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William H. Sherman

Professor
Chair
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Master of Architecture, Yale University
B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning, Princeton University
Biography

William Sherman is the Chair of the Department of Architecture, the Lawrence Lewis Jr. Professor of Architecture, Associate Vice President for Research in Design, Arts and Humanities, and the Founding Director of the OpenGrounds initiative at the University of Virginia. As an architect and educator, his teaching and design research examine dynamic cultural and environmental processes in architectural design, ranging in scale from human physiology to global energy flows. His work explores the intersection of these processes with the cultural frameworks that inform the design of buildings and cities, with a particular focus on emerging spaces for creative engagement and institutional transformation.

In 2012, Sherman founded OpenGrounds, a network of places and programs that inspire creative research at the confluence of technology, science, the arts and humanities.  He designed both the spaces and programs of OpenGrounds to serve as catalysts for cross-disciplinary research collaborations and new institutional partnerships that inspire the conception, development and implementation of transformational ideas. He has lectured widely on the concept of OpenGrounds and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for the Arts at Research Universities.

ARCH 3020: Foundation Studio IV
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3010
ARCH 3120: 20th Century History of Ideas
Credits: 3
This class examines major themes & methodologies found in or taken up by twentieth century architectural theory. The course considers architecture through a wider set of cultural studies that include critical theory, phenomenology, semiotics, structuralism, post-structuralism & psychoanalysis.Questions involve the associations constructed between architecture & autonomy, technology, perception, art, theory & practice. Prereq: ARH 1010 &1020
ZFOR 3512: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ARCH 4010: Research Studio
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3020
ARCH 4011: Design Thinking Studio III
Credits: 6
This is a studio based course on Architectural design thinking with a focus on creative approaches to analyzing and solving diverse problems. Prerequisite: ARCH 3021
ARCH 4100: Design Research Seminar
Credits: 1
Architectural research methods are introduced and applied to the development of an undergraduate thesis in Architecture. Students develop and investigate research questions, research methods, and data sources. Open to both Pre-Professional and Design Thinking concentrations.
ARCH 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ARCH 5500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 1–6
Topical offerings in architecture.
SARC 5500: Special Topics in the School of Architecture
Credits: 1–4
Topical offerings in the School of Architecture.
ZFOR 5512: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad.
ARCH 6261: Building Workshop II
Credits: 4
The Building Workshop II addresses building science and technology topics that influence the built environment for safe and healthy human occupation. BIW 2 focuses on tactile material practices and innovation through prototype fabrication, digital simulation, and physical performance testing.
ALAR 7010: Research Studio 1
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Prerequisite: ARCH 6020 or LAR 6020.
ARCH 7270: BIM and Revit 1
Credits: 1
This visualization module offers an introduction to the principles of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the interface and workflow of Autodesk's Revit. Topics include the BIM interface, parametric objects, parametric families, file organization, workflow, drawing setup, and output techniques. No experience with BIM is required for this module.
ARCH 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent Study Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8010: Research Studio 2
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Part one of a two part comprehensive design sequence. Prerequisite: ARCH 7020 or LAR 7020.
ARCH 8230: Building Synthesis
Credits: 4
This course investigates, develops and applies environmental and design strategies at various scales of operation through the concurrent ARCH 8020 Comprehensive Design Research Studio 2.
ARCH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Teaching Experience Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8995: Thesis II
Credits: 6
Thesis II . Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.
ARCH 8999: Non-Topical Research, Masters
Credits: 1–12
Advanced independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8999: Non-Topical Design Research-Masters
Credits: 1–12
Independent Design Thesis Studio. Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.