Free Online Advanced Architectural Principles Courses from Top Universities

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Advanced Architectural Principles usually include concepts such as technology in building, artistic design and use of natural lighting. The course material provided for free online through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can help you develop an appreciation for the art in architecture as well as an eye for solving problems that may arise in the design and building process.
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Free Advanced Architectural Principles Courses

Many prestigious institutes are now offering the lectures and slide shows from courses in a wide range of topics for free access online. When trying to find college-level information on architecture, try the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


MIT's Open CourseWare (OCW) documents a huge number of courses as they were taught in the school. MIT's architectural department is split into five disciplines: architectural design, art culture and technology, building technology, computation, and history theory and criticism. MIT also offers architectural programs with specific focuses such as Islamic architecture and urban architecture. A large number of their well-developed, well-rounded architecture courses are available online, where people can be introduced to basic structural systems, architectural energy issues, and production technologies.

Free Online Architectural Design Courses at a Glance

CourseProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Building Technology I: Materials and ConstructionGraduateText LessonsNoYesYes
Building Technologies II: Building Structural Systems IGraduateText LessonsYesYesYes
Building Technology III: Building Structural SystemsGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Ecologies of ConstructionGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Digital Design FabricationGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
DaylightingGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Special Problems in Architecture StudiesGraduateText LessonsNoNoYes
Selected Topics in Architecture: Architecture from 1750 to the PresentGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Contemporary Architecture and Critical DebateGraduateText LessonsNoNoYes
Architecture and Communication in OrganizationsGraduateText LessonsNoNoYes
Sensing Place: Photography as InquiryGraduateText/VideoYesNoYes
Property Rights in TransitionGraduateText LessonsNoNoYes
Natural Light in DesignGraduateText LessonsNoNoYes
Analysis of Historic StructuresGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Sites in Sight: Photography as InquiryGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Inquiry into Computation and DesignGraduateText LessonsNoNoYes
Comparative Land Use and Transportation PlanningGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Thinking About Architecture: In History and at PresentGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Theory and Method in the Study of Architecture and ArtGraduateText LessonsYesNoYes

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