6: Graduate School of Architecture

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Architecture | Landscape Architecture | Urban and Environmental Planning | Architectural History

Architectural History

AR H 501 - (3) (Y)
History of Architecture: Ancient to Renaissance

Traces the development of Western architecture from prehistoric times into the Renaissance. The historical context within which this development occurred is stressed as architecture is studied as a response to, and a mirror of the society which produced it.

AR H 502 - (3) (Y)
History of Architecture: Renaissance to Modern

Prerequisites: AR H 100 or 101
The history of architecture and allied arts from 1500 to the present day. Focuses on Europe but the United States is also included.

AR H 515 - (3) (Y)
Historical Archaeology

Study of the theory, problems, and techniques of the archaeology of the American colonial past on the Atlantic seaboard. Field trips.

AR H 541 - (3) (Y)
Italian Renaissance Architecture 1400-1550

The development of classicism in Italy between 1400 and 1550.

AR H 542 - (3) (Y)
Italian Architecture, 1550-1750

Developments in classicism in Italy between 1550 and the advent of neoclassicism.

AR H 543 - (3) (Y)
European Classical Architecture Outside Italy, 1400-1750

The development of classicism primarily in France, England, and Germany between 1400 and 1750.

AR H 551 - (3) (Y)
Early American Architecture

A survey of American architecture from the first European contact to the death of Jefferson. Lectures and field trips.

AR H 552 - (3) (Y)
Later American Architecture

A survey of American architecture from 1800-1998.

AR H 553 - (3) (Y)
Nineteenth-Century American Architecture

A survey of American architecture from 1776 to 1914.

AR H 554 - (3) (Y)
Twentieth-Century American Architecture

A survey of American architecture emphasizing the development of modernism.

AR H 561 - (3) (Y)
Nineteenth-Century European Architecture and Theory

The development of architecture in nineteenth-century Europe, with particular attention to France, England and Germany.

AR H 572 - (3) (Y)
History of Medieval Architecture

Examines the architecture of medieval Western Europe, emphasizing the period from 1000-1400. Includes the iconography, function, structure and style of buildings, and the use of contemporary texts.

AR H 580 - (2-3) (IR)
Selected Topics in Architectural History

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor
Special topics pursued in a colloquium.

AR H 581 - (3) (Y)
Architecture of East Asia

A survey and introduction of traditional architecture and allied arts in China, Japan and Korea. Study of the main features and major monuments of East Asian architecture and landscape architecture.

AR H 582 - (3) (Y)
East-West Architecture

A study of cultural exchanges and interactions in architecture between East and West. Major events and master architects like F.L. Wright and L. Kahn who contributed to the exchanges are discussed. The forms and meaning of East-West architecture are compared.

AR H 585 - (3) (Y)
World Buddhist Architecture

The history of Buddhist architecture and allied arts in the Buddhist world which includes East, South and Southeast Asia. Lecture starts from the Indian stupas and ends in Japanese Zen gardens.

AR H 587 - (3) (O) Modern Japanese Architecture
The history of architecture in modern Japan from the Meji period to the present. Focus on the post-WWII development. The main influential architects like Tange, Kikutake, Maki, Isozaki, Kurokawa, and Ando are discussed.

AR H 589 - (3) (SI)
Independent Studies in Architectural History

Advanced work on independent research topics by individual students. Departmental approval of the topic is required.

AR H 590 - (3) (Y)
Historic Preservation Theory and Practice

Surveys the history of preservation, focusing on the changing nature of preservation ideals and practice. Preservation is discussed in the context of cultural history and the changing relationship between existing buildings and landscapes, and attitudes toward history, memory, and invented tradition.

AR H 592 - (3) (Y)
Community History Workshop

An in-depth historical analysis of the architecture, urban form, and planning of a selected community. Focuses on the historical significance of the built landscape as an element in, and an expression of, the social and cultural life of the community.

AR H 594 - (3) (Y)
Community Public History Seminar

Explores a variety of approaches to conveying the architectural and cultural history of a community to a diverse public constituency. Builds upon the analysis developed in the AR H 592 (Community History Workshop). Also analyzes the preservation implications of the work undertaken in collaboration with students in ARCH 881 (Community Preservation Studio).

AR H 600 - (3) (Y)
The Quest for Order

A search for themes common to architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning. The course is taught by four senior faculty, one from each of the four departments, who deliver lectures and lead discussion groups. Students from the four departments are mixed in discussion groups to provide diverse viewpoints. Topics and interests central to and linking with the Schoolís four fields are presented from conceptual, empirical, and professional perspectives. Washington, D.C. is used as a case example for many themes. All master students in a two-year or longer program in the Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural History, and Urban and Environmental Planning must take this course. Cross-listed as L AR 600, PLAN 600, ARCH 600.

AR H 700 - (3) (Y)
Methods in Architectural History

Required for candidates for the degree of Master of Architectural History. An investigation of the nature of architectural history, materials, methods, and writings.

AR H 730, 731 - (3) (Y)
Research Problems in Ancient and Medieval Architecture

Special research topics pursued in a seminar. Past topics have included Gothic/non-Gothic, Norman, and Monastic architecture.

AR H 740, 741, 742 - (3) (Y)
Research Problems in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

Seminar discussion of special research topics. Past topics have included anthropomorphism in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture; Albertiís De re Aedificatoria; Renaissance and Baroque buildings in their larger settings; the Rome of Julius II; Renaissance and Baroque classifications of buildings; Renaissance space; Brunelleschi and Alberti; Renaissance urbanism; Rome and the Renaissance; and the Renaissance palace.

AR H 750, 751, 752, 753, 754 - (3) (Y)
Research Problems in American Architecture

Special research topics pursued in a seminar. Past sessions have discussed the American Renaissance; Frank Lloyd Wright, Architecture of the Arts and Crafts; Jeffersonís architectural world, skyscrapers, material culture.

AR H 760, 761 - (3) (Y)
Research Problems in Modern Architecture

Special research topics pursued in a seminar. Past sessions have discussed 19th-century publications on the house; Le Corbusier; what was Modern?; high Victorian design; 19th-century European architecture; 19th-century theory; Art Nouveau.

AR H 780, 781, 782 - (3) (IR)
Research Problems in Non-Western Architecture

Special research topics pursued in a seminar. Past sessions have discussed: East Asian Cities; the Tao of architecture.

AR H 789 - (3) (SI)
Independent Studies in Architectural History

Advanced work on independent research topics by individual students. Departmental approval of the topic is required.

AR H 830, 831 - (3) (IR)
Research Problems in Ancient and Medieval Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 840, 841 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Research Problems in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 850, 851 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Research Problems in American Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar. Past topics have included American architecture and design between the wars, 1918-1940; American luxury apartments, 1865-1931.

AR H 860, 861 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Research Problems in Modern Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar. Past topics included 1920s and 1930s design, and the historiography of architectural history.

AR H 889 - (3) (SI)
Independent Studies in Architectural History

Prerequisite: Departmental approval of topic.
Advanced work on independent research topics by individual students.

AR H 897 - (3) (Y)
Thesis

Research and preparation of thesis.

AR H 911, 912 - (3) (IR)
Independent Studies in Ancient Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar. These courses are normally given in the McIntire Department of Art.

AR H 921, 922 - (3) (IR)
Independent Studies in Medieval Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 931, 932 - (3) (IR)
Independent Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 941, 942 - (3) (IR)
Independent Studies in Modern Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 951, 952 - (3) (IR)
Independent Studies in American Architecture

Advanced work on specific topics pursued in a seminar.

AR H 997 - (3-6) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

AR H 998 - (3-6) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

AR H 999 - (3-6) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.


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