ARC 231/531: Architectural History I: From Premodern to Modern

Drawing of Borgund stave church by G. A. Bull.

Drawing of Borgund stave church by G. A. Bull 

This course provides professional architecture students with an analysis of case studies in architectural history from the earliest recorded vernacular structures of premodern societies to the beginnings of modern European culture in medieval and Renaissance buildings. 

Our goal is (1) it is to get a good grasp of architectural history in the time periods designated for this course and (2) to actively employ critical methodologies such as postcolonial studies, ethnic studies, and critical race theory, to inquire into the social, cultural, and political meanings of historical built environments. This course challenges the canonical survey of western architecture with a global perspective of architecture that does not privilege one civilizational point of view. In this spirit, we will strive to develop a horizontal schema of architectural history that compares and contrasts different civilizational perspectives of the built environment to consider the importance of architecture as broadly as possible.


Assistant professor - Department of Architecture - Hayes Hall 216 - 716-829-5928

Course work will include 1) group work, 2) short writing assignments, 3) model construction, and 4) mid-term and final exams. Attendance at weekly recitations are a requirement as assignments given in these sections will help students to develop their writing assignments and prepare for course exams.