The Catholic University of America

Urban Practice

Courses in the urban practice concentration reinforce the understanding of architecture in contexts. The design studios themes, sites, programs change each semester yet are unified by questions such as “How do we build today in historic settings?”, “How can typologies transform or adapt to varied spatial needs?”, “How do we add onto an existing building? What is the nature and process of ‘addition’?” Likewise, concentration electives examine varied themes and issues. In the past three years courses have looked at the relationship of public space to private building, façade design, housing typologies, diagramming and informal settlements. The one required course is the award wining “History and Theory of Urban Form” taught by Karl DuPuy. The course sets the stage of architectural and urban design concepts offers a sound conceptual and methodolical basis to the design studio.