ARTH 103: Introduction to Architecture

ARTH 103-001: Introduction to Architecture
(Fall 2024)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW

Horizon Hall 3012

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Section Information for Fall 2024

Architecture is the inescapable art form. It surrounds us all, every day of our lives, shaping and conditioning our experience of the world. In this course, we will explore three paths of inquiry: historical, structural, and practical. We will examine how architecture has developed and interacted with culture, religion, and politics, an examination that will help you to “read” the architecture of the world in a critically informed way. We will look at how buildings stand up, analyzing basic structural systems like post and lintel, arch, and truss, and common materials like stone, concrete, and steel. And we will also make architecture of our own, engaging in its design process and problem-solving work. Together these methods present the richest possible understanding of architecture. And since buildings are among the chief artifacts that any society leaves behind, the story of architecture is, at its essence, a story of human civilization. This course meets the University Mason Core Arts requirement.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces study, principle, and understanding of art of architecture. Approach varies with instructor; may be historical, geographical, technical, or thematic. Notes: Field trips required. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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