ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM LABORATORY

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ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL STUDIES


Offered at: Blacksburg Campus and Alexandria (National Capital Region – NCR)CampusThe M.Arch.2, Advanced Professional Studies program is a professional (NAAB-accredited) graduate degree program intended for the student who haspreviously obtained a pre-professional (four year) baccalaureate degree inArchitecture (pre-requisites for admission to the M.Arch.2 program…). Thefirst year of the program continues the student’s professional education. Thesecond year is reserved for preparation of a design thesis demonstrative ofthe student’s academic accomplishment and professional potential. Students inthis program typically complete 54 credit hours, normally requiring at leasttwo academic years (4 semesters) of study. Students in the M.Arch.2 programmay elect to enroll at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (NationalCapital Region – NCR) for all or a portion of their required studies. Studentsin the M.Arch.2 program may also spend a semester participating in the EuropeStudy Abroad Travel or Residency programs.

ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM LABORATORY


This design laboratory emphasizes problem definition and operational designmethodologies across an expanded range of environmental scales. The scope ofdesign investigations includes the relation of individual buildings to theenvironment in comprehensive terms, with particular emphasis on the complexitythat exists at the urban scale. Also studied are methods for identification ofneeds and the coordination of complex variables, information, and resources,leading to the conceptualization and development of the design of componentsof the built environment.Students in the M.Arch.2, Advanced Professional Studies Program must completetwo semesters (12 credit hours) of Architecture and Urbanism Laboratory (ARCH5715-16). This lab may not be taken concurrently with Research and Thesis(ARCH 5994).

ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM SEMINAR


This seminar reviews contemporary concepts in architecture and urban design.Significant works of architecture and the theories of their authors areevaluated critically through precedent studies supported by readings of thearchitects’ ideas informing the work. The purpose is to assist students inarticulating their own positions within the discipline of architecture.Students in the M.Arch.2, Advanced Professional Studies program must completetwo semesters (6 credit hours) of Architecture and Urbanism Seminar (ARCH5705-5706). Extended-campus students at the Washington-Alexandria ArchitectureCenter must also complete one semester (3 credit hours) of Theory of UrbanForm (ARCH 5614) and one semester (3 credit hours) of Topics in ArchitecturalHistory and Theory (ARCH 5134).

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN DESIGN


This course seeks to introduce the computer as a medium for visualizing theconsequences of design decisions in architectural applications. Utilizing adiverse computing environment based on multiple platforms, software, and dataformats, exercises are intended to aid students in the initial comprehensionof the construction, manipulation, and representation of information relatedto architectural design.Extended-campus students in the M.Arch.2, Advanced Professional Studiesprogram must complete at least one semester (3 credit hours) of ComputerApplications in Design (ARCH 5064). On-campus students may take ARCH 5064 forelective credit. ARCH 5064 may be taken multiple times with different topicsfor credit up to a maximum of 12 credit hours.

BUILDING SCIENCE COURSES


Building Science Courses provide students with advanced study in theprinciples of environmental science and building systems technologies. Corecourses which are regularly offered on the main campus in Blacksburg, based onstaff availability, are:ARCH 5035, 5036 Advanced Environmental Controls ARCH 5045 Environmental Design Research ARCH 5055, 5056 Advanced Building Structures ARCH 5565, 5566 Building Materials and ConstructionMultiple sections of each of the above courses, comprised of separate, butrelated subject areas, may be offered each year. On-campus students in theM.Arch.2, Advanced Professional Studies Program are required to complete twosemesters (6 credit hours) of coursework in Building Science. AdditionalBuilding Science Courses may be used for elective credit.

Structural Engineering via distance learning


This program deals with the structural engineering principles and designtechniques. It is a must for every engineer and architect working with thedesign of buildings, bridges, and other structures. It provides concise andupdated information on the planning, design, and construction of variousengineering structures.Academic Supervisor : Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy More information about this academic supervisor at Bircham University HumanNetwork. More info…

Specialist, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctor – Structural Engineering.


This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor’s, Master’s & Ph.D.(Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at thepostgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted tocomplete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma or Bachelor’sDegree. A further option is the enrollment into each of the courses listedwithin this specialization module. This module may be combined or completedwith other modules from this faculty. For example: Agricultural Engineering -Chemical Engineering – Civil Engineering – Computation Engineering -Earthquake Engineering – Electrical Engineering – Electronics Engineering -Energy Engineering – Engineering Economics – Engineering Science -Environmental Engineering – Geotechnical Engineering – Hydraulic Engineering- Industrial Engineering – Maintenance Engineering Management – MaterialsScience Engineering – Mechanical Engineering – Mechatronic Engineering -Military Engineering – Mining Engineering – Petroleum & Natural GasEngineering – Project Engineering Management – Social Engineering -Software Engineering – Telecommunication Engineering .Specialist – Expert Diploma – Structural Engineering Online Tuition Fee: 1.050 Euros (1.350 US$) … 1.470 Euros (1.890 US$). Specialist – Expert Diploma Online: 15 … 21 Academic credits required forthis distance learning degree program. More info… Composition: Structural Engineering via distance learning = 39 Academiccredits – Select 5 courses for the online diploma of Specialist or 7 coursesfor the Expert Diploma from the total of courses from the specializationmodule.Bachelor’s Degree – Structural Engineering Online Tuition Fee: Min. 3.510 Euros (4.420 US$) … Max. 6.800 Euros (8.700 US$). Bachelor’s Degree Online: 130 Academic credits required for this distancelearning degree program. More info… Composition: Structural Engineering via distance learning = 39 Academiccredits + 40 credits in General Education (may be transferred from previouseducation and professional experience) + Additional courses may be selectedfrom other modules in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology from BirchamInternational University if required. This selection must be approved by theDistance Learning University Education Board. For example: Building Technology& Design.Master’s Degree – Structural Engineering Online Tuition Fee: Min. 4.680 Euros (6.120 US$) … Max. 7.020 Euros (9.180 US$). Master’s Degree Online: 36 … 54 Academic credits required for this distancelearning degree program. More info… Composition: Structural Engineering via distance learning = 39 Academiccredits + Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Facultyof Engineering & Technology from Bircham International University ifrequired. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning UniversityEducation Board. For example: Building Technology & Design. + 13 Academiccredits (Research methodology and final project or thesis. More info…).Doctor Ph.D. Degree – Structural Engineering Online Tuition Fee: Min. 5.850 Euros (7.650 US$) … Max. 9.360 Euros (12.240 US$). Doctor Ph.D. Degree Online: 45 … 72 Academic credits required for thisdistance learning degree program. More info… Composition: Structural Engineering via distance learning = 39 Academiccredits + Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Facultyof Engineering & Technology from Bircham International University ifrequired. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning UniversityEducation Board. For example: Building Technology & Design. + 18 Academiccredits (Research methodology and final project or thesis. More info…).Payment plans are available upon request up to 36 monthly installments. Moreinfo…BIU adapts each Distance Learning Higher Education degree program to the needsof each student. More info…

Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):


1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTSCredits (30 hours of study). You may study any subject as an independent online continuing educationcourse. More info…Construction Materials & Assemblies This course examines the principles, techniques, equipment, and materials usedin the construction industry. It focuses on selecting the proper materials andequipment for specific construction tasks and estimating costs. It evaluatesthe properties of building materials such as: concrete, brick, wood, steel,plastics, synthetic fibers, adhesives, sealants, and composites. Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy Architectural Structures This course deals with the structural systems behavior statics, and forceanalysis; the study of the strength and properties of materials; and theshapes of structural elements with respect to their effectiveness in resistingstresses. It includes stress and strain, analysis and design of beams andcolumns, and it examines forces on buildings (snow, live loads, wind, andearthquake). Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy Concrete Design & Construction This course explores the design of reinforced concrete structures. It presentsthe mechanics of structural concrete in bending, shear, and axial forces, andthe structural behavior and design of bricks, tiles, and masonry. It includesbeams, slabs systems, columns, foundations, retaining walls, and concrete. Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy Steel Design & Construction This course explores the mechanics, structural behavior, and design of steelconstruction. It examines steel tension members, beams, columns, and theircombinations in addition to the elastic and plastic methods employed. It alsoportrays the design of bolted and welded connections and the structural designof steel bridges and frames of buildings. Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy Wood Design & Construction This course explores the design methods related to wood structures. Itexamines the nature of wood as a building material, plywood, glued laminatedwood, timber piles and pile foundations, pole buildings, and conventional woodbuilding framing. Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy Ground Retaining Structures This course explores special problems in ground retaining structures andconstruction-related soil engineering. It reviews diaphragm walls, continuousbored piles, cofferdams, shoring and underpinning methods, and other groundretaining structures. Academic Supervisor: Abbas Abbaszadeh Shahri Foundation Engineering This course presents methods of subsurface exploration and sampling, shallowfoundations, lateral earth pressure theories, and earth retaining systems. Itexplains the engineering properties of soils and how they relate to design andconstruction including soil identification and classification. Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy Building Technology This course presents important issues of building technology namely heating,cooling, plumbing, electrical distribution, and fire protection systems andemphasizes on the aspects of their design, construction, budgeting, andproblem solving. It presents solutions for achieving energy-efficientbuildings, for evaluating thermal performances, materials and envelopesresistance, air flow through and around buildings, and strategies forintegrating technology into the architectural design process. Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy Wear of Materials & Corrosion This course deals with the mechanisms of corrosion, its thermodynamics andkinetics, corrosion rate testing and measurements, forms of corrosion, andenvironmental variables. It also explores the wear of mechanisms (adhesive,abrasive, erosive), fretting, surface roughness, and wear testing. Itconsiders the coatings for corrosion and wear protection. Academic Supervisor: Ranvir Aggarwal Materials Design & Failure This course explains the mechanical design of all engineering materials(metals, ceramics, polymers, glasses, elastomers, and composites); classes ofengineering materials; materials, process selection, and optimization forengineering applications; quality control principles; and common mechanicalfailure mechanisms. Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy Civil Engineering This course provides a valuable source on civil engineering principles andtechniques. It also consider the management of many civil engineering projectsand incorporates innovations in design, construction, materials, andequipment. Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy Geotechnical Engineering This course explains the characteristics of geological materials; soil androck classifications; physical, mechanical, and hydraulic properties; stressprinciples; soil and rock improvement; seepage, consolidation; stressdistribution; and settlement analysis. It discusses shear strength, bearingcapacity, lateral earth pressures, slope stability, and undergroundconstruction. It examines the design of shallow and deep foundations,retaining walls, tunnels, and other earth and rock structures. Academic Supervisor: Abbas Abbaszadeh Shahri Structural Engineering This course deals with the structural engineering principles and designtechniques. It is a must for every engineer and architect who works with thedesign of buildings, bridges, and other structures. It provides concise andup-to-date information on the planning, design, and construction of a varietyof engineered structures. Academic Supervisor: Mohamed Abdallah Naguib El-Reedy A distance learning university makes studying & working easy and compatible.More info…

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Distance Learning Higher Education


This distance learning education program is completed by a traditionalcorrespondence instruction method. Once you sign up for the course, BirchamInternational University will send you (to your mailing address) the suggestedtextbooks. After reading the book, you will be asked to write a 20 to 35 pagesreport that reflect your understanding of the book. This report is equivalentto the exam and can be submitted by email or mail. Bircham InternationalUniversity will evaluate your written work. If passed, BIU will issue thecorresponding diploma. For more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring, andevaluation, please read our distance learning education study guide. Moreinfo…Students enrolling into this distance education program should be aware that: 1. Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographicallocation to ship the book and materials for successful completion of thisprogram of study. 2. Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instrumentswith Bircham University that play an important role in the progress andsupport of this program of study. 3. Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book andwrite a report must be communicated to Bircham International University priorto enrollment into this distance learning program. 4. Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this distanceeducation program. 5. Language: Book reading and report writing in other language than Englishmust be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any distancelearning program. 6. Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color,gender, beliefs or religion. 7. Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education degreeprogram. More info…

Duration – Structural Engineering Online via distance learning


For a program of 21 credits, the estimated time for completion is 21 weeks.For 45 credits, the estimated time for completion will be 45 weeks, and so on.Calculations are approximate. The length of each distance learning degreeprogram is calculated based on an average of 15 hours of learning per week. Italso depends on the number of validated credits from previous knowledge andthe level of commitment to the studies. More info…All information related to the distance learning degree programs is inEnglish, although you may, upon request and approval, submit the requiredassignments in other languages.Recognition – Structural Engineering Online via distance learningRecognition – Distance degree programs – More info… Accreditation – Distance Learning University – More info… Degree Legalization – Graduate Services – More info… Acceptance of these Distance Learning Higher Education academic credits isalways the prerogative of the receiving institution or employer. Recognitioncriteria differ depending on each educational institution, or company policy,or country legal framework.

Education


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2008 M.S. Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1997 B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University, 1995

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology


* Introduction to Sustainable Design * Sustainable Engineering * Environmental Engineering II * Capstone Design * Contaminant Fate & Transport * Environmental Impact Statements * Community Design I & II (EPICS)

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