Fall 2021

ARC 342C (00875) ARC 395C (01310) URB 353 (38130) LAS 328 (40215) UDN 388R  

Course Description
This course is devoted to the study of Mexican architecture and urbanism from its origins in pre-Columbian times to the 21st century. Architecture and place-making will be understood as cultural expressions intricately connected to their historical context and the landscape that supports them.


No architectural background is required to take this class. This course is open to graduate students and upper-division undergraduate students from all disciplines of the School of Architecture (Architecture, Historic Preservation, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Planning). This course is also open to interested graduate students and upper-division undergraduate students from across campus, especially those majoring in Urban Studies, Art History, Mexican American Studies and Latin American Studies.


Mexican architecture is recognized worldwide as a cultural expression with distinctive and significant contributions to the global realm of architecture. This course doesn’t aim to cover Mexican architecture exhaustively. The objective is to present its most important contributions, focusing on the most significant ideas, places and architects that have shaped, and continue to shape, Mexican architecture and urbanism from the preColumbian and Colonial periods through the 21st century.


This course aims to expand the intellectual curiosity of students, especially towards ancient cultures and current Mexican culture, which is often poorly understood. In a broader sense, students are also expected to gain an understanding on how people’s wills, historical circumstances and belief systems, interacting with Nature, shape the built environment around us.

This course will generally expand the following student competencies:

  1. To demonstrate awareness of the range of works in Mexican art and architecture, as well as articulate an aesthetic appreciation of and informed critical response to such works through inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
  2. To convey interpretative responses to artworks by means of effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication.
  3. To evaluate different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared interpretative or creative purpose or goal.
  4. To analyze how the works being studied are expressions of individual or broader human values within a historical, cultural or social context, as well as the importance of architecture in defining or exploring a culture or community.