Fine Arts | American Architecture - Undergraduate section
A348 | 25482 | Burns
Meets with FINA-A 548 Graduate Section.
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; the gothic cottage and the utopian suburb, Gilded Age
resorts, the bungalow, the prairie house, the rise of the
skyscraper, and new urbanism.
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
Classes will combine lecture with discussion; course work includes
assigned readings, quizzes, response papers and other forms of