Fine Arts | American Architecture
A548 | 2045 | Burns
This is a survey of American (more specifically, US) architecture from the
Colonial period to the late twentieth century and including public and
domestic design. The course surveys the history of architectural style
and investigates other ways of looking at and thinking about architecture
in context and in its many roles as signifier of social, cultural, and
political ideas. We will touch on a number of interrelated subjects, such
as landscape architecture, interior decoration, urban design and the idea
of the suburb. We will also pay attention to the local and regional built
environment. Topics include civic temples for the new republic; gothic
cottages, Gilded Age resorts, the bungalow, the prairie house, and the
rise of the skyscraper.
Course objectives: to familiarize students with basic
architectural terminology and the features of period styles, and to
develop skills needed to decode and interpret architectural symbolism, and
to understand the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of building.
Classes will combine lecture with discussion; course work includes
assigned readings, quizzes, response papers and other forms of writing.