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Meredith L Clausen
ARCH 457
Seattle Campus

Twentieth-Century Architecture

Architecture in the twentieth century, mainly in Europe and the United States. Traces roots of Modernism in Europe in the 1920s, its demise (largely in the United States) in the 1960s and recent trends such as Post-Modernism and Deconstructivism. Recommended: some background in the art, architecture, or history of the period. Offered: jointly with ART H 491.

Class description

The main course objective is to familiarize students with the major developments in architecture and urbanism throughout the world in the 20th c. Students will learn who were the key figures, their theories as well as built work, as well as about the rise of new building types, the impact of new technology (especially and most recently computer technology), and the globalization of architecture.

Emphasis will be on understanding buildings within their original historical and cultural context, rather than on the memorization of names and dates.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Informal lectures which invite discussion twice weekly.

Recommended preparation

Some experience in either architecture or architectural history.

Class assignments and grading

Required reading. Two short analytic (not research) papers, two exams

*The option for taking for course for 5 credits is available. For these students, an additional 10-15 pg research paper on a related topic of the student's choice, is required.

Exams, papers, class participation


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 Hagar Shirman
Date: 03/18/2002