Fall 2024

The Language of Architecture

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-101  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-101


Gabriel A. Arboleda (Section 01)


(Offered as ARCH 101 and ARHA 101) This introductory course focuses on the tools used to communicate and discuss ideas in architectural practice and theory. We study both the practical, from sketching to parallel drawing, to the theoretical, from historical to critical perspectives. Connecting both, we cover the formal analysis elements necessary to “read” and critique built works. Class activities include field trips, guest presentations, sketching and drawing, small design exercises, discussion of readings, and short written responses. Through these activities, at the end of the semester the student will understand in general terms what the dealings and challenges of architecture as a discipline are.

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester: Professor Arboleda.

How to handle overenrollment: Amherst students, ARCH and ARHA majors, students in the process of declaring ARCH major, and then in order of class year.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Attendance to class, doing the assigned readings, participating in class discussions, and timely submitting all the assignments.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2024