An Introduction to Architectural Ideas and Communications

Teaching Assistant(s)
Isabel Ochoa
Elizabeth Ann Lenny

This introduction to architecture explores, in broad terms, the nature of architecture and its evolution over time. The course is intended to familiarize students with some primary concepts in architecture, to develop an awareness of a range of influences on the evaluation of architectural form, to establish the concept that architecture conveys meaning through its own expressive language, and to offer a first introduction to the language of architectural criticism and interpretation. The ambition of this course is, moreover, to consider not only a single way of introducing architecture, but to provide multiple entry points into architectural history and architectural ideas that can together converge into a broader understanding of architecture as a cultural act as well as a discipline.