Spring 2021 Information

Updated November 6, 2020

The School of Architecture will continue to operate on a hybrid model for the Spring semester, with courses classified as either “on campus” or “online.” As is the case this semester, courses classified as on-campus may meet partially or primarily online. Faculty will share more information about each of their classes as we approach the term. The first day of Spring classes is Monday, January 11.

The information posted on the university’s course schedule is up-to-date and accurate, including class meeting times and on-campus room assignments.

The following courses are designated as “on campus”:

Arch 106: Architectural Studio 2
Arch 206: Architectural Studio 4
Arch 366: Architectural Studio 6
Arch 466: Advanced Topic Studio 2 (all sections except Zago)
Arch 544: Professional Practices
Arch 552: Architectural Design II
Arch 554: Architectural Design IV
Arch 555: Design Development
Arch 562: Architectural Technology II
Arch 564/522: Tech IV / Topics in Arch Technology (Blankenbaker)
Arch 573: Structures I
Arch 567/466: Research Studio (Lyster)
Arch 586/520: Topics in Arch Theory / Theory and History IV (Brown/Marullo)

The remaining courses will meet synchronously online:

Arch 200: Architecture and Society
Arch 210: Architecture as Archetype
Arch 252: Modern Architecture
Arch 360: Architectural Technology 2
Arch 372: Architectural Theory 2
Arch 471: Structures II
Arch 499: Special Topics (Eisenschmidt)
Arch 532: Architectural Theory and History II
Arch 564/522: Tech IV / Topics in Arch Technology (Preissner)
Arch 567/466: Research Studio (Zago)
Arch 588/520: Pro-Seminar II

Studio access and space assignments
Unless conditions change, students will continue to have swipe access to the A+DS building Monday through Friday between 7am and 9pm.

In response to shifting enrollment numbers, the school has reconfigured the distribution of studio spaces by year for the Spring. Every class, including fourth-year undergrads, will have access to a studio:

First-year undergrads – 4300 (first level of Fall studio space)
Second-year undergrads – B100 (same as Fall)
Third-year undergrads – 2100 (same as Fall)
Fourth-year undergrads – 5300
Graduate students – 4100 (same as Fall)

Rules related to the use of studios, including distancing requirements, will remain in effect.

Lab fees
The school will reduce lab fees for all studios for Spring 2021. The reduced fees will continue to fund maintenance as well as purchases of lab supplies and personal protective equipment. For first- and second-year undergrad students, fees will drop to $25 (from $50). For third- and fourth-year undergrad students and all grad students, fees will drop to $40 (from $100).

More information
We’ll begin updating the FAQs page in December to reflect everything we know about Spring. In the meantime, please keep an eye on the newsletter and contact arch@uic.edu with any questions.