Architectural History

Courses

200 Level

  • ARLH 202 Architectural History in Savannah
     

    ARLH 202

    Architectural History in Savannah
    This course introduces students to the field of architectural history through the study of Savannah and the surrounding region. Lectures, discussions, guest speakers and numerous site visits and tours allow students to discover both the wide-ranging nature of the field and the defining historic characteristics of Savannah. Students explore different ways of reading the built environment through firsthand observation and the use of historical documents. Emphasis is placed on practical skills and an understanding of broad historical frameworks. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110.
  • ARLH 206 Modern Architecture I: 1750-1900
     

    ARLH 206

    Modern Architecture I: 1750-1900
    This course explores architecture, urbanism and architectural theory from 1750 to 1900. Issues such as Enlightenment philosophy, industrialization, urbanization, nationalism, revolution and technological innovation are considered as they bear on the theory and practice of architecture in a world that was rapidly modernizing. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.
  • ARLH 208 Modern Architecture II: 1900-Present
     

    ARLH 208

    Modern Architecture II: 1900-Present
    This course explores architecture, urbanism and architectural theory from 1900 to the present. Particular attention is given to concepts of modernity, modernism and modernization in an increasingly industrial, commercial and globalizing world. The course examines the work of celebrated architects and avant-garde movements, and it also investigates a variety of social, economic and environmental factors that have shaped architecture and architectural discourse. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.
  • ARLH 211 Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism
     

    ARLH 211

    Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism
    This course surveys the architecture and urbanism of China, Japan, Africa, India, the Muslim world, the South Pacific and the native cultures of the Americas from prehistory to the present. A comparative approach is used to illustrate how different cultural, religious and philosophical values and goals greatly affect built form. Emphasis is placed on the social and historical context of the sites discussed. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.
  • ARLH 212 Global Modernity in Architecture and Urbanism
     

    ARLH 212

    Global Modernity in Architecture and Urbanism
    Modernity as a global phenomenon has had an irrevocable impact on the built environment. Students explore building culture, architecture and urbanism within the context of an increasingly global world. Beginning with the rise of European colonialism, course materials cover how the development of cities and architecture worldwide are influenced by transnational economic, environmental, cultural and political forces, including colonialism, industrialism, modernization, nationalism and regionalism. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.
  • ARLH 236 Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
     

    ARLH 236

    Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
    "Architecture aims at the eternal," said Sir Christopher Wren. Renaissance architects pursued this goal through the vehicle of an ancient and compelling language of architecture known as the classical. This course examines the development of that language in buildings, designs, city plans and architectural theories from 15th-century Florence to 18th-century England. Social, political and religious contexts of Renaissance and Baroque architecture are given special consideration. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.

300 Level

  • ARLH 301 Built Environment of the Americas, Pre-Colonial–1865
     

    ARLH 301

    Built Environment of the Americas, Pre-Colonial–1865
    The built environment of the Americas is a diverse cultural landscape that includes architecture and urbanism as well as vernacular and global traditions. This course focuses on settlement patterns, domesticity, colonialism, commerce, politics, religion and the emergence of industrial technology. Themes include native building cultures, craft skills, use of materials, European influences, agrarian and early industrial landscapes, and uniquely American architectural and urban forms. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course or HIPR 203.
  • ARLH 302 Built Environment of the Americas, 1865–1945
     

    ARLH 302

    Built Environment of the Americas, 1865–1945
    The built environment of the Americas is a diverse cultural landscape that includes architecture and urbanism as well as vernacular traditions. This course focuses on industrialization, urbanization and modernization from 1865 to 1945. Themes include domesticity, technology, commerce, politics, Western expansion, housing, the mechanization of the landscape and the development of uniquely American architectural and urban forms. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course or HIPR 203.
  • ARLH 303 Built Environment of the Americas, 1945–Present
     

    ARLH 303

    Built Environment of the Americas, 1945–Present
    The built environment of the Americas is a diverse cultural landscape that includes architecture and urbanism as well as vernacular traditions. Themes include suburbanization, urbanism and post-industrialization in the post-war era, 1945 to the present. Special attention is given to domesticity, commerce, politics, housing, sprawl, informal settlements, globalization and the evolution of modern architectural and urban forms throughout the Americas. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course or HIPR 203.
  • ARLH 308 History of Urban Form
     

    ARLH 308

    History of Urban Form
    This course surveys urban form from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the controversies over contemporary urbanism, and also analyzes ideal cities. Architecture, public space, city planning and public works are considered in relation to the social, political, economic and religious context of the city. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.
  • ARLH 309 Villa and Garden
     

    ARLH 309

    Villa and Garden
    The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Alhambra, Versailles, Monticello and Falling Water all are products of a restless longing for a peaceful and contemplative life in the country, where art and nature coexist in ideal harmony. This course explores the architectural and social history of country houses, villas and gardens from antiquity to the 21st century. Special attention is given to garden literature, landscape theory, the rise of public parks and the development of suburbia. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.
  • ARLH 311 The Modern City
     

    ARLH 311

    The Modern City
    Cities represent the greatest expression of the human desire to build, combining complex architectural and urbanistic systems. Modern cities have evolved away from historic models to define a distinct approach to urban form. This course examines the evolution of modern cities from the 19th century to the present, analyzing the significant historical forces that have shaped modern urban environments. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 321 Ancient Architecture in Context
     

    ARLH 321

    Ancient Architecture in Context
    The ancient Greeks and Romans developed a range of building types to accommodate their religious, political and social practices. This course approaches ancient Greek and Roman architecture by examining the intended use of these structures as related to architectural form, decoration and location. Emphasis is placed on the value of primary sources and archaeological material in enriching the understanding of built form during these eras. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 323 Medieval Architecture in Context
     

    ARLH 323

    Medieval Architecture in Context
    The architecture of the medieval period resulted from diverse cultural forces within the Latin Christian West, the Byzantine Christian East and the Islamic Mediterranean. Themes addressed include the role of classical inspiration, cross-cultural influence and regionalism, function and audience, integral architectural decoration and construction methods and structure. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 325 Islamic Art and Architecture
     

    ARLH 325

    Islamic Art and Architecture
    This course examines the evolution of art and architecture in the medieval Islamic world using a chronological and regional approach, ranging from the large unified empires of the Umayyads and Abbasids to the smaller successor states in Islamic Spain, sub-Saharan Africa and Mughal India. The course investigates the origins and nature of Islamic religion and culture and introduces students to the development of a unique Arab-Muslim civilization. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.
  • ARLH 344 African Art and Architecture
     

    ARLH 344

    African Art and Architecture
    This course explores the indigenous art, architecture and cities of Africa, viewing the continent not as a region of cultural unity but as an interconnected territory with a long and varied history. The art and architecture begin in the ancient world with the development of urban civilizations in Egypt, Nubia, Kush and Aksum; continue into medieval times with the rise of kingdoms and trading empires in both East and West Africa; and continue into colonial times. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110, ENGL 123.
  • ARLH 350 The Architecture of the Classical Tradition
     

    ARLH 350

    The Architecture of the Classical Tradition
    The classical tradition has stood at the center of architectural practice and theory for more than two millennia. This course explores this tradition by tracing its evolution in history and considering its use in the contemporary world. Students study not only buildings, but also theoretical texts and related art forms. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH/ARTH course.
  • ARLH 353 The Architecture of Provence
     

    ARLH 353

    The Architecture of Provence
    Taught at SCAD Lacoste, this course explores the many ways in which different cultures have approached built form over the centuries in this region of France. Through research and on-site analysis at various locations, students cultivate a comprehensive understanding of the history, style, building materials and construction methods associated with the built environment of Provence. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course or HIPR 203.
  • ARLH 355 Gothic Art and Architecture
     

    ARLH 355

    Gothic Art and Architecture
    Students survey the art and architecture of the Gothic period, from the early 12th to the late 14th centuries. The course focuses on the development of Gothic architecture, sculpture and stained glass and also encompasses manuscript illumination, metal work and ivory carving. Emphasis is placed on the social context of the monuments, as explored through selected readings from original sources. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 363 World Vernacular Architecture
     

    ARLH 363

    World Vernacular Architecture
    In this course, students explore vernacular architectural traditions from a global perspective through the broad-ranging, yet selective, study of specific cultures and regions. The course focuses primarily on domestic architecture and settlement forms but also addresses some vernacular religious and ceremonial structures. Through this course, students acquire an appreciation of the range of building traditions around the world, and explore the connection between architectural forms and the societies that created them. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110.
  • ARLH 374 All the World's a Stage: Architecture, Urbanism and Theater
     

    ARLH 374

    All the World's a Stage: Architecture, Urbanism and Theater
    "All the world's a stage." Shakespeare's words ring true for all who study the history of architecture and urbanism. Buildings, streets and squares are sets for the history of the theater, not just plays, but civic and religious ceremonies, festivals and political demonstrations. This course examines the history of theatricality by exploring the city as a stage and the stage as a city. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 375 Architecture and Urban History of Savannah
     

    ARLH 375

    Architecture and Urban History of Savannah
    Savannah is a rare American city that possesses a distinctive local identity, yet its evolution mirrors broader trends. This course examines the various historical forces that have shaped the city by investigating different urban and architectural topics in a roughly chronological sequence. Topics include the Savannah plan, religion, workers and slaves, charitable institutions, forts, industrialization, local house forms, suburbanization and the preservation movement. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 376 Virtual Environments
     

    ARLH 376

    Virtual Environments
    Virtual environments have been used to transport, educate and entertain for millennia. This course explores a variety of historical precedents of and philosophical discourses and scientific studies on virtual environments to understand their contextual significance and the rich potential they offer designers today. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course or CINE 275.

400 Level

  • ARLH 401 Theory and Criticism of Architecture
     

    ARLH 401

    Theory and Criticism of Architecture
    Architecture does not exist apart from theory; that is, the act of building is necessarily preceded by thinking about building. Architectural criticism, likewise, depends on theoretical discourse. Students in this seminar read, discuss and research texts on the theory and criticism of architecture from antiquity to the present. Emphasis is given to primary sources, including the writings of Vitruvius, Alberti, Ruskin, Le Corbusier and Venturi. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 408 Architecture of Monasteries in the Western World
     

    ARLH 408

    Architecture of Monasteries in the Western World
    This seminar traces the history and development of monastic architecture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe and its continuation in the New World and the modern era. The architecture will be studied in context, including historical, theological and socioeconomic factors, and also from a practical standpoint, including building techniques and materials, and site considerations. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 430 Questions of Housing in the Built Environment
     

    ARLH 430

    Questions of Housing in the Built Environment
    Housing is the most fundamental type of architecture. With city growth accelerating worldwide, housing presents critical architectural and urban challenges. Students research and discuss themes associated with housing: ideas about shelter, the rise and fall of mass housing, the design and culture of the single-family house, the shifting concepts of "home" and "ownership" in modernity and how policy shapes housing. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or 300-level ARTH course.
  • ARLH 431 Economies and the Built Environment
     

    ARLH 431

    Economies and the Built Environment
    Built form cannot exist without financial support. This seminar explores the often-invisible economic conditions that influence the creation of architecture and the ever-changing needs of the built environment. Students examine the phenomenon of the global economy as it is reflected in the architecture and urban conditions of the modern world. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or 300-level ARTH course.
  • ARLH 447 Global Architectural Interconnections before 1900
     

    ARLH 447

    Global Architectural Interconnections before 1900
    Throughout history, diverse human cultures have interacted in complex ways and on varying global scales. Students explore how trade, migration, imperialism, colonization and cultural diffusion have left a legacy on the development of architectural forms and the process of urban design, leading to the creation of new and hybrid architectural and urban forms globally. This course challenges students to strengthen their research, critical thinking and leadership skills. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH course or 300-level ARTH course or HIPR 203.
  • ARLH 450 Architectural History Research Methods
     

    ARLH 450

    Architectural History Research Methods
    This course introduces students to a wide range of research resources and the issues they raise. Attention is given to differing versions of each type of historical documentation and how that type has evolved over time. Textual accounts, maps, architectural drawings, field study, photographs, legal documents are among the forms of documentation examined. As much as possible, attention is given to actual documents through discussions and field workshops in libraries and archives. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 455 History of Gender and the Built Environment
     

    ARLH 455

    History of Gender and the Built Environment
    Built environments help construct, maintain and even destroy many aspects of human identity, including gender. This seminar course examines how issues of gender have shaped built environments in the West from early historical times to the present.  It focuses primarily on the manner in which architecture and space have contributed to social, cultural and political relations predicated on gender.  This course challenges students to strengthen their research, critical thinking and leadership skills. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH/ARTH course.
  • ARLH 457 Cities of the Muslim World
     

    ARLH 457

    Cities of the Muslim World
    The Islamic city is an urban phenomenon whose development, planning principles, morphology and institutions reflect fundamental principles related to Islamic religious beliefs and practices. This course explores the influence of local cultural developments on Islamic urban forms throughout the medieval Muslim world, from Spain to India and sub-Saharan Africa. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH course or 300-level ARTH course.
  • ARLH 459 How Power Shapes the Built Environment
     

    ARLH 459

    How Power Shapes the Built Environment
    Throughout history, social, political and economic power relations have shaped the built environment. This seminar explores how power impacts the human experience of architecture and urbanism within a range of scales, building types, and social and cultural contexts. Extensive readings, class discussions and presentations challenge students to develop critical thinking and communication skills. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 461 American Cultural Landscape
     

    ARLH 461

    American Cultural Landscape
    The North American landscapes of everyday homes, businesses, places of recreation and transportation define our daily lives. This seminar addresses these "ordinary" places and the methods used in recognizing and defining them. Attention is given to understanding how such landscapes shape the culture of ordinary people in all their diversity of ethnicity, age, gender and economic standing. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or ARTH course.
  • ARLH 470 Documenting the Built Environment
     

    ARLH 470

    Documenting the Built Environment
    Students participate in on-location study of the built environment, investigating historical processes in their physical context. Through a synthesis of analysis, research and field study, students examine urban form, landscapes and building culture from historical, theoretical, aesthetic and practical points of view. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level ARLH or 300-level ARTH course.
  • ARLH 479 Undergraduate Internship
     

    ARLH 479

    Undergraduate Internship
    Internships offer students valuable opportunities to work in a professional environment and gain firsthand experience to help them prepare for careers. In an approved internship setting, a student typically spends one quarter working with an on-site professional supervisor and a faculty internship supervisor to achieve specific goals and objectives related to the program of study. Prerequisite(s): 60 credit hours, 2.5 overall GPA.
  • ARLH 495 Special Topics in Architectural History
     

    ARLH 495

    Special Topics in Architectural History
    The selected topics of this course vary from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of architectural history and offers the student an opportunity to pursue individual research projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.
  • ARLH 499 Architectural History B.F.A. Thesis
     

    ARLH 499

    Architectural History B.F.A. Thesis
    Architectural history seniors are required to complete a thesis document that demonstrates extensive research, historical awareness, clear organization and effective writing skills. Under the guidance of a faculty member and involving peer critique, students hone their ability to complete an advanced research paper. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair.

500 Level

  • ARLH 501 History of Modern Architecture Course is available via eLearning
     

    ARLH 501

    History of Modern Architecture
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course traces the evolution of modern architectural design from the mid-18th century to the present, addressing major works of architecture, urban design, landscape design and architectural theory.  Attention is given to the emergence of new building typologies, the phases of historicism, the impact of new technology and materials, and the changing concepts of modernity. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 510 Architecture of World Cultures
     

    ARLH 510

    Architecture of World Cultures
    Throughout the world, architecture and cities stand as the most visible expressions of global cultures.  By focusing on representative work, this course analyzes the impact of various influences that shape the built environment in diverse non-Western societies in Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Prerequisite(s):

700 Level

  • ARLH 700 Research Methods in Architectural History
     

    ARLH 700

    Research Methods in Architectural History
    This course introduces students to a wide range of research resources and the issues they seek to address. Particular attention is given to differing manifestations of each type of historical documentation and how that type has evolved over time. Textual accounts, maps and charts, architectural drawings, measurement systems, models, photographs, legal documents such as censuses, tax records and oral history are among the forms of documentation examined. As much as possible, attention is given to actual documents through discussions and field workshops in libraries and archives. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 705 Architectural History Methodology and Historiography
     

    ARLH 705

    Architectural History Methodology and Historiography
    Students in this course are introduced to methods of research and analysis and to key texts that have shaped the discipline of architectural history over time. Specific topics addressed include the nature of history, the nature of architectural history, style, formal analysis, iconography and symbolism, and a variety of approaches embracing technological, political, economic and social aspects of the built environment. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 709 Architectural Theory and Criticism
     

    ARLH 709

    Architectural Theory and Criticism
    This seminar examines how architects and theorists have attempted to conceptualize the essence of architecture. Class readings are drawn from significant work in the history of architecture, among them treatises by Vitruvius, Alberti, Ruskin, Pugin and Le Corbusier. Through discussion, research papers, lectures and analysis, students acquire a familiarity with the critical tradition as well as skills in analyzing and conceptualizing architectural principles. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 723 Contextualizing Medieval Architecture
     

    ARLH 723

    Contextualizing Medieval Architecture
    Medieval architecture was shaped by diverse cultural forces in the Latin Christian West, the Byzantine Christian East and the Islamic Mediterranean. Emphasizing a contextual approach, themes addressed include the role of classical inspiration, cross-cultural influence and regionalism, function and audience, integral architectural decoration and construction methods and structure. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 724 Contextualizing Ancient Architecture
     

    ARLH 724

    Contextualizing Ancient Architecture
    The ancient cultures of the Mediterranean basin developed a range of building types and urban plans to frame different aspects of public and private life. This course explores how the cultures of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome used built form to serve religious, social and political ideologies. Significant focus is placed on identifying, understanding and analyzing the various components of context. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 726 Art and Architecture of the Gothic Period
     

    ARLH 726

    Art and Architecture of the Gothic Period
    Students delve into analysis of the Gothic period, from the early 12th century to the later 13th century. The course focuses on the development of Gothic architecture, sculpture and stained glass and also encompasses manuscript illumination, metal work and ivory carving. The social context of the monuments is explored through selected readings from original sources. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 730 Questions of Housing and Building Culture
     

    ARLH 730

    Questions of Housing and Building Culture
    The accelerating growth of cities worldwide presents critical social, architectural and urban challenges to that most fundamental of architectural types-housing. Students research, analyze and critique issues relating to housing: The varying concepts of "home" and "ownership" in modernity, the rise and fall of mass housing, the design and culture of the single-family home, ideas about shelter, and how policy shapes housing. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 731 Economies and Building Culture
     

    ARLH 731

    Economies and Building Culture
    Without financial support, built environments could not exist. This seminar analyzes the often-hidden economic conditions that shape the creation of architecture and the ever-changing needs of the building cultures of the built environment. Students critique issues relating to the global economy and their impact on architecture and the urban conditions of the modern world. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 739 History of Urban Form
     

    ARLH 739

    History of Urban Form
    This course surveys urban form from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the controversies over contemporary urbanism. It also includes analysis of ideal cities. Architecture, public space, city planning and public works are considered in relation to the social, political, economic and religious context of urban form. Graduate students are expected to actively participate in group discussion and develop their critical thinking skills through independent research projects. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 741 Analyzing the Modern City
     

    ARLH 741

    Analyzing the Modern City
    Modern cities have redefined how humanity lives around the world. Analyzing their complex architectural and urbanistic systems, this course investigates how modern cities have evolved since the 19th century away from historic models to define a distinct approach to urban form. Special attention is given to the significant social, technological and economic forces that have shaped modern urban environments. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 742 Monastic Architecture of the Western World
     

    ARLH 742

    Monastic Architecture of the Western World
    This seminar explores the history and development of monastic architecture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe and the transference and assimilation of European traditions in the New World to the present. The monastic built environment will be studied from a contextual standpoint, addressing historical, theological and socioeconomic issues, and from a practical standpoint, addressing building technology and materials and site considerations such as topography and climate. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 743 Islamic Art and Architecture
     

    ARLH 743

    Islamic Art and Architecture
    This course examines the evolution of art and architecture in the medieval Islamic world using a chronological and regional approach, ranging from the large unified empires of the Umayyads and Abbasids to the smaller successor states in Islamic Spain, sub-Saharan Africa and Mughal India. The course investigates the origins and nature of Islamic religion and culture and introduces students to the development of a unique Arab-Muslim civilization. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 744 African Art and Architecture
     

    ARLH 744

    African Art and Architecture
    This course explores the indigenous art, architecture and cities of Africa, following a chronological and regional approach, which introduces the geography, cultures and history of the African continent as a whole. The goal is to consider Africa not as a region of cultural unity, but rather as an interconnected territory with a long and varied history that has given birth to a variety of creative expressions and artistic achievements. These expressions and achievements begin in the ancient world with the development of urban civilizations in Egypt, Nubia, Kush and Aksum; continue into medieval times with the rise of kingdoms and trading empires in both East and West Africa; and continue into colonial times. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 747 Interconnections in Pre-modern Global Architecture
     

    ARLH 747

    Interconnections in Pre-modern Global Architecture
    Throughout history, diverse human cultures have interacted in complex ways and on varying global scales. Trade, migration, imperialism, colonization and cultural diffusion have left a legacy on the development of architectural forms and the process of urban design, leading to the creation of new and hybrid architectural and urban forms globally. This course emphasizes the critical interpretation of history as process. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 750 The Classical Language of Architecture
     

    ARLH 750

    The Classical Language of Architecture
    Classical architecture is a pervasive yet elusive subject of study. This course investigates classicism in architecture as idea, language and tradition. Classical architecture is studied in the light of classical liberal arts tradition by examining texts, buildings, cities, landscapes and allied arts from the ancient world to the present. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 753 Architecture and the History of Provence
     

    ARLH 753

    Architecture and the History of Provence
    The region of Provence possesses the physical remains of thousands of years of human habitation. Taught at SCAD Lacoste, this course explores the many ways in which different cultures have approached built form over the centuries. Students study the processes of history and use on-site analysis at various locations in order to cultivate a comprehensive understanding of the evolving sequence of styles, building materials and construction methods associated with the built environment of Provence. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 755 History of Gender and the Built Environment
     

    ARLH 755

    History of Gender and the Built Environment
    Built environments help construct, maintain and even destroy many aspects of human identity, including gender. This seminar course examines how issues of gender have shaped built environments in the West from early historical times to the present. It focuses primarily on the manner in which architecture and space have contributed to social, cultural and political relations predicated on gender. This course challenges graduate students to strengthen their research, critical thinking and leadership skills. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 757 The Islamic City
     

    ARLH 757

    The Islamic City
    This course focuses on the development, morphology and institutions of the Islamic city as a unique urban phenomenon within the medieval world, exploring the connection between the religion of Islam and the creation of fundamental urban planning principles found throughout the Islamic world. The course explores the relationship of regionalism and local cultural influences on the development of specific building types and forms, from Islamic Spain to India to sub-Saharan Africa. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 758 Villa and Garden
     

    ARLH 758

    Villa and Garden
    The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Alhambra, Versailles, Monticello and Falling Water are all products of a restless longing for a peaceful and contemplative life in the country where art and nature coexist in ideal harmony. This course explores the architectural and social history of country houses, villas and gardens from antiquity to the 20th century. Special attention is given to garden literature, landscape theory, the rise of public parks and the development of suburbia. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 759 Power and the Built Environment
     

    ARLH 759

    Power and the Built Environment
    This seminar explores the many ways that social, political and economic powers have shaped the built environment and the experience of it throughout history. The embodiment of power is examined within a range of scales, building types and social contexts including urban design, public institutions, commemorative monuments and corporate buildings. Extensive readings, class discussions and presentations challenge students to develop their own critical thinking and communication skills. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 761 Analyzing American Cultural Landscapes
     

    ARLH 761

    Analyzing American Cultural Landscapes
    Everyday homes, businesses, places of recreation and transportation define the patterns of North American life today. This seminar analyzes the "ordinary" places of American landscapes, the patterns of their development and the various scholarly methods used in interpreting and understanding them. Students investigate how such landscapes shape the culture of people across the diversity of ethnicity, age, gender and economics. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 763 World Vernacular Architecture
     

    ARLH 763

    World Vernacular Architecture
    Students explore vernacular architectural traditions from a global perspective as a broad-ranging, yet selective study of specific cultures and regions. The primary focus of the course is on domestic architecture and settlement forms, and also includes some vernacular religious and ceremonial structures. Through this course, students acquire an appreciation of the range of building traditions found around the world, and explore the connection between vernacular architectural forms and the societies that created them. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 770 Documenting and Interpreting the Built Environment
     

    ARLH 770

    Documenting and Interpreting the Built Environment
    Students participate in on-location study of the built environment, investigating historical processes in their physical context. Through a synthesis of analysis, critique, research and field study, students explore urban form, landscapes and building culture from historical, theoretical, aesthetic and practical points of view. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 771 Building Cultures of the Americas, Pre-Colonial–1865
     

    ARLH 771

    Building Cultures of the Americas, Pre-Colonial–1865
    Building cultures of the Americas reflect a diverse landscape of architecture, urbanism and vernacular traditions. This course analyzes building cultures and environments resulting from settlement patterns, domesticity, commerce, politics, religion and early industrial technology from the pre-Colonial era to 1865. Craft skills, use of materials, European influences, agrarian and early industrial landscapes, and the emergence of uniquely American built forms are investigated as critical processes. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 772 Building Cultures of the Americas, 1865–1945
     

    ARLH 772

    Building Cultures of the Americas, 1865–1945
    The building cultures of the Americas reflect a diverse landscape that includes architecture, urbanism and vernacular traditions. This course focuses on industrialization, urbanization and modernization from 1865 to 1945. Special attention is given to domesticity, technology, commerce, politics, Western expansion, housing, mechanization of the landscape and the development of uniquely American architectural and urban forms. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 773 Building Cultures of the Americas, 1945–Present
     

    ARLH 773

    Building Cultures of the Americas, 1945–Present
    The building cultures of the Americas reflect a diverse landscape that includes architecture, urbanism and vernacular traditions. This course focuses on suburbanization, globalization and post-industrialization of the post-war era, 1945 to the present. Special attention is given to domesticity, commerce, politics, housing, sprawl, globalization and the evolution of modern American architectural and urban forms. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 774 Theaters and Theatricality in Architectural and Urban History
     

    ARLH 774

    Theaters and Theatricality in Architectural and Urban History
    The city has been and continues to be a literal and metaphorical stage for theatrical performance in its many guises: festivals; processions; ritualized acts of justice, inauguration and triumph; games; impromptu street performance; and political demonstrations. This course examines forms of theatricality in the life and design of cities as well as the architecture of purpose-built theaters from antiquity to the present day. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 775 Savannah: Architecture and Urban History
     

    ARLH 775

    Savannah: Architecture and Urban History
    Savannah's urban plan and its rich architectural fabric offer an incomparable laboratory for the study of architectural and urban history. This course explores and analyzes Savannah's urban plan, buildings and landscape features in the context of the social, political, religious and environmental factors that shaped them. Certain aspects of Savannah's history will be chosen for close investigation each quarter. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 776 History and Theory of Virtual Spaces
     

    ARLH 776

    History and Theory of Virtual Spaces
    Since Ancient Egypt, virtual spaces have been used to transport, educate and entertain. Philosophical discourses and scientific studies of virtual environments provide the framework for analyzing a broad range of historical precedents. Emphasis is placed on understanding the contextual significance of virtual spaces and evaluating the rich potential they offer designers today. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    ARLH 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • ARLH 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    ARLH 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • ARLH 780 Special Topics in Architectural History
     

    ARLH 780

    Special Topics in Architectural History
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of architectural history. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 787 Directed Research in Architectural History
     

    ARLH 787

    Directed Research in Architectural History
    Central to the development of academic scholarship is the ability to define and investigate a strong research focus and to use analysis to build an argument framed by a clear thesis concept. Conducting this kind of advanced work opens significant, yet challenging logistical and intellectual opportunities. In this course, students engage these opportunities through group discussion and assessment, as well as individually tailored readings, research and writing assignments, and are prepared to write a graduate thesis or an advanced research paper. This course may also be taken by students in other majors. Prerequisite(s):
  • ARLH 790 Architectural History M.F.A. Thesis
     

    ARLH 790

    Architectural History M.F.A. Thesis
    Architectural history graduate students are required to complete a thesis and produce an in-depth research paper under the guidance of a faculty member. Peer critique, strong methodological skills, original ideas, clear organization and thorough research are emphasized with attention on developing the thesis for professional presentation and publication. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.