GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012

07410: The Architect in History: The Evolution of Practice from the Renaissance to the Present (PRO 0741000)

Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday Friday 11:30 - 1:00   Gund - Gropius

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Jay Wickersham

Course Description

This course examines the history of architectural practice, focusing on the changing role and definition of the architect, with the goal of providing new perspectives on how we design and build today. The course begins in Renaissance Italy, moves through 17th- through 19th-century France and England, and then traces the evolution of practice in the United States from 1800 to the present. Major themes include:

Class format will be a combination of lecture and discussion. Several classes will feature guest speakers. Readings will include original source materials (both written and graphic), and secondary interpretations. Course requirements will include a research paper, a final exam, and class participation. There is no prerequisite. All readings will be available on the course website.