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[ARCH A4684] Sustainable Design

July 16, 2013

Norris, Davidson
[ARCH A4684] Sustainable Design

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Davidson Norris brings many years of relevant professional experience as an architect to teaching this subject. The course concentrates on daylighting, passive solar heating and passive cooling and covers these and a wide variety of other sustainability issues that an architect or manager might face in making decisions about the design of a building. Norris is quite well organized having taught this and similar classes previously. He posted all of the class’s lecture notes online as well as all the (sometimes to be revised) assignments at the beginning of the semester. The TA (Anna Lauren Oursler) was nice, responsive and helpful. If a class on this subject interests you then I highly recommend it.

For SUMA students; this is a great class to take after you have taken SUMA K4135 (Analysis for Energy Efficiency) as the material in this class is a great compliment to the material in K4135 (which is also highly recommended). If you’re choosing between this class and K4135 then I recommend K4135 because it probably has more everyday relevance for most SUMA students. Do note that this course does not assume that one has the knowledge taught in K4135 as a prerequisite (in my opinion it is helpful but it is definitely not required or expected by the professor).

Workload:

There are five assignments plus a final project. Most take a noticeably larger than average amount of time (compared with homework assignments in other SUMA classes) to do. They do NOT take just a couple / few hours to do. Most of the assignments are related in that they cover different aspects of the design of the same theoretical project. Most of the readings are from two textbooks which are quite readable. There were very few supplemental readings (articles etc).

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ARPL / ARCH ARPL ARCH A4684: Sustainable Design Davidson Norris 2012 Fall W / 6:00- 8:00 PM 2
ARPL / ARCH ARPL ARCH A4684: Sustainable Design Davidson Norris 2012 Fall F / 11:00- 1:00 PM 1
ARPL / ARCH ARPL ARCH A4684: Sustainable Design Davidson Norris 2010 Fall F / 9:00-11:00 AM 1
ARPL / ARCH ARPL ARCH A4684: Sustainable Design Davidson Norris 2009 Fall F / 11:00- 1:00 PM 1
ARPL / ARCH ARPL ARCH A4684: Sustainable Design Davidson Norris 2008 Fall F / 11:00- 1:00 PM 1
ARPL / ARCH ARPL ARCH A4684: Sustainable Design Davidson Norris 2004 Fall F / 11:00- 1:00 PM 1
ARPL / ARCH ARPL ARCH A4684: Sustainable Design Davidson Norris 2003 Fall F / 11:00- 1:00 PM 1
ARPL / ARCH ARPL ARCH A4684: Sustainable Design Davidson Norris, Hillary Brown 2001 Fall F / 11:00- 1:00 PM 1