Spring 2017

Intro to Arch Studies

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-102  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-158


Dwight A. Carey (Section 01)
Michael T. Davis (Section 01)


(Offered as ARCH 102 and ARHA 158) 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. Design projects are based on effort and realization, not on proficiency. Two meetings a week, one in seminar format, and one in studio format.

Priority given to Architectural Studies majors and first-year students. Spring semester. Visiting Assistant Professor Carey and Five College Professor Davis.

If Overenrolled: Priority to Architectural Studies majors, then first year students, then sophomores, then juniors, then seniors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2017