HISTORY OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE
Instructor: Richard Cleary
TIME AND PLACE: T TH 9:30-10:45 Sutton 2.114
SOA students must have completed ARC 318L/ARC 387G, World Architecture: Industrial Design to Present. Upper-division undergraduate students and graduate students from other departments are welcome to enroll with the consent of the instructor.
DESCRIPTION AND FORMAT
The history of architecture in United States is characterized by richness and diversity. Although certain styles and approaches have dominated the country at different times, American architecture, fundamentally, has reflected the same pluralism that distinguishes American society. Yet, themes may be traced through this history: attempts to respond to the unique American context, desire to forge a distinctly American idiom, and the necessity of coming to terms with the changes wrought by rapid demographic and economic change.
This lecture/discussion course surveys architecture in the United States from earliest times to the present day. It is arranged both chronologically and thematically, exploring such topics as Native American architecture, efforts to create architecture distinguishable from its European roots, and responses to the rapidly changing nature of American life. In addition to examples by celebrated architects such as Thomas Jefferson, H. H. Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, and Charles Moore, the course will examine aspects of vernacular building and modern commercial architecture. The architecture of Texas will be considered within these larger contexts. Readings will be drawn from a variety of primary and secondary sources. Assignments will include mid-term and final exams, short papers, and a longer research paper.