Spring 2014

Introduction to Architectural Studies

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-102

Moodle site: Course


Karen R. Koehler (Section 01)


This course is an introduction to the many facets of architectural studies: the history, theory, and design of buildings, landscapes, and sites. We will survey the history of architecture from the earliest human dwellings to the present, and expose students to diverse aspects of architectural theory, while also introducing the basic analytical skills of architectural representation. Starting with the earliest forms of human habitation, and ending with issues of contemporary residences, we will study the style, purpose, and historical context of buildings, landscapes, and planning, including questions of climate change. We will conclude by considering the college campus as a place of habitation. Students will develop their skills of speaking and writing about architecture, while also learning basic design skills: the sketch, map, plan, elevation, materials study, landscape setting, and site. This course meets twice a week, once in seminar format, and once in studio format. There are no prerequisites, and design projects are based on effort and realization, not on proficiency. Guest architects and theorists will introduce design topics and work with students preparing their drawings and designs. This course is supported by the Five College Architectural Studies Mellon Bridging Grant.

Open to all students; no prerequisites or prior experience necessary. Priority given to first year students. Spring Semester. Visiting Professor Koehler.

Cost: $20 ?


Artistic Practice, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2017