporating community-building program elements to mitigate gentrification
  • Propose a comprehensive building design, with a strong connection between conceptual and technical development of the building.
  • Examine the definition of shelter as a physical statement of our values and needs.
  • Analyze the site in respect to the programmatic, climatic and urban potential of the design.
  • Articulate an understanding of housing as a typology that has cultural and social implications through case study research.
  • Design a building proposal that integrates thoughtful considerations of program, user, and site opportunities and constraints.
  • Integrate structure, building systems, and sustainable strategies in the building design, using models and 2D/3D diagrams/drawings to communicate a coherent concept and relationship between the systems.
  • Exhibit a basic understanding of building codes by diagramming how the building meets exiting requirements and identifying ADA elements in circulation and public accommodations.
  • Design units for diverse households.
  • Generate technical documents including annotated wall sections, for a housing complex.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the range of financial considerations in building housing.
  • Integrate environmental, structural, HVAC, and material assembly systems into a comprehensive building proposal.

NAAB Criteria


  • PC 2 Design How the program instills in students the role of the design process in shaping the built environment and conveys the methods by which design processes integrate multiple factors, in different settings and scales of development, from buildings to cities.
  • PC 3 Ecological Knowledge and Responsibility How the program instills in students a holistic understanding of the dynamic between built and natural environments, enabling future architects to mitigate climate change responsibly by leveraging ecological, advanced building performance, adaptation, and resilience principles in their work and advocacy activities.
  • PC 6 Leadership and Collaboration How the program ensures that students understand approaches to leadership in multidisciplinary teams, diverse stakeholder constituents, and dynamic physical and social contexts, and learn how to apply effective collaboration skills to solve complex problems.
  • PC 7 Learning and Teaching Culture How the program fosters and ensures a positive and respectful environment that encourages optimism, respect, sharing, engagement, and innovation among its faculty, students, administration, and staff.
  • PC 8 Social Equity and Inclusion How the program furthers and deepens students’ understanding of diverse cultural and social contexts and helps them translate that understanding into built environments that equitably support and include people of different backgrounds, resources, and abilities.
  • 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.
  • SC 4 Technical Knowledge (understanding) How the program ensures that students understand the established and emerging systems, technologies, and assemblies of building construction, and the methods and criteria architects use to assess those technologies against the design, economics, and performance objectives of projects.
  • SC 6 Building Integration (Ability) How the program ensures that students develop the ability to make design decisions within architectural projects while demonstrating integration of building envelope systems and assemblies, structural systems, environmental control systems, life safety systems,
    and the measurable outcomes of building performance.