Summer 2021

ARC 342R (hybrid - 70434, online - 70433) / ARC 388R (hybrid - 00740, online - 00748)

This will be a dual-mode seminar with online and hybrid sections. 

This course is intended to serve as an exploration of African American experiences with the built environment in the United States from the American colonial period to the present. The lecture content is arranged chronologically and thematically to consider conventional topics such as plantation architecture and segregated space but offers an opportunity to explore other themes often neglected in the canon of American architectural history such as sites of urban slavery, freedmen’s communities, evolution of the African American architect, convict laborers’ contributions to American architecture, early African American architects, interwar design, post WWII modernism and social reform, and reclamation/formation of an African American architectural identity. Students will explore who or what defines the African American architectural experience in the framework of what constitutes American Architecture, specifically focusing on Black architectural and social history in Austin, Texas.
The seminar will meet twice a week and carries the Cultural Diversity in the United States flag. Students are expected to read a wide array of primary and background texts and participate in writing assignments. This is an intermediate-level, lecture/discussion course intended to build on the foundation of previous architectural history survey/topics sequence as well as courses in history and African American Studies. It offers frameworks for interpreting the history of architecture in the United States and opportunities for developing research and interpretation. With these objectives in mind, students will participate in a major research project with a digital media focus. See “Research Project” section at the end of the syllabus.
This course will be taught online during scheduled times with some in-person instruction as necessary or possible, in compliance with UT-Austin Safety Guidelines for summer 2021 classes. Students unable to attend in-person activities will be able to view/participate remotely. In-person activities may involve a rotation of students and will involve social-distanced site visits to locations in Austin.
Undergraduate students in the School of Architecture program must have completed ARC 318L World Architecture: Industrial Revolution to Present, ARC 342R.2 American Architecture, or ARC 350R/386M Race and Gender: By Design. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students from other departments are welcome to enroll with the consent of the instructor.


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