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Jeffrey K Ochsner
ARCH 452
Seattle Campus

History of Architecture in Seattle and Environs

Historical development of architecture in Seattle and surrounding areas from the nineteenth century to the present, also touching on issues of urban design and historic preservation.

Class description

ARCH 452 is a survey of the history of architecture in Seattle and nearby areas of the Puget Sound region. ARCH 452 offers a broad overview of the design history of Seattle its environs over approximately the last 125 years. The class will allow students to become more familiar with some of the general trends and some of the specific individuals and firms that have contributed to shaping the built environment of this region.

One objective of the course is to offer participants a framework through which to view the design history of this region to support future careers in professional practice based in Seattle. Other objectives include developing research and writing skills, and even exploring career options in architectural history or related fields.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The format of ARCH 452 will be a series of 1 hour-20minute lecture sessions with images, with limited discussion as time and the size of the class allows. Lectures will be largely self-sufficient as there is no currently available general narrative architectural history text for this region. A large part of the material that will be addressed in this class has not been widely published, so attendance will be critical to success in this class.

Recommended preparation

ARCH 452 is not an introductory level course.

Students coming to ARCH 452 must have a familiarity with the architecture of the period from 1850 to the present similar to that offered in Arch 352 or Art History 488 (American Architecture).

Class assignments and grading

The major work carried out in ARCH 452 is a term paper or project. Options include a comparative analysis of two buildings, a detailed research paper, or the preparation of measured drawings of a building. All options require visits to actual buildings.

There will also be two exams--a midterm and a final.

Exams (50% of final grade): in-class midterm exam (25% of final grade); final exam during exam week (25% of final grade). Exams will consist of identifications and essays. Term Paper/Project: (50% of final grade)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jeffrey K Ochsner
Date: 12/15/2007