ARC 531/ARC 231

ARC 531/ARC 231– Arch History 1

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Course No.: 10173

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2018 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 403

Meeting Day(s): Wednesday & Friday

Meeting Time: 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Faculty: Lystra

Faculty: Lystra

This course explores major architectural sites and practices from prehistory to 1450, with special emphasis on how they have been interpreted and reinterpreted over time, and how they continue to influence architectural work today. The class is structured as a series of temporal “core samples”: each one beginning in the present-day United States and tracking back in time and across the globe to a historical period of architectural significance. These periods and their later interpretations will be explored through lectures, recitations, readings, individual and group research, and written, visual, and presented work.


Students will emerge from this course familiar with important architectural movements, moments, and structures across the globe to 1450. They will also develop critical awareness regarding why and how, in different times and places, some architectures are remembered, and others forgotten. Lastly, students will become skilled at analyzing and questioning the multilayered historical conditions, uses, practices, politics, and connotations through which built pasts continue to shape architecture today.