This course examines architecture as a physical record of human society from prehistory through ca. 1400. As we are covering over 5,000 years of architectural practice, we will focus on periods of intense architectural innovation by looking at a series of paradigmatic buildings and analyze them in terms of their formal qualities and social role (what they look like and how they have influenced, or been influenced by, behavior and thought). We will consider several reoccurring themes, including the use of architecture to promote religion, the relationship between built environment and political structure, and architectural changes as a response to technological innovation, while exploring the architecture of diverse cultures and societies.
Note: Students will choose either ARH 314: History of World Architecture I or ARH 205: History of Western Art II.