The Amherst Architectural Studies Program emphasizes not the techniques of architecture, but rather the ideas behind it. Students choose among courses in areas such as sustainable design, urban planning and architectural history, theory and criticism.
We'll focus on the tools used to communicate and discuss ideas in architectural practice and theory, studying both the practical, from sketching to parallel drawing, to the theoretical, from historical to critical perspectives.
We will examine the global diffusion of this architectural typology from its emergence in the Spanish Caribbean to its florescence in British and French India in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
Architectural texts are included in this study of a broad range of multidisciplinary performance phenomena emerging from 20th-century Europe.