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ARCH 2030 - Architectural Design 3

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: ARCH 1010  and DRCG 1140 ; or consent of the program advisor

(formerly DRAD 2030)

This course builds on the phases of the design process and construction and focuses on a larger scale commercial project with added integrated systems within environmental design, building code and program requirements, interior space relationships and circulation, study of materials selected for interior and exterior application, and introduction to the various building systems. Students will present hand sketch design solutions and create a BIM model to build upon throughout the phases of design and construction to complete a set of architectural drawings of their design solutions.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

When Offered: Fall semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to complete a site analysis for commercial development.


  1. Identify existing site characteristics for determining the best use of the property.
  2. Investigate different existing environmental site concerns.
  3. Research property site codes and zoning ordinances.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create a building code analysis.


  1. Research current building codes.
  2. Adhere to the current barrier-free design and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessible design.
  3. Identify appropriate building codes for a project.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze program requirements.


  1. Determine goals and constraints of the project.
  2. Identify users of the building.
  3. Identify primary use of building, rooms, and spaces needed, etc.
  4. Document commercial zoning and building code restrictions.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create schematic design solutions or design development drawings based on research.


  1. Create bubble diagrams showing spatial relationships and circulation.
  2. Develop a design concept.
  3. Select building materials that support the goals of the design solution.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop a complete architectural design set for commercial projects.


  1. Create a site plan.
  2. Design a floor plan.
  3. Identify elevations.
  4. Create a perspective drawing.
  5. Construct a model.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create Building Information Modeling (BIM) computer generated drawings.


  1. Coordinate the digital files to illustrate a student solution.
  2. Identify the components for a BIM computer-generated drawing.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create a course architectural design portfolio.


  1. Present a collection of drawings created in the course.
  2. Identify the portfolio creation process.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Commercial
  2. Site Analysis
  3. Building Code Analysis
  4. Program requirements
  5. Schematic Design
  6. Design development
  7. Site Plan
  8. Floor Plans
  9. Elevations
  10. Perspectives
  11. BIM Model
  12. Course Design Portfolio

Primary Faculty
Grant, Janice
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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