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We are committed to the formation of scholars and high-quality professionals who are ethical, competent, compassionate, and committed to the service of their respective professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community.
We envision a Graduate School that stands for excellence and innovation and that is globally recognized for its distinct degree programs and quality research outputs.
The Graduate School commits itself to develop:
Upon successful completion of the MS Architecture in Architecture major in Urban Design program, the graduate will be able to:
GS 500 – St. Thomas and Critical Thinking
As the philosophical foundation of Research Methodology, it is a study of the principles of and skills in critical thinking according to St. Thomas Aquinas in the three areas of mental cognition: simple apprehension, judgment, and reasoning; and of common fallacies towards the acquisition of the art of argumentation.
GS 501 – Research Methodology
The student is introduced to research concepts relevant to architecture and planning. Discussions center on how to prepare a thesis emphasizing choice of title, statement of the problem, sources of data, analysis, and evaluation of information gathered among others.
ARCH-UD 601 – Principles and Concepts of Planning and Urban Design
Study on the different elements and theories that influence architectural design and planning. This emphasizes a comparative analysis of different theories and conditions in which they were developed.
ARCH-UD 602 – Applied Statistics
A study on the techniques in organizing, analyzing, interpreting collected information and on the concepts of probability, random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, frequency distributions, and descriptive measurements, sampling and sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, linear and multiple regression.
ARCH-UD 603 Housing
An interdisciplinary course on housing strategies and systems. This includes a historical look into housing development vis-a-vis economic development and on problems that arise from planning in a cross-cultural setting. The course ends in the evaluation of current and past housing solutions both in terms of administrative and development strategy and architectural design.
ARCH-UD 604 – Facilities Planning
This course concentrates on the planning of institutional facilities that have specific cultures within their types. Areas to be explored include health facilities, military institutions, business companies, theatre complexes, and shopping malls. This course emphasizes the stability to identify and design for specific cultures.
ARCH-UD 700 – History of Urban Design
Study and analysis of the history of urban designs as a complex of operating systems and interrelated subsystems in cities; from classic Greek and Roman to Renaissance and Asian models built from functional to human activities.
ARCH-UD 701 – Fundamentals and Principles of Urban Design
Study of theories and methods in urban design from ancient to contemporary models.
ARCH-UD 702 – Urban Design and Planning
The course explores the application of urban design and landscape urbanism techniques to the problems and opportunities of contemporary city-making. It investigates the social, cultural, natural, and infrastructural systems of urban environments, and develops integrated spatial design strategies involving streets, built form, and open space networks.
ARCH-UD 703 – Environmental Management
This course is an overview of the environment, its problems, and environmental management approaches. It illustrates the significance of environmental management in economic development. It uses a systematic approach to understanding the dynamics of the environment and showcases various intervention approaches in solving environmental problems.
ARCH-UD 704 – Urban Design Workshop
A guided study on the application of principles and fundamentals of Urban Design in a selected model.
Written Comprehensive Exams
Thesis Writing I
Thesis Writing II
Thesis Writing III