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Jeffrey K Ochsner
ARCH 590
Seattle Campus

Urban and Preservation Issues in Design

Introduction to recent theory and practice in the fields of urban design and historic preservation primarily in North American urban contexts, including examples of recent projects presented by practicing professionals.

Class description

ARCH 590 is an introductory survey of selected theory and practice in urban design and historic preservation primarily in an American setting. The intent of the course is to offer a wide-ranging introduction to recent approaches to urban design and preservation in the United States. (The course is structured to inform the studio projects in the ARCH 500 studio; however, it is not necessary to be enrolled in the ARCH 500 studio to take this course.) The first part of the course will deal with the general direction of urban design theory as it has developed in recent years. Particular attention will be paid to research and new theoretical directions established in the past three decades--research and directions that influence many of the urban design guidelines that are now in place in urban settings. The second part of the course will address preservation theory and practice, again primarily as this field has been considered in recent decades. The question of new construction in a historically significant context will also be considered. The third part of the course will present a series of special topics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The format of Architecture 590 is a series of lecture sessions with slides (PowerPoint images). The instructor will present approximately 2/3 of the classes; invited guests will make presentations in about 1/3 of the classes.

Recommended preparation

Architecture 590 is not an introductory level course. Students should have a familiarity with architectural design equivalent to 500-level standing in the Master of Architecture curriculum, or a similar level of understanding in Urban Planning or in Landscape Architecture.

Class assignments and grading

Architecture 590 class members are responsible for a series of required readings. The readings are found in two books and two course readers available at the Universiity Bookstore.

Students will complete writing assignments as follows: two sets of essay questions based on required readings; a term paper (both draft paper and final paper are graded).


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: 09/17/2007