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Ann Marie Borys
ARCH 498
Seattle Campus

Special Projects

Instructor-initiated and department-approved systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Topics vary and are announced in preceding quarter.

Class description

Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti, though known chiefly for their painting and sculpture, each epitomize in different ways the idea we now have of a Renaissance Man: not only knowledgeable and skilled in several areas, but excelling and surpassing all previous work in more than one pursuit. Neither is widely known for their ideas on architecture, but they both had a lasting impact. These famous Florentine rivals provide focused insight into the unity and variety of Renaissance architecture that defined Western architecture for the next four centuries. The building in which their architectures combine was the most important of the 16th century: St. Peters in Rome.

Student learning goals

Detailed understanding of the major themes in the architectural thinking of Leonardo and Michelangelo.

Exploration of architectural themes of each expressed through drawings.

Understanding major themes in the biographies and artistic production of each.

Appreciation of the architectural background, context, and impact of the architectural ideas of each.

Detailed analysis of the major works of Bramante as representative of Leonardo's ideas and of Michelangelo.

General method of instruction

Image-based lectures and reading discussion.

Recommended preparation

No previous architecture courses required.

Class assignments and grading

There will be in-class exams (short answer and essay) covering the content of lectures and assigned reading.

There will be two or three term projects; students will be able to select according to interest and skill. Possible choices will include papers, drawings, and models.

Points will accrue for the exams and projects; these will not be converted to the 4.0 grading scale at the end of the quarter. However, students will be given an indication of where they are standing on the 4.0 scale in week 5 or 6.


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 Ann Marie Borys
Date: 07/16/2013