World Architecture History

undergraduate and graduate lecture taught at Cal Poly Pomona, the University of New Mexico, and UCLA

As the second semester of a two-part survey of world architecture history, this course will introduce students to major figures, cities, buildings, and concepts that relate to architecture’s confrontation with modernism. The lectures and class discussions will cover debates from the 17th century to the present moment, including the value and use of history in design, the evolving role of the architect, the reconciling of new materials and technologies, as well as the consequences of such debates—for nation-states, corporations, colonial powers, indigenous peoples, as well as for the discipline and profession of architecture. Most fundamentally, the course will ask: in what ways can architecture be modern? Students will learn how to read and analyze primary documents, and optional textbook readings will coincide with weekly lectures. While traditional survey courses of architecture history have foregrounded formal analysis and Western perspectives, this course will challenge students to dig deeply into the underlying logics of architecture across the globe in order to understand buildings not only as formal objects, but also as reflections of social, political, economic, and cultural ideas.