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LAIAD

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213.251.4500

617 West 7th Street
Suite 200 
Los Angeles, CA 90010 

 

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Architecture

Start your studies for a career in Architecture or Interior Design through West and LAIAD.

West Los Angeles College has partnered with the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD) to offer students the opportunity to study architecture and design in a professional program.  LAIAD is a small, private school that was founded in 2001 to provide an alternative way for students to begin their architecture or design educational process.  The LAIAD mission is to provide an unsurpassed and affordable education for a small group of talented and motivated students who will be prepared to excel at the schools to which they transfer.  LAIAD offers one- and two-year transfer programs intended for students who wish to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Architecture or a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design.  Courses are taught in sequence and in a design studio environment, with intensive faculty involvement.  This contract education partnership offers students the best in LAIAD's architecture and design education along with West's outstanding student resources, including financial aid, academic counseling, educational planning and international student services.

 

ALL STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED THROUGH THE LOS ANGELES INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN.

For information on the application requirements, schedules and course fees, visit LAIAD.com or contact William Taylor at (213) 251-4500 or wtaylor@laiad.com.

 

 

Course Descriptions

First Semester
Arch 172 Architectural Drawing I  (3) CSU
You will explore the nature and limitations of materials using two- and three-dimensional studies of form and composition. Learn about architectural plan and section drawings, model making and finishing skills, materials, painting and finishes.

Env Design 101 Foundations of Design I  (3) UC:CSU
An introduction to the processes of basic design through studio projects addressing the relationship between idea, structure, and form. Design projects are assigned which involve the study of various ordering systems and the creation of three-dimensional objects that manifest the principles and structures of those systems. You will begin to understand and work with basic architectural formal language.


Second Semester
Arch 161 Introduction to Computer-Aided Architectural Design (2) CSU
An introductory course in two-dimensional computer-aided drafting. You will learn the basic concepts involved in making computer-aided drawings, which are constructed using a microcomputer with appropriate software such as AutoCAD. You will use workstations equipped with a microcomputer, monitor, disk drives, digitizer, plotter and printer.

Arch 180 Computer-Aided Architectural Laboratory  (1) CSU
This lab course is designed to reinforce the lectures presented in the Architecture 161 computer-aided architecture class. Gain the needed practice in applying software programs to various class assignments.

Env Design 102 Foundations of Design II  (3) CSU
Environmental Design 102 is a continuation of Environmental Design 101. An introduction to the processes of basic architectural design through studio projects addressing the relationship between idea, structure, function, and form. Design projects are assigned that involve concepts such as hierarchy, transition and connection as they relate to simple spatial constructs. The development of a clear relationship between architectural form language and spatial idea is stressed.


Third Semester
Arch 162 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting  (3) CSU
This second-year course provides instruction in computer-aided drafting. You will use concepts learned in the introductory course and apply the fundamentals of two-dimensional concepts to three-dimensional concepts. Drawings are constructed using a microcomputer with appropriate software such as AutoCAD.

Arch 201 Architectural Design I  (3) CSU
An introduction to the formal and spatial language of architecture, explored through studio projects and informed by case study projects. Prerequisite: Architecture 172.


Fourth Semester
Arch 261 CAD for Architecture  (3) CSU
Through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on lab exercises, learn the concepts involved in the creation and realistic rendering of 3D digital architectural models. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to generate professional 3D digital models, renderings, and animations that you can use to convey your design.

Arch 202 Architectural Design II  (3) CSU
Explore more in depth the theories of space, form and vision, and apply them to architectural problem solving. Horizontal and vertical flow are studied, along with computer application to design.


Other Classes Offered
Arch 160 Computers for Designers  (3) CSU
An introduction to Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, geared toward architects, and interior designers. The emphasis is on how designers can optimize and understand the role of digital medium in today's design industry

Arch 185 Directed Study–Architecture  (1) CSU
Pursue directed study on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor.

Arch 285 Directed Study–Architecture  (2) CSU
Pursue directed study on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor.

Arch 385 Directed Study–Architecture  (3) CSU
Pursue directed study on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor.