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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AE 3321 - Architectural History

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces ideas and goals of architectural expression as they have developed from ancient civilizations to the present. Topics include historical development of architectural reasoning and construction techniques. Specific structures are analyzed for their impact on architecture and urban/rural form. (prereq: junior standing or consent of instructor)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the development of architectural engineering concepts through history
  • Describe the logic and innovation in the development of construction techniques
  • Describe design philosophies (current and historical) and critically analyze an AE project

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Introduction and the seven wonders of the ancient world (1 class)
  • Egyptian architecture- Temple of Karnak, Pyramids (2 classes)
  • Greek architecture- Athens, the Parthenon, Acropolis, theater and the five orders (column types) of architecture (3 classes)
  • Roman architecture-Coliseum, Pantheon, Circus Maximus, the Forum Aqueducts and other engineering wonders (3 classes)
  • Early Christian, Byzantine and the Pisa Cathedral (3 classes)
  • Analysis of Romanesque architecture, Gothic Cathedrals and medieval castles (3 classes)
  • Renaissance Baroque and Palladian architecture (3 classes)
  • The plan for London and Sir Christopher Wren (1 class)
  • The plan for Paris (1 class)
  • Modern architecture 1850 (industrial age) to present-Sir Joseph Paxton, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, Le Courbusier and other (5 classes)
  • Current trends in architecture-Charles Moore, Phillip Johnson, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry and other (4 classes)
  • Midterm test (1 class)

Laboratory Topics
  • Research paper/critical analysis of a related AE & BC topic

Michael McGeen

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