ARCH 122 History and Theories I

This course is a survey of architectural discourses and practices in pre-modern and early-modern periods, beginning from the earliest settlements until the fifteenth century. It covers a broad geographical span including Western and non-Western cultural formations, including Europe, the Americas, the Islamic world and the Far-East with special emphasis on the architecture of Seljuk and Ottoman Empires. As well as knowledge of historical architectural cultures, students are introduced to such concepts as “canon,” “historiography,” and “architectural discourse.” Emphasis is placed on themes like technology, power, gender, symbolism and nature, as much as the chronology of architectural events.